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Monday, March 13, 2006

Waiting for the storm of Holi

(View of the gostha from Yadunath's back garden)

March 11, 2006
My western neighbor learned from his Guru that Holi was much dirtier before Kṛṣṇa's time (does he know about stool-Holi?) and that at Rādhā-ballabh temple in Vrindavan they put perfume in warm water for the syringes - kāntā yantra-vimukta-gandha-salilaiḥ siñcannimā dīvyati (Govinda Līlāmṛta 14.37)

March 12, 2006
In connection with a recent debate on a webforum about the meaning of the word 'kuṭināti', which is mentioned in Caitanya Caritāmṛta and Manaḥ Śikṣā verse 6, and which could not be found in any Sanskrit or Bengali dictionary, Haridās Dās translates it in 'Gaudiya Vaiṣṇava Abhidhāna' (vol. 2, p. 963) as kapaṭa abhinaya (masquerade, charade), chalanā (trickery) and vādānuvāda (false arguments). In his commentary on Caitanya Caritāmṛta (Madhya 19,160) Rādhā-govinda Nāth glosses it as ' sakala viṣaye kutarka' (sophistry about all issues) or kuṭilatā (crookedness).

March 13, 2006
Stool-Holi coming up on wednesday - seeking shelter in Rohini's house. This gośālā's wall is too low - Brajabasis can easily climb it!

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