The occasional pastimes usually happen only one time, whereas the eternal pastimes happen every day in succession through eight time periods of the day. The appearance of the kundas, the pearl story, Radha and the cobra and the jackal story are examples of occasional pastimes.
The eightfold eternal daily pastimes, which happen very day at Radha-kunda, include: Wandering in the forest, joking and riddles, water sports, forest feasting, a humorous dice game and many more.
The eternal daily pastimes described in this book comes from the Gaudiya Vaisnava scriptures such as Gopala Campu, Krsna Bhavanamrta, Bhavanasara Sangraha, Govinda Lilamrta.The occasional pastimes originate from various Puranas such as Padma, Skanda, Harivamsa Puranas, and other sources like Mukta Carita.
These stories are fascinating and they highlight many qualities of Radha and Krishna. By meditating on these pastimes and qualities, one develops higher taste.
In the 1970s, some devotees asked Srila Prabhupada, what activity should be done at Radha Kunda. With the gleam of realization in his eyes and a smile of inner experience, Srila Prabhupada said confidently: “Radha-kunda is for relishing!”
So with the mercy of Srila Prabhupada, may all the readers deeply relish these Radha Krishna pastimes at Radha Kunda.
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