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Radha-krishna-ganoddesa-dipika :: Rupa Gosvamin

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Radha-krishna-ganoddesa-dipika
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This work is a genuine work of Srila Rupa Goswami, even though it is not the of the high poetical standard that we usually expect of Rupa. Nevertheless, it is consistent not only with the use of names in Rupa’s other works, but also with those of Raghunath and Krishnadas Kaviraj in Govinda-lilamrita. It is mentioned as his in the Vaishnava-toshani and Bhakti-ratnakara. The date of the Brihad-bhagah is given as 1472 Saka, or 1550-1551 CE.

Basically, the Brihad-bhaga deals with parikaras of the vatsalya and madhura-rasas, the Laghu section with sakhya and dasya. More detail about Radha and Krishna themselves is given in the latter part.

It is a bit hard to know how to classify this work. I am placing it in this section as a supplementary smarana-paddhati, like Dhyanachandra, etc. It could also be seen as a supplement to the Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu (3rd division) and Ujjvala-nilamani (chapters 1-9).

(Jagat 2006-03-15)

I added (Version 1.02) as footnotes some verses from a Nimbarki work called Sudharmadhva-bodha (author unknown), which corroborates information about the ashta-sakhis. A few more corrections also.

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I used various sources to produce this text, including the extensive quotes found in Siddha Baba’s Sadhanamrita-candrika. The main source, however, is the edition published by Medinindralal Mitra (1971) which is available from the Bhajan Kutir of Bhakti Hridoy Bon Maharaj in Vrindavan.
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Original written in: 1550 CE
Entry added: March 16th 2006
Entry updated: December 9th 2007
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Text version: 1.02 (legend)
Keywords: Rupa, Goswami, Radha, Krsna, ganoddesadipika, parikaras, sakhya, vatsalya, dasya, madhurya
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