Essence of Bhakti
Anayase Pabe Giridhari
On your head. Then suddenly without any effort you will see Lord Giridhari on your path waiting for you face to face. Lord Giridhari will appear to you to beg “Oh give me, give me also.” You know Lord Krishna Himself, He takes bath in the dust of the Lotus Feet of Radharani because He is not able to fathom the divine moods of Sri Radhika. So, anayase pabe giridhari. Radharani’s palya-dasis are in such high position, even Krishna is begging to them.
(Speaks in Hindi) Krishna bhi bheek maangte hain Radharani ke dasiyon ki.
Anayase means it is already confirmed that you will get Krishna, that is a side-effect that you will see Giridhari. But the real happiness is to get the seva of Radharani’s Lotus Feet. So, that is the essence of bhakti and that dust of Radharani’s Lotus Feet is found only in Radhakund. Where is it found? Radhakund. Because everywhere else in Braja, the dust of Radharani’s Lotus Feet is mixed with the sakhas, the cows, and the Gopis and Krishna, everybody is walking. But in Radhakund, only Radharani comes here, Radhika. And She lovingly looks around Radhakund. She’s completely enchanted and that dust is only available here. That’s why Radhakund vaas is the highest form of all bhajan because by residing in Radhakund, one is 24 hours in contact with Radha charan-renu. (Devotees clap).
(Speaks in Hindi) Radhakund mein vaas karne se 24 ghante hume Radhika ke charan-renu ka sparsh milta hain. Isliye Radhakund vaas ke samaan aur koi vaas nahi. Baki Braj mein toh Radha ka charan-renu milna bohot mushkil hain.
Krishna Hankers for Dust of Radha’s Lotus Feet
Bhushana Kariya Tanu
Bhushana means Radharani’s Lotus Feet, Radharani’s dust is our ornament. That devotee who makes it our ornament in our head and our body. That is why we do Radhakund Tilak. When we do Radhakund Tilak, it is like Bhushana Kariya Tanu. The mud of Radhakund, when we do tilak. For kathas I do Gopichandan Tilak, for my internal bhajan I do Radhakund Tilak. So, Radhakund Tilak is like Radharani’s charan-renu. anayase pabe giridhari – what to speak of attaining Giridhari, but if you take Radha’s charan-renu on your body, Giridhari will fall at your feet begging for that charan-renu. What do you want? Krishna Himself falls at the feet of Radharani’s manjaris. Krishna says “Please manjaris, give me. You are always massaging the feet of Radhika. When will I get that good fortune? I will never get it. So please give me that dust of your Lotus Feet, because by taking the dust of your Lotus Feet, I will get the dust of my praneshvari Radhika.”
(Speaks in Hindi) Krishna manjari ke charnon mein gir jate hai. Radha ke charan-renu ki bheek maangte hain. Hey manjari tumhara charan-renu dedo kyunku tumhe Radhika ka charan-renu mil raha hain.
Service of Radhika in Manjari Form
Radhika-Caranashraya, Je Kare Se Mahashaya, Ta’re Mui Jao Bolihari
One who takes shelter of Radharani’s Lotus Feet, that person becomes Mahashay. Mahashay means very very great personality. Why great personality? Because externally he is a great personality. Internally that personality has attained the service of Radhika in her manjari form. So those who have realized their siddha-deha in connection with Radha Dasyam, those souls are mahashay in the material world, externally.
(Speaks in Hindi): Jo andar se Radha ki dasi hai vo bahar se mahashay ho jate hain.
Attainment of Svarup-Siddhi
Seva Sadhaka-Rupeṇa, Siddha-Rupeṇa Catra Hi
Those who have attained svarup-siddhi, they are the only ones in this world who are saying that they don’t have svarup-siddhi. Everybody who have not attained svarup-siddhi say I have attained svarup-siddhi. But those who have svarup-siddhi, they are so humble, like Narottama das Thakura, Krishnadas Kaviraj, they don’t let anybody know how deep their meditation is in Radharani’s seva. Je Kare Se Mahashay – there is another meaning to this statement. It means Narottama das Thakura is saying that one who takes shelter of Radharani’s Lotus Feet, that soul will become a manjari. Then I will associate with that soul. That soul will become my friend. And, that soul is great in my estimation. Tar’re mui jao balihari – I will constantly serve that soul in the nitya-lila. In the nitya-lila, there is huda-hudi. Chaitanya Charitamrta says nitya lila mein huda-hudi hain. Kayki huda-hudi hain? Huda-Hudi to serve the servants of Radhika. That is the competition going on in the nitya lila. Who will serve the servants of Radhika better? And who will serve the servants of the servants of the servants of Radhika. That is the huda-hudi, competition. If you want to do competition? Then become the servant of the servant of the servant of Radharani. That is real seva. Ta’re mui jao balihari. Narottama das Thakura says one who serves Radharani, takes shelter of Radharani’s Lotus Feet… taking shelter of Radhakund is taking shelter of Radharani’s Lotus Feet.
(Speaks in Hindi): Radhakund mein vaas karna ye Radharani ke charan kamlon ka ashraya hain aur yaha hi sab siddhi milti hain.
All Perfections By Radhakund Vas
All perfections you get in Radharani’s Lotus Feet, similarly all perfections you get by residing in Radhakund. And if takes a very long time, our Nitai is there. So, Nitai ensures that we get Radharani’s mercy in a very short time. That is Nitai’s speciality.
Real Way To Get Radha Dasyam
Jaya Jaya Nityananda Charanaravinda, Jaha Hoite Ami Painu Sri Radha Govinda
I got Radha-Govinda so fast. Krishnadasa Kaviraj says. So ta’re mui jao balihari. One who is always meditating on Radharani’s Lotus Feet, I will serve that person. Balihari does not only mean to serve. Balihari means to give oneself completely, to surrender. To surrender to whom? Not to Radharani, to surrender to someone who has taken shelter of Radharani.
(Speaks in Hindi): Samarpan kisko karna hain? Radharani ko nahi. Aise bhakt ko jisne Radharani ki sharan li hui hain.
Nowadays, devotees don’t want to surrender to anyone. But if we see in Gaur Lila, Vaisnavas to surrender even to the neophyte devotees. Kalidas was taking the maha-prasad of even the kanishta adhikaras. Kalidas was eating the remnants of even the kanishta adhikaris because Kalidas knows, by serving the servant of the servant I will please the Lord. That is why Gauranga Mahaprabhu gave him His charanamrta, ultimately which nobody has drunk. Charanamrta was not available to Svarupa-Damodar. Govinda, His own servant couldn’t get that charanamrta. That charanamrta was given to Kalidas, why? ta’re mui jao balihari. Balihari, he surrendered himself to the Vaisnavas. That is real way to get Radha Dasyam. If we don’t surrender to Radharani’s devotees in this material world, how will we surrender to Radharani’s eternal parikars, eternal associates in the spiritual world? We can never surrender. So je kare se mahashay. So many devotees are doing Giriraj parikrama but what they are saying, prayer? Radhe Radhe Shyam Se Milade. This prayer is actually the reverse of our Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy. (Devotee Speaks). You are right, Nitai’s mercy we get Radharani and Radharani’s mercy we get our svarup in the Nitai-Gaur Lila also.
Radha Dasyam Isn’t Available For Even Krishna
So, Radhe Radhe Shyam Se Milade. This prayer is actually like going to the highest diamond, the most powerful personality in the whole creation and instead of asking for Her service, we are asking for Krishna’s service. Radhe Radhe Shyam Se Milade. Krishna is laughing, Krishna is saying I want Radha’s service and you are saying Radhe Radhe Shyam Se Milade. You are praying to Radharani to give Krishna’s service. Even if you say Krishna Krishna Radhe Se Milade, still the problem is Krishna cannot give Radha Dasyam. Radha Dasyam is so rare it is not even available for Krishna. He becomes Shyam Sakhi but he cannot become Shyam Manjari. Have you ever heard of Shyam Manjari? Not possible. So Radha’s seva is not available in the mood of the manjari. As a sakhi He can do. So what we should pray? Radhe Radhe seva ko dede (Laughter). Nitai Nitai Radhe Se Milade. Only Radharani can give Radha Dasyam. Just like in Radhakund, when all the holy places, they wanted to go to Radhakund, they asked Krishna can we go to Radhakund. Krishna said I have no objection the problem is I don’t have any jurisdiction. In Radhakund, if you want to go you are free to go but the problem is don’t ask Me. Ask Radhika. Only She can give you permission. Even I cannot.
(Speaks in Hindi): Radha ka jo seva hain vo Krishna bhi nahi de sakte. Vo Radharani hi de sakti hain. Is liye Radhe Radhe Shyam se milade, agar hum bolenge toh Radharani humko chod degi jao Shyam ke paas. Meri seva nahi chahiye Shyam ki seva karo.
One Pointed Service And Surrender To Radha
If you say Radhe Radhe Shyam se milade, Radharani will say okay you serve Krishna, you don’t want my service, serve Krishna, be happy. Radharani is very sensitive. One babaji, he went to Dwarka from Radhakund and Radharani withdrew all Her mercy. Very very sensitive. Radharani wants complete surrender. One pointed service.
Jeena Yaha Marna Yaha Radhakund Hai Jaha
We should tell Radharani Oh Radharani I will take not one-hundred, not one-thousand, not one million, I will take ten-million births in Radhakund and ten-million times I will die in Radhakund until I get your seva. Until I get your dasyam. Have you heard this kind of prayer before? Suddenly that prayer appeared in my heart, because of all your association.
(Speaks in Hindi): Radhakund mein jeena, Radhakund mein marna. Radharani ko kehena ki Radha ek janam nahi dus janam nahi sau janam nahi, dus hajaar janam nahi, ek koti janam bhi hum Radhakund mein jeenge aur marne ko taiyaar hain jab tak aapke seva mein lila mein pravesh nahi milta, aapki seva mein.
Oh, Radhe I don’t want to enter the nitya-lila as a servant of Krishna. I want to enter the nitya-lila as your servant. This is the prayer of the manjaris. I will wait for many many lifetimes. But I don’t want any shortcut. However long it takes, Radharani, I want to become your palya-dasi. Every moment, I want to be maintained by you. Every moment I want to think about you. Every moment I want to serve you. I don’t care what Krishna is doing in the nitya-lila in the asta-kaliya lila. I only care about Radhika, para-devata.
(Speaks in Hindi): Har kshana mein aapka sochna chahti huu. Har kshana mein aapki seva chahti huu.
Essence Of Radhakund
So those people who come with this mood, for them Radhakund is the best place, best place to do bhajan. Other moods are good but then they have not understood the essence of Radhakund. So indirectly Narottama das Thakura is saying one who is doing Radhakund vaas, I am their servant. I am their housekeeper. I am their slave, serving them.
(Speaks in Hindi): Jo Radhakund vaas karte hain Narottama das Thakura kehte hain mein unka gulaam huu. Kyunki ve Radharani ke charan ka ashray lete hain.
Nobody will take shelter 24x7x365 of Radhakund. Like our Yashoda-putra das has become more than a sanyasi. Even sanyasis don’t stay so much in Radhakund. But he has given up his big bungalow in Delhi and so much property. So people come and go in Radhakund. But only those who want Radha Dasyam, they will stay here forever.
(Speaks in Hindi): Log aate hai jaate hai darshan karke. Lekin jo Radharani ke dasi banna chahata hai vo humesha yaha reh jata hain. Yaha se apna per bahar nahi nikalta.
And really the remembrance you get in Radhakund is not possible in any other place. Not even in Vrindavan. I myself was brahmachari for 12 years and did so much bhajan in holy places. But when I came to Radhakund I was transported immediately. It is not possible, the air is full with manjari prem. The words of the manjaris talking to eachother, you can hear here in Radhakund. It is so easy to become friends with the manjaris by staying in Radhakund. You will bump into a manjari as you are walking. Like the thieves who came to kill Vishvanatha Chakravarti. They saw a manjari. So, that’s very very easy. And what you should do, staying in Radhakund?
Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Radhanam
Vrindavan Hai Jinka Dham
Radhakund Hai Jinka Dham
Shyamkund Hai Jinka Dham
Krishna-Sukha-Vilasera Nidhi Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Radhanam
Unlimited Nectar In Radhanam
Some people say why are you chanting the Name? What will you get by chanting the Name? But the surprising thing is in the nitya-lila, Krishna’s only business is to chant the Name of Radha. Chanting the name is nitya seva. It is not ordinary seva. Krishna Himself is chanting Radhe Radhe Radhe. When Madhumangala speaks Ra-dha in Krishna’s ear, Krishna faints. Then subala has to catch him. Just when he speaks Ra-dha. Krishna cannot, cannot relish the full nectar, unlimited nectar of Radha’s name. Krishna-Sukha-Vilasera-Nidhi. What a beautiful line Narottama das Thakura is speaking. He is telling that Radha’s Name is the only happiness for Krishna. And in that ocean of happiness, Krishna actually performs His vilasa, His pastimes. In the ocean of happiness of Radhanam.
(Speaks in Hindi): Radhanam ke samudhra ke amrit mein Bhagvan Krishna nirantar vilas karte hain.
Radharani is Ultimate Destination
Hena Radha Guna Gaan
Na Sunilo Mora Kaan
Vanchita Karila More Vidhi
So, Hena Radha Guna Gaan. Everybody who stays in the ashram, it is compulsory they have to come for the katha once in a day.
(Speaks in Hindi): Humara khaanaa peenaa karma ho jaega katha ke bina. Adhyatmik Jeevan humara durbal ho jaega.
Caitanya Caritamrta says without hearing every day, our spiritual life is very weak.
Katha Amrt Vine Khaye Jadi Anna Paani
We can fast for 2-3 days, but we cannot fast without shravan and kirtan. Without hearing and chanting we should never fast. If one fasts from food, no problem. We should never fast from that. That’s the food of our soul. We keep our body healthy, we kill our soul. No use.
(Speaks in Hindi): Humare shareer ko svast rakhte hain lekin aatma ko maar rahe hain. Radha ka Gun-Gaan roz sunna chahiye.
In Radhakund we should hear Radha’s glories every day. Narottama das Thakura is doing that. Because Radharani is our ultimate destination. She is our svamini, pranesvari. Our ultimate yuthesvari. Na sunilo mora kaan. Vancita karilo mora vidhi means looks like my soul has been separated. What is my body? What is the use of my destiny? My destiny has cheated me without Radha’s glories. What is the use of my life? We don’t understand that Radha’s glories are the food for our soul because hearing Radha’s glories nourishes the desire in us to become the maidservant of Radha, the kinkari of Radharani, hearing Radha’s glories. Hearing Krishna’s glories we will want to go to Krishna and serve Krishna. Hearing Radha’s glories we will want to serve Radharani.
(Speaks in Hindi): Is liye Radha ki mahima sunni chahiye.
Just like in Ekachakra Dham, we hear Nitai’s glories because Nitai is the only One who can give us Radha. By coming here we should Radha’s glories because by the mercy of Nitai we got this chance to breathe the air of Radhakund. We should express our gratefulness for that by singing Radha’s glories.
(Speaks in Hindi): Radhakund mein vaas mila iska soubhagya ke badle mein hume Radha ka gungaan karna chahiye.
So everybody says Radhe Radhe, Radhe Radhe. I pray to Radha to get Radha. There are meanings why we say Radhe Radhe.
(Speaks in Hindi): Shuru mein Radha ant mein Radhe. Radha se prarthna kar raha huu Radhe ke liye. Radhe Radhe.
Importance of Hearing Radha’s Glories
One time people don’t remember. So Radhe, Radhe. Just like you saw few days back, Bhaktivinoda Thakura said that Radhika-bhava-gambhira chitta.
That devotee whose mind and concentration and his heart are fully in Radha’s remembrance, in Radha’s service, associating with such a devotee only we can get Radha. No other way. (Recites a verse). You will never get Syamasundara… So, Radha. If we want to do seva in Radhakund we have to hear. Then we can do seva. Without hearing? Mataji is so seva-bhavi. We are singing the glories of Radha for you and you are sitting up. So, Heno Radha Guna Gana Na Sunile Jara Kaan. Wherever Radha’s Guna Gana is happening, immediately we should open our ears and we should hear them because in the association of Radha Bhaktas we will have Rasa Lila Prema Katha. What kind of Katha? Rasa Lila Prema Katha.
tara bhakta sange sada, rasa lila prema katha, ye kore se pay ghanasyama
(Sings in Hindi) Radha Bhakton ke sang mein sada, rasa lila prema katha
Jo kare vo paye ghanasyama
When we sing Radhanam in the association of Radha Bhaktas, who are very deep in Radha’s remembrance, then the real rasa comes, the real mellow of bhakti arises in our heart. And the prema katha, the union and separation of Radha and Krishna is known as prema katha. What it is known as? Prema-Katha. Prema Vaichitra Vilasa. Meeting, but still there is separation. Rasa Lila. And this rasa lila is there in Radha’s Name. Even singing Radha’s Name is Radha’s katha. You don’t have to do anything.
(Speaks in Hindi): Radha ka Nam lena yahi Radha ki katha hain. Sab Radha ka ras Radha ke Nam mein aata hain. Aur Ghansyam saamne aake khade ho jate hain.
If you drown in rasa-lila prema katha with Radha’s devotees, then Ghansyam will come and stand before you. You will get Ghansyam. Syamsundara will become yours because Syamsundara also wants to listen to Radha’s katha, rasa katha. His ears are always open to hear. One who is averse to hearing Radha Katha, to meeting with Radharani’s devotees, I will not hear their name. Narottama das Thakura is saying I will not hear their name. I don’t want to know about that person in this world who doesn’t want to hear about Radharani.
(Speaks in Hindi): Mein aise jeev ka nam nahi sunna chahta. Mein aise jeev se milna nahi chahta jo Radharani ki katha mein nahi aate.
So many people are busy in this world in their own mundane activities to make themselves rich, to run after money. Money is like honey. For us, Radhanam is like honey. And Radhnam is our money, currency of Radhanam. So many people are wasting their lives for nothing. Real nectar is there in these two syllables, Radha. Radhe ke do aksharon mein sara amrt hain.
ihate vimukha yei, tara kabhu siddhi nai,
nahi yeno suni tara nama
krsna nama gane bhai, radhika carana pai,
radha nama gane krsna candra.
sanksepe kohinu kotha, ghucao monera byatha,
duhkamaya anya katha dhanda
Sab ko mile Radhakund dham
Radha Radha Radhanam
Radhakund chodke koi na jaae gaav
Sab ko mile Radhakund dham
Radhakund dete hai Nityananda Ram
Nitainam le Ghan se mile
Harinam mein ruchi mile Radhakund Dham
Radhakund Dham bolo Radhakund Dham
Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya Nityananda Ram
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
Haribol Haribol Hari Hari Bol
Radhakund ki kunj mein dol
Haribol Haribol Hari Hari Bol
Jaya Jaya Jaya
Jaya Jaya Radhesyam
Harinam Sankirtan Mahayagya ki Jaya
Sri Damodar Maas ki Jaya
Sri Paramarasaya Karunamayi Sri Radhakund Syamkund ki Jaya
Sri Giriraj Maharaj Govardhan Maharaj ki Jaya
Sri Vrajabhumi Vrindavan Dham ki Jaya
Sri Hare Krishna Maha Mantra ki Jaya
Sri Radhe-Syamsundara ki Jaya
Sri Parama-patitapavana Radhasyama seva pradata Sri Nitaichand ki jaya
Sri Radha-Krishna yugala svarupa Sri Gauranga-Syam ki jaya
Sri Astasakhi Vrinda ki Jaya
Chousatha Manjari Gana ki Jaya
Radhakund Syamkund samast Lila ki Jaya
Sri Ekachakra Dham ki Jaya
Navadvipa Mayapur Yogapith Dham ki jaya
Sri Vipralamba Ksetra Jagganatha Dham ki Jaya
Sri Jamuna Maiyya ki Jaya Sri Ganga Maiyya ki Jaya
Sri Rupa Sanatana Gopal Bhatta Das Raghunatha Shada-Goswami Prabhugana ki Jaya
Sri Ananta-Koti Vaisnava Vrinda ki Jaya
Sri Guru Parampara ki jaya Sri Guru Varga ki jaya
Sri Karthik Maas Mein Radhakund aane vale samast bhakton ki Jaya
Sri Damodar Maas mein niyama sevakari Dham vasi Kund vasi braj bhumi vasi dham vasi samast bhakta vrinda ki jaya
All glories to the assembled devotees. All glories to Harinam Sankirtan and Nitainam Lekhan ki Jaya
Jaya Jaya Sri Radhe Syam
Kirtan-rasa In Dham
(Speaks in Hindi): Damodar Maas mein hum Radhakund mein jitna bhi time hum bhajan karenge uska koti time phal milega. Is liye hum dham mein aaye hai toh kirtan bohot karna chahiya.
When we do kirtan in Damodar Maas on the banks of Radhakund, we get millions of times more benefit. Kartik Maas we should do lots and lots of kirtan. We should absorb our mind in kirtan, rasa.
(Speaks in Hindi) Kirtan-rasa mein doob jana chahiye kyunki yahi Kaliyug ka asli ras hain. Prabhupadji kehte the teesra mahayudh hoga tabhi jo kirtan kar raha hoga usko kuch nahi hoga. Atom Bomb girega toh bhi kuch nahi hoga.
Prabhupada used to say if the whole world is devastating, annihilating, but those who do kirtan, kirtan-rasa will never be affected by universal devastation. What to speak of earthly devastation? Because they are always safe. If they live also they are safe because they are doing kirtan. If they die also they are safe because they are going to Goloka because they are doing kirtan.
(Speaks in Hindi): Kirtan karne ke time mar jaenga toh bhi Golok milega aur jeenge toh bhi kirtan kar rahe hain, kirtan ke ras mein doobe hue hain. Koi nuksan nahi hain. Aap vitthalvadi mein karte hain na kirtan. Vitthal ke bhagvan ke bhakt Tukaram Maharaj… Kirtan hi tha. Jaya Jaya Ram Krishna Hari. Vitthalvadi ka nam safal banaenge aap kirtan ke saat. Radha-Madhav bhi khush ho jaenge kirtan se. Vitthalvadi ka nam safal banaenge aap kirtan ke saat. Radha-Madhav bhi khush ho jaenge kirtan se.
They stay in a place called Vitthalvadi. Vitthal is the Lord of Kirtan in Maharashtra. Everybody goes to the Lord of Vitthala with kirtan. Without kirtan, Vithal will not reciprocate. So, thank you very much.
(Speaks in Hindi): Aaaj humne Radhika-charana-renu nam ka bhajan gaya Narottama das Thakura ka bohot sundar bhajan hain.
radhika-carana-renu, bhushana kariya tanu,
anayase pabe giridhari
radhika-caranashraya, je kare se mahashaya,
ta’re mui jao bolihari
jaya jaya radha-nama, vrindavana ja’ra dhama,
hena radha guna gana, na shunila mora kana,
vancita karila more vidhi.
Transcription Service done by Siddha Nitai das