Facebook regurgitated a memory, a status I had posted three years ago.
kṛṣṇas tasyāḥ kuca-mukulayor antaraikānta-vāsaḥ |
kvāhaṁ tucchaḥ paramam adhamaḥ prāṇy aho garha-karmā
yat tan nāma sphurati mahimā hy eṣa vṛndāvanasya ||261||
How glorious is Radha, so far beyond the Vedic scriptures! And how wonderful Krishna, whose single abode is in the space between her breasts! And how low am I, such a fallen creature addicted to sinful life! If her name should manifest on my lips, it is only due to the glory of this land of Vrindavan. (RRSN 261)My friends, this is the truth! The power of the Dham is to make you remember Radha.
Even if you wonder, "Why can't I remember Radha! Why isn't Bihariji merciful to me? Isn't the Dham supposed to make bhajan easier?" You are still doing bhajan by even asking the question.
Slowly but surely you will see your bhajan bear fruit in the Dham. It will begin when your tongue chants the name of Radha day and night. And you feel the heat of the Vrindavan air as a kind of enveloping embrace of the Hladini Shakti.
It is not easy to escape the world.
And, of course, the world is real.
And here it is especially real,
because it is SO close to that Reality.
That one Reality we have learned to crave
by the mercy of the Holy Name.
That world of perfect love,
where the desire crazed love-struck adolescents of Vrindavan
remain in that perfect moment of love eternally.
Where the tedious things of this world
Time and Duty
do not interfere with the flow of love
for even a millisecond, except to create enough waves
to make it an eternally expanding fractal game of ecstasy.
tyaktvā sarvam ahaṁ kadāpi niyataṁ vatsyāmi vṛndāvane |
itthaṁ syād api vāci yasya paramāsaktasya gehādike
nāsaktāv api saktatā-parihṛtau taṁ pāti vṛndāṭavī ||1.94||
"The ultimate goal I desire in my life is to attain the nectar of confidential devotional service to Sri Sri Radha and Krishna. When will I ever give up everything and go to live in Vrindavan forever?" If such words should even appear on the lips of one addicted to the affairs of household life, Vrindavan will take care of such a person by giving detachment. (VMA 1.94)