Before the Gopis (cowherd girls of Vrindavan) met Sri Krishna, they heard His magic flute. Far, far away it was physically, but it resounded sweetly within their hearts. From within they reached Him.
They gathered together to talk about the Venu, the celestial music of the flute and the magic it manifested all around. Just by this, they wholly dissolved in Sri Krishna.
The verses of their discussion are called Venu (flute) Gita (song).
There are about 20 verses in this Gita, and it is stunning in beauty, poetry and most of all what it teaches us about love. The pure adoration of a devotee for God, for a beloved, for the Universe. How to enter that space and become one with the object of your love?
The Gopis say that when Sri Krishna enters the forest of Vrindavan – birds sing to welcome Him. Trees fill themselves with blooming flowers and shower these on the paths to welcome Him. The sound of the flute mesmerizes all of creation.
The doe comes close with her husband, the deer and watches Sri Krishna. Her eyes are steadfast upon the Lord of the Universe. Indeed, she worships Him with her eyes alone.
The birds stop singing and feeding their little ones. They enter a trance bewitched by the magical flute notes. The calves stop feeding, and the cows strain to hear the sound that makes their hearts dance with ethereal joy.
The rivers, raise their waves like hands and touch Sri Krishna’s Feet. They try to hug Him with their waters and place lotus flowers at His Feet as if offering their own souls to Him.
The clouds see that the sun’s intense rays are upon the cloud-colored Lord. Thinking of Him, who dons their own color, as their most beloved friend (sakha), they rush to take the heat of the sun upon themselves. They shelter the Master of music and hearts. Gently they offer themselves as a light drizzle. The drizzle feels like tiny white flowers being showered from heaven.
The message all along seems to be that each object, animal, birds, flowers, rivers, clouds offer themselves, wholly and eternally to the Lord.
Not as a grand austerity with enormous will power and self-effort but with sweetness.
Gentle strings of love pull them towards Sri Krishna and they give themselves to Him. Not as a service or something to do, think and plan conscientiously with the mind. But more like a spontaneous dance, in step with His music, dissolving themselves, in Him.
Each makes an offering that is unique and true to their own character or nature (svabhava). They do not compare themselves with others. They offer what they can in the best way that arises from deep within their heart and is the song of their soul. There is no thought in this about what joy will I get from this offering or what benefit will I get back from it, it is offered from the soul to the Soul of all Existence – a breath, a step, a flower, a moment of fullness in this magical Cosmic Existence.
Let us join them, beloved friends, this very moment from wherever we are and in whatever state we believe ourselves to be.
Letting go of our little desires and not heeding the duality of the mind – let us dip into our hearts and listen to the celestial notes and dance. Dance in the giving which has no end, dance to the music of our soul, dance with the soul of the Universe.
Sri Krishna Sharanam Mama