Seeing Krishna <i>Aṣṭayāma Līlā</i>

Margaret H. Case

in Seeing Krishna

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780195130102
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848713 | DOI:
Seeing Krishna Aṣṭayāma Līlā

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The descriptions that follow were drawn from all three productions of the aṣṭayāma līlā: the Caitanya līlā in Vrindaban in 1989, the Krishna līlā in Vrindaban in 1992 (when the black bee appeared), and the Krishna līlā in Jaipur in 1995. This chapter provides an account of what happens during the first three days of the aṣṭayāma līlā. In Jaipur, Mahārāj jī began by reminding everyone that the aṣṭayāma līlā is a worship of the Lord, Bhagavān. The first performance in the second day in the Krishna aṣṭayāma līlā was a darśana of the nighttime tryst of Rādhā and Krishna, a glimpse of the awakening from the deepest mystery of the soul. The two aspects of Krishna that dominate the first two līlās—Krishna the divine lover and the playful cowherd boy—come together in the third līlā, and the feeling of each context is explored more fully.

Keywords: Krishna līlā; aṣṭayāma līlā; Vrindaban; Caitanya līlā; Jaipur

Chapter.  9340 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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