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A Krishna Lover’s Fascinating Insights

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Interview with Shyamdas by Hinduism Today, May 1986

Hinduism Today. Please tell us how you became involved so deeply in the Vallabhacharya Sampradaya.

Shyamdas: I went to India originally to meet a teacher, Neem Karoli Baba, who was the guru of Ram Dass. He resided in Vrindavan as well as in the Himalayas. So I went to Vrindavan to meet him and remained in the Vrindavan area, a 168-mile region which encompasses all the areas sacred to Lord Krishna. I eventually took initiation into the Pushti Marg Sampradaya about a year or two afterwards. I lived by the Govardhan Hill, which is the Hill which Lord Krishna held to ward off Indra’s rains for 7 days. There, I studied with various bhaktas and acharyas on Vaisnava Vedanta. Read More→

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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