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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The ways of seva can be seen in the devotion of the Gopi dairymaids of Vraja. They serve Shri Krishna, and when He goes out to the forest to graze His cows, they experience profound separation (viyoga) and sing the Song of the Flute and the Song in Couplets (Venu Gita and Yugal Gita) found in the Shrimad Bhagavatam. Later, the blessed Lord returns home to give those Gopis the gift of His bliss, and they joyfully behold Him. — Shri Gopeshwarji, Shiksha Patra 1.1