MADHYA-LILA, CHAPTER EIGHT
yat te sujAta-caraNAmburuhaM staneSu“O Priya, in anxiety for your tender lotus feet, we place them gently on our breasts. When you roam about in the rough forest paths with these feet, and when we do not know whether they are pinched by small stones and so forth or not, this casts the minds of us, for whom you are the elixir of life, into a whirlpool of unsteadiness.”
bhItAH zanaiH priya dadhImahi karkazeSu
tenATavIm aTasi tad vyathate na kiM svit
kUrpAdibhir bhramati dhIr bhavad-AyuSAM naH || 219 ||
sei gopI-bhAvAmRte yAGra lobha hayaOne who becomes greedy for the nectar of gopi-bhava, giving up the realm of Vedic dharma, he engages in the bhajana of Sri Krishna.
veda-dharma-loka tyaji se kRSNe bhajaya || 220 ||
rAgAnuga-mArge tAGre bhaje yei janaOne who worships Sri Krishna on the path of following divine passion (rAgAnugA), he attains the son of the king of Vraja in Vraja-dhama.
sei-jana pAya vraje vrajendra-nandana || 221 ||
vraja-lokera kona bhAva laJA yei bhajeWhoever accepts the bhava of the residents of Vraja and engages in bhajana appropriate for that bhava, he receives a body suitable for it, and attains Sri Krishna in Vraja.
bhAva-yogya deha pAJA kRSNa pAya vraje || 222 ||
tAhAte dRSTAnta upaniSad zruti-gaNaIn this regard, we may observe the Upanisads and the Shrutis who engaged in bhajana on the raga-marga and attained the son of the king of Vraja.
rAga-mArge bhaji pAila vrajendra-nandana || 223 ||
nibhRta-marun-mano ’kSa-dRDha-yoga-yujo hRdi yan“Controlling their life-airs, minds and senses, firm in the practice of yoga, the sages engaged in the worship within their hearts, attaining that which His enemies also attain. The minds of the ladies of Vraja, desiring to be embraced by His arms which are like the curved body of the king of serpents, were firmly attached to Him – we also desire to become like them, having an appearance similar to theirs, tasting the nectar of His lotus feet.”
munaya upAsate tad arayo ’pi yayuH smaraNAt
vayam api te samAH sama-dRzo ’Gghri-saroja-sudhAH || 224 ||
sama-dRzaH-zabde kahe sei bhAve anugatiThe word “sama-dRzaH” means to follow in the wake of their emotion, and the word “samAH” means the Shrutis attained the bodies of gopis.
samAH-zabde kahe zrutira gopI-deha-prApti || 225 ||
aGghri-padma-sudhA’ya kahe kRSNa-saGgAnandaThe words “aGghri-padma-sudhA” mean the bliss of intercourse with Krishna. On vidhi-marga, one does not attain Sri Krishnacandra in Vraja.
vidhi-mArge nA pAiye vraje kRSNa-candra || 226 ||
nAyaM sukhApo bhagavAn“This Bhagavan, the son of a gopika, is blissfully beheld by those with suitable devotional thoughts, in contrast to those who are absorbed in bodily matters, speculation and even those who are associates of Narayana.”
yathA bhakti-matAm iha || 227 ||
ataeva gopI-bhAva kari aGgIkAraTherefore, adopting gopi-bhava, day and night one should contemplate on the pleasure sports of Radha and Krishna.
rAtri-dina cinte rAdhA-kRSNera vihAra || 228 ||
siddha-dehe cinti kare tAhAJi sevanaMeditating on oneself in one’s siddha-deha in these pastimes, serving with the bhava of a female friend, one attains the feet of Radha and Krishna.
sakhI-bhAve pAya rAdhA-kRSNera caraNa || 229 ||
gopI-Anugatya vinA aizvarya-jJAneWithout following the gopis, if one worships Him in awareness of His superhuman prowess, one does not attain the son of the king of Vraja.
bhajileha nAhi pAya vrajendra-nandane || 230 ||
tAhAte dRSTAnta lakSmI karila bhajanaThe goddess of fortune is an example of this. Although she engaged in bhajana, still she did not attain the son of the king of Vraja in Vraja-dhama.
tathApi nA pAila vraje vrajendra-nandana || 231 ||