By: Mahanidhi Swami
The sweet madhurojjvala lila-rasa of Radha Govinda Yugala is divided into two categories: vipralambha (divine love in separation) and sambhoga (divine love in union or meeting). Vipralamba is subdivided into four: 1) Purva-raga, love prior to meeting; 2) Maana, pouting huff, love sulk; 3) Prema-vaicittya, feeling separation even in the beloved’s presence; 4) pravasa, separation when the beloved is far away.
Purva-raga is very beginning stage of love, the falling in love period before lovers first meet. It is a very absorbing, exciting time full of hope, anticipation and doubts.
Acharyas describe eight ways that kindle or ignite Radha’s loving attraction to Shyamasundara:
Hearing the sound of Shyama’s murali.
Hearing from a girlfriend.
Hearing from messenger.
Hearing a song.
Hearing from professional reciters.
Seeing a painting.
A vision in a dream.
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Purva-ragini Radha ki jai!
Jai Jai Sri Radhe!