The Mood of Vrndavana Means Selflessness

Apr 12 2021 - Video
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In this class from Novato, California, September 4th 1999, Śrīla Narasiṅgha Mahārāja gives class from Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.9.21. Narasiṅgha Mahārāja explains how three books - Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, Mahābhārata and Harivaṁśa - specifically talk about Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes in detail, but only the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam gives details of Kṛṣṇa’s Vṛndāvana pastimes.

He also says that Kṛṣṇa is not subject to the scope of our imagination. Mahārāja speaks about the difference between Goloka and Gokula such as Kṛṣṇa’s appearance, disappearance, the killing of demons etc. He explains the position of Abhimanyu, the so-called husband of Rādhārāṇī, and how a sādhaka who has deep affection for Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa cannot tolerate that Rādhārāṇī has any ‘competitor.’

Narasiṅgha Mahārāja tells the story of Śrīla Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī’s aversion towards even accepting leaf-cups from Sakhīsthālī, the village of Candrāvalī, and speaks about the śānta-rasa section of Vraja, explaining the specific śānta-rasa of Vraja.

Narasiṅgha Mahārāja states that the given rule is to follow in the mood of the residents of Vṛndāvana in our bhajana life. This can’t be an imitation, like the sahajiyās. The mood has to be one of selflessness to an extreme degree. We are objects who are Kṛṣṇa’s property.

He also explains that the maṭha (āśrama) is not a place to run our independent secular type of existence, otherwise there will be an internal conflict.

Mahārāja also speaks about some of the original Deities of Vraja and how the accompanying Deities of Rādhārāṇī came just after the time of Mahāprabhu with Jahnavī Devī.

Narasiṅgha Mahārāja explains how kṛṣṇa-līlā is difficult to comprehend in our life, but gaura-līlā is easy to relate to for sādhakas.