Theme: Spirituality

The Cosmic Dance – III

Shiva* couldn’t resist
He wanted to have with it a tryst
Vrinda*, who was managing the show
Denied entry to Shiva saying,‘NO.’

Except Krishana, no male could be a Beau
Ladies alone could be the part of show
Seduced to join by the irresistible desire
Shiva agreed for lady’s make up and attire.
She asked Shiva for a dip in Mansarovar*
After dip Shiva got a woman’s make over
In perfect woman’s dress he so well veiled
In Krishna consciousness sailed.

When the cosmic dance began
There were two great dance men:
One, the Beloved of the Dance*
Other, the King of Dance* in trance.
With every Gopi, Krishna danced
Shiva in unique dance entranced
Despite the elegance of the dance
Krishna had some missing glance.

During the dance he had a pause
He said, “I feel violation of laws.”
He felt in the dance a missing bliss
He said, “Here another man exists.”
He said, “Lalita, go and check
If a man attired as Gopi on deck!”

Lalita went round lifting the veils
But finding a man there she failed.
Puzzled about a Gopi three eyed
Lalita told what had her surprised!!!
Krishna said, “Bring her here.”
When he saw Shiva had hearty cheer.

He said, “O Gopeshwar*I am pleased.
Seeing you dressed as Gopi squeezed.
Your desire to partake in dance fulfilled
Now, as Gate Keeper of the dance you drill.
Upon you I shower my Grace
You will  Gopis’ obeisance trace
They in turn my piety embrace.”
Still Shiva in Braj has Gopi face.

Then again the dance advanced
Gopis were in bliss and trance
Krishna with each Gopi danced
In their dance divine romance.
Base passions in the dance purged
And the Gopis in Krishana merged
Cosmos in the dance submerged
Cupid’s wings there didn’t splurge.
In Brij land since then till date
In Krishna consciousness they wait.

*Shiva as we know him today shares many features with the Vedic god Rudra. He is one of the Hindu trinity of gods known for his liberality in granting boons. It's a Sanskrit word meaning "auspicious, kind, gracious". Apart from anthropomorphic images of Shiva, the worship of Shiva in the form of a lingam is also important. Shiva's form: Shiva has a Trident in the right lower arm, with a crescent moon on his head. He is said to be fair like camphor or like an ice clad mountain. He has fire and Damaru and Mala or a kind of weapon. He wears five serpents as ornaments. He wears a garland of skulls. His main attributes are: Third eye, Crescent moon, Matted hair, Blue throat and Ash smeared body His picture above illustrates most of his attributes.

*Vrinda, is the predominating goddess of the Våndävana forest and her partial expansion is Tulasé devé Because of her order, the groves where Radha and Krsna perform Their pastimes appear very splendid, decorated with blossoming flowers, bumblebees, deer, and other auspicious animals, flowers, and birds.
*Lake Manasarovar lies at 4,590 metres (15,060 ft) above mean sea level, a relatively high elevation for a large freshwater lake on the mostly-saline lake-studded Tibetan Plateau. According to the Hindu religion, the lake was first created in the mind of the Lord Brahma after which it manifested on Earth.[3] Hence, in Sanskrit it is called "Manas sarovara", which is a combination of the words manas (mind) and sarovara (lake)

* Lord Krishana is also known as Natwar "Beloved of the Dance"

* The depiction of Shiva as Nataraja "Lord of Dance") is also popular. *The Gopishvara Mandir (temple)in Vrindravan houses Lord Siva in his form of Gopishvara, who appears as a large Shiva Lingam, brown in color during the daytime, and at night, Gopishvara is dressed in sari and appears in his female feature as a gopi. 



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