krishna atma hain radha govinda radhe,
yate radha bhakt krishna deda bata de
According to the Chhandogya Upanishad (7.25.2) Shri Krishna has another name, atmaram. Why is Shri Krishna called this? He is called this because Shri Radha is Shri Krishna’s atma or soul. atma to radhikatasya (Bhagavatam, 1.22-Mahatmya) All living brings, from an ant to Lord Brahma, the creator, are natural servants of Shri Krishna, who is bliss personified.
anando brahmeti vyajanat (Taittiriya Upanishad, 3.6) Shri Krishna is synonymous with divine bliss. Because the souls are a part or fraction of that bliss, every single moment they are continuously performing actions to attain that happiness. The soul’s servants - the material body, mind and senses - are continuously trying to give happiness to the soul. All this planning and practicing is only for the attainment of bliss. So the mind is continuously active only for the purpose of finding happiness, because the mind is the servant of the soul.
The soul (atma) is a servant of Shri Krishna (paramatma). All the souls are the body or sharira of Shri Krishna, who is shariri. The soul of Shri Krishna is Shri Radha. In the way that the sharira tries to give happiness to, and is the natural servant of its shariri, so Shri Krishna naturally serves His soul, Shri Radha.
This is the meaning of this kirtan verse.
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
25 August 2009
Golok Dham, New Delhi
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