Philosophy in the City – Part 4


Aho! Rising higher than the fame of heaven
The Land of Kusha Grass raises the virtuous fame of the earth.
It’s citizens always see the kindness-laden smiling glance
Of the soul’s true husband.

The “Land of Kusha Grass” (kuśasthali) is Kṛṣṇa’s home city, Dvārakā. The citizens of Dvārakā are more celebrated than the citizens of heaven, because in Dvārakā the blessing-filled, pleasant and loving glances of Kṛṣṇa – the soul’s true husband – are always seen.


In their previous lives, certainly his queens must have
Perfectly worshiped the Master with vows involving rituals, baths, and so on;
For these women drink, again and again, the heavenly nectar of his lips,
The mere hope for which causes the women of Vraja to faint.

Much of what the ladies discus, especially in texts 27 and 28, directly mocks the foolishness of the Vedic priests who were chanting benedictions, hymns, and mantras while Kṛṣṇa makes ready to depart. The heavenly planets and the nectar of immortality found there are primary objectives of Vedic rituals, but these girls are ridiculing those objectives in comparison to what is easily and automatically found in Kṛṣṇa.

They said that the everyone present is more fortunate than anyone else in the three worlds, because the Supreme Being playfully walks among them. Then they said, “He is only here temporarily, imagine the glory of his home city, Dvārakā! The residents there are truly fortunate because they regularly get what we rarely get. The glory of that place belittles the attractions of heaven!”

Then another lady continues the theme, “All those residents are fortunate because they experience the glance of Kṛṣṇa, but imagine the queens there, who always drink the nectar of his lips!!! Such nectar makes the nectar of heaven seem like old coffee!”

Then another says, “But my friends, best of all are the women of Vraja – where Kṛṣṇa was unreservedly intimate. Their love for him is so great that they swoon from the taste of that nectar without even needing to physically have it!”


About Vraja Kishor

Invoved in Hare Krishna and Hardcore Punk since 1988 (Beyond, Inside Out, Shelter, 108). From 1992, I studied Bhagavat Gītā and Bhakti Rasāmṛta Sindhu at the Vṛndāvan Institute for Higher Education; became headmaster and temple-president in 1995; and finally distanced myself from ISKCON in 1997, setting out to start a family. In 2009 we moved to Japan, where I continued my astrology practice and began teaching English and studying Sanskrit and the Ṣaḍ-sandarbha. To date I've written about a dozen books. You can find out about them and the study courses I offer, on my website: View all posts by Vraja Kishor

2 responses to “Philosophy in the City – Part 4

  • Sid

    “The heavenly planets and the nectar of immortality found there are primary objectives of Vedic rituals, but these girls are ridiculing those objectives in comparison to what is easily and automatically found in Kṛṣṇa.”

    It’s interesting that just this morning I was listening to a Srimad Bhagavatam lecture by H.H. Radhanath Swami from 1994, at the end of which a question from the audience is posed. This is from another portion of the Bhagavatam, but the questioner basically asks Maharaja to clarify a question befuddling him. Namely, that though in a previous verse Suta Gosvami tells Saunaka Rsi and the sages of Naimisaranya that he knows everything of importance in the Vedas, in this particular verse, as best as my memory serves, Suta Gosvami says that he is not conversant with all the details of the Vedas. Maharaja said there is no contradiction, insofar as the Vedas concern themselves with karma-kanda, jnana-kanda, ashtanga-kanda, etc., and that many brahmanas scrutinizingly study these portions of the Vedas under the sway of kaitava-dharma (cheating religion). To continue to try to paraphrase Maharaja’s answer to the best of my very limited ability, he went on to say that Maha-Bhagavats like Suta Gosvami are highly conversant with those sections of the Vedas that deal with the essence, i.e. unmotivated, uninterrupted pure devotional service to The Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna.

    That wasn’t put even remotely as well or eloquently as Maharaja put it, but I thought it an interesting coincidence that I heard that on the same day that I read your very succinct but profound commentary indicating the very same.

    This isn’t so much a comment to be posted on your blog per se as just something I wished to share with you, Braja Kishor Prabhu.

    Thank you for these daily installments of The Srimad Bhagavatam. It wouldn’t be an overestimation for me to say that I fervently look forward to them everyday and have already reaped untold inspiration from them.

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