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The Glorious Appearance of Srimati Radharani

By Sacinandana Swami
September, 2018

Anyone who comes before Radharani to serve Krishna, oh, She becomes so pleased, ‘Oh here is a devotee of Krishna.’ She immediately recommends. ‘Oh Krishna, here is a devotee...’ This is Radharani. I may not be a devotee. I may be a most fallen rascal. But if I try to reach Krishna through Radharani then my business is successful.
(Srila Prabhupada, Radhastami Lecture, 5th September 1973, London)

Once, in great ecstasy, Lord Siva told his wife Parvati the amazing pastime of Srimati Radharani´s appearance. When Srimati Radharani took Her birth from Her mother, Kirtida, it was the high moon on the eighth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Bhadra. Her father, King Vrishabhanu, became so blissful that he gave large amounts of cloth, gold, oils and cows in charity to the brahmanas, Vaishnavas, musicians, dancers and even the poor. The families of the cowherd men felt that every single desire was fulfilled by Srimati Radharani’s most auspicious appearance.

But very soon they were all overcome with sadness, as the baby girl did not open Her eyes. Everyone wondered, would She be blind for life?

One day, the great sage, Narada, playing sweetly on his vina, came to the quarters of King Vrishabhanu and asked, “How is your kingdom and your overall welfare?” After some polite words, the grieving Vrishabhanu answered, “By your grace, all is well – everyone is full of Hari-bhakti. But my little girl has still not opened Her eyes since She took birth...”

Then, believing in the power of Narada to perform miracles, the King quickly placed Radha in Narada´s lap. Narada felt an unknown ecstasy immediately overwhelmed him. His hairs stood on end and torrents of tears gushed from his eyes.

Radha, lying on his lap, decided to mercifully reveal Her Divine form to Narada Muni. She sat on a gem-studded throne under a wish-fulfilling tree with innumerable sakhis surrounding and worshipping Her. A bright glow emanated from Her.

No one but Narada Muni could see this divine vision. He closed his eyes to try to conceal his emotions and silently offered his prayers: “Oh You, who are the life force of Krishna! You are the Supreme Goddess of Bhakti, and bewilder even Govinda with Your charm. All the demigods headed by Lord Brahma and Siva meditate upon Your lotus feet. Even Maha-Lakshmi is part of You because You are the adi-shakti – the original potency.”

After the revelation of Radharani concluded and Narada had somewhat composed himself, he handed the baby girl back to Vrishabhanu, who looked at him anxiously.

Narada spoke: “You are most fortunate. Your daughter, who is the dearest to Lord Hari, will fill all of Gokula with bliss. Your glory will spread far and wide.”

“But will Her eyes open?” Vrishabhanu replied.

“Don´t worry. On the day the King of Vraja, Nanda Maharaja, and his wife, Yashodarani, come to you with their darling boy Krishna, all will be perfect.”

Parvati anxiously questioned, “Why did the girl keep Her eyes closed?”

Lord Siva responded, “She did not wish to see anyone or anything of this world except Krishna. When Krishna requested Her to appear, She made a vow: ‘I will come to this world, but I will not see anyone but You.’”

Narada Muni´s prophecy became fulfilled. Shortly after his visit, Vrishabhanu Maharaja arranged for a festival and invited Nanda and Yashoda. During this festival, Krishna, who was one year old then, crawled into Radha´s room and looked at His eternal consort. At that time, Radha opened Her eyes. As Their gazes locked, They were reunited. Hence, the Divine Couple met for the first time on this Earth! (Retold from Padma Purana, Uttara Kanda)

Radha´s eyes have blue pupils because Krishna is always reflected in them. Her only purpose is to give Krishna pleasure, and She engages those souls who take shelter in Her to directly serve Krishna. In fact, one of Her names is Karunamayi – She who is full of compassion.

Once Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura was asked, “How can one receive the complete mercy of Sri Krishna?” He answered, “When Srimati Radharani accepts someone as Her own, then only is the full mercy of Krishna accessible to him.”


I pray that all of you will be able to call upon Srimati Radharani on this day and beg for Her mercy. Then all your desires will surely be fulfilled, as was the case for everyone when She appeared in Gokula.
 

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