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The Art of Divine-Symbolism : 1. Radha and Krishna : Swami Krishnananda

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28/11/2018
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“The love of Radha and Krishna is symbolic of the eternal love affair between the devoted mortal and the Divine Radha’s yearning for union with her beloved Krishna is the soul’s longing for spiritual awakening.”

Every aspect of Krishna and His deeds is pregnant with deep mystical symbolism indicating the highest Truth. One must have the subtle-sensitivity of a poet, the ruthless intellect of a scientist, and the soft heart of the beloved in order to enter into the enchanted realm of mysticism. Art can be fully appreciated only by hearts that have art in them.

In Sanskrit, the world Krishna means “dark”, indicat¬ing the Supreme Consciousness. Pure Consciousness is said to be “dark”, not as opposed to “light,” but in the sense that it is unseen by or unknown to one as long as one remains footed in earthly experiences, ex¬periences limited to the realms of perceptions, emotions, and thoughts gained through the physical body, and the intellect.

Consciousness is the pure Sel…

Radha the Intriguing Mystery : 5. Swami Krishnananda

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06/11/2018
(Spoken on Radha Ashtami on September 14, 1983)
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Thus, the holy observance of Sri Radha Ashtami is a reminder to the spirit of man—not even to his psyche—that there is something in him which is not male or female, and not human. For all practical purposes, we cannot think except as human beings. No man can think that he is a woman, and no woman can believe that she is a man. We can imagine how limited our thoughts are. Whatever be their acuteness and genius of penetrative thinking, men can never believe that they are women; similar is the case with women. There is this terrible limitation set upon our thinking itself and, much worse, is that which compels us to feel that we are human beings. But Sri Krishna did not behave like a man or a woman, nor did he behave like a human being. These elements of a non-human or ultra-human behaviour are described in certain sections of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana, and we are always intrigued when we hear or read about these myster…