Chakra Living

Love And Its Reflection

by Nandagopal Jivan das

Posted February 22, 2008

A tree is reflected in the water as upside down. Similarly, this material world is a perverted reflection of the spiritual world. In the spiritual world there is love between Radha and Krishna. Krishna is always young (nava-yauvana), and Radharani is always young, because She is Krishna's pleasure potency. We worship not Krishna alone but Krishna with His eternal consort, Srimati Radharani. There is eternal love between Radharani and Krishna. Therefore the Vedanta-sutra says, janmady asya yatah:

The Absolute Truth is that from which everything emanates. In this world we find love between mother and son, between wife and husband, between master and servant, between friends, between the master and the pet, whereas these are only reflections of the spiritual world. Just as here we love dogs and cats, there Krishna loves cows and calves, as we see in some pictures. The propensity to love even an animal is there in the spiritual world; otherwise, how can it be reflected? This world is simply a reflection. If in the reality there is nothing like that, how can it be reflected here? Everything is there in the spiritual world.

To understand that original propensity to love, we should practice Krishna consciousness. As per the process, we worship the Deity, take prasadam and chant Krishna's holy names. In this way we'll learn how to understand Krishna, and then our lives will be successful, blissful and sublime.

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