22 October 2006

Kartik Diary 10

Dipawali

Damodara Pastime
Putana Pastime
Vraja Mandala Parikrama 05
Sri Govinda Damodara Stotra
Sri Govinda Damodara Stotra 2

Jay Sri Radhe!

Today is Diwali day. On this auspicious day Lord Krishna's Damodara Lila took place. This is what is celebrated in Vrindaban. Of course it also marks Lord Ram's return to Ayodhya. However, the Brajabasis are more concerned about their beloved Nanda Nandana, the darling of Nanda and Yashoda.

The parikrama went to Gokula where the Damodara Lila took place. This was our 2nd visit to Gokula. Dhina Bandhu poured out the most relishable nectar of Krishna katha one can only imagine. This stream of ecstatic nectar mixed with his mature realisation is a real treasure for the heart. I had the opportunity to record it and will make it available to all of you in bite size pieces. It is impossible to write it all down here.


Gokula - The most Peaceful Place on Earth

We learned today how the gopis made their butter. It is still practised 5,000 years later. The butter is actually not made from the cream of milk. The milk is rather turned into yogurt first. That yogurt is then churned into butter. What comes out of it is butter milk and butter. We had the opportunity to taste some of this delicious butter milk flavoured with crushed roasted cumin seeds and slightly salted. It is actually proclaimed by health experts that butter made from the cream of the milk contains bad cholesterol whereas butter made from yogurt contains good cholesterol. We also tasted real Brajabasi chapatis, which are made not with a rolling pin but flattened by hand. They are therefore more thick but very tasty.

This morning we had van bhojan, a forest picknik in the white sands on the bank of the Yamuna in the shade of some beautiful kadambha, neem and pepul trees. The air was filled with bird song especially Vrindadevis green parrots. They were chattering everywhere. It was just like in Krishna Book when Krishna and Balarama had picnic with their cowherd friends. Vrindavan is just so nice and beautiful.

Of course there have been many fire crackers throughout the night. Some seem to be so loud, crude and home-made that they could easily be classified as a dangerous weapon. They seem not that much different from a hand grenade. Tomorrow is Govardhan Puja. Sri Giriraja Maharaja ki jaya!

With love and affection,

Your servant in the service of Srila Prabhupada,

Gauranga Sundara Das

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