sri gauranumatam svarupa viditam rupagrajenadrtam
rupadyaih parivesitam raghu ganairasvaditam sevitam
jivadyair abhiraksitam suka siva brahmadi sammanitam
sri radha pada sevanamrtam aho tad datum iso bhavan
"What was sanctioned by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu by His descent was intimately known only to Sri Svarupa Damodara Goswami. It was adored by Sanatana Goswami and served by Rupa Goswami and his followers. Raghunath Das Goswami tasted that wonderful thing fully and enhanced it with his own realization. And Jiva Goswami supported and protected it by quoting the scriptures from different places. The taste of that divine truth is aspired for by Brahma, Siva, and Uddhava, who respect it as the supreme goal of life.
What is this wonderful truth? Sri radha pada sevana: that the highest nectar of our life is the service of Srimati Radharani. This is most wonderful. O Bhaktivinoda Thakura, you are our master. It is within your power to allow them to bestow their grace upon us. You are in a position to bestow the highest gift ever known to the world upon us all. It is at your disposal. O Bhaktivinoda Thakura, please be kind to us and grant us your mercy."
~Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar
Krishna has five kinds of relationship with the devotees,
and this is not found in any other manifestation of the
Lord. Srimad-Bhagavatam says:
ete chamsa-kalah pumsah
krsnas tu bhagavan svayam
mrdayanti yuge yuge
isvarah paramah krsnah
anadir adir govindah
(Sri Brahma-samhita: 5.1)
Sarvva-karana-karanam means the Cause of all causes and
the Creator of all creators. Transcendental or mundane, He is the Supreme Original. "Reality is for Itself and by
Itself." If reality was existing for another, then that ‘other' would hold the highest position. Even Narayan cannot
claim the position of Krishna. In the abode of Narayan, there
are two and a half rasas existing there. In Dwaraka-lila we
see that Krishna has 16,108 queens, and they are all married
to Krishna; but in Vraja Dham, Krishna has no marriage
relationship. There His relationships are all paramour. In
this world that relationship is very bad.
To make harmony in this mundane world some laws
have been introduced, 'You do not take my wife and I will
not take your wife.' This is harmonious adjustment, and
for that purpose many scriptural rules are also given here.
But where nothing bad can exist, that plane where nothing
can be touched by anything dirty, there paramour love
is super beautiful. There only the consciousness of the
paramour is present, and through that consciousness they
are tasting paramour love. That is so beautiful, surpassing
the beauty of even consorthood. We may not be able to
conceive of that from this plane, but the Scripture can see,
and it is existing there. And from time to time it is revealed
sri-krsna-chaitanya prabhu jive daya kari
svaparsada sviya dhama saha avatari
When Krishna mercifully wants to show His Pastimes in the
mundane world, He reveals that along with all His
associates and paraphernalia. When Krishna appears, then Srimati Radharani also appears as the full Power, along
with all of Her associates. Perhaps you have heard how
One day Brsabhanuraj while at the River Yamuna saw
a small baby girl lying in a lotus flower. He was surprised and so he took that baby and gave Her to his
wife, Mother Kirtida. When everyone heard, they were
delighted that Maharaj Brsabhanu and mother Kirtida
had got a daughter. Everyone believed that She was their
daughter born from a lotus. That is the nature and devotional
mood of the faithful plane.
Everyone worshipped Brsabhanuraj and Kirtida
praising them for their beautiful daughter, but She would
not open Her eyes. Anyhow within a few days Mother
Yasoda heard that Raja Brsabhanu and mother Kirtida had
a nice newborn girl, and so, with baby Krishna, she came to
see. When Mother Yasoda took that beautiful girl on her
lap, Krishna also tried to see, and when Krishna was looking
into the face of Radharani, She opened Her eyes for the
very first time. Everyone was stunned and thought, "Oh,
this boy is very auspicious, when He touched this girl, She
opened Her eyes." This was Her first darsan, the first
meeting of the Power and the Powerful.
Then later Radharani was growing up in the house of
Maharaj Brsabhanu, and She was very beautiful and very
intelligent and qualified in so many ways. Then one day Rri Durvasa came to the house of Maharaj Brsabhanu, and Srimati Radharani cooked very nicely for him. Durvasa
was so pleased with Her, that he gave Her a boon that
whatever She cooked would taste of ecstasy, and whoever
will eat Her cooking, they will get a long life.
Mother Yasoda heard of that boon, so every day she
would call Srimati Radharani to cook something for
Krishna. Even after Srimati Radharani was married to
Abhimanyu, She had an open invitation, and She was so
happy, and Abhimanyu was also very happy, and sometimes
he is also taking that Prasadam. This is nitya-lila.
In Vraja Dham they do not like to say 'Srimati' Radharani. In Bengal they say Srimati Radharani, but in
Vraja Dham they say Sri Radha. We are adding 'Srimati,'
but they do not like that. They cannot say why, but they
don't like it. In the Bengali poetry of Chandidas, Vidyapati
and others, the word 'Srimati' is often found, and Sriman
Mahaprabhu relished that.
So Sri Prabodhananda Saraswatipad has given this sloka:
yasyah kadapi vasananchala-khelanottha
yogindra-durgama-gatir madhusudano 'pi
tasyah namo 'stu vrsabhanubhuvodise 'pi
He has expressed that when Srimati Radharani is moving,
some breeze is coming from Her clothing, and then that
breeze is touching Krishna. And Krishna is feeling so fortunate
at feeling that breeze, it is giving Him so much joy,
and that is Her qualification. Srila Prabhodananda
Saraswati has given this explanation, but when he is
giving his pranam, he says, tasyah namo 'stu Vrsabhanubhuvodise 'pi - "From a respectful distance I am offering my
dandavat pranam. Not directly to Srimati Radharani, but to
the place of Her birth, Brsabhanupur, in the direction of
that most holy of holy places am I making my obeisance."
Srila Rupa Goswami's song continues, Gokula-taruni-mandala-mahite: that place, Gokula, where all the associates
are very beautiful like Laksmidevi, there they are all
charmed to see the exquisite beauty of Srimati Radharani who is always decorated with many beautiful garments
and scented flowers.
Her Pastimes are going on eternally with Krishna in Sri
Vrndavan Dham. Vrsabhanudadhi-nava-sasi-lekhe. Dadhi means the ocean. Just as the moon is said to have
appeared from the ocean, so from the ocean of
Brsabhanuraj appeared Srimati Radharani.
karunam kuru mayi karuna-bharite
All liberated devotees, the highly qualified mukta-purusa devotees such as Sanaka and Sanatan, they are always
glorifying the abode of Krishna with His devotees and
particularly the Supreme Servitor of Krishna, Srimati Radharani.