The reader is certain to be reminded of the intensity and desperation of adolescent love, the long summer afternoons when time appeared to come to a standstill and all the colours, smells and sounds of nature coming alive like never before. It makes one feel the long hot afternoons of an idyllic Indian summer of adolescent passions. The mood it invokes is great to share. It is something very familiar from some place far far away.
The year Krishna was on the threshold of manhood (Kishor stage), in the month of Margashirsha (Orion), the unmarried cowherd girls of Vrindavan would all go together to the Yamuna river before daybreak. There they would bathe and pray to Goddess Katyayani. Each one of them would ask to have Krishna as her husband. They never were jealous of each other in their attachment to Krishna.
This fascinating quality of “The Nectarean Ways of Love in Vraja Vrindavan” (vraja anuraaga reeti) is what distinguishes Divine Love from mundane enamorment.
This presentation happily brings out the feeling of continuity and obsession that overtook those guileless adolescent associates of Krishna in the forests of Vrindavan.