Why Srimati Radharani descended from Goloka?

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Brahma-vaivarta Purana

Chapter Two Sridama-Radha-kalaha-varnana

Description of the Quarrel Between Sridama and Radha

1-2 On whose request did Krishna come to the surface of the earth, what the Lord did before He returned to His own abode, how He removed the earth’s burden, and how He killed the demons, of all these I will, carefully thinking of what happened, tell you the story.

3 Listen and I will tell you of Lord Hari’s descent as a cowherd boy. His arrival in Gokula, and Radha’s descent as gopi.

4 Listen and I will tell you in detail what before you heard me tell only briefly in the story of Sankhacuda’s death.

5 Sridama quarrelled with Radha and She cursed him to become the demon Sankhacuda.

6 Then Sridama cursed Radha: Go to a human womb in Vraja! Become a girl of Vraja and walk on the earth’s surface!

7 Afraid of Sridama’s curse, She went to Sri Krishna and said: I will become a gopi! Sridama cursed Me! What will I do to prevent it! O breaker of fears please tell me.

8 How can I live without You? O Lord, without You every moment will become a hundred yugas.

9-10 My heart bursts into flames when the blinking of My eyes separates Us. O Lord glorious as the autumn moon, using the cakora birds of My eyes I drink the nectar of Your face day and night. I declare that You are My heart, My self, My mind and My body.

11 You are My eyes and My power to see. You are My life. You are My treasure. Awake of asleep, I always meditate on Your lotus feet. O Lord, without serving You I cannot live for a moment.

12 Hearing these words, Lord Krishna placed His beautiful beloved on His chest. He reassured Her and removed Her fears. He said:

13-14 O girl with the beautiful face, during the Varaha-kalpa I will go to the earth. You will go with Me and also take birth on the earth. O goddess, I will go to Vraja and enjoy pastimes (with You) in the forest.

15 You are more dear to Me than life. If I am present why should You be afraid? Saying this, Lord Hari, the master of the universes, became silent.

16 For this reason the master of the universes went to Nanda’s Gokula. Why should He be afraid? Of what would He, the killer of fears, be afraid?

17 Pretending to fear the illusory potency, He assumed the appearance of a gopa, approached Radha, and enjoyed pastimes with Her.

18-19 To keep the promise He made when the demigod Brahma prayed to Him, Lord Krishna came to earth with the gopis, removed the earth’s burden and then returned to His own abode.

20 Sri Narada said: Why did Sridama quarrel with Radha? What you briefly told before, now please tell at length.

21 Sri Narayana Rsi said: One time, in a rasa-mandala in a secluded place in a great forest in Goloka, Lord Hari enjoyed pastimes with Sri Radha. Overcome with bliss, Radha could not understand Herself or anything else.

22 Leaving Her unsatisfied in the midst of Their pastimes, He went to enjoy amorous pastimes with Viraja, another gopi.

23 Beautiful Viraja resembled Radha. She has a billion beautiful gopi friends.

24 As she sat on a jewel throne, this gopi, who thought Lord Krishna more dear than life, and who was fortunate and glorious among women, saw Lord Hari approach.

25 Lord Hari looked at her, her face glorious as the autumn moon, and she, ravishingly beautiful, smiled, and with crooked eyes gazed at Him.

26 She was eternally sixteen years old, in the full bloom of youth. She wore exquisite garments and Her beauty was richer with jewel ornaments.

27 Seeing that she was being tortured by Kamadeva’s arrows and the hairs of all her limbs were erect with excitement, Lord Hari at once enjoyed pastimes with her.

28-29 In the great forest, in a secluded place, in a circle of jewels, on a bed made of flowers, as she embraced to her chest the Lord of her life, who is more glorious than millions of Kamadevas, Viraja fainted, overcome with the bliss by enjoying amorous pastimes with Lord Krishna .

30 Seeing Lord Hari embraced by her in the jewel pavilion, Radha’s friends at once told their mistress.

31 Hearing their words, Radha became angry and lay down on Her bed.

32 Her eyes like red lotus flowers, the goddess wept bitterly. The great goddess said to them: “Show Him to Me.”

33 If you speak the truth, then come with Me. I will give Krishna and this gopi the result They deserve.

34 When I punish her who will save her? With her quickly bring Lord Hari’s other lovers also.

35-36 Don’t bring that smiling, crooked-hearted, nectar-mouthed pot of poison to My home. Instead, take the Lord to My beautiful pavilion and keep Him there.

37 Hearing Radha’s words, some gopis became frightened, and they all folded their hands and humbly bowed their heads and necks.

38 Standing before Her, they all said to the Lord’s eternal beloved: “We will show You the Lord with Viraja.”

39 After hearing their words, beautiful Radha, ascended a chariot. She departed with 1 630 000 000 gopis, travelling on a chariot…

40 ..made of may regal jewels, splendid as millions of suns, roofed with thirty million domes made of regal jewels, splendid with a variety of colourful flowers, pulled by colourful horses,…

41 ..with ten thousand wheels, enchanting the heart, travelling as fast as the mind, beautiful with ten million pillars and many different glorious jewels,

42 …with many wonderful and colourful beautiful pictures, with many rubies in the inside rooms, with many jewels decorating the wheels,…

43 …with four hundred thousand splendid and wonderful wheels decorated with wonderful bells and tinkling ornaments,…

44 …with a hundred thousand jewel palaces, with doors made of the best of jewels, with jewel pictures,…

45 …with domes of the best regal jewels, with splendid spires, with delicious foods and exquisite garments,…

46 …beautiful with many jewel beds, jewel cups and cases, and golden platforms,…

47 …with ten million ruby staircases, with very beautiful syamantaka and kaustubha jewels,…

48 …splendidly beautiful with wonderful forests and lakes and hundreds of groves of millions of lotus flowers,…

49 …with splendid jewel domes and spires eighty miles wide and eight hundreds miles high,…

50 …splendid with ten million garlands of parijata, kunda, karavira and yuthika flowers,…

51 …fragrant with many very beautiful campaka, nagesa, mallika, malati, and madhavi flowers,…

52 …decorated with many garlands of kadamba flowers and thousand petal lotuses,…

53 …decorated with wonderful forests, lakes, and colourful flower gardens, fast as the wind, the best of all chariots,…

54 …covered with exquisite fine cloth, decorated with hundreds of jewel mirrors,…

55 …decorated with sapphires and white camaras, fragrant with sandal, aguru, musk and kunkuma,…

56 …splendid with ten million parijata-decorated beds, ten million flags, and ten million bells,…

57 …with ten million jewel beds covered with wonderful and colourful blankets, fragrant with campaka flowers, sandal and kunkuma,…

58 …decorated with flower-pillows, and perfect for amorous pastimes, and also decorated with many beautiful things never seen or heard of before.

59 O sage, quickly descending from the chariot thus described, Lord Hari’s beloved goddess Radha, at once went to Him in the pavilion of jewels.

60 At the entrance She saw a handsome, smiling, lotus-faced guard accompanied by a hundred thousand gopas.

61 To that gopa, who was Sri Krishna ’s dear friend named Sridama, goddess Radha, Her eyes now like red lotuses, angrily said:

62 Go away! O servant of a rake, go away! I will see what kind of beautiful lover Your master has now!

63 Hearing Radha’s words, strong and fearless Sridama, holding a stick in his hand, did not allow Her to enter.

64 Their lips trembling, the other gopis angrily pushed the servant Sridama.

65 Hearing a great commotion from the people of Goloka and understanding that Radha was angry, Lord Hari disappeared.

66 Hearing the word “Radha” and seeing Lord Hari disappear, Viraja became afraid. By practice of mystic yoga she gave up her life.

67 Her body at once became a river circling Goloka.

68 That river was filled with jewels, very deep, eight hundred million miles wide, and ten times as long.

Chapter Three Sri Radha-Sridama-sapodbhava

The Cursing of Sri Radha and Sridama

 O sage, when She went to the pavilion of amorous pastimes Radha did not see Lord Hari. Seeing the river that Viraja had become, She went home.
 Seeing that His eternal beloved had become a river, Sri Krishna loudly wept on the beautiful shore of that Viraja River.

 “O best, best of lovers, come to Me! O beautiful one, beautiful one, how can I live without you? 

 “By My blessing now become the most beautiful of women, and the empress of rivers. 

 :Now have a form more beautiful than the beautiful form you had. O chaste one, your previous form has now become a river.” 

 “Raise from the water and come to Me.” Taking a new form, and beautiful like Radha, she approached Lord Hari. 

 Wearing yellow garments and her lotus face smiling, with crooked eyes she gazed at the Lord of Her life and He gazed at her. 

 She was oppressed by the burden of her hips and thighs, and her breasts were swollen and high.

 She was the most beautiful of beautiful women, and She was fortunate and glorious among women. She was the colour of a beautiful campaka flower and her lips were ripe bimba fruits. 

 Her beautiful teeth were like ripe pomegranate seeds,, her face was an autumn moon, and her eyes were blossoming dark lotuses. 

 She was decorated with a dot of musk and many dots of red sindura. She was beautiful with beautiful designs and pictures. Her braided hair was very beautiful. 

 Jewel earrings resting on her cheeks, She was decorated with a necklace of jewels and glorious with a necklace of pearls. On the tip of her nose was an elephant pearl. 

 She was splendid with jewel armlets and bracelets and a bracelet of shells. She was opulent with many tinkling ornaments and tinkling jewel anklets.

 Seeing her so beautiful and so full of love for Him, the Lord of the universes at once embraced her and kissed her again and again. 

 Going to a secluded place, the all-powerful Lord again and again enjoyed many different kinds of amorous pastimes, beginning with viparita-lila, with His beloved. 

 Accepting the Lord’s invincible semen, passionate and fortunate Viraja at once became pregnant. 

 After a hundred celestial years of pregnancy, she gave birth to seven handsome sons from the Lord.

 In this way the Lord’s eternal beloved became the mother of seven sons. She was very happy with her seven sons. 

 One day, her heart filled with amorous desires, the saintly girl again enjoyed pastimes with Lord Hari in a secluded place in Vrndavana forest. 

 Then, frightened by his brothers, her youngest son came there and went to his mother’s lap. 

 Seeing her son was afraid, she who was an ocean of kindness left Lord Hari and placed the boy on her lap. Then Krishna went to Radha’s home. 

 When she had comforted the boy she noticed that her beloved was no longer there. Her heart filled with unsatisfied desires, she lamented greatly. 

 She angrily cursed her son: “You will become an ocean of salt-water. The living entities will never drink your water.” 

 Then she cursed all the boys: “Those fools will go to the earth! Fools, go to beautiful Jambudvipa on the earth! 

 “They will not stay together in one place, but will stay each in his own place. They will stay happily around different islands. 

 “They may enjoy pastimes with the rivers on these islands.” In this way, because of his mother’s curse, the youngest boy became an ocean of salt-water. 

 The youngest then told the other boys about their mother’s curse. Unhappy, all the boys went to their mother. 

 After hearing their mother’s words, they offered obeisances to her feet. Then, their necks bowed with devotion, they all went to the surface of the earth.

 O sage, they became seven oceans around the seven islands. From the youngest to the eldest, each ocean was twice as large as the preceding one. 

 They became oceans of salt-water, sugarcane juice, wine, clarified butter, yoghurt, milk and sweet water. Their liquid will be used to cultivate grains on the earth. 

 In this way they became seven oceans around the seven islands of the earth. Unhappy in separation from their mother and brothers, all the boys wept. 

 Tormented by separation from her sons, chaste Viraja wept again and again. She fainted out of grief she felt for her sons and husband. 

 Understanding that she was drowning in an ocean of grief, Radha’s master, His lotus face smiling, came to her again.

 When she saw Lord Hari she stopped weeping and lamenting. Gazing at her beloved, she became plunged in an ocean of bliss. 

 Overcome with passion, she placed Lord Hari on her lap and enjoyed pastimes with Him. In this way, even though she had abandoned her sons, Lord  Hari became pleased with her. 

 His eyes and face filled with happiness, He gave her a benediction: “Beloved, I will always come to you. 

 “Like Radha you will be dear to Me. By the power of My blessing you will always protect your sons.” 

 Seeing Sri Krishna with Viraja as he spoke these words, Radha’s friends told their mistress. 

 Hearing this, Radha lay down in the palace of anger and wept. Then Krishna entered that palace and approached Her. 

 O Narada, accompanied by Sridama, Krishna stood at Radha’s door. When She who is the queen of the rasa dance saw Her beloved Lord Hari, She became angry and said: 

 O Lord Hari, You have many other lovers in Goloka. Go to them! Why do You need Me? 

 Even though Your dear lover Viraja, out of fear of Me, left her body and became a river, still You go to her! 

 Build a palace on her shore and stay with her. Stay with her. Go to her. She became a river. You became a river also. 

 Because they belong to the same class, it is glorious for one river to associate with another river. As they happily eat together and sleep together they feel great love for each other. 

 O crest jewel of divine persons, when they hear from Me that You are enjoying pastimes with a river, the great souls will smile.

 They who say You are the master of the universes do not truly know Your heart. The Personality of Godhead, who is the Supersoul in the hearts of all, now desires to enjoy pastimes with a river! 

 After speaking these words, angry goddess Radha stopped. Surrounded by a hundred thousand gopis, She would not rise from Her bed. 

 Some gopis carried camaras in their hands, some carried fine garments, some carried betelnuts in their hands, and some carried flower-garlands in their  hands.

 Some carried cups of scented water in their hands, some carried lotus flowers in their hands, some carried red sindura in their hands, and some carried flower garlands in their hands. 

 Some carried jewel ornaments in their hands, some carried black kajjala, some carried flutes and vinas in their hands, and some carried combs in their hands.

 Some carried aviras in their hands, some carried yantras in their hands, some carried scented oil in their hands, some most beautiful women carried karatalas in their hands, and some carried toy balls. 

 Some played mrdangas, murajas, flutes and karatalas, some expertly sang, and some expertly danced. 

 Some carried toys in their hands, some carried cups of honey in their hands, some carried cups of nectar in their hands, and some carried footstools in their hands. 

 Some carried garments and ornaments in their hands, some served Radha’s feet, some stood before Her with folded hands, and some spoke prayers glorifying Her. 

 How many stood before Her? O sage, millions and millions stood outside. 

 As Krishna stood at the door, Radha’s friends, who held sticks, would not allow Him to enter. 

 As the Lord of Her life stood before Her, Radha spoken to Him words that were inaccurate, not worthy to be spoken, improper, and very harsh.

 O Krishna , O lover of Viraja, get away from Me! O Lord Hari, o restless debauchee, why do You trouble Me? 

 Go at once to Padmavati! Go to beautiful Ratnamala or Vanamala whose beauty has no equal!

 O lover of a river, O master of the demigods, O guru of the demigods’ guru, I know who You are. Auspiciousnss to You! Go! Go from My asrama! 

 Again and again You act like a human! Rake, enter a human womb! Leave Goloka and go to Bharata-varsa! 

 O Susila, Sasikala, Padmavati, Madhavi, stop this criminal! What need have we for Him?

 After hearing Radha’s words, the gopis spoke to Lord Hari words there were beneficial, truthful, gentle, sweet, and appropriate to that circumstance. 

 Some said: “O Lord Hari, for a moment go to another place. When Radha’s anger subsides we will bring You here.” 

 Some very affectionately said: “Go home for a moment. You make Radha blissful. Except for You, who can protect Her.

 O sage, out of love for Radha some gopis said to Lord Hari: “For a moment go to Vrndavana forest until Her anger subsides.”

 Some joked to the Lord: “O passionate one, by devotedly serving Her You will appease the jealous anger of Your passionate beloved.”

 Some said the to Lord: “Go to another wife in the meantime, O Lord, we will bring the result You earnestly desire.” 

 Some stood smiling before Lord Hari and said: “Go to Her and pacify Her jealous anger.” 

 Some gopis spoke harshly to the Lord of their lives: “Who can see Radha’s lotus face now?” 

 Some said to the all-powerful Lord: “O Lord Hari, go to another place, and when Her anger is over You may return.” 

 Some beautiful and arrogant gopis said to Him: “IF You don’t go to another’s home, we will force You to go.” 

 Some beautiful gopis then surrounded the smiling, peaceful, and cheerful Supreme Lord of all and prevented Him from entering. 

 Forced by the gopis, Lord Hari, who is the first cause of the world’s causes, left and went to another’s home. Then Sridama became angry. 

 His lotus eyes now red, Sridama angrily spoke to the supreme goddesss, Sri Radha, whose lotus eyes were also red with anger. 

 Sridama said: O mother, why do You speak these harsh words to m master? O goddess, You rebuke Him without any consideration and for no reason.

 You mock the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the master of Brahma, Ananta, Siva and is the master of Sarasvati, Laksmi, Laya, Maya and Prakrti, who is beyond the modes of material nature, who is self-satisfied, and whose desires are all fulfilled. Know that it is only because of Your service to Him and Your worship of His feet that You have become the best of goddesses and the queen of all. O beautiful one, You do not understand Him. How can I have the power to describe Him? 

 With a playful bend in His eyebrows He can create many millions of millions of goddesses like You. You do not understand Him, the Lord who is beyond the modes of material nature. 

 In Vaikuntha goddess Laksmi eternally serves Lord Hari with great devotion. She washes His lotus feet and dries them with her own hair.

 With devotion Sarasvati always praises Him with beautiful prayers that are nectar for the ears. You do not understand Him, the great Supreme Personality of Godhead. 

 Frightened goddess Maya, who is the material energy and the personified life of all conditioned souls, always praises Him with devotion. O proud one, You do not understand Him. 

 Although they eternally offer prayers to Him, the Vedas cannot understand even one sixteenth of His glory. O beautiful one, You do not understand Him.

 O goddess, with his four heads powerful Brahma, the father of the Vedas, glorifies Krishna . Brahma serves His lotus feet. 

 With this five heads, the guru of the yogis, offers prayers to Lord Krishna . His eyes filled with tears and the hairs of his body erect, he serves Lord Krishna ’s lotus feet.

 With His thousand heads Ananta Sesa again and again offers prayers to Lord Krishna , the all-pervading Supersoul. He devotedly serves Lord Krishna ’s lotus feet. 

 Dharma, who is the protector and witness of everyone and the master of the worlds, happily and devotedly serves Lord Krishna ’s feet always. 

 All-powerful Lord Visnu, who resides in Svetadvipa and is His partial incarnation, meditates on Lord Krishna as the Supreme at every moment. 

 The demigods, demons, sages, kings, manus, humans and philosophers serve Him though they cannot see His lotus feet even in a dream. 

 At once abandon Your pride and worship the lotus feet of Lord Hari, who merely by the play of bending His eyebrow destroys the material creation. 

 Brahma’s lifetime is an eye-blink for Lord Krishna . Twenty-eight Indras live their lives in Brahma’s day. 

 Brahma lives for 108 years calculated in this way. O Radha, You and the gopis and everyone and everything are under my master’s dominion. 

 Hearing Sridama’s very harsh and forceful words, She became suddenly angry. She stood up and spoke to him. 

 Going outside, Her hair loosened, Her lotus eyes reds, and Her lips trembling, She harshly spoke to him. 

 Sri Radha said: Rogue! Fool! Servant of a rake! Listen. I don’t know your master. You know everything about Him. 

 O lowest wretch in Vraja, Sri Krishna is your master and not Mine? You praise your father and rebuke your mother.

 As the demons always insult the demigods, so you always insult Me! Therefore, O fool, become a demon!

 Gopa, leave Goloka and go to a demoness’ womb. Fool, now I have cursed you. Who can protect you? 

 After thus cursing him, the queen of the rasa dance became silent. Then, with jewelled-handled camaras in their hands, Her friends served Her.

 After hearing Her words, his lips trembling in anger, Sridama cursed Her: Go to the womb of a human woman! 

 You are angry like a human woman, therefore become a human woman on the earth! Mother, I have cursed You. Of this there is no doubt.

 You will be eclipsed by a part of Your own shadow. The fools on the earth will say you are the wife of a petty king. 

 That petty king will be a partial incarnation of Lord Hari. He will be a great yogi born in a human womb because of Radha’s curse on him. 

 In Gokula You will attain Lord Krishna . You will stay with Him in the forest there and enjoy pastimes with Him. You will be separated from Him for a hundred years and then You will attain Him, Your Lord, again and return with Him to Goloka. 

 After speaking these words and after bowing down before Radha, Sridama went to Lord Hari. Bowing down before Lord Krishna , Sridama narrated the story of the cursings. 

 Sridama wept as never before. As weeping Sridama was about to go to the earth, Lord Krishna said to him: 

 You will become the king of demons. In the three worlds no one will defeat you.

 After fifty yugas Siva’s spear will make you leave that body and with My blessings you will return to Me. 

 After hearing Lord Krishna ’s words, grieving Sridama said to Him: You will never transform me into a person that has no devotion for You. 

 Saying this Sridama left his own asrama. Then, weeping again and again, Radha came there. 

 Saintly Radha loudly lamented, “Child, where are you going?” Then Sridama became Sankhacuda, the husband of Tulasi. 

 When Sridama had left, Goddess Radha approached Lord Hari. She told Him everything and He spoke to Her. 

 Lord Krishna told everything to His grieving beloved. Then, in the course of time, Sridama became Sankhacuda and then returned to the Lord. 

 In the Varaha-kalpa Radha went with Lord Hari to the earth. O sage, She attained a birth in Gokula in King Vrsabhanu’s home. 

 In this way I have spoken the transcendental narrations of Lord Krishna , which everyone yearns to hear. What more do you wish to hear?

Chapter Sri Radha-Krishna Samvada

I will go to the earth. O demigods, first return to your homes, and then, by your amsa expansions, quickly go to the earth.
After speaking to the demigods, Lord Krishna , the master of the universes, called the gopas and gopis and spoke to them words that were sweet, truthful and appropriate.
Sri Krishna said: O gopas and gopis, please listen. All of you please go to Nanda’s land of Vraja. O Radha, please go at once to the home of King Vrsabhanu.
King Vrsabhanu’s dear wife is the saintly gopi named Kalavati. She is Subala-gopa’s daughter. She is a partial incarnation of the goddess of fortune.
She is fortunate and glorious among women. She was the mind-born daughter of the pitas, but by Durvasa’s curse she was born in a house in Vraja.
At once go to Nanda’s Vraja and take birth in her womb. O girl with the lotus face, I will assume the form of a small boy and I will marry You. 
O Radha, to Me You are more dear than life. To You I am more dear than life also. We are not different. We are one body eternally.
Listening, Sri Radha wept, overcome with love. O sage, with Her cakora-bird eyes She drank the moonlight of Lord Krishna ’s face.
Sri Krishna said: O gopas and gopis, please take birth on the earth in the beautiful palaces of the noble gopas. […]

69 In this way the demigods must go, by their partial expansions, to the earth and help to remove its burden. The demigods’ wives must also go, by their partial expansions, to the earth.

70 At that point Lord Krishna stopped speaking. O Narada, Brahma stood there, listening.

71 Sarasvati was at Lord Krishna ’s left and Laksmi at His right. Parvati and all the demigods were before Him.

72 The gopis and gopas were before Him. Sri Radha rested on His chest. At that moment Sri Radha, the queen of Vraja spoke to Lord Krishna .

73 Sri Radha said: O Lord, please hear the words of Your maidservant. My life has become a blazing fire that burns without stop. My mind trembles, swinging to and fro.

74 When I look at You I cannot even blink. O Lord, how can I go to the earth without You?

75 O friend, how much time must pass before I will meet You again in Gokula? O master of My life, please tell the truth.

76 An eyeblink without You will be a hundred yugas for Me. What will I look on? Where will I go? Who will protect Me?

77 O master of My life, how can I for a moment think of mother, father, relatives, friends, brother, sister, or children when You are gone? 

78 O master of illusions, please promise me that when I am on the earth You will not cover Me with illusion and make Me forget Your glories.

79 O Krishna , please turn My mind into a bumblebee always wandering among the nectar lotus-flowers of Your feet.

80 Wherever I may be born, please give Me service to You and remembrance of You.

81 You are Krishna and I am Radha. When I am on the earth may I never forget the glory of Our love. O Lord, please give Me this benediction.

82 As breath always stays with the body and as the body always stays with its shadow, may We two always stay together when We take birth. O Lord please give Me this benediction.

83 When We are on the earth let Us not be separated for even an eyeblink. O Lord, please give Me this benediction.

84 Who was it that used My life-breath to create Your body, feet, and flute?

85 How many glorious kinds of women are there? How many kinds of glorious men praised again and again? No woman is attached to her lover as I am to You.

86 How is it that I was created from half of Your body? There is no difference between Us. That is why My mind always thinks of You.

87 How is it that My mind, heart, and life were placed in Your body. And Your mind, heart and life were placed in Mine?

88 That is why an eyeblink’s separation from You brings a great catastrophe to My mind. That is why, when it hears that We may be separated, My life-force burns in an unending fire.

89 After speaking these words in the assembly of demigods, again and again Sri Radha grasped Lord Krishna ’s lotus feet and loudly wept.

90 Then, placing Her on His lap and with His own garment wiping the tears from Her face, Lord Krishna spoke many true and beneficial words.

91 Sri Krishna said: Goddess, please listen and I will describe to You the yoga of the Supreme, a yoga even the kings of the yogis cannot understand, a yoga that cuts grief into many pieces.

92 O beautiful one, consider this: The entire universe is constructed of two things: resting places and things that rest in them. It is not possible for a resting thing to be separated from its resting place.

93 For the fruit the resting place is the flower. For the flower the resting place is the twig. For the twig the resting place is the branch. For the branch the resting place is the tree itself.

94 For the tree the resting place is the sapling. For the sapling, which is manifest from the seed, the resting place is the seed. For the seed the resting place is the earth.

95 For the earth the resting place is Lord Sesa. For Lord Sesa the resting place is the great tortoise beneath Him. For the tortoise the resting place is the wind. For the wind the resting place is I Myself.

96 For Me the resting place is You. I always rest in You. You have all powers. You are the root from which the material nature has sprung. You are the Supreme Goddess.

97 You are the resting place of all bodies. You are the resting place of the three mode of nature. You are the resting place of Me, for I am Your heart. Without You I cannot act. Only by Your grace have I the power to act.

98 From the man the seed is manifest. From the seed children are manifest. The resting place of both seed and children is the woman, who is manifest from material nature.

99 How can the spirit soul exist without the body? How can the body exist without the spirit soul? They are both the first cause. O goddess, how can the creation be manifest without them both?

100 O Radha, We are not different. We are the seed and the world grown from the seed. I am the soul and You are the body. Where the soul is present, there also is the body. We are not different. Why must You be so humble?

101 As whiteness is present in milk, as heat is present in fire, as fragrance is present in earth, and as coolness is present in fire, so I am always present in You.

102 As milk and its whiteness, fire and its heat, earth and its fragrance, and water and its coolness are one and cannot be separated, We are one also. We cannot be separated.

103 Without Me, You are lifeless. Without You, I am invisible. O beautiful one, without You I cannot exist.

104 Without clay a potter cannot make a pot. Without gold a goldsmith cannot make a gold ornament.

105 As the spirit soul is eternal, Your are also eternal. You are the material nature. You are all powerful. You are the eternal resting place of everything.

106 Laksmi, all-auspicious Sarasvati, Brahma, Siva, Sesa, and Yamaraja are dear as life to Me. But You are more dear than life to Me.

107 If this were not so, then why do the demigods and demigoddesses stay nearby, but You rest on My chest, O Radha?

108 O Radha, give up Your tears. I saintly one, give up this fruitless and mistaken worry and go to King Vrsabhanu’s house.

109 O beautiful one, use Your powers to create an artificial pregnancy in Kalavati. For nine months fill her womb with air.

110 When the tenth month comes leave Your natural form behind, accept the form of an infant girl and go to the earth.

111 At the time of giving birth, place Your form of a naked infant on the ground by Kalavati and cry like a newborn child.

112 O saintly one, in this way, without entering a mother’s womb, You will appear in Gokula. I also will appear without entering a mother’s womb. You and I do not enter a mother’s womb.

113 The moment I come to earth Vasudeva will carry Me to Gokula. Pretending to fear Kamsa, I will go there for Your sake.

114 I will be Nanda’s son in Yasoda’s house. O beautiful one, again and again You will happily see me and tightly embrace Me.

115 O Radha, because of the benediction I give You, You will remember everything. Following My own wish, I will enjoy pastimes with You in Vrndavana forest again and again.

116 Therefore, accompanied by thirty three virtuous friends and twenty one billion gopi-associates, please go to Vraja.

117-18 O Radha, after comforting with eloquent nectar words the numberless gopas and gopis left behind in Goloka, I will go to Vasudeva’s home in Mathura City.

119 The ten million gopas most dear to Me should take birth in the homes of the gopas. To enjoy pastimes with Me they should go to Vraja.

120 O Narada, then Lord Krishna stopped speaking. The demigods, demigoddesses, gopas and gopis were silent.

121 Then Brahma, Siva, Yama, Sesa, Parvati, Laksmi and Sarasvati joyfully offered prayers to Lord Krishna .

122 Overcome with love and burning in the flames of imminent separation, the devoted gopas and gopis offered prayers to Lord Krishna and bowed down before Him.

123 Burning in the flames of imminent separation even though Her desires were all fulfilled, Sri Radha devotedly offered prayers to Her lover Krishna , who is more dear to Her than life.

124 Seeing that Sri Radha was weeping many tears of distress, Lord Krishna spoke to Her truthful words of enlightenment.

125 Sri Krishna said: O goddess more dear than life, please be peaceful. Give up You fears. What You feel I also feel. Why should You be unhappy while I am with You.

126 However, I will tell You something that is not good. You will be separated from Me for a hundred years.

127 O beautiful one, I will go to Mathura and because of Sridama’s curse, We will be separated.

128 In Mathura I will remove the earth’s burden, release My parents from bondage and give liberation to a florist, a tailor and a hunchback girl.

129 Then I will kill Kalayavana, deliver Mucukunda, build the city of Dvaraka, and see a Rajasuya-yajna.

130 Then I will marry 16 100 princesses and defeat many enemies.

131 Then I will help My friends, burn Varanasi, make Siva yawn and cut Banasura’s arms.

132 I will forcibly take the Parijata tree, see many saintly sages when I go on pilgrimage, and perform many other activities.

133 While on pilgrimage I will speak with My friends and relatives, help My father perform a yajna, and, at an auspicious moment, see You again.

134 There I will also see the gopis and again I will teach You the truth of spiritual philosophy.

135 From that time We will never really be separated for even a moment of the day or night. Then, after some time, I will return to Vraja.

136 Beloved, during the hundred years We are separated We will meet in Our dreams again and again.

137 In My Narayana form I will go to Dvaraka for those hundred years. In that way I will enjoy My pastimes there.

138 Then I will return to live with You in the forest. Then I will wipe away all the sufferings of My parents and the gopas and gopis. 

139 When I have removed the earth’s burden I will return to Goloka with the gopas, gopis and You.

140 O Radha, in My form as eternal Lord Narayana I will return to Vaikuntha with Laksmi and Sarasvati.

141 My various incarnations will return to Svetadvipa, the home of religion, and the partial incarnations of the demigods and demigoddesses will all return to their respective abodes.

142 Then You and I will again live in Goloka. Beloved, now I have told You everything both good and bad. Who can stop from happening what I have foretold?

143 After speaking these words, Lord Krishna had Radha rest against His chest. All the demigods and their wives were astonished.

144 Then Lord Krishna said to the demigods and demigoddesses: O demigods, please return to your homes and prepare for your mission.

145 O Parvati, please go to Mount Kailasa with your husband and sons. At the proper time you will execute the mission I have given you.

146 As I have said, you will take birth as a partial incarnation. You will not be accompanied by Ganesa, who is the lord of the great and the small.

147-8 Bowing down before Lord Krishna , the demigods happily returned to their homes. Then, bowing again before Lord Krishna and before Laksmi and Sarasvati, they went, eager to execute their mission, to the earth. Then Lord Krishna described Sri Radha’s mission, a mission beyond what the demigods can attain.

149 Lord Krishna said to Sri Radha: Accompanied by the many gopas and gopis I have already named, please go to King Vrsabhanu’s home.

150 Beloved, first I will go to Vasudeva’s home in Mathura, and then, on the pretext of fearing Kamsa, I will go to Gokula, where You will be.

151 Radha bowed down before Lord Krishna . Tormented with the thought of being separated from Her love, She wept, Her eyes now red lotus flowers, again and again.

152 She began to go and then She returned. Again and again and again and again She left, returned, and gazed and gazed at Lord Krishna ’s face.

153 With the cakora birds of Her unblinking eyes saintly Radha drank the nectar moonlight of Lord Krishna ’s face.

154 Seven times the supreme goddess Radha circumambulated Lord Krishna . Seven times She bowed down and respectfully stood before Him.

155 Then twenty-one billion gopis and ten million gopas came there.

156 O Narada, accompanied by the multitudes of gopas and gopis, Sri Radha bowed down before Lord Krishna and respectfully stood before Him.

157 Accompanied by Her thirty-three close friends and by the many gopas and gopis, beautiful Radha bowed down before Lord Krishna and then went to the earth.

158 Then Radha-gopi went to Vrsabhanu-gopa’s home, the place Lord Krishna arranged for Her in Nanda’s Gokula.

159 When Radha went with the gopas and gopis to the earth, Lord Krishna became eager to go there also.

160 After speaking to the gopas and gopis and giving them their various duties, Lord Krishna , the master of the universes, travelling as fast as the mind, went to Mathura.

161 Before all this Vasudeva and Devaki had six sons and Kamsa killed each one as soon as they were born.

162 By Lord Krishna ’s order, Yogamaya pulled from Devaki’s womb the seventh embryo, who was an incarnation of Lord Sesa, and place it in Rohini’s womb in Gokula.