Monday, September 13, 2010

A glimpse of Goddess Radha whose Jayanti we are celebrating today as flashed on f.b of Sept.14,

Bishwanath Singh: The entire world especially where ISKCON temples are located, Radha Jayanti is going to be celebrated with gaiety on the 15th of September. It will be befitting if we can have glimpse of Her life and know about her unflinching love and devotion to Lord Krishna that lead Her to rise to be inseparable to Him and both became popular as Radha Krishna.Radha is also called Radhika, Radharani and Radhikarani, is the childhood friend and lover of Krishna.Radharani's father, Brishabanu Maharaja, had his palace in Barshana and that is where she grew up, but there is no indication that this was her birthplace.There are a number of accounts of her parentage. Her father was the king of cowherds called Vrsabhanu. Vrsabhanu was a partial incarnation of Lord Narayana while her mother Kalavati was a partial incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. Krishna left Vrindavan for Mathura at the age of ten years and seven months according to Bhagavata Purana. So Radha is assumed to be also ten years old or less when Krishna left Vrindavan.Radha Krishna is a very famous & popular Hindu deity. Krishna is often referred as svayam bhagavan in Gaudiya Vaishnavism theology and Radha is a young woman, a gopi who is Krishna's supreme beloved. With Krishna, Radha is acknowledged as the Supreme Goddess, for it is said that she controls Krishna with Her love. It is believed that Krishna enchants the world, but Radha enchants even Him. Therefore She is the supreme goddess of all- Radha Krishna.While there are much earlier references to the worship of this form of God, it is since Jayadeva Goswami wrote a famous poem Gita Govinda in the 12th Century that the topic of the spiritual love affair between the divine Krishna and his devotee Radha, became a theme celebrated throughout India.It is believed that Krishna had left the circle of the rasa dance in search of Radha. The Chaitanya school of thoughts believe that the name and identity of Radha are both revealed and concealed in the verse describing this incident in Bhagavata Purana. It is also believed that Radha is not just one cowherd maiden, but is the origin of all the gopis, or divine personalities that participate in the rasa dance. RadhaKrishna can be broken into two – Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Vishnu. & his consort Radha Krishna in Vrindavana is sometimes depicted with Radha standing on his left, on whose bosom sits Laksmi. Each and every God has its partner or Sakti and without this Sakti, is sometimes viewed being without essential power. It is a not uncommon feature of Hinduism when worship of a pair rather than one personality constitutes worship of God, such is worship of Radha Krishna. Traditions worshiping Krishna, as svayam bhagavan, who is male, include reference and veneration to his Radha, who is worshiped as supreme. It's an accepted view that union of Radha and Krishna may indicate the union of Sakti with the Saktiman, and this view exists well outside of orthodox Vaishnavism or Krishnaism. From the Vaishnava point of view the divine feminine energy implies a divine source of energy, God or shaktiman. Sita relates to Rama; Lakshmi belongs to Narayana; Radha has Her Krishna.As Krishna is believed to be the source of all manifestations of God, "Shri Radha, His consort, is the original source of all shaktis" or feminine manifestation of divine energy. A number of interpretations according to traditions possess a common root of personalize in the understanding of worship. Specifically Caitanyaite Gaudiya Vaishnava doctrine and mission is fiercely "personalistic," proclaiming the supremacy of Krishna, the identification of Caitanya as Radha-Krishna, the reality and eternality of individual selves, and a method for approaching the absolute reality and the Deity as a person first and foremost. Jiva Goswami in his Priti Sandarbha states that each of the Gopis exhibits a different level of intensity of passion, among which Radha's is the greatest. In his famous dialogs Ramananda Raya describes Radha to Caitanya and quotes, among other texts, a verse from Chaitanya Charitamrta before he goes on to describe her role in the pastimes of Vrindavana.The Nimbarka sampradaya worship of the youthful Krishna, alone or with his consort Radha, is one of the earliest dating at least to the 12th century, just as Rudra Sampradaya does. According to Nimbarka, Radha was the eternal consort of Vishnu-Krishna and there is also a suggestion, though not a clear statement, that she became the wife of her beloved Krishna. It should be noted that Nimbarka rescues Radha from the presumed immoral implication of much of the literature, and gives to her a dignity unattained elsewhere.Radha-Krishna Dev has a special place in the Swaminarayan Sampraday as Swaminarayan himself referred to Radha Krishna in the Shikshapatri that he had authored.According to the philosophy of the tradition there were many female companions of Krishna, gopis, but out of all of them Radha was considered to be the perfect devotee. Those who wish to come close to Krishna must cultivate the devotional qualities of Radha Vallabhacharya, founder of Pustimarga even before Chaitanya, worshipped Radha .Let us join to pay our humble and respectful obeisance to the lotus feet of Radha Krishna on the auspicious eve of Radha Jayanti!
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Bishwanath Singh:
Let us join to pay our respectful obeisance’s to the lotus feet of Lord Krishna & Goddess Radha Rani on the eve of Radha Jayanti that we celebrate today i.e the 15th of September 2010 with great fervor!
September 14,2010.

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