In the Mahabaratha Grandfather Bishma advises King Yudhisthira that “Krishna is the Lord of the Universe. He is the God of Gods. He is the foremost of all beings. By Him is pervaded this universe. Meditating on Him and on His many names man can transcend all sorrow. The foremost of all religions is Krishna. He is the highest energy. He is the highest penance. He is the highest refuge. He is the holiest of holies. He is the beginning of all creation and the end of all creation. Krishna is the eternal Brahman. Surrender yourself to Him and you will be one with Him: with Krishna the Lord of the past, the present and the future- the Supreme Soul.”
The Svetasvatara Upanishad VI-6: “Knowing Him who is the origin and dissolution of the universe – the source of all virtue, the destroyer of all sins, the master of all good qualities, the immortal, and the abode of the universe – as seated in one’s own self, He is perceived as different from, and transcending, the tree of Samsara as well as time and form.” Thus changes in the world are only due to God’s multi-potencies. By logic it takes Someone to watch over, protect and maintain anything.
In the Katha Upanishad 2-II-13. Who so among the intelligent realize the Self in the (inner space of the) heart as the eternal among the ephemeral, the consciousness among the conscious, who, though one, dispenses the desired objects to many, to them belongs eternal peace, not to others. Thus He is the supreme eternally conscious person who maintains all other living entities. No one can be equal to or greater than Him.
This is further corroborated in the Katha Upanishad: 2-III-9. His form does not stand within the scope of vision; none beholds Him with the eye. By the intellect restraining the mind, and through meditation is He revealed. Those who know this become immortal. Thus He can be apprehended through a pure transparent mind imbibed with intuitive wisdom born out of unalloyed devotional practices in the very core of one’s own unstinted heart--those who have really got such a vision have gained final beatitude.
The Chandogya Upanishad 3.17.7 – “Those knowers of Brahman who have purified their mind through the withdrawal of the senses and other means like Brahmacharya) see everywhere (the day – like the supreme light) of the ancient One who is the seed of the universe, (the light that shines in the Effulgent Brahman). May we, too having perceived the highest light which dispels darkness, reach it.
Having perceived the highest light in our own heart we have reached that highest light, which is the dispeller (of water, rays of light and the Pranas), shining in all gods – yea, we have reached that highest light”. This Light of Grace that comes from the Primeval Fountain-Source dispels darkness of illusion like the morning sun dispelling the night darkness. This Light shines far beyond the Universe. When we perceive the highest Purusha or Supreme Person, then one is in blissful ecstasy.
KRISHNA’S PASTIMES and RADHA: Notwithstanding, the Lord Himself has not been without criticism: Gita 9.11. 'Fools deride me when I descend in the human form' He says. Sometimes one does not understand His activities, pastimes and His extensions which reveal the highest Truths. This level of perception depends on the individual’s depth of spiritual understanding. Otherwise it may lead to bizarre conclusions. Spiritual realization and the life of Krishna are not easily interpreted. One such occasion is His lilas with the cowherd girls in the Vrindavana. All bonds exist in the mind and one must look deep into Krishna’s activities. There, in that lover manifestation, the Lord breaks all limitations of pride.
The Vrindavan was beset with unlimited spiritual bliss of divine love with the Supreme Being. Krishna lilas are eternally going on in the spiritual world. One who has purified his consciousness can witness these activities even in his mortal form. Thus Svetasvatara Upanishad (4.20) explains “His form of beauty is imperceptible to mundane senses. No one can see Him with material eyes. Only those who realize, through deep pure-hearted meditation, this Supreme Personality, who resides in everyone’s heart, can attain liberation.” Om
The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad says, purnam idam purnat purnam udacyate: “Although He expands in many ways, He keeps His original personality. His original spiritual body remains as it is.” Thus, we can understand that God can expand His energies in many ways, but is not affected or diminished in His potency. The invocation mantra of the Sri Ishopanishad says something similar:
Om purnam adah purnam idam
purnat purnam udachyate
purnasya purnam adaya
This means, in essence, that the Supreme Being is complete and perfect, and whatever is expanded from His energies is also complete and does not take away from His potencies in any way. He remains as He is, the complete whole and the complete balance.
Gita 10.33.36 states that “when the Lord assumes a humanlike body, it is to show His mercy to His devotees. Then He engages in the sort of pastimes that will attract those who hear about them. Then they may become dedicated to Him. In this He expands Himself to call all conditioned souls through His love.
Srimati Radharani, is but an expansion of Krishna’s energy. Thus, the spiritual exchange of divine love between Radha and Krishna is the display of the internal energy of the Lord, and is not easily comprehended in a material perspective. But the more we awaken our dormant love for God, which is natural state of being for a fully awakened soul, then the more we can comprehend and actually enter into such spiritual loving exchanges. Man is to awaken his spiritual position and be of service to Him. This is unconditional devotion – the purpose of human life. It is within this context that one understands that the supreme object of devotion, Krishna, worships the highest devotion, Radha. Through Srimati Radha one comprehends spiritual identity and connection with the Supreme.
Hara Hara Mahadeva by Yogi Ananda Saraswathi