Sri Lalita Devi: Prema-Guru

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Morning, 12 September 2013

 

Today is Sri Lalita-saptami, the appearance day of Sri Lalita Devi. "Radhara dasira krsna sarva-vede bole (রাধার দাসীর কৃষ্ণ সর্ব্ব বেদে বলে)—Krishna is the property of the maid servants of Srimati Radharani. All Vedas say this." Without mercy of Lalita Devi, we cannot think about Krishna. Therefore, we must also glorify Lalita Devi.

Sri Lalita Devi is born in Uchagaon, it is near Varsana, and every day she meets with Srimati Radhika. Lalita always controls Radharani: she manages Her meeting with Krishna, Her separation from Him—everything. Lalita Devi controls everything, that is why she is a Guru: Prema-Guru.

Lalita always trains and gives instruction to Srimati Radhika—how She should walk, how She should talk, and so on—and Radhika always follows her. Lalita teaches Her in the mood of vatsalya-rasa.

রাধামুকুন্দপদসম্ভব-ঘর্ম্মবিন্দু-
নির্ম্মঞ্ছনোপকরণীকৃতদেহলক্ষাং ।
উত্তুঙ্গসৌহৃদবিশেষবশাৎ প্রগল্ভাং,
দেবীং গুণৈঃ সুললিতাং ললিতাং নমামি ॥

radha-mukunda-pada-sambhava-gharma-bindu-
nirmanchanopakarani-krta-deha-laksam
uttunga-sauhrda-visesa-vasat pragalbham
devim gunaih su-lalitam lalitam namami

"When Lalita Devi finds a drop of perspiration at the feet of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda, she furiously engages herself to remove it. 'How has it come there? We are circumambulating Them to see that not the least pain can enter this domain to trouble Them, but how, without our notice, has this perspiration appeared? Perspiration, perspiration!' So she is furiously chastising herself and wants to immediately take birth one lakh (100,000) times—with that force she comes to remove that drop of perspiration from the lotus feet of either of the Divine Couple."

(Sri Lalitastakam, 1, by Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu)

Srila Rupa Goswami wrote Sri Lalitastakam; it is a very nice poem. There, Rupa Goswami explained the glory of Lalita Devi, and he himself is Rupa Manjari, a friend of Lalita.

So, today is the appearance day of Lalita Devi. If we do not remember Lalita, how is it possible to get Krishna? Krishna always thinks about Radharani, and Lalita also arranges viraha, separation. Krishna left Radharani and all the Vraja-gopis and went to Mathura, Dvaraka. Why does He do that? So that they feel more desire to meet with Krishna. When you are near someone, you do not feel that ardent desire. And Lalita Devi arranges this—she makes both Krishna and Radharani suffer the agony of separation. Actually, Radhika has no wish to keep so much distance from Krishna, but by the mercy of Lalita, Radharani does that, and Krishna does that too. When separation comes, it intensifies and increases what Radhika and Krishna feel. Lalita Devi arranges that. She is the Guru of Prema.

Srila Guru Maharaj said that of all places his favourite place was Uchagaon. When Srila Sridhar Maharaj asked Gurudev, "What is your favourite place in Vrindavan?" He said, "Uchagaon." So, it is also Srila Gurudev's favourite place. Every year, when we go to Vrindavan (before we go to Varshana, the house of Radharani), we go, offer our obeisance and sit there for some time.

Lalita Devi is our Guru, and if she does not give her mercy, who will? Without Gurudev's mercy we cannot think about this all.

রাধাপদ বিনা কভু কৃষ্ণ নাহি মিলে ।
রাধার দাসীর কৃষ্ণ সর্ব্ব বেদে বলে ॥

radha-pada vina kabhu krsna nahi mile
radhara dasira krsna sarva-vede bole

"Without lotus feet of Radha, you can never meet Krishna. All Vedas say that Krishna is the property of Radha's maidservants."

(Gitavali, song 'Radhika Charana Pradma')

[His Divine Grace then sings 'Radhe Jaya Jaya Madhava Dayite,' 'Jaya Radha Jaya Krsna.']

 


Our parikrama party led by Sri Gurupadpadma in Sri Uchagaon,
at the temple marking the birthplace of Sri Lalita Devi.

 

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