Dipavali and the glories of Giriraj Govardhan

November 7th, 2018 (Dipavali)

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Today is called Dipavali which is a very super, excellent, auspicious day. Today we offer ghee lamps to Giriraja Govardhana. Because Giriraja Govardhana is actually the heart and soul of the Vrajavasis. Shrimati Radhika Herself also glorified Giriraja. In the Shrimad-Bhagavatam, Shukadeva Goswamipada glorified Giriraja Govardhana by calling him the topmost devotee of Lord –

hantāyam adrir abalā hari-dāsa-varyo
yad rāma-kṛṣṇa-caraṇa-sparaśa-pramodaḥ
mānaṁ tanoti saha-go-gaṇayos tayor yat
(Shrimad-Bhagavatam 10.21.18)

[“Of all the devotees, this Govardhana Hill is the best! O my friends, this hill supplies Krishna and Balarama, along with Their calves, cows and cowherd friends, with all kinds of necessities — water for drinking, very soft grass, caves, fruits, flowers and vegetables. In this way the hill offers respects to the Lord. Being touched by the lotus feet of Krishna and Balarama, Govardhana Hill appears very jubilant.”]

In the Venu-gita, Shrila Shukadeva Goswamipada told Parikshit Maharaja, “When the gopis felt pangs of separation from Krishna, krishna-viraha, at that time they also glorified Giriraja Govardhana.” Because Giriraja Govardhana is called the topmost amongst devotees of Lord. ‘Hantāyam adrir abalā hari-dāsa-varyo’, Shrimati Radhika uttered this verse. Giriraja Govardhana is called hari-dāsa-varyoHari-dāsa-varyo means the topmost devotee of Krishna. So in the Shrimad-Bhagavatam, Shukadeva Goswamipada has described three Haridasas. One is called Yudhishthira Maharaja.  A Haridasa is one who completely surrendered to the lotus feet of Krishna.  Even Narada Rishi himself glorified Yudhishthira Maharaja –

yūyaṁ nṛ-loke bata bhūri-bhāgā
lokaṁ punānā munayo ’bhiyanti
yeṣāṁ gṛhān āvasatīti sākṣād
gūḍhaṁ paraṁ brahma manuṣya-liṅgam
(Shrimad-Bhagavatam 7.10.48)

[“Nārada Muni continued: My dear Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira, all of you [the Pāṇḍavas] are extremely fortunate, for the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, lives in your palace just like a human being. Great saintly persons know this very well, and therefore they constantly visit this house.”]

Narada Rishi told, “Hey Yudhishthira Maharaja, you are so fortunate. Parabrahma Bhagavan Krishna, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Svayam Bhagavan… Jnanis according to their meditation are taking His effulgence, brahmajyoti. Yogis, according to their yoga darshan, are thinking He is Paramatma. But those who are devotees of Lord, realize Krishna, He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who has six opulences. Now that same Parabrahma Bhagavan, Krishna who is called Brahma, Paramatma, Bhagavan, He is also directly seated in your house and has many kinds of sambandhajnana, knowledge of relationships with your family.” Because Krishna and the Pandavas have many kinds of family relationships with Krishna. That is called laukika sad-bandhuvat priti. Kunti, Draupadi and the Pandavas especially, have so much love and affection with Krishna. All of the Pandava family members, Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula, Sahadeva, Kunti, just look how they have so much love and affection with Krishna! So Narada Rishi quoted this verse – yūyaṁ nṛ-loke bata bhūri-bhāgā… (Shrimad-Bhagavatam 7.10.48)

Parabrahma Bhagavan is now in their house as like a human being. For this regard, all of the demigods and demigoddesses headed by Brahma, Shiva, everyday used to come to their home. They would take the foot dust from the doorway of the Pandavas’ house. Since Krishna is their family member, if they have any problems, He will solve. Our scriptures also explain, who your real friend is – 

utsave vyasane prāpte durbhikṣe śatrusaṃkaṭe
rājadvāre śmaśāne ca yastiṣṭhati sa bāndhavaḥ
(Chanakya-niti 12)

[“Who is a real friend? A real friend is always with me during festival times and also when I am in a situation of much trouble. When a food crisis occurs in my family, a real friend will come forward to help me. When a political revolution occurs in the country, a real friend will be with me, and when my body goes for cremation, a real friend will stand by.”]

If you have any celebrations going on, if any utsava, festivals are going on, without giving invitation, he will come. There is no need to give an invitation. Sometimes disciples tell me, “Gurudev, you did not invite me.” In Kaliyuga disciples speak in this way. They say, “You did not call me.” Does Gurudev call you or do you call Gurudev? In this verse in Niti-shastrait explains. Who is your real friend? ‘Utsave vyasane prāpte durbhikṣe śatrusaṃkaṭe rājadvāre śmaśāne ca yastiṣṭhati sa bāndhavaḥ’. If any celebration is going on, then without giving any invitation, he comes and helps you. If you have any problems, political problems, he also comes and helps to solve.  When you are at the end of your life, that means when you are about to die, he comes and arranges your cremation celebrations. He handles all of these things. That is called antima bandhuAntima bandhu means he is your life time friend. Try to understand this.  

So in the same way, Narada Rishi said, “Hey Yudhishthira Maharaja, you have so much love and affection with your friend Krishna.” So for this regard, Yudhishthira Maharaja is called Haridasa. Then another Haridasa is Uddhava.

vṛṣṇīnāṁ pravaro mantrī
kṛṣṇasya dayitaḥ sakhā
śiṣyo bṛhaspateḥ sākṣād
uddhavo buddhi-sattamaḥ
(Shrimad-Bhagavatam 10.46.1)

[“Shukadeva Gosvāmī said: The supremely intelligent Uddhava was the best counselor of the Vrishni dynasty, a beloved friend of Lord Śrī Krishna and a direct disciple of Brihaspati.”]

Uddhava is a very qualified person, he is a prominent person in Mathura-Puri or Dvarаka-Puri. ‘Vṛṣṇīnāṁ pravaro mantrī’. And he is an advisor of Krishna. Who is Parabrahma Bhagavan Krishna? He who is called the creator, maintainer, and destroyer. ‘Srishti-sthiti-pralaya’. Krishna is called the creator, maintainer and destroyer. Still Krishna sometimes takes some advice from him (Uddhava) on what to do and what not to do. For example, once Yudhishthira Maharaja wrote one letter to Krishna. He wrote, “Hey Krishna I want to perform one rajasuya yajna, a fire sacrifice for a king’s celebration.” This is called rajasuya. Do you understand? He wrote, “…So please come and give us advice.” At the same time another letter arrives. This letter has come from the kings who were imprisoned in the jail of Jarasandha. Jarasandha was trying to kill all of the kings. In order to become ajaya, he needed to sacrifice 100 kings. What does ajaya mean?  Victorious. Then no one would be able to defeat him. 

Jarasandha worshipped Lord Shiva and once Lord Shiva told him, “If you sacrifice 100 kings then you will be completely unconquerable. No one will be able to defeat you.” For this regard, Jarasandha had 99 kings arrested and there was just one left to capture. As he was searching for the last king, the 99 kings sent one letter to Krishna. They wrote, “Hey Krishna please come and save us.” Then Krishna asked Uddhava, “Hey Uddhava what will I do now? Those kings are not My relatives, we do not have any relationship with them and Yudhishthira Maharaja is My best friend and also My family member. Where shall I go first? Where I will go?” Where would you go? If your best friend was calling you and some other unknown person was simultaneously calling you. Where would you go? 

So Krishna discussed this subject with Uddhava. At that time Uddhava very nicely told Him, “Prabhu, You should postpone the fire sacrifice, the rajasuya yajna of Yudhishthira Maharaja. You have to go rescue the imprisoned kings from the the jail of Jarasandha. Why?  Because when You release the kings from the jail and kill Jarasandha, they will follow You.  Then with those 99 kings following, You will come to the rajasuya yajna of Yudhishthira Maharaja. Then everybody will also glorify You.” Do you understand? Uddhava continued saying, “They will credit You for this and they will also give credit to Yudhishthira Maharaja. If You arrive alone, only You will receive credit. But if You arrive with 100 people, then all of them will also receive credit. Everybody will glorify You. And also all of the kings You freed from the jail of Jarasandha will be completely what? Indebted with Your love and affection. Try to understand these things.”

Then Krishna replied, “This is good, yes.” Actually Krishna, He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.  He knows what to do and what not to do, He knows everything. He has no need to take advice from anyone. Because He is Svayam Bhagavan, He creates millions and millions of universes and He also destroys millions and millions of universes. Bhagavan is called the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Svayam Bhagavan. What does Bhagavan mean? He has no need to take advice from others, He already knows everything.  But according to His human being lila, manavalila, Krishna asks Uddhava what to do and what not to do. So Krishna replies, “Yes, your advice is good. First, I have to go release the 99 kings who are in the jail of Jarasandha.” For this regard it is said, ‘vṛṣṇīnāṁ pravaro mantrī kṛṣṇasya dayitaḥ sakhā’. Uddhava is Krishna’s very bosom friend, His very nearest and dearest friend, His sakha. ‘Śiṣyo bṛhaspateḥ sākṣād’.  He is also the direct disciple of Brihaspati, who is the guru of demigods and demigoddesses in heavenly planets. ‘Uddhavo buddhi-sattamaḥ’. Uddhava is a very calm, quiet and intelligent person, he has sattvikbhava. Look at Lord Shiva and Uddhava, Lord Shiva is very aggressive, if there is a little bit of a defect, then he will become angry. 

ksane rustah ksane tustah 
rustah tustah ksane ksane 
prasadah api bhayankarah
(Niti sashtra)

Lord Shiva very quickly becomes pleased and very quickly becomes angry with you. So his (Lord Shiva’s) mercy is considered what? Very dangerous. Lord Shiva once gave mercy to Bhasmasura, who is also known as Vrikasura. As mentioned in the Shrimad-Bhagavatam by Shukadeva Goswami, one time Vrikasura, who later became known as Bhasmasura, asked Lord Shiva, “Give me a blessing?” Lord Shiva asked, “What do you want?” Vrikasura answered, “Give me a blessing in my hand. If my palm were to touch anybody’s head, they will turn into ashes.” Then without thinking, Lord Shiva replied, “Yes I am giving this blessing to the palm of your hand. If you put your palm on anybody’s head, he will be converted into ash.” Then Vrikasura began chasing Lord Shiva, running behind him saying, “To test my blessing, I will first kill you.” Why am I saying this? Because Lord Shiva’s mercy is this way. So it is said, ‘ksane rustah ksane tustah rustah tustah ksane ksane prasadah api bhayankarah’. But Uddhava speaks and makes his decisions very calmly, quietly and gently. He is very intelligent and has sattvikbhava. What is sattvik-bhava?  Mood of goodness. He is calm, quiet and grave. Those who are always laughing and joking, you think them to be childish. Childish people are what? Valueless. Even if they speak good things, people will still not show respect. They will only think, “He is pagal (crazy) maybe.” So Uddhava is not childish.  As I said, he is very calm, quiet and grave. Try to understand these things. So in this way Shukadeva Goswamipada glorifed Uddhava. For this regard Krishna sent him to Vraja –

gacchoddhava vrajaṁ saumya
pitror nau prītim āvaha
gopīnāṁ mad-viyogādhiṁ
mat-sandeśair vimocaya
(Shrimad-Bhagavatam 10.46.3)

[“(Lord Krishna said:) Dear gentle Uddhava, go to Vraja and give pleasure to Our parents. And also relieve the gopīs, suffering in separation from Me, by giving them My message.”]

For this reason, Krishna sent Uddhava to Vraja. Because Vrajavasis at that time, felt pangs of separation from Krishna. Their virahaagni, the fire of separation, was rising very high. When the flame from the fire of separation has risen so high, who can pacify the Vraja gopis? Though Krishna knew no one could pacify the Vraja gopis’ virahaagni. Do you understand what virahaagni means? The flame from the fire of separation that Vraja gopis feel. If there is a small fire, then you can easily throw water and the fire will be extinguished. But if the fire is big and you put water, then what will happen to the fire? It will only increase. Why am I saying this? Because in the same way, when Vrajavasis’, especially Vraja gopis’ flame from the fire of separation towards Krishna is rising very high, Uddhava can not pacify them. You cannot imagine how high it rises. Because of this, Krishna knows Uddhava cannot offer a solution to any of their problems. He cannot even pacify them. This is all true.  

Maybe some questions may arise. You may ask, then why did Krishna send Uddhava to Vraja? Actually Uddhava is a very prominent person in Dvaraka or Mathura-Puri. If a prominent person speaks anything, then everyone will what? They will accept it. So for this and another reasons Krishna sends him. Also Krishna wants Uddhava to see the glory of the Vraja gopis. Amongst those Vraja gopis, He wants Uddhava to witness Shrimati Radhika’s prema. This is actually the main reason. How will it be possible otherwise? So now, I have just explained why Uddhava is called Haridasa. The topmost Haridasa is called Giriraja Govardhana. Why? Because Giriraja Govardhana serves Krishna with his body, mind and speech. He serves Him with everything. No one can compare with Giriraja Govardhana.  Do not think that Giriraja Govardhana is just an ordinary mountain or stone. Giriraja Govardhana has so much love and affection with Krishna. Our Goswamis, especially Vishvanatha Chakravatipada, Raghunatha Dasa Goswami, Rupa Goswami, glorified Giriraja Govardhana in their granthas.

pramada-madana-līlāḥ kandare kandare te
rachayati nava-yūnor dvandvam asminn amandam
iti kila kalanārthaṁ lagnakas tad-dvayor me
nija-nikaṭa-nivāsaṁ dehi govardhana tvam
(Śrī Śrī Govardhana-vāsa-prārthanā-daśakam, Raghunatha Dasa Goswami)

[“O, Govardhana please grant me the residence near you that you will guarantee the sight of the youthful Divine Couple as they enjoy passionate amorous pastimes in your caves.”]

Giriraja Govardhana is very, very merciful. One must request, “Hey Giriraja Govardhana give me shelter very close to your lap.” Now we are actually sitting on the lap of Giriraja Govardhana. This place we are now sitting at is actually the lap of Giriraja Govardhana. During the time of Krishna’s prakatalila, Giriraja Govardhana was what? Very big. Gurudev would say, “Giriraja Govardhana was so high, the shadow of Giriraja Govardhana extended all the way to Mathura.” Now you cannot see Giriraja Govardhana so far as it is slowly going into the earth.  

This verse explains, ‘hantāyam adrir abalā hari-dāsa-varyo yad rāma-kṛṣṇa-caraṇa-sparaśa-pramodaḥ’. During Krishna’s prakatalila, when He manifested His lila in Vraja-dhama, Krishna would come to the lap of Giriraja Govardhana and herd His cows. During summer time it is very hot.  Especially in Vraja, where summer times are very hot. During those times, Krishna, His friends and cows would take rest on the lap of Giriraja Govardhana. They would take rest under the shadows of Giriraja Govardhana. Giriraja Govardhana also provides them with very cool water.  During the summer time he gives cool water and during the winter time Giriraja Govardhana gives warm water. So there is no need for a water heater, it is very nice.  Not only this, but Giriraja Govardhana also produced many kinds of flowers, fruits.  

So the verse states, ‘pramada-madana-līlāḥ’. Giriraja Govardhana creates many kinds of caves where Radha and Krishna and the gopis perform their sweet amorous pastimes. ‘Pramada-madana-līlāḥ kandare kandare te rachayati nava-yūnor dvandvam asminn amandam iti kila kalanārthaṁ lagnakas tad-dvayor me nija-nikaṭa-nivāsaṁ dehi govardhana tvam’. So in this way, Giriraja Govardhana is the witness of all kinds of lilas between Radha and Krishna. Do you understand? Today, you also went to Manasi Ganga.  Giriraja Govardhana says, “I know how Radha and Krishna and the gopis perform their sweet amorous pastimes and boat sporting pastimes, jalavihar, naukavihar on the water of Manasi Ganga.” ‘Yatraiva gangam’.  Visvanatha Chakravartipada also glorified how these very nice, sweet pastimes occur there. All of the Vedas, Puranas and Upanishadas are very eager to listen to these types of amorous pastimes between Radha and Krishna.  They are very eager to listen these pastimes.  But we do not want to listen them.  But Sruti, Vedas, Puranas, Upanishadas are very eager to listen Radha and Krishna’s sweet amorous pastimes. Giriraja Govardhana also manifests many kinds of perfumes and sweet fragrances. Try to understand this. Sugandha shilaSugandha shila means one kind of stone found on the lap of Giriraja Govardhana. If you put water on it and rub your hand, your hand will become a reddish color, a kumkum color and a very sweet smell will come. These are some of the qualities of Giriraja Govardhana.  

Manasi Ganga, Govardhan – Dipavali, October 19th, 2017

‘Pramada-madana-līlāḥ kandare kandare te rachayati nava-yūnor dvandvam asminn amandam iti kila kalanārthaṁ lagnakas tad-dvayor me nija-nikaṭa-nivāsaṁ dehi govardhana tvam’. That means Giriraja Govardhana in this way serves Krishna in a conjugal mood, madhurya bhava. So for this regard, our Vaishnava acharyas, Rasika acharyas glorify Giriraja Govardhana as the topmost devotee of Lord. Shrimati Radhika with Her own mouth also glorified Giriraja Govardhana.  So today we have come on the lap of Giriraja Govardhana and today is also Dipavali. This is also a very nice beautiful pastime. Raghunatha Dasa Goswami glorified Dipavali. Dipavali, do you understand? Offering the ghee lamps.  

nija-pati-bhuja-dandac-chatra-bhavam prapadya
atula-prthula-saila-sreni-bhupa priyam me
nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana tvam

pramada-madana-lilah kandare kandare te
racayati nava-yunor dvandvam asminn amandam
iti kila kalanartham lagnakas tad-dvayor me
nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana tvam

ruha-jhara-dara-sanu-droni-sanghesu rangaih
saha bala-sakhibhih sankhelayan sva-priyam me
nija-nikata-nivasam dehi govardhana tvam
(Śrī Śrī Govardhana-vāsa-prārthanā-daśakam,  Raghunatha Dasa Goswami)

[“(1) O Govardhana, O king of all incomparable great mountains, O hill that became an umbrella with the arm of your own Lord as the handle and then destroyed the pride of the deva king madly attacking with raised weapons, please grant the residence near you that is so dear to me.”]

[“(2) O Govardhana, please grant to me the residence near you that will guarantee the sight of the youthful divine couple as they enjoy passionate amorous pastimes in your caves.”]

[“(3) O Govardhana, O hill where Lord Krishna happily plays with Balarama and His friends in the incomparable jewelled courtyards, jewelled lion-thrones, trees, waterfalls, mountain-brooks, caves, peaks, and valleys, please grant the residence near you that is so dear to me.”]

Ok, so what did I say? Today is Dipavali and soon we will go to offer ghee lamps to Giriraja Govardhana and Manasi Ganga. Our Raghunatha Dasa Goswami in his grantha, very nicely and beautifully described the beautiful pastimes of Dipavali, offering ghee lamps to Giriraja Govardhana. Especially in Vraja, traditionally, the topmost celebration is Dipavali Utsava, offering ghee lamps. All the Vrajavasis decorate their houses with ghee lamps.  Raghunatha Dasa Goswami also composed some verses in his grantha.  What is name of his grantha? Mukta-charita grantha. Mukta-charita grantha very nicely describes these sweet, beautiful pastimes. If you go Nandagaon parikrama, then you can see there is one kunda which is called Mukta kunda. Vrajanabha manifested that kunda there. Kunda means pond. In the Mukta-charita grantha, many different Mukta kunda pastimes are recalled.

It is explained that actually, when it was very close to the time of the marriage ceremony between Radha and Krishna, Vrishabhanu Maharaja sent some dowry. Do you understand what dowry means? It is when the families of the daughter and son give something to each other. Do you understand? Before you are married, the families of the bride and groom are exchanging some gifts to each other. That is called a dowry. Is this in your tradition or not? This is called an Indian tradition. Because all you have forgotten these traditions, you are all marrying someone based on love. You are going into a “love” marriage.  In Kaliyuga they say like this, “I love you, then I leave you, then I divorce you, then I kill you.” Why I am saying this? So Radha and Krishna are almost about to go to Their marriage ceremony. Traditionally, before a marriage ceremony the family members of the bride and groom exchange their gifts. The word for this is called dowry. 

So Vrishabhanu Maharaja had sent lots of mukta, pearls. Vrishabhanu Maharaja sent a cart completely full of pearls. Do you understand? The cart was completely full of pearls. When mother Yashoda and Nanda Maharaja saw that Vrishabhanu Maharaja had sent this type of dowry to Krishna for Shrimati Radhika’s and Krishna’s marriage ceremony they became very upset. Why? The nature is because they have received a cart full of pearls, mukta, they must now in return give even more. Do you understand this?  Then Krishna noticed how Nanda and Yashoda, especially mother Yashoda were a little bit upset asking, “Now what can we do?” So Krishna said “Mother, don’t worry. I will arrange.” She replied, “How is this possible?” Krishna said, “I will arrange a lot of pearls, mukta and then you can return the dowry to Vrishabhanu Maharaja.” Then mother Yashoda told Krishna, “How will You possibly do this?” Krishna then said, “I can also cultivate pearls.” Mother Yashoda thought, “How is it possible that Krishna will grow and cultivate the pearls in this way?” But Krishna insisted and told, “Mother give me some pearls.” Then Krishna took some pearls and cultivated them in the field by putting some milk, yoghurt and covering the soil. Then after 3-4 days, what was there? A lot of creepers were growing and then also many pearls grew. Then Nanda Maharaja and Yashoda returned the dowry back to Vrishabhanu Maharaja. 

During Dipavali Utsava, the festival time where one offers ghee lamps, Vrajavasis, especially Vraja gopis, decorate their clothes with many different kinds of pearls. During that time, the gopis came in front of Krishna and they began teasing Krishna. They said, “Look how we are.” Actually they did not say anything but only implied it, they were acting. Then Krishna began thinking, “Oh My God what will I do now?” At this time Krishna has no power. So Krishna asks the Vraja gopis, especially Radha, Lalita, Vishakha, “Give Me some pearls?” Then the gopis ask, “What will You do with these pearls? Generally, pearls are used only to decorate the bodies and the clothes of ladies. Gents have no need for them.” Krishna replies, “We will use them to decorate the horns of our cows.” Then the gopis begin to laugh and joke. They say, “How foolish are you! ‘Are, with these pearls we decorate our body and our clothes.” But Krishna says, “No, I will use these pearls to decorate my cows and also their horns.” The gopis continue joking and do not give Him anything.  Then Krishna becomes very upset. Krishna asks mother Yashoda, “Give Me some pearls?”  But mother Yashoda does not have many pearls at the house, so she only gives Him a little bit.  

At that time Krishna took the pearls and began cultivating them in the field.  He put some milk, yoghurt and covered the pearls with the soil.  From afar, the gopis noticed what Krishna was doing. They all began laughing and joked, “Look how Krishna and His friends are so foolish! Look how He wasted those pearls.” They said things like this. At that time, Krishna did not say anything to them. After a few days, big creepers were coming and the field was completely what? Full of pearls. Many pearls sprouted and those pearls were also high quality pearls. The gopis’ pearls were what? Very low quality and Krishna’s pearls were very big, very effulgent, beautiful and attractive. Then Krishna took the pearls and decorated the cows and their horns. The gopis then asked Krishna, “Hey Krishna give us some pearls.” Krishna said, “No, no.  You did not give Me any. How could I possibly give some to you?” Then the gopis said, “Ok.” Radha, Lalita and Vishakha especially told, “Ok. We will also cultivate pearls.” Then all of the gopis brought their pearls from their homes and they also began cultivating them.

The gopis said, “Since all we are equal, male and female…If you cultivate the pearls so why can’t we?” Today they are also saying this, things like equal rights, ok.  So, the gopis also cultivated the fields. They are also very expert in cultivating fields. They put the pearls in this way and they also put milk and yoghurt. All of the gopis brought all of their pearls to cultivate.  They were thinking, “We will show Krishna that we can also do this. We all have equal rights.” But Krishna is very tricky.  At night, Krishna took all of their pearls from the earth.  The next day there were no pearls inside.  Understand? In Vraja, when you water the soil, what will grow? Thorns and creepers will come. There were no pearls inside because Krishna with His friends took them all out from underneath the ground. But still the gopis were watering them everyday, thinking that just after a few days they will have pearls. But what grew after a few days? Only thorns and creepers grew. 

When the gopis saw there were no pearls inside they realised there was now a big problem. Their mothers in law, fathers in law and superiors would ask, “Where are the pearls?” Now what do you do? They had a big problem. So, all of the gopis then surrendered to Krishna and asked, “Hey Krishna, give us some pearls?” Then Krishna replied, “No, no, we will not give you any.” It was during Dipavali when the gopis asked Krishna, “Please give us some pearls?” Krishna then replied, “Ok. I will give you pearls, but you have to give Me some payment. They are not free.” You cannot get anything for free. Some say, “Buy one, get one, free one.” Actually, there is no “free” one.  So in the same way Krishna said, “I will not give them to you for free, you have to pay Me something.”  

In this way Krishna and the gopis joked with each other on how the gopis would use different things to pay for the pearls they are buying from Krishna. Raghunatha Dasa Goswami in his Mukta-charita grantha very nicely glorified this lila. Especially when this lila is performed in the day of Dipavali. If you go to all Vrajavasis’ houses, you will see them completely decorated with ghee lamps. Bolo Dipavali mahotsova ki’jai. Govinda bolo Hari Hopala bolo. Jaya Giriraja Jaya Govardhana! Jaya Giriraja Jaya Govardhana!

Giriraja Govardhana manifested from Shrimati Radhika’s mind, there is a shloka there, ‘manasa prakriti jaya’. Prakriti means Shrimati Radhika, jaya means manifested. That means Giriraja Govardhana manifested from the mind of Krishna and in another kalpas, Giriraja Govardhana manifested from the heart of Shrimati Radhika. Bolo Giriraj Maharaja ki’ Jai! Gaura Premanande Hari Haribol! And tomorrow is Annakuta Maha Mahotsav, all of you will prepare many kinds of preparations for Giriraja Govardhana Annakuta. Gaura Premanande Hari Haribol!

Transcriber: Sanatan das (USA)
Editors: Divya Premamayi dasi (Slovakia), Sanatan das (USA)

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