Aug
23

Shravan

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During the month of Shravan, occurring roughly in August, Shri Krishna plays with all of His bhaktas in Vrindavan by the door of His Lila bower, filling them with His inner nectar. During Shravan, Shri Krishna daily swings in a Hindola, which can be painted, studded with jewels or mirrors, decorated with fruits or flowers, or can be made of silver or even gold. Shri Harirayaji explains in a kirtan:

Swing, swing, swing – Beloved Krishna, swing!
A golden Hindola stands by Yamuna’s banks,
surrounded by lovely blossoming trees and vines.
Rasika Pritam sings, “When I see this, the pains of my heart are relieved.”

[excerpted from Path of Grace by Shyamdas]

They swing together, arm in arm.
Look by the door of the fresh forest bower – see the splendor all around!
Krishna first plays a full scale on His flute, then plays a protracted tone, and then softens the note.
Sings Swami Haridas, “Radha plays in Krishna’s bower.
When I behold that divine beauty, I give everything else away.”

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Quotes

Without hearing the Lord’s glories, how can bhava remain firm in the heart? Bhava is perfected through the mind and heart, so until these are detached from activities related to the physical body, it will not be possible to experience Shri Krishna’s divine form. Shri Mahaprabhuji has explained what happens when the mind lusts after samsara and the mundane: “Know that Hari will never enter the heart of a person whose body is overcome with worldly desires.” — Shri Gopeshwarji, Shiksha Patra 40.7