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Philosophy behind Rasa Dance


Lord Krishna's body is Transcendental


In the Ishopanishad (mantra 8) it is explained :

 sa paryagac chukram akayam avranam ashnaviram shuddham apapa-viddham

 kavir manishi paribhuh svayambhur

yathatathyato 'rthan vyadadhac chasvatibhyah samabhyah


"Such a person must factually know the greatest of all, the Personality of Godhead, who is unembodied, omniscient, beyond reproach, without veins, pure and uncontaminated, the self-suffi­cient philosopher who has been fulfilling everyone's desire since time immemorial."


 The Supreme Lord is not formless. The anatomy of a material body must have a mechanical construction with veins and so forth, but the transcendental body of the Supreme Lord has nothing like veins. There is no difference between His body and His soul. Nor is He forced to accept a body according to the laws of nature, as we are.To confirm that the Lord is always pure and uncontaminated, this verse describes Him as shuddham (antiseptic) and apapa-viddham (prophylactic). He is antiseptic in the sense that even an impure thing can become purified just by touching Him. The word "prophylactic" refers to the power of His association. The Lord is also apapa-viddham because sin cannot touch Him. Even if He acts in a way that appears to be sinful, such actions are all good, for there is no question of His being affected by sin. Because in all circumstances He is shuddham, most purified, He is often compared to the sun. The sun extracts moisture from many un­touchable places on the earth, yet it remains pure. In fact, it puri­fies obnoxious things by virtue of its sterilizing powers. If the sun, which is a material, object, is so powerful, then we can hardly begin to imagine the purifying strength of the all-powerful Lord. As Lord Rama, by the mere touch of His lotus feet on a stone, He delivered Ahilya from her previous sinful activities and helped her achieve her human body again. I he Lord is pankaja nabhi. which means 'from whose navel the lotus appears' or 'whose navel has a lotus like depression'. The first created living being Brahma was born from this lotus sprouting,from the Lord's navel and the Lord did not need any­body else's union for reproduction.