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Sakhi Kishori Dasi -

Sakhicharan - Fri, 07 Oct 2005 20:53:24 +0530
Sakhi Kishori Dasi was an upasaka of sakhi bhav and a companion of Lalita Sakhi Dasi. She became siddha at a very early age. a brief account of her life appears in Carita Sudha, Vol VI, pp. 21-30 in the words of Barha Baba and Lalita Sakhi Dasi. I am reproducing a portion of it here.

One day, when Sri Radharamana Carana Dasa was staying in the Agaraparha Garden in Calcutta he suddenly emitted blood while washing his mouth in the morning. This made his companions anxious about his health. They said, "What could this be due to? Does it indicate some disease?" Baba Mahasaya replied, "This is due to some sorrowful happening in Puri." Then he went and lay in his room and covered himself with a cadara from head to feet. After half an hour he uttered, "Kishori!" Then again he was quiet.

At about 10:30 AM he got up and said to someone, "I will go to Puri today, inform Pulin." He had hardly said this when Pulin came with a telegram in his hand. He said, "What news Pulin?" Seeing that Pulin was hesitant in replying he said, "I know that on the day following Radastami, Radharani accepted Kishori Dasi. She is blest. Arrange for my journey to Puri, I shall go today."

The news spread in Agaraparha that Baba Mahasaya had suddenly decided to go to Puri. Many people came to inquire the reason for his sudden departure.

Baba Mahasaya rplied, "Sometime ago a twenty year old boy named Advaita Dasa took mantra from me and went to Braj. After seeing all the holy places connected with the lila of Sri Krishna, he went to Barsana. There he lived with vairagya and swept the Temple of Radharani. He did not talk with anyone. In the evening he covered his head with his cadara and danced before the Sri Vigraha of Radharani. In the dance he often lost himself in bhav. The people of Barsana loved him for his bhav bhakti.

"One day Radharani asked him in a dream to dance before Her in the vesh of a gopi. He ignored this as a mere dream. After three days Radharani again appeared to him in a dream and said, 'You did not dance as I had said. Tomorrow I shall send you the dress of a gopi. You wear the the dress and dance before Me. Remember that is your siddha-vesa.'

"The next day in the evening an old lady came with a sari and a blouse and said to him, 'Baba, you dance before Radharani everyday. I like your dance very much. I give you this sari and blouse so that you may wear them while dancing.' He began to dance in that sari. Slowly he became so much attached to it that he could not give up wearing it. People began to call him Kishori Dasi. After one year he went to Puri and engaged himself in the service of Radhakanta Deva in Jhanjapita Matha. Everyone was charmed by his bhav and loving service of the Thakurs. During the period of his service the Thakurs put on a new appearance. They looked so beautiful that sometimes I would wonder if They were the same Sri Vigrahas or not."

"Radharani accepted him yesterday and engaged him in Her loving service in nitya-lila for all times. I am happy at this, but I am sorry to have been deprived of his company because the very sight of him inspired Krishna-lila in my heart.

What follows is Lalita Sakhi Dasi describing the passing of Kishori Dasi.

Kishori: "Believe me, I feel that by Radharani's grace and your blessings I shall leave this body tomorrow between 8:30 and 9:00 AM."

Lalita: "I burst into tears and said, "Kishori! Will you really leave us all and go?"

Kishori: "Ma! By your blessings it appears that it will be so. You decorate me and send me to Braj happily. I am sorry I have to leave your sweet company and to go without having the darshan of Baba Mahasaya."

Lalita: "As she said this she threw her arms around my neck and began to weep like a child. After some time she contained herself and asked for mahaprasada. Kusuma Dasi brought Radhakanta's and Jagannath Deva's mahaprasada. With her own hand she gave a little mahaprasada in the mouth of each of us and she took our adharamrita."

"The next day early in the morning we started kirtana around her. At 8:30 I saw the she was slowly sinking. According to her desire I uttered her siddha name in her ear. As soon as she heard the name her face became radiant and there was a smile on her face. I placed a garland of Mukundavilasa around her neck. Others decorated her by putting vermillion mark on her forehead and alta on her feet. We were singing, 'Bhaja Nitai-Gaura Radhe Syama, japa Hare Krishna Hare Rama.' She started singing with us. Suddenly she shouted, 'Radhe Pranesvari!' and became silent forever. Her face was still radiant with a smile and her eyes were wide open and fixed on some object. It appeared that she was looking at something most astonishing and attractive when she breathed her last."

As Lalita Sakhi concluded the story of Kishori Dasi's entrance into the nitya-lila, she began to weep. Baba Mahasaya was moved to the core of his heart. He said with a voice choked with emotion and eyes filled with tears, "Kishori Dasi has left an ideal for the upasakas of madhura-rasa."