Vrindavan, 2016.06.13 (VT): A delegation from Braj Vrindavan Act Now (BVAN) went to the Ujjain Kumbh with the express purpose of reminding the dharma acharyas from around India about the various problems facing the Yamuna and Vrindavan Dham. The group was led by B.A. Paramadwaiti Swami, Acharya of VRINDA International and spiritual guide of BVAN.
BVAN was invited to participate in the spiritual gathering by Pujya Swami Chidananda Saraswatiji (Muniji) who hosted the group while at the Kumbh. Several eminent spiritual leaders provided a platform at their camps for spiritual dialogues and discussions with devotees and participants from around the world.
Swami Paramadvaiti spoke primarily about the immediate need to look at the rapid disintegrating condition of India’s rivers and fertile land.
He also led the group out on sankirtan in the streets of Ujjain to promote his ideas. Several spiritual leaders converged on the banks of the Kshipra River along with chief minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chauhan and took a pledge with thousands of people to protect our rivers and find sustainable solutions to improve the environment.
As usual, Paramadwaiti Maharaj and his disciples — mostly from Europe and South America — went with the intention of serving as a voluntary cleaning crew, just as they do in Vrindavan. They were greatly surprised to see hundreds of Home Guards keeping Ujjain neat and clean for the Kumbha Mela.
The BVAN group was given the opportunity to present their drama of the holy rivers, “Our Sacred Rivers,” in many camps and many important people watched delightedly to see how Paramadwaiti Maharaj is training up young people from around the world to be concerned for the plight of the Yamuna and Ganga.
Said one happy participant, “In the end the whole audience danced with us to the Mahamantra and we got them to make a pledge to do their part to stop pollution!”
Said Paramadwaiti Maharaj, “I was especially impressed by the efforts to keep the Mela grounds clean. If only Vrindavan could have a platoon of home guards to look after everything to keep people conscious of how Vrindavan and Braj are a holy place (tirtha) and must be well protected and maintained.”
Ambika Devi Dasi was the coordinator of the program. BVAN on Facebook.