In the morning, we walked the 12-kilometre parikramā [circumambulation] of Vṛndāvana, and then decided to offer flowers to the Deities at Kṛṣṇa-Balarāma Mandir on our return.
In the late afternoon, we visited three temples. First was the Rādhā-ramaṇa temple, which was established by Gopāla Bhaṭṭa Gosvāmī. His samādhi is located within the temple compound.
Next, we visited the Rādhā-Gokulānanda temple. In a small courtyard just outside, the samādhis of Lokanātha Gosvāmī, Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura and Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura can be found. In the presence of these samādhis, we sat down and sang Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura’s “Śrī Guru-vandanā”, a beautiful bhajan which he wrote in glorification of his beloved spiritual master, Lokanātha Gosvāmī. The bhajan has been translated into English as follows:
“The lotus feet of our spiritual master are the only way by which we can attain pure devotional service. I bow to his lotus feet with great awe and reverence. By his grace one can cross the ocean of material suffering and obtain the mercy of Kṛṣṇa.
My only wish is to have my consciousness purified by the words emanating from his lotus mouth. Attachment to his lotus feet is the perfection that fulfils all desires.
He opens my darkened eyes and fills my heart with transcendental knowledge. He is my Lord birth after birth. From him ecstatic prema emanates; by him ignorance is destroyed. The Vedic scriptures sing of his character.
Our spiritual master is the ocean of mercy, the friend of the poor, and the lord and master of the devotees. O master! Be merciful unto me. Give me the shade of your lotus feet. Your fame is spread all over the three worlds.”