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A Playful Gem – Govinda-lilamrta

Yogamāyā Paurṇamāsī Devī is the giver of good opportunities. She gives everyone potency to serve Kṛṣṇa. For example, if a chief guest or dear relative comes, all necessary arrangements for their pleasure are made in advance. Everything is cleaned, decorated, and nice foodstuffs are prepared. Accommodation is made ready as well as gifts and presentations. In the same way, when Kṛṣṇa goes into the forest, under Vṛndā-devī’s instruction and inspiration all the animate and inanimate beings in Vraja become engaged in loving service. If orders are merely barked at a servant he will not serve properly. There will be no love in his service. Vṛndā-devī does not force anyone to work. In Vraja Bhūmi, every last plant and creeper has inherent love for Kṛṣṇa and this internal loving mood manifests outwardly as service. Vṛndā-devī does not renew, repair or remind them of their love, but she knows how to properly engage their tendency in service. Even the ants that march in lines, the fireflies, the bumblebees and the honeybees perform loving service to Kṛṣṇa. In preparation for Kṛṣṇa’s arrival in the forest, the lotuses blossom in the lakes, the bees and birds sing Kṛṣṇa's glories, the peacocks and parrots sit on the tree branches and welcome Kṛṣṇa with song and prayer. They begin to sing slowly and in low tones, and gradually sing higher, louder and faster. Then again they sing very slowly and sweetly. There are many fragrant flowers and fruits in the high branches of trees. Large squirrels and monkeys jump tree-to-tree causing these flowers and fruits to fall down in offering to Kṛṣṇa. They also pick ripe fruits and off them to Kṛṣṇa personally. As Kṛṣṇa proceeds step-by-step into the forest, playing and singing with His friends, the Earth-goddess begins to experience ecstatic symptoms. Grass grows up from the ground as the Earth’s hair standing on end, and the beauty of the forest scenery increases greatly. The air flows in a pleasing breeze and clouds form overhead, giving a cooling shade. The spring season is prevalent in Vraja. The other seasons have their appearances, but whenever Kṛṣṇa enters the forest, it is spring. Externally, it may be summer and people do not wish to go outside; or it may be deep winter and no one wants to leave their homes, but for Kṛṣṇa in the forest, it is always spring.

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