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DandAtmikA sevA - 64 Danda seva
Madanmohan das - Thu, 16 Dec 2004 01:44:32 +0530
Not 100% sure but I guess this is by Govardhan nivasi siddha Krsna das babaji, but it might be another Krsna das. Anyway this is a survey of the day and night divided into 64 dandas or about 24 minutes.
prAtahkAle uthiyA srI rAdhA thAkurAni/
dantadhAvanAdikriyA karilA Apani//
udvarttanAdi diyA sakhI karAila snAna/
tabe vesabhUsA karAila paridhAna//
ei kArye srImatIra eka danda jAya/
utkanthita citta krsna-darsana AsAya// 1
Fair princess Radha at dawn from slumber rises, and cleanses her teeth, face and hands. The sakhis rub her with fragrant oils and assist her with her bathing. Then they adorn her with fine garments and precious ornaments. In these and such acts beautiful Radha spends one danda; and her mind filled with anxious care in hopes of seeing Krsna. 1st
Princess Radha doth at Dawn from slumber rise;
Then to rince her face and hands proceeds,
And with a fresh cut mango twig,
Her jasmin bud-like teeth she cleans.
The sakhis now come in t'assist,
With scented oils and unguents pure,
They annoint and rub her luscious limbs.
Then with water cool and crystal clear
From golden jugs, she's affectionately bathed.
She's then with garments fresh and bright,
And with costly ornaments adorned;
All the while with anxious care,
She hopes the handsome Syam to see,
And in these and such other acts,
Radha spends the days first danda.
krsna lAgi randhana karite nandIsvara/
pathe yAite eka danda haya atapara//
Another danda is passed traversing the path to Nandisvara, wither she goes to cook for Krsna's pleasure. 2nd
dui danda kAla haya randhana kriyAya/
Two more dandas are spent in preparation of various delececies. upto 4th
Ara danda jAya krsna bhojana lIlAya//
And another danda is passed during Krsna's sprortive repast. 5th
Somehow that takes us upto the 7th danda. I'm missing something here or maybe a printing error.
astama dandete rAdhAra prasAda sevana/
avasesa pAila tabe sarva sakhIgana//
Within the period upto the eighth danda Radha honours prasad , whereafter all the sakhis enjoy the leftovers. 8th
asta dandottare krsnera gostha yAtrA haya/
By the end of the eighth danda Krsna begins his gostha yatra (taking the herds to pasture). 9th
dasa danda yAna rAdhA Apana Alaya//
Radha spends the tenth danda returning to her own residence/ 10th
Madhava - Thu, 16 Dec 2004 11:52:02 +0530
Yes, this is from Siddha Baba of Govardhan. Thank you very much for posting!
Madanmohan das - Thu, 16 Dec 2004 20:16:47 +0530
Madanmohan das - Thu, 16 Dec 2004 21:50:15 +0530
ekAdasa dande rAdhA svasru AjnA laiyA/
sUryapUjA sajja kailA ati vyAsta haiyA//
During the eleventh danda Radha takes the permission/order from her mother-in-law, and with all haste and expedience she gathers the items for the rituals of Surya puja. 11th
( AjnA is challenging word, order, command, decree, permission. I think it is a mixture of order/permission in this case. I'm sure there must be an English word for it.)
tina danda sUryakunda yAite yAya kAla
sUryamandire rAkhe pUjAdravyajAla//
Three dandas elapse whilst proceedeing to Surya Kunda; the items gathered for ritual worship are kept secure in the Surya temple. 14th
puspa tulibAre yAya sakhIgana laiyA/
rAdhAkunde yAya krsna darsana lAgiyA//
dui dande yAya rAi nija kunda tIre/
srI krsna darsana kaila svakunja kutIre//
With the ostensable purpose of picking flowers she proceeds with all the sakhis to Radha Kunda, intent on seeing Krsna. After two dandas Rai (Vinodini) arrives at the banks of her kunda, and there, in her own bower cottage she beholds Sri Krsna. 16th
First the couple meet, and then,
A host of festive sports begin;
A quarrel over flowers now ensues,
And each the other doth of theft accuse;
The sakhis urge that first the holy rites be done,
In adoration of the lofty-going Sun.
srIkrsne pranAma kari mAlAcandana dilA/
deha preme garagara Ananda bArilA//
tabe nAnA kautuka karilA dujana/
hindolAya duhe dule Anandita mana//
sakhIgana laiyA tabe kare rasakeli/
kunjamAjhe viharen duhe pAsA kheli//
krsna hArilena khelite rAi sane/
krsna bale bikAilAma tomAra carane//
tabe krsna mistha anna bhojana karilA/
sakhIgana laiyA rAi avasesa pAilA//
tabe duhe pravesilA srImanimandire/
rasera vilAsa kailA praphulla antare//
erUpe vilAsa rase yAya chaya danda/
bAisa danda uttare rAi yAna nijakunda//
Then she bows down to Krsna and presents him with a flower garland and sandle paste balm; overwhelmed in a transport of love, there is a swelling of rapturous joy.
Thereupon the lovers divert themselves in playful curiosities, and when they mount the swing their minds are suspended in ecstacy.
Then, taking along the sakhis, they sportively enter a bower to commence the dice board game.
When Krsna is defeated in the game by fortunate Rai, he tells her; " Thou hast bought and won me as the willing slave at thy feet."
Anon, Krsna enjoys a repast of fruits and sweets, after which Rai and the sakhis recieve and relish the leftovers.
The couple then enter a beautiful jewel-temple where they play much rasa vilAsa and their hearts bloom wide with joy.
Thus six dandas are spent in rapturous love-sports; by the twenty second danda Rai (Kishori) returns to her kunda. 22nd
dui danda sUryAlaye karite gamane/
Two dandas pass proceeding to the Surya temple. 24th
tabe eka danda haya sUrya ArAdhana//
Then another danda in ritual worship of the Sun. 25th
tadantare sakhIsange rAi grhe yAna/
pathe cAri danda lAge karite prayAna//
Thereafter, accompanied by her sakhis, Rai returns home and four dandas elapse on the way. 29th
grhe giyA rAi tabe snAna samApiyA/
sUryera prasAda pAna sakhIgana laiyA//
prasAda pAite rAdhAra yAya eka danda/
krsne dekhi pAka kaila amrtera khanda//
pakkAnna mistAnna saba krsnera lAgiyA/
tulasIra hAte tAhA dena pAthAiyA//
Arriving home, and having bathed, Rai and the sakhis partake of the sanctified offerings from the Surya worship.
Recieving the prasad Radha spends another danda, and then, seeing Krsna(on his return from the pasture), she hastens to prepare various dainty cates, pleasing to Krsna, such as savories and sweet meets.
All these she puts in the hands of Tulasi who is deputed (to convey the same to Krsna, who has by this time also arrives at his home.) 30th
( somehow seems to fit alot into that last danda there(?) )
ekatrisa dande rAi virale basiyA/
mAlA gAthe sukhe tabe krsnera lAgiyA//
candana gharsane Ara tAmbulasajjAya/
sandhyA Asi upanIta esaba kriyAya/
sandhyAkAle rAi kichu visrAma karilA//
During the thirty first danda Rai sits in a sequesterd spot and happily weaves flower garlands for Krsna. She also grinds sandel wood and fashions tasty betel leaf-wraps, and thus the eventide draws nigh.
These then are the thirty two dandas that comprise the daytime sports.
When evening comes Radha lays down to rest a while.
Madanmohan das - Fri, 17 Dec 2004 02:14:42 +0530
Sri Sri Radha-Vallavi-vallabhayoh namah
dui danda srIrAdhA sayyAya sayana/
Two dandas pass while Sri Radha reclines on her bed. 2nd
tabe dui dande rAdhAra hayata randhana//
and another two dandas are spent cooking. 4th
chaya danda pare krsna prasAda Asila/
sakhI sange rAdhA tabe bhojana karila//
By the end of the sixth danda Krsna's prasadi arrives, and Radha accompanied by the sakhis takes her repast. 7th
sapta dande rAi punah karila sayana/
uthi dasa danda abhisAra Ayojana//
In the seventh danda ( Sumukhi) Rai rests again for a while, and by the tenth danda she rises and prepares for abhisara (going out to meet the beloved). 10th
sanketa kunjete yete lAge danda dui/
Two more dandas elapse proceeding to the asigned trysting bower (sanket kunja). 11th
dvAdasa dandete kunje upasthita haya//
trayodasa dande seve tAmbula candana/
krsna sane rAsalAsya laye sakhIgana//
rAsAdi kautuke tabe cAri danda yAya/
sakhIgana mili rAdhA-krsna guna gAya//
prema rase rAdhA-krsna Anandita mane/
kunjete sayana kare seve sakhIgana//
During the twelfth danda she arrives at the kunja-bower (and meeting with Krsna), in the thirteenth danda, serves him betel leaf wraps and doubs him with sandel paste.
Thereafter, along with the sakhis, Radha and Krsna perform abundant varieties of dancing, such as Rasa and Lasya and others. In tha passing wondrous spectacle of the Rasa, four dandas elapse. Then the sakhis join together and sing the glory of Radha and Krsna's love. Radha and Krsna's minds are thrilled with joy by the raptures of their most mutual love rasa, and when they go to rest in a bower cottage, they are attended upon by the sakhis. 17th
astAdasa dande punah kunjete vihAra/
nAnA puspa vesa haya nAnA alankAra//
By the eighteenth danda they begin anew the kunja-vihAra, and then adorn each other with various floral garments and various floral ornaments. 18th
kusuma tulete eka danda pare yAya/
puspasayyA' pare duhe sayana karAya//
Another danda is spent gathering flowers, and then the loving couple are taken to a flower strewn bed and made to lie down. 19th
univimsa dande punah bhojana vilAsa/
tAhe vrndAdevI Adira manera ullAsa//
In the twentyth danda they again enjoy a light repast, at which Vrndadevi and others are thrilled with joy. 20th
vimsa dande rAdhAkrsna karena vilAsa/
cAri danda vilAsete dohAra ullAsa//
After the twentyth danda Radha and Krsna engage in amorous sports and spend four dandas in love-play, with great exhiliration. 24th
caturvimsa dande nidrA yAna duijana/
dui danda kunja nidrA Anandta mane//
BY the twenty fourth danda the two lovers fall asleep within the bower and spend two more dandas in blissful repose. 26th
sadvimsete kunja-bhanga virahabhAbanA/
paraspara sudhAlApa sapremajalpanA//
eirUpe dui danda yAite yAite/
kunja chAri rAdhA-krsna calilA grhete//
By the twenty sixth danda comes the time to break the blissful union, and apprehensions of immanent separation are expressed in honey sweet lament.
Thus , as each reluctantly departs from the bower and repairs to their respective abodes, two more dandas elapse. 28th
dui dande Asi rAi yAvate pasilA/
After two dandas Rai (Vinodini) enters Yavat. 30th
muhurteka rAtri chila sukhe nidrA gela//
and in the last muhurta of the night happily goes to sleep. 32nd
rAdhAkrsna lIlAkhelA varnane nA yAya/
samksepe kahinu kichu sevAra nirnaya//
rAgAnugA haiyA kara sAdhya-sAdhana/
siddha deha kara sadA mAnasi sevana//
sthula dehe kara sadA sravana kIrtana/
vaidha dharme thAki dharma karaha pAlana//
ati sIghra aprAkrta deha vyakta habe/
sthula-linga deha chAri nitya sevA pAbe//
srI rUpa raghunAtha pade yAra Asa/
catuhsasthi gupta sevA kahe krsna dAsa//
Radha and Krsna's lila khela is beyond description, but I have spoken in brief with referance to the application of service.
Taking to the Raganuga path, where to contemplate the services of the accomplished state, is also the very means of it's attainment;
practice manasi seva with a siddha deha concieved within the mind;
with the gross elemental body always perform sravana and kirtan; maintain outwardly the Vaidha dharma and uphold virtue. Very soon the transcendental body will become apparent, and shuffling off the mortal coil, one attains nitya seva.
Krsna das, whose hopes rest at the feet of Sri Rupa and Raghunatha, tells the sixty four danda secret service.