Radharani - the most glorious personality
- Also known as Rādhā - Rādhikā
- Daughter of Vṛṣabhānu and Kirtida
- Daughter-in-law of Jaṭilā
- Great-grandaughter of Mukharā
- Wife of so-called husband Abhimanyu
- Sister-in-law of Kuṭilā
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.
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
|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)|
|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)|
|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)|
|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)|
|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)|
|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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