Germany - Feb 24 2003
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
When Krsna was in Mathura, all the Vrajavasis, and especially
all the gopis, used to weep in tune. It was very difficult for a
listener to understand whether they were weeping or singing. If you
will weep like that, crying out, "O Krsna, where are You?" you will
not laugh at the same time. Many of you are laughing. You should
follow the gopis, and weep loudly, "O Krsna, where are You? O Radha,
where are You? O Gauracandra-Nitai, where are You?" If you cry with
tears in your eyes, then Krsna may come; otherwise not. Your weeping
should not be for show. It should come from the core of your hearts.
The sounds of the gopis' crying entered the ears of Krsna.
He could not tolerate hearing this. Still, although His life and
soul and His everything was in Vraja, there were some reasons
that He did not return there.
When Krsna was ordering
Uddhava to go to Vrndavana, He told him, "Please do not be late."
Then He called out, "Guards! At once bring the golden chariot that
was used by Kamsa!" That golden chariot was immediately brought, and
Krsna told Uddhava to sit on the chariot at that very moment and go
Uddhava was unaware that Krsna's intention was
to send him to be admitted in the University of the Gopis, where
Krsna Himself had learned the art of love and affection. He did not
know that Krsna was thinking, "If he will be admitted and learn
something there, then, when he returns, he will understands My
feelings. Otherwise, in all of Mathura, there is no one who knows My
heart. I see that only Uddhava is at least somewhat qualified enough
to learn about pure love and affection. When he goes to Vraja he will
realize the heart of the gopis; otherwise there is no possibility."
It was only for this that Krsna sent him.
thinking, "How can I go there? I cannot tolerate separation from
Krsna." Krsna pacified him by telling him, "I am thoroughly there,
and only partly here. You will soon see that I am totally there."
Uddhava then left Mathura and went to Vraja.
It took so
much time for Uddhava to reach his destination; it was evening when
he arrived and darkness was descending. He now saw what Krsna
personally told him that He was there totally, and in Mathura
partly. By the mercy of Yogamaya, Uddhava saw the characteristics of
Vraja when Krsna was there. He saw many cowherd boys returning from
cow-herding, and he saw Krsna's millions of cows like Dhavali and
Syamali. He saw that all the cows had udders containing more than 60
kilos of milk; and that some bulls were fighting each other for those
cows. All the gopis had lit ghee lamps and were doing arcana of
their Thakuraji, and they were singing songs of Krsnas pastimes:
"Govinda Damodara Madhaveti, Govinda Damodara Madhaveti."
They were churning yogurt while singing the beautiful songs of
Krsna, and thus Uddhava saw Krsna's presence there. Just then,
however, Yogamaya took away that scene, and Uddhava then saw that all
were lamenting and weeping: "Ha (Alas) Govinda Damodara Madhaveti! Ha
Govinda Damodara Madhaveti! Ha Govinda Damodara Madhaveti! Ha Govinda
[Srila Narayana Maharaja led the
assembled four hundred devotees in very slowly singing this, and he
himself began to weep in the midst of the kirtana. Then, for the next
few minutes he was speaking in a choke voice:]
without You all the Vrajavasis are dying. Please come, otherwise we
will all die." Uddhava saw and heard this, and then he himself began
to weep. Then, in the darkness of the evening, when the cows lotus
foot-dust had filled the entire sky, he entered into the area of
Nanda Baba house. Someone showed the way to the house, and then Nanda
Baba saw him and stood up as if his life had come again. He stood
up and welcomed this friend of Krsna. He knew that Uddhava was a
most dear friend of his son, and so he embraced him. He then went to
a brahmanas house and told him that in his own house, in his palace,
there were no sweets or similar preparations. He asked the brahmana
to bring sweet-rice. The brahmana had no sugar, however, so he
brought unsweetened sweet-rice made simply with milk and rice.
Uddhava was very hungry, he therefore accepted that sweet-rice like
nectar, and then he took some rest.
After taking rest,
Uddhava again offered pranama to Nanda Baba and Mother Yasoda. After
that he wanted to pacify them, and Nanda Baba wanted to ask for news
of Krsna. He wanted to ask, "How is Krsna?" When he remembered Krsna,
however, his voice became choked, tears gushed from his eyes, and he
was about to faint so he could not ask. He asked Uddhava instead,
"How is my brother, Vasudeva? I know that he was suffering so much at
the hands of Kamsa, but then Kamsas own sinful activities killed
him." He did not say that Krsna killed Him, but that his own sinful
activities killed him. He asked, "Now Vasudeva is fine?"
Then, weeping, his voice choked, he asked, "How is Krsna?" and
his weeping increased. He could not tolerate his feelings of
separation, and he said, "O Uddhava, in order to forget Krsna, I go
to the bank of the Yamuna River; but when I go there, more
remembrance of Him comes to me because His footprints are everywhere.
I saw the ghat where He used to take bath and play with the gopas and
gopis, and still more memories came. So I returned back. Then I went
to Govardhana, but there also every kunja, every grove, Manasi
Ganga, and the exact place where Krsna lifted the entire mountain on
his finger all are weeping for Him. I saw Krsnas footprints
everywhere there, and I could not tolerate the suffering of
separation due to this. So I went to Bhandirvana and elsewhere, but
I could find no consolation anywhere. What should I
Saying this, Nanda Baba fainted and rolled on the earth.
Uddhava now realized, "I have so much love and affection for Krsna,
and Vasudeva and Devaki do too, but we do not have a single atomic
fraction of the love and affection of Nanda Baba and Mother Yasoda.
Nanda Baba is at least able to say something, but Mother Yasoda never
speaks because she is always in an unconscious state. She has
become blind and her voice has stopped. She can only see by her
ears, because her eyes are continually filled with tears."
Uddhava wanted to say something. He was thinking, "What should
I tell them?" Should I say, 'Nanda Baba, there is no need to weep,
for you are very fortunate.' Or, should I encourage him by saying,
"Everyone else weeps for their own children or wife. But if someone
weeps for Krsna, his life is successful. As for you, your love and
affection for Krsna is unparalleled. You should continue to weep.'
No, I cannot say this, because Krsna told me to pacify them. By
saying this their suffering will increase further. No, I should not
say this. But what should I tell them? Should I say, 'Do not weep'?
If I do that, then all the sastras will tell me that I am speaking
lies. If a drop of a tear comes for Krsna, ones life is successful.
So what should I say? Should I tell them not to weep or to weep
bitterly? I cannot decide.
Uddhava finally told Nanda
Baba, "Your son Krsna is not really your son. He is the Supreme
Lord. He is in the heart of all living beings, and yet you are
thinking, 'He is my son.' He has come as your son, but He is not your
son. You should remember this. So why are you weeping? You are never
separated from Krsna because He is everywhere and He is there in
your heart. You are so fortunate."
Hearing this, Nanda
Babas weeping stopped. He turned his head and looked towards Uddhava
with a long, sharp sidelong glance. He thought, "This foolish,
ignorant boy could not realize my suffering. I thought that because
he is a friend of Krsna, he may realize something, but he does not
understand my separation mood for Krsna at all."
"O Uddhava, your milk teeth have not yet gone; you are like a baby. I
had previously thought you were intelligent, but now I know that you
are not. You are ignorant. You told me, 'Your son is the Supreme
Lord, and He is everywhere; so there is no need to feel separation
from Him.' If it is a fact that my son Krsna is God, then I was
really fortunate. But I think that I am most unfortunate. Why?
Because this 'God' came to my house like a son, and I could not give
Him love and affection; and that is why He left me and went elsewhere
to get more love and affection. I know that I am not a father. My
heart is like a thunderbolt, for even though I am feeling all these
sentiments, I am not dying. Why not?" Nanda Baba continued, "There
was only one father in this world, and his name was Maharaja
Dasaratha. When his son Rama went to the forest, Maharaja Dasaratha
lamented. He could not tolerate his son's separation, so he called
out his last words, 'Ha Rama, Ha Rama, Ha
'; Before he could say
'Rama', he left his life and died. Why am I not dying?" Nanda Baba
began to weep bitterly.
Uddhava offered pranama to Nanda
Baba and said, "You are like Mount Everest so high and I am
standing on the root of that mountain and looking up at it with my
head bent backwards. I cannot compare with even an atom of your love
and affection, and therefore I do not see any way to pacify you." In
this way, the whole night passed, and then it became morning.
Uddhava left Nanda Baba's home and entered a very dense forest
of millions of kadamba trees, and at once he saw that there were many
lights. These lights were the gopis who were lamenting and weeping
there, and who had never returned to their families. They were the
maidservants and sakhis of Srimati Radhika, and their sakhi Radhika
was still more luminous.
Those gopis saw that someone was
coming, and they wondered, "Whose chariot is here?"
been explaining the aim and object of all living beings, which is
gopi-prema. You should know the aim and object of our practices and
devotion; but do not jump, otherwise you will become mad. Do not try
to artificially enter raganuga-bhakti. As explained by Srila Rupa
Gosvami, when you mature in vaidhi-bhakti, a greed will automatically
come to serve Radha and Krsna. At that time you will be somewhat
qualified, and after that you will become a high class of a pure
devotee. This is my instruction: Begin from vaidhi-bhakti develop
from sraddha to nistha in high association. Do not jump to
raganuga-bhakti and asta-kaliya-lila; otherwise you will become mad.
Try to follow my instructions and practice bhakti-yoga from the lower
Transcriber and typist: Vasanti dasi