On the Love of Radha and Krishna – its symbolic meaning by Swami Chinmayananda



The love of Radha and Krishna is symbolic of the eternal love affair between the devoted mortal and the Divine…Radha’s yearning for union with her beloved Krishna is the soul’s longing for spiritual awakening.

Every human being is constantly seeking a share of peace and happiness, and since one does not know the real source of these, one seeks them in the midst of sense objects. But when, in devotion, one comes to turn one’s entire attention towards the higher and the nobler, one experiences the Immortal, the Infinite – as intimately as one experienced the world and its changes before.

Sri Krishna says in the Bhagavad Purana: “The mind that constantly contemplates the sense objects irresistibly comes to revel in their finite joys, and the mind that learns to constantly remember Me comes to dissolve into Me and revel in Me.

Radha represents this state of devotion and consequent merging with the Lord.

Swami Chinmayananda

Today is Radha Ashtami, the birthday of Radha.