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Basic Description: Radha
is the Gopi (milkmaid) whom Krishna loved more than any other. Their love for
one another is often used as a symbol for our love with the Divine.
Krishna is the 8th and most popular incarnation of Vishnu. As a child
he played with Gopis (cowherd girls) and Gopas (cowherd boys). Radha, one of
the Gopis, loved
Krishna more than any other Gopi. Radha is the loving and redemptive
goddess of the Gopis. Radha is often pictured with
Krishna. She symbolizes the
individual soul that is awakened to the love of God and becomes absorbed in
that love. The devotion between
Krishna and Radha symbolizes the perfect
relation of love between the soul and god. Others view Radha’s love for
as our quest for union with the divine. This highest love and devotion is represented
as the union of a husband and wife in marriage (even though Radha and Krishna were not married). Others compare their relationship
to that between Father-God and Mother-Nature.
Radha is normally
Krishna who is playing the flute.
was the mistress of
Krishna during that period of his life when he lived among
the cowherds. Since childhood they were close to each other and they wanted
to be together forever, but the world pulled them apart.
Krishna departed to
safeguard the virtues of truth, and Radha waited for Him. He defeated His enemies,
became the king, and came to be worshiped as a Lord of the universe. Still
Radha waited for Him. In the meantime
Krishna married Rukmini and eight other women,
raised a family, and fought in the Kurukshetra war. Others believe that early on in their relationship Radha was so angered
Krishna’s countless affairs that she left him. They still both loved each
other, so after a while,
Krishna begged Radha to forgive him. She forgave him
and came back. In any event, by that time Radha also had a husband of her own.
is one of Krishna's consorts.
The Hindu Pantheon. Los Angeles: Philosophical research society,
Thomas, P. Epics, Myths
and Legends of India. Bombay, India: D. B. Taraporevala Sons &
Co. Private Ltd, 1961.
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