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"The Story of the Fortunate One"


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Chapter 30: The Gopīs Search for Krishna Gone with Rādhā

(2) The women who in their hearts were overwhelmed by the movements, affectionate smiles, playful glances, charming talks and other graceful gestures of the husband of Ramā, being absorbed in Him thereupon enacted each of those wonderful activities.

(28) He must have been perfectly honored by her [ārādhitah, see Rādhā] as being the Supreme, One Lord and Controller, for Govinda, thus being pleased, has turned us down and taken her separate.

Chapter 31: The Songs of the Gopīs in Separation

(10) We are happy to meditate on Your affectionate smiles full of divine love, Your glances and Your pastimes, but the intimate conversations, which go straight to our hearts, oh deceiver, agitate our minds! (11) When You leave Vraja to herd the animals, oh Master, it does not feel good, oh Lover, to think of Your feet being hurt by the sharp and hard grasses and sprouting plants, oh Master, those feet that are more beautiful than a lotus.

Chapter 32: Krishna Returns to the Gopīs

(11-12) The Almighty One took them with Him and arrived at the banks of the Yamunā. There the auspicious river with the hands of her waves had collected soft sands. The kunda and mandāra flowers fragrantly bloomed with bees [attracted] by the autumnal breeze, while the moon, plentifully shining, with its rays dispelled the darkness of the night.

Chapter 33: The Rāsa Dance

(3-4) The festival of the dance commenced with the gopīs positioned in a circle. Krishna, the Controller of the Mystic Union, always keeping Himself situated between two of them, held His arms around the necks of the women next to Him. At that moment the sky was crowded by hundreds of celestial carriers belonging to the denizens of heaven with their wives whose minds were carried away by curiosity.

(17) The Master of the Goddess of Fortune, thus with His embraces, the touches of His hands, His affectionate glances and His broad playful smiles, enjoyed it to be together with the young women of Vraja, just like a boy does playing with His own reflection.

Chapter 34: Sudars'ana Delivered and
S'ankhacūda Killed

(12-13) The [erstwhile] serpent said: 'I am Sudars'ana, a certain Vidyādhara well-known for his opulence and appearance. I used to wander all the directions in my celestial carrier. Because I, conceited about my appearance, ridiculed the sages who descended from Angirā I, for my sin of deriding them, was made to assume this ugly form.

(31) Overtaking him like it was nothing, the Almighty Lord with His fist
knocked off the crest jewel of the villain together with his head.

Chapter 35: The Gopīs Sing of Krishna as
He Wanders in the Forest

(18-19) At times, when He, with the garland around His neck smelling of the by Him favored tulsī, counts the cows on a string of colored beads and then, throwing His arm over the shoulder of a loving companion, sings, the wives of the black deer, the doe  - just like the gopīs who gave up their civil aspirations -, approach that ocean of transcendental qualities to sit at His side with their hearts stolen by the sound produced by Krishna's flute.

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