Once Upon a Time (Aishwarya vs. Prema – Title Fight)

Once upon a time

Lalitā scolded Hari, saying, “You rascal! How dare you treat us like that! Who do you think you are!?”

Hari replied, “I am Hari. I am not only the king of this land, I am the king of everything. I am Jagannath, Viṣṇu, Puruṣa the original person.”

The Gopīs made fun of him by busting into uproarious laughter.

“I’m not kidding,” he said.

“Ok, then prove it,” Lalitā challenged.

“How?” he asked.

“Show your incarnations,” she demanded. “Assume the form of one of the avatars.”

“OK,” he said, and there on the spot assumed the form of Varaha, the gigantic boar. Thus the place in Vraja is known as Varaha-ghat (at that time it was on the riverbank, now it is a few hundred yards away).

The gopīs love for Krishna was not hindered by this at all. Their awareness of Krishna’s godhood only increases the sweetness of their intimate relationship. Indeed this theme is presented directly by Śrī Śuka in the Second Canto, Chapter Seven – where he repeatedly shows how the sweetness of Krishna cannot be diminished by his majesty.

Vraja prema is supremely powerful. There is no threat to it. Aishwarya prema is no threat to it. Aishwarya, like everything, is a maidservant to madhurya-braja prema.

– Vraja Kishor



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