Srimati Radharani is the eternal consort of Lord Krishna. Five thousand
years ago, when Lord Krishna came to this planet to perform His
pastimes, Srimati Radharani also appeared. This year we celebrate her
appearance on September 15. This special day is known as Radhashtami.
The following is adapted from a lecture by His Holiness Varshana Swami:
“On a half-moon night in the month of Bhadra, King Vrishabhanu came to
the Jamuna to bathe and found himself engulfed in a golden aura, the
golden aura of pure love. It was emanating from a lotus, which had a
baby girl standing on its whorl. When the king returned to the palace
with the baby, Queen Kirtida was delighted. She was also shocked that
the girl was blind.
“Lord Krishna’s mother, Yashoda, heard that
her best friend Kirtida had a baby, so she came to visit along with her
husband and her son. Krishna crawled up to the cradle and pulled
Himself up and looked in. At that moment, Srimati Radharani’s eyes
fluttered and opened wide and blossomed like lotuses. It seems that she
did not want to see anything of this world, only the form of Sri
Krishna. Everyone was delighted.
“Srimati Radharani is the
mother of the universe, the spiritual mother of all souls. And the
concept of mother is the most sacred symbol—that of purity,
selflessness, caring, sharing, nurturing, and love. That is why our
sacred mantra is the holy names. It is the holy names in the vocative.
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare / Hare Rama, Hare
Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
“‘Hare’ means ‘Radhe.’ It is a
plaintive, desperate cry for the mother. ‘Radhe! Please wake us up from
this nightmare of mortal life! Remind us of the father we have forgotten
and take us home!’”
In the Krishna consciousness movement,
devotees carefully worship Srimati Radharani as the bestower of
devotional service to Krishna, by attentively chanting her name in the
maha-mantra, by worshiping her deity form, and by following the
instructions of the most merciful Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is the
combined form of Radha and Krishna.
“(Therefore) Radha is
parama-devata, the supreme goddess, and She is worshipable for everyone.
She is the protectress of all, and She is the mother of the entire