15 October 2006

Kartik Diary 5

Gokula

Chinta Haran Ghat
Radhe Jaya Jaya Madhava Dayite
Radharani Ki Jaya Maharani Ki Jaya
Jaya Jaya Radhe Jaya Jaya Syam
Damodara Pastime
Jaya Madhava Madana Murari 1

Jay Jay Sri Sri Radheee Syam!

Todays parikrama took us to Gokula, Krishna's actual birth place. Gokula is on the other side of the Yamuna. Dhina Bandhu Prabhu took us to Chinta Haran Ghat, a most beautiful place right next to the Yamuna river. This place reminds one of the Vrindavan 5,000 years ago, no rickshaws, cars or scoters etc. The Yamuna looks so enchanting with large patches of water hyacinth gracefully floating downstream; it looks like a flotilla sailing towards its destination.

Dhina Bandhu prabhu sang the Yamunastakam, an exquisite composition by Rupa Goswami, in which he describes the multi-coloured cows on Yamuna's bank as her ornaments.


Bhajans and Katha at Gokula

We are sitting down in the white, soft sands on the bank of the Yamuna in the shadow of a large tree and listen to the nectarian flow of Krishna's childhood pastimes.

It is explained that after Lala was bound to the wooden grinding mortar by mother Yashoda He tore down the two arjuna trees, which crashed down with such a loud sound that Nanda Baba could hear it from the fields. He quickly rushed home fearing the worse.

When he arrived he saw Lala sitting amidst the crushed down trees unharmed. He quickly picked him up and took him in his arms. Seeing the rope around His belly he asked "who has done this to you?" Lala answered "Maya".

By that time mother Yashoda arrived on the scene. She rushed to Krishna wanting to take Him into her arms but Lala safely within Nanda Baba’s arms turned away from her. Then she turned to the other side and again Lala turned in the other direction. This was going on several times until she run upset into the house.

Now Nanda Baba said "Lala, go see Maya" but Krishna said "no!"

"If you are so upset with Maya who will feed You Lala?"

"You Baba"

"And who will give You Your bath?"

"You Baba"

"And who will put You to rest?"

"You Baba, and you must tell me a bed time story also"

Nanda Baba told the bed time story of the great king Ram whose wife Sita had been stolen by the demon Ravana. When he came to the part where Ram was about to kill Ravana Lala suddenly jumped on top of the bed and shouted:

"You rascal Ravana return my wife Sita or meet your death by my sharp arrow."

Nanda Maharaja said: "Where do You know this from? I never told You this story before!"

In this way Krishna enjoyed wonderful pastimes with His devotees in Gokula. Today was a resting day without any parikrama scheduled. Tomorrows parikrama will lead us to Varshana and the sacred hills near by.

With love and affection,

Your servant in the service of Srila Prabhupada,

Gauranga Sundara Das

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