Parikrama of Sri Vrindavan Dham
Thursday, 31 October 2019
Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
Photographs courtesy of Sripad B.N. Sadhu Maharaj
bhakter nirmala-nirjharasya nibhrtam samraksakam sadaram
vande sri-gurudevam anata-sira acharya-varyam nijam
"I bow my head in eternal obeisance to my Gurudev, the best of acharyas,
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. He is the ever vigilant, stalwart
guardian of the current of pure devotion whose highest form flows from our
most worshippable Sri Rupanuga Guru-varga in their exclusive dedication to
Mahabhav, Srimati Radharani."
pramada-madana-lilah kandare kandare te
rachayati nava-yunor dvandvam asminn amandam
iti kila kalanartham lagnakas tad-dvayor me
nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana tvam
"O Govardhan, the Divine Couple liberally enact Pastimes of mad love in your
caves. Please grant me a dwelling beside you so I can see Their
vaisnavera pada-dhuli tahe mora snana-keli
tarpana mora vaisnavera nama
vaisnavera uchchhista tahe mora mano-nistha
vaisnavera namete ullasa
"The feet dust of the Vaishnavs is where I sport and take bath, Vaishnavs'
name is the water oblation. My mind is intently fixed upon the remnants of
Vaishnavs, and I am elated at the name of Vaishnavs."
gangara-parasa ha-ile paschate pavana
darsane pavitra kara—ei tomara guna
"If the Ganges touches someone, they are purified some time later; but one
becomes purified just by seeing you, O Vaishnava Thakur. Such is your power."
Their Lordships Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Gandharva Rasa-Bihari-jiu
Sri Imlitala Math established by Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaj marking a very special place for our sampradaya: "Krishna was sitting once in Imlitala, Vrindavan. (If you go to Vrindavan you can see near our temple there is a tamarind tree.) Krishna sat under that tamarind tree and suddenly saw His reflection in the Yamuna. He thought, "Oh, how beautiful I am! Why does Radharani cry seeing My beauty? Why does She always chant My Name? I want to know what kind of taste She always gets! I will come as a devotee, in Her form!" And Bhagavan Sri Krishna came in this age of Kali as Radha-Krishna's combined form—as Gauranga Mahaprabhu, taking the same colour as Srimati Radhika..."
Remains of that very tamarind tree.
Sri Chir Ghat (the place where Lord Sri Krishna stole the garments of the gopis bathing in the Yamuna)
At Keshi Ghat (the place where Lord Sri Krishna slew a demon called Keshi
that assumed the form of a gigantic horse.)
Next stop: Vishrambat (Vishram-sthan), a place where Mahaprabhu stopped to rest.
At Sri Kaliya-ghat:
'You heard also about the Kaliya-daman-lila. Krishna floated in the water for so long that He became very cold. His mother (vataslya-rasa) took Him to the highest place in Vrindavan and summoned dvadas Surya, twelve suns. One sun gives so much heat, but when twelve suns came all together, there was so much heat that there started so much wild fire. All Vraja basis, all devotees of Vrindavan became afraid, but Krishna's mother kept Him there because Krishna was so cold, He was shaking and suffering so much. When Krishna sensed that all devotees, all Vraja-basis, were very afraid, He ate all the fire! After that, Yasoda Ma took Him home and gave Him some hot milk because she was so worried, "My son is so cold!" When Krishna touched the hot milk with His lips, He cried, "Ow!" Yasoda Ma was surprised, "I have just now seen how You have eaten so much fire, and now You are scared of some hot milk?!" Krishna said then quietly, "Have you seen it? Do not tell anyone about it, OK?"'
Passing the holy temple of Sri Madan Mohan of Srila Sanatan Goswamipad...
...and returning to Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math
During the evenign arati and programme
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