A Lot to Learn from Devotion of Gopikas

There is yet another, superior goal for God’s avatara, especially in case of Sri Krishna: awakening the spirit of devotion in the hearts of the world.

Published: 21st September 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th September 2014 02:01 PM   |  A+A-


Children, it is very difficult to talk about Bhagavan Sri Krishna because he is beyond words and the intellect. That truth of which the mind fails to conceive and words fail to describe—that truth is Sri Krishna. He is that truth approaching which the mind withdraws and words retreat. He is true knowledge, true bliss and true love, and yet beyond all of these. Sri Krishna is the avatara through whose life the infinite greatness of the supreme consciousness shone in an unparalleled manner.

It said that God takes avatara to protect dharma and to destroy adharma. However, there is yet another, superior goal for God’s avatara, especially in the case of Sri Krishna: awakening the spirit of devotion in the hearts of the world. A true devotee does not even desire moksha—ultimate liberation. He has one desire: to live in constant remembrance of God and to serve him. It is this superior devotion that Sri Krishna gave to gopis. Krishna’s form, words, divine leelas and actions immersed the gopis in bliss. There is no power greater than love—no achievement. The gopis’ love was a greater miracle than Krishna’s lifting of the Govardhana Mountain.

Once the gopis asked Radha, “Dear Radha, didn’t Sri Krishna, whom we loved so dearly regarding him to be our very own, abandon us and go away? Now what is the point in living? Why did the Lord, who is the embodiment of love, treat us so cruel?”

Radha replied, “Please, don’t speak like this. The only person we can consider completely our own is Lord Krishna. But the Lord does not just belong to us; he belongs to everyone. There are many people in this world who yearn for his presence and to experience the fragrance of his love much more than we do.” Gathering a scoop of water from the Yamuna in her hands, Radha continued, “See, as long as we hold our palms like this, the water will remain there. But the moment we try to fold our fingers towards our palms to hold on to the water tightly, the water runs out and we lose it. We tried to keep the Lord to ourselves. We tried to make Lord Krishna a prisoner of Vrindavan. Lord Krishna wanted us to realise that he lives within everyone as the Paramatma—the Supreme Soul. It was to teach us this that he went far away from us. But he did not abandon us. Each one of his divine leelas plays on within us as living memories. As long as we have these sweet memories, Lord Krishna will also be with us. Within the arbour of our hearts, on the banks of the Yamuna, which represents the Lord’s love, Sri Krishna will dance forever.”

Children, through their innocent love and devotion, the gopis were able to attain very quickly the same supreme principle, the same realisation, the same supreme consciousness, that took the ancient rishis eons and eons of extreme tapas to attain.

Lord Krishna came into this world smiling and left his body smiling as well. On the other hand, we came into this world crying. At least when we leave this world, we should be able to smile. May Sri Krishna’s everlasting smile be an inspiration for all of us to achieve that. May our love for Lord Krishna spread in our hearts like the light of the full moon. May that Unnikannan—that baby Krishna—play in our hearts forever.

The writer is a world-renowned spiritual leader


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