Mantras have this magical way of weaving into all levels of consciousness. I chant specific mantras usually in the morning, but they fill my day, playing in the background and I hum and chant along as I work. Ganesha flows into Kwan Yin who shifts and sparkles into Om Tare and then Vishnu and Lakshmi’s love is playing which may next be wild calls to Kali.
I started this post calling it dreams of Radha and Krishna, but in the chanting, it transformed to Bhakti is the Honey of My Soul. I am delighted to be participating in June Swoon for the Day 2 prompt of “honey”!
This morning when I woke up, Govinda Jaya Jaya was chanting in my head. I could not clear it until I sat up and put it on and sang along. The Govinda Jaya Jaya is a mantra to Krishna, divine lover and consort to Radha, and is a praise song of glory and victory.
“Govinda Jaya Jaya
Gopala Jaya Jaya
Radha Ramana Hari
Govinda Jaya Jaya”
While I enjoy this particular chant, I had not researched the literal meaning before this morning.
Govinda Jaya Jaya – Victory and Glory to Krishna as the Divine Cowherd
Gopala Jaya Jaya – Victory and Glory to Krishna, Shepherd/Protector of the Cows
Radha Ramana – name for Krishna as the lover of Radha, He who delights in Radha
Hari – A name of Vishnu (Krishna is one of Vishnu’s avatars). Hari is literally “the remover,” the One who removes all suffering and all veils of ignorance.
Radha and Krishna are the divine playmates, the young lovers consumed by the love and beauty that they relish in the other. Krishna is an avatar of Vishnu and Radha is an avatar of the Goddess Lakshmi. Together, they carry the brightly lit fires of passion, love, and wisdom from Vishnu and Lakshmi into their incarnation.
Not only is the love story of Radha and Krishna legendary, but it is symbolic of the love between Goddess/God and humanity. This epic love is the love that continually flows to us from source and the one we aspire to as our soul seeks to re-unite with the divine.
The past few weeks (months!) have a bit tumultuous in many real world areas. I chalk it up to the retrograde rock and roll and keep moving, but especially in the past week or two, I have felt the strain, the tug of a more-than-physical fatigue. Soul weary with a side of maddened Kali comes close to the feeling.
Balancing efforts have been focused to the mundane – my food, my activity, getting rest, listening to my body, and simply maintaining. Not living, just maintaining. I was listening to my body, but, I realized this morning, I was not listening to my soul; the radical bhakti part of my Self that delights in resting in the lap of Goddess (and God) and somersaulting through universes secure in the reciprocal love and protection of deity.
My intense faith has been with me all of my life. I never thought about it until I became aware that others did not share it. It’s a blessing, the absolute knowing that I come from a source that unconditionally loves me, does not wish me to suffer, but also gives me enough space to learn the life lessons that enhance and evolve my incarnations. Source takes on many faces and functions, Goddess, God, Lakshmi, Vishnu, Krishna, Radha, Shakti, Oshun, Hekate, Gaia, and on.
This is what the Govinda Jaya Jaya was singing through my dreams, my subconscious: when it all feels like too much, the Divine is waiting always. I may fold myself into the embrace and renew in sacred union anytime I need. As above, so below – my bhakti (love, reverence, devotion) my practice, my faith, my heart is the best antidote to stress and fatigue.
I had become paralyzed, simply waiting for the next wave with a bit of impending doom feeling. I had closed down large parts of my heart. I remembered a powerful quote from Pema Chodron:
My soul seed connection to source reminded me to come back to the softness of heart by chanting the Govinda Jaya Jaya mantra over and over. The sacred reminder is that all things pass and I cannot shut down my heart or I shut my Self down.
Bhakti is the honey of my soul.
Ebullient. I am ebullient. I allow my joy to rise.
I open my heart to the source that loves me intensely, deeply, like the greatest love story of the Universe.
I am the greatest love story of the Universe. I am Lover and Beloved.
How could I ever forget that?
I am humbled and strengthened.
In between one breath to the next, I accept healing and renewal.
My real world stressors do not simply poof, wouldn’t that be great? But, my armor is back firmly in place, porous and alive, allowing heart to flow into and from me. Divine love does not erase the hard bits, it just gives us sustenance, the love and understanding that we need to weather challenges wholly and courageously.
Goddess, Deity, Source is speaking to us all the time and love letters come from all directions. Many mantras sneak into our awareness in just this way; chanting in our hearts until we “hear” the divine messages and alignment that they bring.
Govinda Jaya Jaya! Chant with me! Coat your soul with the honey of bhakti!
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Opening to Divine Love with the Goddess Radha by Brandi Auset