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Srimati Radhika - Sri Radhastami - Srimati Radharani

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Srimati Radhika - Sri Radhastami - Srimati Radharani

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Srimati Radharani appeared on the eighth day of the waxing moon of Hrsikesha (Bhadra) mase, at noon.

In Goloka Radharani goes to Barshana (Varshan) for Her Appearance day celebrations

On Bhadra Sukla Saptami, Sridama, Radharani's brother or Her mother Kirtida comes and picks Her from Yavat, Her mother in-law Jatila's house and takes Her to Barshana where there is three day celebration for Her appearance day. Krsna comes from Nandgram and stays for three days to participate in the festival and of course Radha & Krsna enjoy unlimitedly Their ever-new pastimes in Their secret hideouts, even in very house of Vrishbhanu & Kirtida-devi. That is why everyone goes to Barsana on Radhastami for 4:30 am Mangal Arotik at the Sriji temple there.

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108 Names of Srimati Radharani
1000 Divine Names of Srimati Radharani
The Indescribable Beauty of Srimati Radharani
25 Transcendental Qualities of Srimati Radharani
Sri Radhika-astaka
Sri Radha Kripa Kataksha of Rupa Goswami
Sri Sri Radha-Kripa-Kataksha-Stava-Raja of Lord Shiva
Sri Radha Kunda Astakam
Sri Sri Gandharva Samprarthanastakam of Srila Rupa Goswami
Prayers about Sri Vrindavan Dham - Sri Vrindavan Mahimamrta - Sataka 1
Phala Stuti

Srimati Radharani's lotus foot emblems and verses

The relationship of Krishna, Balaram, Radharani and the Gopis
The Spring God of Love - From “Ananda Vrndavana-campu” by Kavi Karnapura
Paradigm of the Absolute:
Padma Purana on Kartika - Sanatan Goswami presents Damodarastakam - Radharani as the Kartika-devata

Miscellaneous Verses glorifying Srimati Radhika HERE:

Here's a wonderful devotional site from Padma Inc.

Sri Radha-astami - The appearance day of Srimati Radharani:

That in Varsana we are under Srimati Radharani's shelter, here is Her janma-lila. He mentioned how Srila Prabhupada was very reserved whenever he talked about Radharani - She is so special, all happiness expands in Her, and Krsna expands Himself in Her, She is the source of all fortune and the original angel. Krsna does not tolerate any offenses against Her. . .
Saying this, let us remember the pastime about how Srimati Radharani appeared. She came just to serve Krsna. . . She wanted to make devotees for Him, just like Gadadhara Pandit (who is Her expansion), also came to make devotees for MahaPrabhu's.

When King Vrshabhanu offers his Beautiful, blind baby girl to Narada Muni for blessings, Narada Muni became overwhelmed in ecstasy, his hair stood on end, tears were flowing from his eyes, all his body was shivering. . .Narada Muni took that girl baby and put her on his lap. He started to think :'I have gone to all the places in the entire universe, no where I had found such a beautiful girl like this. NOWHERE!!

I am very fortunate.' Then he tells King Vrshabhanu that he is very very fortunate to have this baby girl as daughter. Wherever this girl is, this place resides the Goddess of Fortune. So your duty is just to take care of this baby and nothing else. Narada Muni prayed to Radharani with very pleasing prayers, having Her on his lap. He asked Her to give darshan of Her Youthful Kishori form. Radharani being very pleased appeared before him with all Her sakhis and told Narada Muni to meet Her in Kusum Sarovar. Accordingly Narada Muni got darshan of Srimati Radharani in Her Kishori Form which is very very pleasing, which attracts the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Sri Radha is the Best Gopi:

“The SKANDA PURANA states that out of many thousands of gopis, sixteen thousand are predominant; and out of 108 gopis, eight are still more prominent; out of eight gopis Radharani and Candravalli are prominent; and out of these two gopis, Radharani is the most prominent” (KB Chap. 31). “Because Radha possesses all the charm and sweetness, She is the better of the two. In the Sruti-sastra Radharani is known by the name Gandharva-devi. Srimati Radharani considers Sri Krsna millions and millions of times more dear than Her own life’s breath”. (RKG) When we compare the gopis, it appears that Srimati Radharani is most important because Her real feature expresses the highest ecstasy of love. The mahabhava (ecstasy of love) experienced by the other gopis cannot be compared to that of Sri Radha. Radharani is the very form of ecstatic love for Sri Krsna who says: “The happiness I feel when meeting Radharani is a hundred times greater than the happiness I get from meeting others”. (CC Adi 4.258) “Srimati Radharani is the beloved consort of Krsna, and She is the wealth of Krsna’s life. Without Radharani surpasses all in beauty, good qualities, in good fortune, and, above all, in love”. (CC Adi 4.214)
Being the greatest devotee and the nest worshiper of Sri Krsna, Sri Radha possesses the most exemplary and exalted mentality. “Srimati Radharani said, ‘I do not mind My personal distress. I only wish for the happiness of Krsna, for His happiness is the goal of My life. However, if He feels great happiness in giving Me distress, that distress is the best of My happiness.’ Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur says that a devotee does not care about his own happiness or distress, he is simply interested in seeing that Krsna is happy, and for that purpose he engages in various activities. A pure devotee has no way of sensing happiness except my seeing that Krsna is happy in every respect. If Krsna becomes happy by giving him distress, such a devotee accepts that unhappiness as the greatest of all happiness”. (CC Antya 20.52v&p)

The Special Reason for Writing the SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM

“Since so many Puranas already depict Krsna’s pastimes, it was not necessary to retell Lord Krsna’s pastimes in the SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM. What was the special reason for writing the SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM? The SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM was written to introduce and describe the glories of the gopis; and especially to establish Srimati Radharani’s supremely elevated position as the most beloved of the Supreme Lord Krsna”. (SVMP) According to Srila Visvanatha Cakravati Thakur, in the SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM verse (10.83.42) the word “sriyah” refers to the supreme goddess of fortune, Srimati Radharani.” “The transcendental goddess, Srimati Radharani is the direct counterpart of Lord Sri Krsna. Radha is the central figure for all the goddesses of fortune. Radharani possesses all attractiveness to attract the all-attractive Personality of Godhead. Radharani is the internal potency of the Lord”. (BGT)

The Indescribable Beauty of Srimati Radharani

Srimati Radharani is fifteen years old and full of the luster of youth. Radha is expert in all the sixty-four fine arts and Her transcendental form is like an ocean of nectar. Radha’s splendid bodily luster is like molten gold or stationary lightning. Radha wears wonderfully beautiful blue garments, and She is decorated with various pearls and flowers. Gandharvika (Radha) is very beautiful, and has long, nicely braided hair. Radha’s splendid forehead is decorated with the red pigment, sindura, and with beautiful locks of curling hair. Decorated with blue bangles, Sri Radha’s arms have defeated Cupid’s staff with their beauty. Decorated with black mascara, Radhika’s expanded lotus eyes are the most beautiful in all the three planetary systems.
Radhika’s nose if as beautiful as a sesame flower and the tip is nicely decorated with a pearl. Anointed with carious perfumes, Sri Radha is splendidly beautiful. Radha’s ears are decorated with wonderful earrings and Her nectarean lips defeat red lotus flowers. Srimati Radharani’s teeth are a row of pearls and Her tongue is very beautiful. Decorated with a smile of pure love for Krsna, Radha’s beautiful face is as splendid as millions of moons. The beauty of Radhika’s chin has defeated and bewildered Cupid. Decorated with a drop of musk, Radha’s chin appears like a golden lotus flower with a bumblebee.
Bearing all the marks of wonderful beauty, Radha’s neck, back and sides are enchantingly gorgeous. Radhika’s breast is like splendid golden waterpots covered by a bodice decorated with a pearl necklace. Srimati Radharani’s beautiful enchanting arms are two red lotus flowers illuminated by the series of moons that are Her fingernails.
Jeweled rings decorate Radha’s splendidly beautiful fingers. Charming, full of sweet nectar, and decorated with a deep navel, Sri Radha’s beautiful waist enchants the three worlds. Radhika’s sloping hips lead to Her charmingly beautiful slender waist which is bound by a creeper of three beautiful folds of skin and decorated with a sash of tinkling bells.
As beautiful as two exquisite plantain trees, Sri Radha’s thighs enchant the mind of Cupid. Sri Radha’s beautiful knees are two reservoirs filled with the nectar of various transcendental pastimes. Radha’s beautiful feet are decorated with jeweled ankle-bells, and Her toes with toe rings as beautiful as the treasure of Varuna. (RKG)

Sri Radha’s Gold and Flower Ornaments

Srimati Radharani wears twelve different ornaments on Her transcendental form. These ornaments which include Radha’s crown, earrings, belt, ankle-bells, finger and toe rings, armlets, and jewel necklaces that look like strings of stars are all fashioned from pure gold; they appear like myriad shining suns. Sri Radha wears a locket containing a picture of Sri Krsna and a signet ring that is engraved with "Radha". Radha’s Syamantaka jewel is also known as Sankhacuda-siromani” (Sankhacuda’s crest jewel). Srimati Radhika’s ankle-bells stun Sri Krsna with their tinkling sounds.
Besides jewels and gold, Radha wears a variety of flower crowns, necklaces, armlets, sashes, earrings, bracelets, anklets and blouses. Radha taught Lalita-sakhi how to make these flower decorations, which Radharani prefers over the jeweled variety. Srimati Radhika’s favorite crown is made from flowers and buds of five colours arranged in five points. The gopis also artistically arrange flowers to create five different kinds of earrings; resembling objects like a peacock, lotus, shark or half-moon. (RKG)
“The glaringly effulgent tiara’s shimmering halo; beautifully sports in all directs stretching to the horizon. Glistening, sleek armlets, bracelets and necklaces refract a collective, flickering of jewel-like coronas. Hip-spanning belt of softly tinkling bells. Anklets charming musical chimes embellishing the majesty of Her divine lotus feet. Oh, my dear mind! Just worship the effulgence known as ‘Radha’”. (RRS)

Srimati Radharani’s Clothing

Wearing light-colored clothes during the full moon and dark colours in the moon’s absence, Sri Radha dresses to please Her beloved Krsna, and to facilitate Her nightly meetings with Her gallant lover, Sri Syamasundara. Radha’s favourite outfit is a “Krsna-blue” sari and shawl matched with a pink blouse that delights Sri Krsna.
“Radharani’s upper garment is red like a ruby, and it is the favourite of Lord Hari. Radha’s lower garment is the color of a blue cloud, and it is Her favourite.” (RKG), “Sri Krsna said to Sri Radha, ‘All glories to Your wonderful ruby-red silk sari. O Radha, this sari has doubled the passionate love I bear for You in My heart’”. (UN)

Glorification of Srimati Radharani’s Indescribable Beauty

Sri Krsna praised Srimati Radharani, ‘My dear Radha, Your curling locks of hair, long restless eyes, firm breasts, slender waist, shyly lowered head, creeper-like arms and jewel-like fingernails are all exquisitely beautiful. The jubilant festival of Your beauty makes the three worlds tremble in transcendental bliss’”. (UN)
“The beauty of Srimati Radharani’s eyes forcible devours the beauty of the newly grown blue lotus flower, and the beauty of Radha’s face surpasses that of an entire forest of fully blossomed lotuses. Radha’s bodily luster seems to place even gold in a painful situation. Thus the wonderful unprecedented beauty of Srimati Radharani is awakening in Vrndavana”. (Vidagdha-madhava)
“Entwining this way and that with decorations of fresh forest flowers, and bound and tied up with jewel-threads; Adorned with jasmine garlands of exotic fragrance and hanging down very best of noble gemstones; Your hair style arranged by the hand of Hari, will I ever see it, Oh Radhe?
“Teeth like rows of pearls and lovely lips like bimba berries; Thin waist, wide hips and a deep navel like a whirlpool of newer youth; This indescribable lover – the very heart of the cleverest maidens – May Radha protect us!
“Oh moon-faced one! O doe-eyed one! O Goddess! Oh lovely-nosed one! O one with reddish lips! O sweet smiler! O Supreme Laksmi! O creeper-armed one! O lustrous one of conch shell-smooth neck! O one with plantain tree shaped thighs! Oh whose collection of lotus toenails brightly illuminates all directions! When, Oh Radhe, will You be worshipped by me?” (RRS)

Sri Radha’s Twenty-Five Principal Qualities

Among Radha’s innumerable transcendental attributes, She has twenty-five principal qualities.

1) Radharani is very sweet and most charming to look at;

2) Radha is adolescent and always freshly youthful;

3) Radhika’s eyes are doe-like and restless;

4) Sri Radha’s face is smiling and every blissful’

5) Auspicious, beautiful lines adorn Sri Radha’s lotus hands and feet;

6) Radharani maddens Krsna with Her fragrant bodily aroma;

7) Srimati Radharani is the most exceptional singer and vina player;

8) Radha’s words are charming and pleasing;

9) Radha is expert at telling jokes that delight Krnsa;

10) Srimati Radhika is exceptionally humble;

11) Radha is the embodiment of mercy and compassion;

12) Sri Radha’s intelligence and wit surpasses all;

13) Radharani is expert at performing all activities of love:

14) Shyness is the shining gem in Radha’s character’

15) Srimati Radharani is the beacon light of modesty and never swerves from the path of honesty;

16) radha is never perturbed by worldly sorrow or misery;

17) Sri radha has unbounded gravity and sublimity;

18) Radhika is ever fascinated to unite Herself with Krsna;

19) Radha possesses Mahabhava, the highest sentiments of love;

20) Radharani is the reservoir of loving affairs in Gokula;

21) Radha’s transcendental glories are shining in all the worlds;

22) Sri Radha is most affectionate to her superiors;

23) Radhika is submissive to the love of Her senior girlfriends;

24) Radharani is the chief among Krsna’s gopi lovers;

25) Radha always keeps Sri Krsna under Her control.

Krsna submissively obeys Radha’s command. (CS)

“Srimati Radharani always keeps Her hand on the shoulders of Her friends and Radha always talks and thinks of the pastimes of Krsna. Radharani forever offers Krsna a kind of intoxication by Her sweet talks. Sri radha supplies all the demands of Sri Krsna, and Radharani possesses unique and uncommon qualities meant for Krsna’s satisfaction. Srimati Radhika is able to fulfill all the desires of Krsna. No one else can do so. Radha is so expert in all affairs that the damsels of Vraja come to learn the arts from her”. (TLC Chap.31)

(HH Mahanidhi Swami. 1991. Appreciating Sri Vrindavan Dham. pages 79-84.)

Sri Vraj Mandal Parikrama 1997 - HH Lokanath Swami writes for VNN.

On the outskirts of Gokula we stop at the local Gaudiya Math temple. Here
we offer respects to the beautiful and opulently worshiped deities of Sri Sri
Radha Gokulananda. Lord Caitanya stands by Their side. On an altar to
Their left are lovely deities of Nanda, Yasoda, Krishna and Balarama.
Krishna in His form of Bala Gopala has a bright, mischievous smile. We are
warmly welcomed and the pujari places Sri Sri Nitai Gaurasundara on the
altar, and offers Them arati and milk sweets. The kirtana is touching.

On our way to Raval we meet modern roads, hooters and fumes. Lord
Caitanya's and Raghava Pandita's parikrama must have walked through
quite a different setting on their way from Gokula to Raval, Radharani's
birthplace, is tucked away in a pleasant and lonely place on the banks of
the Yamuna, and we cross many thorny patches to get there. There is
always a higher price to pay for the sweetest mercy. "In the city of
Mukyervali the precious jewel known as Srimati Radharani took birth in the
mine of Kirtida- devi's womb, which is glorified by jubilant demigods,
sages, ad human beings. I pray that when I enter King Vrsabanu's capital
city of Mukhyeravali-pura, populated with many gopas, gopis and surabhi
cows, I may become drowned in a great flood of transcendental bliss and
love." (Vraja-vilas-stava)

Srimati Radharani's birthplace, where she appeared on a golden lotus, is
very special. Brsabanu and Kirtida, after ten thousand years of performing
great austerities as Suchandro and Kalavati, were blessed by Lord Brahma
and received the Queen of the goddesses of fortune as their daughter.
Radharani's appearance in Vrsabhanu's temple was a moment of great
rejoicing. "Sri Radha vanquished the sighs and depressions of everyone.
Her body was as soft as milk cream and she was beautifully shaped. Seeing
Her beauty, Her parents could not control their excitement and repeatedly
looked at her moon like face. The world was reverberant with a glorious
sound , and the gopis, accompanied by musical instruments, sang the
Mangala Gita." (Bhakti Ratnakar 5th wave)

"In fact, Radharani is the internal potency of Sri Krshna, and She eternally
intensifes the pleasure of Sri Krisna. Impersonalists cannot understand this
without the help of a maha- bhagavata devotee. The very name Radha
suggests that She is eternally the topmost mistress for the comforts of Sri
Krishna. Devotees in Vrindavan therefore seek the mercy of Srimati
Radharani in order to be recognised as loving servitors of Sri
Krishna..."(Caitanya Caritamrta, Adi lila 4.56 ppt)

When Lord Caitanya arrived in Raval He became ouerwhelmed with
spiritual joy and seeing Him, people came from all directions, chanting the
holy names. After spending some time here, Lord Caitanya proceeded to
Mathura. When Raghava Pandit's parikrama party come to Raval they felt
great love for Srimati Radharani. They spent all night, here, discussing the
Lord's pastimes.

There is a temple of Lardlilal (Radha-Krsna) here. Sitting in the small
temple room listening to Srimati Radharani's glories we are steeped in
thought of Her causeless mercy. "O Queen of Vrindavana, Sri Radha, I
worship you, Your fair complexion is more resplendent than molten gold,
the colour of Your sari the hue of a blue lotus flower...Even the beautiful
lotus in full bloom or the rising full moon offers no comparison to Your
breathtaking face, for it is much more exquisite...The arches of your elegant
eyebrows put to shame cupid's bow. Your cascading black tresses sway
and the dark mascara on Your roving eyes makes them look like restless
black partridges. Your fine nose is decorated by a ring studded with the
noblest pearl, and Your lips are more charing than bright red tulips. Your
sparkling, even teeth are like rows of spotlessly white jasmine buds...O
Srimati Radha! Among all the beloved gopis You are the cherished jewel.
Therefore, kindly be pleased with me..." (Catupuspanjali by Rupa

Breakfast prasad is sumptuous. We sit in rows beneath the trees that shade
the once gorgeously decorated gardens of Raval. A soft breeze is blowing.
Local villagers greet us with an enthusiatic "Jaya Radhe". "Jaya Radhe", we
echo in chorus.

A three kilometre walk along thorny paths bordering the Yamuna leads us
back to Mathura. The Yamuna's sands sparkle like jewels. "Yamuna-devi's
charm is further increased by the lowing of the Surabhi cows that graze on
her beautiful banks. The Kadamba trees lining her shores intoxicate and
exhilarate her with their heady perfume, and she experiences her greatest
ecstasy when Krishna's devotees assemble on her banks. May that
Yamuna-devi, daughter of the sun-god, always purify me." We sit on her
shores to wait for all the devotees to catch up with the main kirtana party.

We see the city of Mathura rise from the plains of Vraja like some ancient
medieval kingdom. We've made it! One hundred and sixty eight miles in
thirty days. A tremendous feeling of accomplishment and exhilartion rises in
our hearts. Our Vraja Mandala Parikrama is almost over and our walk on
the path back home, back to Godhead, has just been shortened. A tall
bridge leads us across the Yamuna back to Mathura, where we take our
final bath at Vishram Ghata. The kirtana reverberates through the crowded
backstreets of the city. . Despite separation from Vraja and the devotees
we may always be united in our desire to fulfill Srila Prabhupada's mission.
Our eagerness to search for Krishna in our service to him is awakened.

Finally the party returned to Visrama Ghat and took a holy dip in the
Jamuna there. We thanked Srimati Radharani by whose grace devotees
had an easy journey through Vraja.

Submerged in the cool green water the devotees reminisce about their
uniquely wonderful experience. "By tasting a single drop of the memory of
the transcendental ocean of sweetness of the divine couple my heart has
become restless. I bow down before the land and people of Vraja. I yearn
to see my two masters." (Vraja- vilas-stava 3)

With a heavy heart, some devotees were feeling transcendental emotions,
separation and regret at the finish of the yatra.

Prabhupada’s family that prayed together and stayed together day and
night for a month had to split and go their separate ways. At the same time,
they all looked rejuvenated and ready to return to their services in different
parts of the world.

Thank you for reading these accounts from our Vraja Mandala Parikrama.
I was suprised with the overwhelming response of appreciation from just a
few grains of nectar dust from Vraja Mandala that I sprinkled in your
direction. I wish I could have done more in this regard.

There is always next time. I look forward to speaking to you during next
year’s 12th annual Vraja Mandala Parikrama. I would prefer to speak to
you face to face in the land of Krishna during that Kartik period.
Otherwise, we will continue more of what we did this year.

Please remind me in case I forget.

Offering our obeisances in the dust of the lotus feet of the devotees again
and again, we pray to always remember the nectar of Vraja Mandala

Your servant,

Lokanath Swami
(Vraj Mandal Parikrama 1997. from VNN. Date: 16-Nov-97, Camp: Raval )

Radharani's birthplace at Rawal (Raval) in Vraj.

Radharani's Palace at Varshana, Vraj.

Pila Pokhar where Radharani's touch made a pokhar (kund) changed colour to golden.

Sri Radha Kunda

The Padma Puräëa confirms that Çré Rädhä is the foremost of the gopés:

yathä rädhä priyä viñëos
tasyäù kuëòaà priyaà tathä
sarva-gopéñu saivaikä
viñëor atyanta-vallabhä
“Just as Çrématé Rädhäräëé is most dear to Kåñëa, Her bathing pond is similarly dear. Of all the gopés, She is the most beloved of the Lord.”
The Båhad-gautaméya-tantra also names Çrématé Rädhäräëé as Kåñëa’s foremost consort:
devé kåñëa-mayé proktä
rädhikä para-devatä
sarva-lakñmé-mayé sarva
käntiù sammohiné parä
“The transcendental goddess Çrématé Rädhäräëé is the direct counterpart of Lord Çré Kåñëa. She is the central figure for all the goddesses of fortune. She possesses all attractiveness to attract the all-attractive Personality of Godhead. She is the primeval internal potency of the Lord.” (This translation is Çréla Prabhupäda’s English rendering of Caitanya-caritämåta, Ädi 4.83.)
Additional information about Çré Rädhä is given in the Åg-pariçiñöa (the supplement to the Åg Veda): rädhayä mädhavo devo mädhavenaiva rädhikä/ vibhräjante janeñu. “Among all persons, it is Çré Rädhä in whose company Lord Mädhava is especially glorious, as She is especially glorious in His.”
(The servants of HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. SB 10.32.8. purport.)

Prabhupada: So our request is... Everyone who is present here... Today is Rädhäñöamé. So pray to Rädhäräëé. And She is hare, harä. This hare, this word, is Rädhäräëé. Harä, Rädhäräëé. Rädhä or harä the same thing. So Hare Kåñëa. So we are praying to Rädhäräëé, “My Mother, Rädhäräëé, and Kåñëa.” Hare Kåñëa. “O Kåñëa, O the Lord.” Hare Kåñëa Hare Kåñëa, the same thing, repetition. “O Rädhäräëé, O Kåñëa.” “O Rädhä-Kåñëa.” “Rädhe-Kåñëa” or “Hare Kåñëa,” the same thing. Hare Kåñëa Hare Kåñëa Kåñëa Kåñëa Hare Hare. Again addressing, “O Kåñëa, O Kåñëa, O Rädhäräëé.” Hare Räma. The same thing, again. Hare Räma. Räma is also Kåñëa. Räma is Räma, Räma is Balaräma. They are all Kåñëa. Hare Räma Hare Räma Räma Räma Hare Hare. So this repetition of addressing Rädhä and Kåñëa or Hare Kåñëa is to pray, “My dear Lord, the, and the energy, the spiritual energy of the Lord, kindly engage me in Your service.” That’s all. “I am now embarrassed with this material service. Please engage me in Your service.”
This is good sense. We are servants here. We are engaged in so many services. But it is not giving us comfort. Na trapä nopaçänti. The service which we are rendering to others, they are not satisfied, I am not satisfied. This is material service. But if you give service to Kåñëa... Svalpam apy asya dharmasya träyate mahato bhayät. A little service can save you from the greatest danger. This is the formula.
Just like Ajämila. Ajämila, in his boyhood, he was brähmaëa. He was giving service to Viñëu. But in young age he became a victim of a prostitute, and he fell down. But at the end, ante näräyaëa-småtiù, when Yamadüta was coming and were so fearful, he did not know whom to take shelter, but he was attached to his youngest son, whose name was Näräyaëa. So he thought, “This Näräyaëa would give me protection.” So he asked him, “Näräyaëa!” But at the same time he remembered that “That Näräyaëa, oh, hm, I sometimes gave service.” So immediately Näräyaëa saved him. Svalpam apy asya dharmasya träyate mahato bhayät.
So it is our duty therefore... That is the duty of human life, to become Kåñëa conscious. And that is stated here. Véta-räga-bhaya-krodhä man-mayä mäm upäçritäù, bahavaù. It is not that one or two. Many. Jïäna-tapasä. Jïäna. That is required, knowledge and tapasya. That is human life. If, if we remain just like cats and dogs, eat, sleep and have sex life, beget children and die someday, this is cats’ and dogs’ life. This is not human life. Human life is different. Man-mayä mäm upäçritäù. Jïäna-tapasä pütä. To become purified by knowledge and tapasya. Tapo divyaà yena çuddhyet sattvam. That is the statement of Åñabhadeva. Everywhere. We have to purify our existence, and get out of this repetition of birth and death. That is success of life.
So we shall pray to Rädhäräëé... What is Rädhäräëé? Rädhäräëé is the pleasure potency of Kåñëa. Pleasure potency. Paräsya çaktir vividhaiva çrüyate. The Supreme Lord has many potencies. Na tasya käryam karaëaà ca vidyate. Therefore He has nothing to do. He has got so many potencies. Just like big man, a rich man. He’s sitting. But his energies, his potencies, are working. Big, big factory. And he knows everything. Similarly, paräsya çaktir vividhaiva çrüyate. He has got many multi-potencies. One of them is this pleasure potency. Pleasure potency...
He also wants pleasure. So when Kåñëa wants... Kåñëa is Paraà Brahman. He cannot enjoy anything material. He has to create the source of enjoyment by His own spiritual potency. That is Rädhäräëé.
So Rädhäräëé is described in the çästra: rädhä-kåñëa-praëaya-vikåtir hlädiné-çaktir asmäd. That is Kåñëa’s hlädiné-çakti. She gives pleasure to Kåñëa. So She is very kind. And today is Rädhäñöamé. If we pray to Çrématé Rädhäräëé... Therefore in Våndävana you’ll see. They are first of all glorifying, “Jaya Rädhe!” Everywhere you’ll hear. “Jaya Rädhe.”
Guest: Jaya Rädhe.
Prabhupäda: To glorify Çrématé Rädhäräëé. So if Rädhäräëé’s pleased, he’ll be able to approach Kåñëa very easily. And that is the goal of our life. That is the goal of life. Véta-räga-bhaya-krodhä man-mayä mäm upäçritäù. Mäm upäçritäù means you have to take... You cannot take shelter of Kåñëa directly. You have to take shelter of His potency.
Kåñëa is therefore trying to help us. Guru-kåñëa-kåpäya päya bhakti-latä-béja. He is within. He is called caitya-guru. If you are purified... Kåñëa... Buddhi-yogaà dadämi tam. He’ll directly speak you. And so long you cannot, then He sends His representative, the spiritual master, the guru. You can ask through the spiritual master about Kåñëa. Yasya prasädäd bhagavat-prasädaù.
So in this way we have to be absorbed in the thought of Kåñëa. We have to take shelter of Kåñëa. Then... If you take shelter of Kåñëa, this jïäna...

väsudeve bhagavati
bhakti-yogaù prayojitaù
janayaty äçu vairägyaà
jïänaà ca yad ahaitukam
The same thing. Kåñëa will speak. Kåñëa is within you. Simply you have to take shelter of Kåñëa, always thinking of Kåñëa, chant Hare Kåñëa Hare Kåñëa Kåñëa Kåñëa Hare Hare, Hare Räma Hare Räma...
Guests: Hare Räma Räma Räma Hare Hare.
Prabhupäda: Thank you very much. That’s all. (end)(A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. 23rd September 1974. BG 4:10. class. Srimati Radharani's Appearance day lecture excerpt. Calcutta.)

"Now today is our Rädhäñöami ceremony. I must speak now something about Rädhäräëé, and then I shall go up, reach my apartment at twelve. In the meantime, you can observe the ceremonies. So, so far Rädhäräëé, Rädhäräëé, today is the birthday of Çrématé Rädhäräëé. Rädhäräëé is the pleasure potency of Kåñëa. Kåñëa is the Supreme Brahman. Just try to understand. Kåñëa is the Supreme Brahman. Paraà brahma paraà dhäma pavitraà paramaà bhavän. So when paraà brahma wants to enjoy... That enjoying spirit is there in the paraà brahma. Otherwise we cannot have this enjoying spirit. Because we are part and parcel, therefore we have got that enjoying spirit; but that is materially contaminated. But the fact is there, because Kåñëa, He is enjoying, this enjoying spirit we have got also, but I do not know how to enjoy. We are trying to enjoy in the matter, in the dull matter. That is spiritual. So brahman, brahman sukhänubhütyä. People are trying to feel what is brahma-sukha, pleasure of brahmänubhäva. That is not material pleasure. So many yogis, they have given up their family life, their kingdom, and meditating to achieve that Brahman pleasure. Actually, the idea is Brahman pleasure. So many brahmacärés, so many sannyäsés, they are trying to achieve that Brahman pleasure, and in order to achieve that Brahman pleasure they are neglecting, they are kicking off all this material pleasure. Do you think that Brahman pleasure is ordinary, this material pleasure? To achieve a portion of Brahman pleasure, if they are kicking off all this material pleasure... Don’t talk of ourselves. We are ordinary men. In the history we have got instances, that of Bharata Mahäräja. Bharata Mahäräja, under whose name this planet is called Bhäratavarña. That Bharata Mahäräja was the emperor of the whole world. And as emperor he had his beautiful wife, young children. But at the age of twenty-four years, just young man, he gave up everything. All right. This is very old story, of course, but you know Lord Buddha. He was also a prince. He was also prince, not ordinary man, and he was kñatriya, and he was always enjoying with beautiful women. That is the palace pleasure accustomed in every, in Oriental countries, that in the palace there are many beautiful girls, they’re always dancing and giving pleasure to the kings and the prince. So Lord Buddha was also in such pleasure, but he gave up everything and began to meditate.
There are many hundreds of instances in Indian history that to realize the Brahman pleasure they gave up everything. They gave up everything. That is the way. Tapasya means voluntarily accepting something severe for realizing the supreme pleasure. That is called tapasya. So if, for tasting a little Brahman pleasure, all materialistic pleasures are to be given up, do you think that the Supreme Brahman, Lord Kåñëa, is enjoying this material pleasure? Is it very reasonable? This Kåñëa, He’s enjoying lakñmé-sahasra-çata-sambhrama-sevyamänam. Hundreds and thousands of goddess of fortune are engaged in His service. Do you think these lakñmés are material women? How Kåñëa can take pleasure in the material women? No. This is mistake. Änanda-cinmaya-rasa-pratibhävitäbhis täbhir ya eva nija-rüpatayä kaläbhiù. In the Brahma-saàhitä you’ll find that He expands His änanda-cinmaya-rasa, the mellow of transcendental pleasure potency. And these gopés are expansion of His pleasure potency. And Rädhäräëé is the center. Rädhäräëé is the center. So Rädhäräëé is not... Don’t take that Rädhäräëé is an ordinary woman like we have our wife or sister or mother. No. She is the pleasure potency. And the birth of Rädhäräëé was not from the womb of any human being. She was found by her father in the field. While father was plowing, he saw one little nice child is lying there, and he had no children, so he caught it and presented to the queen, “Oh, here we have got a very nice child.” “How you got?” “Oh, in the field.” Just see. Rädhäräëé’s janma is like that. So this janma is today and Rädhä, this name is sometimes not found in Bhägavata. So the atheistic class of men protest this Rädhäräëé’s name is not in the Çrémad-Bhägavatam. How this name came, Rädhäräëé? But they do not know how to see it. There is anayärädhyate. There are many gopés, but there is mention that by this particular gopé He is served more pleasingly. Kåñëa accepts this gopé’s service more gladly. Anayärädhyate. Ärädhyate. This ärädhate, this word, ärädhyate means worshiping. From this word ärädhyate, Rädhä has come. But Rädhä’s name are there in other Puräëas. So this is the origin.
So Rädhä, so Rädhä and Kåñëa. Kåñëa is the enjoyer and He wants to enjoy. So He’s the Supreme Brahman. He cannot enjoy anything, ätmaräma, He can enjoy it in Himself. Therefore Rädhäräëé is the expansion of His pleasure potency. Kåñëa hasn’t got to seek external things for His pleasure. No. He is in Himself full, ätmaräma. So Rädhäräëé is expansion of Kåñëa. Kåñëa is the energetic, and Rädhäräëé is the energy. Just like energy and energetic, you cannot separate. Fire and the heat you cannot separate. Wherever there is fire there is heat, and wherever there is heat there is fire. Similarly, wherever there is Kåñëa there is Rädhä. And wherever there is Rädhä there is Kåñëa. They are inseparable. But He is enjoying. So Svarüpa Dämodara Gosvämé has described this intricate philosophy of Rädhä and Kåñëa in one verse, very nice verse. Rädhä kåñëa-praëaya-vikåtir hlädiné-çaktir asmäd ekätmänäv api bhuvi purä deha-bhedaà gatau tau. So Rädhä and Kåñëa is the one Supreme, but in order to enjoy, They have divided into two. Again Lord Caitanya joined the two into one. Caitanyäkhyaà prakaöam adhunä. That one means Kåñëa in the ecstasy of Rädhä. Sometimes Kåñëa is in ecstasy of Rädhä. Sometimes Rädhä is in ecstasy of Kåñëa. This is going on. But the whole thing is Rädhä and Kåñëa means the one, the Supreme.
So Rädhä-Kåñëa philosophy is a very great philosophy. It is to be understood in the liberated stage. Rädhä-Kåñëa philosophy is not to be understood in the conditioned stage. But when we worship Rädhä-Kåñëa in our conditional stage, actually we worship Lakñmé-Näräyaëa. You have seen that picture, this viddhi-märga and räga-märga. Rädhä-Kåñëa worship is on the platform of pure love, and Lakñmé-Näräyaëa worship is on the regulative principles. So long we do not develop our pure love, we have to worship on the regulative principles. One has to become a brahmacäré, one has to become a sannyäsé, one has to perform the worship in this way, in the morning he has to rise, he has to offer. So many rules and regulations. There are at least sixty-four rules and regulations. So we shall introduce them gradually as you develop. So in the viddhi-märga, when you have no love for God or Kåñëa, we have to follow the regulative principles and automatically..., there is practice. When practicing. Just like you practice this mådaìga playing. In the beginning it is not in order, but when you become well versed in the practice, the sound will come so nice. Similarly, when we are engaged by regulative principles in the worship of Rädhä-Kåñëa, that is called viddhi-märga. And actually when you are on the love platform, then that is called räga-märga. So without viddhi-märga, if anyone wants to learn the räga-märga immediately, that is foolishness. That is foolishness. Nobody can pass M.A. examination without going through the regulative principles of primary schools and colleges. So therefore I do not, I mean to say, indulge in the discussions of Rädhä and Kåñëa so easily. Rather go on with the regulative principle at the present moment. Gradually, as you become purified, as you become on the transcendental platform, you’ll understand what is Rädhä-Kåñëa. Don’t try to understand Rädhä-Kåñëa very quickly. It is a very big subject. If we want to understand Rädhä-Kåñëa very quickly, then there will be so many präkåta-sahajiyäs. In India there are präkåta-sahajiyä. Just like Rädhä-Kåñëa dancing. Rädhä-Kåñëa has become a plaything. The painting Rädhä-Kåñëa, Kåñëa is kissing Rädhä, Rädhä is kissing. These are all nonsense. Rädhä-Kåñëa philosophy has to be understood by the liberated person, not by the conditioned soul. So we shall await for the fortunate moment when we are liberated, then we shall understand rädhä-kåñëa-praëaya-vikåtir. Because Kåñëa and Rädhä, They are not on the material field. Try to understand. This is Jéva Gosvämé’s analysis, that Kåñëa is the Supreme Brahman. The Supreme Brahman cannot accept anything material. So Rädhä is not in the material field.
Now there is a very nice song. I shall sing if you can play on the harmonium. Yes. This is a Rüpa Gosvämé’s song. (sings)

rädhe jaya jaya mädhava-dayite


lalitä-sakhé guëa-ramita-viçäkhe

karuëäà kuru mayi karuëä-bharite
rädhe jaya jaya mädhava-dayite

This song was sung by Rüpa Gosvämé. He is the real person, actual person, to understand Rädhä and Kåñëa. So he says, “All glories to Rädhäräëé.” Rädhe jaya jaya mädhava-dayite. “She’s so dear to Kåñëa.” Kåñëa, everyone is trying to love Kåñëa, but Kåñëa is trying to love somebody. Now how great She is. Just try to understand. Everyone, the whole world, the whole universe, all living entities, they are trying to love Kåñëa. Kåñëa-prema. Lord Caitanya describes, prema-pumärtho mahän. And Rüpa Gosvämé described that “You are distributing kåñëa-prema.” So kåñëa-prema is so valuable, but Kåñëa is after Rädhäräëé. Just see how Rädhäräëé is great. Just try to understand the greatness of Rädhäräëé. Therefore She is so great, and we have to offer our respect. Rädhe jaya jaya madhava-dayite. How She is? Gokula-taruëé-maëòala-mahite. Taruëé, taruëé means young girls. You’ll see the pictures, they are all young girls. But of all the young girls, She is the most beautiful. She is enchanting to the young girls also. She is so beautiful. Gokula-taruëé-maëòala-mahite. Dämodara-rati-vardhana-veçe. And She always dresses Her so nicely that Dämodara, Kåñëa, becomes attracted by Her beauty. Hari-niñkuta-våndä-vipineçe. And She is the only lovable object of Kåñëa, and She is the queen of Våndävana. This queen of Våndävana... You’ll find in Våndävana, if you go to Våndävana, everyone is worshiping Rädhäräëé. Räëé means queen. They are always speaking, “Jaya Rädhe!” Rädhäräëé. All the devotees in Våndävana, they are worshiper of Rädhäräëé. Hari-niñkuta-våndä-vipineçe. Våñabhänudadhi-nava-çaçi-lekhe. And She appeared as the daughter of King Våñabhänu, and Her companion, Lalitä-sakhé and Viçäkha-sakhé, and the devotees... So on behalf of the pure devotees of Kåñëa, Rüpa Gosvämé is praying, karuëäà kuru mayi karuëä-bharite. “Oh, my worshipable Rädhäräëé, You are full of mercy. So I am begging of Your mercy because You are so merciful, very easily You offer, bestow Your mercy. So I am begging Your mercy.” Karuëäà kuru mayi karuëä-bharite, sanaka-sanätana-varëita-carite. Now somebody may say, “Oh, you are so great, learned scholar, you are so great saintly person, and you are begging mercy from an ordinary girl? How is that?” Therefore Rüpa Gosvämé says, “Oh, this is not ordinary girl.” Sanaka-sanätana-varëita-carite. “This girl’s description is possible to be made by great saintly persons like Sanaka-Sanätana. She is not ordinary.”

So the lesson is that we should not treat Rädhäräëé as ordinary girl, or Kåñëa as ordinary man. They are the Supreme Absolute Truth. But in the Absolute Truth, there is the pleasure potency, and that is exhibited in the dealings of Rädhä and Kåñëa. And Rädhä’s expansion all the gopés, and Kåñëa is the Supreme Lord.

Thank you very much. Chant Hare Kåñëa. You can chant? Can you chant? Janärdana? All right, you can chant. What is that? No, I have explained that one çloka from this Räma-carita-manasa. Chant Hare Kåñëa. (end) (A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. 30th August 1968. Srimati Radharani's Appearance Day. Montreal.)

Sri Sri Radha Krishna

Radhastami Puja:

Srimati Radharani appeared on the eight day of the waxing moon of Hrsikesha (Bhadra) mase, at noon.

One should conduct the worship at noon time. One may construct a mandapa (pavilion) with a vedi (altar), or raised platform, decorate it with colored flags, four doors, banana trees, kumbhas, flowers and surround it with red string.

On the vedi one should draw a sarvatobhadra mandala, and establish a kumbha wound with threads on it. The kumbha should be filled with water, jewels and herbs and decorated with leaves and flowers.

One should establish a conch according to the rules and sprinkle water everywhere reciting the mula mantra of Radha (Shrim Raam Radhikaya namah).

In the eight directions establish pots, starting from the east side, containing sarvausadhi, mahausadhi, bijastaka, navaratna, flowers, fruit, gandha, and chandana water. Water from the pot on the sarvatobhadra mandala should be sprinkled on these pots. One should then perform the puja of Srimati Radhika, or of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna with the regular sixteen items, and as well one may rub sesame and poppy seed powder over Her body before the bath. One may bathe her in panchamrta. Then one should bathe Srimati Radharani in the water from the eight pots starting from the eastern pot.

After the bath one should offer cloth, ornaments, gandha, flowers, incense, lamps, naivedyam, aratrika, stutis, pranamas and circumambulation, as described in the puja manuals.

By Srila Rupa Goswami

1. O Goddess! Be merciful to me and reveal Your lotus face to mewhen You and Sri Krsna play in the playgroves of Vrndavana,enjoying like intoxicated, blissful Lordly elephants!

2. O Goddess! In great distress I prostrate myself before You, falling ont he ground, praying piteously unto You with faltering voice. O Gandharvike! After You bestowed Your mercy on this fool, count him (her) amongst Your own people!

3. O Syame (Sri Radhe)! When will I worship You as Indira (Laksmi), when Your beautiful body is bound up by Syama's left arm? Krsna's beauty enchants all the people of the world and is even greater than that of Rama-ramana (Lord Visnu, Laksmi's husband).

4. O Goddess! When can I arrange for Your blissful nocturnal meeting with the son of the king of Vraja in the grove by covering Your body with a cloudblue sari and by removing the anklebells from Your feet?

5. When will this person serve Your lotus feet, that adorn the three worlds by massaging them, as You are sitting together on a playbed made of flowers in a grove, while You are making sweet jokes with each other?

6. O Queen of Vrndavana! When can I fan You with a yaktail fan with a jeweled rod when You and Sri Krsna are sitting under a tree, Your lotus-like faces beautified by drops of perspiration from fatigue after Your pastimes on the shore of Your pond (Sri Radha Kund)?

7. O beautiful-eyed One! It was not me who told Mukunda in which corner of the kunja You were hiding! Citra did it! Don't frown Your eyebrows at me in false anger! When can I take You before the son of the king of Vraja?

8. When You defeat Krsna in a joking argument, You show even greater pride, extending Your proud words to Your blooming friends, who will praise You. When will I see You like this?

9. Anyone who nicely recites these eight prayers to the daughter of king Vrsabhanu will be accepted by Her in a wave of mercy and She will joyfully appear before her with Her lover.
(End of Gandharva Samprarthanastakam)

Swadyaya - Songs, Astakas, and glorifications of Srimati Radhika:


radharani ki jai, maharani ki jai
bolo barsane vari ki jai jai jai

thakurani ki jai, hari priya ki jai
vrsabhanu-dulari ki jai jai jai

gaurangi ki jai, hemangi ki jai
vrajaraja-kumari ki jai jai jai

vraja-rani ki jai, vraja devi ki jai
gahvara vana vari ki jai jai jai

1. All glories to Radharani! All glories to the greatest of all Queens. Sing the glories of Radharani, who lives in Barsana.

2. All glories to Radha Thakurani (Queen Radha), who is the beloved of Sri Hari. All glories to the beloved daughter of King Vrsabhanu.

3. All glories to Radharani who has a fair complexion and golden limbs.

4. All glories to the Queen of Vraja. All glories to the goddess of Vraja. All glories to Radha who wanders in the Gahvara forest.

RADHA KRIPA KATAKSA• (by Srila Rupa Goswami)

munindra vrnda vandite tri loka soka harini
prasanna vaktra pankaje nikunja bhu vilasini
vrajendra bhanu nandini vrajendra sunu sangate
kada karisyasiha mam krpa kataksa bhajana

muni-indra - great sages; vrnda - host; vandite - adored by; tri loka - the three spheres; soka - grief; harini - who did away; prasanna - blooming with joy; vaktra - face; pankaje - lotus; nikunja bhu - secret groves; vilasini - who dallies; vrajendra bhanu vrsabhanu nandini - daughter; Vraja indra - the king of Vraja; sunu - son; sangate - who accompanies; kada - when; karisyasi - will You make?; iha - here; mam - me; krpa - mercy; kataksa - sidelong glance; bhajanam - object.


Adored by the host of great sages, She drives away the grief of the three spheres. Her face like a lotus blooms with joy. Delighting in love's games in secret groves, She is the daughter of King Vrsabhanu and lives in the heart of the son of the King of Vraja. O when will She shower upon me Her sidelong glance of over-flowing grace?

2.asoka vrksa vallari vitana mandapa sthite
pravala bala pallava prabharunanghri komal
varabhaya sphurat kare prabhuta sampad alaye
kada karisyasiha mam krpa kataksa bhajana

asoka vrksa - Ashoka tree; vallari - creeper; vitana - canopy; mandapa - pavillion; sthite - who is seated; pravala - coral; bala - young; pallava - shoots; prabha - lustre; aruna - reddish; anghri - feet; komala - soft; vara - favour; abhaya - fearless; sphurat - eager; kare - hand; prabhuta - abundant; sampad - riches; alaye - repository; kada - when; karisyasi - will You make?; iha - here; mam - me; krpa - mercy; kataksa - sidelong glance; bhajanam - object.


She rests upon a flower throne beneath a canopy of creepers and boughs of Ashoka. Her lotus feet are lustrous red like coral, yet as soft as new-sprouted leaves. Her hand is eager to give the blessing of fearlessness. She is the abode of abundant opulences. O when will She shower upon me Her sidelong glance of overflowing grace?

3.ananga ranga mangala prasanga bhangura bhruvam
sa vibhramam sa sambhrama drg anta bana patanaih
nirantaram vasi krta pratita nanda nandan
kada karisyasiha mam krpa kataksa bhajana

ananga - Cupid; ranga mangala - festive ceremony; prasanga - a stage for; bhangura - arched; bhruve - of the eyebrows; sa vibhramam - together with amorous rolling of the eyes; sa sambhrama - along with coquettish sidelong glancing; drg anta - corner of the eye; bana patanai - by the arrow-noose; nirantaram- perpetually; vasi krta -held captive; pratita - in a bond of allegiance; nanda nandane - the son of Nanda; kada - when; karisyasi - will You make?; iha - here; mam - me; krpa - mercy; kataksa - sidelong glance; bhajanam - object.


By charming movements Her arched eyebrows are the colourful stage of the play of love. By casting the arrow-noose of Her rolling and love-laden sidelong glance, She perpetually holds captive the unswerving allegiance of Sri Nanda-nandana. O when will She shower upon me Her sidelong glance of over-flowing grace?

4.tadit suvarna campaka pradipta gaura vigrahe
mukha prabha parasta koti saradendu mandale
vicitra citra sancarac cakora sava locane
kada karisyasiha mam krpa kataksa bhajana

tadit - lightning; suvarna - gold; campaka - the Champaka blossom; pradipta - radiant; gaura - fair; vigrahe - bodily form; mukha - face; prabha - effulgence; parasta - defeated; koti - crore; sarada - autumnal; indu - moon; mandale - orbs; vicitra - strange; citra - wonderful; sancarat - moving restlessly; cakora sava - Chakora ch...; locane - eyes; kada - when; karisyasi - will You make?; iha - here; mam - me; krpa - mercy; kataksa - sidelong glance; bhajanam - object.


As lightning's radiant illumination, or gold, or the blossoms of the champa is the fairness of Her limbs. The shining brilliance of Her face defeats the glory of a million moons of Sharad. Like young Chakoras, Her restless eyes skip to and fro, as if bewildered by strange and dazzling scenes at each new moment. O when will She shower upon me Her sidelong glance of over-flowing grace?

5. madonmadati yauvane pramoda mana mandite
priyanuraga ranjite kala vilasa pandite
ananya dhanya kunja rajye kama keli kovide
kada karisyasiha mam krpa kataksa bhajana

mada - intoxicating; unma - maddening; ati - yauvane - exceeding youthfulness; pramoda - delightful; mana - sulking mood; mandite - adorned with; priya - the beloved; anuraga - affect; ranjite - saturated with; kala - arts and culture; vilasa - dalliance; pandite - scholar; ananya - unique; dhanya - sanctified; kunja rajya; pleasure groves of Vrndavana; kama - love; keli - play; kovide - expert; kada - when; karisyasi - will You make?; iha - here; mam - me; krpa - mercy; kataksa - sidelong glance; bhajanam - object.


In exceedingly intoxicating youth, Her delightful sulking mood is Her bejeweled ornament. Dyed in Her darling's dedication, She is fully skilled in all the arts of making love. In sanctified groves, incomparable, She is learned in the study of all love's novelties. O when will She shower upon me Her sidelong glance of over-flowing grace?

6. asesa hava bhava dhira hira hara bhusite
prabhuta satakumbha kumbha kumbhi kumbha sustani
prasasta manda hasya curna purna saukhya sagare
kada karisyasiha mam krpa kataksa bhajana

asesa - infinite; hava - blandishments; bhava - sentiments; dhira - calm; hira - diamond; hara - necklace; bhusite - ornamented with; prabhuta - well-formed; satakumbha - golden; kumbha - pitchers; kumbhi - elephant; kumbha - cranial globes; su stani - lovely breasts; prasasta - magnificent; manda - slow; hasya - smile; curna - balm; purna - full; saukhya - mirth; sagare - sea; kada - when; karisyasi - will You make?; iha - here; mam - me; krpa - mercy; kataksa - sidelong glance; bhajanam - object.


The infinite and calm ocean of the sentiments of loving gestures adorns Her neck in the shape of a diamond necklace. Her well developed breasts are like golden water pots or the cranial globes of an elephant. Her slow, enchanting smile glows with a silent bliss like a sea full of mirth. O when will She shower upon me Her sidelong glance of over-flowing grace?

7. mrnala bala vallari taranga ranga dorlate
latagra lasya lola nila locanavalokane
lalal lulan milan manojna mugdha mohanasraye
kada karisyasiha mam krpa kataksa bhajanam

mrnala - lotus stems; bala - young; vallari - creepers; taranga ranga - waving and dancing; doh - arms; late - vines; lata - vine; agra - top; lasya - dance; lola - swaying; nila - blue; locana - eyes; avalokan - glance; lalat - playing; lulat - moving about; milat - making rendezvous; manojna -charming; mugdha - fascinated; mohan - the arch-enchanter; asraye - refuge; kada - when; karisyasi - will You make?; iha - here; mam - me; krpa - mercy; kataksa - sidelong glance; bhajanam - object.


Her slender arms, creeper-slim, rhythmically wave and flow like lotus fibres in a current of water. Like the dancing top of the swaying vine, Her blue lotus eyes flash with enthralling glances. Her playful and alluring movements entice lovely meetings and fascinate Mohan Himself to take refuge in Her charms. O when will She shower upon me Her sidelong glance of over-flowing grace?

8. suvarna malikancita tri rekha kambu kanthage
tri sutra mangali guna tri ratna dipta didhiti
sa lola nila kuntala prasuna guccha gumphi te
kada karisyasiha mam krpa kataksa bhajana

suvarna - gold; malika - necklace; ancita - graceful; tri rekha three lines; kambu - conch; kantha - going round the neck; tri sutra - three cords; mangali guna - auspicious quality; tri ratna - three jewles; dipta - lustrous; didhite - sparkling; sa lola - wavy; nila - black; kuntala - tresses; prasuna - flower; guccha clusters; gumphi - woven with; kada - when; karisyasi - will You make?; iha - here; mam - me; krpa - mercy; kataksa - sidelong glance; bhajanam - object.


On Her neck, graceful as a lovely conch, its beauty enhanced by three lines, She wears a golden necklace. Three lustrous jewels sparkle and swing from three cords, decreeing all fortune and auspiciousness. Her luxuriant black tresses, artfully woven with clusters of flowers, flow in waves towards Her heels. O when will She shower upon me Her sidelong glance of over-flowing grace?

9. nitamba bimba lambamana puspa mekhala gune
prasasta ratna kinkini kalapa madhya manjule
karindra sunda dandika varoha saubhagoruke
kada karisyasiha mam krpa kataksa bhajana

nitamba - hips; bimba - plums; lambamana - wide; puspa flower; mekhala - girdle; gune - virtue; prasasta - splendid; ratna - gems; kinkini - small bells; kalapa - string; madhya - waist; manjule - beautiful; kara - elephant; indra - king; sunda - trunk; dandika - tapering; avaroha - sloping; saubhaga - exquisite beauty; uruke - pertaining to the thigh; kada - when; karisyasi - will You make?; iha - here; mam - me; krpa - mercy; kataksa - sidelong glance; bhajanam - object.


The fullness of Her rounded hips is girdled with a wreath of flowers of excellence. A splendid waist-band of costly gems emits a soft melodious sound like the tinkling of bells, applauding Her beauty. Her graceful thighs are slopy like the tapering trunk of the tusker-king. O when will She shower upon me Her sidelong glance of over-flowing grace?

10. aneka mantra nada manju nupuraravas khalat
samaja raja hamsa vamsa nikvanati gaurave
vilola hema vallari vidambi caru cankrame
kada karisyasiha mam krpa kataksa bhajana

aneka - many; mantra - sacred incantations; nada - chanting; manju - sweet; nupura - anklets; arava - sound; skhalat - jingling; samaja - assembly; raja hamsa - flock; nikvana - melody; ati gaurave - most sonorous; vilola - swaying bewilderingly; hema - golden; vallari - creepers; vidambi - bearing a striking resemblance; caru - elegant; cankrame - locomotion; kada - when; karisyasi - will You make?; iha - here; mam - me; krpa - mercy; kataksa - sidelong glance; bhajanam - object.


Her jingling anklets sweetly resound as the divine and timeless chanting of many mantras, and in their melody is heard all the enchantment of the warbling of a flock of noble swans. The elegant movement of Her limbs is like the bewitching dance of golden creepers. O when will She shower upon me Her sidelong glance of over-flowing grace?

11. ananta koti visnu loka namra padma jarcite
himadri ja puloma ja virinca ja vara prade
apara siddhi vrddhi digdha sat padanguli nakhe
kada karisyasiha mam krpa kataksa bhajana

ananta - endless; koti - crores; visnu loka - abode of Visnu; namra - bowing down; padma ja - Laksi; lotus - born; arcite - worshiped by; himadri ja - Sati, daughter of the Himalayas; puloma ja - Saci, wife of Indra, daughter of Puloma; virinca ja - Sarasvati, born of Lord Brahma; vara - boons; prade - who bestows; apara - unlimited; siddhi - perfections; vrddhi - riches; digdha - smeared; sat - eternally effulgent; pada - anguli - toe; nakhe - nail; kada - when; karisyasi - will You make?; iha - here; mam - me; krpa - mercy; kataksa - sidelong glance; bhajanam - object.


Before whom Laksmi, the goddess of millions of unlimited Vaikunthas, stoops to bow with all humility; from whom Sati, Saci and Sarasvati receive favours; endless riches, supernatural powers, perfection and liberation are attained within the light of Her small toe-nail. O when will She shower upon me Her sidelong glance of over-flowing grace?

12. makhesvari kriyesvari svadhesvari suresvari
tri veda bharatisvari pramana sasanesvari
ramesvari ksamesvari pramoda kananesvari
vrajesvari vrajadhipe sri radhike namo stu te

makha - sacrifices; isvari -Supreme Goddess; kriya - rites and rituals; isvari - Supreme Goddess; svadha - oblations to the forefathers; isvari - Supreme Goddess; sura - gods and saintly persons; isvari - Supreme Goddess; tri veda - the thre Vedas; bharati - utterances; isvari - Supreme Goddess; pramana - evidences; sasana - edicts; isvari - Supreme Goddess; rama - Laksmi, the wife of Visnu; isvari - worshipable Mistress; ksama Bhu, second wife of Visnu; isvari - worshipable Mistress; pramoda - delight; kanana - garden; isvari - Sovereign Queen; Vraja - Vraja, the dwelling place of the cowherds; isvari - Queen; Vraja - Vraja; adhipe - Sovereign Mistress; Sri Radhike - unto Srimati Radhika; namah - obeisances; astu - let there be; te - unto You.


O Goddess Supreme, who presides over all sacrifices, rites and oblations and over the hosts of demigods and saintly persons. O Goddess Supreme, who provides the force to the Vedic utterances and to all arguments of law and logic; O Supreme Mistress of Laksmi and Bhu; O Queen of the celestial gardens of delight; Queen of Vraja, O Sovereign Mistress of Vrndavana, Srimati Radhika, I prostrate before Thee!

13. itidam adbhutam stavam nisamya bhanu nandini
karotu santatam janam krpa kataksa bhajanam
bhavet tadaiva sancita tri rupa karma nasanam
bhavet tada vrajendra sunu mandala pravesanam

iti - thus (ends); idam - this; adbhutam - wonderful; stavam - hymn of glorification; nisamya - hearing; bhanu - Vrsabhanu; nandini - daughter; karotu - ma...; santatam - always; janam - this person; krpa - mercy; kataksa - sidelong glances; bhajanam - object; bhavet - may there be; tada - at the time; eva - certainly; sancita - accumulated; tri rupa - three forms; karma-reactions of work; nasanam - destruction; bhavet - let there be; tada - then; vrajendra - the King of Vraja; sunu - son; mandala - sacred abode; pravesanam - entrance.


May the Daughter of King Vrsabhanu, thus, on hearing this wonderful hymn of Her glories, be pleased to always shower on Me Her sidelong glance of over-flowing grace. Then may the threefold forms of karma, accumulated over many births, be immediately annihilated and may I be granted entrance into the eternal realm of King Nanda's divine son.


The aspiring devotee who recites this hymn on the full-moon day, on the eighth day of the waxing moon, and on the tenth, eleventh and thirteenth days of the waxing and waning moons, achieves the fruition of his desires and, by the grace of Sri Radhika's compassionate sidelong glance, bhakti characterized by prema sprouts in his heart.

The aspirant who recites this hymn one hundred times, while immersed in the waters of Sri Radha-kunda, either up to his waist, up to his navel, up to his chest, or up to his neck, achieves the perfection of his desired ends and whatever he speaks comes true, he is endowed with full spiritual opulence and gets the direct, personal darshan of Srimati Radharani.

Being pleased with him, Srimati Radhika immediately grants him the greatest benediction and he gets to see with his own eyes Her darling sweet Lord, Sri Syamasundara. The Lord of Vraja, in His turn, grants that devotee an entrance into His eternal sports. For the Vaisnavas there is no greater goal to be achieved than this.

SRI RADHAKUNDASTAKA - Eight Prayers Glorifying Radhakunda

vrsabha danuja nasan narma dharmokti rangair
nikhila nija sakhibhir yat sva hastena purnam
prakatitam api vrndaranya rajna pramodais
tad ati surabhi radhakundam evasrayo me

May very fragrant Radhakunda, which, prodded by the gopis' many joking words after Vrsabhasura's death, the king of Vrndavana forest happily built and filled with His own hand, be my shelter.

vraja bhavi mura satroh preyasinam nikamair
asulabham api turnam prema kalpa drumam tam
janayati hrdi bhumau snatur uccair priyam yat
tad ati surabhi radhakundam evasrayo me

May very dear and fragrant Radhakunda, which for one who bathes in it immediately creates in the land of the heart a desire tree of pure love rare even among the gopi beloveds of Lord Krsna in Vraja, be my shelter.

agha ripur api yatnad atra devyah prasada
prasara krta kataksa prapti kamah prakamam
anusarati yad uccaih snana sevanubandhais
tad ati surabhi radhakundam evasrayo me

May very dear and fragrant Radhakunda, where, yearning to attain the merciful sidelong glance of His queen, Lord Krsna, diligently follows Her bathing attendants, be my shelter.

vraja bhuvana sudhamsoh prema bhumir nikamam
vraja madhura kisori mauli ratna priyeva
paricitam api namna yac ca tenaiva tasyas
tad ati surabhi radhakundam evasrayo me

May very fragrant Radhakunda, which is named after a girl who is a realm of love for He who is the moon of Vraja, a girl who is like the most precious jewel in the crown of the sweet girls of Vraja, be my shelter.

api jana iha kascid yasya seva prasadaih
pranaya sura lata syat tasya gosthendra sunoh
sapadi kila mad isa dasya puspa prasasya
tad ati surabhi radhakundam evasrayo me

The mercy obtained by serving Radhakunda makes the celestial vine of pure love for the prince of Vraja, which is famous for bearing the flowers of service to my queen, sprout. May that very fragrant Radhakunda be my shelter.

tata madhura nikunjah klpta namana uccair
nija parijana vargaih samvibhaj yasritas taih
madhukara ruta ramya yasya rajanti kamyas
tad ati surabhi radhakundam evasrayo me

May very fragrant Radhakunda, on the shores of which are many splendid and charming forest groves filled with the sweet sounds of bumblebees and each named after one of Sri Radha's friends, be my shelter.

tata bhuvi vara vedyam yasya narmati hrdyam
madhura madhura vartam gostha candrasya bhangya
prathayati mitha isa prana sakhyalibhih sa
tad ati surabhi radhakundam evasrayo me

May very fragrant Radhakunda, on the shore of which, in a pleasant courtyard Queen Radha and Her friends sweetly joke with Lord Krsna, the moon of Vraja, be my shelter.

anudinam ati rangaih prema mattali sanghair
vara sarasija gandhair hari vari prapurne
viharata iha yasmin dam pati tau pramattau
tad ati surabhi radhakundam evasrayo me

May very fragrant Radhakunda, where the passionate divine couple daily plays with Their passionate friends in the charming lotus scented water, be my shelter.

avikalam ati devyas caru kundastakam yah
paripathati tadiyollasi dasyarpitatma
aciram iha sarire darsayaty eva tasmai
madhu ripur ati modaih slisyamanam priyam tam

To one who is completely dedicated to Queen Radha's service and who happily reads these eight beautiful verses describing Her lake, even in this present body Lord Krsna shows His beloved as He happily embraces Her.

by Srila Raghunatha Dasa Goswami

aviksatmesvari kascid vrndavana-mahesvarim
tat padamboja-matraika gati dasyati katara
patita tat-saras tire ruda tyartha-ravakulam
tac chri-vaktreksanavaptyai namanyetani sanjagau

Some maidservant, unable to find her mistress, has fallen on the bank of Radhakunda, crying in great anxiety, being very eager to take exclusive shelter of Her lotus feet, glorifying Her by singing the following names of Her:

radha gandharvika gosthayuva-rajaika-kamita
gandharva radhika candrakantir madhava-sangini

1. Radha, 2. Gandharvika, 3. The only girl desired by the prince of Vraja, 4. Who is worshipped by the Gandharva-angels, 5. Whose luster is like the moon, 6. Who accompanies Madhava.

damodaradvaita-sakhi kartikotkirtidesvari
mukunda dayita-vrnda dhammilla mani-manjari

7. Damodar's unrivalled girlfriend, 8. The queen who bestows fame on the Kartika month, 9. The crestjewel of Mukunda's ladyfriends.

bhaskaropasika varsabhanavi vrsabhanuja
ananga manjari jyestha sridama varajottama

10. Who worships the sun, 11. Who belongs to King Vrsabhanu, 12. Who is born from King Vrsabhanu, 13. Ananga Manjari's older sister, 14. Sridama's younger sister, 15. The greatest (fem.)

kirtida-kanyaka matr-sneha-piyusa-putrika
visakha-savayah prestha visakha jivitadhika

16. Kirtida's daughter, 17. Who is the nectarean object of Her mother's affection, 18. Who is of the same age as Visakha, 19. Who is dearer than life to Visakha.

pranadvitiya lalita vrndavana viharini
lalita prana-laksaika-raksa vrndavanesvari

20. Who is none other than Lalita's very life, 21. Enjoys in Vrndavana, 22. Who saves Lalita's life lakhs of times, 23. Queen of Vrndavana.

vrajendra-grhini krsna-praya-sneha-niketanam
vraja go-gopa-gopali jiva-matraika-jivanam

24. Who is as dear to Mother Yasoda as Krsna, 25. Who is the only life of the life of the cows, cowherdsmen and cowherdgirls of Vraja.

snehalabhira-rajendra vatsalacyuta-purva-ja
govinda pranayadhara surabhi sevanotsuka

26. Who is the object of King Nanda's affection, 27. Who gets parental affection from Balaram, 28. Who is the object of Govinda's love (Govinda is eager to serve His surabhi cows).

dhrta nandisvara-ksema gamanotkanthi-manasa
sva-dehadvaitata drsta dhanistha dhyeya-darsana

29. Who is very eager to go to Nandisvara for serving Krsna, 30. Who is regarded as non-different from her by Dhanistha and seen in her meditations, (Dhanistha is Yasoda's maidservant).

gopendra-mahisi paka-sala-vedi prakasika
ayur-varddha-karaddhana rohini ghrata-mastaka

31. Who is seen in Mother Yadosa's kitchen, 32. Whose cooked grains increase Krsna's life, 33. Whose head is smelt by Rohini.

subala nyasta sarupya subala priti-tosita
mukhara-drk sudha-naptri jatila drsti-bhasita

34. Who has bestowed a form equal to Hers to Subala, 35. Who is very fond of Subala, 36. Who is nectar in Mukhara's eyes, 37. Who is afraid to see Her mother-in-law, Jatila.

madhumangala narmokti janita-smita-candrika
paurnamasi bahih khelat prana-panjara sarika

38. Who smiles like the moonbeams after hearing Madhumangala's jokes, 39. The she-parrot of Whose heart is caught in Paurnamasi's cage.

sva ganadvaita jivatuh sviyahankara-vardhini
sva ganopendra padabja sparsa-lambhana harsini

40. Who is the only life of Her friends, 41. Who increases the pride of Her relatives, 42. Who is very happy to touch Upendra's feet with Her friends.

sviya vrndavanodyana paliki krta-vrndaka
jnata vrndatavi sarva lata-taru-mrga-dvija

43. Who has placed Vrnda in charge of Vrndavana's gardens, 44. Who is known by all the vines, trees, deer and birds of Vrndavana.

isac candana samghrsta nava-kasmira-deha-bhah
java-puspa pritha-hari patta cinarunambara

Whose body shines with fresh vermillion ground with some sandalpaste, 46. Whose silken dress shines more reddish than the java flower.

caranabja-tala-jyotir arunakrta-bhutala
hari citta camatkari caru nupura nihsvana

47. Whose lotus footsoles make the surface of the earth shine crimson-red, 48. Who astonishes Hari's mind with the sweet sound of Her anklebells.

krsna-sranti-hara sroni pitha-valgita ghantika
krsna sarvasva pinodyat kucancan mani-malika

49. The nice sounds of whose waistbells remove Krsna's fatigue, 50. The pearl necklace on whose firm, raised breasts is everything to Krsna.

nana-ratnollasad sankha-cuda caru bhuja-dvaya
syamantaka-mani bhrajan mani-bandhati-bandhura

51. Whose two beautiful arms are adorned with conchshell bangles inset with various jewels, 52. On Whose wrist the beautiful Syamantaka jewel shines.

suvarna darpana-jyotir ullanghi mukha-mandala
pakka dadima bijabha dantakrstaghabhic chuka

53. The shining of Whose face defeats that of a golden mirror, 54. Whose teeth, that shine like ripe pomegranate seeds, attract the parrot-like Aghabhit (Krsna).

abja-ragadi srstabja-kalika karna-bhusana
saubhagya kajjalankakta netranandita khanjana

55. Whose ruby earrings are shaped like lotus buds, 56. Whose wagtail-like eyes are anointed with beautiful eyeliner, giving great joy to the eyes.

suvrtta mauktika mukta nasika tilapuspika
sucaru nava-kasturi tilakancita-bhalaka

57. Whose nose, that is beautiful as a sesame flower, is adorned with a round pearl, 58. Whose forehead is adorned with beautiful tilak made of fresh musk.

divya veni vinirdhuta keki-pincha-vara-stutih
netranta-sara vidhvamsakrta canurajid dhrtih

59. Whose divine hairbraid is worshiped by peacock feathers (being defeated in beauty), 60. The arrows of Whose glances destroy the patience of Krsna, Who defeated the Canura wrestler.

sphurat kaisora-tarunya sandhi-bandhura-vigraha
madhavollasakonmatta pikoru madhura-svara

61. Who is blooming teenage beauty personified, 62. Who pleases Madhava, 63. Who maddens Madhava with Her sweet, cuckoo-like voice.

pranayuta-sata prestha madhavotkirti-lampata
krsnapanga-tarangodyat smita-piyusa-budbuda

64. Who is more attached to Madhava's great glories than to millions of lives, 65. Whose nectarean smiles provide bubbles on the waves of Krsna's glances.

punjibhuta jagallajja vaidagdhi-digdha-vigraha
karuna vidravad deha murtiman madhuri-ghata

66. Who is the very form of cleverness, embarrassing the whole world, 67. Whose body melts in kindness, 68. Who is abundant sweetness personified.

jagad-gunavati-varga giyamana gunoccaya
sacyadi subhaga-vrnda vandyamanoru-saubhaga

69. Whose glories arre loudly sung by all the great ladies of the world, 70. Who is incessantly praised by beautiful ladies like Saci.

vina-vadana sangita rasalasya visarada
narada pramukhodgita jagad anandi sad-yasah

71. Who is expert in singing and playing vina in the rasa dance, 72. Whose pure glories are sung by sages headed by Narada, giving joy to the world.

govardhana-guha geha grhini kunja-mandana
candamsu-nandini baddha bhagini-bhava-vibhrama

73. She is the housewife in the caves in Govardhana, 74. She decorates the kunja, 75. She has a sisterly relationship with Yamuna, (Yamuna is the daughter of the sun and Radha is thedaughter of Vrsabhanu, the sun in Taurus).

divya kundalata narma sakhya-dama-vibhusita
govardhanadharahladi srngara-rasa-pandita

76. She is adorned with the wreath of divine Kundalata's friendship, 77. She is the professor in amorous rapture, giving joy to the holder of Govardhana.

girindra-dhara vaksah srih sankhacudari-jivanam
gokulendra-suta-prema kama-bhupendra-pattanam

78. She is Laksmi on the chest of the holder of Govardhan, 79. She is the life of the enemy of Sankhacuda, 80. She is the settlement of Cupid for the love of the son of Gokulendra.

vrsa-vidhvamsa narmokti sva-nirmita sarovara
nija kunda-jala-krida jita sankarsananuja

81. Who made Her own pond after the killer of Arista mocked Her, 82. Who defeats Sankarsana's younger brother in sports in Her own pond.

mura-mardana mattebha vihara-mrta-dirghika
girindra-dhara-parindra rati-yuddhoru simhika

83. She is the ambrosial pond of enjoyment for the intoxicated elephant who defeated Mura, 84. She is a powerful lioness fighting amorous sports with the king of lions, the holder of the best of mountains.

sva tanu-saurabhonmatti krta mohana madhava
dor-muloccalana krida vyakuli-krta kesava

85. Who enchants Madhava with Her intoxicating bodily fragrance, 86. Who agitates Kesava by playfully showing Her armpit.

nija kunda-tati kunja klrpta keli kalodyama
divya malli-kulollasi sayyakalpita vigraha

87. Who expands Her artful plays in the kunja on the bank of Her own pond, 88. Who makes a bed of divine jasmine flowers there with joy.

krsna vama-bhuja nyasta caru daksina gandaka
savya bahu-lata baddha krsna daksina sad-bhuja

89. Who places Her beautiful right cheek on Krsna's left arm, 90. Who holds Krsna's right arm with Her left vine-like arm.

krsna daksina caruru slista vamoru-rambhika
girindra-dhara drg-vaksor mardi-sustana-parvata

91. Whose beautiful, broad, banana-like left hip touches Krsna's right hip, 92. Whose nice, mountain-like breasts are being massaged by the Holder of Govardhana.

govindadhara piyusa vasitadhara-pallava
sudha-sancaya carukti sitali-krta madhava

93. Whose leaf-like lips are scented by the nectar of Govinda's lips, 94. Whose beautiful words distribute nectar, cooling Madhava off.

govindodgirna tambula raga rajyat kapolika
krsna sambhoga saphali-krta manmatha sambhava

95. Whose cheeks are colored by the pan from Govinda's lips, 96. Who realizes Krsna's fancies of amorous enjoyments.

govinda marjitoddama rati-prasvinna sanmukha
visakha vijita krida-santi nidralu-vigraha

97. The profuse perspiration from whose face is wiped off by Govinda, 98. Who is being fanned by Visakha when She falls asleep after playing with Krsna.

govinda-carana-nyasta kaya-manasa jivana
svapranarbuda nirmanchya hari pada-rajah kana

99. Who has placed Her life, body and mind at Govinda's lotus feet, 100. Who worships the dust of Hari's lotus feet with billions of hearts.

anumatracyutadarsa sayyamanatma locana
nitya-nutana govinda vaktra-subhramsu-darsana

101. Who curses Her eyes for every second that they do not see Acyuta, 102. Who beholds Govinda's ever-fresh moonlike face.

nihsima hari-madhurya saundaryadyeka-bhogini
sapatnya dhama murali-matra bhagya kataksini

103. Who is the only enjoyer of Hari's endless sweetness and beauty, 104. Who can only blink at the fortune of Her co-wife, the Murali flute.

gadha buddhi-bala krida jita vamsi-vikarsini
narmokti candrikotphulla krsna kamabdi-vardhini

105. Who takes Krsna's flute after defeating Him in a gambling match, 106. Who increases the ocean of Krsna's desires by the full moonbeams of Her joking words.

vraja-candrendriya-grama visrama-vidhu-salika
krsna sarvendriyonmadi radhetyaksara-yugmaka

107. Who is the moonlike resting place for all the senses of the moon of Vraja (Sri Krsna), 108. The two syllables of Whose name Ra-dha madden all of Krsna's senses.

idam sri radhika namnam astottara satojjvalam
sri radhalambhakam nama stotram caru-rasayanam

yo dhite parama pritya dinah katara-manasah
sa natham acirenaiva sa natham iksate dhruvam

Whoever recites these 108 names of Sri Radha, that consists of all beautiful, nectarean Radha-nama, with great love, humility and eagerness, will certainly and swiftly behold Her Master.

iti srimad raghunatha dasa gosvami viracita stavavalyam sri radhika-stottara-sata nama stotram sampurnam.

Thus ends Srimad Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami's Sri Radhika's 108 names-prayer.

SRI RADHIKASTAKA - Eight prayers Glorifying Sri Radhika

1. rasa valita-mrgaksi-mauli-manikya-laksmih
vraja-vara-vrsabhanoh punya-girvana-valli
snapayatu nija-dasye radhika mam kada nu

When will Sri Radhika, who is a splendid ruby in the crown of all nectarean doe-eyed girls, a swan swimming in the lake of love for jubilant Lord Krsna, and a celestial vine sprouted from Vraja's exalted King Vrsabhanu, bathe me in Her service?

2. sphurad-aruna-dukula-dyotitodyan-nitamba-
sthalam abhi vara-kanci-lasyam ullasayanti
snapayatu nija-dasye radhika mam kada nu

When will Sri Radhika, who makes the sash of bells dance on Her hips splendid with red silk, and whose necklace of large pearls plays on the waterpots of Her breasts, bathe me in Her service?

3. sarasija-vara-garbhakharva-kantih samudyat-
snapayatu nija-dasye radhika mam kada nu

When will Sri Radhika, who is as splendid as a great lotus whorl, who is new nectar mixed with the camphor of youth, and whose bimba fruit lips blossom with a gentle smile, bathe me in Her service?

4. ati-catulataram tam kananantar milantam
vraja-nrpati-kumaram viksya sanka-kulaksi
madhura-mrdu-vacobhih samstuta netra-bhangya
snapayatu nija-dasye radhika mam kada nu

When will Sri Radhika, who, accidentally meeting restless Krsna in the outskirts of the forest, stared at Him with suspicious eyes as He cast amorous glances at Her and flattered Her with many sweet and gentle words, bathe me in Her service?

5. vraja-kula-mahilanam prana-bhutakhilanam
pasupa-pati-grhinyah krsna-vat-prema-patram
snapayatu nija-dasye radhika mam kada nu

When will Sri Radhika, who the girls of Vraja love as much as their own lives, who the gopa queen Yasoda loves as much as Lord Krsna, and who makes the heart of charming Lalita blossom with love, bathe me in Her service?

6. niravadhi sa-visakha sakhi-yutha-prasunaih
srajam iha racayanti vaijayantim vanante
agha-vijaya-varorah-preyasi sreyasi sa
snapayatu nija-dasye radhika mam kada nu

When will Sri Radhika, who in the company of Visakha at the forest's edge strings a Vaijayanti garland from the flowers of many trees, and who is the beautiful beloved resting on Lord Krsna's handsome chest, bathe me in Her service?

7. prakatita-nija-vasam snigdha-venu-pranadair
druta-gati-harim arat prapya kunje smitaksi
sravana-kuhara-kandum tanvati namra-vaktra
snapayatu nija-dasye radhika mam kada nu

When will Sri Radhika, who smelling the fragrance of Lord Krsna and hearing the sweet sounds of His flute, ran to Him in the forest grove and, scratching Her ears, approached Him with smiling eyes and lowered face, bathe me in Her service?

8. amala-kamala-raji-sparsa-vata-prasite
nija-sarasi nidaghe sayam ullasiniyam
parijana-gana-yukta kridayanti bakarim
snapayatu nija-dasye radhika mam kada nu

When will Sri Radhika, who on a summer evening happily plays with Lord Krsna by Her own lake cooled by breezes touching the many splendid lotuses, bathe me in Her service?

9. pathati vimala-ceta mista-radhastakam yah
parihrta-nikhilasa-santatih katarah san
pasupa-pati-kumarah kamam amoditas tam
nija-jana-gana-madhye radhikayas tanoti

Pleased with any person who, abandoning all hope of material happiness and overwhelmed with love, reads this sweet Sri Radhastaka with a pure heart, the prince of Vraja of His own accord places him among Sri Radha's personal associates.

Miscellaneous Verses glorifying Srimati Radhika HERE:

Kalindi has stated that ''Surely Sri Radhika is the very soul of Lord Krishna Who is Atma-Rama, that is, One Who delights in Himself alone.''

Bhagavan Krishna is always immersed in Sri Radha consciousness, which is His very soul. Therefore learned sages who have grasped the secret esoteric significance of this deep mellow call him 'Atma-Rama.'

Without the mercy of Srimati Radhika, one can never attain Krsna. Therefore one must remember them together, as They are always nicely situated by each others'side.
(Srila Dhyana-chandra Goswami's Paddhati)

Shri Krishna says: O Narada!! If you have faith in the process of prema-bhakti and wish to attain my favour, then please become the worshipper of Srimati Radharani in the mood of ecstatic emotion.

Sri Krishna says: O Narada! I tell you truly truly, again truly, truly, again and again - without the mercy of Srimati Radharani, one cannot attain my mercy.(Narada Purana)

O' Radharani, the queen of Vrndavana, with the medicine of the red lac from Your lotus feet, please bring back to life this person now dead from the bites of the black snake of not seeing You. (Vilapa-kusmanjali by Raghunath Dasa Goswami)

I am Yours alone! I am Yours alone! I cannot live without You! O queen, please understand this and bring me to Your feet. (From Vilapa Kusumanjali by Srila Raghunatha dasa Goswami)

O Syame (Sri Radhe)! When will I worship You as Indira (Laksmi), when Your beautiful body is bound up by Syama's left arm? Krsna's beauty enchants all the people of the world and is even greater than that of Rama-ramana (Lord Visnu, Laksmi's husband).

tebhyas tah pasu-pala-pankaja-drsas-tabhyo 'pi sa radhika (Sri Upadesamrta,10): and the high devotion of Srimati Radharani is categorically different from that of all the Gopis. The type of service found in Her is practically unaccountable, inconceivable. srutibhir vimrgyam (Bha: 10.47.61): the Rsis, the Seers, saw that the Vedic mantras were eternal. They are not creators of the mantras in the Vedas, they are only seers and feelers of spiritual current; they are only observers.

Sri Gopala-Tapani Upanishad: Chapter One [ Translated by Kusakratha Dasa ] text 42

Commentary by Srila Baladeva Vidyabhushana: The goddess of fortune here is Srimati Radharani, who is described in the Purusa-bodhini Upanisad. "Candravali and Radhika always remain at Lord Krishna's side. Laksmi, Durga, and the Lord's other potencies are expansions of Sri Radhika." The Gautamiya Tantra also explains: The transcendental goddess Srimati Radharani is the direct counterpart of Lord Sri Krishna. She is the central figure for the goddess of fortune. She possesses all the attractiveness to attract the all-attractive Personality of Godhead. She is the primeval internal potency of the Lord.

Sripad Raghunatha das Gosvami's 'Stavavali"

radheti nama nava sundara sidhu mugdham
krishNeti nama madhuradbhuta gadha dugdham
sarva kshaNam surabhi raga himena ramyam
kritva tad eva piba me rasane kshudharte

"O my tongue suffering from thirst! Please mix the delicious fresh enchanting nectar of the name Radha with the wonderfully sweet condensed milk of the name KrishNa, add the fragrant delightful ice of pure passionate love and drink this charming drink at every moment!"

bhajami radham aravinda netram smarami radham madhura smitasyam
vadami radham karunabharardram tato mamanyasti gatir na kapi

"I worship lotus-eyed Radha, I remember Radha with Her sweet smile on Her countenance, I speak of Radha, who melts of compassion. Thus I have no other shelter."

Shrila Prabhodananda Sarasvati.

Yo brahma rudra shuka narada bhishma mukhyair
Alakshito na sahasa purushasya tasya
Sadyo vashikarana churnam annata shaktim
Tam radhika charana renum anusmarami.
(Radha Rasa Sudhanidhi 4)

"I constantly remember Shrimati Radharani`s foot dust which is a fragrant transcendental powder possessed of unlimited potency, able to immediately subdue the Supreme being, Shri Krishna Who is not so easily seen even by great devotee-leaders like Brahma, Shiva, Shukadeva, Narada and Bhishma."

gaurange mradima smite madhurima netrancale draghima
vakshoje garima tathaiva tanima madhye gatau mandima
shroNyam ca prathima bhruvoh kutilima bimbadhare shoNima
shri radhe hridi te rasena jadima dhyane'stu me gocarah

"O Sri Radhe! May the softness of Your transcendental golden body, the sweetness of Your smile, the wideness of Your eyes, the abundance of your bosom, the slimness of Your waist, the lightness of your gait, the wideness of Your hips, the crookedness of Your eyebrows, the redness of Your cherry-lips and the numbness of Your heart saturated with aesthetic loving sentiments, be present in my meditation."

verse 75 of Sri Radharasa Sudhanidhi

Vraja chandrendriya grama vishrama vidhushalika
Krishna sarvendriyonmadi radhety akshara yugmaka
(Srila Raghunatha Dasa Goswami’s 108 names of Sri Radhikha 45)

"Although Krishna is the pleasure giving like cooling moon for all the inhabitants of Vraja, still Srimati Radharani is the resting place for all of His senses which She completely maddens with the two syllables of Her name Radha.”

Yaj japah sakrideva gokulapater akarshakas tat kshanad
Yatra premavatam samasta purushartheshu sphuret tucchata
Yan namankita mantra japana parah pritya svayam madhavah
Shri krishno’pi tad adbhutam sphuratu me radheti varna-dvayam.
(Sri Radha Rasa Sudhanidhi 95)

"May the two strikingly wonderful syllables "Ra-dha”, that immediately attracts the Lord of Gokula (Krishna) when they are pronounced even once, that reveals the insignificance of all human pursuits (other than bhakti sadhana and prema) when there is love for Them, that are included in the mantra-formula repeated with great love by Lord Madhava (Vishnu) and even by Sri Krishna himself, appear in my heart !”

Kalindi tata kunja mandira gato yogindravad yat pada
Jyotir dhyana parah sada japati yam premashru purno harih
Kenapy adbhutam ullasad rati rasanandena sammohitah
Sa radheti sada hridi sphuratu me vidya para dvy akshara
(Radha Rasa Sudhanidhi 96)

"May the surprisingly fine, bliss giving, spiritually tastfull, endowed with the flavour of absolute transcendental shringara-love, wish fulfilling and charming two syllables of Radha’s name, which represent the highest supreme cognition and are muttered by Sri Hari (Krishna) who like a great yogi sits in a bower’s temple on the bank of the Yamuna, meditating on the effulgence of Shri Radha’s lotusfeet with streaming tears of love, be always revealed in my heart !

Devanam atha bhakta mukta suhridam atyanta duram ca yat
premananda rasam maha sukhakaram coccaritam prematah
premnakarnayate japaty atha muda gayaty athalisv ayam
jalpaty ashrumukho haris tad amritam radheti me jivanam
(Radha Rasa Sudhanidhi 97)

"The divine ambrosial transcendental name of Sri Radha, that remains difficult to utter by the demigods, the devotees in general, the liberated souls and Krishna’s friends, is even repeated and described with love by Hari (Krishna). He listens this name of Radha being sung to him by the sakhis and also chants it congegationally with them in ecstasy. This name of Radha that consists of the greatest spiritual love, gusto and bliss, is my very life.”

Radha namaiva karyam hy anudinam militam sadhanadhisa kotis
Tyajya nirajya radha padakamala sudham sampumarthagra kotih
Radha padabja lila bhuvi jayati sada’manda mandara kotih
Sri radha kinkarinam luthati caranayor adbhuta siddhi kotih.
(Radha Rasa Sudhanidhi 144)

"If one can simply get into the habit of daily chanting only the holy name of Radha, millions of best spiritual practises (exept the different limbs of bhakti sadhana) will be naturally depreciated and given up. Millions of greatest human goals of life just worship the transcendental nectar of Sri Radha ‘s lotusfeet, and are thus of no interest for those worshipping Them. There are Millions of wishyielding trees in Sri Radha’s playground (Vraja) which is always decorated by Her foot marks, and millions of wonderfull mystic perfections roll at the feet of Sri Radha’s manjaris, but are simply uncared for by them.”

Anulikhyanantan api sad aparadhan madhupatir
Maha premavistas tava parama deyam vimrisyati
Tavaikam sri radhe grinata iha namamrita rasam
Mahimnah kah simam sprisatu tava dasyaika manasam
(Radha Rasa Sudhanidhi 155)

"O Sri Radhe! Madhupati (Krishna) doesn’t take into consideration the innumerabile offenses commited to Saints by anyone who relished even once the sweetness of repeating your delicious holy name, but rather considers, overwhelmed with great ecstatic love, to bestow the highest gift of Your personal service to such a person. Then how can we ever think to understand the greatness of someone whose mind always dwells on Your service.”

Jaya jaya radha nama vrindavana yara dhama
Krishna sukha vilasera nidhi
Heno radha guna gana na shunilo mora kana
Vanchita korilo more vidhi
(Prema Bhakti Chandrika 108)

"Glory, glory to the holy name of Radha, that permanently dwells everywhere in Vrindavana, and that is the ocean of Krishna’s blissful transcendental pastimes. Due to my bad luck I didn’t hear the glorification of such a Radha.”

Krishna nama gane bhai, radhika charana pai
Radha nama gane krishna chandra
Sankshepe kohinu kotha, ghuchao monera byatha
Duhkamaya anya katha dhanda.
(Prema Bhakti Chandrika)

"O brother ! (Sister !) By singing Krishna’s name you will reach Radhika’s lotus feet, and by singing Radha’s name you will reach Krishna-chandra. Now that I have told you this in brief, follow this advice and you will be relieved of your mental ditress.

Srila Narottama Das Thakur Mahashaya

Radhika charana renu, bhushana koriya tanu
Anayase pabe giridhari
Radhika charanashraya, ye kore se mahashaya
Tare mui yai bolihari.
(Prema Bhakti Chandrika 107)

"Anyone who decorates his body with Radhika’footdust easily attains Giridhari. Anyone who takes shelter of Radhika’s lotusfeet is a commendable great soul of very fine spiritual taste and intelligence whom I repeatedly praise.”

The glory of name 'Radha' is explained below:

'ra' sabdoccaranad eva sphito bhavati madhavah
'dha' sabdoccarata pascad dhavatyeva sa-sambhramah

Simply by vibrating the sound 'Ra', Sri Krishna's ecstatic jubiliation fully blooms; simply upon hearing the sound 'dha', He chases after vibrator with great awe and reverence. (Brahma Vaivarta Purana)

'ra' sabdam kurvatas trasto dadami bhaktim uttamam
'dha' sabdam kurvatah pascat yami sravana lobhatah

(Lord Sri Krishna proclaims): ''The moment I hear the sound 'Ra' from anyone's lips, I grant them My supreme prema-bhakti. But the next moment when I hear the sound 'dha', I completely lose Myself and become intoxicated in Radha-nama. Because of My great longing to hear the name of My Beloved, I run after the devotees who chant Radha-nama.''

radhety evam ca samsiddha ra-karo dana-vacakah
dha nirvanam ca tad-datri tena radha prakirtita

The holy name of Radha is fully accomplished in perfection as follows: the syllable 'Ra' denotes dana, bestowal of a gift, and the syllable 'dha' indicates nirvana, liberation. Thus, She Who mercifully bestows liberation into the eternal kingdom of painlessness is called 'Radha.' (Brahma Vaivarta Purana, Sri Krishna-janma-khanda)

sa radheti sada hrdi sphuratu me vidya-para dvayaksara

Let the name of Sri Radha, in which the two divine syllables are embodied and which personifies para-vidya (the ultimate truth) eternally shine in my heart. (Radha-Rasa-Sudha-Nidhi 96 by Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati)

radheti me jivanam

Sri Radha and Radha alone or the nectarean name of Sri Radhe is my life breath. (Radha-Rasa-Sudha-Nidhi 97)

Why Krsna is called Atma-Rama?

atma-ramasya krsnasya
dhruvam atmasti radhika

Kalindi has stated that ''Surely Sri Radhika is the very soul of Lord Krishna Who is Atma-Rama, that is, One Who delights in Himself alone.''

atma tu radhika tasya tayaiva ramanad asau
atma-rama iti prokto muni-bhir gudha vedi-bhih

Bhagavan Krishna is always immersed in Sri Radha consciousness, which is His very soul. Therefore learned sages who have grasped the secret esoteric significance of this deep mellow call him 'Atma-Rama.'

No Krsna without Srimati Radharani

vina radha-prasadena krsna-praptir na jayate
tatah sri-radhika-krsnau smaraniyau su-samyutau

Without the mercy of Srimati Radhika, one can never attain Krsna. Therefore one must remember them together, as They are always nicely situated by each others' side. (Srila Dhyana-chandra Goswami's Paddhati)

prema-bhaktau yadi sraddha mat prasadam yadicchasi
tada narada bhavena radhaya radhako bhava

Shri Krishna says: O Narada!! If you have faith in the process of prema-bhakti and wish to attain my favour, then please become the worshipper of Srimati Radharani in the mood of ecstatic emotion. (Bhavisyottara Purana)

satyam satyam punah satyam satyam eva punah punah
vina radha prasadena mat-prasado na vidyate

Sri Krishna says: O Narada! I tell you truly truly, again truly, truly, again and again - without the mercy of Srimati Radharani, one cannot attain my mercy. (Narada Purana)

Prayers to Radharani

damsair eva mrtam janam
bhesajair devi jivaya

O Radharani, the queen of Vrndavana, with the medicine of the red lac from Your lotus feet, please bring back to life this person now dead from the bites of the black snake of not seeing You. (Vilapa-kusmanjali by RDG)

tavaivaasmi tavaivaasmi
na jivaami tvayaa vinaa
iti vijnaaya devi tvam
naya mam caranaantikam

I am Yours alone! I am Yours alone! I cannot live without You! O queen, please understand this and bring me to Your feet.
(From Vilapa Kusumanjali by Srila Raghunatha dasa Goswami)

Sri Caitanya Caritamrita of Krsnadasa Kaviraja Goswami
C.C. Adi 1.6
Desiring to understand the glory of Radharani's love, the wonderful qualities in Him that She alone relishes through Her love, and the happiness She feels when She relishes the sweetness of His love, the Supreme Lord Hari, richly endowed with Her emotions, appears from the wonb of Srimati Sacideve, as the moon appears from the ocean.

The essence of the hladini potency is love of God, the essence of love of God is emotion [bhava], and the ultimate developement of emotion is mahabhava. Sri Radha Thakurani is the embodiment of mahabhava. She is the repository of all good qualities and the crest jewel among all the lovely consorts of Lord Krsna. Of these two gopis [Radharani and Candravali], Srimati Radharani is superior in all respects. She is the embodiment of mahabhava, and She surpasses all in good qualities. (Ujjvala-nilamani 2)

Her mind, senses and body are steeped in love for Krsna. She is Krsna's own energy, and She helps Him in His pastimes.[Adi 4.68-71]

Lord Krsna made Srimati Radharani close Her eyes in shame before Her friends by His words relating Their amorous activities on the previous night. Then He showed the highest limit of cleverness in drawing pictures of dolphins in various playful sports on Her breasts. In this way Lord Hari made His youth successful by performing pastimes in the bushes with Sri Radha and Her friends. [B.r.s. 2.1.231] (CC Adi 4.117)

CC Adi 4.214-221
Among the gopis, Srimati Radhika is the foremost. She surpasses all in beauty, in good qualities, in good fortune, and above all, in love. Just as Radha is dear to Lord Krsna, so Her bathing placed [Radha-kunda] is dear to Him. She alone is His most beloved of all gopis. (Padma Purana)

O Partha, in all the three planetary systems, this earth is especially fortunate, for on earth is the town of Vrndavana. And there the gopis are especially glorious because among them is My Srimati Radharani. (Adi Purana-Krsna to Arjuna)

All the other gopis help increase the joy of Krsna's pastimes with Radharani. The gopis act as instruments of Their mutual enjoyment. Radha is the beloved consort of Krsna, and She is the wealth of His life. Without Her, the gopis cannot give Him pleasure.
Lord Krsna, the enemy of Kamsa, left aside the other gopis during the rasa dance and took Srimati Radharani to His heart, for She is the helper of the Lord in realizing the essence of His desires. (Gita-Govinda 3.1 - Krsna leaves rasa lila to search for Radha)

Lord Caitanya appeared with the sentiment of Radha. He preached the dharma of this age-the chanting of the holy name and pure love of God. In the mood of Srimati Radharani, He also fulfilled His own desires. This is the principal reason for His appearance.

C.C. Adi 4.238-272
Once Lord Krsna considered with His heart: "Everyone says that I am complete bliss, full of all rasas. All the world derives pleasure from Me. Is there anyone who can give Me pleasure? One who has a hundred times more qualities than Me could give pleasure to My mind. One more qualified than Me is impossible to find in the world. But in Radha alone I feel the presence of one who can give Me pleasure. Although My beauty defeats the beauty of ten million cupids, although it is unequalled and unsurpassed and although it gives pleasure to the three worlds, seeing Radharani gives pleasure to My eyes. The vibration of My transcendental flute attracts the three worlds, but My ears are enchanted by the worlds of Srimati Radharani. Although My body lends fragrance to the entire creation, the scent of Radharani's limbs captivates My mind and heart. Although the entire creation is full of differnt tastes because of Me, I am charmed by the nectarean taste of the lips of Srimati Radharani. And although My touch is cooler than ten million moons, I am refreshed by the touch of Srimati Radhika. Thus although, I am the source of happiness for the entire world, the beauty and attributes of Sri Radhika are My life and soul. In this way My affectionate feelings for Srimati Radharani may be understood, but on analysis I find them contradictory. My eyes are fully satisfied when I look upon Srimati Radharani but by looking upon Me, She becomes even more advanced in satisfaction. The flutelike murmur of the bamboos rubbing against one another steals Radharani's consciousness, for She thinks it to be the sound of My flute. And She embraces a tamala tree, mistaking it for Me. 'I have gotten the embrace of Sri Krsna,' She thinks, 'so now My life is fulfilled.; Thus She remains immersed in pleasing Krsna, taking the tree in Her arms. When a favorable breeze carries to Her the fragrance of My body, She is blinded by love and tries to fly into that breeze. When She tastes the betel chewed by Me, She merges in an ocean of joy and forgets everything else. Even with hundreds of mouths I could not express the transcendental pleasure She derives from My association. Seeing the luster of Her complexion after Our pastimes together, I forget My own identity in happiness. The sage Bharata has said that the mellows of lover and beloved are equal. But he does not know the mellows of My Vrndavana. The happiness I feel when meeting Radharani is a hundred times greater than the happiness I get from meeting others

My dear auspicious Radharani, Your body is the source of all beauty. Your red lips are softer than the sense of immortal sweetness, Your face bears the aroma of a lotus flower, Your sweet words defeat the vibrations of the cuckoo, and Your limbs are cooler than the pulp of sandalwood. All My transcendental senses are overwhelmed in ecstatic pleasure by tasting You, who are completely decorated by beautiful qualities. (spoken by Lord Krsna to Radha, Lalita-Madhava 9.9 by Rupa Goswami)

Her eyes are enchanted by the beauty of Lord Krsna, the enemy of Kamsa. 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 Krsna. (Rupa Goswami thus describes the countenance of Srimati Radharani)

Considering this, I can understand that some unknown mellow in Me controls the entire existence of My captivator, Srimati Radharani. I am always eager to taste the joy that Radharani derives from Me. In spite of various efforts, I have not been able to taste it. But My desire to relish that pleasure increases as I smell its sweetness. I have appeared in the world to taste mellows. I shall taste the mellows of pure love in various ways. I shall teach devotional service, which springs from the spontaneous love of the devotees, by demonstrating it Myself with My pastimes. But these three desires have not been satisfied, for one cannot enjoy them in a contrary postition. Unless I accept the luster of the ecstatic love of Sri Radhika, these three desires cannot be fulfilled. Therefore, assuming Radharani's sentiments and bodily complexion, I shall descend to fulfill these three desires. In this way Lord Krsna came to a decision. Simultaneously, the time came for the incarnation of the age. At that time Sri Advaita was earnestly worshiping Him. Advaita attracted Him with His loud calls. First Lord Krsna made His parents and elders appear. Then Krsna Himself, with the sentiments and complexion of Radhika, appeared in Navadvipa, like the full moon, from the womb of mother Saci, which is like an ocean of pure milk.

From Radha-Krsna Gannodesa Dipika by Srila Rupa Goswami:

Sri Sri Radhe Shyamasundara @ Krishna Balaram Mandir Vrindavan, India. Once Srimati Radharani was inside a pitch dark room. O the grond there was water, pebbles, thorns etc., someone asked Her what She was doing. Radharani to whch She replied: "...on the no moon day (Amavasya), how will I go in the forest to meet Krsna. If I go, may be these things disturb Me in My service to Krsna. Therefore from now on I am practicing to walk on them."

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