LOVE: the goal of life

Ma Jahnaba

Once Sri Rāmāi Thākur[1] had joyously asked Mother Jāhnabā about the manjaris. The Holy Mother had answered –
“shrimotir shomā shobe deho bhed mātro,
ek prān ek ātmā shobe rādhā-tantra.
sambhoger kale duhu ānanda ulās,
rādhānge pulok bhāb sakhite prokāsh.
joto shukh pāy brishabhānu-nandini
tānr sapta gun such āswāde shongini.
kon chhole ek shonge sakhire milāy,
shey ānanda dekhi shuni koti shukh pāy.
ei to nishkām prem āswādon kore,
shuddha porokiyā bhābe shodāi bihore.”

Meaning: “all the sakhi-manjaris are non-different from Sri Rādhā – only they have different bodies, that’s all. Sri Rādhā and Her manjaris have one life and one soul. They are completely under Sri Rādhā’s control. When the Divine Couple make love to one another, They are exultant, and the manjaris express Sri Rādhā’s ecstasy in the form of gooseflesh.

The manjaris relish seven times more joy than that enjoyed by Vrishabhānu-nandini Sri Rādhā. Under some or the other pretext they unite Sri Rādhā with Sri Krishna; this makes their Ishwari very happy. When they behold Her joy, their bliss increases manifold. This is the way in which the manjaris relish pure love that is free from lust, and they always float joyously in pure parakiyā[2] bhāv.”  - (6th ch, Murali-Vilās)

[1] Mother Jāhnabā’s adopted son.
[2] Extra-marital relation

Jahnava Thakurani's staff, carried by her entourage wherever she went.

 

One word of caution though - it is meant only for the very serious and advanced Raganuga Vaishnavs........................

 

 

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