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Please sign the petition to bring the Yamuna River back to Vrindavan!

Saturday, 25 February 2012 / Published in Appeals, Editorial, GBC / 8,647 views

By the GBC

Bathe in the Yamuna, chant the Hare Krishna mantra and then become perfect and return back to Godhead.” (Srimad Bhagavatam 6.5.28 purport)

Title of Proposal: Bringing the Yamuna River back to Vrindavan

With the Blessings of the GBC;

Background:

Currently 100% of the water from the Yamuna is blocked above Delhi and this water is diverted for industries and irrigation. Below the dams above Delhi there is simply a dry river bed.

The water that we presently find in the Yamuna River bed is runoff from the Delhi sewerage system, and from the streets of Delhi and the towns above Vrindavan.

The Governmental Authorities in Delhi have suggested some feasible methods for again allowing the Yamuna water to flow in Vrindavan, and to divert the sewerage elsewhere.

Explanation:

Whereas there is not even one drop of water from the Yamuna river to be found in the Yamuna River bed in Vrindavan.

Whereas all the original waters are diverted before River Yamuna enters Vraj Vrindavan.

Whereas only sewage and runoff which comes from upstream Delhi flows in the Yamuna River bed at present. The sewage is partially treated and is extremely dangerous for humans to come in contact with. There are many credible and official studies verifying the contamination

Whereas any contact with the water in the River Yamuna bed is hazardous for health of devotees and general public. The water carries several antibiotic resistant bacteria which can be the cause of death. In addition many viruses, toxic chemicals, and toxic metals are carried by the water.

Whereas there are methods by which the original Yamuna River water can again flow to Vrindavan.

Whereas a campaign to influence the Governmental authorities to act can achieve success in bringing the Yamuna waters back to Vrindavan.

Whereas bringing the Yamuna waters back to Vrindavan is direct service to the holy Dham of Vrindavan which is direct service to the Divine Couple Sri Sri Radha Krishna.

Whereas the aforementioned campaign can increase the public’s appreciation of ISKCON.

Whereas the aforementioned campaign can help ISKCON worldwide insofar as ISKCON will be seen at forefront of the environmental movement.

Our Humble Request on Behalf of Yamunadevi:

That all ISKCON temples, congregations, yatras, and devotees please;

1. Include Yamuna Maharani in their daily prayers.

2. Explain the spiritual importance of Shri Yamuna Maharani to others.

3. Organize special kirtans or dedicate existing kirtans to the Yamuna cause.

4. Organize special programs or dedicate existing programs to the Yamuna cause.

5. Explain the environmental issues to other, especially working through the relevant ISKCON ministries that deal with the environment.

6. Create world-wide campaigns

7. Encourage and assist in petitions to accomplish the aforementioned purposes.

8. Use internal media (Back to Godhead etc.) and external media (newspapers, Television etc.) effectively.

9. Spread this cause all over the world through print media, audio-video media, SMS, Internet (dandavats.com, desiretree.com etc.,) social groups (facebook etc., etc.)

Please view this 5 minute video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69tm_yCAzY8

and sign the petition at:

http://www.saveyamuna.org/sign-yamuna-petition

Please also visit http://www.saveyamuna.org/ to learn more about this issue.

8 Responses to “Please sign the petition to bring the Yamuna River back to Vrindavan!”

  1. I am very happy about this response and encouragement by the GBC to get active in the Yamuna campaign.

    Here is something from Garga Samhita about Yamuna:

    Canto One, Volume Four
    Chapter Three

    Kalindy-agamana-varnana
    Description of the Yamuna’s Arrival

    Text 1

    sri-sannanda uvaca

    goloke harinajnapta
    kalindi saritam vara
    krishnam pradakshini-kritya
    gantum abhyudyatabhavat

    Sri Sannanda said: Ordered by Lord Krishna in Goloka, Yamuna, the best of rivers, circumambulated the Lord and was about to go (to the earth).

    Text 2

    tadaiva viraja sakshad
    ganga brahma-dravodbhava
    dve nadyau yamunayam tu
    sampraline babhuvatuh

    Then the Viraja river and the spiritual Ganga river both entered the Yamuna.

    Text 3

    paripurnatamam krishnam
    tasmat krishnasya nanda-rat
    paripurnatamasyapi
    patta-rajnim vidur janah

    O king Nanda, for this reason the people know that the Yamuna is the greatest of rivers and the first queen of Lord Krishna.

    Text 4

    tato vegena mahata
    kalindi saritam vara
    bibheda viraja-vegam
    nikunja-dvara-nirgata

    Then, with great force breaking through the current of the Viraja, the Yamuna left the gate of the transcendental forest grove.

    Text 5

    asankhya-brahmanda-cayam
    sprishtva brahma-dravam gata
    bhindanti taj-jalam dirgham
    sva-vegena maha-nadi

    Touching countless universes, she came to the spiritual Ganga. With great force the great Yamuna river broke through the Ganga’s waters.

    Text 6

    vama-padangushtha-nakha-
    bhinna-brahmanda-mastake
    sri-vamanasya vivare
    brahma-drava-samakule

    Then the Yamuna came to an opening Lord Vamana’s left toe had made in the top of a universe, an opening through which the spiritual Ganga flowed.

    Text 7

    tasmin sri-gangaya sardham
    pravishtabhut sarid-vara
    vaikuntham cajita-padam
    samprapya dhruva-mandale

    With Sri Ganga entering that opening, the Yamuna, the best of rivers, then came to the unconquerable Lord’s abode of Vaikuntha in the planet of Maharaja Dhruva.

    Text 8

    brahmalokam abhivyapya
    patanti brahma-mandalat
    tatah suranam sataso
    lokal lokam jagama ha

    Then the Yamuna came to Brahmaloka. Falling from Brahma’s planet, she went to the hundreds of planets of the demigods. She went from one planet to another.

    Text 9

    tatah papata vegena
    sumeru-giri-murdhani
    giri-kutan atikramya
    bhittva ganda-sila-tatan

    Then with great force she fell on Mount Sumeru. Flowing from its peaks, she broke the stones on its slope.

    Text 10

    sumeror dakshina-disam
    gantum abhyuditabhavat
    tatah sri-yamuna sakshac
    chri-gangayam vinirgata

    Then, in order to go south from Mount Sumeru, Sri Yamuna left Sri Ganga’s path.

    Text 11

    ganga tu prayayau sailam
    himavantam maha-nadi
    krishna tu prayayau sailam
    kalindam prapya sa tada

    Then the Ganga went to Mount Himavat and the great river Yamuna went to Mount Kalinda.

    Texts 12 and 13

    kalinditi samakhyata
    kalinda-prabhava yada
    kalinda-giri-sanunam
    ganda-saila-tatan dridhan

    bhittva luthanti bhu-khande
    krishna vegavati sati
    desan punanti kalindi
    prapta vai khandave vane

    Because she is thus Mount Kalinda’s daughter, she is named Kalindi. Flowing from Mount Kalinda’s peaks, and breaking the hard rocks on his slopes, the sacred Kalindi swiftly flowed on the earth, purifying the countries she passed. Then she entered the Khandava forest.

    Text 14

    paripurnatamam sakshac
    chri-krishnam varam icchanti
    dhritva vapuh param divyam
    tapas tepe kalindaja

    Wishing to attain Lord Krishna, the Original Supreme Personality of Godhead, as her husband, the Kalindi assumed a splendid spiritual form and performed great austerities.

    Text 15

    pitra vinirmite gehe
    jale ‘dyapi samasrita
    tato vegena kalindi
    praptabhud vraja-mandale

    Even today she stays in a water-house her father made for her. Then the Kalindi swiftly entered Vraja-mandala.

    Text 16

    vrindavana-samipe ca
    mathura-nikate subhe
    sri-mahavana-parsve ca
    saikate ramana-sthale

    Then she flowed through Vrindavana, beautiful Mathura, and beautiful secluded Mahavana.

    Text 17

    sri-goloke ca yamuna
    yuthi-bhutvati-sundari
    sri-krishnacandra-rasartham
    nija-vasam cakara ha

    As the very beautiful leader of many gopis, Sri Yamuna made her home in Sri Goloka to perform the rasa dance with Sri Krishnacandra.

    Text 18

    atho vrajad vrajanti sa
    vraja-vikshepa-vihvala
    premanandasru-samyukta
    bhutva pascima-vahini

    As she left Vraja she became overwhelmed by feelings of separation. Filled with tears of bliss and love, she turned west (and returned to Vraja).

    Text 19

    tatas tri-varam vegena
    natvatho vraja-mandale
    desan punanti prayayau
    prayagam tirtha-sattamam

    Then, bowing three times to Vraja-mandala, she went to very holy Prayaga, purifying the countries she passed.

    Text 20

    punah sri-gangaya sardham
    kshirabdhim sa jagama ha
    devah suvarsham pushpanam
    cakrur divi jaya-dhvanim

    When, flowing with Sri Ganga, she entered the Kshira ocean, the demigods in heaven showered flowers and exclaimed victory!”

    Text 21

    krishna sri-yamuna sakshat
    kalindi saritam vara
    samudram etya sri-gangam
    praha gadgadaya gira

    When dark Sri Yamuna, who was the best of rivers and the daughter of Mount Kalinda, entered the ocean, she spoke to Sri Ganga with words choked with emotion.

    Text 22

    sri-yamunovaca

    he gange tvam tu dhanyasi
    sarva-brahmanda-pavani
    krishna-padabja-sambhuta
    sarva-lokaika-vandita

    Sri Yamuna said: O Ganga, you are fortunate. You purify all the universes. You were born from Lord Krishna’s lotus foot. Everyone bows down before you alone.

    Text 23

    urdhvam yami harer lokam
    gaccha tvam api he subhe
    tvat-samanam hi divyam ca
    na bhutam na bhavishyati

    Now I will ascend to Lord Hari’s abode. O beautiful one, you come also. There never was, nor will there ever be, anyone as glorious as you.

    Text 24

    sri-gangovaca

    sarva-tirtha-mayi ganga
    tasmat tvam pranamamy aham
    yat kincid va prakathitam
    tat kshamasva su-mangale

    Sri Ganga said: I, the Ganga, who contain all holy places, bow down before you. O auspicious one, please forgive any improper words I may have said.

    Text 25

    he krishne tvam tu dhanyasi
    sarva-brahmanda-pavani
    krishna-vamamsa-sambhuta
    paramananda-rupini

    O dark Yamuna, you are the fortunate one. You purify all the universes. You were born from Lord Krishna’s left shoulder. Your form is full of transcendental bliss.

    Text 26

    paripurnatama sakshat
    sarva-lokaika-vandita
    paripurnatamasyapi
    sri-krishnasya mahatmanah

    You are most perfect and complete. You are worshiped by all. You are dear to Sri Krishna, the great Supreme Personality of Godhead.

    Text 27

    patta-rajnim param krishne
    krishnam tvam pranamamy aham
    tirthair devair durlabham tvam
    goloke ‘pi ca durghata

    O dark Yamuna, I bow down to you, the first queen of Lord Krishna. The holy places and demigods find it difficult to attain you. Even in Goloka it is difficult to attain you.

    Text 28

    aham yasyami patalam
    sri-krishnasyajnaya subhe
    tvad-viyogaturaham vai
    yanam kartum na ca kshama

    By Lord Krishna’s order I must go to Patalaloka now. I am unhappy to leave you, but I cannot go with you.

    Text 29

    yuthi-bhutva bhavishyami
    sri-vraje rasa-mandale
    yat kincin me prakathitam
    tat kshamasva hari-priye

    I will become a leader of many gopis in the rasa-dance circle in Sri Vraja. O beloved of Lord Hari, please forgive any improper words I may have said.

    Text 30

    sri-sannanda uvaca

    ittham parasparam natva
    dve nadyau yayatur drutam
    lokan pavitri-kurvanti
    patale svah-sarid gata

    Sri Sannanda said: Bowing down before each other, the two rivers then quickly went their respective ways. The heavenly Ganga went to Patalaloka, purifying the planets as she passed.

    Text 31

    sapi bhogavati-namna
    babhau bhogavati-vane
    yaj-jalam sa-trinayanah
    sesho murdhna bibharti ha

    There she is named Bhogavati, for she flows through the Bhogavati forest. Lord Sesha and Lord Siva carry her water on Their heads.

    Text 32

    atha krishna sva-vegena
    bhittva saptabdhi-mandalam
    sapta-dvipa-mahi-prishthe
    luthanti vegavat tara

    Quickly traversing the seven oceans, the dark Yamuna quickly flowed through the world of seven islands.

    Text 33

    gatva svarnamayim bhumim
    lokalokacalam gata
    tat-sanu-ganda-sailanam
    tatam bhittva kalindaja

    Then the Yamuna flowed to the golden land and then Mount Lokaloka where, flowing from its peaks, she broke the rocks on its slopes.

    Text 34

    tan-murdhni cotpapatasu
    spharavaj-jala-dharaya
    udgacchanti tad-urdhvam sa
    yayau svargam tu nakinam

    Then she rose again to its peaks and, with a great stream of water, rose to Svargaloka in the heavenly worlds.

    Text 35

    a-brahmalokam lokams tan
    abhivyapya hareh padam
    brahmanda-randhram sri-brahma-
    drava-yuktam sametya sa

    She passed through the planets on the way to Brahmaloka and, meeting the Ganga at the opening in the universe, went to Lord Hari’s abode.

    Text 36

    pushpa-varsham pravarshatsu
    deveshu pranateshu ca
    punah sri-krishna-golokam
    aruroha sarid-vara

    As the demigods showered flowers and bowed down to offer respects, Sri Yamuna, the best of rivers, returned to Sri Krishna’s abode of Goloka.

    Text 37

    kalinda-giri-nandini-nava-caritram etac chubham
    srutam ca yadi pathitam bhuvi tanoti sanmangalam
    jano ‘pi yadi dharayet kila pathec ca yo nityasah
    sa yati paramam padam nija-nikunja-lilavritam

    If a person in this world hears or reads this auspicious and ever-new pastime of Mount Kalinda’s daughter Yamuna, he will attain great auspiciousness. If one regularly reads or remembers this pastime, he will attain the transcendental forest groves where the Supreme Lord enjoys His pastimes.

  2. bhakta piyush says :

    It is very wonderful that the devotees have taken up this most worthy cause. It would also be nice to document investigations into the health of down-streamers for possible legal action against the offending industries, municipalities, government, and other polluters/diverters. There are organizations in India like Greenpeace who can also take up this cause to some degree. I often receive emails from them regarding environmental issues such as these. They have a large database which can boost the petition signings.

    “Whereas only sewage and runoff which comes from upstream Delhi flows in the Yamuna River bed at present. The sewage is partially treated and is extremely dangerous for humans to come in contact with. There are many credible and official studies verifying the contamination
    Whereas any contact with the water in the River Yamuna bed is hazardous for health of devotees and general public. The water carries several antibiotic resistant bacteria which can be the cause of death. In addition many viruses, toxic chemicals, and toxic metals are carried by the water.”

  3. gokuleshwar das says :

    Prabhus, Dandavats. Pls advise on this matter. When we visit Sri Vrindavan Dham, should we take bath in Yamuna or not?

  4. Yajnavalkya dasa says :

    The Horrific Plight of the Yamuna River can be tied to India’s New-found Taste for Meat

    The Yamuna River starts high up in the Himalayas, and is considered a pristine river (until it reaches Delhi).

    A little ways south of Delhi, the Yamuna River is fully diverted for irrigation. A little further “downstream”, the “river” begins again, but this time it is fully comprised of effluent waste water from Delhi. At this point, and when it passes Vrindavana, it is the most polluted river on Earth.

    This is similar to the mighty Colorado River in the United States, which no longer reaches the ocean, being used up for irrigation. This irrigation is not used for fruit orchards or vegetable fields, but to irrigate animal feed.

    Meat-eating is on the rise in India at an alarming rate. I am not referring to Muslims, but to Hindus as well. In an effort to emulate the perverted decadence of the the West, meat-eating is considered fashionable, or even chic. On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition broadcast “The New Indian Pariahs: Vegetarians”.

    Agricultural demands for supporting a meat-centered diet is notoriously inefficient. No one can deny this. It takes far more land, water and resources to support a meat-based diet than a vegetarian diet. This has been covered at depth by John Robbin’s classic book Diet for a New America: it takes 17x the resources to produce meat than feeding people directly (through grains).

    Land and water are already a precious premium in India, a country with a large population that continues to skyrocket. India simply cannot afford to abandon its spiritual heritage just to adopt barbaric Western whims.

  5. Brajraj Sharan says :

    Radhe Radhe

    It is true that only sewage flows in Vrindavan, Gokul, Mathura, but that is still on the bed of Shri Yamuna River and flows in Vraj-Vrindavan Dham. It is important that to maintain spiritual honer of Shri Yamuna Maharaani, we should sprinkle a few drops over ourselves and pay spiritual tributes to her.

    Radhe Radhe

  6. Yajnavalkya dasa says :

    In response to Sri Brajraj Sharan: I fully agree that we should we should pay spiritual tributes to Sri Yamuna devi, the beloved river of Sri-Sri Radha-Krishna. I, for one, believe that the highest tribute should be in the form of working to restore her to her pristine nature.

  7. Yajnavalkya dasa says :

    In response to Sri Brajraj Sharan: I fully agree that we should we should pay spiritual tributes to Sri Yamuna devi, the beloved river of Sri-Sri Radha-Krishna, Sri Krishna Caitanya, the six Goswamis, Srila Bhaktivinoda, Srila Bhakitsiddhanta, Srial Bhakitvedanta Prabhupada and many, many others.

    I, for one, believe that the highest tribute should be in the form of working to restore her to her pristine nature.

  8. Dear devotes
    PAMHO
    AGTSP

    Here is the Yamuna kavacha as described in GArga Samhita:

    Yamuna me sirah patu
    Krsna netra dvayam sada
    syama bru bhangadesam
    ca nasikam naka vasini
    May Yanuna kindly protct my head and may Krsna be the only protector of my
    eyes.Oh Syama please protect my eyebrows and may you oh Vasisni kindly protct
    my nose

    Kapolau patu me
    saksat paramananda rupini
    Krsna vamansa sambhuta
    patu karna dvayam mama
    May Paramananda Rupini kindly protect my cheecks,Krsna Vamansa please protct
    my two ears

    Adharau patu kalindi
    cibukam suryakanya ka
    yamasvasa kandharan cat
    hrdayam me mahanadi
    May Kalindi kindly protct my lips
    and may surya kanya protect my chin.
    Yamasvasa please protect my shoulders
    and may you Mahanadi kindly protect my heart

    Krsnapriya patu pristam
    tatini me bhuja dvayam
    sroni tatam ca susroni
    katim me carudarsana
    May Krsnapriya kindly protect my back
    and may Tatini protect my hips,and may you
    Carudarsana kindly protect my waist

    Uru dvayam tu rambharu
    rjanuni twa amghribhedini
    gulfau rasesvari patu
    padau papa paharini
    May Rambhoru kindly protect my thighs
    and may Amghribhedini be the only protector of
    my kneee.Oh Rasesvari please protect my ankles and may you
    Papaharini protect my feet.

    Antarbahi radhasco rdhvam
    disa su vidisa suca
    samantat patu jagatah
    pari purnatama priya
    Oh most beloved of the Lord of the universe(Krsna)
    Please protect me from below and above and from all
    sides both day and night.

    One who daily chants this Yamuna Kavacha will attain Goloka Vrindavana.

    Now Yamuna devi is protecting us,will we not at least not pollute her waters?

    Your servant
    Payonidhi das

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