In this tiny blog I can’t do justice to the topic of Shri Radha , and I feel a bit naked without having all my Vedabases to quotes, my library of pictures, and the fact that I am using a Mac since my cheap PC crashed. I will try to point the way to your taking notice of this auspicious day, and reading up in our Gaudiya literature about Krishna’s greatest devotee.
And on this day know that to get Krishna’s mercy we have to get the mercy of Radha. The guru is said to represent Nityananda or Balarama, and also Radharani. Radha is unbelievably high in terms of who she is, and her standard of love and devotion, so we pray to those more advanced than we that our prayers may be heard by Radha. That is Vaishnava humbleness.
We all have an eternal relationship with Krishna, but we shouldn’t consider it direct. Lord Chaitanya (the incarnation for this age, who is the combined form of Radha and Krishna!!) said that we should be servant of the servant of the servant of Krishna. We are in the 5th position. Materially we may not like the sound of this, yet to be in this “servant of the servant” position is so coveted that Chaitanya came to taste being in Radha’s position of thinking herself, a servant of the servant of Krishna.
Lord Chaitanya in sees Radha and Krishna lila
She is to us both Deity of devotion for Krishna, and our ideal example of what being a devotee means. She has no other conception of self other than Krishna—-she is truly one with him in love and purpose, living for his pleasure. While there may be dysfuncational ways of imitating her nature, it is never-the-less our ideal which we stive for.
I point you to a lecture of Prabhupada from Sept. 5th, 1973 on this same day, Radhastami:
“The aim of life is to satisfy Lord Vishnu. Krishna is the origin of vishnu-tattva, and he is pleased through Radharani. Therefore we don’t keep Krishna alone. No. We keep Radha-Krishna. First we have to worship Radharani. So her appearance day, Radhastami, is today.
“In Vrindavana (place of Krishna appearance and pastimes [lila] in India) you will see that all devotees greet one another by saying, “Jaya Radhe!” because they know that Radharani is the original pleasure potency. She is always absorbed in thought of Krishna. Anyone who comes before Radharani to serve Krishna, she becomes so pleased, “Oh, here is a devotee of Krishna,” She immediately recommends that person, “Krishna, here is a devotee. He is better than me”. This is Radharani.
I may not be a devotee. I may be the most fallen rascal. But if I try to reach Krishna through Radharani, then my business is successful. Therefore we should worship Radharani first. That is our business. Instead of offering a flower to Krishna, put it in the hands of Radharani: “My mother Radharani, Jagan-mata, please kindly take this flower and offer it to Krishna.”Radharani says, “Oh, you have brought a flower?” Krishna said, “If one offers me with devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water, I will accept it”. [Gita 9.26] But don’t try to offer to Krishna directly. Offer through Radharani. It will be very much appreciated by her.
“This is our philosophy—to please Krishna through Radharani—and as today is the auspicious day of Radharani’s appearance, we should offer pushpanjali [flowers] and pray, “Radharani, kindly be merciful and tell about me to Krishna. Krishna is yours.” Krishna is not independent. Krishna is Radharani’s property. So you have to approach Krishna though Radharani. Today is an auspicious day. Worship Radharani very nicely and we happy”.
Radha steals Krishna’s flute
Indeed let us do so!! May we all receive the blessings of Shri Guru and Radharani to be able to worship Krishna, the Lord of our hearts, eternally.