Radha-kunda “Of many objects of

January 29th, 2001


“Of many objects of favored delight and of all the damsels of Vrajabhumi, Srimati Radharani is certainly the treasured object of Krishna’s love. And in every respect, Her divine kunda is described by the sages as similarly dear to Him. Undoubtedly, Radha-kunda is rarely attained even by the great devotees; therefore it is even more difficult for the ordinary devotees to attain. If one simply bathes once within these holy waters, one’s pure love of Krishna is fully aroused.? (The Nectar of Instruction, Text 11)

I don’t expect perfection today by just one bath. Rupa Gosvami?s statement is the last verse of the Upadesamrita. The full fruit of it s glories can be realized after one has gone through and realized the previous ten verses beginning with the first verse:

“A sober person who can tolerate the urge to speak, the mind’s demands, the actions of anger and the urges of the tongue, belly, and genitals is qualified to make disciples all over the world.”

Nonetheless, there is inconceivable benefit in pilgrimage to Radha-kunda. The most intimate pastimes of Radha and Krishna take place here daily and many of the greatest acaryas in our line lived here to meditate on those pastimes. At least a day is required to appreciate this most sacred of places.

Highlight: Vraja-svananda Sukhada-kunja, the house and bhajan sthali of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur in Vraja. The goal of life is to obtain the pure love of Sri Sri Radha and Krishna. The acaryas carefully outline the path to obtain that goal. I express my own conviction with confidence: The Bhaktivedanta marg, coming from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasavati Thakur, pursued thoughtfully and fixed on the proper goal, is the best path for us to practically obtain this sublime goal of life.

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