Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 10 Feb 2022


Why did not Krishna mention the dance of Gopikas in Gita?

Shri Anil asked: 1) Why is the dance of the Gopikas with Krishna not mentioned in the Gita, whereas it is fully devoted to the interaction of Krishna and Arjuna?

Swami replied: The case of the Gopikas is a very crucial subject dealing with a lot of intricate analysis and hence, that topic was not mentioned at all because everybody knows that such a topic shall be discussed in lot of depth because everywhere the truth can be very easily misunderstood and exploited. Even then, the background concepts related to that topic called sweet devotion or Madhura bhakti are clearly mentioned like total surrender or ‘Sarvasva Śaraṇāgati’ (Tameva Śaraṇaṃ gaccha, sarva bhāvena bhārata, teṣaṃ nityābhiyuktānām, Manmanā bhava…, Ātmānaṃ rahasi sthitaḥ, Rahasyaṃ hyetaduttamam etc.). The word ‘Yoga’ is the main background of the Gita, which fundamentally means the union with the mediated God like Krishna, Who is the contemporary human incarnation only. Even in the Bhagavatam, when King Parikshit raised this topic, the Sage Shuka avoided the explanation, which is very complicated and simply told that Krishna is God and shall not be imitated. It is said that understanding the true explanation of this topic is the fire test for the spiritual knowledge of scholars (Vidyāvatāṃ bhāgavate parīkṣā). Now, the IQ of humanity is very much increased compared to the past and hence, God Datta has now given the explanation of that topic in detail.

Please do not misunderstand that Datta Swami gave that explanation. Datta Swami is just a mike before the mouth of the invisible God Datta. It is the same God Datta, Who kept silent to give the explanation in the past and it is the same God Datta, Who has given the explanation in the present time. The reason for His silence in the past was the fear of misunderstanding due to not much developed scientific IQ then, due to which the truth would have been twisted and misused by the souls in the past. This means only that the scientific and logical capacity of sharp analysis has increased a lot over generations to understand the exact crucial truth. Certainly, the morality of ancient humanity was very high than the present humanity, but, to understand the crucial truth that was not much helpful. When truth is not understood in the beginning theoretical phase, the wrong application in practice will result with certain authenticity and confidence mistaking the misunderstood truth as the absolute truth. Today, that problem in theoretical phase does not exist due to increased IQ.

Today, people will certainly understand the absolute truth even though they may reject the truth voting for the immorality. But, in the past, the truth could not be understood in the beginning itself and the misunderstood truth might have been implemented in practice believing it as justified concept. Due to the lack of understanding, if a sin is implemented, the people can’t be held responsible. But now, people can very easily understand the truth and if they implement the sin, they are fully responsible. Due to this reason only, the explanation was not given by Sage Shuka in the Bhagavatam when King Parikshit asked this question. Even though God told that He is responsible for knowledge and ignorance of souls (Mattassmṛtirjñāna mapohanam ca - Gita) this statement belongs to the time in which free will for souls was absent. When free will is given, the soul is responsible for both knowledge and ignorance. Ancient people without free will were highly moral and the modern people with developed IQ and full free will are highly intelligent and self-responsible!

2) Did Krishna dance with Gopikas who came in groups? In such a case some jealousy would have arisen in some Gopikas towards others?

Swami replied: It is quite natural. What is there to be astonished?