“We have to die before we die” – Indradyumna Swami Nectar
His Holiness Indradyumna Swami went to the original Chir Ghat last week, on the shore of the Yamuna River, and offered obeisances at the tree where Krishna hung up the clothes of the Gopis. While there, Indradyumna Swami spoke on how there is nothing material in the relationship between Krishna and the Gopis. The Gopis have completely transcendental bodies, as does the Lord. Indradyumna Swami reminded us about how Srila Prabhupada says lust is like iron and love is like gold. The pastimes of Krishna with His devotees are completely pure and indicate very deep loving exchanges.
Interestingly, there is a Chir Ghat in Vrindavan town also, but Indradyumna Swami noted that Srila Jiva Goswami says that this place is the original Chir Ghat/tree. He also noted that Srila Jiva Goswami writes that we must give up all material identity and all material attachments, any attraction to this world. We have to come before the Lord with a pure spiritual desire to serve Krishna. He quoted His Holiness Bhakti Tirtha Maharaja saying, “We have to die before we die,” which means we have to give up our material identity completely to awaken our spiritual identity.
To encapsulate this visit, Indradyumna Swami wrote in a Facebook post:
Today we were blessed to visit the original Chir Ghat, where Lord Krsna stole the clothes of the gopis. There we embraced the same tree that Krsna sat in 5,000 years ago. Nearby we took darshan of the goddess Katyayani, whom the gopis prayed to get Krsna as their husband. The whole experience was very deep and mystical and was enhanced by the extraordinary beauty of the Vrindavan countryside.