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Longing and Love (a story from Srimad Bhagwatam, shared by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar)

It happened 5000 yrs ago, when Lord Krishna sent Uddhava, who was his close associate and a very wise man with so much of wisdom of many techniques and meditation to the place of gopis and gopas, who were full of devotion, always singing and dancing. So, he went to give them some wisdom, to talk about liberation, but none of them were interested in listening to that. They all said, “no, tell us some story about Lord Krishna, tell us what is happening in Dwarka, where he is. We don’t want to hear all this wisdom, etc. you can keep that to yourself. But tell us what news you have of Lord Krishna? Come let’s sing and dance. We have heard enough of wisdom, now is the celebration time.

We have longing and love, and nothing else. We don’t care for the wisdom, we are happy with longing and we are happy with love. The gopis were being offered the highest wisdom by Uddhava, but all they wanted to do was to sing and dance in their love for Lord Krishna.

See how love makes you crazy! But it is good to be crazy, at least sometimes in life. That’s when all the boundaries drop; you feel one with everyone around, and one with the whole universe-and that’s called- ‘Guru tattva’.

Holi song from Vrindavan, Ut mat jaa thaado Mukutvaaro

उत मत जा, ठाड़ो मुकुटवारो उत मत जा…

द्वारपाल सब सखा साथ में, घूम रह्यो मतवारो रे, उत मत जा…

अबीर-गुलाल के बादल छाये, उड़ रह्यो रंग टेसुवा रे, उत मत जा…

जाइत रोकत ताके नवेली, तक पिचकारी श्याम मारी, उत मत जा…

मैके गई सौभाग्यवती रे, रमण पिया मोहे रंग डारो, उत मत जा…

This song depicts a scene from the festival of Holi in Vrindavan, India:

There are clouds of colours all around. Krishna is playing Holi very enthusiastically, colouring anyone who comes his way! He looks out for the gopis and sprays them with colour. A Gopi is a master of the path of devotion, according to Narad Bhakti Sutra and other scriptures.

Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 43 of 144, Virah bhaav

Krishna and Meera, Braj ke sawaiya

४३.

मनमोहन सों बिछुरी जबसों तन आँसुन सौ सदा धोवती हैं।

‘हरिचन्द’ जू प्रेम के फन्द परी कुल की कुललाजहिं खोवती हैं॥

दुख के दिन को काहू भाँति बितै विरहागिन रैन संजोवती हैं।

हम ही अपनी दशा जाने सखी निसि सोवती हैं किधौं रोवती हैं॥

More sawaiya verses in Braj bhasha

Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 30 of 144, Straight from a Gopi’s heart

३०.

सुन्दर मूरति दृष्टि परी तब ते जिय चंचल होय रहा है।

सोच सकोच सभी जो मिटे अरु बोल कुबोल सभी जो सहा है॥

रैन दिना मोहि चैन न आवति, नैनन सों जल जात बहा है।

तापै कहैं सखि लाज करौ अब लागि गई तब लाज कहा है॥

In this Braj sawaiya verse, the poet pens a Gopi’s state of mind on seeing Krishna:

The Gopi shares, “I am restless ever since I’ve seen Krishna. All my thoughts and conflicts are gone. All the good and bad things that people have ever said to me have disappeared from my mind. Now I shed tears of longing for Krishna. Every day and night this longing is with me. My friends say, ‘Have some shame.’ And I answer, ‘Love for Krishna has overwhelmed me so completely that there is no place for shame.’”

Sri Banke Bihari ke sawaiya, 26 of 144

२६.

दे लिखि बांहन पे व्रजचन्द्र सो गोल कपोलन कुंज बिहारी।

त्यों ‘पदमाकर’ हीय हरी लिखि गोसो गोविन्द गरे-गिरिधारी॥

या बिधि ते नख से सिख लौं लिख कन्त के नाम अनन्त है प्यारो।

गोरे से अंग में गोद दे श्याम सो हे गोदनान की गोदनहारी॥

In this sawaiya verse by Braj poet Padmakar, in fond remembrance of Krishna (smaran bhakti, स्मरण भक्ति) Gopi is asking a tattoo-maker to tattoo several of Krishna’s names on her body.

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