O Murari! O the One Who roams in gardens! O Friend of hapless people! O Madhav! O slayer of Madhu! O desirable one! O Keshav! O Ocean of mercy! Come close [to us, says the Gopika].||1||
The throne of flowers made in the garden is empty [because You are not here]; the sport at the side of Kadamb³ tree is missing too. The river Yamuna is consistently flowing with the rhythm of her waves imitating a cry; even she is missing Your presence.||3||
O the One who holds a new lotus! O Shyam! O Beautiful! O Moon faced and flower bodied! O the ruler of our [Gopi] hearts! O the One who held Govardhan Mountain! O cow rearer of Vrindavan! O Flute holder! O Supreme God! O enticer of Radha! O Slayer of Kansa [a mighty demon]! O Complete one! I am bowing into Your feet which is the shelter of the unsheltered! O Janardan! O the One who is adorned with yellow robes! Come close to me in this garden.||4-5||
¹ Raas literally means sport or play; however, the Raas-Lila of Krishna was a spiritual activity in which the souls of Gopikas and Krishna were involved. For this very reason, while the knowledge-holders, Shiv, Brahma, etc., could witness the Raas, the ordinary cow-rearers in Vraj could not observe the Raas. It is very clearly mentioned that cow-rearers thought their wives are inside their home, while the true self, i.e., the soul, was dancing with Krishna. The modern distorted forms of Raas, at the very least, are annoying dances like Dandiya and Garba which are essentially a teen-playground for lust and attraction purposes. In other words, the modern version of Raas or Garba has nothing to do with Sri Krishna.
² Non-duality or Advaita refers to a state of mind in which everything happening to the person is attributed to oneself, i.e., one's past deeds. Thus, a dual person believes that there are some things happening to me due to others. On the other hand, a non-dual person believes everything happening to me is due to my past deeds.
³ The sport or Lila of Krishna was centered around Yamuna river with trees of kadamba on Her banks.
Source: Stotra Ratnavali — Gitapress.
© Stutimandal 2006, Mar 24.