Thursday, August 27, 2009

Srimati Radhika's beauty and the envious moon

Her glorious complexion fair, Her garments red, and Her new youthfulness effulgent, Sri Radha, delighting Her friends, and graceful like a crescent moon in its second night, shone with great splendor.

Sri Radha's limbs glistened like lightning. Sri Radha's hair was like a dark monsoon cloud with lightning. Sri Radha's neck and other limbs are like the winding tendrils of a golden sura-lata vine. Sri Radha's face graced with many black and curly locks of hair is like a lotus encircled by black bees. Sri Radha's forehead is like a half-moon. Sri Radha's eyes are like two stars. Sri Radha's eyebrows are like two archer's bows. Sri Radha's nose is like a graceful arrow. Sri Radha's ears are like the tips of the tendrils of two golden vines. Sri Radha's cheeks are like two round fruits borne by that vine. Sri Radha's mouth is like a golden cup with rubies around its circle top. Sri Radha's teeth are like pearls fallen from a cloud. Sri Radha's gentle smile is like the sweet fragrance of vine that bears flowers of poetic words. Shri Radha's lips are like flower petals.

Sri Radha's abdomen is like an ashvattha leaf. The line of hairs on Shri Radha's body is like a graceful line drawn upon it. Sri Radha's waist is like an altar built by Vishvakarma, the demigods' architect. Sri Radha's navel is like a deep and holy pilgrimage lake. Sri Radha's two legs, anointed with various colors, and graceful like the most graceful elephant's trunk, are clothed in wonderful and colorful garments that reach to Her glorious feet. Sri Radha's feet glorious with the effulgence of Her toenails are like two glorious blossoming flowers anointed with cooling drops of mist. Sri Radha's arms are like two soft golden-lotus stems. Sri Radha's hands are like two lotus flowers. In this way Sri Radha's form is splendid and beautiful.

Sri Radha's hair is curly and graceful. Sri Radha's hair is gracefully dishevelled. Shri Radha's tilaka is perfect, unbroken, graceful, and glorious with various colors. Sri Radha's earrings are reflected in the two blue lotus flowers of Her eyes. Sri Radha's smile is reflected in the pearl-ring on Her nose. A whispering belt of jangling bells glistens over Sri Radha's garments. Sri Radha's neck, arms, and other limbs are decorated with tilaka and with many glorious ornaments. What more can I say? Sri Radha's graceful head is the ultimate ornament, the ornament that decorates all the other parts of Her body.

The gopi-maidservants decorating Sri Radha were stunned with wonder. Quickly and expertly they decorated Her.

Seeing Sri Radha sublime splendor, the moon burned with envy. Those flames of envy in the moon's heart must have left marks now visible on the moon's surface. This I think.

~ Gopala Champu by Jiva Goswami

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