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Save Yamuna, Save Vrindavan Campaign

Editorial, India Travelogue sends a plea to join the signature campaign to save Yamuna, save Vrindavan. Please read on...

"Whenever the Supreme Personality appears, He appears in Mathura because of His intimate connection with this place. Therefore, although Mathura and Vrindavan are situated on this planet earth, they are transcendental abodes of the Lord."

~ Srimad Bhagavatam 10.1.28

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Braj Bhoomi is the land where Sri Krishna spent his early years. Born at Mathura in the Dwapara Yuga as the eighth son of the Yadava prince Vasudev and his wife Devaki, he was brought up by Nand Baba and Yashoda Mai. Vrindavan is where Lord Krishna spent the happy days of his youth, amidst verdant pastures and sacred groves with the gopas and gopis (cowherds) on the banks of the mighty Yamuna. It is here that the eternal lila of Sri Radha-Krishna continues. It is said that Lord Krishna never leaves Vrindavan.
"Vrindavanam Parityajya Padam Ekam na Gacchati"

Among the most sacred rivers of Bharat, Yamuna the beloved daughter of Surya, sister of Yama the Lord of Death, epitomises devotion, love and compassion. By worship of Yamuna, it is believed that Death can be appeased and by sadhana of Yamuna the ashtha siddhis acquired. The eternal connection between Sri Yamuna and Sri Krishna is nowhere more evident than at Vrindavan.

In our unmitigated greed, in the name of development, we are plundering the earth that nurtures us, polluting the rivers that are the very source of our sustenance, desecrating all that we once held sacred.

Vrindavan temples There is a fevered cry: Yamuna is dying. Save Yamuna. How can we stand at her banks and watch her plight without feeling our own wrong-doing in our hearts? How can we watch the early morning rays of the sun gently caress the quivering river on the banks of Vrindavan and not wonder if Surya, giver of prana, will be moved to action against us who torture his beloved daughter? Do we not shiver at the thought of the curse of her brother Yama, the Lord of Death, who is protected by her and is her protectress? Will Lord Krishna who protected his devotee Draupadi so the battle of the Mahabharat ensued, watch his beloved Yamuna die? Can Yamuna indeed die? Or is it a call to us to save ourselves before the impossible becomes imminent?

There is an anguished cry: Save Vrindavan. It is among the most sacred of pilgrim places of Bharat. Here, the ras lila of Sri Radha Krishna continues eternally. The Lord is worshipped at over 5,000 temples, and in every home. The mitti of Braj Bhoomi is revered as supremely sacred. The sadhus of Bharat, keepers of Dharma, nitya avatars of Narayan, have always lived here. Now the very earth of Vrindavan cries in despair to be protected from those who claim to be her devotees. Is it not said that no-one can live at Vrindavan without the kripa of Radharani? Will the gods watch silently as we continue to desecrate all that is sacred on earth and in heaven and in all the realms known and unknown?

"Never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee..."

~ John Donne

Save the sacred Yamuna. Save the holy Vrindavan.

There are 100,000 signatures needed before the Jan 10, 2010 Supreme Court hearing.

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