Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Sat Dec 24 13:19:20 CST 2005
On Fri, 16 Dec 2005, bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com wrote:
> where does bhAgavata says krishna rAsaLIla was only in the dream of
Bhaskar it is a pity you were not able to join us in Bangalore when we
visited Swami Paramananda Bharati. You would have been fascinated by his
sage explanations of this and other topics.
Although you are correct that the Bhagavata does not explicitly say this,
there are reasons to infer it.
first of all in 10.29.1 it specifically says that Bhagavan decided to
start the Rasalila by means of his yogamaya. (yogamAyAmupAshrita.h)
Secondly in the description of the reactions of the Gopis to the
bewitching sound of the divine flute, the Bhagavata says some were milking
the cows, some were serving food to their families, some were still
cooking, some were bathing, some getting dressed, and some were going to
sleep. How could all these activities be going on at the same evening
Third in the process of describing the forests of Vraj, the Bhagavata
mentions the flowers being in bloom and bees gathering honey etc. In other
words signs of spring. But the event is supposed to have taken place
during Kartika which is autumn in Vraj.
Fourth, the Bhagavata says the Gopis never realized their wives were
missing. And I think if your wife suddenly ran away while serving you
dinner you would notice wouldn't you?!
Swami Paramananda drew attention to the fact that the participants are
described as tejasvi which is not the first adjective one might think of
to describe cowherd women. But if you understand it as being in the
taijasa state then it makes sense.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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