“Thank you Krishna,” Radha said as she looked up into his eyes with love.

“I should thank you for being so selfless my darling,” he said and smiled at her.

“I just want them to be happy like I am. They all love you too,” she said as she indicated to her gopi friends.

“I know but I love you the most,” he said and kissed her forehead quickly.

“I love you so much,” she replied, a little teary-eyed.

Artist: M.R. Gondhalekar

“Thank you for making them happy,” Radha said to Krishna as she gestured to her friends who were all dancing with Krishna as He had replicated Himself so that each gopi could claim a dance with Him.

“Darling, you are the most unselfish woman I know,”

“No, I just know how much it hurts to love you and not be with you,” she replied and hugged him tightly.

“I will always be with you, even if only in your heart,” He said and kissed her forehead.

“I love you,” she said and sighed contentedly as he tightened his arms around her.

“I love you too,” He replied.

“Ah honey sucker! You are like my Lord–going from flower to flower and owing allegiance to none, leaving the flower the moment you have exhausted its nectar! Where have you come from? You have been sucking honey from His garland I see. And look, you have some red powder on your feelers. That must be from the forehead of some beauty from Mathura which has got into His garland while while she embraced Him and now you have smeared it on yourself while sucking from His garland! Go away. I cannot bear the sight of you! Having made us drink of the inebriating nectar of His lips once, He has abandoned us, who have given up everything for His sake–our sons, our husbands, our homes and our prospects here and in the hereafter!”

Radha’s monologue to a small bee, narrated by Vanamali in Sri Krishna Lila