Q. What is difference between Goloka and Vaikuntha?
And on what basis is it decided that a soul will go to Vaikuntha or Goloka?
A. These are two separate but related questions so we will answer them together.
Go means cow and loka means abode. So Goloka is the spiritual abode of the cows where Shyamasundara Krishna is eternally engaged in His pastimes with the cows, cowherd men and cowherd women. Vai is a modified prefix (upasarga) which has a sense of negation and kuntha means anxiety. So Vaikuntha is place without anxieties. Vaikuntha has several Vaikuntha planets – each presided by Narayana the Lord of Vaikuntha. Continue reading Difference between Goloka and Vaikuntha?