Kurukshetra Is Less Important For The Gopis Than Vrindavan by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
ke mora nileka Krishna?
kāhāṅ mui āinu’?
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, “I had found Krishna, the Lord of Vrindavan, but I have lost Him again. Who has taken My Krishna? Where have I come?” These are the feelings of Srimati Radharani. First Lord Chaitanya felt that He had been taken to Vrindavan, where He saw Krishna’s rāsa dance with the gopis.
Then He was brought to Kurukshetra to see Lord Jagannatha, His sister Subhadrā and Lord Balarama. After that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu lost Vrindavan and Krishna, the master of Vrindavan. At this time,
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu experienced divyonmāda, transcendental madness in separation from Krishna. At Kurukshetra, Krishna displays His opulence, whereas in Vrindavan He is in His original position of rustic ‘sweetness’. Krishna never goes even a step away from Vrindavan; therefore Kurukshetra is less important for the gopis and their followers than Vrindavan.
There are some devotees who worship Krishna in His Vaikuntha aspect of opulence, and they may prefer to see Lord Krishna at Kurukshetra along with Subhadra and Balarama. However, the gopis want to see Krishna in Vrindavan, performing the rāsa dance with Srimati Radharani and other such pastimes. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu showed by practical example how one can cultivate the mood of Radharani and the other gopis in separation from Krishna. Devotees absorbed in this mood do not like to see Krishna anywhere else but Vrindavan.
Therefore Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu lamented, “I found Krishna in Vrindavan, and now I have again lost Him and come to Kurukshetra.” Unless one is a highly advanced devotee, he cannot understand these intricate feelings. The author of Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, however, has tried to explain this divyonmāda as far as possible, and it is our duty simply to appreciate it as far as we are able. Therefore the author has made the following request in verse 11:
tāte viśvāsa kari’
śuna bhāvera varṇana
ha-ibe bhāvera jñāna,
“My dear readers, simply try to hear this description with faith and love. That will help you understand the true nature of transcendental ecstasy, and thus, at last, you will achieve love of Godhead without
— Adapted from Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta » Antya-līlā » Antya 14: Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Feelings of Separation from Kṛṣṇa » Verse : 37, Purport.