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Om Vishnupad 108 Tridandi Swami Sri Srimat Bhakti Sravan Tirtha Goswami Maharaj ki Jai !!

 

 

All goddesses in the Hindu pantheon represent the different potencies of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna. His potency of fortune and wealth (Lakshmi), His potency of wisdom and knowledge (Saraswati) and His potency of illusory power (Kali) are all represented as Goddesses.

In Her divine aspect as Krishna’s beloved, Srimati Radharani embodies the hladini shakti  or personal pleasure potency of the Lord.  In other words, She is Krishna’s joy. She appears only to give Him pleasure.  She is the best, the greatest and the highest devotee of Lord Krishna.

In the Chaitanya Charitamrita Adi 4.89 it is said, “Sri Radha is parama-devata, the Supreme Goddess, and She is worshipable for everyone. She is the protector of all, and She is the mother of the entire universe.”

In comparison to Sri Radha’s unparalleled passion, even the greatest of the great such as Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma throw up their hands and exclaim “Radhey Radhey” because She represents the last limit of divine love of God. 

People often refer to the ‘grace’ of God or the ‘mercy’ of God. Srimati Radharani is that very ‘Grace’ and ‘Mercy’ of God.  She is the embodiment of His limitless compassion and love.

The name Radha is derived from the root word aradhana, which means "worship." The personality who excels all in worshiping Krishna is therefore called Radhika, the greatest worshiper.

Once Baba enlightened us that contrary to popular belief, Radharani was not older than Krishna. She was actually 15 days younger than Him. There are different accounts of Her divine appearance.

One story says that She was found in the centre of a large golden lotus in the Yamuna by Vrishabhanu Maharaj who joyfully adopted Her.  Another account (Lalita Madhava by Srila Rupa Goswami) says that both Sri Radha and Rukmini were actually born to Mount Vindhya, who was jealous of Mount Himalaya who had two famous daughters Uma and Ganga. He prayed for two daughters who would be even more famous than them.

Soon after birth, the two infant girls were kidnapped by the evil Putana, a dreaded child-kidnapper. The demoness dropped the first infant in a river in Vidarbha province where the child was picked up by Maharaj Bhishmak. She grew up to be the princess Rukmini.

The second child, Radha was dropped in the Vraja area where Paurnamasi Devi found Her and handed Her over to Kirtida and Vrishabhanu Maharaj to raise as their daughter.

While they were very happy to receive the beautiful child, the parents had one regret; the child seemed to be blind as Her eyes were tightly shut. No matter what they did, Her eyes wouldn’t open.

Soon afterwards upon hearing of the new daughter at Kirtida’s house, Yasoda rani went to visit her taking along her baby Krishna.

As soon as they reached the house, Yashoda set down baby Krishna upon the ground.  Krishna crawled over to the crib where Radharani was lying, eyes shut, and pulled the edge of the jhula. When he uttered the word “Radhey!” and She heard His voice, Radharani opened Her eyes for the first time and the first thing She saw was His face, as beautiful as a blue lotus.

Srimati Radharani appeared on the eighth day of the waxing moon of Hrishikesh (Bhadra) mase, at noon.

In Goloka, Radharani goes to Barsana for Her Appearance day celebrations. On Bhadra Sukla Saptami, Sridama, Radharani's brother or Her mother Kirtida go and pick Her from Yavat, Her mother in-law Jatila's house and take Her to Barsana where there is three day celebration for Her appearance day.

Krishna accompanied by Nanda Baba and Yashoda Mata and other Vrajavasis come from Nandgaon and stay for three days to participate in the festival and of course Radha and Krishna enjoy Their ever-new pastimes in Their secret hideouts.

In Sri Chaitanya’s line, all devotees aspire to gain entrance in Sriji’s service camp. All our spiritual endeavours, naam japa, deity service, offering of bhog and other types of seva is in reality all directed to Her only as She has complete control over Krishna and He will never say no to Her if She makes a recommendation in our favour.

In the Ramayana, Hanuman attained Sri Rama, but his quest was not over.  Lord Rama wanted him to receive poorna kripa, so He sent him to Sita.  Only when Hanuman found Sita Mata and bowed at Her feet in Lanka and She addressed him as ‘putra’ was he fully accepted by Sri Rama.  Once She called him ‘putra’ only then did Sri Rama also address him as ‘vatsa’ (son).

The conclusion is, therefore, that one should aspire to serve the Devotee rather than the Lord directly. The Lord does not fully accept a devotee until and unless they are graced (initiated) by His Shakti.  Only then does He fully accept them.

 

 

JAI JAI SRI RADHEY !!

JAI GURUDEV !