In 2016, 2017 and 2018, His Holiness Kadamba Kanana Swami took us to Kusuma-sarovara, where the gopis used to come collect different flowers and then Srimati Radharani made her vaijayanti garland for Krsna. Check out Maharaja’s full kirtans and lectures below, along with a few photos, at Kusuma-sarovara during Parikramas 2016, 2017 and 2018.
It is so peaceful in the morning at Kusuma-sarovara. It is a place we all know, a place that is transcendental. The gopis collected different flowers here. Srimati Radharani made her vaijayanti garland for Krsna. It is a long garland, made of five different types of flowers and it hangs below His knees. Every day, She made a new arrangement and somehow that garland would be delivered to Krsna. In this way, the land of Vrndavana is transcendental.
Behind Kusuma-sarovara, towards the right, is Uddhava-kunda. Uddhava was the perfect messenger, and he became a messenger twice. He was sent to Vrndavana as messenger and at the end of Krsna’s life on earth, Krsna met with Uddhava and extensively instructed Him. That conversation became the Uddhava-gita which is found in the Eleventh Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam. The Uddhava-gita is in some ways more elaborate, asking many questions which are not addressed in the Bhagavad-gita. The Uddhava-gita is actually a very important Gita. There are various Gitas in the Bhagavatam; there is the Uddhava-gita, the Gopi-gita (the songs of the gopis in separation from Krsna), and the Bhumi-gita. The Bhumi-gita is the song of the Earth: “Many rulers have tried to possess me but what is left of them? Only names.” The Uddhava-gita was spoken because Uddhava was chosen to remain on this planet after Krsna left. He was to go to Badarikasrama and meet many devotees there.
So Uddhava was meant to go to Badarinatha. Krsna explained, “I never went there, therefore my representatives should go.” This was the purpose of Uddhava’s existence. We can understand that Uddhava did not realise that when he was younger. He never understood that that was the purpose but it was made clearer to him at the end of his life. Everyone has a role to play in this movement, but we may not always see it immediately. When we are young we think, “What am I going to do with my spiritual life?” The truth of the matter is that we do not know what our role will be. We do not always know what our role will be in this movement. It will become clear with time and it may be different from what we imagined. Uddhava’s role was also different from what he had imagined. He had no idea that he was simply destined to be a messenger.
The full bhajan, initiation ceremony and lecture at Kusuma-sarovara from Parikrama 2016 can be found using the following link: https://www.kksblog.com/2016/12/vrindavan-braj-parikrama-2016-recordings/