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Hi guys! Sorry it took so long for me to reply, but I went ahead and read all that was there on the website and tried to look up some more info upon Radha and Krishna. And I also had to do some serious thinking on this one! I hope what I'm going to say won't offend anyone. According to the website, Radha was only mentioned as the object of Krishna's love after Jayadeva wrote the GitaGovinda, which was written years later. I am beginning to doubt whether Shri Radharani even existed at all actually. I hope what I'm saying isn't blasphemy. But what I'm intending to say doesn't insult Shri Krishna or any of the gopikas in anyway. Krishna belonged to everyone-all of the gopikas. He is paramatma, and we jivatmas, so his love can never be exclusive to one alone. So when the gopikas were disillusioned to think of themselves superior, Krishna broke ALL of their prides. Bhakti is when one realizes that one is small and God is great, right? So, ALL of the gopikas were corrected. And also di, you mentioned that while living on this earth, Radha forgot about her own divinity. Well according to the Geeta, isn't that what every jivatma trapped on this earth is doing? Technically, we are each divine beings, but we forget that, and everyone thinks materialistically. I think that as the world grew modern, Radharani simply became a model of what everyone of the gopikas and bhakts were and are, whether or not she existed at all. More like a symbol or as a way or romanticizing Krishna. Upon that, Krishna used all of his deeds as examples to teach lessons to even more bhakts. Yes, Vedo is indeed right, all of Krishna's leela's have double meanings.
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Radha So Shyam, Shyam Soi Radha
Ek Hi Roop, Dhare Do Naam
Rahet Hai Ek Bina, Ek Aadha
I completely agree with that above lines taken from the divine song of Ramanandaji's Shri Krishna. I am a great devotee of Radharani, sometimes I worship her even more than lord Krishna. I believe that she is the power of the Almighty. once Lord Krishna told her, "People address me as Krishna, if I am without you, but if you accompany me, then I am addressed as Shree Krishna!" So the Lord also claimed that he is glorified with the glory of Radharani. Thus Lord Krishna expressed again & again that Radhika is the "Sarva-shaktimayi", the world-mother.
But different stories of different period, has shown Radhika as the "Jeebatma" & Krishna as the "Paramatma". Here I think that Radha acted as a "Jeebatma", inspite of being the driving energy of the "Paramatma", & this is also a part of her leela. Being the mother of the whole world, she behalves like a human devotee of Krishna, because she wants to teach us how to worship God, & how to sacrifice all of own beloved belongings to serve God, as there is nothing for a man more than God.
And about her pride & jealousy, I think that it was also her leela. As she acts as a Manavi, she must have all the mistakes done by a man, & her intention was to teach us not to do such a mistake. If we believe in the theory that, "Ek Hi Roop, Dhare Do Naam", then we must have to believe that, the Almighty has divided himself into two parts, one behalves as human & does mistakes (Radha) & the other acts as God & shows him the right path (Krishna). As God wanted to do wrong & to correct it simoultanously, he had to take the forms of Radha & Krishna simoultanously. When I think it, all of my respects lies down the feet of Radharani. How affectionate she is to all the mankind! Lots of salutation to her!
And about the Gopika's, I can only say that, all of them reached to the "Radha-Bhaab", & thus they became able to get the love of lord Krishna. As Krishna can't stay without his Shakti Radhika, he must have to stay with the Gopi's, when they were in Radha-Bhaab. If we want Lord Krishna's love, then we also have to reach to that Radha-Bhaab, which is the final stage of devotion.
Jai Shree Radha. Jai Shree Krishna.
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Lovely topic Janu! Thank you.
To answer your question, I think it was another one of Shri Krishna's Leela. Shri Krishna is known as "Jagad Gurum" (Krishnam Vande Jagad Gurum") or "Spiritual Master of the entire world", there is always a deeper meaning/a lesson behind every action of his. Radharani is his divine energy manifested...they are inseparable. According to Srila Prabhupada "Radharani's only business is to fulfill all the desires of Krishna." So in this context we can infer that Shri Krishna 'used' Radharani to illustrate the dangers of jealousy and pride and how these feelings take us away from the Lord and his love. Or in other words he 'desired' to teach mankind a lesson and Radharani, being the fulfiller of all his desires, became the instrument through which the lesson was taught. Does that make any sense?!
Janu, can you please post the link to the video you refer to in Shri Krishna? I haven't seen this episode as yet but reading your post makes me want to watch it right away. I looovvee how Sargarji handled all aspects of Krishna's life. Everything was so beautifully portrayed that you just want to watch it again and again and again...