Phad Gita Govinda, Part 8

BY: SUN STAFF

Jayadeva glorifying a sakhi


Oct 03, 2011 — CANADA (SUN) — Reprise of a 2005 month-long series on Gita-Govinda.

The Gita-Govinda is replete with text and pictorial descriptions of Radha and Krsna expressing a range of transcendental emotions: sadness, anger, bewilderment, dejection, anxiety, elation, pensiveness, etc. We see these expressions in illustrations depicting the two alone, each with one or more of the sakhis, and the two together.

Throughout Gita-Govinda, the sakhis play a central role as associates, paramours, confidants, and messengers. Both Radha and Krsna can be found sharing their agitated feelings with the gopis, inquiring of them as to the whereabouts of the other, passing messages and pleadings, and strategizing on how to accomplish their loving pastimes.

In today's series, we look at a group of images involving the sakhis, without whom the loving pastimes of the divine couple would not be complete.


Krsna waiting helplessly on the bank of the Yamuna, where the sakhi arrives to speak to Him


Sakhi tells Krsna of Radha's emotions


Sakhi describes the condition of Radha as being like the necter of the moon
escaping from the teeth of Radha



Sakhi persuades Krsna to meet Radha


Sakhi persuades Radha to meet Krsna


Sakhi instructs Radha to move as a swan and follow Krishna


Sakhi takes Radha to her beloved Krsna




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