Bishwa Nath Singh
Let us ponder over as what the divine plays of Lord Sri Krishna widely known as ‘Raas" means to one with its significance!
(Picture of Raas Lila being performed by Lord Krishna with Gopis)
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
The divine plays of Lord Sri Krishna are widely known as ‘Raas’ as they were the replica of the truth of that when one soul reaches the bliss of divinity the divine blesses it by merging it within himself. Gopis are known to be the women of... Vrindavan of India who soaked their souls in the ocean of devotion, physically, verbally,mentally through meditation. The whole trinity bows to their feet, for they achieved the selfless love and company of holy divine himself. These Gopis are believe to be the incarnations of the basic fundamentals of Vedas, the saints and sages who soaked themselves in ‘tapsya’ to achieve divine blessings in his holy feet. People define them as women but they are sadly mistaken as they just see the gender of their physical appearance. All those who soak themselves in devotion can see the divinity of the Gopis’ souls which outcast all barriers of existence. If one debates why they incarnated in form of women and not anything else; one can see a hidden bitter truth in this factor too: If they incarnated as Brahmans it was easy for all to say that they are learned, hence possessed holy powers to achieve the divine. If they incarnated as a man it was easy for the society to accept, as it doesn't bars a man to commit himself to God in such manner. If they incarnated as a child all would apparently say that they are innocent and hence God loves them the most. To show the height of devotion, thus they incarnated in form of women who were not learned; simple villagers, young girls bounded by the norms of society, filled with responsibilities of family and barred from freedom. As a human body, who is so bounded and yet sets its soul free from boundaries of world and entrusts it soul to the divine is the true warrior who wins the battle and shines the brightest. The ‘Rasa’ is exactly the celebration of the moment, when divine merged holy souls within him by performing His divine playful selfless endeavors-‘Raas Leelas’. Hence there can’t be any vulgarity or Kama associated with it, because Lord Sri Krishna was just eight years old with full of innocence when Lord Krishna had performed ‘Raas Leelas’ with the Gopis. The Raas Leela is a tale of selflessness to the extreme hidden in an exterior of apparent selfish love. That selfish love in which we are all involved and about which we are thus most eager to hear about is the context in which the ultimate in selflessness is couched. Such is the beauty and mystery of the rasa-lila, where Radha risks all-family, society, and even religion, driven by her love for Krishna. While she appears to act for her own selfish interest without concern for others, in her tryst with Krishna she teaches us how to give up everything for God. If this were not the inner truth of the Raas Leela, how could her apparent selfishness cause God to fall in love with her? No story speaks more about that which we all need to hear to make the world a better place-selflessness properly centered on the perfect object of love. Such kind of total absorption in God is the ultimate inBhakti. That is why the Gopis are cited as the supremeexample of self-effacing Bhakti. There have been severaltypes of devotees all over time and all over the world. Butthe Lord values only such selfless Bhakti. The Bhakti of the Gopis is unique in all of history, because, they did not achieve that kind of superlative approbation from theLord by any of the usual means of spiritual living, namely,charity, ritual sacrifice, ritualistic vrata, religious discipline, penance, philosophical speculation, or yogic practice. None of these they had. None of these can give that kind of union with the Lord as the constant mental association with Him that they did have. No sooner the Gopis heard the music of His flute, than they were all captivated by the symphony of joy thatemanated from it. They came from all sides to the spot where He was playing the flute. Some were milking their cows, some were serving food to their husbands, some were keeping busy with their cosmetics, some were cleaning their houses, -- but all of them dropped their work just where it was and ran towards Krishna. Their husbands,brothers and parents did try to stop them but of no avail.The minds of the Gopis had been lured away by the music of the flute and by the thought of Lord Krishna and they forgot all about themselves.Some of the gopis, however, could not manage to get out oftheir houses, and instead they remained home with eyesclosed, meditating upon Him in pure love. For these gopis the intolerable separation from their beloved caused an intense agony that burned away all impious karma. By meditating upon Him they realized His embrace, and the ecstasy they thenfelt exhausted their material piety. Although Lord Krishna is the Supreme Soul, these girls simply thought of Him as their lover and associated with Him in that intimate mood.Thus their karmic bondage was nullified and they abandoned,as it were, their gross material bodies.
Anil Kumar :
Jap, Taap, Jog, Varta nahi Pooja; Krishna hamaar aur nahi dooja. This explains the bhavana of attachment. Thanks.
jai raas bihari ji ki