Acaryas Quotes Bhakti Quotes I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH DANCING AS HIS IN ALL MY LIFE

I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH DANCING AS HIS IN ALL MY LIFE

In the verse we are discussing are the words “amusya-rupam”, meaning “that very form”. The ladies of Mathura are saying, “We are seeing Krsna, but why are we not feeling the highest prema? What austerities did the gopis perform to be able to see with the eyes of mahabhava the original form of Krsna adorned with a peacock feather in His crown and the very essence of all loveliness?” Unable to see that form of Krsna which the gopis see and unable to experience the mahabhava of the gopis, they wanted to know which austerities they could perform to become similarly fortunate.

Not everyone will be able to feel such elevated bhava. When our gurudeva Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja would dance, he would move in an exceptionally sweet and lovely way. With his eyes turned upwards and holding his sannyasa danda in his hand, he would dance immersed in bhava. I have never seen such dancing as his in all my life.

Whenever he would hear Krsna’s pastimes he would become emotional and begin weeping, and if we perform bhajana sincerely with resolute determination, we may also one day experience some of this bhava. We desire these feelings as do the ladies of Mathura who lamented, “Haya! Haya! We are seeing Krsna directly, yet we cannot experience the bhava of the gopis. Our lives are useless!”

Bhakti Rasayana page 103

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They knewthat Krsna’s heart was very soft and that as soon asVasudeva and Devaki saw Krsna they would offer theiraffection and prayers to Him and not allow Him to everreturn. They knew this would come to pass.The gopis continued, “O Providence, although You havecome here with the name Akrura, You are actually cruel(krura). It seems You have lost all sense, for You are takingaway what You once gave us. You are depriving us of thesole meaning to our eyes’ existence. You are suggesting tous to look at anything other than Krsna.“This destroyer (Akrura) has come and done his work inmere moments. In just a second he has stolen our life awayfrom us. Tomorrow morning our lives will be devoid ofmeaning. The songs, sweet words, and dancing ofMathura’s girls will arrest Krsna and keep Him theirforever.”Nanda Baba announced in Vraja that everyone shouldprepare to go to Mathura with presentations for Kamsa.“We will attend the Dhanusa-yajna and offer our respects toSiva Thakura as well as the king. 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We cannot revolt against Nanda Baba’s arrangement,so you must be sure to bring Krsna back. If you fail to dothis, then mark our words, you will realize our pain. Thefire in our hearts will continuously burn you. You willnever feel well for as long as you live. This pain that youare giving us today will come to you and will drive youmad. We are not just one or two gopis, we are millions. Youwill feel the pain of each and every one of us.”“Alas! Look! Krsna is already seated on the chariot, and thebullock carts of the cowherd men are following behind.What has happened to their intelligence? Why are theelders letting this happen? Have they gone mad? They willnot be able to bring Him back. They do not realize this.Indeed the creator is against us. Just see how Krsna’sfriends, headed by Sridama, are accompanying Him. Theydo not know that he won’t come back. 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