I would like to tell you about Govardhan Parvat.
is the name of the mountain near Vraj (where Lord Krishna
lived as a child and as a cowherd)
cows grazed on the mountain. Since India is primarily an
agricultural country the importance of the cow is great. She
gives us milk, her urine has got medicinal properties, her
dung is used to light village fires…these are but a few
reasons why in India the cow is worshipped.
to come back to Govardhan… Krishna wanted the people of Vraj
to worship the mountain rather than Lord Indra.
was a radical reformer and he wanted to change the outook of
the society during which He lived!
also wanted nature to be worshipped. Here nature was in the
form of Govardhan…
wanted to eradicate superstition and fear from the minds of
the people of Gokul who believed that if they were to refrain
from worshipping Lord Indra, calamity would befall them!
calamity did befall in the form of incessant rain. But Krishna
protected His dear friends by lifting the mountain with His
little finger…His friends were protected as the mountain
acted as a tough all encompassing umbrella!
dear children God and nature will always protect you if you
take care of your environment!
I like to believe that changing an old practice is as
difficult as lifting a mountain.
mountain could be symbolic of knowledge…and knowledge is
greater than meaningless rituals, superstition and fear!
Ma Nani Ma