(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 23 September 2012, Durban, South Africa, Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya Lila 13.150)

It is explained that all the residents of Vrndavana are like the life force of Krsna. Without them, what reason is there to exist? Krsna makes this very clear. But then, He points out that when it comes to Srimati Radharani, She is His very life force itself. Without Her, there is no life. She is therefore the centre of all of Vrndavana’s activities. It is said that Krsna is simply the instrument of Radharani. So Krsna is completely controlled by Srimati Radharani. This is our Krsna, who is purchased by the love of His devotees.

Krsna is atmarama; He is satisfied within Himself. But then it is said in the tenth canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam that like a boy who is playing with His reflection, prati bimba, Krsna is playing with His own energies. Krsna is manifesting so many different energies and the most amazing of all energies is His pleasure potency. Srimati Radharani is that hladini shakti, the pleasure potency of Krsna. Krsna says that, ‘so many are praying to Me and I give them pleasure. But who gives pleasure to Me? Who can really give pleasure to Me; only one who is a hundred times more qualified than I am!’ So like this, Krsna is looking upon Srimati Radharani as unlimitedly qualified, unlimitedly pure, unlimitedly dedicated and of course today, we are looking at Srimati Radharani as the emblem of pure devotion.

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