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Nandi Sloka (The Opening Verse)

 

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meghairduramvaram vanabhuvah syamastamaladrumari

naktam bhirurayam tvameva tadimam radhe grham prapaya

ittham nandanidessnidesatascalitayoh

pratyadhvakurnjadrumam

radhamadhavarjojayanti yamunakule rahahkelayah

 

One evening Krsna was with His father Nanda at the gosala. Seeing RadharanI and Her sakhls, however, Nanda said:O Radhike! My child easily becomes frightened. Yet look at the sky filled with omnious clouds and the forest is dark with tamala trees. So can You escort Krsna back to the house?" At Nanda's request, Radha and Madhava sneak away through the forest nikunjas to the Yamuna's shore for enjoying secret love-play; let us ever-glorify this raha keli.

 

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bagdevata carita citrita citta sadma

padmavati caran carana cakrabartti

sri vasudeva ratikeli hatha sameta

metam karoti jayadeva kavih prabandham

 

Sarvalaksmimayi* Radhika's foremost servant, Jayadeva (also known as Padmavati" submissive lover), whose heart-abode is ever-filled with lila poetry, has written this story por¬traying Sri Krsna's rati keli** pastimes.

 

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jadi harismarane sarasam mano

jadi vilasa kalasu kutuhalam

madhura komala kanta padavalim

srnu tada jayadeva sarasvatim

 

Hey rasika bhaktas! Would you like to freshen your minds in remembering Sri Krsna's madhura pastimes? Are you curi¬ous to know about His romantic activities (with the Vraja gopls)? Then, by all means, let's begin to hear the sweet, heart¬rending poetry composed by Jayadeva.

 

Note: in order to directly begin Gita govinda's story, the two prelude songs concerning the 'ten lila avataras\ t and the 'srita kamala' strotra have been omitted in this edition.

 

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padmapayodhara tati parirambha lagna

kasmira mudritamuro madhusudanasya

vyaktananuragamiva kheladanangakheda

svedambupuramanupruayatu priyah bah

 

When Madhusudana fondled Vraja-laksmi Radha's breasts, their kunkuma rubbed onto His broad chest. Thus it appears that His heart's deep love came out to display itself! Yet owing to His lovemaking fatigue with her, His chest gets soaked in perspiration. O reader! Let this flood inundate you with divine bliss.

 

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vasante vasanti kusuma sukumarairvayavair

bhramantim kantare bahu vihita krsnanusaranam

amandam kandarpa jvara janitacintakulataya

valadvadham radham sarasamidamuce sahacari

 

It is spring, and Radha's soft kisori body appears just like the spring flowers. Yet now Cupid tortures Her as she roams the forest searching for Krsna. Thus to console Radha, Her sakhl affectionately sings this madhura song :