The Mukta Caritra – The Pearl Story has been written around 1550, a beautiful and nectarean poetry describing the Pearl Story lila, which takes place at Vindavana. It is a pastime with Radha and Krishna with their friends like the gopis, and the cowherd boys. Krishna is starting the story by explaining to the gopis that pearls grow in the fields if one plants them properly, nobody believes it of course, and Krishna finally manages to get hold of some valuable pearls and plants them in the ground, and it really happens that there grew up many new pearls. The gopis knew that Krishna would never give any of his newly grown gems to them as he only wanted to use them to decorate His cows, so they started their own field, planting all kinds of gems they could find in their houses, . . .
As stated in Bhakti Ratnakara:
“Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, who was the friend of both Rupa and Sanatana Gosvami, has written three books — Stavamala, which is now called Stavavali, Sri Dana Carita (Dana Keli Cintamani) and Mukta Carita. When one hears these sweet books even the greatest suffering goes far away.”
English translation by Advaita dasa.
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