LOVE’S FIRE BURNS (on silk, framed)
20" x 25", with frame
The climactic moment of the Gita Govinda ('Song of the Dark Lord') is when Krishna, having dallied with the gopis, returns to consecrate his love with Radha. She is the incarnation of the Goddess Shri (Lakshmi),
beauty incarnate; though he is the Lord himself, he approaches her tentatively, fearful of rejection. The sublime, tense moment, depicted at night under a tempetuously stormy sky that hovers over the Vrindavana temple, is counterbalanced by the joyful gopi musicians who are present to celebrate the reunion of the divine couple. Krishna has become the beggar...
from the GITA GOVINDA, chapter 10.19.2-4:
Krishna to Radha- "If you speak, moonlight gleaming on your teeth dispels the dread darkness of my fear. Let your moon face lure my nightbird eyes to taste nectar from your quivering lips!
You are my ornament, my life, my jewel in the sea of existence. Be yielding to me forever, my heart fervently pleads! Radha, cherished love, abandon your baseless pride! Love's fire burns my heart--bring wine in your lotus mouth!"
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