25th of December, 2004 - 6:31
Meeting Govardhan
24th of December, 2004 - 16:27
Festival of Sri Kunjabihari Das Babaji Maharaja
23rd of December, 2004 - 17:36
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A foggy day at Yamuna
21st of December, 2004 - 20:21
The garden of rasa
20th of December, 2004 - 17:25
Siddha Madhusudan Das Baba's festival at Surya-kunda
19th of December, 2004 - 18:38
The lake of Sri Chaitanya
18th of December, 2004 - 18:44
In Vrindavan
17th of December, 2004 - 16:58
At Radha-Roman's house
16th of December, 2004 - 16:09
Today Delhi going
15th of December, 2004 - 17:30
Inquiries on bhajana
14th of December, 2004 - 20:01
A crash and Radha-Krishna katha
13th of December, 2004 - 18:14
A fairly uneventful day
12th of December, 2004 - 19:31
Publicity in the whole universe
11th of December, 2004 - 18:05
On bad deeds and good character
10th of December, 2004 - 16:50
Disappearances and instructions
9th of December, 2004 - 16:59
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Festival of Narahari Sarakara
7th of December, 2004 - 17:54
Back to Radha-kunda
6th of December, 2004 - 21:42
Visiting Vrindavan
6th of December, 2004 - 15:49
Half-way around Govardhan
5th of December, 2004 - 16:09
Electric outage
5th of December, 2004 - 15:04
Vrindavan Art
4th of December, 2004 - 17:17
Thoughts on our bhajana-marga
3rd of December, 2004 - 17:32
Meeting friends all day long
2nd of December, 2004 - 23:51
The second day in Vraja
2nd of December, 2004 - 17:39
Meeting Baba
2nd of December, 2004 - 0:20
From New Delhi to Vraja
1st of December, 2004 - 19:33
Giridhari's flute busted!
1st of December, 2004 - 7:30

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The lake of Sri Chaitanya
Posted: 18th of December, 2004 - 18:44

The Mahaprabhu-mandir is out there, somewhere.
It's incredibly foggy this morning. We had heard that the wintertime would be foggy, but had seen little of it as of yet. However, this morning we seem to have plenty enough. The big Mahaprabhu-mandir opposite us, which you've all seen before, isn't visible at all. Around ten in the morning it begins to dissolve. The fog creates a mystic, eerie atmosphere which I personally enjoyed very much, but the downside of it is in all things practical, such as trying to get your laundry dried.

The electricity was out for a good while in the daytime. Malati was amidst preparing lunch for Thakurji, the dough for the rolls had been sitting in the owen for a couple of hours or so. Eventually we figured that we were the only house in the village without electricity, our cable had broken. Chandana's younger brother seems to be an electrician in making, he fixed the problem in no time at all.

Babaji Maharaja giving patha.
I leave for the patha with Yugal and Braja, who has come over for a visit to meet Baba, and Malati heads to meet a friend of hers to take darshan of her Thakurji. Baba still continues on the same theme, Sriman Mahaprabhu's lila in Nilachala, and more specifically, in the Gambhira, where he relished the heights of Radha-bhava. Baba is very absorbed in the patha, evidently he is envisioning the sports of Gauranga in his heart as he speaks. There is no end to the depth of the mysteries of the Gambhira-lila, just as there is no end to the mysteries of Sri Radha's moods of maha-bhava and divyonmada. Mahaprabhu also tasted manjari-bhava after relishing the moods of Radha, Baba told on another occasion. Narrations of Gaurachandra are a veritable reservoir of Sri Krishna's nectarine pastimes.

kRSNa-lIlAmRta-sAr, yAra zata-zata dhAr |
daza-dig bahe yAhA haite ||
se caitanya-lIlA hay, sarovara akSay |
mano-haMsa carAha tAhAte || (cc 2.25.271)

"Krishna's actions are the essence of the nectar of the gods; their hundreds and hundreds of currents stream in every direction. Send the swan of your mind to swim on the lake of Chaitanya, the fathomless spring from which they arise."

Meeting with Braja, the spirits are high.
After the class, we meet with Malati and head for Baba's darshan. Braja had come over during Purushottama-mas, too. "Oh yes, I have seen you so many times!" Baba says. Braja has brought him some medicinal knee-warmers infused with menthol and other healing extracts. They seem to be a very welcome gift, given that the cold season is right behind the corner.

In the evening time, we spot Ananda Hari at Roman's place and pop in for a visit. They seem to have become good friends. As usual, we end up discussing varieties of lofty subjects at considerable length. What does it mean that the body of a suddha-bhakta is completely spiritualized, why then do we see him suffering of disease and so forth? Can two individuals have the same ekadasa-bhava, the eleven commonly delineated aspects of siddha-deha? I am a bit too short on time to start duplicating these conversations here. To join the fun, book a ticket for Radha-kunda and fly over for a visit.
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