(Kadamba Kanana Swami, November 2015, Vrindavan, India, Video Interview)

Govindaji_jaipur

When Krsna left Vrindavan for Mathura, the gopis of Vrindavan and Nanda Maharaj felt great separation from Krsna – they all wanted to see Krsna. Therefore Krsna sent Uddhava to Vrindavan with a philosophical message, to say that Krsna is everywhere. Nanda Maharaj replied, ‘This Uddhava, he does not know what he is talking about! He is still wet behind his ears! He is just a boy! What is the point of Krsna being everywhere!? We want to see him with our own eyes, we want to drink in the sound of his flute! We want all this nectar!’

Therefore we go to the temple to see the deity form of Krsna. In Jaipur, you see old men every morning at three o’clock, walking in the street for five to ten kilometers to go the temple. They go there before Govinda and they chant, ‘Govinda, Govinda, Govinda!!!’ The perfection of old age! Because they want to see Krsna and such eagerness to see Krsna will bring us to the spiritual world. Therefore to say that Krsna is everywhere is not satisfying.

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