(Lokanath Swami, 27 March 2014, Noida, Delhi)

QUESTION:

In the Caitanya Caritamrita Adi 4.129, Krsna Kaviraja Goswami writes: “There is certainly nothing greater than Her love. But Her love is devoid of pride. That is the sign of its greatness.” It is a certainly a very attractive statement. The acaryas have also explained (10th Canto) that there was an occasion where as part on Their pastimes, Lord Krsna had chosen to disappear from Her sight. The suggestion has been made that this was due to some pride on Her part. Could you please say something about this apparent contradiction?

ANSWER:

This contradiction is reconciled in Srimati Radharani’s personality. Her love is not mundane love (kama) and neither is her pride. They are both spiritual in nature. Radharani’s dealings with Sri Krsna exhibit pride and because of this She is also known as “Manini” (full of mana or pride). When Radharani exhibits Her pride, Their madhurya/conjugal loving dealings attain an extra special dimension and flavour.

These pastimes are also referred to as “mana lila” or “pastimes with pride”.

These dealings between Radha and Krsna are described not as straightforward, but, aher iva gatih premnah svabhva-kutil bhavet that is, sometimes crooked like the movement of a snake. In this manner the madhuriya rasa is more condensed and thus more relishable.