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Jan 2003 Meditations - Happy New Year !!!

Hari Saran - Wed, 01 Jan 2003 11:04:03 +0530
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Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura

bhangya nrnam lolupayan drsah sri-
govindadevah saranam mamastu

"May Lord Govindadeva, who charms the eyes of all living beings with the graceful movement of the peacock feather in His golden crown shining with pearls and gems, be my shelter."

kapolayoh kundala-lasya-hasya
cchavi-cchata-cumbitayor yugena
sammohayan sambhajatam dhiyah sri-
govindadevah saranam mamastu

"May Lord Govindadeva, who charms the hearts of the devotees' with His cheeks which are kissed by the splendour of His smile and the dancing of His earrings, be my shelter."

praptyai puro-varti-janeksanena
bhavam kam api udgamayan budhanam
govindadevah saranam mamastu

"May Lord Govindadeva who, by glimpsing at His beloved to attain Her nectarean sidelong glance, provokes the love of all the demigoddesses, be my shelter."

bhru-valganair unmadaya kula-strir
govindadevah saranam mamastu

"May Lord Govindadeva, who entices the pious cowherd girls with the charming movements of His eyebrows, which are enhanced by the beauty of His moving locks of hair, lustrous earrings, and His cheek placed upon His left shoulder, be my shelter."

dure sthitas ta murali-ninadaih
sva-saurabhair mudrita-karna-palih
nasarudho hrd-gata eva karsan
govindadevah saranam mamastu

" He enters into the hearts of the cowherd damsels and draws the to him, though they stand afar, blocking their ears from the sound of His flute and their noses from the wonderful scent of His body. May Lord Govindadeva be my shelter."

navina-lavanya-bharaih ksitau sri-
satas camatkara-vatah prakurvan
govindadevah saranam mamastu

"He fills the devotees on earth with astonishment by the weight of His youthful beauty and the unlimited ocean of His love. May Lord Govindadeva be my shelter."

sri-yoga-pithamburu hasyaya svam
upasayams tantra-vido pi mantrair
govindadevah saranam mamastu

Those learned in the scriptures worship Him with mantras as He sits in the lotus-like yoga-pitha in a gem-studded palace beneath a grove of wish-fulfilling trees. May Lord Govindadeva be my shelter."

sarvanga-bhasakulayams tri-lokim
govindadevah saranam mamastu

"He is as handsome as the god of love (Ananga) and is dressed and decorated as if for a royal coronation. He enthralls all the residents of the three worlds with His beautiful form. May Lord Govindadeva be my shelter."

govindadevastakam etad uccaih
pathet tadiyanghri-nivista-dhir yah
tam majjayann eva krpa-pravahair
govindadevah saranam mamastu

"One who reads aloud this Govindadevastakam and meditates upon the Lordís lotus feet, is thrown into a river of mercy by the Lord Himself. May Lord Govindadeva be my shelter." (9)
anuraag - Thu, 02 Jan 2003 21:15:22 +0530
Jaya Sri Radhey! Namaste.

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Lotus-Clad Radha and Krishna

Clad entirely in lotus petals and sitting on lotus thrones,
Radha and Krishna here gaze intently into each other's eyes.

Images of Radha and Krishna in flower adornment (phulsajjya)
are somewhat rare, and the absence of inscription to accompany
such paintings prevents a precise definition of
the significance of the iconographic formula.

Lotuses, however, are multivalent symbols with a long history of use
in the religious imagery of the Indian subcontinent.
Since lotuses rise gleaming and fresh out of muddy ponds,
they generally represent fertility and purity.

The lotus-petal garments further suggest a common act of
devotional worship through the offering of flowers to the gods.
Within the specific context of the worship of Radha and Krishna,
the lotus may refer to the blissful union of the two
in the land of Brindavan, Krishna's childhood home.

Pilgrimage maps often depicted Brindavan in the shape of a lotus.

Radha's lotus braid is a charming extra detail added by the artist.

anuraag - Mon, 13 Jan 2003 23:04:17 +0530
Jaya Sri Radhey!
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'Give Me, Kanha, a shawl for My shoulders.
Raindrops are starting, a drop here and there:
the red dye will run from My clothes.'

Over and over Radhika shows distress:

'Look at that awesome event in the clouds!'

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So Radha and yellow-clad Krishna take cover
and cuddle and smile and laugh, just two.

Siva and Sanaka, Narada, the Sages,
and beast, men creatures - all kept at bay.

Sur Das says, not even a glimpse is revealed,
and the unknowing cowherds go on with their meal.

-'Surdas, Poet, Singer, Saint' by J. S. Hawley