Radhastami – A Day to Get Down on Our Knees and Pray!
By Sacinandana Swami
Dear devotees, I wish you a most fulfilling Radhastami where the blessings of Divine love are abundantly showered upon you and everyone else who aspires for it.
Krishnadas Kaviraja Goswami ecstatically raises his voice in glorification of Srimati Radharani:
“If one asks about the origin of love of Krishna the answer is that the origin is Srimati Radharani alone.
If one asks: ‘Who is the most dear friend of Krishna?’
The answer again is: ‘Srimati Radharani alone.’
She is able to fulfill all of Krishna’s desires like no one else.”
Even Lord Krishna Himself cannot reach the limits of the transcendental qualities of Srimati Radharani. How then can an insignificant living entity count them?
(CC Madhya 8. 182 + 185)
Radhastami is an utmost holy day! Therefore, we should hear the words of these dear devotees of Srimati Radharani whose deep realisations can guide us to a spiritual understanding that our own present words and thoughts would not be able to reach otherwise.
Srila Prabhupada taught us how to please Lord Krishna by taking full shelter of Srimati Radharani:
“Anyone who comes before Radharani to serve Krsna, oh, She becomes so pleased, ´Oh, here is a devotee of Krsna!´ She immediately recommends, “Krsna, oh, here is a devotee. He is better than Me.” This is Radharani. I may be a, not devotee. I may be most fallen rascal. But if I try to reach Krsna through Radharani, then my business is successful. Therefore we should worship Radharani first. That is our business. Instead of offering directly one flower to Krsna, you just put it in the hands of Radharani: “My mother Radharani, Jagan-mata, if you kindly take this flower and offer it to Krsna.” “Oh,” Radharani says, “Oh, you have brought a flower?” Krsna said, patram puspam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati BG 9.26, but don´t try to offer Krsna directly. Just offer through Radharani. It will be very much appreciated by Radharani.”
So today is a day where we can get down on our knees and pray to Radharani for mercy.
Srila Prabhupada guides us further:
“So this is our philosophy, to please Krsna through Radharani. Just today is the auspicious day of Radharani´s appearance. So we should offer puspanjali and pray to Radharani that “Radharani, kindly be merciful and tell about me Your Krsna. Krsna is Yours.” Krsna, Radha-Krsna. Krsna is not independent. Krsna is Radharani´s property. So you have to approach Krsna through Radharani. That is, today is the auspicious day. Worship Radharani very nicely and be happy.”
(Both quotes are excerpts from Srila Prabhupada’s Lecture on Radhastami, given in London, Sep 5, 1073)
May this day be an unforgettable day where the rain of mercy gives fresh nourishment to the plant of your bhakti.
All the best