Jamuna Puline Kadamba Kanane

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(āmi) jamunā-puline, kadamba-kānane, ki herinu sakhī! āja

(āmār) śyāma vaḿśīdhārī, maṇi-mañcopari, kare’ līlā rasarāja

Oh sakhi! My dear girlfriend! What have I seen today? In a kadamba grove on the banks of the Yamuna, a beautiful blackish boy holding a long flute (vamsi) is seated upon a throne of jewels, performing His pastimes as the King of all transcendental mellows!

Srila Bhaktivinod Thakura has mercifully opened the treasure house of his heart, which is always overflowing with the jewels of transcendental loving sentiments for the fair and dark complexioned Divine Couple, Sri Sri Radha Syamsundara, who are eternally immersed in their mesmerizing amorous pastimes in Sri Vrindavan-dhama, and has given these songs describing the limitless, sweet pastimes of Vraja-raja-suta Syama and Vrndavanesvari Radhika. 

In this beautiful song, immersed in the moods of his swarup as a vraja gopi, he is telling a sakhi about what he saw on the banks of the River Yamuna. He informs the sakhi that on the banks of the Yamuna, Sri Krishna, the beautiful blackish boy who enchants everyone with his melodious flute song, is seated on a jeweled throne under a Kadamba tree, performing pastimes and relishing transcendental mellows in the association of his dear most beloved gopis. He further explains how he is surrounded by Srimati Radhika and the asta-sakhis headed by Lalita and Vishakha, and how the amorous pastimes being enjoyed by him in the company of these cowherd maidens of Vraja brings forth a waterfall of nectar.

kṛṣṇa-keli sudhā-prasravana

(tāra) aṣṭa-dalopari, śrī rādhā śrī hari, aṣṭa-sakhī parijana

Situated upon the eight petals of the jeweled altar is Sri Radha and Sri Hari, surrounded by Their attendants, the eight chief gopis. There Krsna performs His amorous pastimes, which are just like a waterfall of nectar.

These transcendental pastimes of Sri Hari are extremely splendid, and the vraja-gopis make them more relishable for the Divine Couple by accompanying them with sweet singing and dancing. These sakhis are expert in all 64 arts and completely satisfy the Divine Couple with their service, which is saturated with intense love for Radha Syamasundara.

(tāra) sugīta-nartane, saba sakhī-gaṇe, tuṣiche yugala-dhane

(takhon) kṛṣṇa-līlā heri’, prakṛti-sundarī, vistāriche śobhā vane

By singing sweet songs and dancing nicely, all the gopis satisfy the treasured Divine Couple. Thus I am beholding Krsna’s pastimes with His beautiful female consorts, as those pastimes expand throughout the splendorous forest.

He finally exclaims that he shall not return home, but rather, shall enter the forest, so that he may be able to relish these pastimes and serve the Divine Couple. For one who is completely immersed in krsna-prema, family traditions and worldly reputation no more importance. Bhakt vinoda Thakura thus requests all Vaisnavas to just worship the Lord of Vraja, Sri Krsna, because the transcendental bliss that awaits one who serves Him and His dear beloveds in the flowering groves of Vraja is unfathomable. It is the Gaudiya Vaisnavas’s ultimate goal.

(āmi) ghare nā jāiba, vane praveśiba, o līlā-rasera tare

(āmi) tyaji’ kula-lāja, bhaja vraja-rāja, vinoda minati kare

For the sake of the mellows of such pastimes, I will not go to my home but I will instead enter the forest. Renouncing all shyness due to fear of family members, just worship the Lord of Vraja. This is the humble submission of Bhaktivinoda.