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In this book Srila Rupa Gosvami has given a brief yet vital description of the names, forms, qualities and different services of Sri Radha's and Sri Krsna's cherished companions. In the Brhad-bhaga, or first part, of this composition, he describes those in vatsalya-rasa and madhura-rasa, and in the Laghu-bhaga, or second part, he describes those in sakhya-rasa and dasya-rasa. Sometimes, especially in the second part, he depicts in detail the beautiful forms of Sri Radha and Sri Govinda, as well as Their bodily limbs, Their ornaments and the astonishing paraphernalia used by Them. Such a comprehensive description of Sri Krsna and His companions will not be found in any other single scripture.
"Today I am feeling unprecedented happiness to be able to present a Hindi edition of Sri Rādhā-krsna-ganoddeśa-dipikā to the faithful readers. The author, Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī, is an eternal associate of Sri Saci-nandana Gaurahari, and he is the crest jewel in the community of those who relish pure bhaktirasa. This unparalleled scripture is a prominent guide that illuminates worship in the wake of the spontaneous devotional moods of Vraja. Although its language is profound, it is easy to understand.
Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmi's inherent nature is superlatively sweet. He established in this world the innermost desire of Śrī Caitanya, and he has written a brief yet vital description of the names, forms, qualities and different services of Śrī Rādha's and Śrī Krsna's cherished companions. In the Byhad-bhāga, or first part, of this composition, he describes those in vātsalyarasa and madhura-rasa, and in the Laghu-bhāga, or second part, he describes those in sakhya-rasa and dāsya-rasa. Sometimes, especially in the second part, he depicts in detail the beautiful forms of Śrī Rādhā and Śrī Govinda, as well as Their bodily limbs, Their ornaments and the astonishing paraphernalia used by Them. Such a comprehensive description of Sri Krsna and His companions will not be found in any other single scripture. This book is entitled Sri Rādhā-krsņa-gaņoddeśa-dīpikā because it briefly introduces the dear associates (gana) of Sri Rādhā and Śrī Krsna." - TRIDANDIBHIKSU SRI BHAKTIVEDANTA NARAYANA
CONTENTS: Foreword (to the first Hindi edition), A Brief Life History of Srila Rupa Gosvami, The Vaisnava-tosani-tika's Mention of Sri Radha-krsna-ganoddesa-dipika
Auspicious Invocation, Introduction to the Book
Sri Krsna's Family (sri-krsnasya parivarah)
1. Herdsmen (pasu-palah): a. vaisyas (vaisyah), b. abhiras (abhirah), c. gurjaras (gurjarah)
2. The priestly class (brahmaṇas) (viprah)
3. Craftsmen (bahisthah) [The aforementioned groups are further divided into eight:]
Personalities honoured by Sri Krsna (pujyah)
According to the Adi Purana
Brahmanas (mahisurah), Yutha
Group of Contemporary Sakhis (vyasyanam [sakhinam] kulam)
Description of samaja
a. The most exalted (varisthah)
The eight sakhis (asta-sakhyah) : 1. Lalita-devi, 2. Visakha, 3. Campakalata, 4. Citra (Sucitra), 5. Tungavidya, 6. Indulekha, 7. Rangadevi, 8. Sudevi
b. The exalted sakhis (varah) : 1. Kalavati, 2. Subhangada, 3. Hiranyangi, 4. Ratnalekha, 5. Sikhavati, 6. Kandarpa Manjari, 7. Phullakalika, 8. Ananga Manjari
General activities of the contemporary sakhis (vayasyanam samanya-karmani likhyante)
A Description of the Eight Prominent Sakhis (asta-sakhi-caritam)
1. Lalita-devi, Flower decorations made by Sri Lalita in her service (puspesu mandanam), Crown (kiritam), Hair band (bala-pasya), Ear ornaments (karnapurah) (a. tatankam, b. kundalam, c. puspi, d. karnika, e. karna-vestanam), Decoration for the forehead (lalatika), Necklace (graiveyakam), Armlet worn on the upper arm above the elbow (angadam), Waist belt (kanci), Anklets (katakah), Bracelets (mani-bandhani), Ornaments for the feet (hamsakah), Blouse (kanculi), Umbrella (chatram), Bed (sayanam), Awning (ullocah), Candratapah Hut (vesma)
2. Visakha, 3. Campakalata, 4. Citra, 5. Tungavidya, 6. Indulekha, 7. Rangadevi, 8. Sudevi
Various Characters of [different] Sakhis (sakhinam vibhinna-bhavah): Pindakeli, Vitandika, Pundarika, Sitakhandi, Carucandi, Sudantik, Akunthita, Kalakanthi, Ramaci, Mecika
Messengers (dutyah), Messengers who arrange loving quarrels between Sri Radha and Sri Krsna (atha vigraha-dutyah): Petari, Varudi, Cari, Kotara, Kalitippani, Marunda, Morata, Cuda, Cundari, Gondika.
Messengers who arrange meetings (sandhi-dutyah)
The Sakhis Belonging to the Second Division, the Mandala (dvitiya-mandalam): Lalita's sakhis (lalitayah sakhyah), Visakha's sakhis (visakhayah sakhyah), Campakalata's sakhis (campakalatayah sakhyah), Citra's sakhis (citrayah sakhyah), Tungavidya's sakhis (tungavidyayah sakhyah), Indulekha's sakhis (indulekhayah sakhyah), Rangadevi's sakhis (rangadevyah sakhyah), Sudevi's sakhis (sudevyah sakhyah)
Names of Sri Radha's Eight Sakhis According to the Sammohana Tantra (sri-radhayah asta-sakhyah [sammohanatantre]), Names of the eight sakhis mentioned in another part of the same Sammohana Tantra (anyas castau), Ratnabhavah
Description of Sri Krsna's Beautiful Form, Qualities, Sweetness and so forth (sri krsnasya rupadikam), Sri Krsna's Male Friends (vayasyah), Groups of Sakhas (vayasya-bhedah) : The suhrt-sakhas (Subhadra), The sakhas, The priya-sakhas (Sridama, Sudama), The priya-narma-sakhas (Subala, Arjuna, Gandharva, Vasanta, Ujjvala, Kokila, Sanandana, Vidagdha, Madhumangala, Sri Balarama)
Servants (sevakah) : Servants called vita, Servants called ceta, Servants who prepare betel nuts (tambulikah), Servants who supply water (jala-sevakah), Servants who wash Sri Krsna's clothes (vastra-sevakah), Servants who decorate [Sri Krsna] (vesa-karinah), Servants who prepare fragrant substances (gandhikah), Servants who act as hairdressers (napitah), Servants who are engaged in various other tasks (aparah), Maidservants (paricarikah), Maidservants appointed in many different services (cetyah), Spies (carah), Messengers (dutah)
Sri Krsna's Female Messengers (sri-krsnasya duti-prakaranam) : Paurnamasi, Vira, Vrnda (vrndaya visesah), Nandimukhi
Ordinary Servants (sadharana-bhityah) : Description of pastime places (sthana-vivaranam), The items Sri Krsna uses (sri-krsnasya vyavaharya-dravyani), Sri Krsna's ornaments (bhusanani)
Sri Krsna's Beloveds (sri-krsnasya preyasyah), Srimati Radharani's charming beauty (sri-radha), The marks on Sri Radha's palms (kara-cihnani), The marks on Sri Radha's feet (carana-cihnani), Śri Radha's priya-sakhis (priya-sakhyah), Prana-sakhis, or jivita-sakhis (jivita-sakhyah), Nitya-sakhis (nitya-sakhyah), Srimati Radhika's manjaris (sri-radhaya manjaryah), Sri Radha's objects of worship (sri-radhaya upasyah), Special description [of different services] of some sakhis (sakhyadi-visesah)
Groups of Sri Radha's sakhis Sri Radha's maidservants (sri-radha-bhrtyah), Sri Radha's ornaments (bhusanani)
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