In 2016, 2017 and 2019, His Holiness Kadamba Kanana Swami took us to Unchagaon, the birthplace of Lalita Devi, who is the most intimate associate of Srimati Radharani. Check out Maharaja’s full bhajans, kirtans and lectures, along with a few harinamas and photos, during Parikramas 2016, 2017 and 2019.
Lalita is older than Srimati Radharani and has a strong left-wing nature. As the protector and dedicated servant of Srimati Radharani, she is always ready to rebuke Krsna for His lack of faithfulness. In the temple of Sri Sri Lalita Bihari, we once again dip into the reservoirs of ancient wisdom where Lord Caitanya expresses the mood of separation of Srimati Radharani. We have the amazing story of the Hamsaduta by Rupa Gosvami. This story is especially relevant because Lalita, acting as guru, picks out a swan to deliver an urgent message to Krsna that He should immediately return to dissipate the burning fires of separation of Srimati Radharani. Lalita can be compared to our current gurus, who use various persuasive techniques and incentives to encourage devotees to take seriously to the spiritual path. The story ends without any definite conclusion about whether the swan would go to Krsna or not; here, in a similar vein, the spiritual master tries to turn crows into swans, but eventually, the decision lies with the individual. However, by mercy and blessings of the devotees, we will all reach the ultimate destination. Time spent in Vrndavana helps us connect with the residents of the holy dhama, where service to Radha and Krsna is everything!
Service lifts us above all other attachments, and Lalita is the embodiment of the service attitude. It is the servant who becomes the guru. Here in Unchagaon, we are dwarfed, humbled before Lalita, realizing that we are not qualified to understand the dealings of Krsna and His associates because we do not have that level of love. We therefore pray to the dust at the feet of the gopis, “Dear dust, give me this unalloyed service attitude. Somehow or other, let me focus. My mind is spread all over because I have invested in so many things!” We pray that Lalita may lead us to the service of Radha-Krsna and Lord Caitanya, and we pray that we may become selfless.
The full bhajans, kirtan and lecture at Unchagaon from Parikrama 2016 can be found using the following link: https://www.kksblog.com/2016/12/vrindavan-braj-parikrama-2016-recordings/