Raseshwari Srimati Radhika

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ha devi kaku-bhara-gadgadayadya vaca
yace nipatya bhuvi dandavad udbhatartih |
asya prasadam abudhasya janasya kritva
gandharvike nija-gane gananam vidhehi ||2||

O Goddess! In great distress, I prostrate myself before You, falling on the 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!

 

Let us surrender unto the Lotus feet of Vrindavaneshwari Srimati Radhika, the queen of the forest of Vrindavan, which is splendidly manifested as the eternal abode of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna. Having various trees laden with the most fragrant and delicious flowers and fruits, lush green grass, the blissful Yamuna river full of lotuses and swans, and secluded bowers made of malati, juhi, chameli and various other flowers, Vrindavan dham serves as the pastime place of Kunjeshvari Sr Radha, the goddess of the Kunjas. Being surrounded by her affectionate Gopi friends, she relishes various amorous pastimes in the company of her beloved Nandanandan, the son of Maharaj Nanda. Being the Hladini or pleasure potency of the Lord, she is the ultimate reservoir of all transcendental bliss. It is with her service that Vrajarajsuta feels the most satisfied and is indeed completely controlled by her love. The rasas of the spiritual realm are truly incomprehensible for the conditioned living entities of this material world, for they are based on pure love, untainted by even the slightest tinge of desire to enjoy oneself. Being bound by this unfathomable love of Srimati Radhika, Sri Krishna places his peacock feather and flute in the lotus feet of Srimati Radhika, when she displays her jealous anger, which she shows just to increase the transcendental mellows of amorous love so that it is becomes even more relishable for Sri Shyamsundar. This pastime of the Supreme Personality of Godhead placing his head in the lotus feet of Srimati Radhika has been described in Sri Gita Govinda, written by Srila Jayadev Goswami and relished by Sri Mahaprabhu in the association of Sri Ray Ramananda and Sri Swaroop Damodar. In Sri Gita Govinda, Sri Krishna is saying to Srimati Radhika,

smara-garala-khandanam
mama sirasi mandanam
dehi pada-pallavam udaram

The beautiful flower blossoms of Your feet counteract the deadly poison of amorous love. They extinguish the terrifying fire of the pain of that love, which rages within My heart. Therefore, please be kind and allow Your feet to decorate My head.

When this pastime appeared in the heart of Srila Jayadev Goswami, he could not believe how the Lord of the entire universe would place his head in the lotus feet of Srimati Radhika. Being bewildered, he went to take a bath in the nearby river when Sri Krishna himself came there in the form of Jayadev and wrote the verse with his very own hands. When Jayadev Goswami came back and saw the verse written, he could understand that Sri Krishna had himself come there and written it, thus eradicating all doubts from his heart. This pastime clearly shows the exalted position of Krishnapriya, who is indeed dearer to Krishna then his very own life.

Sri Krishna is Rasik Shekhar, the relisher of various transcendental mellows like dasya, sakhya, vatsalya and madhurya. Of all these Rasas, Madhurya rasa has been described by the acharyas as being the most exalted and Srimati Radhika is the topmost abode of this supremely radiant rasa. May Raseshwari Sri Radha grant us entrance into the realm of transcendental loving service to her lotus feet under the supervision of Sri Rupa and Rati manjari, thus accepting us as one of her own.