Govardhana, India: November 5, 2006
Tridandisvami Shri Shrimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
By the causeless mercy of my Gurudeva, Shrila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja, my Gurupada-padma (siksa-gurus) and Gandharvika-Giridhari Shri Shri Radha-Vinoda-bihari, our Vraja-Mandala parikrama is very successful in all respects.
In this very month Shri Krishna was bound by the rope of the vatsalya-rasa (relationship in parental affection) of His mother Mother Yasoda. Actually, He was not bound by a rope, but by vatsalya-rasa. The Supreme Lord Krishna had never been bound before, and I think He will not be bound again. He can only be bound by Mother Yasoda. He has accepted this fact: "I am bound by vatsalya-rasa," and it is for this reason that this month is called Damodara.
Also, the gopis tied the veil of Shrimati Radhika to Shri Krishna's yellow chadar in Ganthuli, and Krishna therefore became known as "Radha-Damodara". This pastime took place in this month.
Especially, the crown jewel of all pastimes, the supreme pastime, rasa-lila, took place in this month. All of Krishna's unlimited pastimes, such as His boat pastimes at Manasi-Ganga *[See endnote 1] and the stealing of His flute, are building up to this rasa-lila.
In this month, Akrura went to Nandagaon and told Krishna and His family members about Kamsa's torturing Vasudeva and Devaki. Hearing this, Krishna and Balarama became like fire. Extremely angry, They told Nanda Baba that They must go to Mathura. They went to Mathura, and there they killed Canura and Mustika, and all of Kamsa's brothers and other associates.
Shri Krishna held Giriraja Govardhana on His pinky finger for 7 days, without Giriraja Govardhana shaking at all. At that time all the Vrajavasis, especially the purva-raga gopis,* [See endnote 2] came very near, and those gopis held up Giriraja Govardhana by their eyesight. Aksaya navami *[See Endnote 3] also comes in this month.
Therefore, this month is very, very auspicious.
I invite you all to come next year, along with more of your friends. I know that our boarding arrangements could not make you happy, compared to the happiness you get by the way you live in your houses - palaces - in your countries. There is not so much facility here. Although we tried, it was not sufficient for you. You are like kings with many palaces.
We can only give hari-katha. The topics we have discussed in this month are very important - what we discussed here in the temple and at the holy places we visited. The places we visited are very powerful - such as Rasa-sthali, Vamsi-vata, Bhandira-vat and many other pastime places.
Try to keep all this hari-katha in your "heart-pocket" and be very strong. I think this hari-katha inspired you all, and I am inviting you all to come next year as well.
All 64 limbs (practices) of bhakti a re performed in this month very easily. Also, I have full confidence in the boon of Narada Muni, given in the form of a request to Shri Krishna: "Please give Krishna-prema to anyone who hears all Your sweet pastimes and goes to the places of those sweet pastimes." I think that Shri Krishna will fulfill Narada's desire, so please try to come each year.
Also, Navadvipa parikrama is coming, and I am inviting you all to come to Navadvipa.
If you have experienced any distress during this parikrama, try to forget it - for Krishna - and excuse me if I have spoken any unpleasant words.
[*Endnote 1: Shri Krishna would play the part of a boatman and perform boating-pastimes (nauka-vilasa) and other lilas while ferrying the gopis across Bhagavati Manasi Ganga. Shrila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura has given a very touching description of this nauka-vilasa-lila in his prayer Shri Govardhanastakam (text 7): yatraiva gangam anu navi radhamarohya madhye tu nimag na-naukahkrisno hi radhanugalo babhau sa, govardhano me disatam abhistam"
"In the middle of Manasi Ganga, Shrimati Radhika was sitting in Krishna's boat. Krishna dressed like the boatman, tried to sink the boat, and the terrified Radhika caught Shri Krishna in Her embrace. May that Shri Govardhana fulfill all my desires."]
[*Endnote 2: In this Bhauma-vrindavana, all gopis - including Shrimati Radhika - experience purva raga, i.e. they feel they have never met with Krishna before in an intimate way, although they had so much strong desire to do so.]
[*Endnote 3: This particular day in Kartika month signifies that any undertaking on this day will be imperishable. Akshaya-tritiya is in April/May, and has a similar meaning.]