All the most sacred places in India have manifested themselves here in Sri Vraja Mandala. Even Kedarnath and Badarinath are also present. Once Nanda Maharaja and the cowherd men expressed a desire to go to the Himalayas on pilgrimage to these boly sites. Krishna informed them that Kedarnath and Badarinath had already manifested themselves here in Vraja and that he would take them there. Krishna also told them that by going to this Kedarnath the pious results that they would aquirc would be thousands of times more than what they would evei bave gotten by going to the Himalayas and that the same benefits would also apply to the Badarinath here as well.
We have been to the Badarinath here. It is difficult to get to because no bus can travel there. The only way to get there is by tractor or by foot. It is an exact replica of the Badarinath in the Himalayas. Just as Ganga devi has manifested there, here also she has manifested. There is an extremely steep path with about 400 steps very difficult to climb here and just like in Kedarnath and Badarinath there is a hotspring, here also there is a hot spring. There is practically very little difference between the two, except that here they are on a smaller scale, but as far as pious results are concerned, here in Vraja the benefits are thousands and thousands of times more. This road that you see is the road which goes there, but since it is not possible for us to go there at this time we will offer our obeisances to Kedarnath and Badarinath from here. Haribol!
Now we are at Uchagram, the appearance place of Lalita devi. This is where she was born. Rupa Goswami writes, "Oh Lalita devi Srimati Radharani and Krishna are performing their pastimes in different groves of Vrindavan; but actually they are doing this always under your shelter. Since these transcendental lovers are under your protection and within your shelter nothing is impossible or too far fetched for you to accomplish. Knowing this as your position I do not need to take permission from anyone else. If you shower your mercy upon me then by your grace I will be able to enter into these pastimes."
So we can see that to enter into spiritual life one needs the mercy of a guru. But the guru also prays to the disciple for mercy. Sanatana Goswami exhibited that when he was writing the Brihat Bhagavatamrita. In his invocation he wrote I have been able to write this treatise by the mercy of Sri Sri Radha Krishna, Sri Caitanya and Prabhu Nityananda and also by the grace of one who has received all the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri Rupa Goswami. Sanatana Goswami was the guru of Rupa Goswami and yet he prayed for his disciple’s mercy. The humility of a Vaisnava is a wonderful phenomenon.
Lalita devi is again being described by Sri Rupa Goswami, he says, as she waits patiently at the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani and Shyamasundar after having made a beatiful bed of flowers for them to lie on when they are exhausted from their transcendental pastimes. When she sees even one bead of perspiration on their lotus feet then Lalita devi wishes to expand herself into a thousand forms to be able to cool and fan them and wipe it away. And what is Lalita devi’s complexion? Rupa Goswami has compared it as thousands and millions of times more charming and soothing than the rays of that full moon in autumn which excites Krishna and inspires him to perform rasa lila. That is the complexion of Lalita devi.
Due to the results of many pious activities in our previous lives we have the opportunity now to see and experience the differen places of Sri Vraja Mandala under the guidance of such rasik devotees like their Divine Graces: Puri Maharaja, Janardana Maharaja and Trivikrama Maharaja. Now His Divine Grace Trivikrama Maharaja will continue the glorification of Lalita devi with quote from Sri Rupa Goswami’s, Lalitastakam.
Actually I am simply rechewing the chewed. I am merely relishing the remnants of the deliciously satisfying discourses that the most distinguished and erudite Puri and Janardar Maharaja have just given. But because the remnants were so delectable, I will savour them a little longer. The quote from Sri Rupa states, that anyone residing within the area of Sri Vraja Mandala with any sort of desire in his heart; whether he is eligible or not whether he is a devotee or not, whether he is qualified or not, does not matter! If anyone in Sri Vraja Mandala has even the slightest desire to serve the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani, then Lalita devi immediately fulfills that desire and takes this blessed soul directly under her protection giving him her full shelter.
In reality we do not have even the slightest opportunity for any of this. We are totally bound and shackled hand and foot in the grossest form of material ignorance without any devotion. Yet the Vaisnavas are so merciful that they have revealed to us in their words all these great possibilities which gives us hope and which shows us the way in which we can attain the almost unattainable. Just by hearing these slokas gives us hope that in some distant future life by the ever-flowing mercy of Lalita devi we may be able to attain this platform. Lalita devi is our only hope.
Lalita devi has an extremely elevated and impeccable position. She is considered by Srimati Radharani to be Her siksha guru. Lalita devi in order to do her service is willing to go to any lengths for this. Srimati Radharani has been described as shaking in fear when She has done something wrong. Lalita devi would chastise Her as well as Krishna, but this chastisement is only out of intense love and devotion fully in the mood of surrender. Whenever Krishna tries to be clever and tricky with Srimati Radharani, Lalita devi quickly intervenes and being more clever and tricky makes Him act in a nice manner. And also whenever she sees Srimati Radharani doing something wrong, like not sitting properly or by not dressing properly when She is in a rush to go meet Krishna. Lalita devi immediately tells Her, sit properly, tie Your sari correctly before You leave the house, don’t run when You go to meet Krishna, You just ate. In these ways she would correct Her and this is why she is considered Srimati Radharani’s siksa guru. So this is the birth place of Lalita devi and let us now offer our full obeisances and pray at her lotus feet that she will always be compassionate towards us and give us her mercy. Without her grace it is not possible to enter into the service even as a maid servant of a maid servant of a maid servant of a maid ervant of the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani and Krishna. So pray with a humble heart and beg her for her benedictions. All glories to Lalita devi. Hari! Haribol!!
Sakhi Giri Parvat
Sakhi Giri Parvat is the village of Lalita devi. It is very near to Varsana. This place is named Sakhi Giri Parvat because all the intimate sakhis like Lalita, Vishaka, Chitra, Champatala and Tungavidya would play about this area. In fact there are some impressions from the lotus feet of the gopis on top of this mountain. If devotee goes there in the proper mood and there is sufficient light and feels correctly the Vraja atmosphere, then it would be possible to see them. But whether the devotee discovers them or not these impressions are certainly there. The gopikas had a special playing spot on top called Chitrasila and all the sakhis would come here and engage in their girlish pastimes. They would draw pictures on the ground and those drawings are still there to be seen. Just like in Caran Pahari we all saw the lotus feet unpressions of Lord Krishna, here this whole place is imprinted with the lotus feet impressions of Srimati Radhika, Lalita devi, Vishaka devi and the rest of the sakhis. Hare Krishna!