Radhanath Swami on Nidhivan


In Vrindavan there are some special places with fascinating histories. Nidhivan is a very beautiful kunja of small trees. According to Vishwanath Chakravarty Thakur when Lord Krishna left Rasalila to find Srimati Radharani, this is the place where it had happened. Vishwanath Chakravarty Thakur wrote a story Svapna Vilas where he explains the pastimes of a dream.

In Nidhivan, there is a very beautiful temple called Ranga Mahal where Radha & Krishna would go to rest. Vishwanath Chakravarty Thakur explains that once when Srimati Radharani was resting here, she had a dream.

She woke up and said to Krishna, “I have to tell You the dream that I just saw. You have shown me so many different ways you appear in this world but the form I saw in this dream was very special. I saw a beautiful golden form, more beautiful than any other incarnation. This form was dancing ecstatically on the banks of a river which looked exactly like Yamuna and a forest which looked exactly like Vrindavan. And I saw all around were thousands of people chanting and dancing. It was the form of a Brahmin chanting with His arms raised. He was flooding the whole universe with love of god. Sometimes this golden bodied brahman was crying out. O My Lord Krsna! Where are You and sometimes I heard him crying out, O My beloved Radha! Where are you. And when I saw Him chanting like this I felt He was You. Can you tell me who is this person?” Krishna lifted his Kaustubha mani and told Srimati Radharani to look within it. When she looked within it she saw the exact same pastime. Srimati Radharani said, “Now I can understand that both of us are going to combine. The two of us are going to incarnate in this age of Kaliyuga to spread Our love throughout the world through the congregational chanting of Our holy names.”

Lord Caitanya appeared to distribute this love to the whole world. All the Goswamis were preparing for the Lord’s mission to spread. On that historical day, Friday 13th August 1965, Srila Prabhupada boarded the Jaladuta. He had about forty rupees which could not be changed outside India. He had his Japa beads, an umbrella and a box of Srimad Bhagavatam. It was at Radha Damodar temple that he worked for years writing his books. Srimad Bhagavatam was the basis of all the writings of the Goswamis and Lord Caitanya proclaimed it to be the spotless purana.

– Radhanath Swami