Radhastami

2 weeks, 4 days ago by Ramananda in Calendar Development

On Thursday, September 5, 2019, the appearance day of Srimati Radharani will be celebrated in Hawaii.

On that day His Holiness Hanumatpresaka Swami will give a special class on Her divine person. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura explains the unique position of Sri Radha in relationship to Nityananda Prabhu in an article entitled “Associates of Sri Caitanya,” from the book “Sri Kathamrita.”

There it is explained that the guru is a representative of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, whose distinctive function is to guide the jiva back to the service of Sri Krishna. However, Nityananda Prabhu does not directly instruct the soul in the confidential service of Krishna. It is Srimati Radhika Herself who is the guruvi of the inner circle of the servants of Krishna.

Srimati Radharani accepts the offer of service of only those souls who are specially favored by Nityananda and are deemed by Him to be fit for Her service. There is, therefore, a most intimate relationship between the function of Nityananda as the principle of guru-tattva and that of Srimati Radharani.

The function is supplementary in the sense that only by the guru’s grace can we hope to qualify for the service of the Lord, and it is inclusive in that by the service of guru, the representative of Nityananda, one can approach Srimati Radharani. Therefore, it is the guru who admits one to the service of Sri Krishna. 

In the Caitanya Caritamrita the very first verse describes 6-different manifestation of the Supreme Lord. The last manifestation is that of “shakti,” or divine power. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta describes this divine power as the Predominated Moiety [portion] of the Divinity, who is the Predominating Whole. In other words, Sri Radha is in fact non-different from Sri Krishna, the Supreme Predominator. They are one yet separated eternally, just as men and women are of the same species and are therefore one (man cannot exist without women), yet they are very different.

Sri Radhika is the predominated Counter-Whole of Sri Krishna. Sri Radhika has Her duplicates and constituents who are also of the nature of plenary powers of the Divinity. This means some are Her direct expansions and others are separated personal assistants, who can be jivas. She also directly serves Sri Krishna in infinite ways in Her countless distinctive plenary and secondary forms.

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