Radha-Krishna: The Perfect Valentines'

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14th February is Valentine’s Day. It is celebrated as the day of love all over the world. The One day for which lovers and married couples wait all year through. I had thought of writing a special poem on this celebration. But then, with God’s blessings, a different idea came to me, and I chose something totally different, but still connected with ‘Love’: ‘RADHA-KRISHNA’. Since the time I remember they have remained the perfect representatives of love and lovers. So, for me, it was a perfect subject for my hub. Please share your feedback with me. I’ll be waiting for it.:-)

Also, if unknowingly I hurt anybody's sentiments, then my apologies. My intention is only to create a beautiful atmosphere of love.

Radha-Krishna

Lord Krishna in Hindu Mythology is the Eighth Incarnation or Avatar of Lord Vishnu. He is considered to be the strongest of Lord Vishnu's incarnations. Besides possessing supernatural powers, he was a supreme politician, a best friend, guide and a leader par excellence. Besides introducing us humans to the theory of ‘Karmas,’ during the divine discourse he gave to his best friend ‘Arjun’ in Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta, he also showed,what ‘true love’ is. It is for this reason that his incarnation is also referred to as ‘Premavatar’ (Incarnation for Love). Thus, when it comes to Love, Shree Krishna is bound to come to one's mind; and Shree Krishna as a symbol of love is incomplete without Radha ji. “Radha-Krishna” together are an inseparable symbol of true love for generations now. Since thousands of years, there have been many stories of their love. But Radha-Krishna are way above these stories. Together they are an ideal pair for lovers across generations now, the perfectness one would want to achieve in his or her love for his lover, or even God.

Radha Ji was not only Lord Krishna’s childhood love but she herself is considered to be the incarnation of Goddess Laxmi, who is the eternal wife/partner of Lord Vishnu. Radha ji and Krishna are considered to be one, symbolizing the stage when two souls are united to the extent that, difference of the other or the second vanishes in them. She is the most important friend of Krishna, 'His heart and soul', and His 'hladini-shakti' (mental companion potency); thus her importance is even more than that of Lord Krishna himself. Lord Krishna himself had said that if a person truly wants to please him, or get his blessings, then that person should either study & follow the rules of strict karma contained in Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta, or he should pray Goddess Radha. If Radha ji is pleased, then Lord Krishna’s blessings will be on that person automatically. She is the supreme power with which Lord Krishna controls this world.

Radha-Krishna Marriage: -

There are many theories prevalent popularly in India regarding the marriage of ‘Radha-Krishna’. Though in popular beliefs it is thought that Radha & Krishna had never married; they spent their lives separate from each other, as divine lovers. Some people even say that Radha ji had ultimately married some one else, but that person could not even touch her. But there are some places where we find the explicit mention of “Radha-Krishna’ wedding ceremony in fact taking place. This marriage was not conducted in front of this world, but was performed by Lord Brahma, one of the trinity of Lords Brahma (the creator of world), Lord Vishnu (who nourishes and fosters us) and Lord Shiv (the destroyer). These mentions are found in ‘Bramhavaivarta Purana’and ‘Garg Samhita’, one of the ancient Indian texts. Besides this, in some places in ‘Braj’ and ‘Vrindavan’, people there tell of the place where this marriage of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha ji was conducted. I did some research of my own on google, so that I could provide some information in detail, to my readers. So, I am trying to give the links of two such web-pages and blogs where I found some good information.

http://radhainfo.blogspot.in/2009/03/radha-married-krishna.html

http://www.40kmph.com/bhandirvan-shri-radha-krishna-marriage-venue/

Conclusion:-

Irrespective of the theories and stories revolving around Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha, there is one thread which binds them all. The thread of love, the model of love which both of them wanted to show to the world. In our eyes, Radha & Krishna could not live together in physical forms, but they showed what true love can help us humans achieve, in its purest form. This love can be for your loved one, for your God, and one can achieve bliss in this lifetime only. By sacrificing their love, they wanted to show us, what true love means. Radha ji sacrificed Krishna’s physical companionship because she loved him in the truest form possible. She didn’t want to become an impediment in Lord Krishna’s path of duties, the goal of his incarnation for which he had come. Lord Krishna too made sacrifice, though his sacrifice does not come in limelight, but in moving away from Radha ji in the path of his duty, he showed us how important our life’s goals and duties are. Thus, together they formed a perfect balance as models of Love and Duty. Radha-Krishna are inseparable, their goals are inseparable, their love for each other and this world, humans is one. The purpose of their Avatar itself was their love for us humans, this Earth. Therefore, rightly so, Radha-Krishna today stand as a perfect symbol of perfect lovers.

Thank You

This is my first attempt at writing anything. If I could at all finish this hub in time, then I owe this to one special person and to dear internet. Wikipedia and these two blogs which I have mentioned are one of the most important contributors in the enhancement of my knowledge. But, there is one person without whom I might not have even thought of writing anything like this. My mother: she has always been the chief source of my knowledge about everything spiritual, mythological or even historical. Had it not been for her, this hub would not have been possible at all. Thanks dear mother. :-)


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

I have read Hindu theologies but did not know Brahma conducted Radha-Krishna marriage.

Rationalist believe Radha is a fictional character created to depict loving nature of War loving Krishna.

No offense to the believers, I find this interpretation quite interesting.


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Charu Bhatnagar 3 years ago from India Author

Thank you Vinaya for finding this interesting. You took interest and read this Hub, this in itself is very humbling for me. For me also, this fact is new that rationalists believe Radha ji to be a fictional character. Maybe each one to his own belief! According tome, both believers and non-believers can still benefit from the study of Radha-Krishna's life stories. There are numerous stries revolving around our mythology. Each story has its own message or teaching. My objectives in writing Hub(s) around such a subject are: (1) There maybe believers, or those who have interest in our mythology, but do not know the correct version of story, for them this might become a good source; (2) For others who only have an interest in getting to know somethign different, for them also, it might be useful; (3) Some of these hubs may highlight the good message f there is any (4) During the discussions which may folllow, I may also get to learn a few knew things; (5) Plus, when I write something, I will also understamnd different as[ects or obejectives of such stories. Your comment is precious, got to knw something new.

But, as far as my own personal beliefs are concerned, I am a firm believer, though I don't interfere in others' beliefs. :) Thank you once again.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Thanks for your clear cut strategy for writing on mythologies. Myths in every culture have many variations, and even so in Hinduism.


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Charu Bhatnagar 3 years ago from India Author

@Vinaya: I enjoyed this brief discussion with you. Your most welcome, and thanks. As when I read your comment again, something struck me, and gave me a subject off writing a new hub! Of course I'd have to research on it efficiently first. :)


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Charu,

I love to talk to people who share my passions of writing and studying religion. I can't wait to read it.

Cheers


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

This is a very interesting hub.. I did not know any of this.. nice to meet you and many blessings to you

voted up and sharing

Debbie


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Charu Bhatnagar 3 years ago from India Author

Thank you Deborah. :-) Nice to meet you also. :-)


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

Very interesting and informative.Your mom for sure is a great woman and a good source of strength and knowledge.She must be proud of you for what you become.I ve studied before Hindu theologies and some old oriental religions. Radha-Krishna is the most amazing love story I ve ever read.What I love about their story is the Radha s long waiting for Krishna.Since childhood they were close to each other but the world pulled them apart as they grow up . .She waited for him. He vanquished his enemies, became the king, and came to be worshipped as a lord of the universe. She waited for him. He married Rukmini and Satyabhama, raised a family, fought the great war of Ayodhya, and she still waited. So great was Radha's love for Krishna that even today her name is uttered whenever Krishna is referred to, and Krishna worship is though to be incomplete without the deification of Radha.I voted up.


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Anil and Honey 3 years ago from Kerala

Radhakrishna is a good hub it is more suitable picture .


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A wonderfully interesting hub and here's to so many more to follow.

Eddy.


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Charu Bhatnagar 3 years ago from India Author

Thank you soo much for your little gestures of encouragement. :)


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Mel Carriere 12 months ago from San Diego California

Interesting discourse on Hindu theology. Great hub.


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Charu Bhatnagar 12 months ago from India Author

Thank You Mel Carriere. :)

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