Radhanath Swami on Entering Vrindavan

Srila Narrotam Das Thakura wrote in his prayers that in order to understand the loving pastimes of Radha and Krishna we should be humble and take shelter of the six Goswamis of Vrindavan. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakura would say, “Do not try to see Krishna, try to serve Krishna in such a way that Krishna is pleased to see you.”

Krishna reveals Himself according to the sincerity and the purity of our surrender.

ye yathä mäà prapadyante täàs tathaiva bhajämy aham

mama vartmänuvartante manuñyäù pärtha sarvaçaù

(BG 4.11)

Srila Prabhupada writes that one cannot enter Vrindavan simply by purchasing a ticket. One has to follow in the footsteps of Akrura. While entering Vrindavan, Akrura fixed his mind on Krishna in deep humilty. Akrura, by powers beyond his own control, was indirectly associating with Kamsa and even doing Kamsa’s will. As Akrura felt ashamed of doing Kamsa’s will, he knew well that his real purpose was to facilitate the Lord’s will.

He believed that Krishna and Balarama would understand his position and while begging for shelter and forgiveness, he was absorbed in crying out for Their mercy and therefore Vrindavan was revealed to him.

If anybody could just come to Vrindavan and see the spiritual world with all its opulences, then what would make Vrindavan any different from other material places? We need to have laulya which means eagerness and greed to please Krishna and we please Krishna by taking shelter through our service. And that’s why we have come to Vrindavan.

“By the grace of Srila Prabhupada and the association of devotees we have come here to Vrindavan to realize how fallen and far away (from Krishna) we are; and the farther we think we are the more we should yearn and strive to become Krishna Conscious.”

– Radhanath Swami