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A Tale Of Radha , Krishna and Uddhava


Uddhava, the apprentice of Krishna, one day expressed his dissatisfaction to Krishna that in-spite of studying all Vedas ,Upnishadas and Sutras, he still was not recipient of the title “Maha-Rishi”, meaning the great sage. He indirectly suggested that Krishna should use his weight in the council of wise men to honor Uddhava  the title.

Krishna sensed the ego and pride of Uddhava. He smiled and asked Uddhava if he thought his study was complete. Uddhava answered a confident yes. Krishna did not say anything. He just told Uddhava to come and see him the next day.

The next day Krishna asked him a for a favor. He asked Uddhava to visit Vrindavan, where Krishna’s soul mate Radha resided, and to give her a message. Uddhava gladly agreed. After all, getting to do a special assignment for no one else but Krishna, the divine one, was an honor. When he was ready to leave, Krishna smiled and waved him goodbye. Uddhava asked about the message and Krishna said he had none.

Uddhava was surprised. He sat in chariot and started on his way, but he could not help wonder what would be Radha’s reaction. He was sure Radha would be very angry at this. He did not want to see a problem in Radha and Krishna’s relationship. So just before he entered Vrindavan, he got a parch-paper and wrote a hi-hello message to Radha and forged to look like it came from Krishna.

On reaching Vrindavan, he did not have problem finding Radha’s house. She gave him a warm welcome. After he settled, he handed over the message, hoping she would not examine the message in too much detail.

For a moment Radha stared at the parch-paper and then she started laughing hysterically. Uddhava was confused. He asked Radha what was the matter. She said the message Krishna wrote was funny. Uddhava pretended surprise and asked what was the message.

“The message says Uddhava’s study is still not complete.” replied Radha.

On listening this, Uddava was stunned.

‘How could she have known this?’ he wondered.

Radha calmed him down.

“I love Krishna and trust Krishna in ways beyond you can imagine.” She said “We are two bodies but same soul. There is nothing to be said in between us. We have walked the path of trust, love, devotion and sacrifices for so long that there are no boundaries in my being and his. He does not need to send me messages. He is my message. He is my love letter from the universe.”

“But Uddhava, you have not learned to trust Krishna. You have not learned to give up your self, your ego, and stop your manipulating mind. You ego stands between you and the truth. Between you and the supreme awakening.”

“Erasing the sense of duality and being one with the universe, being one with the one who beholds universe, is this not the jist of the sacred ancient texts, Uddhava?”

Uddhava was speechless. Within a minute, Radha had explained the the deepest mysteries of life. He just wanted to stand there and listen.

He spent the whole day at her house. She talked about life in layman’s terms of love and truth. But Uddhava found answers to his most profound questions in philosophies he learned all this life.

“How did you get so much knowledge staying in this village and living life doing chores?” He asked.

“Each moment makes you take sides. If you always take side of truth and love, you will gain insights. Each insight awakens you from the illusion and takes you a step closer to the supreme awakening.”

“How can you be in Love with Krishna and still remain free from bonds of life ?”

“There is distinction between the love that results from insecurity and the love that results from faith. The former results in bonds. The later results in freedom. The former gets lost, the later transcends. The former leads to fear of death and abandonment. The later leads to Nirvana, to enlightenment that is death of death, to realization that Radha and Krishna are just ripples and love is like the water, eternal and infinite.”

“How can you get awakened without leaving the society and becoming a monk?”

“Where a man reaches by renouncing the world, a woman reaches by embracing the world in its wholeness.” Said Radha.

“Is there no point in pursuit of knowledge? Then what is the meaning of life?”

“Your ability to give it any meaning, is the meaning of life. ” Ansewred Radha. “And about the pursuits, pursuit of currency is not the same as pursuit of wealth, pursuit of sensation is not pursuit of happiness, pursuit of titles is not pursuit of knowledge. These pursuits are in synergy for some time, and they are at conflict later. You must wake up, and open your eyes.”

Radha’s answers turned all of Uddhavas learning upside down and inside out and presented to him as a paradox, a paradox his doubting mind could never grasp. Uddhava’s ego surrendered. The constant chatter of thoughts at the back of his mind stopped and he saw a totally new world at the same place. An eternal, peaceful world where everything seemed OK.

On his way back to Dwaraka, Uddhava sensed a big change within him. He sang to himself. He offered lift to a sick man. He appreciated the sunset in the Western sky. He did not feel rush to get home and work on getting his title.

Next day he met Krishna. Krishna sensed the change too.

Krishna smiled and said “So let’s talk about your title Maha-rishi.”

“I am not that interested in the title anymore. ” replied Uddhava and bent to touch Krishna’s feet.

Krishna rose from his throne. He hold on to Uddhava’s shoulders and smiled at him.

” Your journey is complete. You have arrived. Uddhava, I bestow you the responsibility of writing down my teaching in simple language for all those who do not have luxury of spending their life trying to be Maha-rishi. You will share the gems of knowledge that do not belong to any title such as Maha-rishi. ”

“And for this great contribution to humanity, hereafter you shall be known as Maha-rishi.”

34 Responses

  1. This was simply amazing…Mannn..Radha really moves me to tears..I always wonder how can anyone love anyone sooo much beyond the realms of time, space, circumstance, etc. This is such a great lesson in life that true love does not require any explanations in reality. It is definitely not gravitational attraction or pull that keeps the Universe afloat and the planets rotating, rather I feel it is Radha and Krishna’s love that keeps the Universe going ahead and ahead..

  2. Thanks Suma Gouri,
    🙂

    Kedar

    • beautiful its the fountain head of the ultimate Indian aesthesis.
      There is no radha and krishna
      there is only radhakrishna – one being the reflection of the other
      as it is said in mandukyaupanishand just like the moon smiles at itself on the water. so does the Parabrahma and the jivatma as its reflection.
      But there is a twist to the story .. Radha remains his soulmate even tho Krishna doesnt marry her – And he is ma who doesnt say no to marriage ( having done so 12000 times)
      The only meaning i find is .. there is no linking or bonding or Tying ones destiny upon another -which are all forms of trying to possess another -and reeks of the sense of duality.
      It refers simply the union of spirit or the Soul which comes from unconditional love
      Krishna is like the centre of a storm he radically changes whoever comes near him but he remains detached and centred in himself – The Prachchanna purusha as referred to by the Bhagavad Gita
      Thats Krishna consciousness – and thats the real hero who resides in all of us

  3. Kedar, this is gorgeous. Supple, true. It comes to me at a perfect moment. Thank you, I needed this.
    And the simplicity of the language honors that which Radha speaks of in chores. That embrace of the world’s wholeness…(a moment, please). The description of her beloved as being the message himself, a “love letter from the universe” is so exquisite it sends a surge of energy through my skin. I hope many people find this.

  4. Wonderful article on Radha-Krishna Love Kedar..Keep it up !!!

  5. Kedar..Do you by any chance have any more of such stories about Krishna, Radha and characters relating to them ? Would love to read more on these lines..If you do, please do post them…

    Suma Gouri Pannala

  6. Thanks Suma,

    I do have some interesting stories, not a lot about Krishna and Radha though. But I will keep posting. Comments like yours give me encouragement.

    Thanks,

    K

  7. Well, this story is my life’s best awakening and strength giving stories. I would always remember the Radha’s answer to Udhava. I absolutely loved reading it, and I will read it over and over again, whenever I feel down. This story reminds me of my path and goal of my life.
    Thank you so much for posting this eye-opening story. You have no idea, how this story solved the major problem of my life.

  8. any of you folk know of how to obtain a decent english translation of the Harivamsa?

  9. Thanks Kedar for such an inspiring article.
    How did you get to write this article? Was this shared by someone or you read about this in some other book…
    Neways thanks again…

    Its a pity that such a love espoused by Radha and Krishna is made a mockery along with gopis in many of the books written by the westerners…

  10. Hello Kedar,
    This is a great tale.Thank you for sharing with us.This small article has a essense of life, not just love but life in a total.keep it up.
    keep us posted if you have some more on spirituality.

  11. “Where a man reaches by renouncing the world, a woman reaches by embracing the world in its wholeness.” Said Radha.

    Upon quoting this to my wife on Wednesday, I am having my meals outside my home. That aside, I liked the article.

  12. That was so enlightening!! And just when I needed it!!
    *Could it be that God sent me here?*

  13. Thanks to all for posting some nice comments.

    I am planning to put up a few more stories. Just can’t seem to make it happen somehow.

    Your comments indeed get me going.

    Hopefully soon.

    K

  14. Hi Friends,
    Radhavallabh Mandir Vrindavan India Is The Most Ancient Temple
    The Radhavallabh Sampradaya Is Dedicated To Guru Bhakti Towards Shri Radha The Soul Of Krishna
    Devotees of Radha Krishna Would Love This site.

    Hello Sunil,

    Thanks for the info. However this story is not meant to encourage people to worship anything. This is meant to get people thinking and follow philosophy of Radha and Krishna, instead of bowing in front of idols blindly.

    K

  15. Xcellent story kedar, it does inspire people a lot
    Keep going,
    vaz

  16. A nice inspiring story. Thanls.

  17. thanks for sharing this beautiful post. It is a great story and thought inspiring. Please keep adding more stories like this.

    Keep going,
    fruity🙂

  18. Thanks Vaz, Sudhakar and Fruity,
    I appreciate your comments.

    I have written two more posts.
    http://anengineersgod.wordpress.com/2008/01/22/a-tale-of-radha-krishna-and-uddhava-ii/
    http://anengineersgod.wordpress.com/2008/03/18/a-tale-of-radha-krishna-and-uddhava-iii/

    If you guys get a chance, let me know your opinion about them as well.

  19. Yesterday when I got home from a Krishna Katha (my first in 55 years) I went online to find more on Radha Krishna. So wisely spoken, and only if all our lives were woven with such love.!!

  20. thanx to awakened that love is not only a word,true meaning of love is radha.we know all that radha is the love of krishna but not knowing of radha’s great love.we all lack of such great love in this materialistic life.

  21. : – ) Tks for the eternal story . It reminded me many many years ago i read it in one marathi magazine which was written by my teacher Shri. Vi. Ya. Kulkarni under title something like “Bhagwan Shrikrishna”………

    You know this is the only story; read & unforgotten till this moment……perhaps it is my own story : – ) So nice of you to have put it on this blog. Tks dear.

    May I share it with many friends thr’ http://abideinself.blogspot.com/ blog…with a link of the story !!??

    Love & Regards,

    : – )

  22. Dear Sri Kedar,
    Thank u immensely for the most wonderful, profound and absolute truth expressed in such simple words. God bless.
    lots of love and affection from all of us. Happy Deepavali.
    yours affectionately,
    G.S.Bhaskar

  23. This is such a nice one …there are no words to express how inspiring it is

  24. Hi Kedar,

    Do you know about uddhava-geetha…..

  25. Beautiful story and so very TRUE. Krishna ji was a true messenger of the divine. He preached the oneness of the divine and preached rejection of duality, exactly as per the monotheism of the original uncorrupted semitic religions, excepting Islam, which is as purely monotheistic today, as when the message was renewed >1400 years ago. What is amazing is that despite Krishna ji’s message of ONE GOD, millions of misguided people worship a multitude of mind boggling gods of all shapes and forms including animals, genitalia and what not, including God’s messengers like Krishna ji. If one is a true follower of Krishna ji then his message should be followed in strict compliance. But it is not so. May the Almighty guide us away from confusion and going astray.

    • Krishna was not a messenger of the divine he is the divine sway am bhagwan

  26. Thanks Kedar,
    “A Tale Of Radha Krishna And Uddhava- II ”
    it is really a meaningful massege. “to believe the truth and how to face the problems in our life ” one can larn from this story.

    Best of luck Kedar for your journey. May God bless you.

  27. Thanks for posting such a great clip. Its kind of story that can change ones life and way of thinking.

    Radhey Krishna
    Kartik

  28. this is simply commendable job u hv done to put it on website.
    the above contains the most profound and basic truth of life.
    all these we all can learn simply frm radhe krishna love.this simply highlights the essence of devotion and love in our society.love is god’s god and it simply knows the beginning and goes on.it is eternal……….
    it also teaches to let down one’s ego in order to reach the highest and not to be trapped in the sattvic trap of knowledge,but transend it through love and devotion.

  29. To come into knowing…one must let go of all and embrace all…Thank you, Kedar, beautiful…

  30. Very good story. Thanks and regards.

  31. superb….very gud story nd I feel awesome..jay shivasiramananandha..and jay radhakrishna……thanku

  32. Good to Read such Epic. I would not like a story. It is an event, which was held at that time in real way.
    The feel of Love-and-truth depends on the feel of the person, it may varies from person to person, but ideally it can not be understand but it can be felt internally when one is in own status, that is, in Pure-soul-Stage. How one soul live with other soul, the feel of Love-Truth-Universe-Society-etc emerge as opera. Who ever sees what, sense like that.
    Good..keep it up sensing,keep it up writing, keep it up loving, keep it up awakened. Hari bol.

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