Radharani – The treasurer of Krishna’s love
Purushottam Nitai Das: Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura in Gitavali writes – radha-bhajane jadi mati nahi bhela/krsna-bhajana tava akarana gela. “If your desire for the worship of Srimati Radharani does not come about, then your so-called worship of Krsna is completely useless.”
Once when a person was worshiping Krishna at Radha Kunda and begging for Krishna’s mercy then Bhaktisiddhnata Saraswati Thakura immediately remarked, “We are worshippers of the servant of the servant of Srimati Radharani. This is the mood of all the followers of Rupa Goswami.”
Krishna without Radharani is like sun without sunshine. Krishna is the supreme enjoyer and Radharani is the source of that enjoyment. All the gopis who are best among all the devotees desperately desires to be with Krishna but Krishna desperately wants to be with Radharani.
And Radharani, the best among all the gopis, wants to give Krishna to others. Like a monsoon cloud she is eager to shower love of Krishna upon all of us. She is willing to allow us to participate in the eternal blissful pastimes of Goloka Vrindavan. She, our eternal mother, is too eager to invite us back to our eternal home, the kingdom of Krishna.
Once in Vrindavan, some kids were harassing a jackal, they were chasing him with sticks and throwing rocks at him. And the Jackal running for his life entered into a hole in the ground. When the boys saw Jackal inside the hole they set fire around the hole. The heat was intolerable and the Jackal started screaming and crying. Radharani was within the vicinity and when she heard the cry she asked Lalita Sakhi to find out what was happening, “This is Vrajbhumi, my land, no one should be suffering here.” Lalita Sakhi immediately went and saw boys giving trouble to the Jackal, she chased the boys away. She took the Jackal out from that hole, he was trembling in fear. The Jackal was brought to Radharani, he fell at her feet and she blessed the Jackal. She gave the Jackal the body of a gopi. This gopi was allowed to become an associate of Radharani in the spiritual world. The Jackal’s sincere cry for mercy attracted the mercy of Srimati Radharani.
It is explained that the hole in which Jackal got confined represents the material existence. The Jackal represents us, the living entities. The fire around the hole is the misery of material existence. The loud cry of Jackal represents our utter helplessness in this material world. But like the Jackal if we cry for mercy desperately then Radharani will surely send her representative, the spiritual master, who will chase away the material misery and offer us at the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani. And she being utterly merciful will give us her shelter and an opportunity to be with her and serve her in the land of Vraja where Krishna is the King and she is the queen.
Bhaktivinod Thakura further writes in Gitavali, “If one considers oneself to be a humble maidservant of Radhika, then such a person very quickly meets the Lord of Gokula.”