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FOR RADHASTAMI: WHEN RADHA MET KRISHNA
Krishna & The Flute Lila
Radha first appeared in this world in an unusual way. Imagine a half-moon night in the month of Badhra. King Vrishabhanu came to the Yamuna to bathe. What happened next is something out of a Bollywood plot. He was engulfed in something beyond explanation. A golden aura of love surrounded him. It was emanating from a beautiful lotus flower. To his surprise there was a baby girl standing on the whorl of the lotus. A miracle happened in his life that he took time to understand. This was the appearance of Radha, the consort and beloved of Krishna. The king brought her home to Queen Kirtida. Thus began one of the world's greatest spiritual stories. Later on Radha meets her beloved Krishna.
We all are meeting people who will change our lives every day. At the time we may not realize what this person will mean to us in the future. Tomorrow you may meet someone who will change your life forever. This person may be a teacher, friend, beloved, relative or soulmate. This person will show you many aspects of love. This person may teach you something you never experienced before in your life. When Radha met Krishna it was like that.
How did Radha meet Krishna? There are many stories about their meeting. This is my favorite one. Nanda, his foster father, was taking care of the cattle who were grazing in a field. He took Krishna to the field where they were grazing. Krishna decided to surprise everyone with a great thunderstorm. Rain came down in buckets and the trees tossed violently in the wind.
Krishna was creating a lila (or play) for his father by crying and screaming. He pretended he was afraid of the storm. There was a purpose in the creation of the storm. He was about to meet one of the most significant people of his life on Earth.
Nanda was very happy when a beautiful woman appeared to help him with Krishna. He needed to take the cattle back away from the storm, but he also wanted to protect Krishna. He asked the beautiful woman to take care of Krishna until he came back. He was going to take the cattle home and then return for Krishna.
She agreed to help Nanda out, so he took the cattle home. Krishna now was going to have one of the greatest experiences of his life. He savored every moment. Of course, this beautiful woman was none other than Radha, soon to be the beloved of his life. He knew her and recognized her. Not all of us recognize that the person in front of us is our beloved. At first we may just think this person is someone who will never see us again. Yet others are like Krishna who knew his beloved one was coming. We hear of stories of how some people actually dream of meeting their beloved in a dream before meeting the person in the waking state. Sometimes a person may hear an inner voice saying, "You are going to meet your beloved." These people are attuned to their soul and recognize the message of love which God has given them. The beloved one does not always recognize that their beloved is right in front of them. Over time they will. It is only a matter of time.
Krishna played his lila with Radha. He wore orange clothing and a peacock feather on his head. He created this lila especially for Radha. His flute appeared very magically out of nowhere. When Krishna plays his flute, it is so unworldly and beyond all human comprehension. I have been fortunate to hear his flute a few times in my life when I was in a crisis. The next moment my pressing problem was solved. I can tell you the sound of his flute is very beyond any human ability in the musical realm. It's very high frequency and heavenly. No human can play the flute like Krishna.
Krishna asked Radha if she remembered how he played the flute when they were in heaven together. She said that she remembered. He reminded her of their eternal oneness and happiness. After that he came back to his child form and started to be afraid and cry. Radha was worried when Nanda was taking so long to return. An inner voice told her, "Take the child back to Nanda and Jashoda. If you listen to me, I assure you will be able to see your Lord Krishna every evening. You will meet him and he will play his flute for you. A part of your heart will always remain with him." Brahma, the Creator, appeared just to see Radha. He had been waiting 60,000 years to see her on Earth. Sometimes we have to wait to see our beloved just like Brahma.
So Radha went back with Krishna to Nanda and Yashoda. When she did so, she did end up seeing him every evening playing his flute until he left Vrindavan. This shows you that you must follow your inner voice in these situations because otherwise your destiny will not be fulfilled.
Happy Radhastmi! Be like Radha and follow your own inner voice. You will never be disappointed.
JAI SHRI KRISHNA'S FLUTE! JAI SHRI LILA! JAI SHRI RADHA-KRISHNA.