Glories and Pastimes of Srimati Radharani book 1 and 2 by Bhakti Purusottama Swami are the books you want to have. These 2 volumes take us to that real where we can relish the glorious qualities and pastimes of Srimati Radharani.
Srimati Radharani is the pleasure potency that Krishna enjoys. She is the root of the pure selfless feelings of service to Lord Krishna. She is the queen of the abode of perfect love. All that exists in that world is absorbed in innumerable feelings of intense love of God nurtured by Srimati Radharani. She is the hlādinī potency of Krishna!
That hlādinī energy gives Kṛṣṇa pleasure and nourishes His devotees
“Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī has elaborately discussed the hlādinī potency in his Prīti-sandarbha. He says that the Vedas clearly state, ‘Only devotional service can lead one to the Personality of Godhead. Only devotional service can help a devotee meet the Supreme Lord face to face. The Supreme Personality of Godhead is attracted by devotional service, and as such the ultimate supremacy of Vedic knowledge rests in knowing the science of devotional service.’”
Caitanya Caritamrita Adi Lila 4.60
So there is a stark difference between the influence of the material energy and the spiritual energy. While the material energy punishes the living entities in order to cure their selfish tendencies, Srimati Radharani, the internal pleasure potency of Krishna, fills them with the supreme devotional bliss of exclusively seeking Krishna’s pleasure.
“Among the gopis, Srimati Radhika is the foremost. She surpasses all in beauty, in good qualities, in good fortune, and above all, in love… Sri Radha Thakurani is the embodiment of mahabhava. She is the repository of all good qualities and the crest jewel among all the lovely consorts of Lord Krishna.”
Sri Chaitanya Caritamrta
“The essence of love of God is emotion, bhava, and the ultimate development of emotion is mahabhava. Srimati Radharani is the embodiment of mahabhava. Her mind, senses and body are steeped in love for Krishna. She is Krishna’s own energy and she helps Him in His pastimes. Srimati Radharani is as fully spiritual as Krishna. No one should consider her to be material. She is all spiritual.”
When we speak of Radha, we are speaking of the energy of Krishna which is loving Krishna, the energy of God which is loving God. We are all parts and parcels of God and we have the potency to love God and this is due to Radharani. Radharani is the ultimate surrendered entity to God and we are all ultimately dominated parts and parcels of God who should be surrendering to God. So our business is rendering service or surrendering to Radha Krishna.
Radharani is the original mother. There are so many universes and in every universe there is a mother of the universe. Radharani is the original mother. So as Krishna is our father, and Krishna is also our mother, Krishna is our friend, Krishna is our master, Radharani is that aspect of Krishna that is our mother. Krishna is our mother in Radharani. We cannot separate Radha from Krishna so when we say Krishna is our mother, we say Radharani is our mother, there is no difference. When we pray to Radharani we must be praying that I am spirit soul and she is my mother.
Radharani is the perfect original lover of Krishna, not separate from Krishna. It is described that just as Lord Krishna is the cause of all incarnations, so Sri Radha is the cause of all the consorts namely the goddesses of fortune, the queens and milkmaids of Vraja. They all proceed from Radha.
Bhakti Purusottama Swami
Bhakti Purusottama Swami first joined ISKCON in Mayapur, India, in 1978. He is an initiated disciple of Jayapataka Swami and is an integral part of the organisation of the Headquarters of ISKCON in Mayapur, where he is based. His managerial position as temple president at Bhubaneswar, Orissa (his native state) from 1982 to 1987 gave him an introduction to the responsibilities he has later embraced.
His GBC zonal assignments include Eastern India, Bangladesh, Korea and Nepal. He is co-GBC and co-zonal secretary for North and South Korea, India, Arunachal Pradesh, Mayapur and West Bengal including Puri, North and Western Orissa, Bangladesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Nepal, Sikkim, Assam, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bhutan, Meghalaya and Tripura.
Bhakti Purusottama Swami travels to many other parts of the globe encouraging others in their spiritual life.
This encouragement is not limited to speaking on and exemplifying Krishna consciousness, but is also available in print. Bhakti Purusottama Swami is the author of several books: Śrī Kṣetra parikrama, The Final Call, Death, and a book on the pastimes of Krishna’s dearest devotee, entitled The Glories and Pastimes of Srimati Radharani. He has also written a few smaller titles in the Bengali language.
Besides his native Oriya, Bhakti Purusottama Swami speaks Bengali, Hindi and English and shares Krishna consciousness in all of these languages.
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