savebrajforum Radharani Braja Yatra 2012: Rasoli Day 7

Rādhārāṇī Braja Yatra 2012: Rasoli Day 7

We started from Kokilavan. This morning we had darshan of Badi Bathen, Chhoti Bathen, CharanPahadi and Rasoli.

Badi Bathen is the temple of Balaramji(Dauji Bethak(sitting place)). Chhoti Bathen is the Kṛṣṇa Temple(as Krsna is the yonger brother). There are two kundas also.

At Charan Pahadi, one of the three Charan Pahadi’s in Braja, has so many footprints of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, cows, peacocks, crown etc.

Charan Pahadi

This is Sri Charan Pahadi, which is on the north side of Bathen andfrom here it is only one and a half kilometers to the North. This particular Charan Pahadi description is available in the Garga Samhita, Vṛndāvana khāṇḍa, chapter 24, sloka 16 and 24.

When Kṛṣṇa performed the rasa lila, and disappeared from the rasa mandap at that particular time, the gopis were crying and searching for Kṛṣṇa throughout the entire forest of trees, plants, wells, flowers, and bees. They were inquiring from everyone, “Did you see Kṛṣṇa? Did you see Kṛṣṇa?” They were so intoxicated looking for Kṛṣṇa, they were mad, completely mad.

At that particular time they came here and finally saw the lotus feet of Lord Kṛṣṇa on this particular hill within this forest. That is why it is called Charan Pahadi.

Garga Samhita

16 tatastutatprasadenapadachanadarsanata|

dadasugaratadagopyobhagavatapadachinitam||

24 tada raja satanitva dhutwa murdana brajangama / padanyananidadushruranyachinannicha||

Kṛṣṇa, along with the cowherd boys, came on this hill along with Surabhi, the mother cow, Airāvata, the elephant, and Turanga(one horse). They all came here and heard the flute of Kṛṣṇa. And even the earth planet, by hearing this flutemelted, the stones began to liquefy.

The impressions of the lotus feet of the Lord are clearly on this hill, that’s why it is called Charan Pahadi. Next to them, Lord Śyāma’s and Rāmā’s(Balarāma) cowherd stick indentations are clearly seen.

Also one will find the hoof prints of cows, the cowherd boys, elephant, horse, deer, and parrots in the stone.

Close by Charan Pahadi, all the gvalbals(cowherd boys) used to do pada paksanam(bathe Lord Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma’s lotus feet). That is why this kuṇḍa here is called Charan Ganga. On the bank here is a beautiful Lakṣmī-Nārāyaṇa temple.

In the Bhagavatam also, Śukadeva Gosvami has described the pastimes of Charan Pahadi in the 10th canto, 30th chapter 25th verse;

padāni vyaktam etāni

nanda-sūnor mahātmanaḥ

lakṣyante hi dhvajāmbhoja-

vajrāṅkuśa-yavādibhiḥ

[The gopīs said:] The marks of a flag, lotus, thunderbolt, elephant goad, barleycorn and so forth on these footprints clearly distinguish them as belonging to that great soul, the son of Nanda Mahārāja.

All the gopis have seen Lord Kṛṣṇa’s lotus feet here. All over the 84-Kośa Braja Maṇḍala, we can see the Lords lotus feet in many different places. We are mentioning only a few of those places, according to the Bhāgavatam, for our knowledge.

In Kamyavan Charan Pahadi, in Nandagram, Nandishvara Parvat, Nandagram village on the hill, we can find the Lord’s lotus footprints. The third place is Choti Bathen(the resting place of Lord Kṛṣṇa, Balarāma and the cows). Also near to Choti Bathen, between Koṣi and Nandagram, we can also find the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa.

Then at the Rādhā-kuṇḍa sangam, on the bank of Rādhā-kuṇḍa, Dadhigram, which is a village on the hill near Kamyavan. This place is called Charan Pahadi, Bhojan sthali. Close by, we can see the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa there. Near Govardhana there is a village called Jatipura at Dauji temple, Lukloo Dauji. Towards Govinda-kuṇḍa on the Putri side, there you can also find Balarāma’s crown.

After that we came to the place called Rasoli. It is the Rasa Lila sthali, still in its original form. There is Śrī Nathji Bethak there too, so it is important for the Vallabha sampradāya too and Śrī Ramesh Bābājī Mahārāj found some important information from various rare scriptures that Jiva Gosvāmī describes that it was in Rasoli where Śrī Kṛṣṇa firstplayed His flute and initiated His rasa lila pastimes.

The Lord’s name in this temple is Braja Bhushanji. Lord Brahmā, Śiva, and Indra came here to touch and bow down to the footprints in these stones.

Śrī Ramesh Bābājī Mahārāj came out to Rasoli in the after noon and led a wonderful kirtan and spoke on theglories of this place. On the upper platform dais the rasikas danced and on the grounds 30 feet below all the residents were dancing as a result of the energy of this place.

In the evening class BabaŚrī made some further points with regard to Rasoli.

In Jiva Gosvāmī’s book, Rasoli is near Nandagram, where He played the flute for the first time and the rasa lila started. The village name is the same and has not changed like the others.

Later, we found out that Vrajranabh, Kṛṣṇa’s great grandson built the village.

The goverment was going to sell the area, but when the local Brajabāsīs were told by Baba Mahārāj, they gave full support and they would not let that happen and they would protect and restore this place in the future.

Then Baba Śrī spoke about the 4 kinds of Brajabāsīs, the Brajanāsī, Brajahāsī, Brajafāsī, and the Brajabāsīs.

The Brajanāsī is one who hates the dhama, kills the residents, cuts the trees and breaks the mountains, like Kaṁsa.

The Brajanāsī, is one who makes fun of Braja by demanding his own worship like like Indra, the Brajafāsīs, those who do nothing for Braja, and the Brajabāsīs, one who love and protect the dhama. He went to comment the Brajabāsīs of Rasoli were protecting and preserving this lila stali.

Now the Charan Pahadinear Rasoli is also the original place of Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s lila.

In Kokilavan, the gopis sang the Gopi Gita which is not same as the Bhāgavata. This song clearly has the name of Rādhārāṇī. They sang this because when searching for Kṛṣṇa in separation after they found the footprints here in Charan Pahadi, so they knew that Rādhā Kṛṣṇa were nearby. After they recited, Śrī Kṛṣṇa appeared and they were reunited.

One of the beautiful bhajans sung by Śrī Paramanandaji who is Kṛṣṇa’s friend and servant where the gopis said, “Even though this is a beautiful place, lets go to Nandagram and live there very close to Śrī Kṛṣṇa.”

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Śrī Badi Bathen and Chhoti Bathen are the sittiong places where Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma would sit with the cowherd boys and cows.

Sometimes Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma would fight as small children naturally do. They would have their own place to sit with their friends during Their cowherd lilas.

When they would come back with the cows he would play the flute and all the gopis would run to take darshan. Paramananda has written such beautiful bhajans as zuk rahi murali ki tel.

We do not have that divine spiritual vision to perceive all these places of Braja Bhumi, even the vines, leaves and places are all divine.

When Nanda baba was caught in the waters of the Yamuna bathing at an untimely hour, he chanted the holy names of the Lord. In this way he was protected. One who chants the holy name, who distributes the holy name, is the most pious.

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