- Why Krishna have 16,108 wives?
- Why He danced with thousands of Gopikas in Vrindavan on the dead of the night?
- Does this not prove that He was immoral and lusty?
- How will you justify that He was a mischievous child & was a butter thief?
- Below is the complete explanation that will clear all doubts:
It’s very funny that without proper knowledge of the scriptures People start speculating. First of all, we have to understand who Krishna is. Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead- the source of all incarnations & everything that exists or does not exists.
So if He is God, it means that everything belongs to Him. So if He is the owner of everything, where is the question of stealing? In fact, all the residents of Vrindavan used to make butter for Krishna only and used to wait that when baby Krishna will come and steal their butter
The mischievous pastimes of little Krishna gave unlimited joy and happiness to all Vrajabashis and devotees of Krishna. The pastimes of Krishna are the life and soul of all the residents of Vrindavan- which an envious person will not able to understand. Jai Shri Radha Krishna!
It’s explained in Sastras that all the living entities can have a personal relationship with the Supreme God. Actually initially we all living entities were in the Spiritual world with the Supreme Lord, but somehow we have fallen into this material temporary world. Now in the temporary material world, birth after birth, from one body to another material body, we are searching for that happiness which we all had experienced once in the relationship with the Supreme Lord Krishna in the Spiritual world.
In this Maya Samsara, birth after birth we are searching for the happiness in different kind of relationships like the relationship between son & father (Santa rasa), the relationship between servant and master (dasya rasa), the relationship between friends (sakhya), relationship with a son or daughter (vatsalya rasa) and the relationship between wife and husband or lovers (Madhurya rasa). But since in this material world everything is temporary and based on false ego all of these relationships give pain and are not pure.
When Lord Rama appeared in Treta yuga, many Yogis and sadhus approached Him in the forest and asked for a boon that they wanted to serve Him in Madhurya Rasa (Conjugal Love). Lord Rama blessed them and told them that, in the next Purna avatar of Krishna, all of the yogis can take birth as Gopis in Vrindavan and can serve Him in Madhurya Rasa.
So this was the desire of the devotees of the Supreme Lord, which The Lord fulfilled and danced with them in Rasa Lila. Krishna Rasa Lila is not a mundane relationship between young girls and boys. They were all 5 to 8 years. Krishna was 8 years old when He performed Rasa-Lila.
Its divine relationship between the Supreme Lord and His devotees and this great fortune can be attained only when one is 100% pure and free from Lust and had got the merciful glance of Shrimati Radharani. Lord Krishna Has Rasalila when He was only 8 years old small child. So first understand that Lord Krishna was a small child and all Gopis were also small babies. This is Divine Lila & nothing to do with the acts of the mundane world.
He also lifted the Govardhan hill when He was 7 years old for 7 days. So one should first understand the position of Lord Krishna & then speak. Those asking if Krishna can dance with 108 Gopi’s, why they can’t, should 1st lift a 10Kg stone on their hands & hold it for 1 week. So one should first understand the position of Lord Krishna and then speak. If one wants to speak about Lord Krishna or wants to give an example or quote from his pastimes, then he has to accept all other pastimes and see the whole thing in the same context and perspective.
First of all, let us understand who is Krishna? Lord Shri Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead as per all Vedic literature. So if he is the Supreme God, it means everything in the whole creation belongs to God. It means all the wealth of this world, all beauty of this world, all knowledge of this world, all power of this creation, all renunciation of this world belongs to Him.
It also means that he is the husband of all living entities (As we that we are not these bodies (male or female) we are souls). According to the Vedas only Purusa is the Lord and all other living entities are prakriti (feminine). So Lord Krishna is the husband of every living being ever existing. (merey 2 pati- ek merey pati aur doosarey TIRUPATI-Lord Krishna)
Shrimati Radharani is the eternal consort of Shri Krishna. They are inseparable. They are the adi dampatti. Lord Krishna appeared around 5000 years back in Vrindavan. But Lord Krishna is unborn. Like example is given that it appears every morning that Sun is taking birth from the eastern horizon and disappearing in the sea. But does Sun take birth in the morning and dies in the evening.
In the same way, Lord Krishna appears with His eternal consort and associates and performs His beautiful pastimes so that to attract all the living entities back home back to Godhead. So Shrimati Radharani and Lord Shri Krishna are the eternal consort and the Supreme Lord. Also, Lord new that people in Kaliyuga will speak nonsense so he enacted the pastime of remarrying Shrimati Radharani. Lord Krishna married Shrimati Radharani when they were small.
This Vivah ceremony was conducted by Lord Bramha himself. This pastime took place in Bhandirvan and is explained in Garga Samhita and Gita Govinda. Also, all Gopis of Vrindavan was also married to Lord Shri Krishna when Lord Bramha has stolen all the friends of Lord Krishna for one year.
When Lord Bramha has stolen all the calves and the friends of Lord Krishna for one year, Lord Krishna expanded Himself as the cowherd boys and calves for the full one year. During this time all the Brajabashis got their son’s marriage.
Since only Lord Krishna Has expanded Himself as all the cowherd boys, Lord Krishna had actually married all the Gopis. After all these pastimes, Lord Krishnan performed Rasa Lila. Lord Krishna had initially married only 8 Queens. Once He killed a demon called Bhaumasura who had kidnapped 16,100 princes and rescued them from his captivity.
Then Krishna told these princesses to return to their Kingdoms, but all these princesses told Lord Krishna that since this demon has kept them captive for so long, society will not accept them back & no one marry them.
All 16,100 princesses begged Lord Krishna to marry them. Lord being the most merciful and bhaktavatsala married all of them. Lord Krishna then expanded Himself into 16,108 Krishna & stayed with each of them in Their own palaces. Lord Krishna build a separate palace for each queen and He expanded Him into 16,108 identical forms and lived with all His queens simultaneously. Lord Krishna begot at least 10 children from each queen and He had more than 1, 61,108 children.
This is not humanly possible. People cannot maintain a single wife or a girl what to speak of not only maintaining 16,108 wives but begetting so many children & living with each of them simultaneously.
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