Sadhguru describes the multifaceted nature of Krishna, and how different people in the Mahabharat experienced him in different ways. Sadhguru talks about Leela, the path of the playful where one can explore the most profound and most serious aspects of life, playfully. If we are to taste the essence and be touched by the consciousness of what Krishna is, Sadhguru says that we need Leela. Otherwise Krishna won't be there.
If we have to… Krishna is seen and perceived and understood and experienced in many, many different ways by different people. Duryodhana, through the eyes of Duryodhana, for those of you who do not know the background I will be… because unless you understand the whole tapestry of the story and the situation in which he existed many aspects of who he is will be missed. So we will go into it, but right now Duryodhana is a man because of certain situations into which he was placed, insecure, angry, jealous, greedy and feeling wronged all his life. And because of actions which came forth from his greed and anger he became the key for destruction of his whole race. In Duryodhana’s words, ‘He’s a smiling rouge if there was ever one. He can eat, he can drink, he can sing, he can dance, he can make love, he can fight, he can gossip with old woman, play with little children. Who says he’s God?’ That’s Duryodhana’s perception. (Laughs)
Radhe, his childhood lover, a milkmaid, a simple woman of the village, but with such unfaltering love and devotion she has become so big that today you cannot talk of Krishna without Radhe. We don’t say Krishna Radhe. We say Radhe Krishna. She has become, a simple village woman, she has become as significant as Krishna or a little more significant than him. She said, ‘Krishna is with me. He’s always with me wherever he is, whoever he’s with, he’s still with me.’ That’s her perception.
Akrura, an uncle of Krishna, a wise and saintly being expressed his perception of Krishna this way, ‘Krishna, when I look at him, this strange young boy, I see the sun, the moon, and the seven stars whirling around him. When he speaks he sounds like the voice of the eternal. He is the hope. If there is hope in this world he is the hope.”
I can go on like this. Different people saw different facets of who he is. For some he’s God. For some he’s a crook. For some he’s a lover. For some he’s a fighter. So many things he is. If we want to taste an essence of what it means when we say Krishna, the consciousness that we refer to as Krishna, if we have to be touched by this we need Leela. Here we are for the Leela. Leela means it is the path of the playful. This is not for the serious types. Are you? (All Laugh) Because when I say playfulness we are not here just to play, we are here to explore the most profound and the most serious aspect of life but playfully, conducted playfully. Otherwise Krishna won’t be there. The reason why the most profound dimensions of life have missed…have been missed by the vast population of the world is because they do not know how to be playful.
This is the playfulness around him. These were absolutely dedicated to him, these people. Absolutely devoted to him, but this is the way they spoke about him. If you want to explore this path playfully, if you want to be playful you need a heart full of love, a joyful mind, and a vibrant body. Otherwise there is no Leela.