Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Shri Venu Geet: Third Shloka

Krishna Plays the Flute During the Magical Sharad Ritu of Vrindavan

tada vrajstriya aashrutya venugeetam smarodayam,

kaashichat paroksham krishnasya svasakheebhaunvvarnayan ||3||

(Shrimad Bhagavatam 10.21.3 )


The Flute Play of Krishna Passionately Draws the Gopis

Meaning: The flute play of Shri Krishna is a breath of love which arouses the longing of the enraptured soul for union with the dark god. (hearing the sound of Krishna's flute, the gopis were love-struck and longed to become one with their teasing, elusive and insistent paramour.) In isolation, they began describing their ardent longing for the dark-hued god and sang the glories of Shri Krishna's beauteous form, His virtues and the melodious flute which drew them out of their homes.


Lakes Bloom with Lotuses in the Autumnal Season

Commentary by Shri Manohar Baba: What is the underlying meaning of the Venu Geet implied at this glorious time of the year? The sakhis hear the Venu Geet every single day in Vraja. However by looking at the forest during this magical time which comes with Sharad Ritu, when the lakes are blooming with lotuses, the forest region is covered by a carpet of flowers, the whole earth rejoices on being cleansed,


Shri Radha-Krishna

and by gazing at the romantic dalliance of Lakshmi (Shri Radha, the source of all shaktis), when they hear the nostalgic flute played by Krishna who is impassioned by the cowherdesses of Vraja; or just by adulating the ineffable purity and effulgent beauty (Shri) of Vrindavan in autumn, it is but natural for them to develop love for Krishna and become enlightened about his love play.


Gopis Long for Union with Krishna, their Elusive Paramour

Hearing the melodious Venu Geet, those young village girls who had secretly prayed that Krishna might become their husband, were reminded of the past times when Krishna had sported with them in their youth. They began describing those episodes to the other sakhis with the same bhava. Everyone heard the Venu Geet in Vraja but the writer says that the flute play is marked by nostalgia for only those having the kaant-bhavana ( the young gopis who wished that Krishna became their husband) and not for other women with the vatsalya bhava (who relate to Krishna as a parent).


Some Gopis Become One with Krishna, the Supreme Lover

Shri Shri Vallabhacharya ji Maharaj says that on hearing the nostalgic Venu Geet some cowherhesses were intoxicated by divine madness and attained union with Shri Krishna. They assumed that the gopis who stood behind Krishna, were the Supreme Lover, and began narrating their experiences to them.

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