Goloka Vrindavan — The Best Planet
We have been hearing about Lord Brahma and his planet Brahmaloka. Lord Brahma’s lifetime is so long we can not imagine it and his standard of living is so much greater than ours that it is incomprehensible for us. But still Lord Brahma has a material body which gets old, sick and eventually dies. And his planet also is not eternal. After Lord Brahma dies his planet is destroyed also.
So in Bhagavad-gita Lord Krishna goes on to describe something far greater than Lord Brahma’s planet, His own personal abode Goloka Vrindavan in the spiritual world:
Yet there is another nature, which is eternal and is transcendental to this manifested and unmanifested matter. It is supreme and is never annihilated. When all in this world is annihilated, that part remains as it is. (Bhagavad-gita 8.20)
Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead so naturally Krishna’s planet is the best planet.
Krishna’s superior spiritual energy is transcendental and eternal. It is beyond all the changes of material nature, which is manifest and annihilated during the days and nights of Brahma. Krishna’s superior energy is completely opposite in quality to material nature.
That supreme abode is called unmanifested and infallible, and it is the supreme destination. When one goes there, he never comes back. That is My supreme abode. (Bhagavad-gita 8.21)
The supreme abode of the Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is described in the Brahma-samhita as cintamani-dhama, a place where all desires are fulfilled. The supreme abode of Lord Krishna known as Goloka Vrindavan is full of palaces made of touchstone. There are also trees which are called “desire trees” that supply any type of eatable upon demand, and there are cows known as surabhi cows which supply a limitless supply of milk.
In this abode, the Lord is served by hundreds of thousands of goddesses of fortune (Laksmis), and He is called Govinda, the primal Lord and the cause of all causes. Lord Krishna is accustomed to blow His flute. His transcendental form is the most attractive in all the worlds—His eyes are like the lotus petals and the color of His body like clouds. He is so attractive that His beauty excels that of thousands of cupids. He wears saffron cloth, a garland around His neck and a peacock feather in His hair.
In the Gita Lord Krishna gives only a small hint of His personal abode (Goloka Vrindavan) which is the supermost planet in the spiritual kingdom. A vivid description is given in the Brahma-samhita.
Vedic literature states that there is nothing superior to the abode of the Supreme Godhead, and that that abode is the ultimate destination. When one attains to it, he never returns to the material world.
Krishna’s supreme abode and Krishna Himself are nondifferent, being of the same quality.
On this earth, Vrindavan, ninety miles southeast of Delhi, is a replica of that supreme Goloka Vrindavan located in the spiritual sky. When Krishna descended on this earth, He sported on that particular tract of land known as Vrindavan in the district of Mathura, India.