My granddaughter, 3 years old, went to Kid’s school and on the first day she was attracted to a boy of comparatively short stature wearing spectacles. She liked him so much that she was grabbing him repeatedly. Weary of her behaviour and feeling discomforted, the boy bit her arm but she neither cried nor developed hatred against him. She still likes him most and takes tender care of him and he too enjoys her company. Similarly she is very fond of the picture of Lord Krishna in child form.
Even my grandson (3 years old) at another place has a friendship with a girl in his school and enjoys her company without any inhibition.
It is a feast to the eyes to observe these innocent child couples enjoying each other’s company. Even their teachers enjoy such couples. But around the age of 6-7 years they develop a worldly understanding and start keeping away.
It is a little awkward situation when grownups (boy and girl) make love in public places or while riding on bikes. This uncontrollable love display in India is still resented by the old people and young people develop jealousy. While old people are of the opinion that there is no seriousness in such love affairs the grownups are tempted to do the same and sometimes develop rivalry.
My spiritual teacher told me to leave the habit of reading any more, and mentally witness and enjoy the company of the divine pair in the form of a boy (Krishna up to 11 years old) and girl (Radha older than him), with the wish to serve them. One may note here that the male is not older than 11 years and his associate girl is grown up with all sorts of innocent feelings. Here I remember a childhood happening:
In my childhood (about 6 or 7 years old) I accompanied my two elder sisters to attend a function at a village. In those days the floors in the houses were made of mud. It rained there out of season and that made the earth slippery. All around it was a dirty place and flies were swarming everywhere. It made me feel sick while eating. Seeing my condition my sisters took me to the house of their friends (two sisters) in the same village. That house was neat and clean and there I relished the food offered by them. The love and concern shown by my sisters’ beautiful friends made me want to remain in their care forever. I still feel the same as when I was a child, though they may or may not be alive presently.
Here on earth we observe that nature is there first and then, in a suitable environment and at the appropriate time, consciousness enters gradually in seemingly inert matter and various forms of plants and animals are generated. Hence, the feminine part may be considered primal to the male counterpart for our purpose but it is activated by the male part, i.e., consciousness, thus resulting in creation.
In reality, Nature and God exist eternally and mind is their offspring. If mind remains attached to nature out of selfishness or enjoyment, then it gets only carnal pleasure. It is only when the mind is attached to Mother Nature and God that peace and happiness dawn on it.
SP Sharma, India