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Mathura Meets Vrindavan

Mathura Meets Vrindavan
$125.00
Item Code: IDE356
Author: Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja
Publisher: Gopal Jiu Publication Bhubaneswar, India
Edition: 2003
Pages: 113 (Illustrated Throughout in Full Color)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 9.7" X 7.3"
From the Jacket:

The ecstatic love for Krishna possessed by the residents of Vrindavan far excels that found in any other place. When Krishna suddenly departed for Mathura He plunged the vrajavasis into an ocean of sorrow. What was Krishna's purpose in leaving? What happened when His messenger Uddhava arrived in Vraja with a message of love? And, most of all, how is it that Krishna never leaves Vrindavan?

Mathura Meets Vrindavan attempts to recreate something of the mood of reading an ancient palm leaf manuscript by illustrating the pages in the traditional Orissan style of art known as pata-citra. Sri Srimad Gour Govind Swami liked pata-citra art, and as a boy he grew up reading from palm leaf books. To illustrate his lectures included in this volume, the editors have commissioned more than one hundred original pata-citra painting.

Radha could not understand that the real Krishna was there. Thinking it was a deity, and praising the skill of Viswakarma, She said, "He has made such a lifelike deity. And the deity is speaking with such a sweet voice." At the same time Radha is feeling pangs of separation from Krishna. Although She was in the presence of Her beloved, still separation was there. This is known as prema-vaicittya in Vrajbhumi.

CONTENTS

List of Illustrationsviii
Mangalacaranaix
Pata-citra Artxiii
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.3.31xv
Prefacexvii
Introduction1
Part One Vrindavan-sambhoga
Chapter One
Krishna Appearance
10
Chapter Two
The Pure Devotion of Vraja
22
Chapter Three
The form of Krisna
32
Chapter Four
Bound by love
42
Chapter Five
Sweet Vrindavan Pastimes
60
Chapter Six
When Love Becomes More Condensed
68
Chapter Seven
The Supreme Chief
80
Chapter Eight
Expansions of Radha
86
Chapter Nine
The Heart of Radharani

100
Part Two Mathura-viraha
Chapter Ten
Distant Mathura
118
Chapter Eleven
Message of Love
124
Chapter Twelve
Uddhava Meets Nanda Maharaja
136
Chapter Thirteen
Crushing Uddhava's Pride
152
Chapter Fourteen
The Faults of Krishna
172
Chapter Fifteen
The Sulky Eye of Radharani
190
Chapter Sixteen
Fire of Separation
210
Chapter Seventeen
Krishna Never Leaves Vrindavan
216
Questions and Answers232
Notes238
Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami240
The Artists244
Glossary245
Index to Verses and Songs250
General Index255
Bibliography292
Sources of Materials293


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