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

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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.

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1 Payonidhi Das

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.

Comment posted by Payonidhi Das on February 26th, 2012
2 bhakta piyush

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.”

Comment posted by bhakta piyush on February 26th, 2012
3 Unregistered

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

Comment posted by gokuleshwar das on February 28th, 2012
4 Unregistered

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.

Comment posted by Yajnavalkya dasa on February 28th, 2012
5 Unregistered

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

Comment posted by Brajraj Sharan on March 9th, 2012
6 Unregistered

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.

Comment posted by Yajnavalkya dasa on March 9th, 2012
7 Unregistered

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.

Comment posted by Yajnavalkya dasa on March 9th, 2012
8 Payonidhi Das

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

Comment posted by Payonidhi Das on March 11th, 2012

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