Gopi and Krishna

Gopi is a prime pillar of Bhagavad Gita rather Bhagavad Puran. Without Gopis I believe Krishna would not have been able to teach us the lesson of devotion, love, oneness with God, salvation (भक्ति सायुज्य प्रेम मोक्ष).

The relationship of Gopi and Krishna is interesting. The more I study it, the more I read it I realize that through the example of Gopis, Krishna wanted to show us, being busy in cores of day-to-day life you can attain nearness of Krishna…if your efforts are strong and you have confidence you can get oneness with Krishna.

Some scripts says Gopis were saints performing meditations since ages to attain nearness with Krishna. These saints took birth as Gopis to live with Krishna.

They taught us a good way to be near with Krishna.

1. Chanting – While working in home, doing day-to-day activities like cooking, cleaning, etc they chant the name of Krishna and sign his glory.

2. Work offered to Krishna – Though they use to cook for their family and work for their family members the center of all their work were Krishna. While cooking they use to think what Krishna would like to eat. Krishna is center of their attention.

3. Longing for Krishna – While Krishna was away in forest with cows they use to be eagerly waiting for him to return. When he would return they stand out in the entrance of their house with smile on their face welcoming Krishna.

4. Forgoing every barrier – For Krishna they forgo barrier of their family and went to meet Krishna, they forgo barrier and came out of river to take clothes.

 

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What is Love?

Love is a very common term for us. We use this term often to express our feelings and symbolize our feelings or thoughts. When any thing pleases or soothes your gyanendriya (Eyes, Ears, Tongue, Nose, Skin), you immediately respond “I like it“.  You term any reason that pleases your senses as good and term your attraction as “like”. But when physical beauty attracts you, draws attention of your senses you say, “What a beauty”. This sign shows you are attracted to see this beauty. When you keen watching that beauty and all your senses goes deep rooted in that “beauty” you say, “I Love this beauty”. You start logging to see that beauty again and again. Your heart tells your brain to find that beauty and keep watching.

If this feeling is mixed or filled with purity of thought you can term it as true “Love” but in all other cases its just infatuation and attraction. Which will go away as soon as your senses finds another attractive thing. Thus, what I mean here is, you need to first judge within your self whether you are attracted with the “object” or “beauty” before naming your view as “Love”.

Many people say that, “because of you my life changed”,  “you are my luck”, “i need to see you before I do some good work”, etc… But when looked upon closely on it you, yourself have achieved that marvelous result. As your energies were concentrated at one place you were able to focus on them at one point. You were focusing on that “someone” and put all your efforts to please that “someone”, thus, you achieved what seems to be miracle.

This same energy can then be diverted to some fruitful activity. Now imagine when you are focusing all your attention in you. I say you start loving yourself. I know you will laugh on me, but why not to love your ownself rather than loving others. Meaning of this statement could be, 1) you become selfish. NO this is not the meaning, I dont want you to be selfish. 2) Rather want you to focus on yourself and open up for world, like a lotus. It concentrates on its own beauty, own life and open up its petals for world.

You love your body, Love your features, Love your character, Love your work, Love your act, Love your voice, Love your speach, Love food cooked by you, Love your signing, dancing, sleeping, Love your smile, Love your each moment, Love your each hour, Love your life. This way all your energy will be focused on you and in you. Now when all your energy will be focused in you, all your power will be in your hand. And when all your power will be in your hand, you will be able to achieve the results you want.

This was the introduction to love and a glimpse of the power of love. More to follow….