Who is Keshav for vrajavasis – Killer of Keshi Demon, Sri Krishna or one who combs the hair of Sri Radha?

In the battlefield of Kurushetra, Arjuna is confused and is unable to fight. He sees that he has to fight his own guru Dronacharya, his uncle Bhisma and his very own cousins and family members. He was completely blank and wanted to renounce immediately.

He surrendered to Krishna and stated to him, "Hey Keshav, I give myself completely to you. Please enlighten me and show me the way."

Then, Krishna gave him all the knowledge that is called as the gita (song) of Lord (Bhagavan), or popularly known as Bhagavad Gita.

In any spiritual discussions, the text is one, and context is other. Everybody understand scriptures as per their understanding, advancement and mercy of Rasika Vaishnavas. It is easy to read but to decode the inner meaning and inner confidential loving reciprocation of Lord, one must take shelter of a vrajvasi, who's everything is Krishna and who own Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Krishna is only bound by unalloyed love, and who else than vrajvasis own Him the most? Vrajavasis follow the mood of Radha, and Radha is sold to Krishna, and hence Krishna is sold to vrajavasis.

The love of vrajavasis is totally different. While sleeping in Dwarka, Krishna used to chant names of Radha Radha Radha. Rukmini Devi was often perplexed and wanted to know the glories of Radha. It's a discussion for other day but what Sri Vrindavan Dham is inspiring me to write is to highlight the inner mood of Krishna who is meditating and remembering Radha even while performing other passtimes, whether be it on the battlefield of Mahabharata or even while carrying political and diplomatic affairs in Dwarka or Mathura.

Srila Vishwanath Cakravarti Thakur Prabhupada has written a Bhagavad Gita commentary from the perspective of a vrajvasi.

Though in Bhagavad Gita, the name of Sri Radha is not mentioned anywhere, but in fact, it is hidden as the name of Sri Radha cannot be taken by anybody without adhikar (eligibility). It requires kripa (mercy) of Rasika Vaishnavas to get the adhikar (eligibility) to chant the name of Sri Radhika Kishori.

So, when Arjuna asks Krishna, "Hey Keshav, guide me," he, in fact, is actually referring to Krishna as Keshav, the one who combs the hair of Radha in Vrindavan, and not Keshav who kills the Keshi demon.

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Since Arjuna is a confidential friend of Krishna who also serves the Divine Couple as Arjunia Gopi in the nitya lila, he knows that Krishna only finds the highest bliss with only and only Sri Radha. Vishwanath Cakravarti Thakur writes that by addressing Krishna as Keshav, Arjuna is mocking Krishna that why are you giving gyan (knowledge). Go run to Vrindavan and comb Sri Radha's hair!

Bolo Jai Jai Shri Radhe!

Hare Krishna!

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