The Eternal Dance of Divine Love

The final day of the holy month of Kārtika, on which the full moon appears, is well known for the celebration of the Rāsa Līlā, or the Dance of Divine Love, as I’ve called it. Last November, we had a splendid time presenting at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas, in a presentation titled, “Love Call of the Divine,” with my readings from the Bhāgavata, sweet chanting with Laura Smith and Abeer Saha (Premānanda Vilāsa Dāsa), and the exquisite flute playing of Eric Fraser. Below are some excerpts from my translation of the tenth book of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa:

“Seeing lotus flowers bloom
and the perfect circle of the moon
Beaming like the face of Ramā,
reddish as fresh kuṅkuma;
Seeing the forest colored
by the moon’s gentle rays,
He began to make sweet music,
melting the hearts of
fair maidens with beautiful eyes.”

When we are touched by the divine, we really feel it. As is expressed in the following verse from the Rāsa Līlā (Bhāgavata 10.33.9):

“They were overjoyed 
by the touch of Krishna, 
and the whole universe
became filled 
with their song.”

In the video below, we are being joyfully touched by the Divine through sweet music that evokes that divine event of the Rāsa Līlā on the full moon night of the holy month of Kārtika at the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas. (Video courtesy of Catherine Schweig)

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