"Although the divine form of Radha-Krishna is one, sometimes for the Pastimes of love, the Power and the Powerful play together as two. There we will see hladini-sakti playing with Krishna in full love, beauty, charm, and affection. That is the form of Srimati Radharani. Pranaya-vikrtir - where Love Herself is taking form and playing with the Powerful, that is Srimati Radharani."
om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana salakaya
chaksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah
krpa-sindhubhya eva cha
vaisnavebhyo namo namah
namo maha-vadanyaya krsna-prema-pradaya te
krsnaya krsna-chaitanya-namne gaura-tvise namah
he krsna karuna-sindho dina-bandho jagat-pate
gopesa gopika-kanta radha-kanta namo 'stu te
tapta-kanchana-gaurangi radhe vrndavanesvari
vrsabhanu-sute devi pranamami hari-priye
Today is Sri Radhastami, the Appearance
Day of Srimati
Radharani. In the Scriptures, especially Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta there is much glorification of Srimati
hladinira sara 'prema,' prema-sara 'bhava'
bhavera parama-kastha, nama - 'maha-bhava'
(Chaitanya-charitamrta: Adi-lila, 4.68–69)
"The essence of ecstasy is love; the essence of love is heart;
and the acme of heart is called 'mahabhava.' And the personality
of mahabhava is our Queen, Sri Radha Thakurani.
She is the mine of all good, the jewel of Krsna's beloveds."
We can understand the identification of Srimati
Radharani in this way: the Power and the Powerful are
non-different, but when the Power wants to play with the
Powerful, They are taking different forms. One is Power
and the other is Powerful.
radha krsna-pranaya-vikrtir hladini saktir asmad
ekatmanav api bhuvi pura deha-bhedam gatau tau
chaitanyakhyam prakatam adhuna tad-dvayam
radha-bhava-dyuti-suvalitam naumi krsna-svarupam
(Chaitanya-charitamrta: Adi-lila, 1.5)
Although the divine form of Radha-Krishna is one, sometimes
for the Pastimes of love, the Power and the Powerful
play together as two. There we will see hladini-sakti playing
with Krishna in full love, beauty, charm, and affection.
That is the form of Srimati Radharani.
" And in Vrndavan, where Krishna's play is overflowing with love and affection, everything is for the satisfaction of the Powerful. There, love has five kinds of manifestation: santa, dasya, sakhya, vatsalya and Madhura."
Pranaya-vikrtir - where Love Herself is taking form and
playing with the Powerful, that is Srimati Radharani. Srila
Swarup Damodar Prabhu has explained that Krishna's
power is classified in three manifestations: first is chit-sakti (transcendental potency), the second is jada-sakti (mundane
potency), and the third is where the first two come
very close to each other, and that is called tatastha-sakti.
First is light, second is shadow, and third is the position
midway between the two. That is called tatastha. And from
that third plane, the innumerable jiva-souls are manifest.
Krishna, the Powerful, with these three powers in their
fullness, is playing in the Paravyoma Dham. There, unlimited
manifestations of the Lord are living, all within the
infinite plane. And in Vrndavan, where Krishna's play is
overflowing with love and affection, everything is for the
satisfaction of the Powerful. There, love has five kinds of
manifestation: santa, dasya, sakhya, vatsalya and Madhura.
And Madhura is of two types: consorthood (swakiya) and
paramour (parakiya). Where we see the supreme manifestation
of Madhura-rasa, there we see the manifestation of Srimati
Radharani. She is hladini-sakti, and hladini-sakti is
further explained in Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta:
krsnake ahlade, ta'te nama—‘hladini'
sei sakti-dvare sukha asvade apani
(Chaitanya-charitamrta: Madhya-lila, 8.157)
"That power which is always supplying service for the
satisfaction of Krishna, and through which comes full
happiness, full joy and full ecstasy, that is called by the
In that realm everything is eternal and we cannot
properly conceive that within our mundane intelligence.
Therefore Sriman Mahaprabhu has said it is achintya. We
have seen in the garden of one lady, a tree with three
different types of fruit growing from it. Apricot, pear and
plum, all growing on the same tree. I often use the
example that if I ask a banana tree to please give me one
mango, it will not be able to give that, not in this world.
But after seeing that tree - actually two or three trees were
there - I can say that it is possible, but still unbelievable.
So if in this mundane world it is possible, then why not in
the transcendental world.
laksavrtesu surabhir abhipalayantam
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami
(Sri Brahma-samhita: 5.29)
"Surrounded by millions of wish-fulfilling trees, in
abodes made of multitudes of wish-yielding gems, He
who tends the ever-yielding cows and who is perpetually
served with great affection by hundreds of thousands of
Laksmis - the Primeval Lord, Govinda, do I worship."
The explanation of Goloka Dham given in Sri Brahma-samhita is inconceivable from this plane, but it exists
eternally and there all play is going on by the power of Srimati Radharani. She is always trying to satisfy Krishna in
so many ways. Her form is most beautiful, and Krishna is
also so nice and beautiful, and when they are playing
together, the whole transcendental universe also plays
through that mood of their love.
Here, is the shadow universe where jada-sakti is the
power, and that power is also eternal. Still in the shadow
we cannot clearly see everything. The shadow of my hand
will not show the colour of my hand, and many other
things are unmanifest in the shadow. That jada-sakti can
also be divided into three: gross matter, subtle matter or
the mental plane, and the ego or ahankara. These three
cover the jiva-soul, so we are unable to perceive our real