Today is Ekadasi, our day off from dandavats, so I did Vrindavan Parikrama. I started at 08:30, there was a slight haze covering the sun and it was pleasant. Many people were on parikrama. The chanting of the maha mantra was coming smooth and clear and I came up with a question. We chant Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare, and it means .. O ...my Lord, O energy of the Lord, please engage me in your service. So my question is this .. we ask for service. But is that an all encompassing request for any variety of service, or does a devotee become very specific in regards to his or her request for service? Can anyone help with an answer. Thanks.
今天是爱卡达西，从五体投地绕拜中休息一天，所以我进行温达文绕拜。八点三十分开始，轻微的阴霾遮挡着太阳，天气宜人。许多人在绕拜，传来玛哈曼陀平稳悦耳清晰的唱颂，我提出一个问题，我们唱颂哈瑞奎师那哈瑞奎师那 奎师那奎师那 哈瑞哈瑞 哈瑞茹阿玛 哈瑞茹阿玛 茹阿玛茹阿玛 哈瑞哈瑞，他的意思是…哦…我的主啊，主的能量啊，请让我从事为您的服务。所以我的问题是…我们请求服务。但是那是一个包罗万象对任何种类服务的请求，还是奉献者对关于他或她的服务请求变得非常具体？谁能帮助回答？谢谢。
03:54 .. Bandages applied in essential spots, heading to temple for half hour kirtan with Madhava and then in the car for Vasundhara at Govardhan. Please send blessings that this nearly 61 year old carcass will move and the evil mind which accompanies it will be fixed in divine aspiration. Hare Krishna !! Jai Radhe Shyam !! Jai Giriraja Maharaja Ki Jai !!
凌晨三点五十四分…绷带绑好关键部位，前往庙里和玛达瓦唱颂半小时克依尔坦，然后坐小车去哥瓦尔丹的瓦苏达茹阿。请发送祝福，让这个将近六十一岁的残躯还走得动，伴随它的不幸心念会稳固在神圣的渴望中。哈瑞奎师那！！佳呀 茹阿戴 夏玛！！佳呀 给瑞茹阿佳 玛哈茹阿佳 克依佳呀！！
Today we celebrated Govardhan Puja by offering dandavats to Giriraja Govardhan. I remembered that one of the reason Sri Krishna arranged the Govardhan Puja was to remove the pride of His devotee Indradeva. So among other prayers, I was humbly requesting Girigovardhan to please remove the Sumeru mountain of pride within my heart. Just like a sharp thorn thrust within the eye causes blindness, the s...harp thorn of pride pierces the eye of our self realisation and causes spiritual blindness. Please Giriraja, lift this mountain of pride from my heart and allow me to become your genuine devotee. Today we began in the lane leading to Jatipura village. Passing the Vallabha Sampradya Mukharavinda we proceeded to the end of the village, then turned left to return to the main road. The area along the boundary wall had been used as an open toilet. There were multicoloured mounds of freshly deposited remains of the previous day's curries, and, the waters used for cleansing had trickled across our path. As I was prostrating my body in the dust, glancing left, catching various aromas, I realised that the bad, smelly desires of my heart were no better than the waste products on the side of the path. The only difference was that path-side stools had passed easily from someone's body, whereas the stool-like desires of my heart cling and cling, never wanting to come out. As much as I may read, or chant, or pray, or serve, I am understanding that I am totally dependent upon the causeless grace of Sri Radhe and Sri Krishna to free my heart from these filthy material desires. O Giriraja-dharan, O Giriraja Govardhan, please bestow your grace upon me, allow me to one day become your devotee. Turning to the main road we proceeded a short distance till we again entered the inside path. As it was Govardhan Puja the parikrama path was full of pilgrims and the dust from their feet covered our bodies. Half way between Jatipura and Govardhan Village we stopped our parikarama, our car was waiting, we stopped at Giriraja Sweet Shop for kacoris with a pumpkin subji that was like a sweet hot chutney. Madhava bought fresh jalebis, delicious Bengali chum chums, and we proceeded to Kusum Sarovara for our bath and picnic. Returning home the devotees had worshipped my Giriraja beautifully. The altar was decorated with many flower garlands, pleasant incense and aromatic oils were burning, Giriraja had eaten a feast cooked by Vrindavan Bihari, mountains of delicious fruits, and tons of sweets. My neighbour Balarama Baba sent samples of the 56 preparations he had offered to Giriraja, Vijaya Radhika prepared sweet rice that tasted like amrita from the spiritual world. After a long shower we honoured the Lord's tasty foodstuffs. Then I feel into a deep comatose situation. After an hour I rallied my spirits, again bathed, dressed, and went to Madhava Prabhu's kirtan on the MVT lawn. It was celestial. Following that the vaisnavas allowed me to sing in the temple. After offering my lamp to the deities I walked in the cool Vraja night to Varaha Ghat relishing japa. Though Diwalli was yesterday, I can hear big explosions of firecrackers throughout Vrindavan. Good night dear friends from blessed Vrindavan on the evening of Govardhan Puja. I pray that you all had blissful celebrations filled with sweet remembrance of the Lord's Govardhan Lila. May the ever merciful, best devotee of Lord Hari, Giriraja Govardhan fulfil your heart's deepest spiritual yearnings. O Vrindavan, my home, the land I love, please let me serve you.
今天我们以丹达瓦特（五体顶拜）绕拜给瑞茹阿佳·哥瓦尔丹来庆贺哥瓦尔丹·普佳。我想起施瑞奎师那安排哥瓦尔丹·普佳的原因之一是清除祂的奉献者因卓戴瓦的骄傲。所以在别的祷文中，我谦卑地请求给瑞哥瓦尔丹搬走我心中骄傲的须弥山。就像一根尖刺在眼内造成失明，骄傲的尖…刺刺穿我们自我觉悟的眼睛并导致灵性的失明。请给瑞茹阿佳搬走这座来自我心中骄傲的山，允许我成为您名副其实真诚的奉献者。今天我们从通往佳提普茹阿(Jatipura)村庄的道路开始，路过瓦拉巴·桑帕达亚·穆卡茹阿温达(Vallabha Sampradya Mukharavinda)，我们前进到村庄的尽头然后左拐到大路。沿着边界墙的这片地区被习惯用作开放厕所。有多彩的小土堆，沉积着新鲜的前一天的咖喱菜，而且清洁锅碗的水细细地横流在我们顶拜的道路上。当我拜倒在尘土中时，往左看，闻到各种各样的气味，我意识到我心中坏的发臭的欲望并不比路边的废弃物好。唯一不同的是，路边的粪便很容易从人的身体排出了，然而我心中像粪便一样的欲望却粘得很紧，从来不想出来。正如我可以阅读，或唱颂，或祈祷，或服务，我理解我完全仰赖施瑞茹阿戴和施瑞奎师那没有缘故的仁慈，把我的心从这些肮脏的物质欲望中解脱出来。给瑞茹阿佳-达冉啊，给瑞茹阿佳-哥瓦尔丹啊，请赐予给我您的仁慈，允许我有一天成为您的奉献者。拐上大路我们继续前进了一小段路程，直到我们又进入了里面的小路。由于是哥瓦尔丹·普佳，绕拜的路上全是朝圣者，从他们脚上扬起的灰尘覆盖了我们的身体。在佳提普茹阿和哥瓦尔丹村之间的半路上，我们停止了绕拜，小车在等着，我们停在给瑞茹阿佳甜食店荣耀了内含南瓜萨布吉的卡扣瑞(kacoris，油炸面食，内含菜馅)，吃起来像甜辣酱。玛达瓦买了新鲜的佳勒比(jalebis，油炸甜品，金黄色一圈圈绕在一起的那种)，美味的孟加拉丘姆丘姆(chum chums，油炸面食，泡泡的，想知道啥样，Google一下)，我们继续前进到花湖沐浴和野餐。回到家，奉献者们已经出色地崇拜了我的给瑞茹阿佳。神坛用许多花环装饰着，怡人的香和香油在燃烧，给瑞茹阿佳已经享用过温达文·比哈瑞做的大餐，堆成山的水果，大量的甜品。我的邻居巴拉茹阿玛·巴巴送来他已经供奉过给瑞茹阿佳的五十六个品种的食物，维佳雅·茹阿迪卡做的甜饭品尝起来像来自灵性世界的甘露。长时间沐浴之后，我们荣耀了主的美味祭馀。然后我感觉进入深深的昏睡状态。一个小时以后我重新振作精神，又沐浴，更衣，参加玛达瓦帕布在MVT草坪上的克依尔坦。这里是天堂。接着外士那瓦们允许我到庙里领唱。为神像供灯以后我走进寒冷的布茹阿佳黑夜去瓦茹阿哈-嘎特品味着佳帕。虽然昨天是排灯节(Diwali)，我还能听见整个温达文烟花爆竹的爆炸声。在哥瓦尔丹普佳的夜晚从赐福的温达文祝我亲爱的朋友们晚安。我祈祷你们大家举行了极乐的庆祝，装满了主的哥瓦尔丹丽拉的甜美忆念。愿永远仁慈，主哈瑞最好的奉献者，给瑞茹阿佳·哥瓦尔丹满足你心中最深切的灵性渴望。温达文啊，我的家，我热爱的这片土地，请让我为您服务。
Madhava sang good pre-Mangala Kirtan. Govinda of Spanish origin played the drum in time, Chaddars necessary morning wear, 05:25 and driving through Ral, men huddled around small fires on the roadside, people walking away from the village, with serious expressions and with lotas in hand, tall kusa grass lining the empty road to Govardhan, heaving breathing from all others in the car, catching last ...moments of rest before starting, Gopinatha Bhadra feeling better, Govinda has a pain in his stomach, Radha Priya has a cold, Mohan's headache is better, Madhava hardly sleeps, and my only problem is unwanted hopes for material happiness. Please bless us all that Giriraja Govardhan will hear our plea and answer even the smallest portion. Now the faint lights of Radha Kund are appearing in the distance to the right, will Sri Radhe hear our prayers? Turned left, passing a dark Kusum Sarovar, silence out here, driving through Govardhan village to reach our starting point,sadly, from yesterdays free distribution of prasadam there is a sea of plastic cups littering the road, We near our starting point .. Please give us your vaisnava blessings, Bolo Giriraja Maharaja Ki Jai .. Jai Jai Sri Radhe
玛达瓦唱颂了优美的曼格拉克依尔坦前奏，西班牙血统的哥文达及时打鼓，早晨必须披上披肩(Chaddars)，五点二十五分开车通过茹阿勒，男人们围坐在公路边的小火堆，人们从村子里走出来，带着虔诚的灵性感受，手里拿着黄铜小水壶，通往哥瓦尔丹空旷的道路两边长着高高的库萨草，车内来自其他人沉重的呼吸，在开始之前，抓住最后的…休息时间，哥琵纳特·巴卓感觉好一些了，哥文达胃疼，茹阿达·普瑞雅感冒，莫汉头疼好一点了，玛达瓦几乎没有睡觉，而我唯一的问题是不想有物质快乐的希望。请赐福给我们大家，给瑞茹阿佳·哥瓦尔丹会听见我们的恳求且回应哪怕是最小的一部分。现在右边远处闪现茹阿达湖微弱的灯光，施瑞茹阿戴会听见我们的祈祷吗？左拐，路过黑暗的花湖，在这里沉默，车穿过哥瓦尔丹村到达我们的出发地点，糟糕透了，昨天派发免费的帕萨达姆，塑料杯乱扔在公路上成了垃圾的海洋，我们靠近出发地点了……请把你们的外士那瓦祝福送给我们，波咯给瑞茹阿佳 玛哈茹阿佳 克依 佳呀……佳呀 佳呀 施瑞 茹阿戴！！
Good parikrama today, greeted Gaura Shakti in Vrindavan, wanted to go to Barsana tonight but when we were on the national highway the brakes of the car totally gave out so we took it as a sign to return to Vrindavan. Had evening darshan of Radha Raman. Goodnight to all from Vraja.
My Journey to India 2011 – Dandavat Parikrama – Carried along by Loving Hands, October 19 - By : Sacinandana Swami Something strange happened with me. For five hours every second day I see ants running busily across the road. The wheels of motorbikes, tractors and limousines rush at me, and pass my head by only a few centimeters. Sometimes the only “air” I get is unfiltered exhaustion fume (...the vehicles here run without catalyzers of course). Thousands of bare feet trample on my path. Dogs and monkeys look down on me with compassion. Drops of sweat from my forehead build little puddles on the ground. My shirt is black from the sweat and dust. Every muscle is strained – I am at my limits and beyond. Sometimes I myself can’t believe that I am doing this. Is it real? Phew – it is so demanding, difficult and taxing. What happened? I am on dandavat parikrama around Govardhan Hill. This means I am circumambulating Govardhan (a route of 24 km) not walking, but paying my obeisances to Radha Krishna. One after the other – always starting anew where the hands of my outstretched body dropped off the marker-stone. At the end of each day’s quota I bathe the sweat and dust off in Kusum Sarovara. Why this austerity? For three reasons: To enter the school of humility – finally To appeal for mercy To ask confidential requests A hope drives me forward. A hope which is my only friend, especially at times when my mind screams at me to stop. A hope which grows stronger the longer I go on. It’s the hope that it is possible to move God’s heart by prayer. The hearts of Radha and Krishna are like deep still lakes of mercy. When they are agitated by compassion, they overflow with waves of mercy. There is something else which urges me on: Deep inside I am aware that the next step in my spiritual life can only be reached by sacrifice. At the same time it becomes more and more apparent to me that my own efforts will never suffice to reach the goal. I am a bound soul pushed by its karma and desires to rotate in this world, life after life. Some things in spiritual life sound almost paradoxical. Since time immemorial devotees have done this prostration around Govardhan Hill. Their experiences, prayers and hopes linger in the atmosphere. It is possible! It is said that in kali yuga the fruits which yogis attain who meditate and perform austerities for many years – are easily attained by Govardhan dandavat parikrama. But I don’t feel comfortable with this and other statements glorifying the results of spiritual practice. Can anyone force Radha and Krishna to give mercy? – No, never! Not even by the most creative austerities. As Bilvamangala Thakura writes: “Oh Krishna, You play in the muddy yards of the cowherd men, but you are hesitant to appear on the pure sacrificial altars of the noble brahmans. When the great sages offer You hundreds of reverential prayers from the Vedas, You remain silent. However you enthusiastically respond to the mooing of the cows and bulls of Vraja. You become the servant of the gopis in Vraja but you don’t want to be the master of even the most austere ascetics. Thus Krishna I know that Your lotus feet can only be reached by ecstatic love. Nothing else.”
Dear Friends, today we enter the last stretch of our dandavat parikrama of Sri Giriraja Govardhan. At present we are after Uddhava Kunda and will start at 05:30 to approach Sri Radha Kunda. After completing dandavats of Radha Kunda and Shyama Kunda we will have our bath in the sacred lakes, return to Vrindavan, and then tomorrow perform walking parikrama of Govardhan Hill. Please, without restrict...ion, shower us all with your grace, love, vaisnava blessings that we may complete our parikrama in proper devotional consciousness. Also .. today is the disappearance day of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. Let us all pray for his service and the blessing to serve his instructions eternally !! Srila Prabhupada Ki Jai !! Giriraja Govardhan Ki Jai !! Jai Jai Sri Radhe Shyam !!
亲爱的朋友们，今天我们进入施瑞给瑞茹阿佳·哥瓦尔丹五体投地绕拜的最后一段路程。眼下我们在乌达瓦琨的后面，五点三十分要出发去施瑞茹阿达琨。在圆满地完成茹阿达琨和夏玛琨五体投地绕拜之后，我们将在圣湖里沐浴，回到温达文，然后明天进行哥瓦尔丹山徒步绕拜。请无…限地赐予我们你们的恩惠、爱、外士那瓦的祝福，那我们就可以在真正的奉爱意识中完成我们的绕拜。而且今天是圣恩施瑞拉帕布帕德的隐迹日。让我们都祈祷得到为他服务和永远服务他训示的祝福！！施瑞拉帕布帕德 克依 佳呀！！给瑞茹阿佳 哥瓦尔丹 克依 佳呀！！佳呀 佳呀 施瑞 茹阿达 夏玛！！
On the auspicious day of Srila Prabhupada's Tirobhava Mahotsava we have completed our Giriraja Dandavat Parikrama. Today we offered dandavats for 4.5 hours. Srimati Radharani and Srila Prabhupada gave us Their sweet protection with a very hazy sky and nice cool breezes. The most intense part of today's journey was our dandavat parikrama Radha Kund and Shyama Kund. Many people were driving cars on ...the narrow lane and seemed completely oblivious to the fact there was a group of people prostrating themselves on the side of the road. Once, as I was rising from a dandavat, I noticed the front left wheel of a car rolling across the pillow I use for my knees. At that time the venomous snake of my anger wanted to rise and strike severely .. but maintaining proper consciousness I got up, looked into the car window, and softly addressed a young Indian lady saying, "please .. you should be more careful" to which she replied, yeah, sorry, but you are blocking the road. This brought a big smile on my face and I realised that Srimati Radharani was just giving me a test. At Lalita Kund, our last rest spot, Sacinandana Swami gently smiled and said, "Ah .. when we round the bend .. and pass Gopi Kua .. we will be quickly pulled back to our starting place by Kundesvara Mahadeva. And we were. Passing Madhavendra Puri's place, Lord Caitanya's place, the entrance to the sangam between the two lakes, and the steep ramp where we had first offered our prayers, we reached Kundesavara. After a long period of prayer we all rose and began hugging and congratulating one another. As we were all terribly dusty and dirty we decided to bathe in Kusum Sarovara and tomorrow after we complete our 22 Km walk around Govardhan we will have bath in Radha Kund. We all feel that we embarked upon a very spiritual journey and are very hopeful for positive spiritual changes in our hearts.Today at 16:00 we attended Madhava Prabhu's kirtan at MVT, from 17:30 till 18:20 I was asked to sing in Srila Prabhupada's room. Madhava sang from 18:20 till 19:20 and then HH Niranjana Swami sang the Gurvastakam as arati was performed to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and to Sri Giriraja Govardhan. Hare Krishna .. Jai Jai Sri Radhe Shyam !!
在吉祥的施瑞拉帕布帕德隐迹日这一天，我们完成了给瑞茹阿佳·丹达瓦特绕拜。今天我们献上了四个半小时的丹达瓦特。施瑞玛提·茹阿达茹阿妮和施瑞拉·帕布帕德以雾蒙蒙的天空和宜人的凉风给予我们甜美的保护。今天旅行最紧张的部分是我们丹达瓦特绕拜茹阿达琨和夏玛琨。很多人在狭窄的路上…开车，好像完全没有注意路边有一队人在顶拜。有一次，当我从五体顶拜起身时，看到前面一辆小车的左轮滚过我用来护膝的垫子。那时我心中愤怒的毒蛇想起来严厉地揍…但是保持着恰当意识的我站起来，往小汽车窗户里看并温和地招呼着一位年轻的印度女士，说，“请你…要更加小心一些。”她回答说，是的，对不起，但是你挡道了。这给我脸上带来一个大大的微笑，我意识到施瑞玛提·茹阿达茹阿妮正在考验我。在拉丽塔琨，我们最后休息的地方，萨祺南达纳·斯瓦米温柔地笑着说，“啊…当我们绕弯的时候…路过哥琵·库阿…我们会迅速地被琨德斯瓦尔·玛哈戴瓦拉回到我们的出发地点。”确实是的。一路经过玛达文卓·普瑞的地方，主柴坦亚的地方，两湖之间桑嘎玛(小港口)的入口，那个陡峭的斜坡，在那我们第一次供奉祷文，我们到达琨戴萨瓦茹阿。长时间的祈祷之后，我们都起来开始拥抱，一个接着一个地祝贺。因为我们都有非常多的灰尘和污垢，我们决定在花湖沐浴，而且明天在完成22公里徒步绕拜哥瓦尔丹之后，到茹阿达琨沐浴。我们都感觉到我们开始了非常灵性化的旅程，并且满怀希望在我们的内心有积极的灵性改变。今天下午4点我们加入玛达瓦帕布在MVT的克依尔坦，从下午5点半到6点20分我被邀请在施瑞拉帕布帕德的房间里领唱。玛达瓦从6点20分唱到7点20分，然后圣尼冉佳纳·斯瓦米领唱八颂灵师作为阿尔提表演给施瑞拉帕布帕德。所有荣耀归于施瑞拉帕布帕德，所有荣耀归于施瑞给瑞茹阿佳·哥瓦尔丹。哈瑞奎师那…佳呀 佳呀 施瑞茹阿戴-夏玛！！