16 October 2006

Kartik Diary 6

Varshana

Radharani Ki Jaya Maharani Ki Jaya
Radhe Jaya Jaya Madhava Dayite
Jaya Jaya Radhe Jaya Jaya Syam
Varsana Bhajans 1
Varsana Bhajans 2
Varshana
Vraja Mandala Parikrama 03

Jay Sri Radhe!

Today we have been to Varshana and some important pastime places on the hills surrounding Varshana. It is still very hot in Vrindavan and Braj, which is unusual for this time of the year. After breakfast at Krishna Kunda with its many fruit stealing monkeys we visited the Jaipur Mandir, which was built by one of the Rajput kings. It amazes with its beautiful architecture and can be seen from far away. The seva is performed in the line of the Nimbarka sampradaya, which goes back to the Hamsa or swan incarnation of the Lord.

Jaipur Mandir

Dhina Bandhu explained the significance of chanting "Jay Jay Sri Radheee Syam" as follows. Sometimes in these villages people don't have water pumps and they have to draw water from a well by letting a bucket down on a rope. When we Westerners come from our cities we think that should be easy. We lower the bucket by letting the rope run through our hands. However the hands become hot quickly and and we instinctively let go of the rope and the bucket together with the rope end up at the bottom of the well. What to do?

The Brajabasis come with a special rope with many hooks on the end. They let it down, hook up the lost bucket and pull it up. The situation is saved.

It is similar with the chanting of Jay Jay Sri Radheee Syam. The sound 'Raaa' goes down to the heart. One can feel that. The sound 'heee' is coming up. So we send that 'Raaa' down and hook all that pap or sin and than 'heee' up, up, up and out. When we say 'Syammm' then the mouth becomes closed. Don't let it come back!

Thereafter we visited Varshana, the birth place of Srimati Radharani. The final leg of today's parikrama was Prem Sarovar where everyone took a refreshing bath before returning to Vrindavan.

We just got news that Indradyumna Swami will take a group of devotees to Jaipur for a few days. It would be great if we could fit that in our tight pilgrimage schedule.

With love and affection,

Your servant in the service of Srila Prabhupada,

Gauranga Sundara Das

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