Significance of Barsana

Barsana the holy land of Sri Radha Rani that emits its glow and beauty with its colors on festivals and marks the birth of Sri Krishna’s beloved.Barsana the most fascinated place where every corner is beautifully blended with childhood lilas of Sri Radha Rani the daughter of Sri Vrishbhanu and Mata Kirti. Varsana or Barsana is chiefly a place of Sri Radha Krishna’s love temples. Temples like Ladliji’s Temple and Pila Pokhra are the most Divine and favorite tourist attractions.t is well surrounded by hills from all the four sides depicting the four-headed Brahma and beholds the Divine temple of Ladliji at its peak as the crowning glory.

The Glories of Srimati Radharani


The following are just a few of the many quotes from Srila Prabhupada which encourage us to approach Krishna through the mercy of Radharani, Krishna’s eternal consort. For those of us who feel that there is no hope of making spiritual progress in this lifetime, Srimati Radharani, Who is compassion personified, kindly comes to our rescue if we humbly invoke Her divine blessings.

tapta-kancana-gaurangi radhe vrndavanesvari

vrsabhanu-sute devi pranamami hari-priye
“I offer my respects to Radharani whose bodily complexion is like molten gold and who is the Queen of Vrndavana. You are the daughter of King Vrsabhanu, and You are very dear to Lord Krishna.”

(Sri Radha Pranama)
“In Radharani is found the science of ujjala, or the brightest jewel of the love of God.”
(Krishna Book, Chapter 47)
“Krishna, everyone is trying to love Krishna, but Krishna is trying to love somebody. Now how great She is. Just try to understand. Everyone, the whole world, the whole universe, all living entities, they are trying to love Krishna, krsna-prema. Lord Caitanya describes, prema-pumartho mahan. And Rupa Gosvami described that ‘You are distributing krsna-prema.’ So krsna-Prema is so valuable, but Krishna is after Radharani. Just see how Radharani is great. Just try to

understand the greatness of Radharani. Therefore She is so great, and we have to
offer our respect.”
(Srila Prabhupada Radhastami Lecture, Montreal August 30, 1968)
“Radharani can deliver Krishna. She is so great a devotee, the emblem of maha-bhagavata. Even Krishna cannot understand the quality of Radharani’s devotion. Although Krishna says vedaham samatitani—’I know everything’—He fails to understand Radharani. Radharani is so great.”

(Srila Prabhupada Radhastami Lecture, London, September 18, 1969)
“Sri Krishna continued: ‘All the inhabitants of Vrindavana-dhama—My mother, father, cowherd boyfriends and everything else—are like My life and soul. And among all the inhabitants of Vrindavana, the gopis are My very life and soul. Among the gopis, You, Srimati Radharani, are the chief. Therefore you are the very life of My life.’ ”
(Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya 13.150)

“Srimati Radharani is the center of all Vrindavana’s activities. In Vrindavana, Krishna is the instrument of Srimati Radharani; therefore all the inhabitants of Vrindavana still chant ‘Jaya Radhe!’ From Krishna’s own statement given herein, it appears that Radharani is the Queen of Vrindavana and that Krishna is simply Her decoration.” (Caitanya-caritamrita Madhya 13.150, Purport)

“Radha-Krishna. Radha’s name is first. Why? Nobody can be better devotee than Radharani. As soon as Radha’s name is there, Krishna is more pleased. That is the way. If we glorify the devotees, the character of the devotees, before the Lord, He’s more pleased than to glorify Himself, He directly.”

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Hawaii, March 24, 1969)
“Krishna is energetic, and Radharani is the energy. Just like energy and energetic, you cannot separate. Fire and the heat you cannot separate. Wherever there is fire there is heat, and wherever there is heat there is fire. Similarly, wherever there is Krishna there is Radha. And wherever there is Radha there is Krishna. They are inseparable.”
(Srila Prabhupada Radhastami Lecture, Montreal, August 30, 1968)

“Without energy, there is no meaning to the energetic, and without the energetic, there is no meaning to the energy. Similarly, without Radha, there is no meaning to Krishna and without Krishna, there is no meaning to Radha. Because of this, the Vaisnava philosophy, first of all, pays obeisances to and worships the internal pleasure potency of the Supreme Lord. Thus the Lord and His potency are always referred to as Radha-Krishna. Similarly, those who worship Narayana first utter the name of Laksmi, as Laksmi-Narayana. Similarly, those who worship Lord Rama first utter the name of Sita. In any case—Sita-Rama, Radha-Krishna, Laksmi-Narayana—the potency always comes first.”Caitanya-caritamrta, Introduction)

“It is very simple. Hare means, ‘O energy of the Lord,’ and Krishna means, ‘O Lord Krishna.’ Just as there are males and females in the material world, similarly, God is the original male (purusa), and His energy (Prakriti) is the original female. So, when we chant Hare Krishna, we are saying, ‘O Lord Krishna, O energy of Krishna, kindly engage me in Your service.’ “(Science of Self-Realization, Chapter 1)

“Lord Krishna’s Pleasure Potency is called Hladini, so this spiritual energy of Krishna’s pleasure potency, Hladini, is Srimati Radharani Who is always increasing the transcendental pleasure of Krishna by Her super-excellent loving devotional service.”(Srila Prabhupada Letter, March 29, 1970)
“Actually, because Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, it is very difficult to approach Him. But the devotees, taking advantage of His compassionate nature, which is represented by Radharani, always pray to Radharani for Krishna’s compassion. (Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 22)
“Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami offers his respectful obeisances to Srimati Radharani, taking a straw in his mouth. Indeed, he prays, ‘O Gandharvika, Srimati Radharani, just as Lord Krishna never rejects a surrendered soul, please don’t reject me.’ ” Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya 8.166, Purport)
“Srila Bilvamangala Thakur has prayed in his book as follows: ‘Let Srimati Radharani purify the whole world because She has surrendered Herself completely unto Krishna.’ “(Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 29)
“O Radha! O beloved of Madhava! O you are worshiped by all the young girls of Gokula! All glories unto You! All glories unto You!”

Sri Radhika-stava chorus by Srila Rupa Gosvami)
“Yes, the bumblebee is very much favored by Krishna and Radharani. Sometimes the bumblebee is taken as a messenger by Radharani and she rebukes the bumblebee because the bumblebee is blackish and Krishna is also blackish. Still, in spite of all rebuking, the bumblebee tried always to touch the Lotus Feet of Radharani. Therefore the bumblebee is to be offered our all reverence and respect.”
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, June 15, 1971)
“The photos are very nice, and Radharani looks very satisfied, as I see in the features of her face in the photo. If She is pleased, then Krishna is pleased, and all living entities are pleased.”
(Srila Prabhupada Letter, November 11, 1973)

“In Vrindavana, all the pure devotees pray for the mercy of Srimati Radharani, the pleasure potency of Lord Krishna. Srimati Radharani is a tenderhearted feminine counterpart of the supreme whole, resembling the perfectional stage of the worldly feminine nature. Therefore, the mercy of Radharani is available very readily to the sincere devotees, and once She recommends such a devotee to Lord Krishna, the Lord at once accepts the devotee’s admittance into His association. The conclusion is, therefore, that one should be more serious about seeking the mercy of the devotee than that of the Lord directly, and by one’s doing so (by the goodwill of the devotee) the natural attraction for the service of the Lord will be revived.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.23, Purport)

“Lord Krishna enchants the world, but Sri Radha enchants even Him. Therefore She is the supreme goddess of all. Sri Radha is the full power, and Lord Krishna is the possessor of full power. The two are not different, as evidenced by the revealed scriptures. They are indeed the same, just as musk and its scent are inseparable, or as fire and its heat are nondifferent. Thus Radha and Lord Krishna are one, yet They have taken two forms to enjoy the mellows of pastimes.” (Caitanya-caritamrita Adi 4.95-98)

“Therefore Radha is parama-devata, the supreme goddess, and She is worshipable for everyone. She is the protectress of all, and She is the mother of the entire universe.” (Caitanya-caritamrita Adi 4.89)


Reflections on Rama-Navami

Sri Hanuman, a great devotee in the form of a monkey, prays, “Since Lord Sri Ramacandra is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vasudeva, He is not attached to anything in this material world. He is the most beloved Supersoul of all self-realized souls, and He is their very intimate friend. He is full of all opulences. . . .

“One cannot establish a friendship with the Supreme Lord Ramacandra on the basis of material qualities such as one’s birth in an aristocratic family, one’s personal beauty, one’s eloquence, one’s sharp intelligence or one’s superior race or nation. None of these qualifications is actually a prerequisite for friendship with Lord Sri Ramacandra. Otherwise how is it possible that although we uncivilized inhabitants of the forest have not taken noble births, although we have no physical beauty and although we cannot speak like gentlemen, Lord Ramacandra has nevertheless accepted us as friends?

“Therefore, whether one is a demigod or a demon, a man or a creature other than man, such as a beast or bird, everyone should worship Lord Ramacandra, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who appears on this earth just like a human being. There is no need of great austerities or penances to worship the Lord, for He accepts even a small service offered by His devotee. Thus He is satisfied, and as soon as He is satisfied, the devotee is successful. Indeed, Lord Sri Ramacandra brought all the devotees of Ayodhya back home, back to Godhead [Vaikuntha].” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.19.6–8)


The mind fluctuates but we cannot do anything about that but everything is overcome by devotional service. Some people say that spiritual life is a struggle. No, that is not the problem. The problem is that we don’t do enough service. The gap between service gives rise to lust, anger and greed. How difficult it is to overcome envy!? So many difficulties and we struggle to overcome them. The solution is always to do more service and more chanting. Developing attachment to service and chanting is key.

Our Journey Needs to Begin Where We Are, Not Where We Ought to Be

Suppose while driving to a destination, we take some wrong turns and end up far away from our goal. We may feel irritated, and understandably so. But if we keep beating ourselves up for losing our way, that won’t get us anywhere. We need to resume our journey by accepting where we are and taking the best way ahead from there.
During our life-journey, we sometimes take wrong turns. We make mistakes, indulge in immoral pleasures or get caught in harmful habits. These take us away from our life’s purposes and principles. On undergoing the consequences of our actions, we may start resenting ourselves. But resentment leads to no improvement; if we keep resenting, we waste our time, our energy, even our life. The Bhagavad-gita (18.35) indicates that such negativity characterizes the mode of ignorance.
Accepting our present situation, instead of resenting it, characterizes the mode of goodness. Therein, we see the reality of our material situation, and also see that reality is bigger than our material situation. Guided by Gita wisdom, we see that we are spiritual beings, eternally related with the supreme spiritual being, Krishna.
We can situate ourselves in our spiritual identity by practicing bhakti-yoga. By thus drawing strength from our devotional relationship with Krishna, we can resist our conditionings and rectify our mistakes. With such spiritual determination, we can take steps, even if they be small, from where we are to where we aspire to go.
While reorienting ourselves and resuming our journey, our connection with Krishna gives us energy and enthusiasm to keep moving forward. As we connect with him and relish the sweetness of that connection, the journey itself starts becoming joyful, what then to speak of the destination: uninterrupted loving absorption in him, which is eternally and supremely joyful.

Wish you all a very happy Krishna Conscious New Year

A very happy New Year to all of you!

This celebration marks the end of the present year and entrance to the following one – our entrance to a new cycle of time. Time is like a river, continuously flowing and we all are floating in its current. In this way time takes us through childhood, boyhood, youth and old-age. When we get the human form of life, we are meant to utilize our time in developing our relationship with Krishna, our Supreme Lord and master, dear-most friend and caring father.
Time is an expansion of Balaram, the original spiritual master, whose main business is to take us to Krishna. So, let us flow through the time, especially now that we found our ultimate destination, the lotus feet of Sri Krishna. Let us have the full conviction that if we remain fixed in our goal, then someday, time will take us to that destination. And as we are floating in the current of time through different phases of life let us sing the glory of the Lord and dance in ecstasy for receiving this golden opportunity to reach our ultimate destination.
Thank you very much.


Although they forget death, death will not forget them. Suddenly they will be kicked off the platform of a peaceful family life. One may forget that he has to die, but death never forgets. Death comes always at the right time.

Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.9.6

You are thinking, “Now I have arranged everything. Things are going very nicely. Now I’m very happy.” But, all of a sudden, the death comes. That you cannot avoid. All of a sudden. That is… Death is described in the Bhagavad-gita. What is that death? That death is Krishna. That is stated in the Srimad-Bhagavad-gita: mrutyu sarva-haras ca aham. That means death will come, your all asset, your so-called children, your family, your bank balance, your friends, your country, your leadership, your pride and everything will be taken


Vedic culture is all about dharma. The Kshatriya is not to become non-violent but they should use their violence only to protect the principles of religion thus they are protectors and not aggressors – not just big guys with big muscles; big bullies where you cross the road when you see one coming down the street. No, this is a Sudra with muscles and there are plenty of them. It is not that everyone with big muscles is a Kshatriya. The proof of that is Ekalavya who was practicing shooting targets with arrows and wanted to be a disciple of Dronacharya. The story goes as…

Once when the Pandavas and Dronacharya were on a forest excursion hunting, they had a dog with them. At one point, the dog targeted Ekalavya who was dressed in animal skin. The dog was barking at Ekalavya and Ekalavya shot an arrow and wove through the lips of the dog and sealed its mouth! This was quite an extraordinary feat so when Arjuna saw this, he said to Dronacharya, “You told me that you were going to make me the greatest archer in the world but look at this!?”

Then Dronacharya asked Ekalavya, “So, how have you learn this art of archery… who is your teacher?” Then Ekalavya bowed down and said, “It is you who is my teacher!” Long before, Ekalavya had gone to Dronacharya to be accepted as a student and Dronacharya would not accept him, subsequently Ekalavya had made a statue of Dronacharya, worshipped that statue and continued his training in archery and had become very expert at it.

So when Ekalavya said, “You are my teacher, Guru Maharaj!”

Then Dronacharya said, “You didn’t give me any dakshina!”

Ekalavya, “Whatever you desire…”

Dronacharya, “Give me the thumb of your right hand!” and Ekalavya cut his right thumb and gave it!

So this is a bit gruesome, how could Dronacharya act in such a way? Is this Vedic, is this brahminical… Was there no love… Couldn’t he just accept Ekalavya as his disciple after all his effort and happily say, “You did well my boy…” For all his dedication what did Ekalavya get!? Losing the thumb of his right hand! Was Dronacharya a ruthless brahmana?

This is a bewildering pastime in the Mahabharata but if we look a little deeper, then we understand that Kshatriya is not about muscle or arrows or archery… being a Kshatriya is about dharma and dedication to dharma then the power, muscles, weapons and violence are meaningful! Violence without adhering to dharma is dangerous. Therefore Dronacharya was not cruel, he understood, “If I let this man out in the world without appropriate dharma, today he closed the mouth of a dog, tomorrow God knows what he will do this ability…”

So Ekalavya gave his thumb and was no longer a great archer but he became a true disciple of Dronacharya but at a price. He was not an archer but he got something else – he got the mercy of Dronacharya. By this sacrifice, he became elevated. In this way, we can see that ultimately Ekalavya got the benediction of what he desired.


When Mahaprabhu stayed at Venkat Bhatt’s house, Venkat Bhatt washed the Lord’s feet and the whole family drank the water.

Venkat Bhatt’s son was named Gopal. The moment he drank Mahaprabhu’s charanamrit, sacred love appeared in him. Even though he tried, Gopal could not stay calm. His hair stood on end, and his body was shaking with joy.

Gopal was extremely beautiful. He looked like a beautiful golden champa flower. He had such a beautiful face, like a lotus blossom… such large eyes, arched eyebrows, graceful nose and bright tilak. How sweet were his ears, cheeks and neck! His arms and chest were strong and waist thin, legs and lotus feet lovely. He always wore beautiful clothes and jewelry.

Gopal’s beauty just increased from moment to moment. There was a powerful aura around him all the time, and whoever saw him was dumbstruck. Gopal served Mahaprabhu constantly, according to his father’s instructions.

Gopal loved to serve Mahaprabhu all the time. He was completely immersed in his seva. He didn’t want to do anything else. Gopal didn’t like to see Mahaprabhu as a sannyasi. When he was alone, he often cried. “Why did Fate make me born in such a faraway place?” He thought. “I never got to see my beloved Mahaprabhu in Nabadwip.”

“In Nabadwip he enjoyed life, with his beautiful curly hair and lovely dress, but now everything is opposite. His hair is shaved and he wears a monk’s robe. He has to face so much hardship as a sannyasi. How can I see him in pain?” Speaking thus, two big tears fell from Gopal Bhatt’s eyes.

Then he said, “O Fate, it is not your fault. I must have done something in my previous life to deserve this.”

Gopal never said anything to Mahaprabhu about his feelings, but Mahaprabhu knew his innermost heart. One night, “Mahaprabhu came in Gopal’s dream, looking just the way he used to look in Nabadwip. He looked like a dancer, with long curly hair and beautiful clothes.

Gopal filled with bliss to see his Beloved Mahaprabhu in that form. Then Nityananda and Advaita also came and hugged him. But as soon as he got their embrace, his dream broke and he woke up. Realising it was a dream, and remembering the reality, Gopal Bhatt ran crying to Mahaprabhu. He could not keep calm anymore.

But suddenly he saw it was Krishn himself standing in front of him. That cowherd-boy charm, that ravishing dress, that peacock feather, that melodious flute! Then suddenly the colour of his body changed from dark to golden. It was just like the form Gopal had seen in his dream. The same golden skin, gorgeous curls, jasmine garland, tilak of sandalwood paste and eyebrows like Kaamdev’s bow. And when Mahaprabhu smiled, it was like a rain of nectar washing over Gopal Bhatt’s soul.

Gopal was overwhelmed and fell at his feet. But when he looked up, he again saw Mahaprabhu as a sannyasi.

Mahaprabhu then began to teach Gopal the path to Eternal Vrindavan. Gopal listened closely to what Mahaprabhu said, and kept every word in his heart.

Mahaprabhu told him that later on, he must go to Vrindavan. There he would meet Shri Roop Goswami and Sanatan Goswami, and receive the priceless treasure of their association.

“Together you will reveal my heart’s desire to the world. And one day, this world will be filled with your disciples.”

Saying this, Mahaprabhu took Gopal Bhatta in his arms and bathed him with his loving tears. Gopal didn’t tell anyone what had happened, but he was full of joy inside.

Govardhan Puja

Goverdhan Puja, or Annakut or Annakoot (translated as “a mountain of food”) as it is also known, is a Hindu festival in which devotees prepare and offer a large variety of vegetarian food to the murtis of Paramatma(God) as a mark of gratitude. For Vaishnavas, this day commemorates the incident in the Bhagavata Puran when Krishna lifted Govardhan Hill to provide the villagers of Vrindavan shelter from torrential rains. The incident is seen to represent how God will protect all devotees who take singular refuge in him. Devotees offer a mountain of food, metaphorically representing the Govardhan Hill, to God as a ritual remembrance and to renew their faith in taking refuge in God. The festival is observed by many Hindu denominations, but is particularly prominent among the Vallabh Sampradaya (Pushtimarg), the Gaudiya Sampradaya of Chaitanya, and the Swaminarayan Sampradaya. The Annakut festival occurs on the first lunar day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the Hindu calendar month of Kartik, which is the fourth day of Deepawali (Diwali), the Hindu festival of lights, and also the first day of the Vikram Samvat calendar

The 2017 date for this observance is October 20.