KRISHNA AND RADHARANI – LILAS
(1) KRISHNA AND RADHARANI – LILAS – 1:
Once Krishna knocked at Shrimati Radharani’s door and the following conversation took place:
Radharani: Who is it?
Krishna: I am Hari.
Since the word Hari in Sanskrit also means a lion, she replied:
Radharani: There are no suitable animals of prey here, so why have you come?
Krishna: I am Madhava don’t you know me?
The word Madhava, other than being a name of Krishna also means the season of spring, so came the reply:
Radharani: This is not the time for spring to come.
Krishna: I am Janardana, surely you know me?
The word Janardana holds within itself many meanings, two of which are contrary to each other. It means both – one who causes distress to society and also one who destroys the wicked. Obviously, Shrimati Radha chose the former meaning:
Radharani: Persons like you should stay in the forest where there are no other people you can cause distress to.
Krishna: Open the door young lady, I am Madhusudana.
The word Madhusudana means both the ‘killer of the demon named Madhu,’ and also means the honeybee, which drinks honey (madhu) from various flowers. Thus she said:
Radharani: Now I understand, you are a dvirepha.
(2) KRISHNA AND RADHARANI – LILAS – 2:
(i) How deep Radharani’s Love on Krishna is?
(FROM NECTAR OF DEVOTION CHAPTER-30):
“When Srimati Radharani first saw Krishna, She suddenly became conscious of all transcendental happiness, and the functions of Her different limbs were stunned.
When Lalita, Her constant companion, whispered into Her ear, the holy name of Krishna, Radharani immediately opened Her eyes wide.
(ii) One day, in a joking mood, Krishna informed Radharani:
“My dear Radharani, I am going to give up Your company”.
Upon saying this, He immediately disappeared.
Radharani immediately fell down upon the ground of Vrndavana.
She had practically stopped breathing, but when She smelled the flavor of the flowers on the ground, She awoke in ecstasy and got up.
(iii) One night, Srimate Radharani was talking in a dream:
‘My dear Krsna, ‘ She said, ‘please do not play any more jokes on Me! Please stop! And please don’t touch my garments either. Otherwise I shall inform the elder persons, and I shall disclose all of Your naughty behavior.’
She was talking like this in a dream. She suddenly awoke and saw some of Her superiors standing before Her.
Therefore, Radharani became ashamed and bowed Her head.”
(3) KRISHNA AND RADHARANI – LILAS – 3:
THE MEETING OF RADHARANI & KRISHNA:
Lord Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, stands on the bank of the River Yamuna with Srimati Radharani, His eternal consort, in this scene in Goloka Vrindavana, the Lord’s spiritual abode. The prancing peacock’s jubilant calls, the fragrance of the lotus and jasmine spreading on the cool, soughing breezes, the fresh springtime atmosphere-all lend the perfect touch to this most exalted spiritual event: the meeting of Radha and Krishna.
Because the spiritual love epitomized in Their meeting resembles the attraction between a young man and a young woman, it is generally misunderstood by those who try to fathom it without reference to the Vedic shastra, or revealed scriptures. These books draw a sharp distinction between love of God and what passes for love between ordinary human beings. “The desire to gratify one’s own senses is lust [kama],” writes Srila Krishnadasa Kaviraja in his 16th-century devotional classic Caitanya- caritamrita, “but the desire to please the senses of Lord Krishna is love [prema]. … Therefore lust and love are quite different. Lust is like dense darkness, but love is like the bright sun.”
Our original nature is to dwell in the “bright sun” of love of Krishna in the spiritual world. But somehow we become envious of Krishna in His position as supreme enjoyer, and with that envy our love for Him turns to lust and we enter the darkness of the material world. Thus it is lust that brings us to this world of forgetfulness of God, lust that keeps us here, and lust that prevents us from knowing Lord Krishna as our eternal master, guide, friend, and lover. Only when we transmute that lust back into love for Krishna can we realize that we are His eternal servants and that our real happiness lies in serving His senses, not our own.
(4) LILAS BETWEEN KRISHNA & RADHARANI – 4:
AN INTERESTING VERSE FROM CAITANYA CARITAMRUTA – (ANTYA LILA, 1-142):
Radharani thinks like this: (A feel of Guilty that is very interesting to read):
“(i) Since I have heard the name of a person called Krishna, I have practically lost My good sense.
(ii) Then, there is another person who plays His flute in such a way that after I hear the vibration, intense madness arises in My heart.
(iii) And again there is still another person to whom My mind becomes attached when I see His beautiful lightning-like effulgence in His picture.
Therefore I think that I am greatly condemned, for I have become simultaneously attached to three persons. It would be better for Me to die because of this.”
(5) LILAS BETWEEN KRISHNA & RADHARANI – 5:
‘Why is it that even though My friends, the best and most expert of gopis diligently search the forest and caves of Vrndavana, still they cannot find Sri Krishna? Why is it that this lusty, greedy rake Krishna willfully abandons us?’
As Srimati Radharani walked in the forest, She noticed on Her left side a black deer playing with many does and a peacock playing with many peahens.
Bewildered by feelings of ecstatic love, She thought the deer and peacock were Her lover Krishna, and the many does and peahens were the gopis.
Thinking in this way She became extremely agitated.
When Radharani saw a dark tamala tree, it’s roots covered by a flowering golden-jasmine creeper, and it’s top branch the home of a dancing peacock, She became convinced that She had just seen Her lover Krishna, with His dark complexion, yellow dhoti, and peacock-feather crown.
(6) LILAS BETWEEN KRISHNA & RADHARANI – 6:
This is an incident that tells us of the infinite and binding love that were shared by Radharani & Krishna.
Radharani was not Lord Krishna’s wife and her eternal love for Him made all of his wives envious of her, and they wanted to do away with her somehow.
So, one day they played a prank on Radharani in order to make her suffer and also to test how far she would go for her beloved.
Hence, they gave her a piping hot bowl of milk and asked her to drink the scalding milk saying that it was Krishna, who wanted it to be so.
Surprisingly, Radharani picked it up and drank it up, the hot milk and all. When the wives took back the bowl they saw that it was lord Krishna who had burned his tongue and was the one who had suffered.
This proved the eternal bond that Radharani and Krishna shared with one another. He took upon himself her pain and suffering just like a true lover.
(7) LILAS BETWEEN KRISHNA & RADHARANI – 7:
HOW RADHARANI CARED KRISHNA?
Once when the lord Krishna became not well (a lila of Krishna to prove the love of Radharani on Him), the physician said that the only cure was the Charanaamrit from a true worshiper of him.
Charanaamrit means the water coming out after cleaning the body! (In temples, abishek water!)
All the gopis who had gathered that were asked one by one, but none of them were willing to do so. They were actually concerned about giving the water in which they usually washed their feet to the lord.
When it was Radharani’s turn she did not hesitate even for a second. She said that you can go ahead and take as much as you want as I am not really bothered of getting to hell as long as my lord gets alright.
His pain is more painful than the pain that I can ever experience of going to hell.
Thus, Radharani gave lord Krishna the Charanaamrit even without bothering about her future that shows that she cared only the well being of Her loveful Lord!
(8) LILAS BETWEEN KRISHNA & RADHARANI – 8:
Lord Krishna and Radharani went all over the Vrindavan holding their hands together.
When Krishna left to fight with the kings who adopted adharma and to save His friends, Radharani gave up the hands of Krishna for the noble cause.
She was waiting for the return of Krishna. Months, years passed. But, Krishna had many tasks to do. So, he became the king of Dwaraka and married Queens.
Radharani was still waiting.
Understanding that Krishna has come to this earth to protect His devotees and also to save this earth from demons, she sacreficed her association with Krishna with that on earth.
Because, she need not worry for missing Krishna. She is not different from Him. She is always in NITYA LILA with Krishna in Goloka Vrindavan.
She is the pleasure potency of Lord from within Him. They came as separate persons just for enlightening all their devotees.
Their planned time came to end. They left this earth.
They involved in lilas just for the pleasure of their devotees. That is why, we are reading their lilas now and taste the nectar that purifies our senses.
Radharani and Krishna are eternally performing their lilas in Goloka. They gave us a chance to witness on earth mercifully.
We will be able to witness their lilas even in future. For that, we have to go back to Goloka. For that, we have to detach from this material pleasures and attach ourselves with Lord. To develop this taste, we have to start chanting His Name.
Do chant Krishna’s Names as much as possible.