Radha and Krishna’s bond
I will tell you a very sweet story of Shri Krishna and Radha.
Once it happened that the ladies who were married to Shri Krishna got very jealous of Radhaji. And they told Shri Krishna that you don’t love us. On top of that the sage Narada came to put more oil on the fire, as he said, “He really, I believe, He ‘never’ cares for you, He just likes Radhaji, He is not bothered.”
So Shri Krishna, as diplomatic as He was, He started saying, “Oh God ! I have terrible pain in My stomach, now what to do ?” So they said, now what to do?
He said, “it is very simple. You know any one who is my Bhakta (devotee), if you can give the dust of your feet for Me to eat, then I will be alright.”
So they got a fright of their life, because they were afraid it was a trick. So they said “Why dont you take some medicine?” Then somebody said “We will call the Vaidya (an ayrvedic doctor)”.
Shri Krishna replied said, “No, I know for definite that I cannot be cured by anything else but one thing, that you have to get the dust of one of my Bhaktas, and I will eat.”
So every body started looking at each other. So they said now what to do. If we do not cure Shri Krishna, He is just wailing, and what to do?
Shri Krishna said,” Have some pity on Me, give me some dust of your feet.”
So He said to Narada that you go and ask Radha to send dust of Her feet.
So he went to Shri Radha. Shri Radhaji was in Vrindavan, and the soil of that place is yellowish in colour like (Keshara), like saffron. So he went and told that Shri Krishna is very sick, He has got a terrible pain in His stomach. So She got a fright.
She said, “Really! how can that be. I cannot believe it. So what does He says? What treatment can He take?”
He says anyone of his disciples, anybody his Bhakta, if they send a little of the dust of their feet, He will be alright. He has to take that as medicine.
So She said “All right, take the dust of My feet!”
He was amazed I He said “What are you doing? You understand, if you give Him the dust of your feet, then all your punyas (merits) will be lost. He is playing some trick, you know. Just don’t try this thing.”
She said, “Nothing doing, you better take it!”
But he said, “What about your punyas and papas?”
She said, “I know one thing, it is He, who looks after My papas and punyas. I have not to think about it.”
So he took the dust of Her feet which was absolutely yellow like a saffron or like a pollen of the flower. And he went and gave it to Shri Krishna.
Shri Krishna said, “I knew Shri Radha will send, now let me eat it.”
Narada asked, “You can eat, but you have to answer the question that Shri Radha has said, that you look after Her papas and punyas. How is it? How can it be ? What does that mean ? That you know what is Punya and papas are, and She is not bothered about it. She has not to worry about Her papas and punyas.”
He said, “Alright, now let me take the medicine.” He took the medicine and He said I better sleep.
And Shri Narada saw the heart of Shri Krishna opened and in the Heart was the lotus of a very beautiful pink colour. On that lotus was lying Shri Radhaji. And Her feet were rubbing against the pollen of that lotus and the yellow of the Vrindavan clay was the same colour as that. And then he realised that when She is touching that lotus with Her Feet, what does it matter if She gives the dust of Her feet to Shri Krishna to take. She is in His heart. When Her feet are in His heart, what does it matter? And that is how they realised that Shri Radhas love was so great that for Her She did not think of Dharma-Adharma, but just to be at the command of Her Lord, She acted, and that is how She had a place in the Heart of Shri Krishna.