Divine Pastimes in the Spring

Shyama and Radhika:

This short poem was composed many hundreds of years ago by Srila Narottama das Thakur, in classical Bengali.

Narottama Dasa, born about 1466, is a Gaudiya Vaishnava saint who was responsible for spreading Vaishnava bhakti throughout Orissa and Bengal in India. Narottama dasa was the son of King Krishnananda Datta and Narayani Devi who resided in Gopalpur Pargana of the Rajsahi district of Bangladesh.

The subject of this poem is the most intimate of Bhakti (devotional) meditations.

Vasanta Rasa (Divine Pastimes in the Spring)

Vrndavana ramya-sthana dibya-cintamani-dhama
Ratana-mandira manohara
Abrta kalindi-nire raja-hamsa keli kore
Tahe sobhe kanaka-kamala

Vrindavan, resplendent abode, of transcendental touchstone,
jewelled temples divine, enchanting the mind.
Yamuna with gentle waves flows, where swans swim within shaded groves,
a lotus of gold on that water shines.

Tara madhye hema-pitha asta-dale bestita
Asta-dale pradhana nayika
Tara madhye ratnasane bosi achen dui-jane
Syama-sange sundari radhika

Golden altar within its whorl, where eight bright petals unfurl,
where stand the sakhis led by Lalita.
Sitting in the centre of them, on a throne of brilliant gems,
are the radiant Shyama and Radhika.

O-rupa-labanya-rasi amiya poriche khasi
Hasya-pariasa-sambhasane
Narottama-dasa koy nitya-lila sukha-moy
Sadai sphuruka mora mane

Their beauty, their sweetness and smiles; their talks and their teasing and wiles,
exudes showers of ecstatic nectar.
Narottama dasa does pray, that this pure loving display,
may in my heart stay seated forever.

Posted by Kurma on 4/1/09; 7:06:21 AM

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