Place of Our High Ideal
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Srila Gurudev explains the exalted position of Govardhan
(An excerpt from Divine Guidance).
vaikuṇṭhāj janito varā madhu-purī tatrāpi rāsotsavād
vṛndāraṇyam udāra-pāṇi-ramaṇāt tatrāpi govardhanaḥ
rādhā-kuṇḍam ihāpi gokula-pateḥ premāmṛtāplāvanāt
kuryād asya virājato giri-taṭe sevāṁ vivekī na kaḥ
(Sri Upadeshamrta: 9)
At first we can see Vaikuntha Dham as being a very high place, but above that, the more important place is Mathura—janito varā Madhu-purī. Why? Because Krishna Himself is born there, that is His lila there. Narayan, though, does not take birth. He has no birth, He has no father and no mother, but Krishna has His father and mother—that is within His lila. And, Vaikuṇṭhāj janito varā Madhu-purī tatrāpi rāsotsavād, better than Mathura is Vrindavan, where Krishna has His Pastimes with the gopis. And over that place, is the highest place, Sri Govardhan—Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur says: Giridhari-Gandharvika yatha krida kaila.
The most worshipful place, at the foot of Govardhan, is Radha Kunda; there Krishna and Radharani have Their highest Prema-lila. …
… we will stay at the lotus feet of Govardhan and pray to Krishna, or rather, Srimati Radharani. All the group at Govardhan are serving Radharani—they actually have no connection with Krishna. From Govardhan they go to Radha Kunda and Shyam Kunda and arrange many things. The ashtakaliya-lila happens there, not elsewhere, and one who exclusively wants to serve Radha-Krishna will think about these Pastimes. But we shall not think of such things now—with our mundane body and mind we cannot think about that.