Summary of the Govardhan Lila
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.24.31-34 Hindi - Summary of the Govardhan Lila (download mp3), (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Radha Govinda Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty
proktam nisamya nandadyah
sadhv agrhnanta tad-vacah
Sukadeva Gosvami said: Lord Krsna, who is Himself powerful time, desired to destroy the false pride of Lord Indra. When Nanda and the other senior men of Vrndavana heard Sri Krsna’s statement, they accepted His words as proper.
tatha ca vyadadhuh sarvam
upahrtya balin samyag
adrta yavasam gavam
girim cakruh pradaksinam
The cowherd community then did all that Madhusudana had suggested. They arranged for the brahmanas to recite the auspicious Vedic mantras, and using the paraphernalia that had been intended for Indra’s sacrifice, they presented offerings to Govardhana Hill and the brahmanas with reverential respect. They also gave grass to the cows. Then, placing the cows, bulls and calves in front of them, they circumambulated Govardhana.
The residents of Vrndavana were simply devoted to Lord Krsna; that was the sum and substance of their existence. Being the Lord’s eternal associates, they were ultimately not concerned with Lord Indra or ritualistic sacrifice, and they were certainly not interested in the mechanistic philosophy that Krsna had just spoken to them. They simply loved Krsna, and out of intense affection they did exactly what He had requested.
Their simple loving mentality was not small-mindedness or ignorance, since they were devoted to the Supreme Absolute Truth, who contains within Himself all existence. Thus the residents of Vrndavana constantly experienced the highest, essential truth underlying all other truths — and that is Sri Krsna Himself, the cause of all causes and that which sustains the existence of all that exists. The residents of Vrndavana were overwhelmed in loving service to that Supreme Absolute Truth; therefore they were the most fortunate, most intelligent and most pragmatic of all living beings.
te caruhya sv-alankrtah
gopyas ca krsna-viryani
As the beautifully ornamented cowherd ladies followed along, riding on wagons drawn by oxen, they sang the glories of Lord Krsna, and their songs mingled with the brahmanas’ chanting of benedictions.