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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Cowherd girl



One day Rupa Gosvami had a desire to cook some sweet rice for his elder brother, Sanatana, but he had none of the necessary ingredients, Sri Radha Thakurani, who fulfills the desires of her devotees, could understand everything. Dressing Herself as a cowherd girl, she came there carrying a basket containing rice and sugar with a pot of milk in her other hand. "Svamin! Svamin! Please accept this offering which I have brought".

Hearing someone calling in such a sweet voice, he opened the door of the kutir and saw an extremely beautiful cowherd girl standing there with a present of rice, sugar and milk in her hands.

"Lali! What brings you here so early this morning?"

"Svamin, I came to bring you this present."

"Oh! But you have gone to so much trouble."

"What trouble? I have come to serve the sadhus."

Sri Rupa requested her to sit down, but she replied that there was much work at home, so she couldn't sit down just now. And then she was gone. Sri Rupa looked up and saw that there was no one there and was a little startled. "Now where did she run off to so quickly?"

He prepared the sweet rice and after offering to Sri Giri-dhari, he gave the prasadam to Sri Sanatana. Sanatana was in total ecstasy while accepting this prasadam and inquired, "From where did you get the rice and milk?"

Sri Rupa replied, "One cowherd girl brought everything."

Sanatana asked, "Just like that? Suddenly she brought every thing?"

"Yes. This morning I was thinking to make some sweet rice for you. Just after that I saw one cowherd girl standing before our kutir with all the ingredients in her hands."

As Sanatana heard this, tears began to glide down his cheeks. "The taste of this sweet rice is from another world. Who else could have brought such ingredients but Srimati Radha Thakurani herself. Don't desire like this again." [B.R. 5.1322]

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