The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Vrndavana

BY: SUN STAFF - 19.5 2020

Sri Krsna– The Moon of Vrndavana

A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 175.

There are several references in Jaiva Dharma to Sri Krsna's personal Associates in Vrndavana-dhama. In chapter twenty-six, the Gosvami describes some of these nitya-siddha devotees, quoting Srila Rupa Gosvami's Bhakti-rasamrta sindhu 2.1.290 and the Padma Purana:

In the Padma Purana, Uttara-khanda it is said:

"Persons who have achieved eternal, blissful life exactly on the level of Sri Krsna and who are able to attract Lord Krsna by their transcendental loving service, and who love Lord Krsna millions of times more than they love themselves are called eternally perfect (nitya-siddha)."

"Just as Lord Ramacandra descends along with Laksmana (an incarnation of Sankarsana) and Bharata (an expansion of Pradyumna), so the members of the Yadu dynasty and the cowherd men of Vrndavana also descend with Lord Krsna in order to join in the transcendental pastimes of the Lord. When the Supreme Lord returns to His eternal abode, His associates return with Him to their respective places, As such, these ever-liberated Vaisnavas are not bound by the material laws of birth and death."

Next the Gosvami explains to his student Vrajanatha the uddipana aspect of vibhava:

"Some things that give impetus (uddipana) or stimulation to ecstatic love of Krsna are His transcendental qualities, His uncommon activities, His smiling features, His apparel and garlands, His flute, His buffalo-horn, His leg-bells, His conchshell, His footprints, His places of pastimes (such as Vrndavana), His favourite plant (tulasi), His devotee, and the periodical occasions for remembering Him. One such occasion for remembrance is ekadasi."

In chapter thirty-five there is another nice passage on the residents of the Dhama, in which Vijaya-kumara is inquiring about things in Vrndavana that are nearby the Lord, and directly related to Him and the gopis:

"…Flower remnants, peacock feathers, mineral dyes from the hills, the cows, the stick, the flute, the buffalo-horn bugle, the sight of Krsna's dear associates, the dust raised by the cows, Vrndavana. The living entities and things that have their shelter in Vrndavana, Govardhana Hill, the Yamuna, and the rasa-dance arena are included among the things nearby.

Vijaya-kumara: Who are the living entities that have taken shelter in Vrndavana?

Gosvami: Many birds, bees, deer, forest groves, vines, tulasi plants, karnika flowers, and kadamba trees have taken shelter of Vrndavana."

These things are further categorized as being tadiya-visesa, in chapter thirty-six:

"The tadiya-visesas are footprints, the land of the cows, and dear friends. In this context the land of the cows is the land of Vrndavana, and the dear friends are the devotees who love Krsna deeply."

In chapter thirty-eight, Krsna is described as Vrndavana-candra – 'O moon of Vrndavana', and more of His confidential pastimes are described by the Gosvami:

"The following are all the visesa gauna sambhoga (special situations of meeting): seeing, talking, touching, blocking the path, putting an obstacle on the path, pastimes in a house, pastimes in Vrndavana forest, pastimes in the Yamuna's waters, pastimes in a boat, pastimes of stealing flowers, pastimes at a ghata (the dana-keli pastime), playing hide-and-seek in the forest, drinking madhu nectar, Krsna disguising Himself as a woman, pretending to be asleep, gambling with dice, tugging at garments, kissing, embracing, scratching with fingernails, drinking the nectar of each other's bimba fruit lips, and enjoying amorous pastimes."