Some śāstras mention that Kṛṣṇa’s hair is a manifestation of Anantadeva, Baladeva Prabhu. But the gopīs consider
Kṛṣṇa’s hair to be in madhura-rasa, for it always drinks the nectar of Kṛṣṇa’s face. Kṛṣṇa’s hair always watches His sweet face and is able to continuously kiss Kṛṣṇa. When Kṛṣṇa’s hair kisses Him, He feels as if it is the kiss of Śrīmatī Rādhārānī, Lalitā, or other gopīs, and He remembers them.
His hairs are very light and soft—they don’t pinch him. The touch of some people’s hair is very sharp, like steel wires—touching it causes pain. But Kṛṣṇa’s hair is very soft. Kṛṣṇa is restless, but His hair is not restless—it stays always with Kṛṣṇa.
cikuraṁ bahulaṁ viralaṁ bhramaraṁ
mṛdulaṁ vacanaṁ vipulaṁ nayanam
adharaṁ madhuraṁ vadanaṁ madhuraṁ
capalaṁ caritaṁ ca kadā nu vibhoḥ
Oh, when shall I again fasten into a top-knot my Beloved’s thick locks, which are lying like separate rows of bees on His shoulders? When shall I hear His mild words, see His large eyes, kiss His sweet lips, see His sweetly beautiful face, and experience His fickle nature?
Now one sakhī says to another, “When will that time come when we will always be with Him and watch His lotus eyes and sweet face, and be able to kiss Him?” This is their deep desire. They say, “We will always be with Kṛṣṇa.” How is that possible?
They have this desire. Bilvamaṅgala Ṭhākura watches which person likes Kṛṣṇa and thinks continuously about Kṛṣṇa. Whose heartfelt love increases at every moment? With that love they serve Kṛṣṇa, Who accepts this love. This is called service tendency; otherwise, service is only dry. A person will do service for some time, then, because of no taste, he will leave. There are many sevakas here now, but after sometime, perhaps none of them will be here, like a garden with many flowers that get picked and taken away. But the garden’s beauty is its flowers.
In that way, Kṛṣṇa’s beauty is in His followers. And they do not remain far away from Kṛṣṇa for even a moment.
“Kṛṣṇa, You are vibho, very great, and You mitigate the worry and sadness of all. You steal their poverty, and by your unlimited ānandinī-śakti, you make them happy.” Now, today, the gopīs pray, “When will I comb Your hair and bind it on top of Your head, and decorate it with flowers and peacock feathers?”
Your hair will come together, meaning, all the gopīs, Vraja-devīs, have a desire to be in one group and serve Kṛṣṇa all together. But how can Kṛṣṇa accept them all? They all have a desire and sweet mood for service. But how can Kṛṣṇa accept all their service at once?
In this world there are many bumblebees and honeybees, and also many flowers. So many bees drink the flowers’ honey. Even though many young bumblebees are always being born, still there is no lack of honey. God arranges honey for all the bees.
Is Kṛṣṇa present in only one form and place? No. All the sakhīs and Vraja-devīs’ groups have leaders. They go with their leader and decorate Kṛṣṇa and serve Him. In a hidden way, one gopī tells another what to do, and she understands this. But how can any other understand? They think that only their group is serving and decorating Kṛṣṇa and are nearby to Him. But another group thinks the same thing. They think, “I am serving Kṛṣṇa, and He is very happy. We are decorating Kṛṣṇa.”
Then another gopī waits, “When will Kṛṣṇa tell me something in a happy mood?” They wait to drink His words, and they wait for a chance to kiss Kṛṣṇa. They think, “I am restless. Will Kṛṣṇa accept me? How can I become peaceful?” They have desires that come one by one like waves. They think, “I will become peaceful, silent and satisfied like a sage, and will only think of Kṛṣṇa in my meditation. This is much better.” But while thinking of Kṛṣṇa, so many inspirations begin to come for service, and they can’t stop themselves from running to Kṛṣṇa.
paripālaya naḥ kṛpālaye ‘ty
asakṛt kranditam ārta-bāndhavaḥ
vibhur ākarṇayitā kadā nu naḥ
If the Lord, the friend of the distressed, is always surrounded by the bewildering sound of His flute, when will He be able to hear us repeatedly crying out, “O abode of mercy, please protect us!”
The gopīs say, “O Kṛṣṇa, You are very kind, merciful, sweet and soft. Please give us Your darśana. We are waiting to see You.” How will You give darśana? If You meet with anyone, this is not called darśana. This is just a meeting after which one is not fully satisfied. What is true darśana? Come nearby and accept our service. How will You be happy? Give us training how to please You. Then come and check how we have learned, and protect our moods—You are then our protector.”
The sakhīs speak one word, and the meaning is another. Kṛṣṇa gives one answer in front of everyone, but the meaning is different. The sakhīs are tricky, but Kṛṣṇa is millions of times more tricky. He is never straight. He has three bends in His body, but millions more in His speech and activities. Straightforward people can’t understand Kṛṣṇa, and a dictionary word like trickiness can’t express the nature of Kṛṣṇa’s exploits.
Kṛṣṇa calls with a sweet melody from His flute.This is Kṛṣṇa’s heartfelt love going with an air messenger. He sends these messages one after the other, as if to say, “If you didn’t understand the first message, I am sending more. I will send you many helpers.”
The sakhīs then go to the bank of the Yamunā, or to a big forest, or on top of the hills, and there they weep, praying for Kṛṣṇa to come and protect them from the burning torment of separation from Him. Sometimes, when Kṛṣṇa merely sends a message by His flute and doesn’t come directly, or comes only for a few minutes and gives His darśana and then runs, the gopīs feel even more distress, and they pray for Kṛṣṇa to always be with them accepting their service.
Merely by Kṛṣṇa’s speech the sakhīs are not satisfied. They call out, “O Anātha-bāndhava, O friend of the distressed, dear friend, You always help the forsaken, but is this help only by Your Muralī message? This is not everything. O Kṛṣṇa, please come directly to us. We want to speak with You and to meet with You and serve You. This is our desire.”
Srila Bilvamaṅgala Ṭhākura ki Jaya! (Excerpted from the Bhaktabandhav book publication: Krsna Karnamrta. Available from: email@example.com )