Krishna-Arjuna Friendship – Part 3

Author: Pranshu Saxena

Why does Krishna love Arjuna more than his wives?

Source – The Real Mahabharat of Sage Vyasa

Background Stories –  Why does Krishna love Arjuna more than his family? 

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Previous Parts 

Part 1

Part 2 – A

Part 2 – B 

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Why is Arjun dearer to Krishna than other Pandavas? Nara and Narayana

We have seen in prior parts that Friendship is paramount. Krishna chose Arjuna’s relationship as his most defining relationship, as his closest relationship above those of his blood and familial ties.
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Here, we have proved that Deity has that freedom to love and choose. Love is the biggest connection between the Deity and the Devotee. 
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That is what is being highlighted here.
Why is Love important?
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And that is where Nara Narayana comes into play also.
What is Nara?
Nara is the eternal Spirit pervading the Universe.
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When all the tatvas (the elemental forces of water) had not differentiated into separate tatvas, they then lie in a single seemingly Ocean as undifferentiated Avyakriti waters, those waters are called NARA
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From these mulaprakrti that everything arises and everything manifest. That is the basis of not only Sariraka Upanishada and thus Hindu Agamas but also Gnosticism, Neo-Platonism, Mystery religions in Greco-roman and Persian context, Zurvanism inside the Parsi belief cycle, Manacheanism and Mandaeism and early Christianity. 
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The Presence of demiurge inside the waters Nara is why we call that Purusha as Narayana, one who gets energy from Nara!
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Only from inside Nara does Narayan arise. 
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Narayana is inactive unless in context with Nara. Narayana comes to fore and enters the soul of the five elemental pancha mahabhuta body born of womb of Devaki when in connection with Nara, with Arjuna.
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Basically to achieve that connect with Narayanhood to his soul, Krishna in this janam as Govinda, nandlala needs the Nara. Krishna needs that cocoon of Nara to achieve Narayanahood.
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This is a symbiotic relationship.
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I was born in a group that is called Radhasoami. I told you Radha will come back in context. Here Radha is referring to the soul or spiritual essence, either of an individual or of the whole and “Soami” referring to the spiritual master of Radha aka Lord of Soul. 
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For a devotee that means, we get to higher states of consciousness guided by Soami, and the focus is on listening to that inner sound that emanated at start of universe and was captured even as vedas by other Rishis, it was at point of creation more of a spontaneous outburst of an inner urge of the Spirit, which was far away from any external influence whatsoever.
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I as a child, did not see it as that. There are obviously some philosophical meanings and religious meanings et all in being radhasoami, but I did not focus on that. 
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I looked upon an important point. What it means for a Deity? Deity is defined as Lord of the Soul. Without soul, he/she is Lord of Zilch! Without the radha, swami of none!! 
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Bin Radhey Sab Adhey!
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Lord is incomplete without Radha, the soul or as my child mind imaged it as Radha, resident of Vrndavana, Kunj number Saat, Gali number Aath, makan number Chhey!.
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This is my own interpretation of being radhasoami and it is definitely not the definition of Radhasoami as others may see it. I again focus on listening to inner sound that reverberates inside me.
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My interpretation comes from Jayadeva.
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Jayadeva paints a very interesting picture of Krishna. Krishna is very young and has gone out with Nanda to a faraway place, a fair may-hap. It is getting late in evening and Nanda asks Radha to take little Krishna home. Radha is older than Krishna. She is older in all versions of legends. If someone tells you otherwise, he is a cohort of wrong number wala God, take it from me.
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Anyway Jayadeva’s Radha is older than Krishna. 
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Krishna is hesitant. He looks at dark forests, the shadows created by evening moon and he is little afraid. And suddenly, to reassure him, Radha catches hold of Little Krishna’s hand and Jayadeva breaks out into the powerful Dasatvatra Sukta. 

Geeta and the Supreme Godhead I – Baby and the Cowherd

Jai Jagadisha Hare 

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It is Radha’s presence that brings to life the power of Vishnu inside the little child. Literally when Radha touched Krishna, when Radha takes hold of Krishna, transformation happens to Krishna. His soul feels and feeds off Radha’s love for Little Krishna. That converts a small child Govinda into the Powerful Avatara of Vishnu, the most supreme GOD in the Universe.
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That love of Radha, that love of the devotee fires up the Deity inside the physical body which has come as Krishna. 
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Similarly, it is Love of Nara, Nara literally represented as Arjuna, Nara that fires up the Narayana inside the human body born of a woman and composed of Pancha bhutas and connects it to the Supreme.
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Nara, in form of Arjuna, with his compassion, his friendship, his trust that powers and energizes the Avatar. The Faith of Arjuna is what makes Krishna have faith in himself, that makes Krishna the Lord Narayana. The Lord himself, the one who emerges from Nara. That Narayana, that avatari is invoked only by the FAITH Arjuna has in Krishna.
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That love, that respect, that faith that Arjuna has for Krishna is what is reciprocated back by Krishna, in equal and identical measure to Arjuna. 
“You are more dearer to me than all my wives and all my children and all my family and this entire Earth!”
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Here let us take a break to the strains of Jayadeva ‘s dasavtara strota before continuing this discussion:

Continue… 

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