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Qualities of Shrimati Radharani
As far as Her dress is concerned, it is described in two parts. One is made of Her youthful blush of modesty woven with shyama or black colored threads turned into a bluish covering, and the second is called uttaria which is red due to extreme attachment for the company of Shri Krishna.
Her breasts are covered by Her sari in the form of affection and anger toward Krishna. Her personal beauty is compared to kunkuma (a special kind of cosmetic) and Her friendship with Her associates is compared to sandalwood pulp. The sweetness of Her calm sobriety is compared to camphor. These three ingredients decorating the body of Shrimati Radharani—kunkuma, sandalwood pulp, and camphor—are ever-increasingly glowing as Her youthful beauty.
Outwardly, She is very clever and contradictory while at heart She is submissive. She speaks with cruel words to Her lover, yet Her heart is revealed by the flow of tears from Her eyes. This emotion is called dhiradhiratmaka. The degrees of this particular emotion vary in intensity and are called praghosha, madhya, and mugdha respectively.
Her lipstick is the reddish color of Her lips due to Her deep attraction for Shri Krishna. The outward symptoms of Her transcendental sentiments such as cheerfulness, laughing, shivering, and crying are Her constant companions. Her different qualities may be divided into four categories, namely: (1) qualities pertaining to Her person, (2) qualities pertaining to Her words, (3) qualities pertaining to Her mind, and (4) qualities pertaining to Her relationship with others. She possesses six qualities in regard to Her person, three in regard to Her words, two in regard to Her mind, and six in regard to Her relationship with others. The description of these different qualities is very vividly given in the Ujjvala-nilamani. To avoid expansion of this literature, we will not elaborate on this subject at this time.
Shrimati Radharani always bears in Her heart the sentiment of prema-vaicittya, a feeling of the fear of separation even when She is in the company of Her consort. This is due to Her being very soft-hearted. She is eternally a young girl between 16 and 20 years of age. This period is called kaishora. She is always accustomed to moving along with Her hands resting on the shoulders of Her friends, the cowherd girls. She is always being lovingly attended by Her female friends and Her mind is always full of Her transcendental pastimes with Shri Krishna. Her constant cheerfulness is the fragrance of Her body and She is constantly sitting on the bedstead of Her peculiar pride due to constantly remembering Shri Krishna.
Constant remembrance of the name, fame, and qualities of Shri Krishna are the earrings decorating Her body. The glories of Shri Krishna’s name, fame, and qualities are always inundating Her speech. She keeps Shri Krishna enlivened by the celestial drink of the incessant chanting of His qualities. In short, She is the reservoir of pure love of Krishna and She is full and complete with all the necessary qualifications in this regard. She is the perfect symbolic representation of pure love of Godhead. This fact is described in the Govinda-lilamrita (11.122) in the form of questions and answers:
ka krishnasya pranaya-janibhuh shrimati radhikaika
kasya preyasy anupama-guna radhikaika na canya
jaihmyam keshe drishi taralata nishthuratvam kuce ‘sya
vancha-purtyai prabhavati hare radhikaika na canya
Q: Who is the generating source of the love of Shri Krishna?
A: It is Shrimati Radhika only.
Q: Who is qualitatively the dearest to Shri Krishna?
A: Again, it is Shrimati Radharani and nobody else. Shrimati Radharani’s hair is very curly, Her eyes are always moving to and fro, Her breasts are firm, and as such it is She alone who can fulfill all the desires of the all-attractive Hari.
yanra saubhagya-guna vanche satyabhama
yanra thani kala-vilasa shikhe vraja-rama
yanra saundaryadi-guna vanche lakshmi-parvati
yanra pativrata-dharma vanche arundhati
yanra sadguna-ganane krishna na paya para
tanra guna ganibe kemane jiva chara
Ramananda Raya concluded the descriptive qualities of Shrimati Radharani by saying that She is envied by Satyabhama for Her unique fortune, and from Her alone the damsels of Vraja have learned the art of attracting a lover. Even Parvati and Lakshmi, who are superexcellently beautiful, desire to possess Her qualities and beauty and rise to the level of Her chastity. Even Shri Krishna fails to calculate the qualities of Shrimati Radharani. Therefore, how is it possible for any mortal being to estimate Her qualities?
On hearing these statements by Ramananda Raya, Lord Chaitanya said:
prabhu kahe¾janilun krishna-radha-prema-tattva
shunite cahiye dunhara vilasa-mahattva
“I have come to know the essence of love between Shrimati Radharani and Shri Krishna. Now I wish to hear something about Their transcendental pastimes.”