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Lilashrishti Of Sri Krishna In Hindu Philosophy

Lilashrishti is a conceptual term of Hindu philosophy. In theological sense the word ‘lilasrsti or lila shrishti’ appeared in the 3rd or the 4th century BCE. In later Krishnaism the idea of lila is found in its theology, mythology, mysticism, and its conception of salvation.

The advocates of lila argue that the creative process is real and that creation is not an obscuration but rather the manifestation of the nature of God. The Bhagavad Gita (3.21 – 25) maintains that God acts in order to assist devotees, to maintain righteousness, and to preserve the integrity of the world.

According to Chaitanya, the sportive acts of God are expressions of the pleasures of a supreme being; yet his sportive and supportive acts are truly free. The amorous play of Bhagavan Sri Krishna and Radha Rani are described in Vidagdha Madhava (1532); Lalita Madhava (1546). As the devotee witnesses the sport of the divine couple Krishna and Radha, he experiences the rasa created by their eternal union (Karnananda 141, 143).

Earthly activities of Bhagavan Sri Krishna are described as human sport (manushya leela) (Vishnu Purana 5.7.38). Divine amorous sports are to be understood as acts of spiritual love, not of lust.