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First Part of Sri Govardhan Parikrama

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Talking to devotees in Colombia
7 November 2018, Sri Govardhan, part 1


We went today to Govinda Kunda and explained how Govinda Kunda manifested: when Indra made an offence to Lord Krishna, he made a fire sacrifice and abhisek for Lord Krishna with surabhi cows' milk, and the place where the abhisek was became Govinda Kunda. We spoke also how Madhavendra Puri was sitting on the bank of Govinda Kunda and how he got the Deity of Govardhan-dhari Gopal. This Deity was installed by Vajranabha, a great-grandson of Lord Krishna, and later was rediscovered by Sripad Madhavendra Puripad. Krishna Himself came to Madhavendra Puri, bringing some milk for him to drink. "Kabe Ama' Madhava asibe, kabe Ama' karibe sevan (কবে আমা' মাধব আসিবে, কবে আমা' করিবে সেবান)—when will Madhava come to Me, when will he come to serve Me?" From this pastime of Madhavendra Puri finding Gopal's Deity we can understand what loving search for the lost servant is—Krishna is waiting to take service from His devotees.

We can also understand that we want to be a servant of devotees. We have come to this mission, we have come to Krishna consciousness to serve devotees. We want to be servants of devotees, not masters of devotees. "Vaisnavi pratistha, tate koro nistha (বৈষ্ণবী প্রতিষ্ঠা তাতে কর নিষ্ঠা): you must firmly establish yourself in the consciousness that you are a servant of the Lord." I have told before,

কনক-কামিনী প্রতিষ্ঠা-বাঘিনী
ছাড়িয়াছে যারে সেই ত বৈষ্ণব

kanaka-kamini, pratistha-baghini,
chhadiyachhe yare sei ta vaisnava

"Those who have given up money, women, and fame, are the true Vaishnavs."

(Vaishnav Ke? 11)

A Vaishnav is one who leaves kanak, kamini, pratistha.

Anyway, you are preaching very nicely in Colombia. I have heard that you go to other cities for preaching and you are opening a new preaching centre. I am very happy with that. I always encourage, inspire everyone to preach Krishna consciousness more and more.

Yesterday, we also went on a parikrama. First, we went to take some water from the Manasi Ganga, it is near our Srila Sridhar Swami Seva Ashram temple in Govardhan. We spoke how once Nanda Maharaj, Mother Yasoda and other Vraja-basis wanted to go to the Ganges for bathing and Krishna brought Ganges to the holy Dham, but He did not say, "I have brought the Ganges!" You know what vatsalya-rasa is—Vraja-basis, Nanda Maharaj, Mother Yasoda thought that Krishna was their son, how can it be possible that Krishna manifested the Ganges? They would not believe it, so Krishna told them, "You want to go to such a far away place to bathe in the Ganges, but all tirthas (holy places) are present within Vrindavan, even the Ganges is there. That is why the Ganga has become present in front of you." This is how the Manasi Ganga manifested in Govardhan.

After that, we went to Haridev mandir—The Deity there is Adi-keshav, also known as Adi-gopal or Adi-haridev, was established by Vajranabha, Krishna's prapautra (প্রপৌত্র, great-grandson) too. When Mahaprabhu came to Vrindavan, He stayed in Haridev mandir one night. There is Brahma Kunda near the temple, Mahaprabhu bathed in it. Then, there is Santan Goswami's bhajan-kutir and Chakleshwar Mahadev on the bank of the Manasi Ganga. There are many Sivas in Vrindavan and Mathura—Bhuteshwar, Chakleshwar, Gopeshwar in Vrindavan, Asheshwar in Nandagram.

This is what we spoke about yesterday.


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