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Never before has the complete life of Krishna been told in a way that is so engaging and understandable, yet so faithful to the ancient epics of India. Spiritual seekers of all traditions will find inspiration and revitalized faith in these pages.
Sri Krishna Lila describes the extraordinary manifestation of the Eternal in the realm of time that occurred in Krishna, the playful and enchantingly beautiful Deity who embodies the highest truths of India's spiritual wisdom.
While the usual Western image of God as father or monarch is represented in this story, readers will also find here much more -- a refreshing and powerful picture of God as child, playmate, lover, friend, and teacher. They will discover how India conceived the most intimate and joyous experience of God, using the seductive metaphor of the Divine Beloved. What is evoked here is not a religion of moral law and stern obligation, but a spirituality of joy and true desire, love and beauty, contemplation and inner awakening.
This life of Krishna expands our concept of divinity and raises our thoughts to a higher spiritual plane. What does it mean to conceive of God as warrior and king? What does it mean to relate to the Infinite as friend or husband? Such experiences are vividly portrayed in these pages. We are uplifted as we contemplate the unlimited joy of the Eternal, appearing to us in a form combining beauty, strength, and irrepressible playfulness.
Just as the music from Krishna's heavenly flute is irresistibly attractive, so this book will entrance its readers.
In this podcast Mataji Vanamali reads book 1, Bala Lila, of the three books of Sri Krishna Lila, and the first 10 of 33 chapters.
VisitVanamali Book and Music Store to purchase Sri Krishna Lila and Mataji’s other illuminating books.

Sri Krishna Lila Mataji Vanamali

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Never before has the complete life of Krishna been told in a way that is so engaging and understandable, yet so faithful to the ancient epics of India. Spiritual seekers of all traditions will find inspiration and revitalized faith in these pages.
Sri Krishna Lila describes the extraordinary manifestation of the Eternal in the realm of time that occurred in Krishna, the playful and enchantingly beautiful Deity who embodies the highest truths of India's spiritual wisdom.
While the usual Western image of God as father or monarch is represented in this story, readers will also find here much more -- a refreshing and powerful picture of God as child, playmate, lover, friend, and teacher. They will discover how India conceived the most intimate and joyous experience of God, using the seductive metaphor of the Divine Beloved. What is evoked here is not a religion of moral law and stern obligation, but a spirituality of joy and true desire, love and beauty, contemplation and inner awakening.
This life of Krishna expands our concept of divinity and raises our thoughts to a higher spiritual plane. What does it mean to conceive of God as warrior and king? What does it mean to relate to the Infinite as friend or husband? Such experiences are vividly portrayed in these pages. We are uplifted as we contemplate the unlimited joy of the Eternal, appearing to us in a form combining beauty, strength, and irrepressible playfulness.
Just as the music from Krishna's heavenly flute is irresistibly attractive, so this book will entrance its readers.
In this podcast Mataji Vanamali reads book 1, Bala Lila, of the three books of Sri Krishna Lila, and the first 10 of 33 chapters.
VisitVanamali Book and Music Store to purchase Sri Krishna Lila and Mataji’s other illuminating books.

    Sri Krishna Lila 10

    Sri Krishna Lila 10

    Chapter 10. The Lord of Vraja.
    “It's what Krishna taught, what he represents, that matters, not whether these beautiful lessons came from a real man who lived long ago in the past, a man whose life story has become mostly the work of myth, or someone who is entirely a fictitious creation.
    Vishnu decided to take on this avatar for the same reason he always decides to take on a human (or earlier, animal) avatar-not to try to save the world and to redeem humanity from sinning, but to help people, to teach them, to be a hero when a very horrible time is upon the world and they need someone to get rid of that evil (in this instance, Krishna's evil uncle Kamsa, and in the incarnation just prior to Krishna, the horrible demon king Ravana).
    I find it really beautiful, touching, and true what Krishna says to his dear friend Arjuna during the course of the sermon which has come to be known as the Bhagavad Gita. He, Krishna, Vishnu, has many names and forms to many different people; one need not be a Hindu to properly worship him or to find enlightenment. However one sees the Divine, be it Krishna, Jesus, the Tao, Great Spirit, the Goddess, the traditional Western view of God, kanji, local spirits, a special rock, even the broader realms of Nature or Science, is how he will come to that person, and in that guise he is being worshipped. Krishna acknowledges that there are many paths to him, none of them incorrect if approached with a pure and devout heart.
    If only more people would care to learn this beautiful ancient story, there might be less religious intolerance and bigotry in the world and more love and understanding. If God can understand that all of these different religions ultimately lead up to the same Divinity, then why can't ordinary human beings?”
    The many faces of the Divine, April 25, 2004, Anyechka (Rensselaer, NY United States)

    • 28 min
    Sri Krishna Lila 9

    Sri Krishna Lila 9

    Sri Krishna Lila Chapter 9. The Divine Lover...
    Vanamali Mataji sings her original love poems...
    Vanamali Krishna Muraree
    Vanamali, Krishna Muraree,
    Krishna Muraree,
    Krishna Muraree.
    O Vanamali! Krishna! Muraree!
    Reveal thyself to me.
    O flute-bearer with the entrancing dark blue complexion,
    Let me hear the music of thy flute.
    Thou art the ocean and I am the wave,
    Thou art Krishna and I thy vanamala (garland of wild flowers).
    Thou alone art my lover,
    My beloved Vanamali.
    Vanamali! Krishna! Muraree!
    VANAMALI KRISHNA MURAREE
    (Raga – Chakravakam)
    Vanamali Krishna Muraree,
    Darshana dedo mere pyaara…Vanamali.(repeat)
    Ghanashyama Sundara, Muralidhara,
    Sunare mujuko bansuria…….Vanamali.
    Tum ho sagara me hum taranga,
    Tum ho kaanha me vanamala.
    Tum ho saavaria mere pyaara…..Vanamali.

    • 32 min
    Sri Krishna Lila 8

    Sri Krishna Lila 8

    Sri Krishna Lila 8. Krishna Lifts The Mountain...
    Vanamali Mataji Sings her original love poems...
    ENGINE VARUM NEE
    O Beloved Vanamali! How will you come to me?
    Will you come on a raft or on a cloud or in the chariot of my mind?
    How should I welcome the King of kings?
    What can I offer the God of gods?
    I have only my tears, caught in the cup of my heart
    In the bridal hall of life, I have wandered far and wide
    Holding the wedding garland in my hand,
    Searching for a suitable groom,
    Many births have I taken and many times died,
    Countless are the garbs I have donned.
    Searching desperately for my lover.
    But never did I find the perfect person. (Uttama Purusha)
    O Help of the Helpless!,
    Sole support of the abandoned!
    Wilt thou not accept my wedding garland?
    Wilt thou not wed this jeevatma (embodied soul)
    And place the garland round her neck.?
    O beloved Vanamali!
    How will you come to me?
    ENGINE VARUM NEE
    (Raga—Charukesi)
    Engine varum nee, priya Vanamali,
    Odathilo, carmekhathilo,
    Athava en manorathathilo.
    Vanamali….Vanamali…..
    Athava en manorathathilo.
    Rajathirajane engine sweekarikkum,
    Devathidevane entu jaan kazhchavekkum
    Kannunir maatram hridaya thalikayil.
    Vanamali…Vanamali,
    Kannunir maatram hridaya thalikayil
    Jeevithamayoru swayamvara pandalil,
    Varane thedi jaan vanamala kai pidichum,
    Palavattam janichum, palavattam marichum,
    Pala vesham dharichum thiranju nadannu jaan,
    Uttama purushane kandethiyilla jaan,.
    Uttama purushane kandethiyilla jaan,
    Vanamali…Vanamali,
    Uttama purushane kandethiyilla jaan,
    Aashritha valsala, anaatha rakshaka,
    Ivalude vanamala sweekarikille nee,
    Jeevatmavine swayamvarikille nee,
    Vanamali…Vanamali,
    Ee jeevatmavine swayavarikille nee.
    Vanamali…Vanamali
    Engine varum nee?

    • 19 min
    Sri Krishna Lila 7

    Sri Krishna Lila 7

    Chapter 7. The Enchanting Flute...
    Mataji sings her original love poems...
    ORU MUKHAM MATRAM
    One face alone do I see,
    One melody alone do I hear.
    O Vanamali! Thy beauteous form alone
    do I nurse in my heart.
    O thou enchanting blue baby,
    Wilt thou come and be rocked in the cradle of my heart?
    Wilt thou remove the darkness of my ignorance?
    Wilt thou come and play in the courtyard of my mind?
    One face alone do I see,
    One song alone do I hear.
    ORU MUKHAM MATRAM
    (Raga – Bairav)
    Oru mukham maatram kaanunnu jaan,
    Oru swaram maatram kekkunnu jaan.
    Vanamali ninte prema swarupam,
    Eppozhum hridayathil laallikkum jan.
    Oru mukham maatram…..
    Shyamala komala unni kanna,
    En mana thotilil chanchatumo,
    En andhakarathe neekidumo,
    En nadumittathil vilayadumo.

    • 24 min
    Sri Krishna Lila 6

    Sri Krishna Lila 6

    Chapter 6 ...
    Brahma Bemused...
    Mataji Vanamali sings her original love poem...
    NEELOTPALA NAYANA
    (Raga- Yemen Kalyan)
    O Kanna (Krishna) with eyes like the petals of the blue lotus!
    Wilt thou not reveal thyself to me?
    Wilt thou not appear before me?
    I am drowning in a sea of sorrow,
    O remover of all sorrows!
    Wilt thou not rescue me?
    O lotus-eyed dweller of Ambadi (Vrindavan),
    O Thou who sleeps on a peepul leaf!
    O Thou of blissful countenance!
    O Krishna!
    Thy name alone,
    Thy abode alone,
    Thy feet alone!
    Are my sole recourse!
    O Thou with eyes like the petals of the blue lotus.
    Neelotpala nayana Kanna,
    Darshanam nee tharille,
    Kanna, kanmubil nee varille,
    Vanamali Kanna, kanmubil nee varille?
    Dhukharnavathil mungikulikkunnu,
    Dhukhavinashaka karakayatille,
    Ambuja nayana,
    Ambadi kanna,
    Aalila shayana
    Aananda vadana,
    Neelotpala nayana Kanna
    Darshanam nee tharille, Kanna,
    Kanmubil nee varille.
    Kanna…
    Nin naamam maatram,
    Nin dhaamam maatram
    Nin paadam maatram
    Ashrayame deva,
    Neelotpala…

    • 41 min
    Sri Krishna Lila 5

    Sri Krishna Lila 5

    The Bondage of the Boundless...
    Mataji sings her original love poem...
    KETTU JAN MURALI GAANAM
    (Raga – Tilang)
    I heard, I heard the sound of the flute,
    I saw, I saw the form of Vanamali,
    I even touched his soft hands
    O Kanna (Krishna)
    I even touched his soft hands.
    I saw the beauteous dark blue form of my beloved,
    I heard him play the melody known as Mohana,
    I kissed his beloved lotus feet.
    I heard, I heard the sound of the flute.
    Kettu jaan murali gaanam,
    Kandu jaan Vanamali rupam,
    Thottu jaan mriduvaaya hastham
    Kanna! Kanna,! Kanna!
    Thottu jaan mriduvaaya hastham.
    Sundara Ghanashyama rupam,
    Kandu jaan vanamali vesham
    Kettu jaan mohana raagam
    Chumbichu priya paada padmam,
    Kettu jaan murali gaanam…

    • 30 min

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