Radha Krishna - these personifications are an epitome of love. Their name cannot be taken without the other. What excites me the most is how Radha Rani was born? How she met Lord Krishna? Was Radha born blind or she didn't open her eyes before she met Lord Krishna?
So, this Valentine's week, let's know, what, how all this happened, why these divine souls' name is spoken in a single breath as if they are one? And also know the actual emotion behind their union which binds the whole universe together.
(The whole scenario is described in present tense)
The time to be born as the consort of Lord Vishnu has come. However, Goddess Laxmiji is hesitating. Lord Vishnu asks for the reason. She says, "How can I be born when you are still in Vaikunta?" Although Lord Vishnu is also destined to be born, after a few years of the birth of Radha Rani.
"I will take birth on one condition."
Lord Vishnu replies, ''please tell me, I will fulfil any of your conditions."
She says, "I do not want to see the world without having seen you. Therefore, I will keep my eyes closed. I will open my eyes only when I see you."
Lord Vishnu smiles and agrees to her condition.
There are some who think that Radha Rani was born in Barsana - the town and Nagar Panchayat in the Mathura district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. There are others who think Radha Rani was born in Raval, however, she spent her childhood in Barsana.
One fine day, Vrishbhanu Ji (Radha Rani's father) and Kamalavati Ji (Radha Rani's mother) were returning back to home after taking bath. While passing through river Yamuna, Vrishbhanu Ji comes across a pond which left him awestruck. What caught his attention was a huge golden lotus. Getting attracted to size and colour of the lotus he moved into the pond.
While reaching near to the golden lotus, he notices a baby girl sitting in the middle of the flower. The baby girl was smiling and shine of her personality was brighter than the sun. Vrishbhanu Ji realises that this child is a divine child. He lifts her up and looks upward at heaven.
Kamalavati Ji and Vrishbhanu Ji were sad as Radha Rani was born blind. Therefore, they kept on praying to supreme to restore her eyesight.
Narada Ji met Vrishbhanu Ji and informed him to invite Nanda Rai Ji and Yashoda Ji of Gokul along with there beautiful infant - Krishna. Vrishbhanu Ji followed the instruction. Nanda Rai Ji arrived with his family to Vrishbhanu Ji's house. They were welcomed warmly by Vrishbhanu Ji and his wife. Meanwhile, Nanda Rai Ji asked Vrishbhanu Ji, "where's is your lovely daughter?"
Vrishbhanu Ji calls out, " Radha! Look who has come out to meet you?"
She also senses the divine presence of Lord Vishnu's incarnation - Lord Krishna. As per her wish, she opens her eyes, and the first person she sees is her consort, Lord Krishna. And at that very moment, she gave up her blindness which stayed with her since her birth.
In this modern era, Radha Krishna, spiritual love, left an epitomized imprints.The love of God and what passes for love between ordinary human beings is a very different form of attraction between a young man and woman. The modern world runs on the concept of instant relationship. But love doesn't work like that.
"The desire to gratify one's own senses is lust (Kama)," writes Srila Krishnadasa Kaviraja in the 16th century in his devotional classic Chaitanya Charitamrita.
"But the desire to please the senses of Lord Krishna is love (Prem)."
Lust is like deep dense darkness, but love is like the bright sun. Our original nature is to dwell in the bright sun of love for Lord Krishna in the spiritual world.
This type of love comes through perseverance and immense patience. Although Radha-Krishna were not married in physical form, their love was above this physical world and beyond the realms of the universe.
Lord Krishna in this position as a supreme enjoy and we envy our love for him turns to lust, and we enter the dense darkness of the material world.
Content source: 'Krishna: A Journey through the Lands & Legends of Krishna' by Dev Prasad and Krishna.com