Within the Heart of Giri Govardhana

Within the Heart of Giri Govardhana

Each year, after the holi līlā and vasanti rāsa-līlā that occurs in the spring season of the two months of Madhu and Madhava, the summer season arrives in Vrindavana. With summer’s arrival comes intense, scorching heat. Everything in Vrndavana becomes dry, all...
The Cooling Love of Candana Seva

The Cooling Love of Candana Seva

After ādi-guru Brahma appeared from the lotus flower growing from the navel of Garbhodakaśayī Viṣṇu, he had no concept of time or place or where he was; from all directions he was surrounded only by darkness and water. Even after God gave him advice to chant mantras,...
Kaliya’s Embrace – Candana-yatra

Kaliya’s Embrace – Candana-yatra

Akṣaya-tritiya is the beginning of Candana-yātrā. Where does this festival come from? How did it begin? Our guru-varga ācāryas give a special understanding and course to follow for Candan-yātrā. In Vṛndāvana, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī has one very special kuṇḍa named...
Kṛṣṇa took Sannyāsa

Kṛṣṇa took Sannyāsa

Understanding His shortcoming, Kṛṣṇa took sannyāsa in His pastimes as Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and He became one-pointed. He learned from Viśākhā-devī who came as Raya Ramānanda and intimately instructed Him in relishing the highest moods of gopī-prema. In the...
Keśava-deva manifests in Vraja

Keśava-deva manifests in Vraja

How did Svayam-Bhagavān Keśava-deva manifest in Vraja? Kṛṣṇa’s great grandson, Vajranābha, saw that no one in Dvārakā wants to listen to the Vrajavāsīs’ names chanted. If anyone from Dvārakā listens to the pastimes of Vraja, they become jealous and competitive....