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O Murāri, Who roams in the gardens! Come near. O Mādhava, Who is the friend of those who bow upon, Who destroyed Madhu, Who is desirable, Who is Keśava, and Who is the ocean of compassion! Come near.
Hundreds of shiny bumble-bees are continuously buzzing in the gardens of [our] Rāsa.1 O You, Who follows the Advaita path!2 Come near. We all are craving for the sight of You, O Madhusūdana, Who is the quiet one!
The throne of flowers made in the garden is empty [because You are not here]; the sport at the side of Kadamba tree 3 is missing. The river Yamunā is consistently flowing while the rhythm of her waves is imitating a cry; even she is missing Your presence.
O You, Who holds a new lotus, Who is dark in complexion, Who is beautiful, Who is decorated with Candrakusuma, Who rules the heart of group of Gopī, Who held Govardhana, Who roams in Vṛndāvana, Who holds a flute, Who is the supreme ruler, Who entices Rādhā, Who destroyed Kaṁsa, Who is complete! I am bowing into Your feet which is the shelter of the unsheltered. O Janārdana, Who has yellow robes! Come close to me in this garden.[4—5]
1 Rāsa literally means sport or play; however, the Rāsalīlā of Kṛṣṇa was a spiritual activity in which the souls of Gopikā and Kṛṣṇa were involved. For this very reason, while the knowledge-holders, Śiva, Brahmā etc., could witness the Rāsa, the ordinary cow-rearers in Vraja could not observe it. It is very clearly mentioned in Śrīmadbhāgavatapurāṇa that cow-rearers thought their wives are inside their home, while the true self, i.e., the soul, was dancing with Kṛṣṇa. The modern distorted forms of Rāsa, are essentially a playground for lust and attraction purposes. In other words, the modern version of Rāsa has nothing to do with Śrīkṛṣṇa.
2 Advaita or non-duality refers to a state of mind in which everything happening to the person is attributed to oneself. 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 is due to me.
3 The sport or Līlā of Kṛṣṇa was centered around River Yamunā with Kadamba trees on Her banks.
Translator: Animesh Kumar
Submitter: Animesh Kumar
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