Srimati Radhika’s Purva Raag

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Once the daughter of Vrishabhanu Maharaj, Srimati Radhika, who is the personification of limitless sweetness, was looking extremely dejected, with great remorse on her face. Seeing her in this condition, her Sakhis inquired from her about the reason for her sadness, to which she replied that she had decided to give up her life as she had fallen in love with three different men, which is highly inappropriate. She further explained that she had fallen in love with the person who played the enchanting flute. The sweet sound of the flute had completely stolen her heart, making it race towards the player of the flute. However, she again felt greatly attracted to the Youth named Krishna, for the name itself was full of such nectar, that she instantaneously felt attracted towards it. Thereafter, when Chitra Sakhi showed her a painting of Tribhang lalit, she again felt extremely drawn towards him, desiring to have his association. Thus, explaining her situation to her dear friends, she sighed in great distress. This feeling of great love for Shyamsundar before even having seen him is described by the great acharyas as Purva Raag, which is extremely sweet. Listening to her and knowing that the three personalities were actually one and the same, the Gopis smiled amongst themselves. They then told her that all the three personalities with whom she had fallen in love, namely the flute player, the youth named Krishna and the painting that she had seen were all but one person, Vrajendranandan Shyamsundar, the son of Maharaj Nanda. Saying this and pacifying her, they convinced her that there was no need to give up her life. When Srimati Radhika understood that she had indeed developed deep love and attachment for Sri Krishna alone, who is more attractive than millions of Cupids and who is the player of the enchanting flute, she became shy and bashfully looked hither and thither. Seeing her become shy, all her Sakhis began laughing and teasing her. Thereafter, they all started making arrangements for the first meeting of Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar, which happened in the most holy place of Saket.