Blog :krsnas teachings
Date: 11/23/2011 2:29:00 AM
In the various texts mentioning Radha, the consort of Shri Krishna it is said that she never could get Krishna and be with Him after He left for Mathura. I was asked if it was true and how was she able to cope up with this separation! Here I shall tell you how she could do what she only was capable of doing. To establish the highest form of love and yet never get tainted with any other form of mundane act. Even though being a married lady she never could give her heart to another except to Krishna!
The parting of Krishna was terribly upsetting for all the Gopi's. They implored Akrura not to be so hard hearted and take away their beloved to Mathura from Brindavan. Radha was inconsolable and could never get over this trauma ever in her life. She wandered about in the grooves all by herself, lost in every tree, flowers, leaves, swings, festoons, creepers, still waters, the various kundas where they met. Every place smelt of His presence, every branch dangled in anticipation of the hands that touched it, every stream rolled yearning for Him, every sigh spoke of the intensity of her longing, every breath drew heavily on her body, every step seemed like going nowhere. The ponds looked so forlorn and decrepit, the water seemed so lifeless now that He had gone.
She could never reconcile to the fact that her beloved was never going to come back ever. She lost herself in singing and dancing remembering the times she spent with Him. She never spared even the beetle when it hummed around her singing melodious tunes.
The whole of Brindavan was lifeless and every breath taken there was heavy. In such an occasion, the foster mother of Krishna, Yashoda was inconsolable. She roamed about in her house searching for her Kanha but there was no sound from anywhere. The whole town was sad and silent, yet there was one soul which rambled about singing and dancing all over the place. This was Radha. Yashoda was surprised to know that she was the only person who showed some sort of mirth and happiness in the going away of Krishna. She went to confront Radha and asked her how she could be so happy when she was so much deeply in love with Krishna?
Radha looked at her and asked her what she could see around her that moment. Yashoda turned around and saw a calf suckling up to her mother, a tamala tree, a koel cooing on the tree and some peacocks dancing about. She told her what she saw. Immediately Radha turned around to her and said that Radha herself can never see these things. What she could see was Krishna in the calf and the mother, the Tamala tree stood like Krishna twining the branches around her, the koel cooing their love song and the peacocks dancing at their embraces of the two lovers, Radha and Krishna! The intensity of her love was profound and even today we sing paeans about that.
As Chaitanya, He showed how Radha's love could be experienced by Krishna in His form. This was the intensity of that love.
Would she have lost herself in the mundane life and carried on with her married life with Ayan or would she have found another pastime just because Her love went away? She showed the highest form of Viraha Bhakti and established the highest religion of love. Her intensity of devotion can never be compared to anyone. The Vaishnavas worship her as the divine consort and show the world how a person needs to love God. The love of Radha can never be compared to any other form. It is the love between the Paramatma and the Jivatma. That means the love between Supreme Soul and Individual Soul. They are never separate, yet appear due to the defects in the creation called Maya. The illusory aspect of the Lord creates this difference alone. Going beyond the defect, we can see that the two are One only. Just like the Yin and the Yang.