Everyone has their own favorite among the many Krishna stories. Here are a few of themore popular ones mixed in with some of the lesser known stories, told by Sadhguru. Before the stories begin, Sadhguru sets the stage by giving us a glimpse of the multifaceted nature of Krishna, and speaks about what it takes to explore Krishna’s path – the path of the playful.
Sadhguru: When we say Krishna, the essence of who he is, he is an irrepressible child, a terrible prankster, an enchanting flute player, a graceful dancer, an irresistible lover, a truly valiant warrior, a ruthless vanquisher of his foes, a man who left a broken heart in every home, an astute states man and kingmaker, a thorough gentleman, a yogi of the highest order, and the most colorful incarnation.
Krishna has been seen, perceived, understood and experienced in many different ways by different people. For example, in Duryodhana’s words, Krishna is a “smiling rogue if there ever was one. He can eat, he can drink, he can sing, he can dance. He can make love, he can fight, he can gossip with old women, and play with little children. Who says he’s God?” That was Duryodhana’s perception.
不同人对克里希那都有不同的感知、理解和感受。 Duryodhana （难敌）说，“说他是个嬉皮笑脸的无赖再恰当不过了。他能吃能喝，能歌善舞。他能示爱，能作战，他能与老妇人聊家常里短，也能和孩子打成一片。是谁说他是个神？”这是 Duryodhana （难敌）对克里希那的看法。
Krishna’s childhood lover Radhe, who became so big that you can not talk of Krishna without Radhe – we don’t say “KrishnaRadhe,” we say, “Radhe Krishna” – she said, “Krishna is with me. He is always with me wherever he is. Whoever he is with, he is still with me.” That was her perception.
对于克里希那有一个很重要的人物，那就是他青梅竹马的恋人—— Radhe （拉提），只要提到克里希那就不能不提她。我们不说“ KrishnaRadhe （克里希那·拉提）”而是说“ RadheKrishna （拉提·克里希那）”。她说：“克里希那与我在一起。不管他在哪儿他都一直与我在一起。不论他在谁的身边，他都仍然和我在一起。”这便是 Radhe （拉提）的看法。
Shikandin, who because of a certain situation within himself was an absolutely tortured soul right from his childhood said, “Krishna never gave me any hope. But when he is there, the breeze of hope touches everybody.”
I could go on like this. Different people saw different facets of who he is. For some, he is God. For some, he is a crook. For some, he is a lover. For some, he is a fighter. He is so many things. If we want to taste an essence of what it means when we say Krishna, if we want to be touched by the consciousness that we refer to as Krishna, we need Leela. Leela means, it is the path of the playful – we explore the most profound and the most serious aspects of life, but playfully. Otherwise Krishna won’t be there.The reason why the most profound dimensions of life have been missed by a vast population of the world is because they do not know how to be playful.
我可以一直这么说下去。不同的人看到不同角度的克里希那。对于有些人，他是神。对有些人，他是个骗子。对于有些人，他是恋人。对于有些人，他是斗士。他扮演如此多不同的角色。如果我们想要品尝克里希那的真正本质，如果我们想要触碰到我们称之为克里希那的意识层面，那么我们就需要 Leela 。 Leela 意味着游戏之道——我们探究生命最深沉最严肃的层面，但是是以轻快幽默的方式。否则那就不是克里希那了。为什么那么多人会错过生命最深刻的维度，就是因为他们不知道如何用游戏的态度去看待生活。
To explore this path playfully, you need a heart full of love, a joyful mind, and a vibrant body. Only then there is Leela. To explore the most profound dimensions of life in a playful way, you must be willing to play with your awareness, with your imagination, with your memory, with your life, with your death. If you are willing to play witheverything, only then there is Leela. Leela does not mean just dancing with somebody. It means you are willing to dance with life. You are willing to dance with your enemy, you are willing to dance with the one whom you love, you are willing to dance at the moment of your death. Only then there is Leela.
要探索这种游戏之道，你必须有一颗盛满爱的心，一个快乐的头脑，还有一个充满活力的身体。只有这样才会有 Leela 。用轻快幽默的方式去探究生命最深沉最严肃的层面，你必须愿意像游戏般对待你的觉知，你的想象力，你的记忆，你的生与你的死。如果你愿意像游戏般对待一切事物，只有那时才会有 Leela 。 Leela 不意味着与某人共舞。它意味着你愿意与生命共舞，愿意与你的敌人共舞，愿意与你所爱的人共舞，愿意在生命的最后一刻起舞。只有那时，才会有 Leela 。