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Preface

If Lord Gaura had not appeared as the yuga-avatara in this age of Kali, then what would have become of us? How could me have tolerated living? Who in the universe would have ever learned about the topmost limits of loving mellows that comprise the glory of Sri Radha?

Just like Krsna is the fountainhead of all forms of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in the same way Radharani is the fountainhead of all forms of goddesses like Laksmi, Rukmini, Satyabhama, etc. She is mula-prakriti, or the original prakriti.

But people in general had little knowledge about Radharani before Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared on this planet. He spread the glories of Srimati Radharani among the common people. The subject matter of Radharani is very confidential: even the Vedas only mention Sri Radha in brief. That's why Lord Krsna personally came to this earth to explain radha-tattava and Srimati Radharani's pastimes to everyone.

But not are all qualified to hear or speak of Srimati Radharani. One must hear about Radharani from bonafide Vaisnava acaryas in the line of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Then only can we understand about Srimati Radharani.

We have prepared this collection of pastimes of Srimati Radharani as they have been described in different scriptures, and also explained by the Gosvamis of Vrndavana. Some of the pastimes are also collected from books about Vraja-mandala-parikrama, where the stories total are not referenced in any Sastra but have been explained by Vrajavasis or great sadhakas of Vraja.

Before describing the pastimes of Radharani, the book explains radha-tattva and the purity of Sri Radha's love for Sri Krsna. This information of from Sri Caitnya-caritamrta, written by Srila Krsnadasa KaViraja Gosvami as it has been translated and explained by Srila Prabhupada.

Before reading this book one must be convinced that Sri Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and Srimati Radharani is His eternal consort. She is the personification of His pleasure-giving potency. She is not some ordinary lady. This book is meant for devotee of Lord Krsna who worship Him under the direction of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the six Gosvamis, our predecessor acaryas, and our Founder-Acarya, Srila Prabhupada.

There are unlimited pastimes of Radharani – these are but a few. We hope devotee will enjoy reading this book and develop more devotion to the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani. It by Her mercy can one attain love of Krsna.

I researched many different literatures describing the pastimes of Srimati Radharani. What I have understood by the mercy of Guru and Gauranga I have tried my best to put into the English language. I cannot claim everything I have written will be perfect. If someone finds any mistake then kindly consult with some more qualified Vaisnava to clear your doubts.

I hope Srimati Radharani will excuse me if I have committed any grave offense by publishing this book. I know to publish a book on Radharani is very sensitive. At the same time I feel that this inspiration within me to publish a book on Srimati Radharani's pastimes must have come from Her. Otherwise how can I proceed on this most difficult job? I am publishing this book with a feeling that she must be behind this endeavor: how anything can be mentioned about Her without Her sanction?

There are many more pastimes of Srimati Radharani. If she desires and gives Her blessings to me, maybe in future we can publish those.

 

From the Jacket

O queen of Vrindavan, 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 the 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 charming than bright red tulips. Your sparking, even teeth are like rows of spotlessly white jasmine buds.

O Srimate Radha! Among all the beloved gopis You are the cherished jewel. Therefore, kindly be pleased with me.

 

Bhakti Purusottama Swami

Born in Jagannath Puri in 1957 he became associated with ISKCON while on his second year in college. He joined the society in 1978 and was initiated by His Holiness Jayapataka Swami the following year during the Gaura Purnima festival in Sri Dham Mayapur. From then on served in various capacities, first as sankirtan leader in Kolkata, then on the boat preaching party in Mayapur. Starting in 1983 he served four years as Temple President in Bhuvaneswar.

In 1987 he returned to Mayapur to become general manager. Under his supervision the Gita Correspondence-course program, College preaching and book distribution were developed. At present Maharaja is serving in Mayapur as Co-director and one of the GBC members. He has also written a book on the pastimes of Lord Jagannath and several Bengali books for students.

 

Contents

 

  Preface 14
  Acknowledgement 16
  Section One  
  Radha Tattva  
1. Who is Srimati Radharani? 19
2. The Greatness of Radharani's Love for Krsna 25
3. Radha's Name in the Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas 31
4. Why Radharani Created Sri Navadvipa-dhama 35
  Section Two  
  Radharani in Goloka  
5. Radharani's Appearance in Goloka 41
6. Srimati Radharani Cursed by Sridama 46
7. Sri Radha's Appearance on Earth 53
  Section Three  
  Radha, The Gopis, and the Vrajavasis  
8. The Color of Srimati Radharani's Body 61
9. Auspicious Marks on the Lotus Feet of Srimati Radharani 63
10. Srimati Radhika's Twenty-five Principle Qualities 64
11. The Asta-sakhis 67
12. The Twelve Forests of Vraja 70
13. Why the Vrajavasis Stayed in Vraja 71
  Section Four  
  Childhood Pastimes  
14. Narada Muni's First Darsana of Srimati Radharani 77
15. Opening of Radharani's Eyes 81
16. Born from Durvasa Muni 83
17. Srimati Radharani's Anna-prasana Ceremony 85
  Section Five  
  Pauganda  
18. Krsna Proves Radharani's Superior Position 89
  Section Six  
  Youthful Pastimes Before Marriage  
19. The Appearance of Syama-kunda and Radha-kunda 97
20. Lalita and Krsna in a Swing Festival 101
21. Lalita Ties the Cloth of Radha-Krsna 105
22. Krsna Enacts His Raghunatha-lila at Kamyavana 107
23. Mother Yasoda Rubs Turmeric on Sri Radha's Hands 109
24. The Pearl Tree 110
25. Krsna Breaks Radha's Yogurt Pot 111
26. Krsna Peacock Form 113
27. The Marriage of Radha and Krsna at Bandharivana 115
  Section Six  
  Youthful Pastimes after Marriage  
28. Meeting of Radha and Krsna at Sanket 123
29. Boat Pastimes at Manasi Ganga 126
30. Krsna Appears as Gauri Devi 127
31. Krsna Takes the Form of Kali 129
32. Radharani Overwhelms Krsna 133
33. Radha Defeats Krsna in a Dice Game 135
34. Krsna Meets Radha at Kokilavana 138
35. Krsna Proves He is a Pure Brahmacari 140
36. Krsna Shows His Four-armed From to the Gopis 142
37. Krsna Visits Jatila 143
38. Manasi Ganga Manifests, and More Boat Pastimes 145
39. Prema Sarovara Formed form Radha-Krsna's Tears 147
40. Radharani Disgiused as Subala 149
41. Krsna Collects Tax from Srimati Radharani 154
42. Krsna Proves Radharani's Chastity 157
43. Breaking of Radharani's Anger 161
44. Radharani's Makara-anana and Meeting Krsna 164
45. Krsna Hides in a Box to Meet With Radharani 168
46. Krsna The Singer 172
47. Radharani Bitten by a Snake 176
  Section Eight  
  Pastimes after Krsna leaves Vrndavana  
48. Radha-Krsna Punar-milan 187
49. Radha and Krsna Meet at Siddhasrama & Srimati Radharani's Return to Goloka-dhama 190
50. The Glories of the Gopis' Love for Krsna 194
  Section Nine  
  Merciful Srimati Radharani  
51. Rupa Gosvami Blessed by Srimati Radharani 201
52. Srimati Radhika Blesses Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami 203
53. The Blessed Jackal 204
54. Krsna Donates Radharani's Weight in Jewels 205
55. Radharani Blesses Syamananda 206
56. Srinivasa Finds Sri Radhika's Nose ring 209
  Section Ten  
  Aisvarya  
57. Radharani Saves the Demigods 215
  Section Eleven  
  Meditations  
i. Approaching Srimati Radharani 221
  - Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada  
ii. Prayer to Srimati Lalita Devi 226
  - Srila Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami  
iii. Eight Appeals to Srimati Radhika 227
  - Srila Rupa Gosvami  
iv. The Beauty of Srimati Radhika 229
  - Srila Rupa Gosvami  
v. Sri Radhikastaka 230
  - Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami  
vi. Sri Radhastaka – Nine Songs 233
  - Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura  
vii Sri Radhika-stava 249
  - Srila Rupa Gosvami  
  - Purport by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada  
viii Sri Radha-kundastaka 251
  - Srila Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami  

 

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Preface

If Lord Gaura had not appeared as the yuga-avatara in this age of Kali, then what would have become of us? How could me have tolerated living? Who in the universe would have ever learned about the topmost limits of loving mellows that comprise the glory of Sri Radha?

Just like Krsna is the fountainhead of all forms of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in the same way Radharani is the fountainhead of all forms of goddesses like Laksmi, Rukmini, Satyabhama, etc. She is mula-prakriti, or the original prakriti.

But people in general had little knowledge about Radharani before Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared on this planet. He spread the glories of Srimati Radharani among the common people. The subject matter of Radharani is very confidential: even the Vedas only mention Sri Radha in brief. That's why Lord Krsna personally came to this earth to explain radha-tattava and Srimati Radharani's pastimes to everyone.

But not are all qualified to hear or speak of Srimati Radharani. One must hear about Radharani from bonafide Vaisnava acaryas in the line of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Then only can we understand about Srimati Radharani.

We have prepared this collection of pastimes of Srimati Radharani as they have been described in different scriptures, and also explained by the Gosvamis of Vrndavana. Some of the pastimes are also collected from books about Vraja-mandala-parikrama, where the stories total are not referenced in any Sastra but have been explained by Vrajavasis or great sadhakas of Vraja.

Before describing the pastimes of Radharani, the book explains radha-tattva and the purity of Sri Radha's love for Sri Krsna. This information of from Sri Caitnya-caritamrta, written by Srila Krsnadasa KaViraja Gosvami as it has been translated and explained by Srila Prabhupada.

Before reading this book one must be convinced that Sri Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and Srimati Radharani is His eternal consort. She is the personification of His pleasure-giving potency. She is not some ordinary lady. This book is meant for devotee of Lord Krsna who worship Him under the direction of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the six Gosvamis, our predecessor acaryas, and our Founder-Acarya, Srila Prabhupada.

There are unlimited pastimes of Radharani – these are but a few. We hope devotee will enjoy reading this book and develop more devotion to the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani. It by Her mercy can one attain love of Krsna.

I researched many different literatures describing the pastimes of Srimati Radharani. What I have understood by the mercy of Guru and Gauranga I have tried my best to put into the English language. I cannot claim everything I have written will be perfect. If someone finds any mistake then kindly consult with some more qualified Vaisnava to clear your doubts.

I hope Srimati Radharani will excuse me if I have committed any grave offense by publishing this book. I know to publish a book on Radharani is very sensitive. At the same time I feel that this inspiration within me to publish a book on Srimati Radharani's pastimes must have come from Her. Otherwise how can I proceed on this most difficult job? I am publishing this book with a feeling that she must be behind this endeavor: how anything can be mentioned about Her without Her sanction?

There are many more pastimes of Srimati Radharani. If she desires and gives Her blessings to me, maybe in future we can publish those.

 

From the Jacket

O queen of Vrindavan, 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 the 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 charming than bright red tulips. Your sparking, even teeth are like rows of spotlessly white jasmine buds.

O Srimate Radha! Among all the beloved gopis You are the cherished jewel. Therefore, kindly be pleased with me.

 

Bhakti Purusottama Swami

Born in Jagannath Puri in 1957 he became associated with ISKCON while on his second year in college. He joined the society in 1978 and was initiated by His Holiness Jayapataka Swami the following year during the Gaura Purnima festival in Sri Dham Mayapur. From then on served in various capacities, first as sankirtan leader in Kolkata, then on the boat preaching party in Mayapur. Starting in 1983 he served four years as Temple President in Bhuvaneswar.

In 1987 he returned to Mayapur to become general manager. Under his supervision the Gita Correspondence-course program, College preaching and book distribution were developed. At present Maharaja is serving in Mayapur as Co-director and one of the GBC members. He has also written a book on the pastimes of Lord Jagannath and several Bengali books for students.

 

Contents

 

  Preface 14
  Acknowledgement 16
  Section One  
  Radha Tattva  
1. Who is Srimati Radharani? 19
2. The Greatness of Radharani's Love for Krsna 25
3. Radha's Name in the Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas 31
4. Why Radharani Created Sri Navadvipa-dhama 35
  Section Two  
  Radharani in Goloka  
5. Radharani's Appearance in Goloka 41
6. Srimati Radharani Cursed by Sridama 46
7. Sri Radha's Appearance on Earth 53
  Section Three  
  Radha, The Gopis, and the Vrajavasis  
8. The Color of Srimati Radharani's Body 61
9. Auspicious Marks on the Lotus Feet of Srimati Radharani 63
10. Srimati Radhika's Twenty-five Principle Qualities 64
11. The Asta-sakhis 67
12. The Twelve Forests of Vraja 70
13. Why the Vrajavasis Stayed in Vraja 71
  Section Four  
  Childhood Pastimes  
14. Narada Muni's First Darsana of Srimati Radharani 77
15. Opening of Radharani's Eyes 81
16. Born from Durvasa Muni 83
17. Srimati Radharani's Anna-prasana Ceremony 85
  Section Five  
  Pauganda  
18. Krsna Proves Radharani's Superior Position 89
  Section Six  
  Youthful Pastimes Before Marriage  
19. The Appearance of Syama-kunda and Radha-kunda 97
20. Lalita and Krsna in a Swing Festival 101
21. Lalita Ties the Cloth of Radha-Krsna 105
22. Krsna Enacts His Raghunatha-lila at Kamyavana 107
23. Mother Yasoda Rubs Turmeric on Sri Radha's Hands 109
24. The Pearl Tree 110
25. Krsna Breaks Radha's Yogurt Pot 111
26. Krsna Peacock Form 113
27. The Marriage of Radha and Krsna at Bandharivana 115
  Section Six  
  Youthful Pastimes after Marriage  
28. Meeting of Radha and Krsna at Sanket 123
29. Boat Pastimes at Manasi Ganga 126
30. Krsna Appears as Gauri Devi 127
31. Krsna Takes the Form of Kali 129
32. Radharani Overwhelms Krsna 133
33. Radha Defeats Krsna in a Dice Game 135
34. Krsna Meets Radha at Kokilavana 138
35. Krsna Proves He is a Pure Brahmacari 140
36. Krsna Shows His Four-armed From to the Gopis 142
37. Krsna Visits Jatila 143
38. Manasi Ganga Manifests, and More Boat Pastimes 145
39. Prema Sarovara Formed form Radha-Krsna's Tears 147
40. Radharani Disgiused as Subala 149
41. Krsna Collects Tax from Srimati Radharani 154
42. Krsna Proves Radharani's Chastity 157
43. Breaking of Radharani's Anger 161
44. Radharani's Makara-anana and Meeting Krsna 164
45. Krsna Hides in a Box to Meet With Radharani 168
46. Krsna The Singer 172
47. Radharani Bitten by a Snake 176
  Section Eight  
  Pastimes after Krsna leaves Vrndavana  
48. Radha-Krsna Punar-milan 187
49. Radha and Krsna Meet at Siddhasrama & Srimati Radharani's Return to Goloka-dhama 190
50. The Glories of the Gopis' Love for Krsna 194
  Section Nine  
  Merciful Srimati Radharani  
51. Rupa Gosvami Blessed by Srimati Radharani 201
52. Srimati Radhika Blesses Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami 203
53. The Blessed Jackal 204
54. Krsna Donates Radharani's Weight in Jewels 205
55. Radharani Blesses Syamananda 206
56. Srinivasa Finds Sri Radhika's Nose ring 209
  Section Ten  
  Aisvarya  
57. Radharani Saves the Demigods 215
  Section Eleven  
  Meditations  
i. Approaching Srimati Radharani 221
  - Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada  
ii. Prayer to Srimati Lalita Devi 226
  - Srila Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami  
iii. Eight Appeals to Srimati Radhika 227
  - Srila Rupa Gosvami  
iv. The Beauty of Srimati Radhika 229
  - Srila Rupa Gosvami  
v. Sri Radhikastaka 230
  - Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami  
vi. Sri Radhastaka – Nine Songs 233
  - Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura  
vii Sri Radhika-stava 249
  - Srila Rupa Gosvami  
  - Purport by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada  
viii Sri Radha-kundastaka 251
  - Srila Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami  

 

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