19 January, 2021

The Journey

The Journey
IT was an opportunity too good to miss. An invitation to be in Vrindavan on Janmashtami. And to be accompanied by Veena Modi, who herselfprobably epitomises the classical Radha for today. A two-hour ride on the busy Delhi-Agra road, beyond burgeoning industrial investments and you reach a concrete fist with one open finger that points you to Vrindavan—the mythical abode of Krishna's childhood. The word Vrinda means mass; and Vrindavan since Bhagwath kaal represented the mass of humanity. Vrinda also refers to the holy basil—tulsi. Vrindavan is indeed a suspension of reality. Floating as it is on Krishna tales and Vaishnavism, it is the very stuff that dreams are crafted of. The township was re-established by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the sixteenth century during the very period of the consolidation of Muslim rule in India; six Goswami families were established as the protectors of the place. Divine power transmuted to realpolitik!

If the proponents of the saffron ethic thought that they could paint everyone with "Jai Shri Ram" then they better come to Vrindavan....



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