The Stories of Vrindavan HEREDOC; $author=<<
Just back from Vrindavan…what a feeling! It’s a very cool and calm feeling that I am carrying within in my heart ever since I came back. Vrindvan is a spiritual wine you would love to drink again and again. It has completely intoxicated me, I feel so satisfied, happy, cheerful, sacred and ecstatic inside. While I was there I didn’t know what I am going to get out of this tour, I was visiting temples, doing Parikrama’s, chanting and praying everyday but I did not have this feeling there which I am having right now.
Of the all the evenings of my life, the best evening I ever had was the one I spent on Keshighat. It is such a great feeling to be at this place. Watching Yamuna Devi is like watching god, you don’t understand what is happening with you when you look at Yamuna devi - the pap-nashini (Washer of all sins).
You feel like watching Yamuna Devi for a long long time and you remember all the leela’s that Krishna performed near this most pious river. The sister of the god of death Yamuna Devi removes the fear of the death. Yamuna Devi was first to touch the lotus feet of Krishna and bath in Yamuna Devi does help you to understand Vrindavan and Krishna.
Vrinda Kund: Vrinda devi temple is the temple of Tulasi maharani situated near Nandgaon. The atmosphere around this temple is mesmerizing there is absolutely nothing except trees near the temple; it’s a zero crowd place, all you will see around the temple is fields, birds and peace that billions of dollars can’t buy. The only voice you get to hear is the humming of birds 24/7….unbelievably cool and calm place.
The temples of Vrindavan: There are about five thousand temples in Vrindavan among them all the old temples stand out. There is separate story and importance attached to each temple established by seven Go-swamis who lived in Vrindavan. If you walk into the Govind dev temple you become entitle to enter in heaven, if you take the darshan of Govind dev, Madan mohan and Gopinath temple in a day you can get the darshan of Krishna in your life time.
Sankirtan and the arti at the Krishna Balram makes you feel life can be such a great, people get mad to hear the sankirtan, they dance, they laugh, they cry during sankirtans. Never miss the sankirtan of Krishna Balram temple. I was fortunate to witness “Phool Bangla” festival of Shri Banke Bihari temple. Banke Bihari came out that day and it was quite a magnificent look banke bihari had that day…amazing!! Those who go to this temple once, feel like going there again and again.
The Sadhus I met: Krishna would climb on Kadamb trees and gather all his cows, that place is called “Ter Kadamb” Ter means to call. There was this sadhu babaI met, who is staying there from past 15 years. I was amazed to see his enthusiasm and cheerfulness, the way he was speaking about Krishna. He was staying at a place where there is absolutely no medical help, no shopping malls, no daily needs shop, absolutely zero crowd and the only thing accompanied him from past 15 years is peacocks....unbelievable.
Another sadhu baba I met was during Vrindavan parikrama, he was saying he has no house to stay and he doesn’t know what he is going get to eat next day. He had stayed at places like radha kund, Govardhan, Haridwar and Mayapur for months like this. These sadhus walk bare feet in 48 degree temperature and have bath at 4 am in the morning in 0 degree winter of Vrindavan without demanding anything in return from Krishna. What to do with those who sit in the Ac office and talk about devotion? What to do with those who throw away poor people thinking that they are presidents and trusties of some temple? What to do with those who are just interested in building big ashrams, gathering money, travel in a luxurious vehicle and increase their number of disciples.
Well finally…those who are serious about self realization and devotion must at least go once to Vrindavan after while the truth will be close to them.
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