Sri Vilapa-kusumanjali

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Srila Thakura Bhaktivinoda said, “Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami showed the esoteric method of engaging oneself in the loving service of Sri-Sri Radha-Krishna.” Raghunatha Dasa wrote and taught that the divine service of Srimati Radharani in Vrndavana is the topmost spiritual perfection. For this he was known as the prayojana acarya, the teacher who reveals the highest fulfillment in life.

    Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami clearly established the supremacy of Srimati Radharani. In Vilapa-kusumanjali, a collection of in­timate prayers, he states that Sri Radha’s service is the highest attainment. Feeling extreme impatience and hopelessness, due to separation from the “Queen of his life,” he desperately prays for Radharani’s service:

    “My life is worthless. I will give it up without receiving Your mercy. Living in Radha-kunda and Vrndavana is meaningless to me. To say nothing of Vrndavana, even Krishna Himself is useless to me without You. 0 Srimati Radharani, You are the only object of my life. Please be merciful to me. Crying profusely in great lamentation, I hold Your lotus feet to my heart and beg for Your loving service. May this Vilapa-kusumanjali bring even the slightest satisfaction to You.”

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