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Wednesday, March 26th, 2003

Radha Kunda Reflections
Perverted and otherwise

At the morning darshan, Srila Govinda Maharaj talks about the glories of Govardhan. He says that he likes Govardhan because he has so much service here.

Avadhut Maharaj asks permission to take the Russian devotees to see Radha Kunda, "or at least what we can see with our mundane eyes." Srila Govinda Maharaj says that with sincerity, you will eventually be able to see.

He quotes the sloka from Sri Govinda Kunda Mahima:

   bahu-bhagye keha sei dughasvada paya
   chidananda-deha labhi krsna-loka yaya

"Sometimes, by great fortune, someone will get to taste the water of Govinda Kunda as the milk of Surabhi, the divine cow, attain a transcendental form, and go to Krishna-loka."

After breakfast, Paramahamsa Maharaj, Pitambar Prabhu and I accompany the Russian devotees to Radha Kunda.

There are so many "shallow thinkers" living there, extolling their virtue and asserting their fitness by bragging about the number of years that they have lived next to Radha Kunda, or enumerating how many generations of their family have lived there.

And all of them chanting "Radhe! Radhe!"


Srila Sukadev Goswami spoke the entire Srimad Bhagavatam without mentioning Her name. And Srila Guru Maharaj has taught us how to see Srimati Radharani:

   kintu prabhor ya priya eva tasya
   vande guroh sri-caranaravindam

We offer our obeisances to Sri Radha Kunda, Sri Shayma Kunda, and Sri Lalita Kunda, then we return to the safety of Srila Gurudeva and the Seva Ashram.

In the afternoon, Sripad Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaj arrives from Kolkata, along with four other devotees.

At six-o-clock, Avadhut Maharaj and Siddhanti Maharaj leave for Delhi and Moscow. I cannot go with them because I still do not have a Russian visa. Goswami Maharaj left for Russia without me last Thursday, and now Avadhut Maharaj leaves without me.

Will I ever get to Russia?
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