Theme: Spirituality

The Braj to Whole Cosmos Extends

In Braj* soil divinity sings
Radha’s* foot chains' jingles ring
On its grasslands divinity grows
In its cow’s milk nectar flows.

In Braj soil..........ring

For butter thefts Gopis still wait
So as see Krishana*, their soul mate
Yashodha’s* heart for him still beats
Eveready with special treats.

In Braj soil..........ring

In Braj temples gongs still echo
Banke* in ever new dress deco*
The priests like Vyas* still recite
Devotee’s dance in bliss and delight.

In Braj soil..........ring

Braj ladies still with Him dance
They still enjoy cosmic romance
With senses in perfect command
Lust and greed them does’t strand.

In Braj soil..........ring

My soul loves the Govardhan*in Brij
Under the bushes on its ridge
Where the Krishana grazed his cows!!!
Where the senses spirituality browse!!!

In Braj soil..........ring

*Braj or Brajbhoomi is a region in Uttar Pradesh of India, around Mathura-Vrindavan. Braj, though never a clearly defined political region in India but is very well demarcated culturally, is considered to be the land of Krishna and is derived from the Sanskrit word vraja. The main cities in the region are Mathura , Agra , Aligarh and Mainpuri.

*Krishana, the dark complexioned cow boy of Brij. Yashoda and Nand’s foster son. The eighth and principal avatar of Vishnu, often depicted as a handsome young man playing a flute. He appears as a charioteer and advisor of Arjuna in the Bhagavad-Gita.

*Radha, also called Radhika, Radharani and Radhikarani, is the childhood friend and lover of Krishna in the Bhagavata Purana, and the Gita Govinda of the Vaisnava traditions of Hinduism. Radha is almost always depicted alongside Krishna and features prominently within the theology of today's Gaudiya Vaishnava religion, which regards Radha as the original Goddess or Shakti. Radha's relationship with Krishna is given in further detail within texts such as the Brahma Vaivarta Purana, Garga Samhita and Brihad Gautamiya tantra. Radha is also the principal object of worship in the Nimbarka Sampradaya, as Nimbarka, the founder of the tradition, declared that Radha and Krishna together constitute the absolute truth. Radha is often referred to as Radhaan or "Radhika" in speech, prefixed with the respectful term 'Srimati' by devout followers. Radha is one of the most important incarnations of Goddess Lakshmi.

*Yashodha was the foster mother of Krishana whom Vasudev, his father, had shifted from the prison, where he was born of Devki, for fear of Kans who would have killed him as he was prophesied as the killer of Kans.

*Banke is another name for Krishana, one of the most widely venerated Hindu gods, worshiped as the eighth incarnation of Vishnu and as the supreme deity. Many Krishna legends are drawn from the Mahabharata and the Puranas. His earliest appearance is in the Mahabharata as the divine charioteer of Arjuna, whom Krishna convinces that the war Arjuna is about to fight is just (see Bhagavadgita). In later works Krishna was a slayer of demons, a secret lover of all devotees, and a devoted son and father. He also lifted the sacred hill of Govardhana on one finger to protect his devotees from Indra's wrath. In art Krishna is often depicted with blue-black skin, wearing a loincloth and a crown of peacock feathers. As a divine lover, he is shown playing the flute, surrounded by adoring females. *deco for decorates

*Veda Vyasa, Hindus traditionally hold that Vyasa categorised the primordial single Veda into four. Hence he was called Veda Vyasa, or "Splitter of the Vedas," the splitting being a feat that allowed people to understand the divine knowledge of the Veda. The word vyasa means split, differentiate, or describe.

*Govardhan is a hill located near the town of Vrindravan in India, considered as sacred by a number of traditions within Hinduism. It is especially important to those traditions which worship Krishna or Vishnu as the Supreme God (Ishvara) such as Vaishnavism and Gaudiya Vaishnavism, which are popular around the Govardhan area. A great number of pilgrims visit Govardhan each year and perform parikrama, circulating around the area of the hill whilst praying, singing (bhajan) or performing japa meditation. The hill and surrounding area are believed to be the sites where Krishna and Balarama performed specific pastimes (lilas) during their last incarnation on the planet Earth. Known as Govardhan or Giriraj it is the sacred center of Vraja and is identified as a natural form of Krishna.


More By  : Prof. Dr. C. P. Sharma

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