Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Rasa Lila - Chapbook

These tales of Krishna, found by clicking here , are drawn from or inspired by the Bhagavata Purana, the Gita Govinda, and the Bhagavad Gita. My versions are sketches and renderings, elaborating some elements, minimizing others. “The Gopis’ Vow” appears as an episode of my book The Temple of Hanuman.

The Rasa Lila
represents a synthesis of similar and related stories of Krishna’s relationship with the gopis, who are the daughters of Vraj, and with Radha, his consort. As in my other works, the narrative is not strictly linear and the text references both past and future events in Krishna's life.

These stories together personify bhakti, which is the active devotion to, meditation upon, and adoration of God manifested in His creation in the person of Krishna. Bhakti is one of the chief paths to God described by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita.