“Lalita-saptami.” Srimati Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi. 4 September, 2011. San Jose Seva Ashram, California, USA



Lalita-saptami talk, 2011, by Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi at our San Jose Seva Ashram, USA.

“This is the favorite day of Srila Gurudev... We’ve heard him say how Lalita Saptami was in his personal opinion more exclusive than Radhastami. More specific. We are in the line of Lalita Devi and anyone who has connection to Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and his mission through Srila Gurudev and our acharyas will automatically go to the service group of Lalita Devi.”

 

Беседа на Лалита-саптами в 2011 году Бхакти Лалиты Деви Даси в нашем Сева Ашраме в Сан Хосе, США.

«Это любимый день Шрилы Гурудева... Мы слышали, как он говорил, что Лалита-саптами, по его личному мнению, более исключительный праздник, нежели Радхаштами. Более особенный. Мы пребываем в линии Лалиты Деви, и любой, кто обрел связь со Шрилой Бхакти Ракшаком Шридхаром Дев-Госвами Махараджем и его миссией через Шрилу Гурудева и наших ачарьев, спонтанно примкнет к группе служения Лалиты Деви».


English

Srimati Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi

Lalita-saptami

(4 of September, 2011. San Jose Seva Ashram, USA)

 

Super auspicious day today. Sri Lalita-saptami as we heard from the Lavanika-saptami means ‘the seven day’, Radhashtami is the ‘eight day’... And this is the favorite day of Srila Gurudev. Some of us had the great fortune of being with him on these, on this day for many years, year after year. And we’ve heard him say how Lalita-saptami was in his personal opinion more exclusive than Radhashtami, more specific that we are in the line of Lalita Devi.

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And anyone who has connection to Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and his mission through Srila Gurudev and our acharyas that we will automatically go to the service group of Lalita Devi. And Gurudev has given so much, so many glories spoken so beautifully on this occasion. It’s a very exclusive day that we observe with care and attention, some cautiousness, it’s… Lalita Devi was an exclusive personal servitor in the most highest madhura-rasa-lila. We take our Gurudev’s lotus feet on our head and tried to remember the glories he’s shared with us and pray not to make any offense in the attempt. And we’re trying to glorify Lalita Devi who’s in Gurudev’s language the chief, super guardian of the service and the pastimes of Radha and Govinda.

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And there’s so many wonderful qualities he’s described there’s a very famous verse by Srila Rupa Goswami that Srila Gurudev always quotes on this day.

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rādhā-mukunda-pada-sambhava-gharmabindu-
nirmañchanopakaraṇe kṛta-deha-lakṣyām…[1]

“When Lalita Devi find a drop of perspiration at the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda she furiously engages herself to remove it. She says, ‘How has it come here? We are circumambulating Them to see that not the least bit of pain can enter this domain to trouble Them, but how with our, without our notice this has appeared perspiration, perspiration?’ She has so furiously chastised herself and wants to immediately take birth one lakh, one hundred thousand times. With that force she comes to remove that drop of perspiration from the lotus feet of either of the Divine Couple.”

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If the least difficulty is seen in the serving area the Lord’s associates can’t tolerate it in any way and such eagerness self-abuse and earnestness is found in them.

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So that’s a verse by Rupa Goswami describing Lalita Devi, her intense mood of service not wanting any trouble to enter and willing to sacrifice infinitely to remove even a drop of sweat from Their lotus feet.

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And Gurudev says, “Without her mercy no one can get service to Radha and Krishna.” She also has a very magnanimous nature, and as Srila Sridhar Maharaj described on her appearance day, she goes out into the streets and canvasses right and left everyone who wants the service to Radha and Govinda, “Just sign up, I’ll enlist you.” So, she has a very merciful nature. Gurudev says, “She’s the super guardian for the service of pastimes of Radha and Krishna.”

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Sometimes she’s even teaching and chastising Radha and Govinda. So, Their pastimes can go on in a satisfactory way. She can ask Radharani, “Why have You done that? You’ve discouraged Krishna from doing this and that.” Same to Krishna: He’s done wrong He’s, you know, insulted Radharani and: “Never to do like that.” Gurudev says, “This type of mood is called pama-bhav. Pama like ‘contrary’, you know... it’s like an opposing contrary mood that she has. And be a little controversial aggressive.

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And by her grace and by the grace of our Guru-varga we will aspire for entry into that service plane. Srila Gurudev described how Rupa Manjari works under Lalita Devi. The manjari group is controlled by Lalita Devi. She sends the manjaris in to do the confidential services. And that’s where our line, our ultimate aspiration goes to that service camp.

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We’ve also heard from Srila Gurudev how when he was a new devotee, newly initiated joined the Math out 1947 in about 1950, Srila Sridhar Maharaj took him on parikrama in Vrindavan. They went to all the holy places together. And then after… and at that time also it was just Gurudev and Param Guru Maharaj together on parikrama sometimes Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj would join. And after they completed the parikrama Srila Sridhar Maharaj asked to Gurudev, “Which was your favorite place?”

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And Gurudev answered, “Uchagan,” which is the birthplace of Lalita Devi where her home, [it] is that’s his favorite place. And Srila Sridhar Maharaj was very happy to hear that explain: “You have some special connection blessings from her.” And we remember hearing Gurudev’s reservation to ever to return there fearing that it wouldn’t be the same experience as it was when he went to with Srila Sridhar Maharaj. And it was such a wonderful experience and extraordinary that he had wanted to always remember it in that way and never went back.

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And he explains here a little bit about that. “Lalita Devi’s house is in Uchagan when I went with Guru Maharaj there it was very peaceful, only one pujari lived there.

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“Near Shyama Kunda and Radha Kunda we will see there is Lalita Kund and for her remembrance there is also one small temple in Vrindavan Dham, Rasasthali, when rasa-lila with the gopis is organized Lalita Devi gives guidance to all the gopis.

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“All the beautiful and special qualities are full within Lalita Devi. Our math, [we] are observing a one-month festival in this time including Lalita Devi’s appearance.

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“Lalita Devi has taken the whole service charge of the sakhis and manjaris to the service of Radha and Krishna. Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu in the form of Rupa Manjari is serving Radha-Govinda very exclusively and the exclusive service to Radha-Govinda is arranged by Lalita Devi for Rupa Goswami, Rupa Manjari. When Radha-Govinda are in their private room and the sakhis don’t enter but if there’s any important service necessary by the order of Lalita Devi, Sri Rupa Manjari and her associates are attending. Radharani and Krishna are both respecting Lalita Devi as Their head servitor. And why is she the head that little explanation is given in the first shloka by Rupa Goswami.

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“She’s always ready to serve with her thousand times of energy through her associates and her own self for the satisfaction of Radha-Govinda. Even when They are playing as couple, paramour couple, if at that time one drop of sweat comes to the lotus feet of [Radha-Govinda] Lalita Devi comes to Their lotus feet. Lalita Devi wants to immediately take one lakh forms to remove that quickly. She has that type of service eagerness and capacity for that. She is the general chief and super guardian of all the sakhis and manjaris. Lalita Devi is one year older than Radharani. Everyone respects her personality. All that group of sakhis and manjaris are respecting her as their guardian for the service of Radha and Govinda. Even if Krishna Himself doesn’t know if He’s hungry or not, Lalita Devi knows it. And what kind of pastimes today will be for service to Krishna, what kind of lila that arrangement also by the order and inspiration of Lalita Devi, yoga-maya is then arranging. Even Radharani and Krishna are waiting for Lalita Devi what kind of enjoyment do They need.

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“It is very difficult to understand within this mundane environment and for that it is not mentioned in the scripture so much but... [Unclear] also Garga-samhita, Harivamsha, like that, many places the pastimes of Radha and Krishna are explained. Our Guru-varga, they indicate that for the service world something but they did not explain so much all-good qualities exist within Lalita Devi and her service. She is arranging smoothly everything in favor of pastimes of Radha and Krishna.

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“Sometimes she’s showing like the guardian and for that Rupa Goswami explained in this shloka she’s sometimes also chastising Radha and Govinda that is her extreme affection for Their Lordships, for the pastimes of Radha and Govinda she is sometimes creating varieties of tasteful situations.

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“Krishna and Radharani have eight principal sakhis as Their girlfriends. Lalita’s the first, Vishakha the second, then Chitra, Champakalatika, Tungavidya, Indurekha, Sudevi and Rangadevi.

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“When we are chanting the beads there is one indication separating eight beads from 108. That’s because eight are for the remembrance of the… that’s because eight are for the remembrance of the principle sakhis.

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“Lalita Devi’s mind is very free for the service of Radha-Giridhari. Radharani has one group for satisfaction of Krishna but there is an anti-group, the group of Chandravali. It is the pastimes of Krishna, there is not any anti-party. If there is not any anti-party it will not be so tasteful for another group of servants of Krishna are existing. Both parties are playing very intelligently to take Krishna to their kunjas and there Lalita Devi is arranging very cleverly to take Krishna into Radharani’s group always. It is manifested by Radharani shakti for the pastimes of Krishna.”

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So, like this Gurudev has spoken so much on this holy day. And has much attachment and devotion to her lotus feet. We know that’s where our line goes and she has such an extraordinary form, qualities, pastimes. And we can only carefully remember all these things we’ve heard and try to share them without offense, pray for her grace.

Jay Lalita-saptami ki jay!

Are you have any comment?

Devotee: One question.

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We understand that, something about audarya is given by our Gurus and Sriman Mahaprabhu. And so Harinam and service toward that is a way of serving these divine pastimes ultimately because that’s where they take them. But is there another is—what is the proper way rather for us to think of serving at this very high in our current state?

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Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi: Just as I’ve been trying to keep everything connected to Gurudev, everything we’ve heard and what’s coming from him and his instructions. And that’s our only hope through Guru and Vaishnavas, through their service, keeping in mind all their teachings and instructions and being very careful not to make offense. In this way we can tangibly serve that plane and aspire to receive entry into that plane. And while we’re here in this plane we can practice and we have the opportunity to practice and try to preach and distribute and become pleasing to them. Does that answer your question?

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Devotee: Our vision of course we don’t expect that we will see such pastimes but we can hear from them about such pastimes and then they have their instruction guidance on how to make something.

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Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi: And these special holy days come every year and we’ve heard so much from our Gurudev most… most of us have had access to being with him personally or hearing his recordings and our books. And we’re allowed on these days to hear such special topics that are extraordinary and very carefully we can hear them, worship them, aspire for such things.

[unclear]

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Devotee: I have a question. We hear that Gadadhar Pandit is incarnation of Srimati Radharani... Who is Lalita Devi in Gaura-lila?

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Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi: We heard that Swarup Damodar who was the secretary of Mahaprabhu.

[unclear]

Devotee: [unclear].

Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi: Yeah, please say it properly.

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Devotee:

rādhā-mukunda-pada-sambhava-gharmabindu-
nirmañchanopakaraṇe kṛta-deha-lakṣyām…

We find it so [unclear]… and that divine personality [Lalita Devi] is ready to take [birth] on hundred thousand [times]... take care... of one drop [sweat]. That is the intensity.

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Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi: Rupa Goswami chose that quality in her to compose, I believe her pranam-mantra. We can imagine such a mentality in this world exploitation. We have to cross so many stages and become purified and free from anarthas really appreciate and understand a bit of this. But we had our shining examples still do even though we may feel so fallen and unqualified and we’ll never be able to understand. If we can just please the devotees, do something to continue our practicing lives without offense then there’s hope.

Any others questions or comments?

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Jay Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj ki jay!

Jay Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay!

Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay!

Om Vishnupad Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad ki jay!

Rupanuga Guru-varga ki jay!

Om Vishnupad Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad ki jay!

Jay Sri Krishna-Chaitanya, Prabhu Nityananda, Sri Advaita, Gadadhar, Srivasadi, Gaura bhakta-vrinda ki jay!

Saparshada Sri Nityananda Prabhu ki jay!

Saparshada Sriman Mahaprabhu ki jay!

Jay Vrindavan Dham ki jay!

Jay Uchagan ki jay!

Jay Lalita-saptami ki jay!

Jay Vrindavan Dham ki jay!

Jay Navadwip Dham ki jay!

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ki jay!

Jay all assembled devotees ki jay!

All world-wide devotees ki jay!

Nitai-Gaura premanande Haribol!

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Hari haraye first, I think, [unclear] not done. Page 60.

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hari haraye namaḥ kṛṣṇa jādavāya namaḥ
jādavāya mādhavāya keśavāya namaḥ[2]

gopāla govinda rām śrī madhusūdana
giridhārī gopīnātha madana-mohana[3]

śrī-chaitanya nityānanda śrī advaita-chandra
gadādhara śrīvāsādi gaura-bhakta-vṛnda[4]

jaya rūpa sanātana bhaṭṭa raghunātha
śrī-jīva-gopāla-bhaṭṭa dāsa raghunātha[5]

ei choy gosāir kori charaṇa vandana
jāhā hoite bighna-nāś abhīṣṭa pūraṇa[6]

ei choy gosāir jā̐ra mu̐i tā̐ra dāsa
tā̐-sabāra pada-reṇu mora pañcha-grāsa[7]

tā̐dera charaṇa sebi bhakta sane bāsa
janame janame mora ei abhilāṣa[8]

ei choy gosāi jabe braje koilā bāsa
rādhā-kṛṣṇa-nitya-līlā korilā prakāśa[9]

ānande bolo hari bhaja vṛndāvana
śrī-guru-vaiṣṇava-pade majāiyā mana[10]

śrī-guru-vaiṣṇava-pāda-padma kori āśa
(hari) nāma-saṅkīrttana kohe narottama dāsa[11]

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[sankirtana]

Captured by Ananta Krishna Das
Edited by Tradish Das



1  Rādhā-mukunda-pada-sambhava-gharma-bindu-, nirmañchanopakaraṇī-kṛta-deha-lakṣām / uttuṅga-sauhṛda-viśeṣa-vaśāt pragalbhāṁ, devīṁ guṇaiḥ sulalitāṁ lalitāṁ namāmi (Śrīla Rūpa Goswāmī. Śrī Lalitāṣṭakam: 1).

Śrīla Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj explains: Gunaiḥ sulalitāṁ: she has all varieties of sweet qualities, and her service is incomparable. She is very merciful to everyone, but she knows how to serve better than anyone. Rādhā-mukunda-pada-sambhava-gharma-bindu-nirmañchanopakaraṇī-kṛta-deha-lakṣām: if she sees any deficiency or disturbance in the service being offered to Rādhā and Govinda, she becomes very furious and desires to take on thousands of bodies to remove Rādhā and Govinda’s unhappiness. Naturally as Rādhārāṇī and Kṛṣṇa play, sweat appears on Their lotus feet, and They sometimes begin to feel some fatigue. To remove that sweat, Lalitā Devī desires to take on thousands and thousands of bodies.

Uttuṅga-sauhṛda-viśeṣa-vaśāt pragalbhāṁ: sometimes she chastises Rādhārāṇī, and sometimes she chastises Śrī Kṛṣṇa. But always for Their satisfaction, Their service, Their happiness, Their joy. She has no other intention.”

Śrīla Bhakti Rakṣak Śrīdhar Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj also comments on this shloka: “A hint of that particular standard has been given in this verse. When Lalitā Devī finds a drop of sweat on the feet of Rādhā-Govinda, she furiously engages herself to remove that sweat: ‘How has it come here? We are circumambulating Them and seeing that not the least pain can enter Their domain to trouble Them. How, without our notice, has this sweat come here?’ She furiously chastises herself and at once wants to take on 100,000 bodies to remove it. With such force, she comes to remove that drop of sweat from Their feet, with such eagerness, earnestness, and self-abuse. If the least difficulty is seen in the serving area, she cannot tolerate it in any way. With so much earnestness, she runs to serve.”

2  (1) “O Lord Hari, O Lord Kṛṣṇa, I offer my obeisances to You, who are known as Jādava, Hari, Mādhava, and Keśava.”

3  (2) “O Gopāla, Govinda, Rāma, Śrī Madhusūdan, Giridhārī, Gopīnāth, Madana-mohan!”

4  (3) “All glories to Śrī Chaitanya and Nityānanda. All glories to the moonlike Śrī Advaita Āchāryya. All glories to Śrī Gadādhara Paṇḍit and all the devotees of Śrī Chaitanya headed by Śrīvās Ṭhākur.”

5  (4) “All glories to Śrī Rūpa Goswāmī, Sanātan Goswāmī, Raghunāth Bhaṭṭa Goswāmī, Śrī Jīva Goswāmī, Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Goswāmī, and Raghunāth Dās Goswāmī.”

6  (5) “I offer my obeisances to the six Goswāmīs. By offering them my obeisances all obstacles to devotion are destroyed and all spiritual desires are fulfilled.”

7  (6) “I am a servant of that person who is a servant of these six Goswāmīs. The dust of their holy feet is my five kinds of foodstuffs.”

8  (7) “This is my desire, that birth after birth I may live with those devotees who serve the lotus feet of these six Goswāmīs.”

9  (8) “When these six Goswāmīs lived in Braja they revealed and explained the eternal Pastimes of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa.”

10  (9) “Absorbing your mind in meditation upon the divine feet of the Spiritual Master and the holy Vaiṣṇavas, chant the names of Lord Hari in ecstasy, and worship the transcendental realm of Vṛndāvan.”

11  (10) “Desiring the lotus feet of Śrī Guru and the Vaiṣṇavas, Narottam Dās sings the saṅkīrttan of the Holy Name.”





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Lalita-saptami talk, 2011, by Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi at our San Jose Seva Ashram, USA.

“This is the favorite day of Srila Gurudev... We’ve heard him say how Lalita Saptami was in his personal opinion more exclusive than Radhastami. More specific. We are in the line of Lalita Devi and anyone who has connection to Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and his mission through Srila Gurudev and our acharyas will automatically go to the service group of Lalita Devi.”

 

Беседа на Лалита-саптами в 2011 году Бхакти Лалиты Деви Даси в нашем Сева Ашраме в Сан Хосе, США.

«Это любимый день Шрилы Гурудева... Мы слышали, как он говорил, что Лалита-саптами, по его личному мнению, более исключительный праздник, нежели Радхаштами. Более особенный. Мы пребываем в линии Лалиты Деви, и любой, кто обрел связь со Шрилой Бхакти Ракшаком Шридхаром Дев-Госвами Махараджем и его миссией через Шрилу Гурудева и наших ачарьев, спонтанно примкнет к группе служения Лалиты Деви».


English

Srimati Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi

Lalita-saptami

(4 of September, 2011. San Jose Seva Ashram, USA)

 

Super auspicious day today. Sri Lalita-saptami as we heard from the Lavanika-saptami means ‘the seven day’, Radhashtami is the ‘eight day’... And this is the favorite day of Srila Gurudev. Some of us had the great fortune of being with him on these, on this day for many years, year after year. And we’ve heard him say how Lalita-saptami was in his personal opinion more exclusive than Radhashtami, more specific that we are in the line of Lalita Devi.

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And anyone who has connection to Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj and his mission through Srila Gurudev and our acharyas that we will automatically go to the service group of Lalita Devi. And Gurudev has given so much, so many glories spoken so beautifully on this occasion. It’s a very exclusive day that we observe with care and attention, some cautiousness, it’s… Lalita Devi was an exclusive personal servitor in the most highest madhura-rasa-lila. We take our Gurudev’s lotus feet on our head and tried to remember the glories he’s shared with us and pray not to make any offense in the attempt. And we’re trying to glorify Lalita Devi who’s in Gurudev’s language the chief, super guardian of the service and the pastimes of Radha and Govinda.

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And there’s so many wonderful qualities he’s described there’s a very famous verse by Srila Rupa Goswami that Srila Gurudev always quotes on this day.

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rādhā-mukunda-pada-sambhava-gharmabindu-
nirmañchanopakaraṇe kṛta-deha-lakṣyām…[1]

“When Lalita Devi find a drop of perspiration at the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda she furiously engages herself to remove it. She says, ‘How has it come here? We are circumambulating Them to see that not the least bit of pain can enter this domain to trouble Them, but how with our, without our notice this has appeared perspiration, perspiration?’ She has so furiously chastised herself and wants to immediately take birth one lakh, one hundred thousand times. With that force she comes to remove that drop of perspiration from the lotus feet of either of the Divine Couple.”

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If the least difficulty is seen in the serving area the Lord’s associates can’t tolerate it in any way and such eagerness self-abuse and earnestness is found in them.

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So that’s a verse by Rupa Goswami describing Lalita Devi, her intense mood of service not wanting any trouble to enter and willing to sacrifice infinitely to remove even a drop of sweat from Their lotus feet.

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And Gurudev says, “Without her mercy no one can get service to Radha and Krishna.” She also has a very magnanimous nature, and as Srila Sridhar Maharaj described on her appearance day, she goes out into the streets and canvasses right and left everyone who wants the service to Radha and Govinda, “Just sign up, I’ll enlist you.” So, she has a very merciful nature. Gurudev says, “She’s the super guardian for the service of pastimes of Radha and Krishna.”

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Sometimes she’s even teaching and chastising Radha and Govinda. So, Their pastimes can go on in a satisfactory way. She can ask Radharani, “Why have You done that? You’ve discouraged Krishna from doing this and that.” Same to Krishna: He’s done wrong He’s, you know, insulted Radharani and: “Never to do like that.” Gurudev says, “This type of mood is called pama-bhav. Pama like ‘contrary’, you know... it’s like an opposing contrary mood that she has. And be a little controversial aggressive.

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And by her grace and by the grace of our Guru-varga we will aspire for entry into that service plane. Srila Gurudev described how Rupa Manjari works under Lalita Devi. The manjari group is controlled by Lalita Devi. She sends the manjaris in to do the confidential services. And that’s where our line, our ultimate aspiration goes to that service camp.

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We’ve also heard from Srila Gurudev how when he was a new devotee, newly initiated joined the Math out 1947 in about 1950, Srila Sridhar Maharaj took him on parikrama in Vrindavan. They went to all the holy places together. And then after… and at that time also it was just Gurudev and Param Guru Maharaj together on parikrama sometimes Krishna Das Babaji Maharaj would join. And after they completed the parikrama Srila Sridhar Maharaj asked to Gurudev, “Which was your favorite place?”

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And Gurudev answered, “Uchagan,” which is the birthplace of Lalita Devi where her home, [it] is that’s his favorite place. And Srila Sridhar Maharaj was very happy to hear that explain: “You have some special connection blessings from her.” And we remember hearing Gurudev’s reservation to ever to return there fearing that it wouldn’t be the same experience as it was when he went to with Srila Sridhar Maharaj. And it was such a wonderful experience and extraordinary that he had wanted to always remember it in that way and never went back.

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And he explains here a little bit about that. “Lalita Devi’s house is in Uchagan when I went with Guru Maharaj there it was very peaceful, only one pujari lived there.

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“Near Shyama Kunda and Radha Kunda we will see there is Lalita Kund and for her remembrance there is also one small temple in Vrindavan Dham, Rasasthali, when rasa-lila with the gopis is organized Lalita Devi gives guidance to all the gopis.

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“All the beautiful and special qualities are full within Lalita Devi. Our math, [we] are observing a one-month festival in this time including Lalita Devi’s appearance.

#00:10:23#

“Lalita Devi has taken the whole service charge of the sakhis and manjaris to the service of Radha and Krishna. Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu in the form of Rupa Manjari is serving Radha-Govinda very exclusively and the exclusive service to Radha-Govinda is arranged by Lalita Devi for Rupa Goswami, Rupa Manjari. When Radha-Govinda are in their private room and the sakhis don’t enter but if there’s any important service necessary by the order of Lalita Devi, Sri Rupa Manjari and her associates are attending. Radharani and Krishna are both respecting Lalita Devi as Their head servitor. And why is she the head that little explanation is given in the first shloka by Rupa Goswami.

#00:11:15#

“She’s always ready to serve with her thousand times of energy through her associates and her own self for the satisfaction of Radha-Govinda. Even when They are playing as couple, paramour couple, if at that time one drop of sweat comes to the lotus feet of [Radha-Govinda] Lalita Devi comes to Their lotus feet. Lalita Devi wants to immediately take one lakh forms to remove that quickly. She has that type of service eagerness and capacity for that. She is the general chief and super guardian of all the sakhis and manjaris. Lalita Devi is one year older than Radharani. Everyone respects her personality. All that group of sakhis and manjaris are respecting her as their guardian for the service of Radha and Govinda. Even if Krishna Himself doesn’t know if He’s hungry or not, Lalita Devi knows it. And what kind of pastimes today will be for service to Krishna, what kind of lila that arrangement also by the order and inspiration of Lalita Devi, yoga-maya is then arranging. Even Radharani and Krishna are waiting for Lalita Devi what kind of enjoyment do They need.

#00:12:37#

“It is very difficult to understand within this mundane environment and for that it is not mentioned in the scripture so much but... [Unclear] also Garga-samhita, Harivamsha, like that, many places the pastimes of Radha and Krishna are explained. Our Guru-varga, they indicate that for the service world something but they did not explain so much all-good qualities exist within Lalita Devi and her service. She is arranging smoothly everything in favor of pastimes of Radha and Krishna.

#00:13:18#

“Sometimes she’s showing like the guardian and for that Rupa Goswami explained in this shloka she’s sometimes also chastising Radha and Govinda that is her extreme affection for Their Lordships, for the pastimes of Radha and Govinda she is sometimes creating varieties of tasteful situations.

#00:13:43#

“Krishna and Radharani have eight principal sakhis as Their girlfriends. Lalita’s the first, Vishakha the second, then Chitra, Champakalatika, Tungavidya, Indurekha, Sudevi and Rangadevi.

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“When we are chanting the beads there is one indication separating eight beads from 108. That’s because eight are for the remembrance of the… that’s because eight are for the remembrance of the principle sakhis.

#00:14:20#

“Lalita Devi’s mind is very free for the service of Radha-Giridhari. Radharani has one group for satisfaction of Krishna but there is an anti-group, the group of Chandravali. It is the pastimes of Krishna, there is not any anti-party. If there is not any anti-party it will not be so tasteful for another group of servants of Krishna are existing. Both parties are playing very intelligently to take Krishna to their kunjas and there Lalita Devi is arranging very cleverly to take Krishna into Radharani’s group always. It is manifested by Radharani shakti for the pastimes of Krishna.”

#00:15:11#

So, like this Gurudev has spoken so much on this holy day. And has much attachment and devotion to her lotus feet. We know that’s where our line goes and she has such an extraordinary form, qualities, pastimes. And we can only carefully remember all these things we’ve heard and try to share them without offense, pray for her grace.

Jay Lalita-saptami ki jay!

Are you have any comment?

Devotee: One question.

#00:16:10#

We understand that, something about audarya is given by our Gurus and Sriman Mahaprabhu. And so Harinam and service toward that is a way of serving these divine pastimes ultimately because that’s where they take them. But is there another is—what is the proper way rather for us to think of serving at this very high in our current state?

#00:16:40#

Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi: Just as I’ve been trying to keep everything connected to Gurudev, everything we’ve heard and what’s coming from him and his instructions. And that’s our only hope through Guru and Vaishnavas, through their service, keeping in mind all their teachings and instructions and being very careful not to make offense. In this way we can tangibly serve that plane and aspire to receive entry into that plane. And while we’re here in this plane we can practice and we have the opportunity to practice and try to preach and distribute and become pleasing to them. Does that answer your question?

#00:17:55#

Devotee: Our vision of course we don’t expect that we will see such pastimes but we can hear from them about such pastimes and then they have their instruction guidance on how to make something.

#00:18:10#

Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi: And these special holy days come every year and we’ve heard so much from our Gurudev most… most of us have had access to being with him personally or hearing his recordings and our books. And we’re allowed on these days to hear such special topics that are extraordinary and very carefully we can hear them, worship them, aspire for such things.

[unclear]

#00:19:00#

Devotee: I have a question. We hear that Gadadhar Pandit is incarnation of Srimati Radharani... Who is Lalita Devi in Gaura-lila?

#00:19:15#

Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi: We heard that Swarup Damodar who was the secretary of Mahaprabhu.

[unclear]

Devotee: [unclear].

Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi: Yeah, please say it properly.

#00:19:41#

Devotee:

rādhā-mukunda-pada-sambhava-gharmabindu-
nirmañchanopakaraṇe kṛta-deha-lakṣyām…

We find it so [unclear]… and that divine personality [Lalita Devi] is ready to take [birth] on hundred thousand [times]... take care... of one drop [sweat]. That is the intensity.

#00:20:18#

Bhakti Lalita Devi Dasi: Rupa Goswami chose that quality in her to compose, I believe her pranam-mantra. We can imagine such a mentality in this world exploitation. We have to cross so many stages and become purified and free from anarthas really appreciate and understand a bit of this. But we had our shining examples still do even though we may feel so fallen and unqualified and we’ll never be able to understand. If we can just please the devotees, do something to continue our practicing lives without offense then there’s hope.

Any others questions or comments?

#00:21:53#

Jay Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj ki jay!

Jay Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay!

Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay!

Om Vishnupad Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad ki jay!

Rupanuga Guru-varga ki jay!

Om Vishnupad Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad ki jay!

Jay Sri Krishna-Chaitanya, Prabhu Nityananda, Sri Advaita, Gadadhar, Srivasadi, Gaura bhakta-vrinda ki jay!

Saparshada Sri Nityananda Prabhu ki jay!

Saparshada Sriman Mahaprabhu ki jay!

Jay Vrindavan Dham ki jay!

Jay Uchagan ki jay!

Jay Lalita-saptami ki jay!

Jay Vrindavan Dham ki jay!

Jay Navadwip Dham ki jay!

Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math ki jay!

Jay all assembled devotees ki jay!

All world-wide devotees ki jay!

Nitai-Gaura premanande Haribol!

#00:23:16#

Hari haraye first, I think, [unclear] not done. Page 60.

#00:23:27#

hari haraye namaḥ kṛṣṇa jādavāya namaḥ
jādavāya mādhavāya keśavāya namaḥ[2]

gopāla govinda rām śrī madhusūdana
giridhārī gopīnātha madana-mohana[3]

śrī-chaitanya nityānanda śrī advaita-chandra
gadādhara śrīvāsādi gaura-bhakta-vṛnda[4]

jaya rūpa sanātana bhaṭṭa raghunātha
śrī-jīva-gopāla-bhaṭṭa dāsa raghunātha[5]

ei choy gosāir kori charaṇa vandana
jāhā hoite bighna-nāś abhīṣṭa pūraṇa[6]

ei choy gosāir jā̐ra mu̐i tā̐ra dāsa
tā̐-sabāra pada-reṇu mora pañcha-grāsa[7]

tā̐dera charaṇa sebi bhakta sane bāsa
janame janame mora ei abhilāṣa[8]

ei choy gosāi jabe braje koilā bāsa
rādhā-kṛṣṇa-nitya-līlā korilā prakāśa[9]

ānande bolo hari bhaja vṛndāvana
śrī-guru-vaiṣṇava-pade majāiyā mana[10]

śrī-guru-vaiṣṇava-pāda-padma kori āśa
(hari) nāma-saṅkīrttana kohe narottama dāsa[11]

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[sankirtana]

Captured by Ananta Krishna Das
Edited by Tradish Das



[1] Rādhā-mukunda-pada-sambhava-gharma-bindu-, nirmañchanopakaraṇī-kṛta-deha-lakṣām / uttuṅga-sauhṛda-viśeṣa-vaśāt pragalbhāṁ, devīṁ guṇaiḥ sulalitāṁ lalitāṁ namāmi (Śrīla Rūpa Goswāmī. Śrī Lalitāṣṭakam: 1).

Śrīla Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj explains: Gunaiḥ sulalitāṁ: she has all varieties of sweet qualities, and her service is incomparable. She is very merciful to everyone, but she knows how to serve better than anyone. Rādhā-mukunda-pada-sambhava-gharma-bindu-nirmañchanopakaraṇī-kṛta-deha-lakṣām: if she sees any deficiency or disturbance in the service being offered to Rādhā and Govinda, she becomes very furious and desires to take on thousands of bodies to remove Rādhā and Govinda’s unhappiness. Naturally as Rādhārāṇī and Kṛṣṇa play, sweat appears on Their lotus feet, and They sometimes begin to feel some fatigue. To remove that sweat, Lalitā Devī desires to take on thousands and thousands of bodies.

Uttuṅga-sauhṛda-viśeṣa-vaśāt pragalbhāṁ: sometimes she chastises Rādhārāṇī, and sometimes she chastises Śrī Kṛṣṇa. But always for Their satisfaction, Their service, Their happiness, Their joy. She has no other intention.”

Śrīla Bhakti Rakṣak Śrīdhar Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj also comments on this shloka: “A hint of that particular standard has been given in this verse. When Lalitā Devī finds a drop of sweat on the feet of Rādhā-Govinda, she furiously engages herself to remove that sweat: ‘How has it come here? We are circumambulating Them and seeing that not the least pain can enter Their domain to trouble Them. How, without our notice, has this sweat come here?’ She furiously chastises herself and at once wants to take on 100,000 bodies to remove it. With such force, she comes to remove that drop of sweat from Their feet, with such eagerness, earnestness, and self-abuse. If the least difficulty is seen in the serving area, she cannot tolerate it in any way. With so much earnestness, she runs to serve.”

[2] (1) “O Lord Hari, O Lord Kṛṣṇa, I offer my obeisances to You, who are known as Jādava, Hari, Mādhava, and Keśava.”

[3] (2) “O Gopāla, Govinda, Rāma, Śrī Madhusūdan, Giridhārī, Gopīnāth, Madana-mohan!”

[4] (3) “All glories to Śrī Chaitanya and Nityānanda. All glories to the moonlike Śrī Advaita Āchāryya. All glories to Śrī Gadādhara Paṇḍit and all the devotees of Śrī Chaitanya headed by Śrīvās Ṭhākur.”

[5] (4) “All glories to Śrī Rūpa Goswāmī, Sanātan Goswāmī, Raghunāth Bhaṭṭa Goswāmī, Śrī Jīva Goswāmī, Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Goswāmī, and Raghunāth Dās Goswāmī.”

[6] (5) “I offer my obeisances to the six Goswāmīs. By offering them my obeisances all obstacles to devotion are destroyed and all spiritual desires are fulfilled.”

[7] (6) “I am a servant of that person who is a servant of these six Goswāmīs. The dust of their holy feet is my five kinds of foodstuffs.”

[8] (7) “This is my desire, that birth after birth I may live with those devotees who serve the lotus feet of these six Goswāmīs.”

[9] (8) “When these six Goswāmīs lived in Braja they revealed and explained the eternal Pastimes of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa.”

[10] (9) “Absorbing your mind in meditation upon the divine feet of the Spiritual Master and the holy Vaiṣṇavas, chant the names of Lord Hari in ecstasy, and worship the transcendental realm of Vṛndāvan.”

[11] (10) “Desiring the lotus feet of Śrī Guru and the Vaiṣṇavas, Narottam Dās sings the saṅkīrttan of the Holy Name.”


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