Since Lord Brahma himself prayed to become a blade of grass in Vrindavan, then it makes sense that speaking ill of blades of grass here is an offense to him…
śrī-vṛndāvana-vāsini sthira-care doṣān mama śrāvayed
yo’sau kiṁ śatadhā chinatti nahi māṁ śastrair athāstraiḥ śitaiḥ |
sarvādhīśitur eva jīvana-vane dveṣan ca mātraṁ caredekasyāpi
tṛṇasya ghora-narakāt taṁ kaḥ kadā voddharet ||
Do those who recount to me the flaws of the residents of Vrindavan, whether mobile or still,
not realize that they cut me into a hundred pieces, as if with sharpened knives and arrows?
If one should create enmity with even the tiniest blade of grass
in this beloved abode of the Supreme Lord, there is no one, no one who could ever lift him
One of the features of Prabodhananda Saraswati’s writing is that he does not mince words, and often says that people will suffer hellish existence if they commit offenses to the Holy Dham. If the creator god Lord Brahma himself prayed to become a blade of grass in Vrindavan, thereby showing the very purpose of the creation itself, then is not speaking ill of a blade of grass there an offense to him, indeed to the entire creation?
It must be remembered that for Prabodha, as for any devotee who is attached to the madhura-rasavigraha Divine Couple, even the life of opulence of the heavenly domain is hell if one is forgetful of them, even for a moment.
Since such forgetfulness is impossible for them, he projects the pain of that possibility outwards. “Even if they do not know it, those who have no love for the Dham or for Radha and Krishna are suffering. They chew the already chewed of material sense gratification, repeating the same psychological patterns, falling into the same whirlpool of momentary pleasures and sufferings. And there is no surer way of being deprived of love for the Dham than to offend those who make their home there, especially those who do so consciously out of love for the Divine Couple. How unfortunate they are!”
We ourselves live in doubt of Vrindavan’s glories and so we sometimes look out and wonder whether the “heavenly delights” of wealth and the sense of fulfillment that people find in other ways of life… the world is a kalpavriksha (tree) of possibilities created in infinite varieties in response to the jiva’s desire for enjoyment. But for a devotee it is an empty place without prema.
Jai Shri Radhe!
Jai Shri Vrindavan Dham!
Jai Srila Prabodhananda Saraswati!