Acaryas Quotes Gurudeva said today What is That Love and Affection That Induces the Gopīs to Weep?

What is That Love and Affection That Induces the Gopīs to Weep?

What is that love and affection that induces the gopīs to weep? We are separated, but we do not weep. There is one point to especially note here: if I explain about the worldly separation of a lady who is weeping for her beloved man, we will also weep. Hearing about Kṛṣṇa’s separation, however, we cannot. Why not? It is due to so many offenses from past lives and this life.

Kṛṣṇa is feeling so much separation, and He is weeping, weeping, weeping—all day and night. That is why Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam has told about Kṛṣṇa’s sending a message. Kṛṣṇa sent Uddhava from Mathurā. Did Kṛṣṇa send the message to console the gopīs and gopas, or to console and pacify Himself? It was not for them, but for Himself. His heart was loaded with the suffering of separation, and He wanted to divide it, or share it, with others.

Anyone in this world will want to stay where there is affection. Even though parents take good care of their children throughout their young life, when the children get married they feel they are getting more love from their own wife and children, and prefer to stay with them. This is the nature of both humans and demigods, and this is also true for Kṛṣṇa.

October 04, 2000 Mathurā

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