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Krishna Raslila is part of Indian tradition. It is mentioned in Hindu scriptures such as the Bhagavata Purana and literature such as the Gita Govinda, where he dances with Radha and gopis. The Raslila takes place in the night, when gopis on hearing, Krishna’s soothing flute, sneak out of their homes to dance with Krishna. In the Krishna Bhakti traditions, the rasa-lila is considered to be one of the highest and most esoteric of Krishna’s pastimes. In these traditions, romantic love between human beings in the material world is seen as a reflection of the soul’s original, ecstatic spiritual love of Krishna, God, in the spiritual world. The divine dance is born out of pure love and devotion.

The Nidhivan temple houses a beautiful idol of Radha Krishna and is surrounded by a sacred ‘Kunj’ or forest, where Lord Krishna and Radha rest after the raslila is over. Nearby, there is a small temple called Rang Mahal where it is believed that Shri Krishna embellishes Radha with his own hands. Priests at Rang Mahal temple place toothbrushes, a saree, bangles, paan leaves, sweets, and water before closing the gates after night aarti. However, everything- is found scattered in the morning as if somebody has used them.

History

Krishna Raslila was started by Swami Sri Uddhavaghamanda Devacharya in the early 15th Century CE at Vamshivata in Vrindavan, Mathura. He was a prominent saint of the Nimbarka sampradya, and disciple of the world-renowned Swami Sri Harivyasa Devacarya. The Vani literature of Vraja is the transcription of the songs that were heard by Swami Harivyasa Devacarya and his Guru, Swami Shri Shribhatta as they meditated on the Nitya Lila of Shri Radha Krishna. These songs describe the eternal spiritual abode of Shri Radha Krishna, the Sakhis and Nitya Vrindavana Dham – or Nikunj Dham.

 Raslila in Contemporary Times

Krishna Raslila is a popular theme in classical dances like Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, and Manipuri. Raslila is admired during the festival of Krishna Janmashtami, Holi, and among others like Gaudiya Vaishnavism in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

The Krishna Raslila is being popularized to new music style, from its traditional form nowadays, but there a few devotees who still preserve and praise the traditional art of Raslila.

 

Adam and Eve, Forbidden Fruit and ‘The Fall’ 

Adam and Eve are the human couples, pioneers of the human race. They belong to the Judeo-Christian era and Islamic traditions. In the holy bible, there are two narratives of their creation.

According to the Priestly (P) history of the 5th or 6th century BCE, God on the sixth day of Creation created all the living creatures both “male and female.” God then blessed the couple, to “fruitful and multiply,” and gave them dominion over all other living things.

According to the lengthier Yahwist(J) narrative of the 10th century BCE, God, or Yahweh, created Adam at a time when the earth was still void, forming him from the earth’s dust and breathing “into his nostrils the breath of life.”

God then gave Adam the primaeval Garden of Eden to tend. Subsequently, so that Adam would not be alone, God created other animals but, finding them insufficient, put Adam to sleep, took a rib from him, and created a new companion, Eve.

Their first children were Cain and Abel. Abel, the keeper of sheep, was highly regarded by God and was killed by Cain out of envy. Another son, Seth, was born to replace Abel, and the two human stems, the Cainites, and the Sethites descended from them.

 

The Forbidden Fruit.

The account of the Book of Genesis places Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden.

The forbidden fruit grows in their garden, which the god demands humankind not to eat. In the biblical narrative, Adam and Eve eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and are exiled from Eden.

God forbid the fruit because he cared for humankind. The forbidden fruit is a metaphor in the sense that it represented the knowledge of good and evil. The fruit represented an alternate reality: separation from God.

 

Controversies

A professor at the University of Trinity said the humankind is diverse and there is significant genetic diversity among humans, that it is not possible that Adam and Eve are the original reproducing pair.

They argue that science is unable to resolve the question of Adam and Eve but, they write: “Science says that there was never a time when only two people existed on the earth: it is silent on whether or not God began a special relationship with a historical couple at some point in the past.”

 

Movies made on Adam and Eve

If you want to further know about Adam and Eve; there are numerous movies made on the first man and woman. The list is as follows:

  • Adam and Eve (1910)
  • Adam and Eve [Vitagraph] (1912)
  • The New Adam and Eve (1915)
  • Young Eve and old Adam (1920)
  • Adam and Eve a la Mode (1920)
  • The Bible: Creation (1921)
  • Good Morning Eve (1934)

 

Conclusion

The story of the fall of Adam is often considered to be an allegory. Findings in population genetics, particularly those concerning Y-Chromosomal Adam and Mitochondrial Eve, indicate that a single first “Adam and Eve” pair of human beings never existed.

 

Osho- The Most Controversial Spiritual Guru of All Time

Below we are going to discuss the most controversial spiritual Guru of all time (Osho). This blog will walk you through the Osho’s Childhood to Work and Achievements, Life events, & their Ahsrams & Osho’s Death.

 

Osho and his Childhood

Osho was born on 11th December 1931. His birth name was Chandra Mohan Jain, also known as Rajneesh. He was an Indian godman and founder of the Rajneesh movement.

Osho lived in a rural family, at his maternal grandparents’ house. Osho was exposed to the utmost freedom at his grandparents’ house as his grandmother let him live his life without an imposed education or restriction.

At the age of seven, Osho’s grandfather died, and he went to live with his parents, Babulal and Saraswati Jain, in Gadarwara.

The death of his grandfather when he was seven and his cousin when he was fifteen affected his childhood phase a lot. In his school life, Osho was a rebellious student and an excellent debater.

 

Osho

 

Work and Achievements 

Osho has introduced the idea of dynamic meditation which, commences with the period of uninhabited movement which- leads to catharsis and is further followed by a period of silence and stillness.

It has become a profound technique among his disciples around the world.

Osho presented meditation not just as a practice but as a state of awareness to be maintained in every moment, a total awareness– that awakens the individual from the sleep of mechanical responses conditioned by beliefs and expectations.

 

Osho in the US Prison

Thirty years ago, Osho was arrested and juggled between six US jails. The reason Osho was put behind bars was to silence him because he was gaining media attention and also to deport him from the US as he was fighting the immigration case through the US justice system.

After his jail experience, Osho shared the shocking details of US mass incarnation and exposed the cruelty faced by young people in US jail.

The reason Osho was a threat because he questioned the status quo and danger to the status quo is always sensed by the establishment – which then quickly tries to silence the people.

 

Osho’s Centers in the World. 

There are 300 Osho information centres and meditation centres in more than forty-five countries of the world. These centres provide a look at Osho’s books, experience his meditation and get an insight into his life.

Rajneeshpuram

Rajneeshpuram was a religious intentional community in Wasco County, Oregon, incorporated as a city between 1981 and 1988.

Its the population consisted entirely of Rajneesh’s, followers of the spiritual teacher Rajneesh, later known as Osho.

Its citizens and leaders were responsible for launching the 1984 Rajneeshee bioterror attack, the single largest bioterrorist attack in the United States, as well as the planned 1985 Rajneeshee assassination plot, in which they conspired to assassinate Charles Turner, the then-United States Attorney for the District of Oregon.

 

Osho’s Death

Osho died on 19 January 1990, aged 58, at the ashram in Pune, India. The official cause of death was heart failure, but a statement released by his commune said that he had died because “living in the body had become a hell” after alleged poisoning in US jails. 

There are three critical aspects to Osho’s death which demand scrutiny. The first is the extraordinary secrecy around Osho at the time of his death.

This was followed by his speedy cremation. Some also believed that the account of Osho’s death is a detailed script and not factual. However, after three decades, his death is still a mystery and indecisive.

 

Legacy 

While Rajneesh’s teachings were not welcomed by many in his own home country during his lifetime, there has been a change in Indian public opinion since Rajneesh’s death.

Osho has found more acclaim in his homeland since his death than he ever did while alive.

Many Bollywood personalities like Mahesh Bhatt, Parveen Babi were also known to be the followers of Rajneesh’s philosophy. His books are available in more than 60 languages from more than 200 publishing houses and have entered best-seller lists in Italy and South Korea.