Krishna’s pastimes are the trailer and the trail (Gita Daily)

Published on Jan 28, 2014

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 04, Text 09
By H.G. Chaitanya Charan Das

The Bhagavad-gita (04.09) asserts that those who understand Krishna’s pastimes in truth attain liberation. How can liberation, elusive even for renunciates performing prolonged austerities, be attained just by understanding Krishna’s pastimes?

Because on the spiritual path, these pastimes serve an extraordinary double role — they are the trailer and the trail.

Trailer: Love is our deepest aspiration; we all desire to love and be loved. However, due to the temporary nature of things in this world, our longing for love is frustrated — inevitably and repeatedly.

Krishna’s pastimes are enactments of the love that is never frustrated — pure spiritual love between the all-attractive Supreme and his devotees that goes on eternally in the spiritual world.

When Krishna descends to this world, he performs some of those pastimes here, giving us tantalizing glimpses of an arena where our longing for love can be eternally and perfectly fulfilled.
Thus, his pastimes serve as trailers meant to attract us to the spiritual world.

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