Please find below a very nice, elaborate article written by Ragalekha Devi Dasi. "Once again, it was party time in the Benelux region with a three day festival that included the official Vyasa Puja … more
HH KKS: Then next to Him (Lord Chaitanya)is Gadhadhar – is known as Bhakta Shakti the energy of the Lord. The internal pleasure potency of the Lord. Gadhadhar …. thus among the devotees there are more who are in this category of Shakti Tattva – they are known as the internal energy of the Lord. Srimati Radharani is the embodiment of the internal energy of the Lord. She expands Herself into various other gopis – and forms who are not living beings – in Mayapur we have the Asta Sakhis. All these Asta Sakhis are not jives: they are not living beings. They are all expansions of Srimati Radharani. The principal sakhis are Lalita and Visakha. And those personalities also appear in the pastimes of Mahaprabhu. They were not jivas , it is said that Radha and Krishna are surrounded by a circle of these Asta Sakhis and these are in turn are served by jivas – the manjaris. These jivas are forming the next circle: they are the manjaris. So in this way we have Rupa manjari – Rupa Manjari is serving Lalita Devi – who is a Gopi.
Rupa Manjari is none other than Rupa Goswami. So we come in that line, Thus we are the servant of the servant of the servant of Radharani…(03/2009-Leicester,UK)