Krishna's Pastimes

Witnessing Krishna's Rasa-lila and Living To Talk About It

Is it true that Lord Krishna is still performing Rasa Lila in Vrindavana, and that anyone who sees it doesn't live to talk about it?

Our Answer:

It's true that Lord Krishna is continually engaged in His rasa-lila pastimes (dancing at night with His purest devotees, the gopis - transcendental cowherd girls) in Vrindavan. This is going on eternally. Actually, in order to experience the rasa-lila at all, ones eyes must be anointed with the salve of love of God (Brahma-samhita, 5.38). Until one has pure devotion to God, no one can witness the rasa-lila, anyway.

However, some residents of Vrindavan say that in Seva Kunj—where the rasa-lila takes place and where there are many, many monkeys—that if an unqualified person tries to hide in the bushes to watch that most sacred rasa-lila, either they will go mad or the monkeys will harm or kill them. I've never tried it personally, so I'm not able to attest to the validity of this statement.

But I do know that in the shastra (scripture) it is explained that with eyes tinged with mundane material desire one cannot see Krishna at all, what to speak of His transcendental Rasa dance with His beloved devotees.

Can it be said that Srimati Radharani cheated her husband?

Can it be said that Srimati Radharani "cheated" her husband, since Her heart always belongs to Krishna?

Our Answer:

Did Srimati Radharani "cheat" her husband? Indeed she did; however, this was because she could not resist the all-attractive Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna. And this quality of not being able to resist Krishna and to do anything for Krishna (even at the risk of behaving in a socially unacceptable manner) is the perfection of our existence.

Srila Prabhupada says that actually everyone belongs to Krishna—which means our parents, children, siblings, friends, husbands and wives all belong to Krishna. We can, in good humor, ask, “So who is really cheating on whom here?” Really, Radharani belongs to Krishna, and her heart is always with Him. Her husband’s duty is actually to bring her closer to Krishna, just as all of our familial relationships are meant to center on Krishna and help us to become closer to Him. Ultimately, it is only for the sake of heightening her relationship with Krishna that Radharani is married to another. She knows where she belongs—and so does Krishna.