The Magic of Vrindavan

“As all surrender unto Me, I reward them accordingly. Everyone follows My path in all respects, O son of Prtha”. (Bhagavad Gita 4.11)

A middle aged Indian woman swung spontaneously and wildly in happiness as an elderly Westerner pumped his harmonium with the gusto of a twenty year old. His melodious rendition of the Hare Krishna chanting, accompanied by a few other Afro-American blacks and Indians playing rhythmically, the mrdinga and the hand cymbals created a festive atmosphere at the temple. This is a daily sight in Vrindavan; the kirtans here are magical; the whole atmosphere is surcharged with the sweetness of Bhakti.

Today the darshan and kirtan at ISKCON Vrindavan was ecstatic. Devotees from all over the world come here and perform sankirtana for the pleasure of their Lordships Sri Sri Krishna Balarama, Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar and Sri Sri Gaur Nitai. One can see the special potency at this temple; the kirtan vibrations resound everywhere and the darshan of their Lordships, dressed in gorgeous outfits evokes a mood of devotion in one and all. Even the most hard hearted person would feel an emotional-spiritual experience here in the darshan and kirtans.

Then the house of Srila Prabhupada where you feel the tranquil presence of our beloved founder-acharya is an unforgettable experience. We chanted a few rounds there and then the gorgeous Samadhi mandir is not only breath taking, but also spiritually uplifting.

It’s a common sight to see many sincere pilgrims and ISKCON devotees sincerely offering prayers alone, seated at some corner of the temple, Samadhi or house of Srila Prabhupada. While many dance with happy abandon at the temple kirtans, there are others who prefer to chant softly at Srila Prabhupada’s quarters. And some others are prayerfully contemplative at the Samadhi temple. And you will also find many feasting on the rich sweets and savouries available at the snacks counter at the entrance of the temple. Basically all are satisfied to their hearts content here at Krishna Balarama temple at Vrindavan.

Today I realized that one will find plenty to cheer and relish in Vrindavan. I need to come here more often, take inspiration from the pure and spontaneous devotional service and love of so many devotees, and then come back again to Mumbai and resume my services to Srila Prabhupada’s mission.

I feel grateful and enthusiastic to serve after this experience in Vrindavan.

Narrotam das Thakur has sung beautifully in his bhajan, Vasanti Rasa (the amorous pastimes in the Spring):

“The beautiful place known as Vrindavana is a transcendental abode in the spiritual world and is made entirely of divine touchstones. There are many beautiful temples made out of jewels, and swans known as raja-hamsas play in the waters of the River Yamuna, which flows through that transcendental land. In the water of that divine river there is a beautiful golden lotus of a hundred petals.

In the midst of that lotus, there is a golden platform surrounded by eight petals. Situated upon those eight petals are the principal sakhis, headed by Lalita and Vishakha. On that golden platform, the Divine Couple sit upon a jewelled throne. In the company of Lord Syama sits the beautiful Radhika.

The beauty and sweetness of Sri Radha and Govinda’s forms during Their talks, which are filled with smiles and laughter, is emanating showers of nectar. Narottama däsa says: “May these eternal pastimes, filled with transcendental joy, be ever manifest in my heart.”

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