‘Raasleela’ is the Cosmic Dance in which featured Krishna
and the Gopis.
Gopi believed that Krishna was dancing exclusively with her
and for her!
is very clearly stated in the Scriptures that:
paanch bhoutik shareer ke tyaag ke baad hee hui hai’
translated, it means that the ‘Enchanting Drama’ was
performed, (by) beyond the physical body.
to a Spiritual lover’s logic: The Gopis felt separate from
God before the Rasleela.
‘to be separated’ from the Lord is ‘Fire’.
the physical body consisting of 5 elements was burnt out (and
so there was nothing physical in the Rasleela.
starts with ‘Dvait’ ie there is the Lover and the Beloved
Love becomes ‘Advait’ (Both become One)
is what is believed happened in the Rasleela.
Thirsty Spirit merged with the Infinite.
was no mundane sexual desire and its fulfillment.
me tell you a story before we enter ‘The Rasleela’
Kaamdev (The God of Passionate Sexual desire) came to Krishna.
said to him: “Don’t you remember that you were defeated
said: “When I had gone to grapple with Him, He was
meditating upon the Almighty and hence I was burnt”.
Krishna reminded Kaamdev that the latter had been defeated by
admitted that he could not tempt the Lord when He had
incarnated as Shri Ram as He was devoted to only Seeta, and
was a perfect follower of principles. (Maryaada Purshottam)
asked Kaamdev: “What is your desire now?”
said: “This incarnation You are not bound by any
conditionings, and you freely prance with the Gopis; I shall
release my arrow, if you do not succumb to it, I shall
consider you God. If however you are defeated, then I shall be
shall release my arrow on a full moon night!
said: “If this is your desire, so be it!”
proof that Krishna was victorious, in his encounter with
Kaamdev is that the Shrimad Bhaaagvad proclaims that he who
wants to conquer over sexual desire/obsession should read the
‘Rasleela ‘chapter in the Shrimad Bhaagvad!
Krishna won the ‘God’ title!
is said that when Krishna played the flute that magical night,
only the Gopis heard it.
Gopis left their home, duties and ran towards Krishna!
who were milking the cows, ran the minute they heard the first
notes of the flute. Some Gopis wore their necklaces on their
arms instead of on their neck!
Gopi ran towards Krishna with cow dung on her hands!
this was ordinary attraction, the Gopis would have spent hours
beautifying themselves before running towards their Beloved.
is the kind of fervor that is required of an aspirant towards
Krishna asked the Gopis: “Why are you running towards me?
Has any misfortune struck? You are alright? What can I do for
you? It is not right for a woman to be alone in a dense jungle
at this time of night. Have you come to admire the beauty?
Well, then enjoy the splendor of the night and quickly return
to your homes! Your husbands and children must be waiting for
when you turn to the Lord, He tests you by saying: “What
are you going to get from me, go back to your world!”
He is saying that for a woman, she should first perform her
household duties. It is there that she will find God!
the Gopis were told to return to their homes, they were sad!
had told them that they belonged to their husbands. The Gopis
knew that their husbands were surely the master of their
physical form; but what about their Souls!
Aatman, their Spirit, their Souls surely belonged to God!
Gopis said: “How can you ask us to return to the world,
when you have promised union, to the one who worships you with
love and faith? We have renounced all worldly pleasures for
You! Only You reside in our heart!”
asked the Gopis “What is the proof of what you claim?”
Gopis answered: “You Yourself are the proof. You alone
reside in our hearts! Now we have only one desire! That of
merging in You! You are the husband of our Soul! Now that we
have seen You, how can we desire anything else? Shall we ask
You a question? What is the reward of a faithful wife?”
answered: “The mind becomes pure.”
Gopis asked “And what does one achieve when the mind is
answered: “One achieves the Lord!”
Gopis said: “Then why should we go back to the world
after we have come to you?”
said: “You can stay at home and achieve God! At home look
upon everything as God Himself!”
Gopis said: “Life after life we have prayed, but we did
not even get a glimpse of You. Therefore we decided to become
Gopis this life instead of Sages!”
recognize ourselves to be the Soul, (not women), therefore we
have to fulfill the duty of the Soul, which is to be ‘One’
with You! We do not desire to pray to your picture anymore! Do
not forsake us! Make us Your own!”
said: “If you consider me your real Lord and Master, then
I ask you to return to your husbands and children!”
Gopis said: “We are tired of playing worldly games, life
after life, but if You are ordering us, then we will have to
go. However to operate in the world, we require our mind and
intellect. They both are with you. You return our mind and
intellect and we return to the world, to our husbands and
Krishna said: “I cannot return that to you, as once I
steal your mind and intellect, it merges into me!”
Gopis said: “Our feet are not ready to walk a step away
said: “What if I sent you back to your homes by the power
of my Yoga?”
Gopis said: “You would be able to send our bodies there,
but our mind would remain with You!”
was defeated by the love and perseverance of the Simple Gopis.
Rasleela took place!
devotees and the Lord became one, that magical moonlit night!
is said that at times people would mistake Radha for Krishna
something to be surprised at!
Nanak claims ‘Nanak leen bhayo Govind syon, jyon pani
means that Guru Nanak has merged into the Lord, like water
mixes with water.
we possess that kind of love and perseverance?
am convinced that that is one thing worth aspiring for!
A reader wanted to know more about the nine
emotions, the emotions, Navrasas...
Ms Vimla Patil explains Navrasas:
Indian art - sculpture, dance,
literature, music and even religious rituals (the Raasleela
comes within this in some way) are an expression of the
intensity of our responses to the world around us, our
emotions and sensibilities.
These, in our dance and music literature are
listed as romance, courage, disgust, anger, compassion,
love, wonder, fear and peace.
Thus in Sanskrit they are: Shringar,
Veer, Bibhatsa, Roudra, Karuna, Prem, Adbhuta, Bhaya and
It is possible different sources give different
names to these 'nine moods of art' in which all art is
Rasleela would be the ultimate in Shringar and
In classical literature, the nine moods or
intensities are called Navarasas. Love Vimla Patil