Lecture on Manipur Dancing

Mayapur, March 29, 1975
om ajnana-timirandhasya
caksur-unmilitam yena
tasmai sri-gurave namah
[I offer my respectful obeisances unto my spiritual master, who with the torchlight of knowledge has opened my eyes, which were blinded by the darkness of ignorance.]
[When will Srila Rupa Gosvami Prabhupada, who has established within this material world the mission to fulfill the desire of Lord Caitanya, give me shelter under his lotus feet?]
[O my dear Krsna, ocean of mercy, You are the friend of the distressed and the source of creation. You are the master of the cowherdmen and the lover of the gopis, especially Radharani. I offer my respectful obeisances unto You.]
Krsna is gopika-kanta. Radha-kanta. That is Krsna's real identification. He is gopika-kanta, and He is Radha-kanta. This relationship with Krsna and gopis, that is the highest perfectional realization of the Absolute Truth.
tabhir ya eva nija-rupataya kalabhih
goloka eva nivasaty akhilatma-bhuto
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami
[Bs. 5.37]
Krsna's real identification means ananda-cinmaya-rasa-pratibhavitabhih. He is ananda, sac-cid-ananda-vigraha [Bs. 5.1], and His expansion of ananda are these gopis, ananda-cinmaya. But that is not this material thing. Ananda-cinmaya-rasa, that mellow, that taste, that humor, that is completely spiritual. We should not misunderstand this lila, or pastimes of Krsna with the gopis, that material lusty affairs. Then we'll be misled. It is said in the Srimad-Bhagavatam that vikriditam vraja-vadhubhir idam ca visnoh. The activities of the Vraja-vadhu, the damsels of Vrndavana, vikriditam, activities, vikriditam vraja-vadhubhir idam ca visnoh sraddhanvito 'nusrnuyad atha varnayed yah, bhaktim param pratilabhya hrd-roga-kama apahinoti.
Our material existence is due to our lusty desires in the heart. That is hrd-rogam. That is our heart disease. And we are suffering in this material world for this heart disease life after life. People have lost their intelligence that they cannot understand that there is life after death. That is explained in the Bhagavad-gita: tatha dehantara-praptih [Bg. 2.13]. They have become so fools and rascals that they do not understand this simple truth as it is said in the beginning of Bhagavad-gita, tatha dehantara-praptih. We are seeking after this pleasure of Krsna with the gopis or with the cowherds boys. Krsna has got many associates, and the topmost associates are the gopis. So we are seeking after that happiness, but we are being misled by the lusty desires. So I am very glad to see the dance, Manipuri dance, but it should be properly utilized. It should not be utilized as lusty dance. It is ananda-cinmaya, sac-cid-ananda-vigrahah [Bs. 5.1], His expansion.
So people are hankering after happiness because he's part and parcel of sac-cid-ananda-vigraha, Krsna. So naturally, we are seeking the same spiritual happiness, but we are being misled by maya. That we should be very much cautious under the guidance of proper spiritual master. And this morning we're discussing this verse from Caitanya-caritamrta, radha krsna-pranaya-vikrtir ahladini-saktir asmat. The radha krsna-pranaya-vikrtih, loving affairs between Radha and Krsna, and the gopis are expansion of Srimati Radharani. That is ananda-cinmaya-rasa. That is not material thing. It is a transformation of the pleasure potency of Krsna. Radha krsna-pranaya-vikrtir ahladini-saktir asmat. So this Krsna conscious movement is meant for taking these misguided living beings to the topmost perfection of life in the radha-krsna-pranaya-vikrti. This is the aim of the Krsna consciousness movement, and in India still, in Manipur, the idea is being cultivated, and I shall be very glad that you Europeans and Americans who are present here may catch up this idea and introduce in your country. And actually they'll be happy if they follow the principles that vikriditam vraja-vadhubhir idam ca visnoh.
These activities between the gopis and Visnu... Krsna is the origin of Visnu. So, anusrnuyat if we repeatedly... Anu means constantly, and anu means following. The process is to follow or to chant about Krsna's activities. Follow means in the parampara system to understand Krsna, what He is. Evam parampara-praptam [Bg. 4.2]. Do not understand or misunderstand Krsna as ordinary human being like one of us. No. Avajananti mam mudha manusim tanum asritam [Bg. 9.11]. Krsna comes to attract you, that "You are seeking after happiness. Here is the happiness. Come to Me. Dance with Me." But we are misled. There is life like this, that you can dance with Krsna, you can play with Krsna, you can enjoy with Krsna. So that requires training. Tatha dehantara-praptih [Bg. 2.13]. Tyaktva deham punar janma naiti mam eti kaunteya [Bg. 4.9]. These things are there. If you become trained up, then exactly after giving up this life, you can go to dance with Krsna. That is possible. It is not a myth, mythology, as rascals think. No. You can have this life, dance with Krsna, play with Krsna. Simply you have to become trained up. Then, as Krsna says,
You can go. But don't misunderstand. Krsna and His pastimes with the gopis, you should understand it properly-tattvam. That is called tattvam.
You must understand Krsna in truth, in fact.
So Krsna comes Himself to teach you, to show you what does He do in His Goloka Vrndavana. And if we are fortunate enough, be attracted with the Krsna's pastimes, and if we constantly think of it, satatam kirtayanto mam yatantas ca drdha-vratah [Bg. 9.14], then your life will be perfect. That is the aim and purpose of Krsna consciousness movement. We want to give to the human society the highest blessing, the most perfectional platform of life. So my request is that those who are becoming interested in Krsna, Krsna consciousness, they may not be misled. Krsna's activities with Radharani and the gopis, they are completely spiritual, ahladini-saktih. And if we understand properly about Krsna's activities, then ananda-cinmaya-rasa-pratibhavitabhih [Bs. 5.37]we reach to the platform of ananda-cinmaya-rasa. Because we are seeking after ananda, bliss... That is the information from the Vedanta-sutra. Anandamaya abhyasat. We living entities, we are by nature blissful, seeking after happiness. But this happiness is not possible if we become compact in material activities. If you seek the happiness in the material platform, you'll be frustrated. It is to be sought after in the spiritual platform. So actually it is forbidden that sannyasis should not see any dancing by woman or any singing by woman, but we are not violating these rules. Just to remember that here is a hint how Krsna is spiritually enjoying, if we see and hear on that spirit, then it is very good; otherwise it is not good. So if he is actually guided by these verses in the Vedic literature...
tabhir ya eva nija-rupataya kalabhih
goloka eva nivasaty akhilatma-bhuto
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami
[Bs. 5.37]
vikriditam vrana-vadhubhir idam ca visnoh
sraddhanvito 'nusrnuyad atha varnayed yah
bhaktim param pratilabhya hrd-roga-
kaman apahinoty asu dhirah
So we should always remember this radha-krsna-pranaya-vikrtir ahladini-saktir asmat. Then it will be very much beneficial.
So this kind of dancing is very welcome all over the world if we do not misunderstand Krsna. That should be the precaution. Otherwise it is very, very good. And our purpose is to introduce these Krsna pastimes all over the world so that they may take lesson that they are seeking after happiness; the happiness is with Krsna, not in the material world, Then you'll be successful.
Thank you very much. (end)

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