A Prayer for Yamuna Devi
Posted January 24, 2010
By now, most of you have heard the recent story out of Vrindavan about the construction of the unsightly flyover bridge across the holy Yamuna River at Kesi Ghat. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here is where we stand today (see above photo). Obviously, this is a very distressing development on many levels for us all, especially spiritually.
For the past while, devotees have been courageously signing petitions, writing letters, organizing meetings and satsangs to help stop this horrendous development, which we here at The Prabhupada Connection have fully supported all the way. The more pressure we can bear upon the authorities, the better chances we'll have of success in halting this unnecessary eyesore in the holy dhama, which will undoubtedly cause an entire host of problems too numerous to mention here -- but which needless to say, will not be good now or in the future for our beloved Vrindavan.
Aside from the above, I'd like to briefly mention something from the past, authorized by Srila Prabhupada himself under slightly different circumstances, but which still upheld the principle and power of prayer to effect change in seemingly difficult or impossible circumstances.
When I joined the movement in the early 70's, sometimes Prabhupada's body would become ill for whatever reason. In those cases, Srila Prabhupada authorized that we all say the following prayer to the Supreme Lord to help Prabhupada recover:
"My Dear Lord Krishna, if You so desire, please cure Srila Prabhupada."
I remember one enthusiastic devotee who wrote this prayer on blue colored recipe cards and placed them throughout the temple to help remind us all to pray whenever possible. Srila Prabhupada recovered and I recall that at least on one occasion he wrote that Krishna had cured him because of our sincere prayers.
So in simple terms, I'd like to humbly suggest a similar approach under these circumstances, especially when so many devotees, friends and well-wishers feel helpless in effecting any positive change so far away and with apparently so little power. I'd like to suggest to the contrary that we do, in fact, have much more power at our disposal than we sometimes realize because vandanam or prayer is one of the nine processes of devotional service, and is therefore by its spiritual nature and close proximity to pleasing the Supreme Lord, a very potent medium of change for the betterment of this world.
Sri Advaita Acarya, although of course a great empowered incarnation of the Lord, taught by example that by singular and sincere prayer to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He could actually invoke the very presence and appearance of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to this material world. In other words, Krishna listens to the prayers of His sincere bhaktas.
Therefore it might not be too much to ask or hope that Lord Krishna Himself may bless us all if we can invoke His divine mercy through the power of humble prayer on behalf of the Holy Yamuna River. Perhaps a simple prayer such as the following might hopefully attract His attention, mercy and action for the purpose of saving our beloved Yamuna and Kesi Ghat in Sri Vrindavan dhama:
"My Dear Lord Krishna, if You so desire, please save the Yamuna River and Sri Kesi Ghat."
This prayer can be repeated alone or together as many times as possible in any place and under any circumstances. Therefore it's my sincere and ardent hope that such a prayer will help empower devotees everywhere to attract the blessings of Sri Krishna, Who may then help us to see victory in this horrid fight against the demoniac forces of Kali-yuga.
Thank you very much for listening. Sri Vrindavan Dhama ki jaya!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Your aspiring servant,