Gita Govinda: Love Songs of Radha and Krishna

Gita Govinda Love Songs of Radha and Krishna Jayadeva s Gitagovinda is a lyrical account of the illicit springtime love affair of Krishna and Radha a god and goddess manifesting on earth as a cowherd and milkmaid for the sake of relishing the s

  • Title: Gita Govinda: Love Songs of Radha and Krishna
  • Author: Jayadeva Lee Siegel Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj
  • ISBN: 9780814740798
  • Page: 176
  • Format: ebook
  • Jayadeva s Gitagovinda is a lyrical account of the illicit springtime love affair of Krishna and Radha, a god and goddess manifesting on earth as a cowherd and milkmaid for the sake of relishing the sweet miseries and rapturous delights of erotic love The narrative framing their bucolic songs was composed under royal patronage in northeastern India in the twelfth century.Jayadeva s Gitagovinda is a lyrical account of the illicit springtime love affair of Krishna and Radha, a god and goddess manifesting on earth as a cowherd and milkmaid for the sake of relishing the sweet miseries and rapturous delights of erotic love The narrative framing their bucolic songs was composed under royal patronage in northeastern India in the twelfth century It was to be performed for connoisseurs of poetry and the erotic arts, for aesthetes and voluptuaries who, while sensually engaged, were at the same time devoted to Krishna as Lord of the Universe The text at once celebrates the vicissitudes of carnal love and the transports of religious devotion, merging and reconciling those realms of emotion and experience Erotic and religious sensibilities serve, and are served by, the pleasures of poetry In the centuries following its composition, the courtly text became a vastly popular inspirational hymnal Jayadeva s songs continue to be sung throughout India in fervent devotional adoration of Krishna.

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    1. The best comparisons I can come up with for this collection of devotional poetry would be the Song of Solomon in the Hebrew Scriptures and the mystical poetry of St. John of the Cross. The Gita Govinda is presented in this volume with the original Sanskrit text on the left-hand pages with an English translation on the facing right-hand pages. The translators have managed to retain the meaning and the rhyme scheme of the original texts quite well, which is a great achievement, as translating poet [...]

    2. Awesome blend of Eroticism and Divine Love, the best part of it is the Inner meaning of it, if you know the secret how to read and interpret it. Just a hint: Krishna is Prana the vital air we breathe, Radha is the whole universe and is alos our own physical body, the incessant intercourse of Physical Body & Vital Air keeps us alive, thats is Vaisnava phillosophy known as "Rasa" the incessant Divine Romance between Radha & Krishna.

    3. An excellent presentation of eroticism with spirituality in a time when such writing was a taboo for the society. Presenting the elusive Krishna as the vagrant human soul, flitting between the material desires as represented by the gopikas ,repenting his mistakes and desirous to return to his master (Radha), the book evokes the sense of divinity to the utmost giving a sense of satisfaction and fulfilment to the readers preventing them from thinking lowly of their god. Steeped in metaphysical con [...]

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