The Speaking Tree: A Tribute to Radha's Sweet Love for Beloved Krishna

How can one achieve love-communion with God? This yearning — often compared to that of a pining lover — has poured forth in poetry and song, myth and fable.

Among them is the story of Radha's yearning for Krishna. With madhura bhakti or sweet devotion, Radharani achieved atmasamyogam or union with the Divine. When we call Him Radhakrishna, we acknowledge this love-union.

Indian tradition enumerates three paths for a soul to experience this union: jnana marga or way of knowledge; karma marga or way of action and bhakti marga or way of devotion. Of these three, the path of devotion is filled with a rare sweetness and ecstasy experienced by the devotee, bhakti.

Times of India