Krsna-Balarama

Rama and Krsna, as described in the pastoral lilas of the Bhagavata Purana, preside over Madhuvan just as they did centuries ago in rural Vrndavana, India. Situated on their forest altar, they are approached through ritual, song, and meditation in the serving ego of divine friendship. Krsna represents the heart of divinity and Rama represents the divine service by which one can enter the heartland of Krsna’s inner life.

If one is to give in love without reservation, two things must be in place: 1) a corresponding object in which one can repose one’s love--one that has the capacity to reciprocate without reservation, and 2) selfless motivation. These two necessary ingredients of absolute love are represented in Krsna and Rama, respectively. While Rama and Krsna together are the perfect object of love, at the same time Rama also personifies the perfection of love for Krsna. Rama-Krsna: the Godhead as server and served.

This divine dyad of perfect love and its object are described thus by Radha, Krsna’s eternal consort:

“O friends!
For those who have eyes, this is the perfection of sight:
Beholding, drinking in, the beautiful faces of the king of Vraja’s sons--
Rama Krsna--entering the forest, surrounded by friends,
driving cows ahead, holding flutes to their lips
and casting their loving glance upon on us.”