Sunday, August 28, 2005

The mysterious Radha and her last meeting with Krishna !!!

This question has seeked me ever since I can remember ...from my childhood..in my dreams...in my realisation and my internal assimilation of Lord Krishna as my god.

However ,I am not fascinated by Krishna as much I have been by Radha .

Everyone - follower or non follower - knows Krishna and all the famous tales about him ..However very very few know about tales of Radha . Just Radha .Her perspective. Her viewpoint .

Yet we call "Radha Krishna" as our Lord and not Krishna alone . We have their idols showing them as two ...yet when you study and research deep the mythological meaning or implied meaning(s) is.. that they are ONE !!!

Just one soul ....one world..one life...one meaning...one UNION .

However for now I dont want to dwelve deep into philosophy or pyschology or mythological reasoning or spirituality or anything..

I just want to enjoy the beauty of this story...plain simple !! Treat it as FICTION .

The lesser known story of my lord and your lord..

Via Harsh Nevatia's articles ( the bits I loved the best and below )

Introduction
Radha has been perceived differently by different people down the ages. She is sometimes the adulterous and amorous lover of Krishna and at others his divine consort. This perhaps makes her the most confusing character in Indian mythology.

In the eastern religious tradition, she is however accepted as a beloved of Lord Krishna but the wife of another, sometimes mentioned by name as Aiyyan.
Anyway, Krishna without Radha is unthinkable, and I consider the view accepted by general tradition as appropriate


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Part 1
Krishna went to his mother, Yashoda, and turned on the full force of his charm. "Mother," he said, "I want you to send a message to Radha's family, asking for her hand in marriage." Yashoda thought this was another of Krishna's pranks. But when Krishna persisted she replied firmly and clearly.
She said, " You cannot marry Radha for several reasons. She is engaged to Aiyyan. You are the son of a chief and her family is much lower in status. She is older than you. And she is a brazen girl, totally unfit to be a wife."


Krishna then used his final weapon. He threatened that his mother would not only lose a lovely daughter-in-law if she refused, but also her son. Yashoda then asked him to settle the matter with his father. So Krishna went to Nand and repeated his request. His father said with a wink, "I have noticed that you are spending more and more time with the girls lately. No wonder you want one for yourself. There are many chieftains who would willingly wed their daughters to you." Krishna interrupted and said that he wanted to marry Radha and not a chieftain's daughter. The arguments were repeated. Finally Nand said he was no match for Krishna in a debate. Their family priest, Sage Garg, was arriving the next day and Nand would refer the matter to him.
Krishna told Sage Garg that since he and Radha desired each other, they should get married. Garg replied that desire as a reason for mating is the way of animals. The matching of temperaments, family backgrounds and future plans should be considered while selecting a spouse. Krishna stated that even as per these considerations he could not find any fault with his choice. Radha's temperament was perfectly matched to his, their family backgrounds were similar and both of them would be spending the rest of their lives in Vrindavan doing what the men and women of Vrindavan had always been doing.
Sage Garg then said, "I think it is time to tell you the truth about your birth. You are the eighth son of Prince Vasudev and Devaki. It was prophesied that you would kill your maternal uncle Kansa and deliver the Yadava race from his tyranny. Hence you were secretly brought to Gokul and were brought up as the son of Nand and Yashoda. The great sage Vyasa has foretold that you will be the leader of the Yadava race and the saviour of all humanity. Hence I have brought Sage Sandipani with me, who is to begin your education in the scriptures, procedures of governance and the art of warfare. We all have great expectations of you. Radha is a village girl. She will not be a suitable companion in this endeavour. That is why we are against this marriage."
Krishna quietly digested what had been said and then replied softly but firmly. "First of all I would like to aver that Nand and Yashoda are my parents and I will always look upon them as such. Then I would request you to keep the story of my birth a secret from the people of Vrindavan till it is time for me to leave. If they learn the truth then their attitude towards me will change and this I will not be able to bear. You say that I am to deliver all humanity from suffering. I cannot begin this formidable task by thrusting the person who loves me the most into unbearable suffering.
From the moment Radha saw me tied to the mortar eight years ago, there has not been a single day that she has not waited for me. With every breath that she has drawn she has taken my name. For her spring comes when I come to meet her and winter begins when I leave her. If I had died fighting Kaliya, the poisonous snake, many in Vrindavan would have been heart broken. Mother would have never stopped crying and father would have lost his smile forever. But Radha would have given up her life there and then. Radha lives for me and in me and I live for her and in her. If you prevent this marriage, you will be depriving me of the right and power to carry out the great tasks you want me to. I beseech you with folded hands to grant your consent."
Sage Garg was overcome by the rationality and intensity of this speech. He gave his consent. Radha's joy knew no bound. And in the celebrations that followed Aiyyan was forgotten.


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Part 2
The news that Krishna was leaving spread like wildfire throughout Vrindavan. The youth sensed that they were losing a staunch friend; the maidens sensed that they were losing a man of their dreams and Radha....
Before Radha could even begin to ponder upon the consequences, the melodious sound of a flute wafted throughout the village. The women left what they were doing and ran to the Madhuban. There was no time to wear their ornaments or comb their hair. While running they tried to arrange their clothes to give an appearance of modesty but soon gave up. Radha picked up her anklets and raced ahead of everyone else, her bosom heaving with excitement. Her Kahn was calling her. Krishna was standing in his usual spot, his right leg crossed over his left, and playing his flute with gay abandon. Radha cuddled up to him and began to sway in the rhythm of his music. The other maidens formed circles around them and began to dance. The men folk, the elders and children too had come there, but were watching from a distance, so as not to embarrass the dancers.
Every maiden wanted Krishna to dance only with her, every maiden imagined that Krishna was dancing only with her and the spectators could see a multitude of Krishnas, each dancing separately with one of the lasses. Such is the power of love; such is the power of faith. This was the Maharasa or the "great dance". When the dancing stopped Krishna and Radha were missing.
Radha and Krishna were heading for their favourite nook in the Madhuban, near the Yamuna river. Radha was in Krishna's arms, her tousled head resting on his shoulder.
"Will you always be like this, Kahn?" asked Radha.
"Always," he replied, "Till the sun and the moon endure."

But Radha was not satisfied by this assurance. "Will you always remember me?" she asked.
"How can I forget you," replied Krishna, "You are my Goddess of beauty and joy."
They reached their destination and huddled close together on the mossy grass. They kissed tentatively at first, but the pent-up passions soon engulfed them and they united in body and soul. After a while Radha got up and began to tie her disheveled tresses into a knot. "Will we always be together after we are married," she inquired uncertainly. Krishna replied that they were inseparable and that they had just got married according to the Gandharva tradition. According to the this tradition, sexual intercourse among consenting couples was tantamount to the marriage rituals provided the male was of royal descent.
"You will always be my prince," said Radha, "but you are not of royal blood. And I do not regret our love making so you do not have to justify it." Then Krishna narrated the story of his birth, of his being the redeemer and his leaving for Mathura before dawn. Radha let the whole narration sink in and appeared to be forming some decisions of her own. "Is there anything that can make you stay?" she asked.
"Nothing can hold me from my destiny and my duty." Replied Krishna firmly. "Why do you worry? Are you afraid that I will die at Kansa's hands? It will be over soon and then I will call you to Mathura"
"No, I am sure that you will kill Kansa. And then you will become the king of the Yadavas. A lot of people will look up to you, will bow down before you, and will depend on you. You will become the saviour of humanity," said Radha.
"And you will be my queen, by my side always," added Krishna.
"No," replied Radha surely. "I am a poor cowherd girl. I will be lost in the palace intrigues. There will be many princesses wooing you and wanting you at any cost. I will be awkward and gawky compared to them. This village girl will be a handicap to you in your new avatar. For you will undeniably change. Your life will be filled with politics and manipulations. You will fight wars and participate in destruction. That will be a part of your destiny and I don't pass judgment. But the Kahn I loved was a cowherd boy, whose calling in life was to graze cattle, who played the flute and danced in the woods and whose crown was a peacock feather and weapon was a bamboo staff. I will not be able to see you in any other form." Radha was now sobbing convulsively and Krishna has to take her in his arms to calm her down.
After regaining her composure Radha continued. "Please listen to me Kahn! Let me stay here and take care of your parents. Here in Vrindavan I will see you in the waters of the Yamuna, the slopes of Govardhan and the trees of Madhuban and hence I will always be with the Kahn I knew."
They sat silently for a while reflecting on the past, savouring the last moments of togetherness and coming to terms with the future. Krishna broke the silence. "You are right Radha. In Mathura I will have to change and if you come with me then you will have to change as well. I will not be the Krishna you knew and you will not be the Radha I knew. We will not be able to replicate the magic we weaved here. And without either of us here, Vrindavan too will wither away. But if you stay back, then Vrindavan will become an enduring shrine to our love and you will be its deity." Krishna then told Radha that preparations had been made for them to get married in the Vedic manner and since the auspicious moment was drawing near they should return. Radha requested that Krishna leave his flute behind as a gift to her and Krishna readily agreed.
It was time for the final parting. The villagers had turned out to personally meet Krishna. Radha stood beside her mother in law, dressed in bridal finery, her face covered modestly by her sari. From time to time she looked up at Krishna, each glance a pledge of eternal devotion. Krishna's eyes met Radha's each time and he smiled at her reassuringly. Any other communication in front of the elders would be out of place. So no words were said and no hands touched. Krishna touched his mother's feet and mounted the bullock cart with Nand, Balaram and Akrura. Radha looked without blinking at the cart till it disappeared round the corner and then fainted. Krishna never set foot in Vrindavan again.


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Part 3
Krishna never set foot in Vrindavan again. But legend has it that he did come face to face with Radha once, later … much later. After he had killed Kansa and become the leader of the Yadavas. After he had shifted his capital from Mathura to Dwarka. After he had married Rukmini and Satyabhama and the others.
It was at the occasion of a total solar eclipse. A massive congregation had gathered at the field of Kurukshetra to bathe in the holy tank of Syamantapanchaka after the eclipse. (It was said that a dip in this tank after eclipses purified the soul. It was here that the great sage Parshurama had come to atone for killing the evil kings and warriors. He established that all killing is sinful, even when the persons killed are evil and deserve to die, even killing in war. Hence all killings have to be atoned for.) All the major kingdoms were represented. Krishna was leading the Yadavas. Dhritarashtra of Hastinapur was there with his sons the Kauravas and nephews the Pandavas. So were many other kings. Little did they know that soon they would be engaged in a do or die battle on this very field some years later. Many common folk had come as well. Among them was the cowherd community of Vrindavan.
When Krishna's parents, Vasudev and Devaki learnt of this they wanted to meet Nand and Yashoda. They had never met Krishna's foster parents and wanted to thank them for taking care of their son in his formative years. The meeting was a very emotional one. Balaram met his old cronies and reminisced about old times.
But when Krishna came face to face with Radha no words were said. No hands stretched to meet each other, no smile played upon lips and no eyes sparkled with delight. Only a million thoughts flashed through each mind and a deluge of tears flowed from each pair of eyes. Radha had promised not to get involved with Krishna's later life and she intended to keep that promise. Krishna did not want to say or do something that would make things difficult for Radha. They stood staring stonily at each other till all the thoughts were exhausted and the eyes were dry. Though Krishna and Radha had been physically separated, they had been inseparable spiritually and would continue to be so till the end of the world. Radha had seen the splendour in which Krishna's wives lived and the joy he lavished on them. But she knew that his tears were for her alone and that each drop was more valuable than all the riches of the world. Krishna knew that Vrindavan would be enshrined forever because of Radha's sacrifice. Both were assured that they had taken the correct decision many years ago. Without saying anything they said everything and went their separate ways. They never saw each other again.

62 comments:

anu, annagems11@yahoo.com said...

This article on Radha and Lord Krishna is mind blowing.... From this, one can understand the meaning of true love

Sudheer Rimmalapudi said...

This was brilliant... very touching indeed. I could see the beauty of love here. Thanks for the article Mohit.

Anonymous said...

The best love story any body can ever read - good job mohit

Tulasi Srinivas Gadiyaram

Anonymous said...

NICE ARTICLE abt TRUE LOVE

Anonymous said...

I would like to thank you for this article. I was kind of sick of people who did not dare to deal with the subject of Krishna's relationship with Radha and kept giving only the philosophical aspect of their union as jeevan merging wiht paramaathma.

This article makes their love affair so human, and their sexual union is natural, innocent and not blasphemous in the least bit.

Great job. Please do share with us more information

Champa

Manasi said...

The information provided here was just too good .....this was a story which was not known to the people untill now and i think you have done a great job by sharing this story with us .This story clearly tells that the love of Radha-Krishna is truly divine,unconditional and intoxicating .........just too splendid !!!

anu10 said...

This article is awesome man.....i had craved a lot to hear radha-krishna stories....this enabled me to understand the real bond of love between them bcoz of the story's depiction of human emotions in a crystal clear manner.....

Rashmi said...

Awesome Article.. Thanks a lot for this... !!

Anonymous said...

This is simply divine - I am a radha-krishn bhakt and this article really is exceptional! Where did you get this info? Is it from some holy book - can you plz give a reference????
I am a young girl and have been extremely thrilled on this new spiritual path of mine! Thx for everything - you seem to know a lot at such a young age.

Neha

Monojit said...

According to this story Krishna and Radha were married in the Vedic manner.
Is it so, were they married?
If yes, then how come Radha became the wife of someone else later?
Please elaborate!

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Alameen said...

came via neermathalam's blog..

The story is very touching.. Reminded me about the occasion when Lakshman meets Urmila once he comes back after his longstay in forest..

Abhi said...

I think this article has quiet me of the ques i was asking..bt then one thing..when krishna asked sage tat he can onlyu complete those tuf tasks wit Radha..y was he then denied d marriage

Anonymous said...

The forlorn sun sent its dying embers across the distant skies. The sun would rise again, but no one could prevent the profound darkness that advent of Kaliyuga was bringing in. Blessed lord rested below a tree. The moment he had chosen for his departure was fast approaching. Daruk, his charioteer stood with his hands folded. He knew that his blessed lord was somewhere else. He knew Lord Krishna was with his Radha. He being the Supreme Himself, nothing could have bound him to Samsara. But here He was, pleading to Radha to free Him.

Radha, ever faithful to Aiyyan had known that his Kanha was leaving. There was a beautiful melody from a flute which had suddenly taken her back to her youth. The notes of the flute were light and soothing, and they got lost in Gokula .... It was time to leave!

Hitesh said...

keep it onnn bro...
but plz tell me the source of the article...
nd if radha had already married to krishna thn why did she married Aiyaan?

Jayanthy said...

truly amazing.............my questions answered.

jayanthy

Pooja said...

I was very anxious since many years to know about the eternal love of Krishna and Radha and @ this point i m so shattered by the sacrifice made by the both... It tells us that Love is all about giving and respeting each others emotions...RadheKrishna are abiding.. they are one Soul in Two bodies....I m very thankful to the author who evaluated the story....

Pooja said...

I was very anxious since many years to know about the eternal love of Krishna and Radha and @ this point i m so shattered by the sacrifice made by the both... It tells us that Love is all about giving and respeting each others emotions...RadheKrishna are abiding.. they are one Soul in Two bodies....I m very thankful to the author who evaluated the story....

Anonymous said...

very touching
fabulous !!!
thankyou for sharing it

Geet said...

This was written 5 years back...just for this moment..

Devi Bhagwhansingh said...

Wow! I love Shri Krishna..this was a great story! Awesome job!

Reshma said...

great Artical

Reshma said...

Great Artical

Angie said...

This made me cry...it is so beautiful. Hare Krishna

Anonymous said...

i realized the meaning of radhakrishna...........and true love.its fantastic !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Awsome story ... And the best part is that our culture teaches us so much about true love.... This is true love.... but with all due respects there's 1 thing that i dont understand .... is it that i am of the wrong opinion that marriage is something that should only happen once? And there are so many vows which one takes while getting married that i am aware of including the one in which 1 vows to always love ur partner from heart body and soul .... How can anybody take such vows and also keep them .... the question is can anybdy truely love more than 1 person or is it like justified or fair to keep some1 else in the heart while being a wordly husband/wife of the other....
At one hand we have one of the gr8st marital story of Lord Ram and sita who dedicated their love to only 1 person and yet on the other hand we have such gr8 stories of true love and sacrifices....
M confused .... mayb everybody have their own gr8 pious love story....
No offence to anybodies feelings

ritesh said...

Thanks,

mystery of love been seen ever...

its give tears in eyes,if may read as well as feel,, for which

like i did same and got this

opportunity...

Ritesh K

Neelu said...

Amazing...its touching

vindhya said...

a very great story that touched my heart and tears rolled out. thanks a lot. you have explained in such a way that the whole story went in my presence with characters of krishna and radha. after reading this story my devotion towards krishna and radha increased a lot. also understood terms sacrifice and love that would never separate true lovers.

Anonymous said...

ya i have bookmarked ur blog and repeatedly reading this article ............whenever i got confusion over krishna's relationship with what ever in his life............ because he saw radha in every thing and she too


true story i loved it...........

SpiritPeter said...

Hi,

I am a student at the Prajapita Brahma Kumaris University. Today I was studying the murli (spoken by our founders Shiva Baba and Brahma Baba)and want to do some research. ONe sentence I typed in Google and so I came to this blog. I don't have the time to read it right now but I put it in favourites and want to read it later.
We learn about Krishna and Radha but in another way then it is written in the vedic scriptures. We learn that Krishna is the first prince of Satiyuga, Golden Age and that Radha is of a separate kingdom, so she is a princess, and that they become involved and marry and that from that time onwards their names are changed in Emperor Narayan and Empress Laxmi.
Now I have to stop, maybe I will write here later on. Have a nice day and I wish you a happy New Year.
Peter from Belgium, Europe

sukriti sureka said...

please cn i gt d refernce of this text......plssss
i wud lyk to read d wwhole backgrnd n d whole book

Ananth Iyer said...

Wonderful job. Extremely touching tales compiled beautifully. I hope you don't mind me taking the liberty of weaving some parts of these stories into my own blog: talesfrommythology.blogspot.com
Fantastic read again.

priya said...

can any one tell wether Radha really got married to anyone else...

akanksha said...

it really brought tears in my eyes..thanks a lot for this story....i dont have words to explain...thanks thanks thanks....

Anonymous said...

I cried many times while reading this article ...specially the last para.

Anonymous said...

I am so sad i never knew this...this is too good..thank u so much for sharing :'(

aanchal said...

I dont know from where u have got this whole info..But it simly made my eyes wet..Jai Radhe Krishan..

aanchal said...

I dont know from where u have got this whole info..But it simly made my eyes wet..Jai Radhe Krishan..

Musafir said...

The song, "Madhuban kein jo kannaihya kisi gopi se miley.." from Lagaan keeps ringing in my ears. Def an awesome read. Thanks for posting:)

Anonymous said...

I have to say..
This story has finallly given me some expalnation of why all that happened..
If one loves someone.. they did give duty a higher precedence...

REally lovelypost!

--- Nandita

Anonymous said...

very touched story as mine. It just flashed back my past which i spended with my love

the excruciater said...

awesome story it is !! desperately want this to be the truth .. gave me a new and a different perspective of viewing their love just and reasonable :) :)

Unknown said...

i loved it :")

lakshmi-jay said...

Thank you for this lovely piece. Their story is so beautiful. But what I want to know is did they actually not see each other again?How did Radha Rani survive?I know she saw him in reflections and her dreams but how could she be with out him. I feel like her now, my kisna has gone. I don't know if he has forgotten me or if I will see him again. I pray god gives me strength he gave Radha

Axay said...

No words for appreciating this article. Made me cry.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Mohit...

Sundeep Devria said...

Very nicely summarized the story of divine love... I love the story

archana said...

Story written by u is heart touching n it gives sn ans to question why krishna didnt marry radha but after maharas intercourse bet radha n krishna is something eroneous as krishna was only 8 years old when rasa took place and he left for mathura ...
He was to young for gandharva vivaha

leopal said...

hey mohit im readin this in 2012..its a captivating storyy...beautiful..keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Hey I am Deepak... I am a devotee of Lord Krishna and was eager to know this story of Radha Krishna from a long time but could not find any fine description like the one thats posted here..
I am completely in tears reading this story and am very thankful to the person posted here for finding and posting such a nice description of the divine spiritual love of Radha and Krishna..
Relished every moment of reading it... Thanks once again..
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
And i want to add one more thing.. the meaning of Hare in the mantra means the energy of the lord which is represented by radharani.. the eternal queen in the heart of Krishna..

Kailas Menon said...

Good article. Throws light on aspect which most people do not know of. Thanks a lot..

ammar hussain said...

A story worth reading...!!!

Anonymous said...

Nice article and thought -

This is from K M Munshi's Krishnavatara I - The Magic Flute

published by Bhavans.

K M Munshi penned 6 Volumes on Krishnavatara and this is from the 1st Volume.

Incidentally - I happen to read this very Volume now. Its a wonderful read, although he takes deviations from the original and mentions that he has taken the freedom to do so.

The author has essentially portrayed the Lord's exploits from a human perspective by picturising the Darling of Vrindavan an attractive, intelligent, and naughty human child rather than a divine child :)

While it may not please the traditionalist, it does appeal more to the masses of today, as it is rational telescopic account of the events.

That said, I will personally do well to remember that it is Bhagavan Himself being described here :)

Hope you can lay hands on the Volume(s) and cherish them :)

- Anand

selena said...

oh god .....
true love meanz sacrifice .....
i did love to follow radhakrish always .... i wanted to b lyk dem... bt aftr reading diz article .... i shuld say.... no one cn ever b lyk dem....
hats off to radha for her love and her care towatds kahna ....

Anonymous said...

awesome .....so touched.....blissful every bit.....so aptly worded ..... she gave more than he could hold to the giver of the entire universe ..... so divinely sweeet

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!!!
If u could only give the references.
I myself was looking out for something like this on Radha.

AceNeerav said...

Krishna lost Radha and Shiva lost Sati... and unfortunately this is the way of life...

Never love anyone more than yourself.

Anonymous said...

he never seen her before 'cos she died. god is the killer or love and always has been. he is the reason to radha's death, because love is the emotion that understand and being kept alive by love only. krshna on the other hand loves only one person and that person is him, himself and he.

Radha Baba of Gorakhpur said...

this is great .it would have been better if you put the source and references as secret marriageof radha and krishna in front of brahma is also referred somewhere in bhagwat etc.

ANUJ DHOKAI said...

What do I say. Everything I felt is already expressed above.

Anonymous said...

Awesome.. The ending was very touching. This is called Love. Loss of words. Simply Magical.