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Symbolism Of Radha And Krishna Relationship


"In order to demonstrate to the people and to bring human beings into confluence with God, their Creator, Krishna who is Paramatma himself came in a human form. Dhara, the Prakriti took the form of Radha, a position symbolizing all creation. Thus, we should regard Radha as the messenger of Prakriti symbolizing all that is typical in creation. She has been demonstrating many types of ideals, as an example for the purpose of reaching the Divine Lord in the form of Krishna. In all this, we should make an effort to recognise the close relationship that exists between the efforts of Radha and the responses of Krishna." Sai Baba, Summer Showers, 1978, pp. 114 & 115

"Radha exhibited the totality of the stream of love. Prakriti has taken the form of Radha. If Radha was attached to Krishna and Krishna was attached to Radha, it simply means that Paramatma (God) and Prakriti (nature) were attached to each other. This is a silver tumbler. It is not possible for us to remove the silver from the tumbler. Because, the silver and the tumbler have joined together, we call it a silver tumbler. In the same manner, it is not possible to separate Radha and Krishna from each other. Because Prakriti and Paramatma are identical with each other; it is not one single entity. Without Prakriti or creation, there is no Krishna. Without Krishna, we will not be able to see creation. We cannot have a cloth without the thread and the thread without cloth. The oneness of the cloth and the thread exemplifies the aspect ofRadha and Krishna. Sai Baba, Summer Showers, 1978, p. 60

On The Cosmic Stage All Are Women

"On a stage, in a particular drama, several actors may put on several parts, but these parts played by the actors are not real. They are intended only for the purpose of the stage and the drama. In a girls' college, on a stage, in a drama, several parts such as a boy, an old man, a king and queen are all put on. But in truth all the actors are girls. In the story, the part of a husband and the part of a wife are both played by girls. Thus in fact, the man and woman so appear only for the purposes of the stage, but both are women. In the same manner, the whole world is one stage and all people are actors. They are all putting on one part or another and are acting on the stage. The only Purusha is God. Everyone else is a weakling or 'Abala' or a woman. This is the reason why individuals in this world are always suffering and are afflicted by one kind or another." Sai Baba, Summer Showers, 1978, p. 114

Last Moments Of Radha's Life

"In the case of Radha, Krishna churned her heart and gave her the nectar of Divine bliss. Radha had no attachment to any of her kith and kin. Krishna appeared before Radha before she gave up her life and blessed her. God will give anything for the devotee including Himself. No one can equal Him in the sacrifice He will make for the sake of the devotees. Krishna asked Radha what she wanted at the last moment other life. Radha said: T don't want anything except to listen to the music of your flute once more before I pass away.' (Sing, Oh Krishna, speak to me to fill my heart with bliss', sang Radha. 'Distill the essence of the Vedas and make it flow into the eternal music of your flute. Oh Krishna). Krishna took out his flute and played on it and when Radha closed her eyes, He threw it away. He never touched it again. He dedicated the flute to give delight to Radha." Sai Baba, SS, 10/96, p. 257

Yashoda And Radha

"The power of love is illustrated by an episode in the Bhagavatam. Once Yashoda went in search of Krishna and could not find h'm anywhere. She met Radha and asked her whether she had seen Krishna. Radha closed her eyes and meditated intensely on Krishna. That very moment Krishna appeared there. Yashoda realised that the love of a devotee, like Radha, for Krishna was infinitely greater than her own maternal love for him.

This is how the Divine reveals Himself to devotees. Krishna appeared instantaneously before Radha because of her pure, intense and selfless love. If the heart is polluted or filled with pride, God cannot be experienced even if one tries for endless years.

Yashoda confessed to Radha that her devotion had removed the veil of ignorance and pride including her vision all along. She admitted that there were many who loved krishna more than she did and requested Radha to teach her how to love Krishna. Radha told Yashoda that this love cannot be taught by others. Each one has to develop it by one's own pure and total devotion." Sai Baba, SS, 8/96, p. 204

Surrender And Attain Krishna - An Episode

"At the time of Krishna-avatar, there were two sisters Radha and Radhika. Radhika was a Sagunopaasaka (worship of God with a Form) and Radha was Nirgunopaasaka (Worship of Formless God). Radha constantly chanted the name of Krishna, while Radhika was engrossed in the physical form of God. She was extremely sad because Krishna had gone away to Mathura. She gave up food and drink and said, 'Krishna! In my heart, I have been keeping your lotus form fresh with my tears. Now my tears have gone dry. How can I now preserve your form in my heart? My heart, which is your gift, I am now returning to you. What else is there that I can offer at your (Lotus) Feet? Accept my salutations and myself.' She surrendered herself to Krishna. P-adha saw this. She had thought that Nirgunopaasana was superior to Sagunopaasana, but after seeing that total surrender of Radhika, she realised the greatness of Sagunopaasana. After this, she constantly meditated on the name and form of Krishna.

You must have heard this song of Tulsidas: 'Nava Kanja Lochana Kanja Mukha Kara Kanja Pada.' In this song, the hands, feet, face eyes, etc. of the Lord are compared to the lotus flower. He prayed for that lotus to stay in his heart forever. Both Radha and Radhika prayed to Krishna to dwell permanently in their heart. Such intense devotion is rare these days." Sai Baba, SS, 10/99, p. 259