Approach Sri Krishna Through Srimati Radharani
20th October 2016 • Illuminations on Bhakti
HH Candramauli Swami, Radhastami class, September 27th 2015, NVD, Hungary
There is a beautiful verse from the Sri Caitanya-caritamrta (Adi-lila 4.55):
“The loving affairs of Sri Radha and Krishna are transcendental manifestations of the Lord’s internal pleasure giving potency. Although Radha and Krishna are one in identity, They have separated Themselves eternally. Now, these two transcendental identities are again united in the form of Sri Krishna Caitanya. I bow down to Him, who has manifested Himself with the sentiment and complexion of Srimati Radharani, although He is Krishna Himself.”
The Sastras explain that the Supreme Lord has unlimited spiritual energies and unlimited spiritual potencies.
Of the unlimited potencies of the Lord, there are three primary powerful potencies, which comprise the Absolute Truth: the sandhini, samvit and hladini. Of these, hladini sakti, which is the Lord’s internal pleasure potency, is manifested as His transcendental form Srimati Radharani.
We understand from Sastra and the spiritual master that Bhakti is the only way to know Krishna and the only way to connect with Krishna. And Bhakti manifests itself in the pleasure potency, which is Srimati Radharani, by which loving relationships between Krishna and the living entities are exchanged. In other words, we cannot approach Krishna unless we follow the process of Bhakti. And the supreme manifestation of the pleasure personality of Bhakti is Srimati Radharani. Srila Prabhupada would say: “If you want to give something to Krishna, then give it to Srimati Radharani. She will give it to Krishna. If Srimati Radharani is pleased with your offering to Her, She will offer that to Krishna, as your loving offering to Him. So we approach Krishna through Srimati Radharani. Srimati Radharani’s mercy is the mercy of unalloyed pure love for Krishna.