radhe vrindavanadhishe


kripaya nija-padabja-

dasyam mahyam pradiyatam


“O Shrimati Radharani, O Queen of Vrindavana, You are a river flowing with the nectar of mercy. Please be kind upon me, and give me a little service at Your lotus feet.”


Srimati Radhika is the personification of mercy and is the sole shelter of the Vaishnavas following in the line of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is none other than Krishna with the lustre and mood of Srimati Radhika and who appeared on this earthly planet to taste the moods experienced by Srimati Radhika while loving Krishna. Being the greatest devotee of Sri Krishna, she is always eager to render service to his lotus feet and wants to engage everyone else in his service too. When she sees a sincere Sadhaka trying to make advancement in Krishna consciousness, being merciful and compassionate upon that devotee, she personally requests Krishna to except that jiva in his service. Without her causeless mercy, which person can possibly aspire to gain any spiritual understanding about the true nature of Krishna and his unlimited incomprehensible qualities and pastimes. Understanding her to be the dearest to Sri Krishna, who considers Srimati Radhika to be his all in all, the devotees aspire to take shelter of her lotus feet. Even though Sri Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the ultimate shelter of all the living entities, yet Sri Krishna himself takes shelter of Srimati Radhika, for he is bound by her love, which is unfathomable and cannot be described even by the most qualified and eloquent poets in the choicest of poetry in millions of years. Therefore, from the perspective of Lila, Lila vichar, the transcendental loving pastimes of the Lord, Srimati Radhika is indeed the Supreme, for she is Madan Mohan Mohini, the attracted of Madan Mohan Sri Krishna. It is her, who, through her service, satisfies Sri Krishna to the fullest extent, and it is her at whose lotus feet Sri Krishna bends down to pacify her when she is displaying her maan or jealous anger.


Being Gaudiya Vaishnavas, we aspire to serve the very same Kanu man mohini, the attracter of the heart of Sri Krishna, under the direction of Rupa, Rati and other manjaris, who are always engaged in the loving service of the divine couple. May Vrindavanishwari Radha count us amongst one of her own associates and give us some service at her divine lotus feet.


Srimati Radhika’s Purva Raag

Once the daughter of Vrishabhanu Maharaj, Srimati Radhika, who is the personification of limitless sweetness, was looking extremely dejected, with great remorse on her face. Seeing her in this condition, her Sakhis inquired from her about the reason for her sadness, to which she replied that she had decided to give up her life as she had fallen in love with three different men, which is highly inappropriate. She further explained that she had fallen in love with the person who played the enchanting flute. The sweet sound of the flute had completely stolen her heart, making it race towards the player of the flute. However, she again felt greatly attracted to the Youth named Krishna, for the name itself was full of such nectar, that she instantaneously felt attracted towards it. Thereafter, when Chitra Sakhi showed her a painting of Tribhang lalit, she again felt extremely drawn towards him, desiring to have his association. Thus, explaining her situation to her dear friends, she sighed in great distress. This feeling of great love for Shyamsundar before even having seen him is described by the great acharyas as Purva Raag, which is extremely sweet. Listening to her and knowing that the three personalities were actually one and the same, the Gopis smiled amongst themselves. They then told her that all the three personalities with whom she had fallen in love, namely the flute player, the youth named Krishna and the painting that she had seen were all but one person, Vrajendranandan Shyamsundar, the son of Maharaj Nanda. Saying this and pacifying her, they convinced her that there was no need to give up her life. When Srimati Radhika understood that she had indeed developed deep love and attachment for Sri Krishna alone, who is more attractive than millions of Cupids and who is the player of the enchanting flute, she became shy and bashfully looked hither and thither. Seeing her become shy, all her Sakhis began laughing and teasing her. Thereafter, they all started making arrangements for the first meeting of Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar, which happened in the most holy place of Saket.

Srimati Radhika, service to whose lotus feet is our only aspiration

‘ra’ sabdam kurvatas trasto dadami bhaktim uttamam
‘dha’ sabdam kurvatah pascat yami sravana lobhatah
Lord Sri Krishna proclaims:”The moment I hear the sound ‘Ra’ from anyone’s lips, I grant them My supreme prema-bhakti. But the next moment when I hear the sound ‘dha’, I completely lose Myself and become intoxicated in Radha-nama. Because of My great longing to hear the name of My Beloved, I run after the devotees who chant Radha-nama.”

Srimati Radharani is the personification of the Hladini or pleasure potency of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. Even though they are in truth one entity, for the purpose of performing sweet enchanting pastimes, they became two, and in this, they way relish transcendental rasa. Being the topmost amongst all the associates of Krishna, she is exceedingly dear to him and controls him completely with her unalloyed ocean of pure love. Desiring to give him the topmost pleasure in the mellows of conjugal love, she exhibits the various different moods in madhurya rasa, which make their pastimes really relishable for Shyamsundar. Being enchanted by her, Sri Vrajendranandan Shyamsundar eagerly desires to meet her in the grooves of Vrindavan, under the kadamba trees and at the banks of the Yamuna river, in order to perform various playful pastimes with her.

In the Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya coming down from Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, all the Acharyas have taken complete shelter of the lotus feet of Srimati Radhika, considering her to be their very life and soul. Following in the same mood, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur once beautifully explained how we are actually aspiring to become the maidservants of Srimati Radhika. While once visiting Sri Radha Kund with his disciples, they saw a king come with his entire entourage and was performing parikrama of Radha Kund and Shyam Kund. Seeing this, the disciples of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta pointed this out to him, saying that the King must have great devotion for Srimati Radhika and Krishna. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta acknowledged his devotion but pointed out that the devotion that the Gaudiya Vaishnavas have is very different from that of the King. The King is a devotee of Sri Krishna and pays respect to Srimati Radhika because she has something to do with him, but we are the maidservants of Srimati Radhika and we respect Krishna because he has something to do with Srimati Radhika. In this way, he explained how we are actually praying for the service to the lotus feet of Srimati Radhika and how she is our worshipable goddess. Therefore, we take shelter of the lotus feet of Srimati Radhika, pray for her to bestow her mercy upon us and grant us service to her divine lotus feet.

Srimati Radhika, the queen of Vraja

amala-kamala-kāntiṁ nīla-vastrāṁ sukeśīṁ
śaśadhara-sama-vaktrāṁ khañjanākṣīṁ manojñām
stana-yuga-gata-muktādāma-dīptāṁ kiśorīṁ
vraja-pati-suta-kāntāṁ rādhikām āśraye ’ham
Her complexion is like that of a spotless lotus flower, She is attired in blue cloth, and Her hair is very beautiful. Her face is like the full moon, Her eyes—like those of a wagtail—are very charming, and upon Her breasts rests a radiant pearl necklace. She is eternally youthful, and She is the dear most lover of the son of the king of Vraja. I take shelter of that Śrīmatī Rādhikā.

All glories to the beloved of Shyamsundar, Srimati Radhika, the best amongst the cowherd Gopis of Vraja and the dear most devotee of Krishna. Endowed with the most charming beauty and an endless ocean of divine qualities, Vrindavaneshwari Srimati Radhika, the queen of the most enchanting forest of Vrindavan, steals the heart of Vrajendranandan Shyamsindar, and makes him desirous of receiving her association. Being surrounded by her affectionate Gopi friends, who are all a shoreless ocean of divine charm and qualities, she reigns over Vraja and the hearts of all the residents of this holy abode. May Srimati Radhika take us under her shelter and bestow her mercy upon us, blessing us with service unto her divine lotus feet.

Sri Shyamsundar

barhapidam nata-vara-vapuh karnayoh karnikaram
bibhrad vasah kanaka-kapisam vaijayantim ca malam
randhran venor adhara-sudhayapurayan gopa-vrindair
vrindaranyam sva-pada-ramanam pravisad gita-kirtih
Wearing a peacock-feather ornament upon His head, blue karnikara flowers on His ears, a yellow garment as brilliant as gold, and the Vaijayanti garland, Lord Krishna exhibited His transcendental form as the greatest of dancers as He entered the forest of Vrindavana, beautifying it with the marks of His footprints. He filled the holes of His flute with the nectar of His lips, and the cowherd boys sang His glories. 

With his enchanting form and sweet smile, Sri Shyamsundar attracts all the living entities and steals their hearts. His beautiful turban decorated with peacock feathers and forest flowers rests upon his head, which is covered with silken locks of hair which fall over his shoulders ever so gracefully and entangle in them the eyes of the Gopis of Vraja. The loose hairs coming over his forehead appear like bees swarming over the blue lotus of his beautiful face. His lotus eyes are tinged red at the corners and appear intoxicated with the intense love that he has for all his devotees. His perfectly shaped nose has a pearl hanging from it and his red lips are expert at relishing the nectar of the Gopis lotus faces. The flute placed upon those bimba red lips is the most fortunate, for Sri Krishna keeps his flute with him at all times, and the melody that comes forth from Sri Krishna’s flute enchants the hearts of all the Vrajavasis and the living entities of all the innumerable universes. May the most merciful Shyamsundar cast his side long merciful glance upon us and attract our hearts, so that we may be able to give up our attachment to the material existence and surrender unto his lotus feet.

Srila Prabhupada appearance day 2019

jogyatā-vicāre, kichu nāhi pāi,
tomāra karuṇā-sāra

If you examine me, you will find no qualities. Your mercy is all that I am made of.

If we are to carefully deliberate upon our qualification to be in the movement of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, we would realise that we have no qualification what so ever. Wrought of sinful tendencies and lacking in true surrender, we are in no way qualified to have achieved this good fortune of being on the path that shall lead us to transcendental bliss in the loving service of Sri Krishna. This has only been possible due to the causeless abundant mercy of Srila Prabhupad, the founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, who took the mission of Mahaprabhu and spread it throughout the whole world, thus creating the good fortune of millions, who would otherwise be trapped in the cycle of repeated birth and death.

Appearing in the year 1896 on the auspicious day of Nandotsav in Kolkata in the house of Gaurmohan dey, Abhay Charan dey, who later came to be affectionately addressed as Srila Prabhuad by his disciples, was the apple of everyone’s eyes and possessed a natural attraction towards Sri Krishna from his very childhood, daily going to the temple near their house and celebrating Rathayatra with his friends. Later onwards when he met his spiritual master Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati Thakur and received the instruction from him to preach the message of Sachinandan Gaurahari to the English-speaking world, he took the instructions of his Spiritual master to his heart and would regularly contemplate on who to accomplish the task given to him be his Guru. At the right opportunity provided by the Lord, Abhay Charan renounced family life and dedicated his life to the instructions given to him by his Spiritual master. After spending some time in Sri Vrindavan Dham, translating and writing his purports for the first few cantos of Srimad Bhagwatam and preparing to go to the western countries, he went to America by ship and brought the good fortune of the people of that country with him. Despite all the difficulties, including two heart attacks that he had on the way to America, through perseverance and a strong desire to fulfil the inner heart’s desire of his Spiritual master, he successfully established the international society for Krishna consciousness. He then travelled the entire globe numerous times preaching the holy names of Krishna and establishing many temples, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu that one day his names will be chanted in every town and village.

On his appearance day, we therefore pray to receive a particle of his mercy so that we may be able to continue in his service and achieve some taste for the chanting of the holy names of the Lord.

Sri Krishna Janmashtami 2019

5000 years ago, in the month of Bhadrapada when the moon entered the auspicious 4th Nakshatra named Rohini on the Ashtami tithi in Krishna Paksha and all the other planets were auspiciously placed either in their own rashis or in their exaltation rashis, the atmosphere was permeated by an unearthly serenity and purity; the lakes, rivers and other water reservoirs were filled with crystal clear water and lotuses bloomed in all directions; the gentle breeze carried with it the fragrance of the various forest flowers blooming in Vraja; the sacrificial fires were burning nicely and the Brahmanas were able to perform their worship peacefully, which would otherwise be obstructed by the associates of the wicked King Kamsa, and all the people on the earthly planet were filled with a transcendental feeling of bliss. When the atmosphere was thus made auspicious and pleasant, the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna appeared as the son of Vasudev and Devaki in the prison house of Kamsa, while simultaneously appearing as the son of Nanda and Yashoda in Gokul, thus blessing them by excepting them as his parents. It has been explained by the acharyas that Krishna never leaves Sridham Vrindavan, Vrindavanam parityajya padam ekam na gacchati, therefore it can be understood that Sri Krishna actually appeared in Gokul from the womb of Srimati Yashoda devi, while his expansion Sri Vasudev Krishna appeared in Mathura in the prison of Kamsa. Thereafter, being instructed by Krishna, Vasudev took him to Gokul, placed him next to Mother Yashoda and instead took the baby daughter of mother Yashoda, who is none other than Yogamaya, the sister of Krishna, and when he came back it appeared as if he had never even left. This was possible due to the arrangement of the internal potency of Krishna, who made the guards of the prison fall into a deep sleep and all the locks on the doors to open on their own accord. Yamuna devi also gave way to Vasudev so that he may be able to carry Krishna to Gokul. Due to having been extremely exhausted from the childbirth, mother Yashoda fell into a deep sleep and did not realise what had transpired during the night. The next day, Maharaj Nanda celebrated the birth of his son with great jubilation, giving in charity thousands of cows to qualified Brahmanas and satisfying all the Vrajavasis with various gifts. The Vrajavasis, being ecstatic, celebrated the occasion by throwing butter, yoghurt, ghee and other auspicious items on each other, thus welcoming Krishna, their very life and soul.

In Sri Vrindavan dham, the devotees celebrate the appearance day of their beloved Lord Shyamsundar with great enthusiasm. In the Krishna Balaram Temple, after taking darshan of the Lords with a new outfit both at the time of Mangal arati and Darshan arati, when the lords are dressed in a beautiful outfit and decorated with various splendid ornaments and fragrant flowers, oozing nectar from every pore of their transcendental forms which submerges the devotees in an ocean of bliss, the devotees start engaging in speaking and hearing the glories of Giridhari, the lifter of the Govardhan hill. After the glorification, all the devotees engage all their time and energy in the service of the lord in various ways, till 10’o clock at night when they all assemble for the gorgeous Abhishek ceremony of the deities of Krishna Balaram and Radha Shyamsundar. The Abhishek which is accompanied by the heartfelt singing of the Holy Names by all the devotees, is followed by an elaborate bhoga offering comprising of an unending variety of delicacies. At midnight, the lords are offered an Arati, witnessing which fills the hearts of all the onlookers with immense pleasure and a feeling of relief from the miseries of material existence. This is followed by ekadashi prashad for all the devotees, who had been fasting the whole day and engaging only in service.
The festivities, however, continue the next day, when Nandotsav is celebrated and all the devotees perform various services for the pleasure of the lord and a huge feast is offered to the Deities, which is then honoured by all the devotees with great relish to their hearts content.

The upcoming festival of Sri Krishna Janmashtami

īśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ
anādir ādir govindaḥ

Krishna, who is known as Govinda, is the Supreme Godhead. He has an eternal blissful spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin and He is the prime cause of all causes.

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, the cause of all causes and the Lord of all the manifest and unmanifest universes, Shyamsundar, is eternally residing in his spiritual abode of Golok Vrindavan along with all his associates, enjoying nectarian transcendental pastimes in the various mellows of dasya, sakhya, vatsalya and madhurya. Through his Maya shakti, he causes the creation, maintenance and destruction of all the material universes, but he himself remains unaffected and independent of this external energy of his, eternally performing manohar lilas, which steal the hearts of the great Yogis and Rishis, who are completely unattached to the material world and the objects of the senses, and instead are only concerned with pleasing the senses of the most charming Lord Shri Krishna, whose three fold bending posture, tribhang, broad chest, slender waist, lips as red as the bimba fruit playing a mischievous smile, lotus petal like eyes moving restlessly with amorous desire, and ears adorned with makara earings, have completely enchanted their minds. Madanmohan, (the enchanter of cupid), when standing under the kadamba tree on the banks of the river Yamuna, the waves of which are most cooling and the breeze blowing over the waves carries the sweet scent of the lotus flowers blooming in the her waters, places his flute upon his reddish lips and plays an enchanting melody, all the residents of Vraja, and all the animals in the forests of Vrindavan, become stunned with wonder and listen intently to the transcendental sound vibration emanating from Krishna’s dear companion, the flute. In this way He is eternally present in his transcendental abode enjoying transcendental mellows with his eternal associates such as Nanda, Yashoda, the cowherd boys and the gopis.

However, due to his compassionate nature the Supreme Lord in his original form with all of his potencies and partial manifestations descends to this material world once in a day of Brahma to annihilate the miscreants, deliver the devotees and reestablish the principles of religion.

paritranaya sadhunam
vinasaya ca duskrtam
sambhavami yuge yuge

In order to deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I advent Myself millennium after millennium.

When Swayam Bhagwan Vrajendranandan Shri Krishna descends on this planet he appears with all his eternal associates and with his eternal abode, Shri Vraja mandala, with the main purpose to bestow his mercy upon his dear devotees by giving them his direct darshan and to attract all the other living entities to him by performing divine enchanting pastimes, so that being attracted by them the jivas may take up Krishna consciousness and go back home back to godhead. This has been explained by Srila Bhaktivinod thakur,

gopīnāth, tumi kṛpā-pārābāra
jīvera kāraṇe, āsiyā prapañce,
līlā koile subistāra

O Gopinatha, You are the ocean of mercy. Having come into this phenomenal world, You expand Your divine pastimes for the sake of the fallen souls.

To this end, although he is unborn and eternal, the supreme Lord appeared in this world on the auspicious eighth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Bhadrapada, during the auspicious Rohini nakshatra, when all the stars were in auspicious constellations, a sweet scent permeated the atmosphere and the entire universe sanctified in the welcome of the Shyamsundar.

In preparation for the upcoming festival of Janmashtami, all the devotees in the Krishna Balaram temple in Sridham Vrindavan start doing various different services already a few days before and the excitement of the festivities permeate the atmosphere. Some devotees start preparing various sweet delicacies for the day, others prepare designs for flower ornaments for the deities, yet others start planning the temple hall decorations, and some gather ingredients for the upcoming Maha Abhishek. And in this way everyone engages in various services for the upcoming festival with great enthusiasm, eagerly waiting for Sri Krishna Janmashtami.

Sri Shyamsundar in Vraja is the most complete

Whenever there is a decline in religious principals and a predominance of irreligiosity, the Personality of Godhead descends to the Earth, for the protection of his devotees and the annihilation of the miscreants. This has been explained by Sri Krishna himself in Bhagavat Gita, however, the Lord in his selfsame transcendental form of Sri Krishna appears only once in the day of Brahma, while other times his expansions appear for the purpose of annihilating the demons. What can be said about our great good fortune, for it is in this very same chaturyuga that Swayam Bhagawan Sri Krishna appeared in Vraja 5000 years ago.

Even though, in order to maintain this material world, he appears for the apparent purpose of bringing back balance in this world, the actual purpose for his appearance can be understood to be his ardent desire to attract the conditioned living entities with his sweet pastimes with his intimate associates, seeing which they can get attracted to him and giving up all attachment to the material world, go back home back to Godhead to him and relish transcendental bliss in their constitutional position as his eternal servants and associates. For in truth, what need is there for the Lord to personally come to kill the miscreants, merely by his desiring so, they would all be vanquished in a moment. But for the purpose of showering causeless mercy upon all the living entities, who have become forgetful of their eternal relation with him, he comes to bestow mercy upon them and show them a glimpse of the transcendental bliss that is forever prevalent in the spiritual sky. To this end, Sri Shyansundar performs various pastimes in Vrindavan, Mathura and Dwarka, in order to attract the minds of different living entities, who would be attracted to the varieties of pastimes that the Lord performs.

Even though Sri Krishna is the most perfect original Personality of Godhead, yet it has been stated by the foregone acharyas that Dwarkadheesh Sri Krishna is complete and so are his pastimes too, Sri Mathuresh Krishna is more complete and so are his pastimes in Mathura more complete than those in Dwarka, but Sri Vrajendranandan Shyamsundar is the most complete and similarly the pastimes that he performs in Vraja are the epitome of transcendental blissful pastimes of the Lord. These pastimes are in the association of various devotees, who possess different types of Bhava, or feelings for him in one of the five predominant rasas namely Shanta, Dasya, Sakhya, Vatsalya and Madhurya. Even though the same relationships of fraternity, with Uddhav and others, parental affection, with Devaki and Vasudev, and conjugal love, with his 16,108 wives, are also present in Dwarka and Mathura, these relations are tinged with Aishwarya bhava and therefore these associates are always conscious of Sri Krishna being the Supreme Personality. For this reason, Uddhav is never able to climb on Krishna and tease him saying that he is stronger than Krishna, whereas Subal, Madhumangal, Sridam, Stoka Krishna and other Sakhas, being unaware of Krishna’s position as Supreme Lord due to the covering of Yogamaya, and thinking him to be their best friend, wrestle with him and defeat him, climb on him and play with him like their very dear friend. Mother Yashoda picks up a stick and runs after Krishna when he steals butter and Nanda Maharaj gives him instructions as his very own son, being oblivious of his Godhood, whereas Devaki and Vasudev, although having parental affection for Sri Krishna, are always aware of his position. Above all, the parakiya rasa in Vraja Dham is the highest, for the Vraja Gopis completely control Sri Krishna with their love. The queens in Dwarka are very submissive to their husband Krishna, but in Vraja, Sri Krishna is submissive to the will of his beloved Gopis. When Srimati Radhika, the crest jewel of all the young cowherd girls in Vraja displays Mana, jealous anger, the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna bends down and places his flute and peacock feather at her lotus feet in order to pacify her. These topmost loving relationships in Vraja are characterized by a deep feeling of possessiveness or Mamata, due to which the cowherd boys, Nanda, Yashoda, the vrajavasis and the gopis consider Krishna to be their dear most possession, dearer to them than their very life, and it is due to this intense love that Sri Krishna is completely subdued by their love. The presence of these topmost sweet loving relationships between the Lord and his associates make his pastimes in Vraja most enchanting and relishable. We therefore bow down to Sri Vrajarajsuta Ghanashyam and his dear associates and beg to one day be able to serve them in the topmost Land of Vraja.

Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead

There are innumerable manifestations of the Personality of Godhead in the form of the various incarnations and Vishnu forms, presiding over the various Vaikuntha Planets, but the Supreme among them all, and the source of all these multitude of manifestation is Vrajendranandan Shyamsundar. Even though these incarnations are direct manifestation of Sri Krishna himself, endowed with the six opulences of wealth, strength, fame, beauty, knowledge and renunciation, and possess sixty transcendental qualities that are only present in the Personality of Godhead and not in any other Demigod or Demigoddess, yet there are four qualities that are uniquely present in Sri Krishna only. These four qualities have been described by Srila Rupa goswami in Sri Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu and are as follows:

Lila Madhuri – He is an undulating ocean of astonishing pastimes out of which raas leela is supremely captivating.
Prem Madhuri – He is surrounded by devotees who possess incomparable madhura-prema, which develops up to the stage of mahabhava.
Venu-madhuri – The sweet and mellow sound of His flute attracts the minds of everyone within the three worlds.
Rupa-madhuri – His extraordinary beauty astonishes all moving and non-moving entities.

Even though the pastimes of the Vishnu murtis in the various Vaikuntha planets are transcendental and complete, they are all predominated with Aishwarya bhava, due to which the love of all the associates present there is tinged with awe and reverence, for they are well aware that Vishnu is the Supreme Personlaity of Godhead. This, however, does not give the highest pleasure to the Lord, but rather he relishes the love of the Vrajavasis, which is full of Madhurya bhava, transcendental sweetness, due to which they forget about Krishna being the Supreme Lord and love him just as their friend, son or beloved. Due to the predominance of this sweetness, the pastimes performed in Vraja are far more enchanting and captivating for the heart of the devotees than the pastimes that are in Aishwarya rasa. It is due to this sweetness that Krishna displays these four transcendental qualities in Vraja and not anywhere else. The comparison can be made that Vishnu in the Vaikuntha planets is like the Supreme Lord in his office, but in Vraja, he is at home, surrounded by his friends and family, his dear associates, who are dearer to him than his very self. That abode of Vraja, where the Original Personlaity of Godhead Sri Krishna is present in his complete glory surrounded by his dear associates, is the personification of sweetness and the ultimate goal of all the vaishnavas, whose sole treasure are the soft sweet sublime lotus feet of Sri Shyamsundar.