In 2017 and 2018, His Holiness Kadamba Kanana Swami took us to Raval, the birthplace of Srimati Radharani. Here, Maharaja delves deep into the mood, features and qualities of Radharani for us to meditate upon. Check out Maharaja’s full kirtans and lectures below, along with a few photos, at Raval during Parikrama 2017 and Parikrama 2018.
If one asks about the origin of love of Krsna, the answer is that the origin is in Srimati Radharani alone. Who is the most dear friend of Krsna? The answer again is Srimati Radharani alone. No one else. Since all the transcendental qualities are manifested in Srimati Radharani, She alone is able to fulfill all the desires of Krsna. No one else. Even Satyabhama, one of the queens of Sri Krsna, desires the fortunate position and excellent qualities of Srimati Radharani. All the gopis learn the art of dressing from Srimati Radharani, and even the goddess of fortune, Laksmi, and the wife of Lord Siva, Parvati, desire Her beauty and qualities. Indeed, Arundhati, the celebrated chaste wife of Vasistha, also wants to imitate the chastity and religious principles of Srimati Radharani. Even Lord Krsna Himself cannot reach the limit of the transcendental qualities of Srimati Radharani. How then can an insignificant living entity count them?
In ornamenting Radharani’s body are the twenty kinds of ecstatic symptoms beginning with kila-kincita. Her transcendental qualities constitute the flower garland hanging in fullness over Her body. Srila Prabhupada explains that it is not possible to explain properly in English what kila-kincita actually means. He says, “First, in connection with the body, there are bhava (ecstasy), hava (gestures) and hela (negligence). Then, in relation to the self, there are sobha (beauty), kanti (lustre), dipti (brilliance), madhurya (sweetness), pragalbhata (impudence), audarya (magnanimity) and dhairya (patience). Finally, in relation to nature, there are lila (pastimes), vilasa (enjoyment), vicchitti (breaking off) and vibhrama (puzzlement). Srimati Radharani’s flower garland consists of Her qualities and is divided into mental, verbal and bodily parts. Her attitude of forgiveness and mercy is all mental. Her talks, which are very pleasing to the ear, are verbal. The bodily qualities are age, beauty, lustre and grace.”
As you can see, we are sitting under two trees grown together – not just one tree. These trees represent Radha and Krsna – one is dark and one is white. Such trees are quite common in Vrndavana. So here, we see Radha and Krsna represented by these trees. By the mercy of Lord Caitanya, we can approach all these places. Whatever we are lacking, He will make up. Whatever is difficult becomes easy by the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and whatever is easy, becomes difficult without the mercy of Mahaprabhu. It is by His mercy that we are doing whatever we are doing. We can approach such exalted pastime places by the mercy of Mahaprabhu, sri-krsna-caitanya radha-krsna nahe anya, who is none other than Radha and Krsna combined.