(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 12 March, Durban, South Africa, Lecture at House Program)

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Jiva Goswami states in his Bhakti Sandarbha that Vrindavan is a state of consciousness. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta once said that there is an intimate correlation between nama (the holy name) and dhama (the holy land). He said that it is only within the dhama that the nama fully manifests. Of course, where there is nama, dhama becomes manifest, but dhama means ‘the state of consciousness of Vrindavan’.

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, “My mind is like Vrindavan.” He said that for most people, the mind and the heart is the same; whatever they desire that is where the mind will be. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was speaking in the mood of Radharani to Krsna and he said, “But in my case, my mind is Vrindavan and since you like Vrindavan, please place your footsteps there, in my mind.” Vrindavan is that place which is cent per cent dedicated to the pleasure of Krsna. Everything in Vrindavan is simply an arrangement for the pleasure of Krsna. So by chanting, gradually our mind will become purified and gradually, Golokera prema-dhana, the entire wealth of Goloka will manifest in our mind. And we will become like the walking dhama; wherever we are, we will be in Vrindavan and we can transform places into Vrindavan as Prabhupada did.

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