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Chapter 7


1- Yearning to meet His beloved Radharani, Lord Hari walked a little distance turned from the path, and arrived at His favorite place, Radha-kunda.

2- Filled with many jeweled staircases, and it's four corners studded with jewels, Radha-kunda appeared very beautiful.

3- In the four corners were pavilions studded with glistening jewels. Around the pavilions were jeweled mosaic floors and courtyards.

4- Around each pavilions were four wonderfully colorful swings, decorated with various fragrant flowers, and suspended from the branches of trees.

5- In the south was a swing suspended from two campaka trees. In the east was a swing suspended from two kadamba trees. In the north was a swing suspended from two mango trees. In the west was a swing suspended from two bakula trees. In the east by southeast corner the grove of trees came right up to the water and a little north of that place was a wonderfully colorful bridge suspended from pillars. The water of the lake was of varying depth, sometimes as deep as one's neck, chest, belly, navel, hips, thighs, or knees. The groves of tress on the shore were of varying shapes, some six-sided, seven-sided, eight-sided or circular. The temperature was always pleasant, the winters being warm and the summers cool. In all directions there were staircases studded with various jewels. The water which vanquished all thirst for it's drinkers, was decorated with waves that glistened as if they were many jewels. In the middle of the water was a great assembly of water=fowl. The shore was decorated with many courtyards where Shri Shri Radha and Krishna enjoyed many joking pastimes in the company of Their associates. There were many wonderfully colorful, broad mosaic floors, and in all directions there were many trees, blossoming with many large flowers and fruits, and embraced by many flowering creepers.

6- In the four corners of Radha-kunda there were gardens of madhavi creepers surrounded by groves of banira, kesara, and asoka trees.

7- Around these were the large groves of the various gopis, and beyond them were groves of plantain trees that provided nice transcendental fruits and cooling shade.

8- Beyond that were gardens and forests of flower-bearing trees. In the middle of Radha-kunda's waters was a glistering bridge leading to a jeweled palace.

9- In these gardens were many goddesses of fortune and hundreds of maidservants engaged by Vrnda-devi in collecting various fruits and flowers, and in rendering various services in pleasant cottage here and there in the forest.

10- There was no excessive heat or cold, and only the good qualities of spring and the other seasons were present in those groves of Radha-kunda. Vrnda-devi personally arranged that all the paths, courtyards, and building were regularly sprinkled with scented water, the gates and roofs decorated with many flags, and the forest-groves, path, swings, courtyards, and palaces were all wonderfully decorated with colorful flowers.

11- In those groves were many beautiful pastime-cottages. In those cottages were many couches fashioned of various flowers, flower-stems, and lotus petals and generous cushions. In those cottages were goblets of sweet nectar, betel-nuts, water, and other refreshments.

12- There were many kahlara, raktatpala, pundarika, pankeruha, indivara, and kairava lotus flowers in Radha-kunda. The honey and pollen falling from these flowers made the entire pondvery fragrant.

13- Radha-kunda was filled with the pleasant cooing of the swans, cranes, datuhas, madgus, cuckoos, and other birds, as well as the varatas, laksmanas, and other species of geese. Radha-kunda was also filled with the charming nectarean poems the jubilant male and female parrots recited describing the pastimes of Lord Krishna.

14- The peacocks become maddened with ecstatic love when they see the beautiful form of Lord Krishna, as splendid as a rain-cloud. These ecstatic peacocks coo and dance in the gardens and courtyards of Radha-kunda.

15- When the haritas, paravatas, catakas, and other wonderfully birds saw the form of Lord Krishna they became full of transcendental bliss. These birds filled the forest of Radha-kunda with a charming sound like nectar for the ears.

16- The cakora birds in Radha-kunda's sky revile the feeble beauty of the moon. Instead they prefer to drink the nectarean moonlight of Lord Krishna's face, which is worshipped by billions of the best full moons.

17- The groves around Radha-kunda were filled with bending trees and creepers bearing many new sprouts, buds, blossomed flowers, unripe and ripe fruits. Radha-kunda was in the middle of a district of many lakes. It was filled with the splendor of many different kinds of lotus flowers. It's shore and waters were the place of Lord Hari's transcendental pastimes. It's numberless transcendental virtues eclipsed even the wonder of he milk-ocean in the plant of Svetadvipa.

18- Next to Radha-kunda is a similar lake named Syama-kunda, which was created by the touch of Lord Krishna's lotus foot. Around Radha-kunda are eight groves named after the eight principal gopis. These gopis lovingly created these groves with great effort to please the dear Divine Couple by facilitating Their pastimes.

19- Many gardens and a tree-lined path mark the boundary of the Radha-kunda area.

20- The narrow lanes in the Radha-kunda area were made of pure crystal studded with sapphires. They appeared like little creeks with diminutive waves.

21- The jewels in these lanes reflect the nearby jeweled walls. These walls have many doors leading to pleasant gardens which appear to be in another world.

22- To the north of the Radha-kunda area is the courtyard named Ananga-rangambuja, within which is a pleasant golden plantain and bakula grove in the shape of an eight-petaled lotus. The courtyard itself is in the shape of a thousand-petaled lotus whose lovely whorl is fashioned of glittering golden mosaics. In this pleasant lotus-courtyard there are many nice places which are extremely suitable for the Lord's pastimes. By this courtyard is the opulent palace named Lalitanandana, where Shri Shri Radha and Krishna, the monarchs of Vrndavana-forest reign. This palace is pleasant in every season. It is decorated and maintained by Lalita's student Kalavati, and it is the abode of various pastimes for the Divine Couple.

23- Around the golden whorl of this thousand-petaled lotus courtyard are various rings, each one twice as large as the preceding one. The first ring is a grove of ruby bakula trees. Next is a grove of kadamba trees fashioned from various jewels. Next are five pavilions fashioned from gold, lapis lazuli, sapphire, crystal, and ruby respectively. within these pavilions are many handsome pairs of beasts, birds, humans, and demigods, all splendidly decorated with ornaments made of various jewels. In this courtyard there also many other bakula and other trees glistering with wonderful flowers and leaves in five different colors. In this middle of this lotus-whorl is also a great treasury-building filled knee-deep with precious gems.

24- In the eight petals of the lotus-shaped grove there are many smaller groves filled with asoka trees and creepers which bear white, red, green, yellow, and blue flowers, even down to their roots. In the northwest  petal there is a pleasant grove of asoka trees. This grove is named vasanta-sukhada and it is filled with the musical sounds of many bumble-bees and cuckoos.

25- The grove named Shri Padma-mandira is situated in the southwestern petal. It has a four-sided wall with windows and four gates.

26- These four walls are decorated with wonderfully colorful designs and pictures fashioned from various jewels. Within this grove Shri Krishna and the gopis enjoy their purva-raga and other pastimes.

27- Within this grove Lord Krishna enjoyed the rasa-dance and other pastimes wonderfully arranged by Lalita-devi. Just outside this grove Lord Krishna killed Putana, Arista, and other demons.

28- The palace in this grove is fashioned in the form of a lotus flower. The central room there is like a splendid jeweled filament of that lotus flower. The inner chambers around that room are like the inner whorl of that lotus flower. The sixteen walls that surround that palace are like the petals of that lotus flower.

29- Above these sixteen palaces were many palatial turrets and spires, and between them there many palaces also.

30- These walls were supported by rows of crystal columns and had red-coral roofs.

31- These roofs were decorated with great jeweled spires with glistening tops.

32- Above these two roofs there is a third set of very tall spires which delight the eyes of the Divine Couple and the residents of Vrndavana.

33- The bases of the walls were decorated with wonderfully colorful jeweled designs and pictures. Staircases from the walls led in all directions to beautiful mosaic pavements.

34- At the far boundaries of these extensive mosaic pavements are a series of very tall trees.

35- The boundary of this mosaic pavement is decorated with nice flowers and fruits. It is known as keli-ratnakara, the treasury of jewels where Shri Shri Radha and Krishna and Their associates enjoy transcendental pastimes.

36- In the grove to the southeast is a lotus-shaped jeweled swing facing east and west, and expertly suspended between two branches of a bakula tree.

37- This swing was placed between two tiltling branches of a bakula tree that shades a pleasant garden below.

38- The swing was firmly tied to the tree with four stout silkenropes. The area around the swing was a perfectly level plain.

39- The bakula tree was enclosed by a little fence formed of eight rubies and eight red-corals, each as large as one's hand.

40- In this mosaic floor is a jeweled design resembling a colorful sixteen-petaled lotus flower.

41- This lotus flower has eight gates in it's filament and two gates in it's southern petal.

42- The swing was suspended from two poles. It had splendid pillows on it's seat, back, and sides.

43- The seat was upholstered with golden and multicolored cloth  sewn with pearls resembling glittering moons.

44- The eight principal gopis stood in the petals, and the other gopis melodiously sang as Vrnda-devi moved Shrimati Radharani and the infallible Supreme Personality of Godhead, who were seated on the swing.

45- This place, where Shrimati Radharani and the infallible Supreme Personality of Godhead sit on the lotuslike swing in the presence of all Their associates, is known as Madanandolana-tirtha.

46- In the northeast is a lake and grove of Madhavi-creepers where the Lord enjoy various pastimes. This place, in the shape of an eight-petaled lotus flower, is named Madhavananda-tirtha.

47- To the north of this place is a grove named Sitambuja-kunja, in the shape of a white lotus flower. The filament of this lotus-shaped grove is studded with jewels, and it's whorl is made of gold, and it's petals consist of various groves and gardens. These groves are shaded by many bending trees embraced by flowering malli-jasmine creepers. The blossoming punnaga flowers make the groves seem to be always flooded by silver moonlight.

48- The eastern grove is named Kunjasitambuja-tirtha (the blue lotus flower). It has a golden whorl, with smaller groves as it's petals. It is filled with bending trees embraced by golden creepers. It's many tamala trees make it appear to be filled with glistening sapphires.

49- The southern petal is a grove named Kunjarunambuja-tirtha (the grove in the shape of a red lotus flower). It is filled with blossoming clove-creepers. It center and outskirts are decorated with rubies and other precious gems.

50- The western petal is a grove named Hemambuja-tirtha (the golden lotus flower). From center to circumference it is made of gold. It is filled with creepers and blossoming campaka trees.

51- In this way there are various groves in the north and other directions. The different colors and features of these groves astonish the eyes of the visitor. These groves are very dear to Shri Shri Radha and Krishna.

52- These groves are filled with sublimely fragrant red, green, yellow, and blue flowers. The northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest groves are filled with blossoming campaka flowers. The east, north, south, and west are filled with blossoming madhavi-creepers.

53- In these groves some trees had their glistening tilting branches tangled together, and others had their branches neatly separated. These groves were filled with the delightful sweet sounds of the blue, yellow, and red parrots, cuckoos, and bumble-bees. These groves appeared to be a great palace in Radha-kunda.

54- The budding and blossoming flowers growing on the land and in the waters of these groves and lakes provided various ornaments, garments, couches, awnings, and other paraphernalia to decorate the Radha-kunda area. The red, white, yellow, and blue lotus flowers made a wonderful, and colorful picture in all directions.

55- In the middle of this sixteen-petaled lotus flower there are four gates guarded by an army of softly buzzing bees. Beyond those gates is  charming jeweled garden filled with blossoming flowers, fresh buds, and arrow-like twigs.

56- The porches of these four gates are shaded by the long branches of nearby trees, and constantly protected and maintained by Manjumukhi-dasi, the expert student of Visakha-devi.

57- In the middle of this green garden is a regal garden grove named Visakha-nandada or madana-sukhada. It is the abode of bliss fro the Vrajabhumi's eyes. It is completely inundated by the nectar-flood of Lord Shri Shri Radha-Bakari's pastimes.

58- In the east is a wonderful grove named Citranandada-tirtha (the bestower of wonderful bliss). In this grove is a wonderful swing, wonderful palaces, wonderful courtyards, wonderful mosaic floors, bees, wonderful colorful birds, many dark trees, many wonderful jewels, and many wonderful trees and creepers.

59-In the southeast is the grove named Purnendu-kunja (the full-moon). This grove is decorated with a beautiful pastimes-couch and other paraphernalia. This grove delights the gopis Indulekha. This grove has a courtyard where the floor is paved with crystal and moonstones. The entire place is made very colorful by the pundarika lotus flowers, kairava lotus flowers. and malli jasmine flowers. There are many creepers and trees bearing beautiful flowers, and there are charming sounds of the bumble-bees, cuckoos, and parrots. Even in this age of kali, during the full-moon night beautifully dressed Radha and Krishna come here with Their gopi-associates and enjoy transcendental pastimes, unseen by the conditioned souls.

60- In the south is a grove named Campakalatanandada-kunja (the grove that delights Campakalata). The land and everything else there is golden. It is filled with golden flowers and golden creepers. There are many wonderful golden lotus flowers. There are golden courtyards with golden mosaic floors. There are golden pavilions and golden swings. There are golden birds and golden-complexioned servants. One day, Shrimati Radharani, dressed Herself in golden garments, and decorated Her body with golden cosmetics, entered this golden grove, so expertly camouflaged that even Lord Krishna did not noticed She was standing before Him. One day Lord Krishna camouflaged Himself in the same say, with golden garments and cosmetics, and in the same way He remained unobserved as He overheard His beloved Radharani's description of Their love to Her intently listening gopi-friends. One day Padma sent Jatila to this grove to find Radharani, and when Jatila looked at the throne where Radharani and Krishna were seated, she could see Lord krishna only, for Radharani's golden complexion and garments so nicely camouflaged Her.

61- In that grove is wonderful dining-area and kitchen where expert Campakalata and Vrnda-devi happily cook picnic-lunches for their masters, the Divine- Couple.

62- In the southwest is the grove named Rangadevi-sukha-prada (the grove that delights Rangadevi), which greatly expands the pleasure of Shrimati Radharani. Everything in this grove is blue. There are blue tamala trees whose branches are embraced by blue creepers, and there are courtyards whose cobblestones are blue sapphires. The blue environment makes it easy to not see Lord Krishna. One day when Mukhara and the other elderly gopis entered this grove and met Radha and Krishna, they could see Radha only, so perfectly did Lord Krishna's blue complexion camouflaged Him.

63- In the west is a grove named Tungavidyanandada (the grove that delights Tungavidya). Everything in this grove is red. There are red trees with red flowers and leaves, their branches embraced by red creepers. There is a red pavilion and a red swing. There is a courtyard where the cobblestones are rubies.

64- In the northwest there is a grove named Sudevi-sukhada-kunja (the grove that delights Sudevi). Everything in this grove is green. There are green trees, green creepers, green birds, and a courtyard paved with emeralds.

65- In the north is a grove protected by Ananga-manjari, and it is sublimely beautiful. It appears like a sixteen-petaled lotus flower surrounded by water. It's glistening sapphires, rubies, and moonstones appear to be waves in a lake and it's other jewels appear to be water-lilies, lotuses, bumble-bees, swans, and other beautiful forms.

66- Shri Radha-kunda is full of wonderful transcendental qualities just like those of Shrimati Radharani Herself. Shri Radha-kunda is as dear to Lord Hari as Shrimati Radharani is Herself. Lord Shri Madhavendu eternally enjoys loving pastimes with Shrimati Radharani on the shore of Radha-kunda. One who bathes even only once in the waters of Radha-kunda attains pure love for Krishna.

67- When the king of heroes, Lord Krishna, saw Radha-kunda, at first He became jubilant, but then He became overwhelmed by burning feelings of love in separation from Shrimati Radharani. The desire to attain His beloved Radharani, devoured His thoughts, and in this condition He began to imagine that Radha-kunda was identical with His beloved Radharani.

68- Lord Krishna thought the playful cakravaka couple were Shrimati Radharani's breasts. He thought the movements of the nectar waves were the motions of His beloved Radharani's breasts. He thought the foam on the water's surface was Her necklace of splendid pearls.

69- Lord Krishna thought the nectarean waves of Radha-kunda were the charming sweetness of His beloved Radharani. He thought the lotus flowers in Radha-kunda were His beloved Radharani's eyes. He thought the swarm of black-bees were Her hair. He thought the jubilant deer on the shore were Her graceful motions. He thought the cooing of the swans was the tinkling of Her ankle-bells. He thought Radha-kunda was His beloved RAdharani.

70- Lord Krishna thought the place where Syama-kunda flows into Radha-kunda was His own arms embracing His beloved Radharani. He thought the waves in Radha-kunda were Radharani's trembling because of His embrace. He thought the red lotus flowers in Radha-kunda were Radharani's hands responding to His embrace.

71- Lord Krishna thought the slightly tilting lotus flowers moving in the breeze were Shrimati Radharani's lotus face, abruptly turning because of the kissing of the bumble-bee of His roving sidelong glance.

72- Lord Krishna thought the loud buzzing of the bees was the inarticulate cry of agitated Radharani, pretending to resist His advances.

73- As He stood on the bowed head of Govardhana Hill. Lord Hari thought the two lakes, Radha-kunda and Syama-kunda, filled with moving lotus flowers, moving in the wind-tossed waves, were actually His own restless tear-filled eyes, agitated with ecstatic love for Shrimati Radharani.

74- As Lord Krishna gazed at Radha-kunda He saw the limbs of His beloved Radharani. In this way He became filled with intense bliss. His ardent desire to meet Her, shattered to pieces the peaceful composure within His heart.

75- Lord Krishna then looked at Syama-kunda, with various groves built by His own close friends. When He saw Syama-kunda by the side of Radha-kunda He thought Syama-kunda was Himself standing next to His beloved Radharani.

76- Lord Krishna's closest friends, such as Subala, Madhumangala, Ujjvala, Arjuna, Gandharva, Vidagdha, Bhrnga, Kokila, Daksa, Sannandana, and others divided the groves around Radha-kunda, giving each one to a particular gopi such as Shrimati Radharani or Lalita-devi.

77- In the northwest is the grove Manasa-pavana-tirtha, and the cottage Subalanandada, which were both accepted by Shrimati Radharani. She regularly bathes there with Her friends, considering the water to be identical with the madhvika honey of Lord krishna's lotus feet. That place is as dear to Her as Lord Krishna Himself.

78-In the north is the wonderful forest-cottage named Madhumangala-sanda which was accepted by Lalita-devi. and which was very dear to Shrimati Radharani.

79- In the northeast is the cottage named Ujjvalanandada, which accepted by Visakha-devi, In this way in each direction there was a cottage that was accepted by a particular gopi.

80- One path enters Radha-kunda from the east, and another from the west. Both humans and animals travel these paths to baths in Radha-kunda and drink it's waters.

81- Those devotees who have developed genuine love for the Divine Couple, and will soon became eligible to assist in Their pastimes, are able to see, within their pure hearts, these spiritual features of Radha-kunda. Others cannot help but think that Radha-kunda is an ordinary material place.

82- When Vrnda-devi noticed the arrival of Nanda's son Krishna, she became very happy. She approached Him and presented Him with a pair of lotus-whorl earrings.

83- Vrnda-devi, artistic skill could be clearly seen in the lotus-whorl earrings she had fashioned herself, and just then given to Lord Krishna, who was radiant with transcendental qualities, Vrnda-devi, speaking about Shrimati Radharani in unaffected sweet words, brought Lord Krishna around the shore of Radha-kunda, from one grove to another until they reached the Madana-sukhada grove in the northeast corner.

84- When Lord Krishna entered Madana-sukhada-kunja He became very happy to see the places where He had enjoyed pastimes with Shrimati Radharani in the past, and where he desired to enjoy pastimes with her in the future.

85- When Lord Krishna entered this grove so nicely decorated by Visakha, Manjumukhi, and Vrnda-devi, He became very pleased. Filled with longing to meet His beloved Radharani, He spoke the following words to Vrnda-devi:

86- O Vrnda, if by good fortune your friend Radharani were to accidentally come to this place, and if there were no obstacles to My enjoying pastimes with Her, then this pleasant forest, this charming cottage, and all these wonderful decorations you have fashioned, would all become sublimely useful to Me.

87- I think Tulasi must have told Radharani how I met Saibya on the road. Tulasi must have told Radharani my actual intention to meet Her. Tulasi shall certainly bring Her to this place.

88- Shrimati Radharani has certainly heard two different stories, one of how I shall meet Her, and another of how I shall meet Candravali. These contradictory stories have certainly thrown Her into the intense suffering of love, and made her burn with the desire to meet with Me. O Dhanistha, please quickly go to Lalita, and have her bring Radharani to this place.

89- O Vrnda, please post one gopi on the path leading to the cows. This gopi may divert any of My cowherd friends trying to find Me. In this way We will not be interrupted by them.

90- Please post another expert gopi on the path to Gauri-tirtha. If Saibya comes for Me again this gopi can deceive her and send her in the wrong direction.

91- Observing how His brahmana friend Madhumangala was greedily eyeing two trees decked with ripe bananas, Lord hari said to Vrnda-devi: And also please see to it that you adequately fills your belly with all this fruits.

92- Madhumangala at once interjected: O friend, what is the use of asking her to eat these bananas. You should ask me to eat them. By constantly gazing at them I am becoming extremely hungry. I should stop at this very place, devour them all, and in this way satisfy the appetite burning in my stomach.

93- When the expert gopis were posted in their places, Lord Krishna, filled with amorous longing, waited, fixing His eyes on the path where His beloved Radharani was to appear.

94- As Lord Krishna waited for His lotus-faced beloved to arrive, He became very impatient. he considered each passing moment to be as long as hundred of thousands of yugas. Although His peaceful composure is generally deeper than hundreds of oceans, He became very agitated and restless. This is not at all surprising. This is the natural emotional response of genuine lovers for their beloved.

95- Thus ends the seventh chapter of Govinda-lilamrta in the matter of the Lord's morning pastimes. Shrila Raghunatha dasa Goswami has ordered me to write this book, which I have been able to do by blessings of Shrila Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami and the saintly association of Shrila Jiva Goswami. I consider this book the ripened fruit of the service I have rendered to Shrila Rupa Goswami, who is like a bumble-bee relishing the honey at the lotus feet of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.