Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Shri Kamodvan Baithakji Number 7

Form Madhuvan, Shri Mahaprabhuji proceeded to the Talvana lake and there bathed after encircling the holy lake. Because there was no Deity of Lord Krishna there, Shri Mahaprabhuji did not give any discourse.

From Talvana He proceeded to Kamodvan and halted for three days there under a Shyam Tamal tree by the side of a lake. While residing there, Shri Mahaprabhuji’s beloved disciple Krishnadas Meghan prayed, “why is this holy place blessed with the name Kamodvan?” Shri Mahaprabhuji replied, “In the Sama veda it is explained that once Lord Krishna and Shri Radha arrived in this forest which was enchanted by the cool beams of the full moon. Shri Radha then begged Her Lord to have established there a forest of Kamoda and Kamodini trees. The Lord carried out Her wish and also made two ponds full of lotuses, because the lotus is very dear to the Kamodini tree. Hence the name of this area came to be Kamodvan, forest of Kamodini trees.

His disciples then prayed to have the divine sight of the lotuses and the Kamodini trees. Shri Mahaprabhuji then said, “Let it be so;” and said the following Sloka from the Bhagaved Gita, “I give you divine eyes so that you will be able to behold My divine form...” By the grace of Shri Mahaprabhuji, all of the bhaktas present there had the divine vision of a bower full of lotuses and Kamodini trees.

They all lost complete consciousness of everything and becane so absorbed in the celestial bower that Shri Mahaprabhuji thought that they would not return to their material existences if their trance lasted too long. Subsequently He took away their celestial sight, and all returned to material existence. The reason why Shri Mahaprabhuji did so, was that their time for worldly life had not yet been completed.
From here, shri Mahaprabhuji went to Bahulavan, and after bathing in the Sanatanu and Gandharva lakes, He rested under a large shady tree on the banks of e Krishna lake.
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