Moving to Vrindavan
Krishna became increasingly at risk in Gokula – he escaped being killed 4 times. Nanda and the Gopas were concerned by all the extraordinary happenings and the number of miraculous escapes that Krishna had encountered there. They held a council to decide what should be done. One of the elders, Upananda, suggested it would be best to move to a new place. He had heard of somewhere called Vrindavan, which was noted for its beauty and had plenty of pasture for the cows. He recommended they should all move there. Everyone agreed, and after packing their carts with their belongings, they set off on their journey.
Magic of Vrindavan
Vrindavan nestles at the foot of a majestic mountain called Govardharna, with a lush green forest at its feet, and the vast and beautiful dark river Yamuna flows gently past the mountain. It was enchanting.
‘Vrinda’ means ‘Tulsi’ and, and ‘vana’ means ‘forest’: Vrindavan was full of Tulsi and the air had a beautiful fragrance. Tulsi is a sacred plant, considered to be a physical manifestation of Lakshmi, although Tulsi Devi is a deity in Her own right distinct from Lakshmi. Tulsi had incarnated there to serve Bhagavan, so that He could walk upon her.
Vrindavan is a place where the stories of Radha and Krishna’s pastimes are imprinted and emanate from everywhere, even every tree; every corner. These stories speak of nothing other than the eternal relation between the soul, represented by Radha and the Gopis, and its Supreme Beloved, Sri Krishna. When you visit Vrindavan, on entering you actually come to the realm of the Soul and experience the infinite love of Sri Krishna, the love of God for us. You enter His eternal leela and are given the chance to become part of it. One who bathes in the Yamuna and bows to Her attains the bliss of attaining Vaikunta. Consequently, Vrindavan and Mathura (Krishna’s birthplace, some 11km away from Vrindavan) are the most important places of pilgrimage for all Vaishnavas.
Vrindavan symbolises the higher consciousness, and Gokul the heart. When one moves from the heart and enters the higher consciousness, the Lord manifests Himself and performs His leela. He starts His leela in your heart, but He urges you not to remain there – you have to keep growing and advancing, awakening the consciousness, until you find Him fully.
Celebrate Kartik Night with us in Southall, London
When: Saturday 27 October from 5pm to 12pm (doors open at 4pm)
Where: SSPC Southall, Drill Hall, Featherstone Road, Southall, UB2 5AQ
Visit Shree Peetha Nilaya
So you love the picture at the top and wonder where it is from? This is one of over 100 glorious murals that were painted by Bhakti Marga Artists at the Bhutabhrteshwarnath Mandir, which is based at Bhakti Marga International’s headquarters – the Shree Peetha Nilaya Ashram near Frankfurt, Germany.
If you are interested in going there in person and wish to travel with others from the UK, then let us know here and we’ll get back to you.