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Yamuna Devi by Padmalochana dasa
Transcendental Descent of the Yamuna
Yamuna is the transcendental river which flows through Goloka Vrirdavana, the original abode in the spiritual world and the transcendental playground of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna, Who is the source of all incarna-tiors. Lord Krishna is enjoying there eternally with His devotees, who are headed by His eternal consort Shrimsti Radharani and Her eight assistant girlfriends, namely, Lalita, Visakha, Chitradevi, Indulekha, Champakalata, Rangadevi, Tungavidya, Sudevi. Some of the most intimate devotees of Lord Krishna expand in difierent forms, so that they can satisfy and serve Lord Krishna in different ways.
It is exp'ained by Shrila Rupa Goswami and Shrila Bala-deva Vidyabhusana that Yamuna is the liquid form of Shrimati Visakhadeyi. The Yamuna River can easily purify nne of all sinful reactions and benedict one with material prosperity simply by someone thinking of bathing in her waters, but the real benefit of coming into contact with her transcendental water is the attainment of devotion to Shri Shri Radha and Krishna.
Although Radha Kunda, Govardhana, Yamuna and othsr pastime places of Goloka have eternally existed, incon- ceivably, at some point in eternity, they where created by Lord Krishna for the pleasure of Shrimati Radharani.
The following ttory is taken from the Garga Safflhita and Brahma Vaivarta Purana,
Once Shrimati Radharani was sitting alone, waiting for Lord Krishna to come and meet Her, when She received information th: t Lord Krishna was enjoying in a secluded place v,ith Viraja Upon hearing this, in an angry mood, Shrimati Radharani immediately went to the place of Viraja. Shridhama had been posted at the gate of Viraja's garden, When Shrimati Radharani arrived there Shridhama prevented Her from entering. Shrimati Radharani demanded to see Viraja immediately. When Viraja came out to meet Radharani. Shriirtnti Radharrni a, or.ee cutsed her to become a river and also to descend into the material world. At that tin.e Lord Knta did not show Himself and Radharani returned to Her 0Wn pla.c. Thereafter. Krishna took Viraja and enjoyed with her in the forest. While Krishna ;was enjoying with her, Viraja's seven children disturbed them with their fighting amongst themselves. Viraja became ver> angry at her children and cursed theni to become bodies of water. She further cmsed them that nc-one could drink their waters and that they Should riot be i ble to meet with each other till the dissolution o* the material universe. These seven sons manifested as the seven rceans surrounding the seven dvi#«, namely, the salt water cceir, sugarcane cceae. wine ocean, ghee ccean, yoghurt ocean! milk ocean; and the freshwater ocean. Then Lord Krishna informed Viraja that it was now time for her to g% into the material world but that she sould not be frightened as, He would a'ways be close to her and when He wouid.abveht on the earth, He would take her as one of His wives After offering her obeisances over aed over again to Lord Krishna and to GoJoka Vrindavana, Viraja then started her journey in the form of the river Yamuna. As she was leaving Goloka Vrindavana, site met with the rivhr Ganges who was also coming from another part of Goloka known as Navadvipa. She was als® going to the material realm for the purpose ot purifying the living entities who were entrapped there. The transcendental waters of the Yamuna and Ganga mixed together and they travelled as one river throughout Vaikuntha (the spiritual world) until eventually they came to the edge of the material universe. When the Supreme Lord appeared in His form as Vamanadeva in the sacrificial arena of Bali Maharaja. He extended His left foot up to the covering of the universe and pierced a hole in the covering with the nail of His big toe and thus those transcendental waters flowed in and descended on Dbruvaloka. Next they flowed down on to the planets of the seven sages (Marici. Atri, Angira, Pulaha, Kralu, Pu'astya, Vasistha). After this the Gnnges (the Yamuna remained hidden in the water of the Ganga) is carried through space by unlimited celestial airplanes to the moon and then flows onto Lord Brahma's abode on top of Mount Meru where the transcendental waters divide into four branches which flow in the four directions. That branch which flows to the south descends into the Himalayan Mountain Range where the Yamuna saparatas and flows down the Kalinda mountain (and thus becomes known as Kalindi, the daughter of Kalinda) and appears on the earth at a place of the name Yamunotri and from there flows in an easterly direction eventually passing through Indraprastha ( New Delhi ). From there she next reaches the place where the original Goloka Vrindavana < known on earth as Gokula ) has manifested. When the reached Gokula she began to flow very slowly through that land which was the transcendental playground of her Lord Krishna. When she reached the place of Visramghat in Mathura she stopped to rest for a whi'e. Just to fully appreciate the whole of Gokula (Vrindavana-dhama), she divided off into many branches some flowing around Govardhana hill, Varsana, Nandagram and the other forests of Gokuladhama. After this she slowly, reluctantly started her journey again. After passing through Mahavana and leaving the borders of Gokula Vrindavana, she flowed on until she reached Prayag, where she again met with the river Ganga and their waters mingled together and flowed on as oneriver through the city of Lord Siva, Kasi ( Banaras ), and slowly they flowed towards Gupta Vrindavana, known as Navadvipa-dhama. As they entered the borders of Navadvipa-dhama they slowed down so that they could fully appreciate Shri Chaitanya Maha-prabhu's Navadvipa-dhama Who is non - different to Shri Radha Krishna and Vraja-dhama. Wanting to visit all the future places of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's pastimes, they slowly flowed round the dhama until eventually they realized that they had to continue on their journey. As they were approaching the great salt ocean, all of the demigods showered flowers upon them. At that time Yamuna devi spoke to Ganga devi, "All glories to you, you are the purifier of the three worlds and you have risen from the Lotus feet of Lord Krishna Himself all the ihree worlds are singing your glories. Unfortunately I have to separate from you now and return to Goloka Vrindavana. O Ganga, you please go, three is no place in the three worlds which can purify one as uuickly and thoroughly as simply coming in contact with your divine waters. If I have offended you in any way, then please foj-give me". Shri Ganga replied in the following words, "O yamuna, please accept my humble obeisances, you, in fact are the purifier of the three worlds and you have manifested from the left side of Lord Krishna's body. I along with everyone in the three worlds am always praying for your mercy. You are the very life force of Lord Krishna, so please accept my humble obeisances at your lotus feet again and again. You are even worshipped by the residents of Goloka and one who comes in contact with you is guaranteed of entering into the divine pastimes performed in Goloka Vrindavana. By the order of Lord Krishna I shall new descend to Pstalaloka but I am hesitating to follow that instruction due to fear from becoming separated from you. I long for that time when 1 shall be "ible to join you in serving Shri Shri Radha Krishna in Goloka Vrindavana. I am falling again & again at your lotus feet begging forgiveness for any offences committed by me." Thus Gan-gaji descended into the Nether regions to purify the conditioned souls trapped there. After this Yamuna started to flow over the ocean and slowly crossed island after island until she came to the golden mountain range of the name Lokaloka and started to rise up that mountain range and retrace her previous course back to Goioka.
Passing through Vaikuntha she eventually entered Goloka again. At that time all of the demigods of the material worlds and the residents of the spiritual world started to shower flowers and sing prayers in glorification of the Yamuna, by whose mercy one can easily and very quickly crosss over the ocean of nescience and arrive at the Lotus feet of Shri Shri Radha and Krishna. (These cursing pastimes take place in the cpulent realm of Goloka and have nothing to do with the sweet pastimes of the inner realm of Vraja-Vrindavana).