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Title: Lord Gauranga on Vrajavasi association

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-04-22 07:43:15


Antya 13.36-39


hen you reach Mathura, you should remain with Sanatana Gosvami and offer

respectful obeisances to the feet of all the leading men there. Do not mix

freely with the residents of Mathura; show them respect from a distance.

Because you are on a different platform of devotional service, you cannot

adopt their behavior and practices. Visit all twelve forests of Vrndavana in

the company of Sanatana Gosvami. Do not leave his association for even a

moment. You should remain in Vrndavana for only a short time and then return

here as soon as possible. Also, do not climb Govardhana Hill to see the

Gopala Deity.



In his Amrta-pravaha-bhasya, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura advises that one

avoid remaining in Vrndavana for a very long time. As the saying goes,

amiliarity breeds contempt.?If one stays in Vrndavana for many days, he

may fail to maintain proper respect for its inhabitants. Therefore those who

have not attained the stage of spontaneous love for Krsna should not live in

Vrndavana very long. It is better for them to make short visits. One should

also avoid climbing Govardhana Hill to see the Gopala Deity. Since

Govardhana Hill itself is identical with Gopa, one should not step on the

hill or touch it with his feet. One may see Gopala when He goes elsewhere.