|Today is a special day on my spiritual calendar. It’s the day celebrating the Birthday of Sri Radha, the girl you always see pictured with Krishna.
Over five millenia ago in a place now called Northern India on a half moon night in the month of Bhadra, King Vrishabhanu came to the Jamuna River to bathe and found himself engulfed in a golden aura that 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. But, she was also shocked to find 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. The concept of mother is the most sacred symbol – that of purity, selflessness, caring, sharing, nurturing, and love. When the Holy Names are chanted:
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare,
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.Hare means Radharani. It is a plaintive desperate cry for the mother. ‘Radharani! 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 names in the Maha-mantra, by worshiping her Deity form, and by following her instructions.
Two years ago I was invited to cook a giant feast for the festivities celebrating Sri Radha at the Sydney Hare Krishna Temple. I look forward to getting that opportunity again.
In the meantime, please enjoy this visit to the archives.
Posted by Kurma on 15/9/10; 6:54:19 AM