Dangers in Vrndavan

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By Kavicandra Swami

The violent death of a young girl was indeed tragic. At the risk of appearing callous I wonder if perhaps a good lesson can be learned from the incident. I wish to say this in hopes of protecting other young girls who may be in similar situations. The lesson is that Vrndavana is a very dangerous place for young people to be left on their own.

What follows are a few of the dangers:

*There are many lusty men there who are especially attracted to “angresa”.

*There are drug dealers who are very clever at luring youth into taking drugs and all that goes with that. There are parties where intoxicants are mixed into the food.

*Now we have seen that there are guns and people willing to use them.

Of course there are great opportunities for spiritual advancement. Unfortunately, sometimes a devotee thinks that simply being in Vrndavan is all that is needed to go back to godhead. That is a dangerous mentality. In Vrndavan we must be very attentive to staying properly engaged in one or more of the nine processes of devotional service.

Service in Vrndavan is said to be 1000 times magnified. Similarly offences are also maganified. `We should be very, very careful. Dhama, dhama-aparadha. In the dhama… In other places if you chant Hare Krsna, the result of such chanting will be increased thousand times if you chant in Vrndavana. Similarly, in other place, the sinful activities, if you commit that sinful activity in Vrndavana, then it will be thousand times increased. So we have to be very careful.”" Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.11 — Vrndavana, September 10, 1976

So it is the warning: arthasya dharmaikantasya kama… Don’t try to gratify sense in the name of dharma, religion, or bhakti. Then we have to become hogs and dogs. Even in Vrndavana. It doesn’t matter. Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.9 — Vrndavana, October 20, 1972

Those who are thinking that “We are living in Vrndavana, and I can do all sinful activities because I am living in Vrndavana. Vrndavana-raja will cure me, will purify me.” That’s a fact. Yes. But if you go on indulging in such sinful activities, then you’ll have to live in Vrndavana in like the hogs and monkeys. At least one life you have to spend like that. Then you’ll be purified. So why should you waste you’re time in that way? Dhamaparadha. If one is committing sinful activities in the dhama, Vrndavana-dhama, that is a great offense. Namno balad yasya hi papa-buddhih. These are the injunction of the sastras. So we should be very careful. We should finish our business very quickly. Turnam yateta. Why should we take another risk of become hog and live in Vrndavana? Don’t take that risk. Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.18 — Vrndavana, October 29, 1972

Anyone who comes to Vrndavana, he’s helped immediately, even though he is criminal number one. But if we remain in criminal mentality in Vrndavana, then we have to accept another birth to suffer. Then it will be all right, and then again he will be elevated. Due to Vrndavana… The Vrndavana influence will act, but if we commit something against the Vrndavana principle, then we have to accept… Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.32 — Vrndavana, November 11, 1972

You have come to Vrndavana. Be careful, very careful. Mayavadi-bhasya sunile [Cc. Madhya 6.169]. There are many Mayavadis here, many so-called tilaka-mala, but you do not know what is there inside. Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.8 — Vrndavana, September 7, 1976

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Hare Krsna prabhus,

I have been to Vrndavan recently just a few days after the sad incident regarding
lila. I give my condolences to her family and I feel really sorry for such an
incident to happen.

However I don’t want to find faults with anyone but one taxi driver who does regular services for devotees was mentioning some points to me that I was feeling so bad that they have such an impression about our devotees. He was saying that our devotees are dressed up in saris with tilaka etc but actually we are not chaste.

He mentioned to me some incidents that were not at all good. I don’t want to take his word s seriously but I myself observed a group of lady devotees joking with a taxi driver. I’m sure it might have been some innocent exchange and I’m sure the taxi guy might have enjoyed it too but then in his mind he having a different thought about the ladies. I agree with suggestions from devotees that we have to be more conscious of the place that we are in and in the mentality of the people.

As is common people tend to judge a whole movement by one person’s behaviour. So we have to learn to impress upon people what we really are according to our dress. Just like a theif if he wears a police man’s dress he is arrested so if we want to wear devotional attire then we should reflect the same.

Of course we have been always hearing that our dress doesn’t make us a devotee but our internal but obviously if we are dressed as devotees people expect a certain behaviour from us. I’m sorry if I am commiting any vaisnava aparadha please forgive my offences.

your servant,

Comment posted by radhagovindadd on March 2nd, 2008

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