In 2018 and 2019, His Holiness Kadamba Kanana Swami took us to Vrnda-kunda, where we offer our obeisances to Vrndadevi, who while arranging the pastimes of Radha, Krsna and Their associates, is also churning rasa. Check out Maharaja’s full kirtans and lectures below, along with a few photos, at Vrnda-kunda during Parikrama 2018 and Parikrama 2019.
It is Vrndadevi, who is the stage manager, always creating situations to provide joy to Radha and Krsna, to Krsna and His cowherd boyfriends, and also with Nanda and Yasoda. It is Vrndadevi who provides the taste, with different mellows. We know that churning yogurt into butter is a pastime of Vrndavana. Mother Yasoda is expert at churning. Radharani chants while She churns butter and Vrndadevi churns rasa. She does not churn butter but she churns rasa. In the material world, we also try to enjoy rasa, some sort of taste or experience, but time is more powerful here than any rasa. Time is the overpowering force in the material world. Everything comes into being, then grows, flourishes for a while, produces some by-products, dwindles and then ceases to exist. That is the nature of the material energy. In the spiritual world, we have heard many times that there is no time, there is only the present!
The demigods also come as birds. When Krsna, Balarama and the cowherd boys are picnicking and taking prasadam, some crumbs fall to the ground. The birds that pick up the crumbs are actually great demigods like Lord Siva and Lord Brahma, who all come for the remnants. So Krsna performs His transcendental pastimes and Vrndadevi arranges everything. Exactly when the crumbs are needed, preparations that easily break into crumbs are brought in. As soon as Krsna takes a bite, the crumbs fall everywhere because Vrndadevi is just, in a very intricate way, increasing the rasa. She has her messengers in the form of the green parrots of Vrndavana which she sends here and there. These parrots have many discussions. A famous one took place between the male and female parrot when Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu came to Vrndavana. The male parrot proclaimed that Krsna was the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the female parrot pointed out that actually Krsna was completely controlled by Srimati Radharani. So these parrots competed and they were intelligent. How can we understand the spiritual world?!