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Title: Question about Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarkadisha
User: Neil LA Date: 2007-06-05 00:25:15
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!
All Glories to Swami Gaurangapada, the Guru Parampara and all the Vaishnavas!
Dear Swami Gaurangapada
I'm somewhat confused by the deities in the LA ISKCON temple. Their names are Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarkadisha.
The actual deities seem to have the attributes of Sri Sri Radha Krishna. Sri Dwarkadisha is playing a flute and Sri Rukmini is next to him, looking very much like Srimati Radharani.
I would think that Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarkadisha would look different than Sri Sri Radha Krishna. I would think that in Dwarka, Krishna would not have his cow-herding paraphanalia and wouldn't play the flute because he is more oppulent and "royal" in Dwarka than he is in Vrndavana. Isn't Dwarka closer to a feeling of "God the Almighty" like one finds in Vaikuntha?And would Krishna express such a confidential form with Srimati Rukmini as he does with Srimati Radharani?
I'm sure this is way too advanced for me, but I'm just wondering...
My guess is that we Vaishnavas in the line of Lords Gauranga and Nityananda prefer the initimate and confidential loving exchanges of Sri Sri Radha Krishna (of which I am completely unqualified to comment on or discuss) to the exchanges of Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarkadisha.
Your comments on this would be most helpful.
Title: Re: Question about Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarkadisha
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-06-16 17:24:59
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Guru Parampara! Pranams and Blessings ! You are right. Shri Shri Rukmini Dvarakadhisha are worshiped in the eternal Dvaraka Dhaama in Vaikuntha with a little aishvarya shithila prema (love mixed with a little awe and reverence) which is just below Goloka Vrindaavana.
Shri Chaitanya Mangala states that Shrimati Radharani and Shrimati Rukmini are the two greatest devotees of Lord Krishna who can understand Him in conjugal love (madhurya rasa). According to the two divine dramas of Shrila Rupa Goswami, Lalita Madhava and Vidagdha Madhava, Shrimati Radharani expands as Shrimati Satyabhama and Shrimati Chandravali expands as Shrimati Rukmini devi in Dvaraka.
We cannot fully understand the transcendental mind of a pure devotee like Shrila Prabhupada, but there is a pastime in Shrila Rupa Goswami's drama about how Lord Krishna enjoyed the association and remembrance of Shrimati Radhika in Dvaraka in the presence of Shrimato Rukmini and Shrimati Satyabhama. Maybe Shrila Prabhupada remembered this divine pastime and installed These beautiful Deities.
Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.