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By Shrimati Radharani’s Side


It is understood from the authoritative literatures, which describe the transcendental pastimes of Godhead, that in the arena of the rasa-lila dance, Shri Krishna distributed Himself in His innumerable prakasha expansions by keeping Himself between each of the cowherd girls. He also kept Himself by the side of Shrimati Radharani. The prakasha expansions of His transcendental body are all identical, but the personality by the side of Shrimati Radharani is His original form, svayam-rupa. Shri Krishna is equal to everyone in His general dealings, but due to the conflicting ecstatic love of Shrimati Radharani there were opposing elements. This is described in the Ujjvala-nilamani as follows:


aher iva gatih premnah

svabhava-kutila bhavet

ato hetor ahetosh ca

yunor mana udancati


“The curved ways of progressive love affairs appear like the movement of a snake. Further, two different kinds of anger, anger with a cause and anger without a cause, arise within the dealings of a young man and a young woman.”

In pursuance of the above principles, Shrimati Radharani in a mood of erotic anger left the arena of the rasa-lila with a feeling of devout attachment. Thus Shri Hari also became mad after Her and perturbed in His mind out of anger without cause. Shri Krishna’s desire was to enjoy the transcendental pastime of the rasa-lila in its fullness and the cornerstone of its whole construction was Shrimati Radharani. Without Her presence, the rasa-lila is upset. Therefore, the absence of Shrimati Radharani caused Shri Krishna to leave the arena and go in search of Her.

When Shri Krishna was unable to find Shrimati Radharani after searching here and there, He became overwhelmingly afflicted by Cupid’s arrow and began to deeply lament on account of Her absence. This fact proves that the transcendental heart of Shri Krishna is not satiated even by His enjoyment in the midst of so many millions of other cowherd girls. As such, the intensity of His love for Shrimati Radharani is impossible to describe.

All the above statements regarding the transcendental lila of Shri Shri Radha-Krishna profusely delighted Lord Chaitanya and He became completely satisfied by His meeting with Ramananda Raya.


prabhu kahe¾ye lagi' ailama toma-sthane

sei saba tattva-vastu haila mora jnane

ebe se janilun sadhya-sadhana-nirnaya

age ara ache kichu, shunite mana haya

krishnera svarupa' kaha 'radhara svarupa'

 ‘rasa’ kon tattva, ‘prema’—kon tattva-rupa

kripa kari' ei tattva kaha ta' amare

toma-vina keha iha nirupite nare


Lord Chaitanya said to Ramananda, “I have now come to know the truth of the lila of Shri Krishna and Shrimati Radharani for which I approached you. I have understood the truth of the highest goal to be attained and also the means to attain it. Therefore, please explain the divine nature of Shri Krishna and also that of Shrimati Radharani. Please also let me know the truth of the mellowness of supramundane love affairs. Nobody can explain all these except your good self. Therefore, I request you to do me this favor by your unbounded mercy.”