Acaryas Quotes Gurudeva said today Candrāvalī and All the Gopīs will Come and Pacify Śrīmatī Rādhikā...

Candrāvalī and All the Gopīs will Come and Pacify Śrīmatī Rādhikā…

You should know that in Vraja the gopīs are mainly divided into four parts: svapakṣa, vipakṣā, taṭasthā, and suhṛta. Without this, the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa cannot manifest. But when Kṛṣṇa disappears, or He goes to Mathurā or Dvārakā, and a separation mood comes, then there are no separate parties of gopīs. All parties of gopīs become one and help each other. At that time, Candrāvalī, Bhadra, and all the gopīs will come and pacify Śrīmatī Rādhikā because Her separation is the highest. The separation mood of the other gopīs is not so high; so, they have so much sympathy for Śrīmatī Rādhikā. They tell
Rādhikā, “Oh, You should not weep; Kṛṣṇa will come.”

June 24, 1999 Heidelberg

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