Sunday, August 17, 2014

What Happened to Radha- the forfeited lover?

I am not a religious person, in-fact, agnostic but some days before I was in ISKON(an association of Krishna's temples). I was there because, Radha-Krishna Dharabasi, gave Birth to a question, 'What exactly happened to Radha?' I know Mahabharata and Ramayana and all the epic tales are just the oration or amplification of tales of the incidents that might have happened thousands year before. So, since Hinduism has its own peculiar (and often shitty, I can't imagine some people treat Indra as god still) explanations, in the middle of the congregation I asked the head priest, "Why Mahabharatha, Harivamsa or Srimad Bhagavatha didn't offer the explaination of Radha's whole life, since 'The Rashaleela' is so much talked about?" There is no answer to this in these holy books (I also found that Dharabasi's Radha had some amount of fear as it hesitates to explain Krishna and all his coups, may be "Krishna Bhattarai" the Brahmhan won to "Krishna Dharabasi" the writer) as is the case of many other.

History’s first antifeminist and immaterial love story!
I got an answer that said something like this,"You are a fool if you picture Krishna as one or a mortal, try to understand the difference between the various stages of Shri Krishna’s leelas. It’s not just a story of Krishna, Radha and Krishna are one. They are the epitome of true love. The love of Krishna, Radha and Gopis is purely platonic which only proper thoughts can help to understand. The love was so pure that it doesn't need any special mention." How am I to be satisfied with such an answer?
Hinduism is in-fact the religion of Hippocrates, the biggest of them are those who wrote the holy epics according to the way the dictators wanted them to be. Hinduism is an oral religion and the Purans and epics came thousands of year later the actual event. The actual description of Hinduism is in the four Vedas where god is described as an unity and idol worshipping has not been described. Yes, Hinduism was a monolithic religion in the beginning, but not as of now.
“na tasya pratima asti
“There is no image of Him.”
[Yajurveda 32:3]5

“shudhama poapvidham”
“He is bodyless and pure.”
[Yajurveda 40:8]6

Actually it was Vyasa who started describing god in multiple forms and, he and Aadi Sankaracharya were the first person to start idol worship. Anyways my quest was not to find what are the theories of God rather it was to find the what happened to Radha. Due to the thin resources and no explanations by prophets its hard to find what exactly happened to her, but I find these interesting alternative stories:
Story one:
She married Krishna Secretly to Krishna in Vrindavan Forest. Though she dint see Krishna later in her life again she remained unmarried. There is a temple in Maharastra 'radharani temple' which is the place where radha waited till death for krishna to come.
Story two:
She married 'Abhimanyu' son of Jatila a Yadav. What forced her to marry him remains unexplained.
Story three:
She married to a god fearing person called 'Chandrasena'. I couldn't find who he is!
Story four:
She Married to 'Anay', a warrior of mathura. This story is found mostly mentioned.
Chanting "Brindhaban mai Radha-Shayam……"
ain't going to cover the antifeminism of Hinduism and Krishna in particular. It may be the continuation of what happened to Sita in the previous installment of the fairytales of Hinduism. Whatever it is, 'The Rashleela provided a subtle role in development of indian culture and tradition. Its one of the greatest mystery that will remain unresolved. The curious case of Mary Magdolene may be the same in case of Christianity, but its just till someone other than the Pope gets access to the vatican archives.
In Hindu holy books(I like to call them Hindu Fairy tales) its not the life of Radha that is only without explaination, there are many more. Perhaps it is in those lies the images of Hindu gods lies in. We are worshipping Indra for whatever he has done still as the king of god, I guess that says it all. Or believing how Pandavas' birtha was as pure as water or how a hundred and three Kauravas were born or how 'puspak biman' flew. Hinduism also doesn’t properly elaborate the role of Bhiesma(his sacrifices), Abhimanyu(the young blood and bravaries) , Hanuman(after the war), Ravana(his geniuses) or how the 'daityas' are described as how bad they are. Recently, I came across a article on Eklavyaa and his life after his thumb was cut. He supported Pandava’s in the war but was later killed by Shri Krishna in some battle.
Perhaps people are more comfortable using the burning fire than to light a new one.

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