Poem for May 21

Acarya's Writing

Padyavali, Anthology of Devotional Poetry
Srila Rupa Gosvami

Radha-sakhya eva krishna-sandeshah
A Letter to Krishna from Radha’s Gopi-friend

Verse 361

O Mukunda, how will I describe
the sufferings of
this doe-eyed girl? Her
sighs constantly fan the flames
of Her suffering. When a
beautiful lotus petal is placed
on Her burning breast it
first becomes dried, then
shriveled, then turns to
powder, and then becomes
a blazing dust-fire.

– Sri Santikara