February 28, 2006
I shift to Radhakund where I move into a windowless, but peaceful room in the Caran Cihna Mandir, me being the only occupier of the top floor. See picture above.
There is a Holi-kirtan in Syamasundar Mandir, but I stay clear from the colours and walk to Sudevi's goshala, outside of the village. She shows me how many cows, bulls and calves she has cured and how many are still suffering. She then offers me her old, abandoned small goshala as a house to stay for free. Far out to have a house of my own at Radhakund! A Brajabasi shows me the place.
March 1, 2006
This whole village shuts down at 9.30 p.m and wakes at 4 a.m. with vasanta kirtans.
The extremity of the climate - in my room at Carancihna Mandir it's so cold at midday that I must cover with a sweater and a blanket, but when I go to sit in the sun outside I scorch my feet on the hot tiles!
This year's Holi-kirtan at Raghunath Das Goswami's samadhi is not well attended - half the samadhi-mandir is empty, though the event is mentioned big in the panjika.
March 2, 2006
Thanks to Caran-cihna's rasuya pujari Giridhari had His first warm meal in 2 weeks.
I move over to Sudevi's goshala. The Brajabasis there are very honest and friendly. Holi Kirtan in Gopinath Mandir.
March 3, 2006
This goshala is the closest thing to experiencing Madangopal's life. I get a better, hardboard, bed and something needs to be done about 2 big rats that want to share the realm with me. Holi kirtan in Radhagovinda Mandir.