Radharani - the most glorious personality

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Facts about Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī - who is Kṛṣṇa's eternal consort, Sakti-tattva and chief gopi


Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is the Supreme Goddess, Lord Kṛṣṇa’s most beloved consort, the mother of the entire universe, the pleasure potency of Kṛṣṇa and the queen of Vṛndāvana. When chanting "Hare", one cries out to Rādhārāṇī, for She is the one capable of delivering a soul from the bondage of material life. Also described as "hari-priya", Rādhārāṇī is so dear to Kṛṣṇa that under Her recommendation, no matter how fallen a soul is, one’s desert-like heart will be blessed and understanding of Kṛṣṇa will come. Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī symbolizes the internal energy, and one should make taking shelter of Her lotus feet, one's goal of life. That is the perfection of life.

As the chief of the gopis, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī possesses the highest ecstasy of love, and Her mood is incomparable. No materialists can understand the loving exchanges between Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa, but by endeavoring to awaken our dormant love for God we will come closer to entering into such loving exchanges. If we try to reach Kṛṣṇa through Rādhārāṇī, then our business is successful. Therefore we should worship Rādhārāṇī first. That is our business. Instead of offering directly one flower to Kṛṣṇa, we just put it in the hands of Rādhārāṇī: "My mother Rādhārāṇī, jagan-mātā, if You kindly take this flower and offer it to Kṛṣṇa." "Oh," Rādhārāṇī says, "Oh, you have brought a flower?"

Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, with Her skin resembling a yellow campaka flower and Her lips red with attraction for Kṛṣṇa, possesses a beauty compared to kumkuma, and Her friendship is like sandalwood pulp. To all, Rādhārāṇī is a source of spiritual inspiration and She has the greatest position which is full of wonder: to attract the all-attractive Kṛṣṇa who attracts the whole Universe.

   
 

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Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this glorious personality as seen in the Vaniquotes Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī category. An introduction to Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī from Srila Prabhupada's books is given below in the following 16 quotes.

Quotes from Srila Prabhupada's books

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Kṛṣṇa expands Himself in multi-incarnations and plenary portions like the puruṣas. Similarly, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī expands Herself in multiforms as the goddesses of fortune, the queens and the damsels of Vraja. Such expansions from Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī are all Her plenary portions. All these womanly forms of Kṛṣṇa are expansions corresponding to His plenary expansions of Viṣṇu forms. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Ādi-līlā 4.81)


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Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is the embodiment of spiritual energy, personified as ecstatic love for Kṛṣṇa; therefore only Kṛṣṇa can touch Her. The dhīra-lalita aspect is not seen in any other form of the Lord, including Viṣṇu and Nārāyaṇa. Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is therefore known as Govinda-nandinī and Govinda-mohinī, for She is the only source of transcendental pleasure for Śrī Kṛṣṇa and the only person who can enchant His mind. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 8.288)


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Taking the part of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, Caitanya Mahāprabhu tried to love Kṛṣṇa as Rādhārāṇī loved Him. Kṛṣṇa was always amazed by Rādhārāṇī’s love. "How does Rādhārāṇī give Me such pleasure?" He would ask. In order to study Rādhārāṇī, Kṛṣṇa lived in Her role and tried to understand Himself. This is the secret of Lord Caitanya's incarnation. Caitanya Mahāprabhu is Kṛṣṇa, but He has taken the mood and role of Rādhārāṇī to show us how to love Kṛṣṇa. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Introduction)


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Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa are one and the same, but They have assumed two bodies. Thus They enjoy each other, tasting the mellows of love. The two transcendentalists Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa are a puzzle to materialists. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Ādi-līlā 4.56)


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In the mirror of Rādhārāṇī’s heart, the transcendental features of Kṛṣṇa appear increasingly new and fresh. In other words, the attraction of Kṛṣṇa increases in proportion to the understanding of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī. Each tries to supersede the other. Neither wants to be defeated in increasing the intensity of love. Desiring to understand Rādhārāṇī’s attitude of increasing love, Lord Kṛṣṇa appeared as Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Ādi-līlā 4.145)


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Of all the gopīs, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is the chief. She is a jewel mine of ecstatic love and the source of all purified transcendental conjugal mellows. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.160)


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The black ointment around Rādhārāṇī's eyes is Her tricky behavior with Kṛṣṇa brought about by love. Her joking with Kṛṣṇa and gentle smiling constitute the camphor with which She is perfumed.She sleeps in Her room with the aroma of pride, and when She lies down in Her bed, the transcendental variety of Her loving ecstasies is like a jeweled locket in the midst of Her necklace of separation. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 8.166)


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Rādhārāṇī's eyes are enchanted by the beauty of Lord Kṛṣṇa, the enemy of Kaṁsa. Her body thrills in pleasure at His touch. Her ears are always attracted to His sweet voice, Her nostrils are enchanted by His fragrance, and Her tongue hankers for the nectar of His soft lips. She hangs down her lotuslike face, exercising self-control only by pretense, but She cannot help showing the external signs of Her spontaneous love for Lord Kṛṣṇa. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Ādi-līlā 4.260)


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Whenever Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī leaves Her house, She is always well dressed and attractive. It is Her womanly nature to attract Śrī Kṛṣṇa's attention, and upon seeing Her so attractively dressed, Śrī Kṛṣṇa desires to touch Her body. The Lord then finds some fault in Her and prohibits Her from going to a river crossing and stops Her from picking flowers. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.173)


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When Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī stands before Kṛṣṇa, She stands bent in three places—Her neck, waist and legs—and Her eyebrows dance. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 14.190)


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Although the entire creation is full of different tastes because of Me, I am charmed by the nectarean taste of the lips of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī". (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Ādi-līlā 4.246)


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The name "Rādhā" is derived from the root word ārādhana, which means "worship." The personality who excels all in worshiping Kṛṣṇa may therefore be called Rādhikā, the greatest servitor. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Ādi-līlā 4.87)


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Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is a tenderhearted feminine counterpart of the supreme whole, resembling the perfectional stage of the worldly feminine nature. Therefore, the mercy of Rādhārāṇī is available very readily to the sincere devotees, and once She recommends such a devotee to Lord Kṛṣṇa, the Lord at once accepts the devotee's admittance into His association. (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 2.3.23)


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The beauty of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s eyes forcibly devours the beauty of newly grown blue lotus flowers, and the beauty of Her face surpasses that of an entire forest of fully blossomed lotuses. Her bodily luster seems to place even gold into a painful situation. Thus the wonderful, unprecedented beauty of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is awakening in Vṛndāvana. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Antya-līlā 1.169)


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Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s earrings are the holy names of Kṛṣṇa, as well as the hearing of His name and fame. Her lips are always reddish due to the betel nut of ecstatic affection for Kṛṣṇa. The black ointment around Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s eyes is Her tricky behavior with Kṛṣṇa brought about by love. Her joking with Kṛṣṇa and gentle smiling constitute the camphor with which She is perfumed. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 8.166)


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That supreme ecstasy of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī is the essence of spiritual life. Her only business is to fulfill all the desires of Kṛṣṇa. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 8.164)


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