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Who is Srimati Radharani - Submitted by Hardik

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DATE: Tue, 28 Aug 2001 23:13:44 -0400 
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From: "Tusti Mohan Krsna (das) JPS (JPS Off. MYR-IN)" 

Who is Srimati Radharani:
Sri Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It is stated in the Svetasvatara Upanishad (6.8) "The Supreme Lord has multi-potencies, which act so perfectly that all consciousness, strength and activity are being directed solely by His will". The material world, where we are now living, is called bahir-anga-sakti, the external energy of Krishna. Krishna explains in the Bhagavad-Gita (9.10): "Under My superintendence the material energy is working". Apart from the material, external energy, there is another energy - the internal energy. By the internal energy the spiritual world is being manifested. As the material world is manipulated under the external energy, the spiritual world is conducted by the internal potency. That internal potency, called the Hladini Sakti, is Srimati Radharani.

In CC Adi 1.5 it is said "The loving affairs of Sri Radha and Krishna are transcendental manifestations of the Lord's internal pleasure-giving potency. Although Radha and Krishna are one in Their identity, They separated Themselves eternally". Srimati Radharani, as the highest devotee of Sri Krishna, derives the greatest pleasure in serving Him. She is the origin of all the Gopis and of all the Goddesses of Fortune (Lakshmi devi) who are engaged in the service of the Lord. She is the mainstay, the ideal and the ultimate refuge of all devotees embarking on the path of devotional service. Without first getting the mercy of Srimati Radharani it is impossible to even approach Sri Krishna. 

The Hare Krishna maha-mantra is in fact a prayer to Srimati Radharani. The word `Hare' is derived from `Hara' which denotes the internal energy or Hladini Sakti of Krishna. This is none other that Srimati Radharani. When one is chanting the maha-mantra, one is saying: "O Krishna ! O Radha !! Please engage me in your devotional service". Krishna is difficult to approach directly, but He is bhakta-vatsala, always eager to please His devotees. Thus the mood of a devotee is to invoke the compassion of Srimati Radharani Who then recommends the devotee to Sri Krishna. Since Krishna is easily pleased by Srimati Radharani, He then readily accepts the devotee in His service. 

Vrindavan Lila:
When the Lord descends, He is invariably accompanied by His loving associates. Five thousand years when Sri Krishna descended in His original form, as a cowherd boy in Vrindavan, Srimati Radharani accompanied Him in Her original form. She appeared exactly two weeks after the appearance of Sri Krishna on the eighth day of the waning moon (ashtami). Srimati Radharani was found on a lotus flower by Vrashabhanu and his wife Kirtida near the village of Barsana, a few miles away from Nandagrama. It is said that Srimati Radharani first opened Her eyes only when Sri Krishna appeared before Her. Until that time Her eyes were closed. Understanding the mellows of the relationship between Krishna and Radha is impossible from the mundane perspective. Understanding madhurya-rasa (devotion at the platform of intimacy), which is the highest level of relationship of a devotee with Krishna, is only possible in the most elevated stages of bhakti where there is not even a tinge of material contamination. Therefore Svarupa Damodara Gosvami has written: "The loving affairs of Radha and Krishna are not ordinary, material loving affairs, although they appear like that. Rascals and fools misunderstand Krishna to be an ordinary man. They do not know Krishna's transcendental nature. They try to imitate Krishna's rasa-lila, His dancing with the Gopis". There is no offense greater than this. Devotees starting on the path of bhakti must carefully avoid such offenses. They must simply pray to Srimati Radharani, as their most compassionate Mother, for mercy, for bhakti and for an opportunity to serve Sri Krishna.

Qualities of Srimati Radharani:
As explained in Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (Nectar of Devotion), Krishna possesses sixty-four transcendental qualities. Srimati Radharani has twenty-five transcendental qualities, but She can control even Krishna by them. Her transcendental qualities are as follows:

(1) She is sweetness personified;
(2) She is a fresh young girl; (3) Her eyes are always moving;
(4) She is always brightly smiling;
(5) She possesses all auspicious marks on Her body;
(6) She can agitate Krishna by the flavor of Her person;
(7) She is expert in the art of singing;
(8) She can speak very nicely and sweetly;
(9) She is expert in presenting feminine attractions;
(10) She is modest and gentle;
(11) She is always very merciful;
(12) She is transcendentally cunning;
(13) She knows how to dress nicely;
(14) She is always shy;
(15) She is always respectful;
(16) She is always patient;
(17) She is very grave;
(18) She is enjoyed by Krishna;
(19) She is always situated on the highest devotional platform;
(20) She is the abode of love of the residents of Gokula;
(21) She can give shelter to all kinds of devotees;
(22) She is always affectionate to superiors and inferiors;
(23) She is always obliged by the dealings of Her associates,
(24) She is the greatest amongst Krishna's girl friends;
(25) She always keeps Krishna under Her control.

Krishna means 'all attractive', since He attracts every one to Him. But Srimati Radharani attracts even Krishna. Although Krishna says vedaham samatitani - "I know everything" - He fails to understand Radharani. Krishna is acyuta (inconceivable), but for Him Radharani is inconceivable. Radharani is so great. Krishna thought, "I am full. I am complete in every respect, but still I want to understand Radharani." This question obliged Krishna to accept the propensities of Radharani to understand Himself. So five hundred years ago Krishna appeared as Caitanya Mahaprabhu, in the mood of Srimati Radharani and with Her golden complexion, as His own greatest devotee. Krishna did this to understand the depth of devotion of Srimati Radharani. 

Mercy of Srimati Radharani:
Srimati Radharani is the ideal maha-bhagvat. As the greatest devotee, She is also the most compassionate. She is unable to bear the suffering of the souls trapped in the material world. The word "aradhaya" (prayers) is derived from "Radha" and means "worshippable". Similarly the word "aparadha" (offenses) means "against Radha". When one performs devotional service, one is pleasing Srimati Radharani and when commits Vaishnava aparadha against Krishna or His devotees, one is offending Radharani. Srimati Radharani is the guardian, the mentor and the benefactor of all aspiring devotees. When a soul starts to inquire about Krishna, Srimati Radharani is most pleased and takes charge of his devotional advancements. As one makes progress, one continues to invoke the mercy of Srimati Radharani and when She is pleased, Krishna is automatically pleased. 

All glories to Srimati Radharani !!
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Benefits from chanting Japa - Submitted by Manoj
(from the book - Begging for the Nectar of the Holy Name - Pgs 146,147 - by HH Satsvarup Maharaj)

Is it wrong to philosophize on the benefits I am receiving from japa, even though I feel no ecstasy from chanting? No, Srila Prabhupada states that the changes should be manifest in terms of one's real activities. He quotes Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati that detachment from material life is an important symptom of chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. The display of ecstatic symptoms is not always shown even by a maha-bhagavata, whereas prakrita-sahajiyas may imitate crying tears and other bodily symptoms.

Srila Prabhupada mentions the symptoms of steady bhava as important indications. The Nectar of Devotion mentions pridelessness, intense utilization of time, forbearance, always expecting Krishna's mercy, attraction of chanting, and attachment for living in the holy dhama. Therefore, it is not wrong to believe that benefit is coming when we chant "good" rounds. I don't want to deride the simple practice of staying alert and correctly pronouncing the mantra, sitting up straight, chanting at a brisk pace.

There is tremendous work going on in every ISKCON temple during the japa hours as long as the attempt is sincerely made - and not only in the temple building, but wherever devotees chant their japa and strive to utter and hear His holy names. The good accrues not only to devotees but to the society of nondevotees as well. If more people begin to chant, the auspiciousness will increase. Among the benefits that occur to human society just from chanting the holy names, Srila Prabhupada mentions peace, material prosperity, an auspicious political situation, and eradication of crime. Even when we don't notice the development of the good symptoms in a chanter or in society, we should have faith that the holy name is all-powerful and that its influence is growing.

Sinful reactions are vanquished for the person who chants. He will give up illicit sex, intoxication, meat-eating, and gambling. No one can be free of these things without the mercy of the holy name (harer namaiva kevalam . Kalau nasty eva gatir anyatha). And even for those who don't immediately give up bad habits, they are released from bad sins. "If one chants the holy name of the Lord, even in a helpless condition or without desiring to do so, all the reactions of his sinful life depart, just as when a lion roars all the small animals flee in fear" (Garuda Purana, quoted in Bhag. 6.2.7, purport). Provided we don't deliberately commit sins on the strength of chanting, great benefits are gained when we utter the holy name.

I want to scrupulously observe my own chanting and try to improve, try to avoid offenses, and try to chant with attention and devotion. I want to know that my subjective analysis or my "gut" feelings are not the all in all. The holy name is supreme; I must chant with this faith. "If a person unaware of the effective potency of a certain medicine takes that medicine or is forced to take it, it will act even without his knowledge because its potency does not depend on the patient's understanding. Similarly, even though one does not know the value of chanting the holy name of the Lord, if he chants knowingly or unknowingly, the chanting will be very effective" (Bhag. 6.2.18 purport).

Therefore, I desire to chant with faith and gratitude. "We had fallen into abominable lives as meat-eaters, drunkards and women-hunters who performed all kinds of sinful activities, but now we have been given the opportunity to chant the Hare Krishna mantra. Therefore, we should always appreciate this opportunity" (Bhag. 6.2.34, purport).

It is the mercy of Srila Prabhupada that I was saved from my suicidal course, but Prabhupada states that it is the mercy of the holy name which he brought to us on the order of his guru maharaja. As guru-daksina to Prabhupada, I will go on chanting and telling others about the chanting. When they ask me how I feel when chanting, I may admit that it is dry due to my offenses, but I will point out that the medicine is working regardless.
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Leadership Excellence Journal - Aug 2001- Submitted by Hardik
(Journal published by Institute for Applied Spiritual Technology)

From Akrura das.

Excellent Quote:
Anyone who is his own spiritual master has a fool for a disciple. 
-Jayadvaita Swami, On-line interview (www.waronillusion.com) 

Leadership Qualities in Bhagavad Gita

Leader has brahminical and ksatriya qualities:
Bg 18.42 - Peacefulness, self-control, austerity, purity, tolerance, honesty, knowledge, wisdom and religiousness-these are the natural qualities by which the brahmanas work. 

Bg 18.43 - Heroism, power, determination, resourcefulness, courage in battle, generosity and leadership are the natural qualities of work for the ksatriyas. 

Leader is highly focused:
Bg. 2.41 - Those who are on this path are resolute in purpose, and their aim is one. O beloved child of the Kurus, the intelligence of those who are irresolute is many-branched. 

Leader sets the standards by example:
Bg. 3.21 - Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues. 

Leader practices threefold austerities:
Bg 17.14 - Austerity of the body consists in worship of the Supreme Lord, the brahmanas, the spiritual master, and superiors like the father and mother, and in cleanliness, simplicity, celibacy and nonviolence. 

Bg 17.15 - Austerity of speech consists in speaking words that are truthful, pleasing, beneficial, and not agitating to others, and also in regularly reciting Vedic literature. 

Bg 17.16 - And satisfaction, simplicity, gravity, self-control and purification of one's existence are the austerities of the mind. 

ISKCON Excellence 

How To - Srila Prabhupada 

Now you all leaders, especially the GBC members, must become very much responsible and do the work that I am doing to the same standard. So I want you leaders especially to become very much absorbed in the philosophy of Bhagavad-gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam, and become yourselves completely convinced and free from all doubt. On this platform you shall be able to carry on the work satisfactorily, but if there is lack of knowledge, or if there is forgetfulness, everything will be spoiled in time. So especially you must encourage the students to read our books throughout the day as much as possible, and give them all good advice how to understand the books, and inspire them to study the things from every point of view. In this way, by constantly engaging our tongues in the service of the Lord, either by discussing His philosophy or by chanting Hare Krishna, the truth is that Krishna Himself will reveal Himself to us and we shall understand how to do everything properly. 

Editor's Note 

Recently I met a temple president who wants to develop a temple mission statement, as a guiding tool for temple's programs and plans. Prior to that, he wants each member of the temple council to write their own personal mission statement. He has completed his own, which directs his life more and more. He also wants each and every temple devotee to work on their mission statements. By this tool they will have a compass in their life and service. He has another good quality of striving for clarity in all dealings. These two ideas may bring about enhanced mode-of-goodness management in our temples.

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