THE IN-DEPTH DETAILED MYSTERIES OF KRISHNA AND HIS WIVES AND HIS LOVER RADHE
I am deliberately keeping this write-up very detailed and huge so that it bores off or discourage casual readers looking at the length of the post itself. Everyone seeks short-cuts and quick reads and quick secrets and quick solutions, but dear one that is not how things work. It all is an investment of time, energy, passion, and persistence. Even if you are going to jump and read only what ‘entertains’ you, I discourage you to read. My sincere intension is that only sincere seekers on the path of truth and light read it, I know, only they will be able to.
Disclaimer: This is purely my perception of looking at the teachings of Advaita which i attribute having received with the loving grace of my Master and does not represent any Master, path, or organisation. This is NOT from any book but my own realisation of this truth. However, I have refered to the right sources for the indepth explanation of Krishna and his wives and written it in my own words. You are free to read it and like it if your consciousness agrees to it or are free to discard it completely in case you don’t agree. I do not encourage any debates on this nor do i insist that you have to agree with it.
This is not an article which is written with any motives but just an answer to help someone who seemed very troubled with the confusion the seeker was undergoing within, but shared it here with the hope that it help anyone else who might be in a similar state.)
It is very important to know that whenever man worships Gods as an entity outside or a power greater than him, that God is respected and worshiped only out of two inner aspects of the worshipper. It is either motivated by greed or fear. Period. Where there are these two lower quality the higher quality of unconditional love cannot be there, because the frequencies are completely opposite. There may be love but not unconditional love or divine love. Human love is also tainted by many negative factors are is not pure. This is why the worshipper often looks at his God also with similar tendencies that humans have. They will even imagine that God will respond or react or answer in a way human does, thus sometimes falling into hallucinations or something being utterly disappointed of why the Lord never answers.
Firstly, Radha was never a part of any most ancient scriptures – Vedas, Upanishads, Agam-Nigam shastras. Radha was used first in the Bhagwatam and only in the Puranas you will find the stories of such.
But whatever, i know one thing for sure. The enlightened beings – be it Ved Vyasa who wrote Mahabharata or Maharishi Valmiki who wrote Ramayana or be it Tirumoolar who wrote Tirumandiram and any and every such sacred texts, were certainly not joking around with stories nor did they try to create any entertainment stuff. They were very highly evolved beings who could go to the micro level of human existence and macro level of Universal existence and reveal that to humans, however human consciousness is not so evolved to understand and perceive those truths at those levels, so they made a symbolic representation of it all, and tried to explain it through a story form or with a form or character, because the lower state of human consciousness understands stories better than raw truths. They need to be told bed-time stories so as to trigger their own imagination and arouse their inner qualities of such similar story characters. I don’t say the characters are fake or only imaginations but they are certainly the macrocosmic external reflections of microcosmic inner realities.
Now, Radha is NOT a physical being. Radha is the representation of the pure form of human consciousness (Atma) who is trying to always unite back with the Parmatma (God).
Radha can be understood rightly only if you rightly understand who Krishna is ? All this can be only and only understood deeply if you realise that Krishna is not a God entity or Super human that he has been depicted to be. Krishna is no person or individual but represents the God consciousness.
KRISHNA IS GOD CONSCIOUSNESS OR SUPREME CONSCIOUSNESS (PARMATMA)
We all know that we are sparks of that infinite. That spark has taken multiple forms. Each individual spark is the soul (Atma). Or you could say the drops of the infinite ocean.
RADHA IS THAT SPARK OR SOUL (ATMA), which is eternally longing to unite back to its source. The separation is unbearable. Qualitatively the ATMA and PARMATMA are the same.
Then what separates the Jeevatma and Parmatma or what separates the You and God? Or what separates Radha and Krishna?
Ego is nothing but the illusion of “I” and thus brings a false feeling that “I” am separate from the “HE” and thus brings a feeling of me being separate and God being separate.
WHEN THE SOUL (RADHA) GETS LAYERED BY EGO/MIND/INTELLECT, IT BECOMES A JEEVATMA.
Now, this is the Jeevatma, the ‘you’ who is looking at Krishna with the ego (separateness), through a mind that is filled with all kind of impurities, ideas, beliefs, understanding, limitations. Through these lenses we see the symbolic representation of Parmatma (Krishna) and Atma (Radha) as two personalities. The moment the mind perceives them as personalities, whether you like it or not, all your knowledge and experiences of your human life will get painted on to those two personalities. Then Krishna becomes a man who once existed on earth and perished like a famous celebrity and Radhe the girl who was always awed by his presence and always wanted to unite with him. In fact, this is the truth that your atma (soul) has always had this deep longing to unite with the Parmatma too! But then this is forgotten (or never realized) and then you remain a separate entity for whom even Radha is an entity and Krishna yet another entity. Then, like a movie director, we visualise, imagine, believe or look at Radha as a human girl and Krishna as a super-human or God-like personality. Then we without any effort see the love affair between them just like in a movie because that is all that has been in our experience till now, through movies or life experiences of love affairs. Only when your consciousness is awakened and raised, can you see the real Radha in you.
So when a Jeevatma (through mind/ego) tries to look at the divine love of Radha, he or she will always look at that love through his/her mind and ego that is tainted with imperfections. He/she is certainly not seeing that as pure love or divine love but the human love which always has the impurities of lust, attachments, envy, possessiveness, selfishness, etc. That is why one who looks at Radha-Krishna with the filters of human love will always look at it as a human romantic relationship. The devotee might say it is Godly love, but if you observe closely there will no Godliness in it but human’liness’. Though you are looking at Krishna as God, he will still seem to you as a handsome dashing man, a brave-super hero, a saviour, a charming lover, an irresistible man of all virtues and qualities. Isn’t that how humans looks at another human personality? So the idea automatically becomes that ‘Krishna is a perfect man’, a personality which one (naturally) has never found on earth till now. Everyone is seeking a perfect person, boy or girl. When one doesn’t get that outside he unknowing or subconsciously is seeking it within and falls in love with God (Krishna) who he/she says is the only one that is true. You can see how true this in reality too!
Naturally, all love stories and fantasies erupt in the mind. Even if we think of it as Godly love, we fail to bring that into our experience if the consciousness is still operating from lower and not from an evolved state. How can one believe or realize something which he hasn’t experienced (divine communion with god) or experienced oneness with that Supreme) So even when an evolved being may be explaining about the divine love and nonseparatedness of Atma and Parmatma, a devotee or a listener will still perceive the love story as love story he/she has experienced in his life or seen externally and stoed in memory. It will never strike to him/her that to be worthy of Krishna (Parmatma) means that you have to reach the state of Radha (Atma-the completely purified consciousness) Then only will there be an eternal bonding between both.
LOVE OF RADHE-KRISHNA IS THE DIVINE LOVE AND MERGING OF THE ATMA AND PARMATMA. THE BONDING OR DIVINE UNION SELF-REALIZATION
Radha is the human consciousness in the most purified form. So it is only when you purify yourself completely you can become that Radha which is nothing but the pure unconditional love, the state of bliss. It is in that Satchidananda (bliss) that you meet your Krishna and this divine meeting is self-realization.
So if one identifies Radha as a character with human qualities, they are bound to live in a different illusion and end up nowhere in terms of finding their Krishna. i have personally met many such friends of mine who were mad lovers of Krishna and sought him day and night, hoping he will present himself one day and they can be one, but that never happened and brought in only gloom. It’s just like a Christian waiting for the second coming of Christ to save them. The wait is eternal. The wait for judgment day either in the greed of heaven or fear of hell is waited upon eternally until one realises that the limited human life is coming to an end. Second coming of Christ is nothing but awakening your Christ consciousness, which is already within you. Only an awakened will make efforts to rise above duality and one day realse that they themselves was the Christ consciousness. That is how the Christ (consciousness) saves you, meaning you save yourself. Those who wait for an external savior, as i mentioned before, are the ones who are motivated by greed or fear. Greed of heaven or fear of hell. Or greed of punya (merits) and fear of paapa (demerits).
Dear one, when will we realise that God is beyond all judgements and is a quality of unconditional love. If God is unconditional love how can God judge you? How can God punish you? You are punished and rewarded here on earth itself through the law of karma. Heaven and hell is experienced by souls while on earth itself and not after death. After death you only take another form depending on what karmas you have accumulated nao as to reap the fruits of that.
Similarly, Krishna is not a physical being who will one day present himself for a divine marriage with a divine lover.
So the misinterpretation of Radha is because the true essence of it wasn’t truly realized. But the whole thing is completely different for the one striving to purify oneself in order to reach the state of “Radha’hood'” and sooner or later they will find that they have found their Krishna, when after purification, they begin to remain intoxicated in their divine bliss or satchitanand – they then realize the state of Krishna Consciousness.
I feel Meera Bai was one of the highest such divine lover of Krishna. You can look at her life and contemplate on the truths. She was very devotedly married to her Krishna and would take noone else to replace her Lord. She was madly in love with him. She sung songs in his praise and love, worshipped the idol of Krishna and even left all the worldly pleasures for him. The world speaks always about her songs, devotion, and worship but hardly realizes that she had reached a higher state of consciousness through her external bhakti or devotion. She had very well internalized her external worship. Internally, she was one with Krishna and in the divine bliss of that communion with her Lord. She was so much established in Krishna Consciousness that nothing external could harm her, not even poison! One does not dare to ponder why if she had such pure love like Radha, Krishna did not visit her? If Krishna was such a human representation who had so many wives and a lover, why did Meera Bai not have any place in his physical form life, despite her life-long dedication to her beloved? This is exactly the state of many of my old friends who stated they have married Krishna, without understanding the deeper and subtler aspects of it. The delusion can later turn into inner turmoil and conflicts because of realities not matching beliefs. So, Meera Bai’s internal states were never written of because her higher state of consciousness never made her verbalise this nor could anyone perceive it. All saw here devotion to the idol. She was last seen in Vrindavan after which noone knows what happened to her. Some say she died there worshiping Krishna. Such pitiful state for a lover of such purity and grace? It is difficult for anyone to write about saints like her because it is impossible for them to see their internal states, so stories often end up in fanciful or tragic endings, as human life interpretations. That is how many write about the tragic ending of Krishna, Rama and Christ. They have no fractional idea of their internal states and why they did what they did.
While the world saw that Meera Bai was married to Krishna in her imagination and serving the idol of Lord Krishna all the time, she was in reality married with her beloved within, to her Higher Self and serving her inner Self. She remained blissful, in divine ecstasy and she attained salvation by transmuting her physical body to such purity that dissolved into light in Vrindavan, much like other saints did in other parts of the world – Saint Tukaram, Vallalar, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and others of the kind.
So when i visited Vrindavan, i certainly did visit there to find something out there. But it was to internalize through the external locations of the inner manifestations. You may ask then if all is nondual and within what then are these places that have strong links to the mythology. Certainly yes. It is important to know that the dual nature of entire existence iis the micocosm and macrocosm. It dissolves only when one mergies into nonduality, That is why the saying, “As Above, so Below, as Within, so Without, as the Universe, so the Soul…”
So, on this physical plane (earth) there certainly are the macrocosm reflection of the inner microcosm. We use the external to go internal (within) and use the outer realities to contemplate on the inner truths.
This is how Meera Bai used her external (dual) realities to internalize her inner states (nondual) where in the true advaita form, she and her beloved were one, there were no two. This is how the dual nature must be used to propel towards nonduality. Nonduality is the final truth of existence. Oneness. Duality ends in nonduality. If it doesn’t it remains incomplete.
Exactly, this is what happened even with Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. For his whole life he had been worshipping Mother Kali, but he was not content and knew that he had to merge with his beloved Mother, but that was not happening. That is when a great Paramahamsa named Totapuri was passing from there. Totapuri told him that it is not difficult if he drops the belief of two. Ramakrishna replied that dropping this belief was difficult because whenever he closed his eyes he saw the mother standing there and he would immediately forget that he has to merge and instead melt in devotion to her. So, Totapuri told him to close his eyes and the moment he sees the mother to pick up a sword and cut her in two. Ramakrishna asked him where would he find a sword, to which Totapuri said exactly the same that is mentioned in Ashtavakra’s sutra. Totapuri said, ”From where did you bring this Kali image? – bring a sword from the same place. She too is imaginary. She too is an embellishment of your imagination. Through nurturing it for your whole life, through continuously projecting it for your whole life, it has become crystalized. It is just imagination. Not everyone sees Kali when they close their eyes.” So Ramakrishna was now determined, but the moment he closed his eyes, his courage would vanish and he found it impossible to strike his beloved mother with a sword, because he completely forgot about it in his divine ecstasy.
Finally Totapuri was upset and said that he had wasted enough days there trying to help Ramakrishna and told him sternly, “I’ve wasted many days here. It’s no good. Either you do it or I’m going to leave. Don’t waste my time. Enough of this nonsense now!” That day Totapuri brought a piece of glass with him and told Ramakrishna that it was his last chance. Ramakrishna did not want to lose this opportunity and closed his eyes and immediately the Kali’s image appeared before him. He was about to bliss out in divine ecstasy, when Totapuri held his forehead made a cut on Ramakrishna’s forehead (on the third eye spot) with the glass piece. Blood oozed out and this time Ramakrishna found the courage. He raised the sword and cut Kali in two pieces. The moment that happened, everything became one and nondual. The wave became one with the river, the river merged into the ocean. It is said that Ramakrishna stayed immersed in this ultimate reality for six days. He neither felt hungry or thirsty for there no awareness of anything outside, anything dual. When he opened his eyes after six days, he said, “The last barrier has fallen!” He had achieved that final state!
This is the true reality of all dual that we look at. The worshipper becomes one with that which is worshipped. Now you can imagine Radha (Ramakrishna) and Krishna (Kali). You will find countless real stories where one fell in love with their own higher states through an external representation and finally became one with it. It’s just like you need a Sri Chakra or Meru first and you practice first on that external symbol of what is within (the entire Meru is internalized in Advsit Sri Vidya). Similarly, first you may need an an image of Shiva or a Shivalinga to establish a connection with that Shiva who is in reality formless and attributeless. As one evolves everything is internalized which is why the great master of Advait Sri Adi Shankaracharya taught the Shiva Manas Puja to worship Shiva internally and not externally. But unfortunately multitude who love the symbolic form of Shiva do not want to part with it or that strong ingrained belief like that of Ramakrishna. One who cannot think of parting with any form of God will easily fall in for the love stories of Radha Krishna because of the inability to internalize this reality.
Think about this. There are real stories of such in all religions. Every lover sees his or her god or diety or istha as their beloved (divine mother or divine father lover or divine friend or divine saviour) until one attains salvation merging with that form itself. So, that just means that all these forms have been true for the respective devotees of Kali, Krishna, Jesus, Nanak and the like, but have you ever imagined why does not Christ appear to a Hindu, or Krishna appear to a Sikh, or Kali appear to a Chsitian? It is because a Christian who has contemplated on Jesus will only see Jesus, a Kali devotee will always see Kali and a Sikh will see only Nanak becsue they is what they have internalized , That is why Krishna was only available to Radha or Meera Bai. But in reality what they all merged with was the Supreme consciousness (Parmatma) out of which all forms manifest – be it Krishna, Christ, Buddha, Mahavir, Muhammad or Nanak. The divine spark of God is there in all, it only takes the form that you give it.
WHY AVADHOOTAS AND SIDDHAS DON’T REALLY FALL FOR IT ALL NOR LIKE ANYONE TO GET DISILLUSIONED OR STUCK WITH DUALITY.
Similarly, there are so many stories of Shiva sending Parvati away to become worthy of him. Rama testing Sita for impurity. If a human being thinks and reacts with human tendencies then he may judge Rama for his action or question Shiva for his rudeness or doubt Krishna of having so many wives and then a lover. Humans see everything with the trigunas and everything they are seeing is influenced by the tamoguna, rajoguna, satoguna, whereas these depictions have to be understood from a higher state of consciousness. That is why Puranas took completely another form when it got misinterpreted by human consciousness. The Puranas were written by very evolved beings in a very high state of consciousness where every story and every character has deep meanings in the lives of human life. You could say all the secrets of human evolution were depicted through mythology. Some of it am mentioning further in this article. This is what I am trying to express in my videos of my travels and sadhna in the sacred temples and the mythology revolving there!
So, all the female counterparts of Rama, Krishna or Shiva represents the “Chitta” and that is why the lives if these women were depicted to be a constant struggle to quality for the worthiness. Hence the women represented the “Chitta Shuddhi” (soul purification) because until there is total Chitta Shuddhi “you” cannot rise to the highest chakra or highest state which is the Godly state (Shiva/Krishna/Rama). Marriages or union between the the male and female counterparts (Shiva-Parvati, Krishna-Radha, Rama-Sita) is nothing but the divine confluence of your consciousness and God consciousness. This merging or union is what Gurudev explains as ShivYog. It is the state of that union or marriage. That is why he discourages anyone to misinterpret this state with wrong myths and notions or take it very casually – as casual as the love story of Romeo and Juliet. It is important to understand that a human Romeo and Juliet may win over each with passion and lust but never can a Parvati or Sita or Radha win their beloveds with these lower animalistic tendencies. Meaning never can consciousness rise to meet Godly state with the impure human qualities.
So firstly to see these mythological characters as God and then adore and love and worship them is a very great start in the journey towards the infinite, but as you move on, deeper aspects starts revealing itself and these characters then began revealing itself as each and every aspect of a manifestation of that pure Consciousness. That is how dwaita (dual) worship starts becoming Advaita (nondual). Then one begins rising above the limitations of duality and starts seeing nonduality. Until you are in a state of duality you will always see God as a separate entity. That is why you see Krishna as separate and Radha as a distant lover. These states will always be ruled by all humanly traits like greed, fear, envy, sadness, etc because there is a constant separateness from the Ishta. There is always a sense of longing and isolation and desperateness etc like a human lover has. But the moment the seeker switches over to the right perspective, all human nature is left behind and the intension is purer and divine.
This is why an Avadhoota will not advocate worshipping Radha because she is first of all not an entity outside. An Avadhoot would get mad at someone who would say he/she is a devotee of Radhe. They would feel he is against Radhe. He is not against Radhe but he is against your ignorance who has mistaken Radhe to be a lover and angry at your ignorance of making a pure and divine Krishna for lower passions. He is angry at souls getting diverted from their true purpose and creating more of illusions for themselves and the world around. He is angry because the world has now madly called Krishna as a mad lover, who madly in love with a girl. He insists then that Krishna is not a lover but a warrior and a Yogi. Yes, he is – the Soul – who is looking at everything neutrally, only following eternal dharma. How degrading when this super-state of consciousness is degraded to someone who is bound by vasanas. How can that state be God? How ignorantly human minds blindly follow something just because it was a part of their belief system or a system created by society. An Avadhoota will always break ignorance. So you cannot go to him with the same stories you look at because he is the one who has realized the Supreme..
There are even more deeper secrets of all this mentioned further below in this article, which you will understand as you continue reading in continuity and sequence.
Now, let me also share this. People now very nicely justify even Krishna with their own vasanas. They portray him as a flirt, some bhajans even are sung this way (mostly unknowingly because everyone sings that way). Many take the liberty of justifying their extramarital affairs in the name of Krishna, stating that Krishna had 1600+ wives and even then he had a love affair with Radha. They even portray Rasleela with their own reflections of lust and sexual enjoyments. Then i saw many devotees fight among each other. One was devotionally trying to justify that Krishna had married to only save them from the clutches of the demon. What he heard is perfectly right but he too mistook the story failig to understand the deeper meanings behind that story.
Unfortunately, unless you are student of your internal subtle system, most of these inner secrets will not make any sense at all. That is why a Guru is needed, who can arouse the Kundalini and help raise the consciousness. It is ONLY AND ONLY with an elevated state of consciousness that such profound truths can unravel itself and cannot be taught to anyone. That is why even if you tell this to someone who is a hardcore dualistic or someone with generational blind faith, will admonish all these things. If you are understanding what we are speaking here and even able to relate, take that as a great blessing, because it is only with the grace of your Master that you can relate with it. Even better if you practice everything in this awareness.
Now, about Krishna having so many wives and plus a lover! Even a devotee feels embarrassed when people of other faiths question this. There is no proper answer because there is no proper awareness of what it is all about.
These are all symbolic representations dear ones! The 1600 wives represents your 1600 nadis! Out of 72000 nadis, these 1600 nadis are the ones that are responsible for carrying the spiritual current for spiritual evolution. The mythology says that Krishna married 1600+ ladies who were captives of the demon Narkasura. Narkasura represents the evil qualities born from our desires for the earthly pleasures and other pashubhaav (animal instincts) The demon ruled the Kingdom of Kamarupa, which symbolizes the self-image and personalities that we have created for ourselves through our reflections of our vasanas (kamarupa). This kingdom is supposed to be surrounded by mystical mountains which are nothing but the various layers of justification we give to preserve this self-image.
The story says that the kingdom was also guarded by the 5-headed demon named Mura, which represents the five senses that are always projecting and nourishing the worldly desires. The demon is said to have invaded the three lokas (worlds), which is the world of material nature, world of good and world of evil nature. Meaning that we compromise these three aspects in the pursuit of worldly desires and preservation of our identity.
The story then states that Narkasura attacked the King of Gods – Lord Indra and captured the 4-tusked white elephant that was gifted by Bhumadevi to Indra. Then, he imprisoned Lord Varuna and then stole the moon-shaped earring of the Mother of all Gods – Aditi. Now, the four tusks of the elephant symbolizes the Mooladhara chakra which has four petals and this chakra functions are related with the endocrine glands, mainly the adrenaline glands, which get hijacked through these desires. The earring of the Mother represents the nectar in the Vishuddhi chakra, which is actually the purification center of the 72,000 Nadis network. When this center get blocked, one loses the ability to discriminate between right and wrong.
The story then tells how the 16,000 young girls were in captive on the top of a mountain named Maniparvata inside his kingdom, where the demon’s 10 sons guarded the young women. Maniparvata is nothing but your Manipur chakra and the 10 sons represents the 10 life forces or Vayus. (Praṇa, Apana, Uḍana, Samana, Vyana, Naaga, Koorma, Kirukara, Devadhatha, and Dhanajaya).
The story then concludes over how Indra pleads with Krishna to put an end to the miseries given by the demon Narkasura. But Narakasura had the curse of Bramha that he would die at the hands of a woman. Story illustrates how Krishna ventures and fights and restores order in the Universe, meaning restoring the soul back to its purified state and bringing peace to the soul.
Story mentions that Krishna (super-consciousness or soul) travels on Garuda (prana), with his second wife Satyabama (Ida Nadi) and enters enters the capital city of Pragjyotisha (Mooladhara), defeats the 5-headed demon Mura (meaning retrains the five sences with the power of determination or pratyahara). Krishna then defeats the 7 sons (Saptadhatu). Saptadhatu are the 7 body tissues – Rasa (plasma), rakta (blood), mamsa (muscle), Meda (adipose tissue), Asthi (bones and cartilages), Majja (bone marrow) and Shukra (reproductive tissues). Gaining victory over these Saptadhatu, he directs his second wife Satyabama (Ida Nadi) to direct cool prana through the Ida Nadi into the Mooladhara Chakra and stimulates the dormant Kundalini Shakti to rise upwards, thus killing the demon Narkasura.
Out of the 72,000 nadis, the 1600 nadis remain dormant since birth and it is only the other remaining 52000 that we use for our day to day existence. Along with these 16,000 Nadis, there are also another 108 primary Nadis and that is why collectively they are called as 16108 wives of Krishna.
So, these 1600+ wives are not those romantic figures that your mind fantasizes but they are your own 1600+ nadis that your soul (Krishna) is engaging with, in order to purify and give you the spiritual evolution and self-realization and liberation.
The rasleela is when your Kundalini is aroused and all your nadis purify with the rising shakti and consciousness raises to the state of Krishna Consciousness, when your soul (Radhe-the pure one) merges with the purest one Parmatma (Krishna) and there is this divine dance and divine state of ecstasy which is truly the Rasleela.
So everytime you do sadhna, if you do it right, there is a rasleela happening within you, a divine dance happening within you. There is nothing really outside. This is how Advaita precedes Dvaita at some of the other time of your life, when a Guru enters your life and throws light into your own consciousness so that you rise up and perceive things in its actual truth. So, there is nothing to blame the one who has written the mythology also. It is our ignorance to blame, for we never really understood that they were simplifying the higher truths by telling us what we like to hear most – a story, than the truth!
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