Jayadeva's Geeta Govinda - A Love Song 22 Poem by Geeta Radhakrishna Menon

Jayadeva's Geeta Govinda - A Love Song 22

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The jingling sound of Radha's anklets are sweet musical notes to Krishna as she enters his abode. Radha's eyes are fixed on Krishna with mixed emotions as she walks in gracefully.


Stupefied at the sudden appearance of Radha,
All emotions gushed forth,
Like moon beams playing on the waves of the sea,
One whose love is only for his beloved Radha,
And one who has waited long for this moment,
Is the handsome Hari!
Harikrishna's face mirrored
The many splendoured emotions of love,
As Radhi looked into his countenance!

Wearing a long necklace of shining white pearls,
Like the stunning foams of river Yamuna,
Is the attractive Hari!
Harikrishna's face mirrored
The many splendoured emotions of love,
As Radhi looked into his countenance!

The dark, soft, beautiful body clothed with golden silk robe
Like the blue lotus stem
Sprinkled with yellow pollen dust,
Is the handsome Hari!
Harikrishna's face mirrored
The many splendoured emotions of love,
As Radhi looked into his countenance!

When the seductive glances met,
The emotions rose,
Like a pair of wagtails in a lotus pond!
Hari Krishna's face mirrored
The many splendoured emotions of love,
As Radhi looked into his countenance!

On the lotus-like beautiful face,
Dangle pretty earrings,
Like the Sun's brilliant ray.
The handsome Hari
With seductive lips smiles marvellously.
Harikrishna's face mirrored
The many splendoured emotions of love,
As Radhi looked into his countenance!

White flowers adorn the dark hair,
Knotted in style,
Like the white moon appearing amidst dark clouds.
With sandalwood ‘tilakam' bright on the forehead
Is the attractive Hari!
Harikrishna's face mirrored
The many splendoured emotions of love,
As Radhi looked into his countenance!

Looking at the handsome Hari
The body hair straightens up like bristles.
So passionate and ornamented
Is Krishna with glittering diamonds and pearls.
Harikrishna's face mirrored
The many splendoured emotions of love,
As Radhi looked into his countenance!

Poet Jayadeva's love song
Is like a jewel adorned by Harikrishna.
A devotee constantly immersed in prayer,
Is forever aided and guided.

Jayadeva's Geeta Govinda -  A Love Song 22
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
I am not a Sanskrit scholar nor do I possess any degree in Sanskrit. But, I love the language and have a natural flair for it. In school, I had Sanskrit as a subject, and I remember studying the verses of Bhartrihari and Bhagavad Geeta. Often, I participated in the Sanskrit recitation competition and won prizes too. In college, I never had the opportunity to study Sanskrit. However, Sanskrit remained my first love, among the Indian languages. And whole of my life, I have been working with Sanskrit texts, be it for my work as a danseuse or singer or for that matter purely to gain knowledge of the rich Indian heritage as left behind for us, by the ancient seers and poets. Sanskrit is also very close to my mother tongue - Malayalam, which made it easier for me to grasp the language.

This famed song of Geeta Govinda has been translated by me from Sanskrit to English.
I published this work in the form of a book in 2002. The second Edition was published in 2006 and later, the third edition came out in 2010.
I am now happy to publish it in Poem Hunter for the poetry lovers.
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Dr Antony Theodore 06 April 2018

As Radhi looked into his countenance! love of Srikrishna and Radha a subject of indian poetry lives in me also a young boy from the school.. such tender love such a beautiful way of describing intense and pure love.. i always took it as a divine love between the soul and God.. Radha is the soul and Krishna is the God naturally. thank you for ur thinking Geeta..... do u know Gita, you are teaching me a lot about hindu scriptures and i read it always. tony

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Thanks a lot Tony. I am so glad you read this poem. It is a highly spiritual poem that portrays the true bhakti of an ardent lover of God. Only a true devotee of God like you will understand the deep spirituality of this love song. Stay blessed Tony forever.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 28 October 2017

Went through the poem 'Jayadeva's Geeta Govinda - A Love Song 22 - translated by you from Sanskrit to English I became delighted. The love between Radha and Krishna is eternal and it has been inscribed here touchingly. It may be quoted few lines... Stupefied at the sudden appearance of Radha, All emotions gushed forth, Like moon beams playing on the waves of the sea, One whose love is only for his beloved Radha, And one who has waited long for this moment, Is the handsome Hari! Harikrishna's face mirrored The many splendoured emotions of love, As Radhi looked into his countenance! Beautifully crafted and shared. Thank u a lot.

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Thank you Kumarmani ji for your consistent support to Jayadeva's Geeta Govinda.

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Akhtar Jawad 27 October 2017

A nice work by Dr.Geeta Radhakrishna Menon, loved reading this series.

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Thank you Akhtar Sahab. Happy that you loved reading this series.

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