“When a young couple are bound to each other by a feeling that is not destroyed in spite of immense threat (unfavorable conditions) we call it ‘love’,”
– (U.N. Sthâyi-63)
Example – Srimati Râdhârâni is infinitely greater than Chandrâvali in all respects – beauty, qualities, sweetness, expertise, charm etc. Chandrâvali is well aware of this fact and Sri Krishna too knows it. She also knows that He has extreme anurâg for Srimati Râdhârâni. Yet the bond of bhâv between Sri Krishna and Chandrâvali never fades.
Here, Srimati Râdhârâni’s extreme beauty and excellences and Sri Krishna’s tremendous love for Her are the causes that can sever Chandrâvali’s love for Sri Krishna; yet their love does not die. This is the true nature of love. Why? Because both the lovers are completely without any desire for sense gratification.
This sort of love is of three types –
1. manda (feeble)
2. madhya (intermediate)
3. proudha (mature )
“Mature love is the one in which the lovers cannot bear separation” – (U.N.)
“When the lovers tolerate separation with great sorrow we call it intermediate love” – (U.N.)
“When the lovers may forget each other sometimes, it is feeble love.”- (U.N.)
Leelâ-shakti creates such different types of love to enhance the ras of love and make it variegated. Of course, we should realize that Sri Krishna’s love is proportional to the type of love that the sweetheart feels for Him.
“Love increases gradually from sneha, mân, pranay, râg, anurâg, bhâv and mahâbhâv. Just as the taste is increasingly sweet from the seed of sugarcane, sugarcane, sugarcane juice, jaggery, lump sugar, sugar, refined sugar, double refined sugar and pure sugar, similarly the enjoyment increases from one level of love to the next.” – (C.C.Madhya.23.22-24) Read the rest of this entry »