Saturday, November 15, 2014

The clear lakes of autumn in the saintly land of Vraja (3)


“Thus the Vrndavana forest was filled with transparent autumnal waters and cooled by breezes perfumed with the fragrance of lotus flowers growing in the clear lakes.

Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura: The wind became fragrant and cool by passing over the the lotus filled lakes. Krsna, along with His cows and cowherd boys, entered the forest permeated by this sweetly scented breeze. The word vayuna (wind) is singular instead of plural to indicate a very gentle breeze.”

— Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, Sarartha Darsini (Srimad Bhagavatam, Tenth Canto Commentaries), chapter 21, text 1.

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So the Vrndavana forest is filled with transparent autumnal lakes where fragrant lotus flowers grow, and when the very gentle wind passes over these lotus filled lakes, it catches the fragrance of the flowers and the cool of the water, and the forest becomes permeated by this sweetly scented breeze... 

(2 earlier posts on the clear lakes of autumn in the saintly land of Vraja here and here.)


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