Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj propagated his unique philosophy of divine love through varied means, including his self-penned devotional songs. His flair and ingenuity in this regard enabled him to attract and then enchant the minds of everyday people with Vedic philosophy. His work in this regard was voluminous, with well over a thousand devotional songs to his credit.
Lila Madhuri Vol. 1-2 is like a hidden gem in the treasury of Shri Maharaj Ji’s compositions that is waiting to be discovered. What sets it apart is its rarity value, containing twenty-six examples of the exuberant way he explained his devotional songs. The loving interactions between Shri Radha Krishna and Their topmost devotees depicted in these songs is delightful. The poetry is heart-warming, and the visual imaginary is emotive. Intuitive readers will sense the wonderful combination of playfulness and authoritativeness that was a hallmark of his oration.
Baby Krishna wants to sit in His mother’s lap, but she is busy attending to household chores, and so the little rascal is pulling on Her sari, stamping His little feet, and creating all sorts of commotion. Little Kumvari is pulling and tugging at Her mother, wanting to know why Her braid is not long like Her mummies. A soul demands that Shri Krishna ends their eternal quarrel by bestowing His grace first so that he can surrender to Him. Krishna has disguised Himself as a vinavari to gain an audience with Kishori Ji, who is sitting quietly and all alone at Kusum Sarovar. A gopi tries her best to warn her friend about getting involved with that Kamarivare Shyamsundar, who flirts and flitters from one gopi to another, like a bumblebee that goes from flower to flower.
The books artwork is also very ascetically pleasing, assisting in the visualisation of the poetry, and giving some indication of the loving sentiments enshrined in the heart of this great devotional poet.