The information here is based on the commentaries of Advaitavamsa Acharya 108 Sri Ananda Gopala Goswami and 108 Sri Ananta Dasa Babaji Maharaja taken from “Vilapa Kusumanjali” and “Radha Rasa Sudhanidhi” translated by Sri Advaita Dasji.
Radharani’s Manjaris: Tattva & Lilas (4)
2020-07-09 (Mahanidhi Madan Gopal Das): This series of posts
will present facts (tattva) regarding
the identity, moods (gopi-bhava),
intimacy and sevas of Srimati Radharani’s
beautiful and talented handmaidens known as manjaris,
kinkaris, or dasis.
Also we will present
many astonishing and wonderful lilas
to highlight the manjaris most
personal and confidential sevas to
Srimati Radhika and Her dearest Priyatama Shyamasundara.
The information here is
based on the commentaries of Advaitavamsa Acharya 108 Sri Ananda Gopala Goswami
and 108 Sri Ananta Dasa Babaji Maharaja taken from “Vilapa Kusumanjali” and
“Radha Rasa Sudhanidhi” translated by Sri Advaita Dasji.
Desiring the Unattainable
Although Sri Raghunatha
Dasa Goswami understands that he desires something which is hard to attain, he
cannot give up hoping. “O Radhika! Isee
that I’m unworthy, yet my mind is still greedy for Your attributes.”
Although he sees that
he’s completely unqualified, his mind is still illuminated by the hope for getting
Radha-Madhava’s sweet mercy.
In Utkalika-vallari (34-35),
Sri Rupa Goswamipada says, “O Radha-Krishna, King and Queen of Vrindavan!
Although the greatest souls are not able to get Your darshan for even a moment,
this fallen soul desires it, swallowing all fear and shame! But what is my
fault in this? Who will not be intoxicated by the ever-fresh sweetness of Your
Tattva: Radha’s Krishna
The acaryas teach: “We
must see Shyamsundara from Radharani’s perspective and Radharani from Shyamsundara’s
perspective.” Sri Krishna bestows welfare on the world and Kalyani Radha embodies
Once to inform
Radharani about how intensely Krishna is hankering for Her, Visakha-sakhi said,
“O ShyamaJu! When Subala gives Krishna a garland of golden Campaka-flowers, His mind trembles and tears of passionate love
flow from Krishna’s eyes. O Sundari! Your form always awakens great love in
“Shyam can only
pronounce the first syllable of Your name, ‘Ra’,
but out of ecstasy Krishna cannot pronounce the other one, ‘Dha’. Krishna eyes cry streams of tears. That jewel of men rolls
on the ground; who can describe Govinda’s distress?”
Sri Krishna bestows
auspiciousness on the world, but Srimati Radhika bestows auspiciousness even on
Krishna. Sri Govinda considers Himself blessed when He attains Radhika’s
company. Krishna feels that His world is empty without Radha, and Radha feels
the same towards Krishna.
Sarvanga-sundari is the
Queen of the kunja, who excites
eagerness in Shyam to enjoy. It’s as if Madhava is a beggar getting a meal in
the royal palace.
Lila: Radha Kicks Her Manjari
In his spiritual
identity of Tulasi-manjari, Sri Raghunatha Dasa Goswami brings Radha and
Krishna together in a lonely kunja on
the bank of Radha-kunda. How expertly Radha-Madhava sweetly play!
Vrndavaneshvari fulfills desires that Krishna could never even dream of! Tulasi
witnesses all of Radha-Madhava’s sweet pastimes through a hole in the kunja wall.
enchanted Shyam sits at Swamini’s feet, staring at Kishori’s sweet face with
unblinking eyes. Understanding that her time to serve has come, Tulasi enters
the kunja. Krishna holds Srimati’s
lotus feet to His chest and is stricken by symptoms of ecstatic love, and tears
of love flow from Shyam’s eyes.
His chest is moistened
with sweatdrops, so that the fragrant powder on Krishna’s chest starts sticking
on Swamini’s footsoles. Seeing this, Tulasi giggles, covering her mouth with
her hand. Seeing her laughing, Swamini kicks the fortunate Tulasi with Her foot,
so that the fragrant powder from Krishna’s chest adorns Tulasi-manjari’s head,
making it worthy to be called her best and highest limb (uttam-anga).
Indeed, Tulasi is a
most fortunate manjari. Just hearing
this lila makes the sensitive sadhaka rejoice over the wonderful
loving intimacy between Srimati Radhika and Her loyal dasis like Tulasi. O will I, even in my dreams, experience the
tender touch of Sri Radha’s sweet feet sprinkled with the rasa-filled red
vermillion from Shyam’s love anointed chest?
Radharani manjaris ki
jai! Jai Jai Sri Radhe!