The Fortune of Vrindavan and Vrajavasis

Gauranga Darshan Das


Vrndavana is the transcendental abode of the Lord, where there is no hunger, anger or thirst. Though naturally inimical, both human beings and fierce animals live there together in transcendental friendship (SB 10.13.60). The Vraja gopis say that the land of Vrndavana spreads the glory of the earth, having obtained the treasure of the lotus feet of Krsna, the son of Mother Yasoda (SB 10.21.10).


Vrajavasis are adored by Lord Brahma as follows: “How greatly fortunate are Nanda Maharaja, the cowherd men and all the other inhabitants of Vrajabhumi! There is no limit to their good fortune, because the Absolute Truth, the source of transcendental bliss, the eternal Supreme Brahman, has become their friend.” (SB 10.14.32) The great devotee Uddhava desired the fortune of becoming one of the bushes, creepers or herbs in Vrndavana, so that the gopis trample them and bless them with the dust of their lotus feet. (SB 10.47.61)

Motherly Gopis and Cows

How greatly fortunate are the cows and ladies of Vrndavana, the nectar of whose breast-milk Krsna has happily drunk to His full satisfaction, taking the form of their calves and children! All the Vedic sacrifices performed from time immemorial up to the present day have not given Him as much satisfaction. (SB 10.14.31)

Nanda Maharaja and Elderly Gopas

All the cowherd men, headed by Nanda Maharaja, enjoyed topics about the pastimes of Krsna and Balarama with great transcendental pleasure, and they could not even perceive material tribulations. (SB 10.11.58)


All the cowherd boys used to play with Krsna, who is the source of the Brahman effulgence for jnanis desiring to merge into that effulgence, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead for devotees who have accepted eternal servitorship, and who for ordinary persons is but another ordinary child. The cowherd boys, having accumulated the results of pious activities for many lives (not material pious acts, but activities performed for Krsna’s satisfaction), were able to associate in this way with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. How can one explain their great fortune? (SB 10.12.7-11)


The ladies of Vraja are the most fortunate of women because, with their minds fully attached to Krsna and their throats always choked up with tears, they constantly sing about Him while milking the cows, winnowing grain, churning butter, gathering cow dung for fuel, riding on swings, taking care of their crying babies, sprinkling the ground with water, cleaning their houses, and so on. By their exalted Krsna consciousness they automatically acquire all desirable things. (SB 10.44.15) Among all persons on earth, these cowherd women alone have actually perfected their lives, for they have achieved the perfection of unalloyed love for Lord Govinda. (Uddhava sang in 10.47.58)

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