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Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
govardhana-parvata, yamuna-tira (1)
A small cottage in a grove on the banks of Radha-kunda, Govardhana Hill, the banks
of the Yamuna...
kalinda-nandini vipula-taranga (2)
Kusuma-sarovara, Manasa-ganga, the daughter of the Kalinda Mountain (Yamuna)
with her expansive waves...
vamshi-vata, gokula, dhira-samira
Vamshi-vata, Gokula, Dhira-samira, the trees, creepers, and groves of Vrindavana...
mayura, bhramara, murali, vilasa (4)
...the different varieties of colorful birds, deer, the cool and fragrant breezes from the
Malaya Mountains, the peacocks, bumblebees, the pastimes with the flute...
venu, shringa, pada-cihna, megha-mala
vasanta, shashanka, shankha, karatala (5)
...the flute itself, the buffalo horn bugle, the footprints of the cows in the dust, the
banks of blackish clouds, springtime, the moon, the conchshell and karatalas...
yugala-vilase anukula jani
lila-vilasa-uddipaka mani (6)
I know all these elements are very conducive for Shri Radha’s and Krishna’sh loving
exchanges, and thus I consider them as uddipaka, stimuli, for the devotee’s entrance
into Their lila-vilasa.
e saba chodata kahi nahi jau
e saba chodata parana harau (7)
I refuse to go anywhere if these uddipaka are not there, for to abandon all these is
to give up life itself.
bhakativinoda kahe, shuna kana
tuwa uddipaka hamara parana (8)
Bhaktivinoda says, “Hear me, O Kana, Your uddipaka (which stimulate remembrance
of You) are my very life and soul.”