Gītā-mālā
(A Garland of Songs)

Chapter Four
Śrī Śrī Rūpānuga-bhajana-darpaṇa
(A Mirror Reflecting the Worship Which Follows Śrīla Rūpa Goswāmī)

Song 27

(1)
sandarśana saṁsparśana    jalpa bartma-nirodhana
rāsa bṛndābana-līlā bhūri
jala-keli jamunāya   naukā-khelā cauryatāya
ghaṭṭa-līlā kuñje lukocuri

 1) There are unlimited numbers of ecstatic līlās which Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa play daily all throughout Vṛndāvana with Their girlfriends. They sometimes look at each other in different ways, touch and caress each other, converse in many different types of talks, and sometimes block each others’ path. They sport the rasa dance, or play different types of water sports in the Yamunā river, and sometimes Kṛṣṇa takes the role of a boatman while They engage in different types of pastimes in a boat on the Yamunā. There are different kinds of joking thefts – sometimes Kṛṣṇa steals Rādhārāṇī’s necklace, and almost every day He gets His flute stolen by Rādhārāṇī and Her friends. Sometime They play the ghaṭṭa līlā, better known as the dāna-kelī – His begging of charity from the yogurt-pots of the gopīs. And sometimes They run around playing hide-and-seek throughout the forest bowers.

(2)
madhu-pāna badhū-beśa   kapaṭa nidrā-ābeśa
dyūta-krīḍā bastra ṭānāṭāni
cumbāśleṣa nakhārpaṇa      bimbādhara sudhā-pāna
samprajoga ādi līlā māni

 2) Sometimes They get drunk on huge quantities of honey-wine, sometimes Kṛṣṇa comes in numerous types of women’s dress, and sometimes He pretends to be sleeping just to listen to the sakhīs talk about Him. They have gambling matches with dice and place different kinds of bets, They sometimes have a tug-of-war with each other’s clothes, and sometimes there is kissing, embracing, clawing with fingernails, drinking the nectar of berry-red lips, and conjugal union. Thus some of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa’s innumerable daily pastimes are understood.

(3)
sambhoga prakāra saba   sambhogera mahotsaba
līlā hoya sadā su-peśala
sei līlā aparūpa   ujjwala rasera kūpa
tāhe jāra hoya kautūhala

 3) All these different types of union constantly produce a gala festival of most charmingly beautiful playful pastimes. All these līlās are uncommonly wonderful – they are a veritable reservoir filled with the most brilliant mellows of the conjugal rasa.

(4)
cid-bilāsa rasa-bhore   rati-bhāba rasa dhore
mahā-bhāba parjanta baḍaya
je jība saubhāgyabān   līlā-joge su-sandhān
braje bāsi’ satata koraya

4) Only an extremely rare and highly fortunate soul takes a curios delightful interest in such daily līlās of Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. He constantly lives in Vraja and takes on all the ecstatic moods of transcendental affection (rati), which keeps swelling and increasing all the way up to the topmost beatific peak of mahā-bhāva. Thus saturated with Their transcendental daily pastimes and absorbed in Vraja consciousness, such a precious fortunate soul always inquires and searches after the means to enter into those pastimes.