Vrndavana, India: August 26, 2003
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana
At the time of Sri Naradas arrival, Krsna was lamenting in His
own room. He had covered Himself with a
cloth and was pretending to sleep. Narada Muni announced to all of
Sri Krsnas queens and other
associates present in the palace that Sri Uddhavaji is the
greatest recipient of His mercy. When Uddhava
heard this He said, "I used to think I was the greatest recipient,
but when I went to Vraja my dream was
broken. I woke up from that dream and I realized that I am not at
all qualified to receive His mercy.
The gopis of Vrndavana are the greatest recipients, and they have
the highest moods of devotion."
Rohini raised the point: "What did Krsna do for the Vrajavasis?
From the very beginning He did not do
anything, and at the end He simply left them and went to Mathura.
In Mathura He became a royal prince
and he is now worshiped by all demigods. He became a great
personality and completely forgot the gopis
and gopas, Giriraja Govardhana, Vrndavana, Syama Kunda and Radha
Kunda. He is a very cruel personality."
Later on Krsna told the Vrajavasis, Give up your Indra puja. As
a result of this there was heavy rain
and all the Vrajavasis were suffering and shivering from severe
cold. For whom were they suffering? For
What are the symptoms of bhakti?
The cultivation of activities that are meant exclusively for the
pleasure of Sri Krsna, or in other
words the uninterrupted flow of service to Sri Krsna, performed
through all endeavors of the body, mind
and speech, and through the expression of various spiritual
sentiments (bhavas), which is not covered by
jnana (knowledge aimed at impersonal liberation) and karma
(reward-seeking activity), and which is
devoid of all desires other than the aspiration to bring happiness
to Sri Krsna, is called
uttama-bhakti, pure devotional service. (Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu
Why is it that Krsna never did anything to relieve the Vrajavasis
from their suffering, whereas they did
everything for Him? Srimati Rohini-maiya gave the answer. The
Vrajavasis are mohita, bewildered. They
are not bewildered, but like bewildered. They came under the
control of Krsna as if hypnotized or as
if under the control of a magician. A magician can perform many
tricks, and no one knows how he does it.
Sometimes, in front of everyone, he will take his own son, put him
in a box and appear to cut off his
head. He will take the head and lock it in another box and
everyone thinks the son has been killed.
The magician then calls for his son and the son comes running to
him completely healthy. All thought
he was dead, but it was not true. What is the meaning of this
analogy? By His Yogamaya potency, through
the influence of His sweetness His lila-madhuri (sweetness of
His pastimes), venu-madhuri (sweetness
of His flute playing), prema-madhuri (sweetness of His love), and
parikara madhuri (sweetness of His
associates) He bewildered all the Vrajavasis. This is not an
ordinary type of bewilderment like
material magic or hypnotism, however. Such things cannot work on
the Vrajavasis; they are far beyond
that. What to speak of the Vrajavasis, any kind of magic will not
even work on ordinary devotees in this
world. Rather, the Vrajavasi's have been bewildered and controlled
What is the meaning of mangala aratika? To offer aratik means to
say, May all problems, difficulties
and whatever inconveniences you feel be gone. I will take all
these problems upon my own head. All your
problems should fall upon me. This is the mood of the Vrajavasis.
Whatever is dear in this world should
be for Krsnas happiness mother, father, friends, brothers,
wealth, animals, home, land, and so on.
The Vrajavasis can leave everything simply for the happiness of
The Vrajavasis never considered that Krsna is God. They never saw
Him as Devaki-nandana or
Vasudeva-nandana. They always saw Him as Yasoda-nandana and
Nanda-nandana, and their love for Him was
natural. It was their very nature.
Even when He was in Vraja He was selfish. He always had a selfish
pursuit, like stealing butter from the
homes of the elderly gopis and then hiding from them, what to
speak of His cruelty in leaving them and
going to Mathura. When the time came to come to Mathura He forgot
everything regarding Vraja. He became
like a king and many great personalities began worshiping Him. Why
should He remember these simple
villagers? He is very cruel.
Rohini spoke in the form of complaint, but actually she was
revealing the nectar of Vraja krsna-katha.
There is a very deep meaning behind her words, but she could not
openly disclose this because of her
vatsalya-bhava. As Lord Krsna will explain later when He Himself
begins participating in the
conversation, He wants to relieve the suffering of the gopis and
the other Vrajavasis, but He is
helpless. He cannot do anything to appease or satisfy them,
because whenever He would try to do so the
result was only an increase in their mood of separation. In the
case of the gopis, this was true even
when He was in Vrndavana, what to speak of after He left for
Mathura and Dvaraka. Sri Krsna will later
tell His queens that He can give them all up at any moment He told
them that He only married them
because, due the fact that they bore some similarities with the
gopis, He could remember the gopis when
He would see them.