(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 2004)


‘Asta-kalika-lila’ – more or less describes how Radha and Krishna meet at different times of the day, in different groves around Radha-Kunde. There are numbers of groves that are attained by the asta saktis. Each of these groves have their kunjas, and that is where they have their loving pastimes.

Some of these descriptions can get very intimate. Some of the books from the ācāryas really elaborate on these things and it gets too much. Then it starts to really look to much like….sex….biting! If one gets to the biting part, than it gets too much…………….. This gives another dimension to it all, and can be too much……for us at this stage.

Therefore, one must be a little bit reserved about this. It’s not that you can’t read anything about it! I met some devotees who stayed in the Vrindavan temple, when I was the temple president at that time. They got really into this and this one devotee said to the other devotee:

“Do you want to have these books?”

He was talking about Prabhupada’s books.

“Well can I just take it?”

“Yes, just take it. I never read them anyway!”

Since he was now reading all these glossy kind of literatures. This is not the idea! When it comes to reading, I usually explain it like:

“Prabhupada’s books – Srimad Bhagavatam, Bhagavad Gita, Nectar of Devotion and Caitanya Caritamtra….they are like rice, dahl, subji and chapatti. And the other things are like chutneys and extra preps. If you only live on chutneys and extra preps, than how long can you live only on that? That’s the point.”

The reasons why we are giving all these warnings is because people like to make things black and white. It’s either ‘ok’ and then it’s like ‘lets go!!’ or it’s ‘off’….and there is nothing in between! This is the problem!

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