The Nectar of Devotion – CHAPTER THIRTY – ENVY

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In the Padyāvalī, one of the friends of Rādhārāṇī once addressed Her thus: “My dear friend, please do not be too puffed up because Kṛṣṇa has decorated Your forehead with His own hand. It may be that Kṛṣṇa is yet attracted by some other beautiful girl. I see that the decoration on Your forehead is very nicely made, and so it appears that Kṛṣṇa was not too disturbed in painting it. Otherwise, He could not have painted such exact lines!” This is an instance of envy caused by Rādhā’s good fortune.

In the Tenth Canto, thirtieth chapter, verse 30 of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, there is the following statement: “When the gopīs were searching for Kṛṣṇa and Rādhā after the rāsa dance, they thus began to speak among themselves: ‘We have seen the footprints of Kṛṣṇa and Rādhā on the ground of Vṛndāvana, and they are giving us great pain, because although Kṛṣṇa is everything to us, that girl is so cunning that She has taken Him away alone and is enjoying His kissing without sharing Him with us!’ ” This is another instance of envy of the good fortune of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī.

Sometimes when the cowherd boys used to play in the forests of Vṛndāvana, Kṛṣṇa would play on one side, and Balarāma would play on another. There would be competition and mock fighting between the two parties, and when Kṛṣṇa’s party was defeated by Balarāma, the boys would say, “If Balarāma’s party remains victorious, then who in the world can be weaker than ourselves?” This is another instance of envy in ecstatic love.

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