His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Radhastami, morning class, Siliguri
Reading from Guidance 3 (English),
the commentary is translated from Bengali
6 September 2019
I will now say a few words in English. The lectures are recorded and going to
be sent all over the world that is why it is necessary to say something in
English. I have compiled this book (Guidance 3) myself, and there is a
lot about Srimati Radharani written in this book.
Tomorrow, our holy Math observes the festival of Sri Sri Radhastami. Sri
Radha is the only worshippable Deity of Gaudiya Vaisnavs—we say 'the only'
because if it was not for Gaudiya line, no one would be able to get the
qualification to serve Sri Radha, nor would anyone have any appreciation for
it. The Lord of the Gaudiyas (Gaudiyanath) has revealed to the world the
deepest secret of this service and worship:
prema namadbhutarthah sravana-patha-gatah kasya namnam mahimnah
ko vetta kasya vrndavana-vipina-maha madhurisu pravesah
ko va janati radham parama-rasa-chamatkara-madhurya-simlam
ekas chaitanya-chandrah parama-karunaya sarvam avischakara
(Sri Chaitanya-chandramrta, 10.130)
"Would anyone have heard that 'prema' (divine love of God) is the
highest destination? Would anyone have known the glory of the Holy Name?
Would anyone have had access to the kadamba forests of Vrndavan,
filled with unfathomable sweetness? Would anyone have known Sri Varsabhanavi
(Sri Radha, the highest worshippable Deity), who is the resplendent
embodiment of superb excellence of sweet ecstatic love
(madhurya-mahabhav)? Sri Chaitanya-chandra has revealed all this
manifesting His supreme magnanimous pastimes."
Would anyone have heard what prema is? The so called love found in
this world is not love—it is all kama, lust. There is no love in this
world. Prema is divine love, it is love for God, the feeling of being
drawn to God. It is the realisation that we are all children of the Lord and
we have lost our father. We must search for Him life after life... We have
lost Him so many births ago, but our Guru-varga has given us an opportunity
in this life to find Him.
Revealing is not the same as creating. Those who are covered by the shadow
external potency of the Lord (worldly writers, archaeologists, material
academic scholars, et al.) consider that Sri Chaitanyadev, Sri Radhika or
Their predecessors are a creation of song-writers or Puranas!
Actually, if they broaden their narrow fossil conception only a little bit,
they will never think that the transcendental may take some other form being
subject to birth and death.
There are authors who write statements like this about Sri Radhika saying
that many people exaggerate Her greatness. One author wrote, "Sri
Radhika-sundari is created by devotion and love. She is neither anyone's
daughter, nor born from a pond. There is no such image of a woman in the
entire scope of poetry on this planet that could convey a particle of Her
separation or could accommodate even one single wave of Her happiness." Some
other author takes liberty to write, "At first Srimati Radha appeared in
Brahma-vaivarta and several other Sanskrit books, and then She entered
the assembly of gods on an auspicious day in the age of Aryans (Dvapar-yuga).
The eternally worshippable gods and goddesses were shadowed by Her stark
beauty. Poets and devotees were overjoyed to see this Goddess who is like an
untouched malati flower fallen from the tree—they took the flowers
they had collected for Durga Devi and Kali Devi, their permanent worshippable
Deities, and let it swing on the neck of Sri Radhika."
Very nicely written!
If we were to decry all these modern age defaming produced by the writers in
the veil of ancient wisdom, it would require explaining many things. As this
most secret great ocean is not revealed at the market of common people
attached to lust and anger but is kept carefully amidst the hidden treasure,
these writers, scholars, wisers or commonplace devotional movements with
their gross intellect do not get the qualification to see Srimati Radharani
(to have Her darsan) within Srimad Bhagavatam. How can this
most profound fact be explained at a large scale to those who are engrossed
in the material world? Because Sir Isaac Newton observed the law of gravity
in a garden in a town called Woolsthorpe, it is considered that this is the
'birth' of this law—before that, nobody had known about the existence of this
law, neither had the spoken law actually existed before that. This is when
the domain of guesswork terminates. Perhaps, America was known to people long
before 1492 when Columbus discovered it, but the ancient evidence is now
probably buried within some archaeological site. Before the ancient
archaeological site at Mohenjo-daro was discovered, nobody could even think
about the existence of this civilisation. Therefore, when the scope of human
knowledge is insufficient to know about the material creation, when we try to
judge about the transcendental world using imperfect modern tools, our
imperfect senses and our brain covered by lust, anger, etc.—it is not only
hazardous, but we may consciously or unconsciously take a strong vindictive
stance towards the truth.
Once, a modern traditional guru-cum-writer Ray Gunakar Bharata Chandra, being
unable to understand the true nature of Sri Radhika, wrote about Her as being
under the influence of the Lord's external shadow potency! Although he
actually lived at Satasana Math, Sri Puri Dham (the place where Srila
Raghunath Das Goswami lived and served immersed into the service of Sri
Radha), and pretended to practise with disinterested nature, he had to
eventually give it up—he created a fictional character of Hira Malini, a
beautiful mundane enchanting courtesan, which is an imitation based on the
resemblance with the transcendental and couched this similarity in the a fine
poetic form—as a result, he actually brought about a flood of lust that
filled the moat of Bengali language and literature of the time. We do not
blame Ray Gunakar, for he is an extension of illusory environment,
maya, who is capable of producing even that which is impossible!
Maya (illusory potency of the Lord) has cast a cataract on the eyes of
nearly the entire world—all the ancient or modern writers, archaeologists, et
al.; and to this day Maya, who is the origin of Durga Devi, the mistress of
the entire creation, and the personal potency of the Lord, guards and
protects the unparalleled, highly confidential wealth of Sri Radhika.
Srila Prabhupad laid a special stress on this and expressed it in very
appropriate Gaudiya terms and conclusions. Unless we serve the transcendental
Govardhan, we will not be able to realise the supremacy of Sri Radha Kunda
that lies beside Govardhan and is inundated with the nectar of divine love.
'Go' means senses or knowledge. If you serve the external, physical
Govardhan, i.e. cultivate knowledge merely to increase or indulge your
selfish material senses, then you are actually dunking yourself into the
waters of Niraya Kunda (Hell Pond) that is created by the mahamaya,
the external shadow potency of Sri Radha; those who foster transcendental
senses and cultivate transcendental knowledge consider that service to
Govardhan is to give pleasure to Krishna's senses. When the demon Aristasur
attacks Govardhan with his horns trying to expand his own enjoyment (when
mundane rationalism attacks theism and is about to destroy the truth of five
spiritual relationships with the Lord, namely neutrality, servitude,
friendship, parenthood and consorthood), then Krishna kills this demon and
establishes the truth. When the bull-demon Aristasur was slain, an elderly
gopi named Madanika handed Sri Radhika-sundari over to Krishna as a
reward for that.
Aristasur assumes the form of a bull. 'Go' (a cow) is considered among
religious-minded people to be a symbol of dharma, religion, and it is
also known as the carrier of Lord Rudra, who is in charge of universal
annihilation. So, when the bull-demon of rationalism comes to charge the
banner of religion, Krishna destroys this promoter of rationalism.
Lord Rudra (Siva) rides a bull and carries Ganga—the water that washes the
lotus feet of Lord Vishnu, a personal expansion of Lord Krishna Himself—on
his head. This Lord Rudra, when he was defeated by Cupid, wanted to
understand the transcendental pleasure Madan Mohan (Krishna, the Enchanter of
Cupid) experiences during His rasa-lila and prayed for the mercy of
the gopis. This Lord Krishna, surrounded by dancing sadharani
and samanjasa gopis (gopis with general and appropriate
attraction) during the rasa-lila, left that place of the
rasa-lila. Being attracted only by the love of His dearmost
Ananda-vidhayini Sri Radhika, He left the place of rasa-lila and
followed behind Her. Those common gopis then spoke about Her, the main
heroine of Srimad Bhagavatam, in this way:
anayaradhito nyunam bhagavan harir-isvarah
yan no vihaya govindah prito yam anayad rahah
(Srimad Bhagavatam, 10.30.24)
"My friend! Krishna has abandoned us and took Her to a secluded place. She
must have worshipped the Supreme Lord very much." The hidden meaning of these
words is that because She is the crest jewel among all the beloved of
Krishna, Her name is Radhika.
We hear also that after Aristasur (bull-demon) was killed, two kundas
were created—Sri Syama Kunda and Sri Radha Kunda. At this Radha Kunda Sri
Krishna always enjoys the rasa-lila with Sri Radhika and Her group at
midnight. These nocturnal pastimes are far more captivating than the midday
pastimes, and the general gopis have no entrance there. Those who are
attracted by the flute of Sri Krishna but, not waiting for the guidance of
Sri Radhika, come to play with 'Dhira Samira' Krishna, have no right to enter
the rasa-lila performed at Radha Kunda—Chandravali has no right to
The dancing and loving pastimes of Rasaraj Sri Krishna (the King of Love)
have nothing to do with the frenzied dance of Nataraj Rudra or any of the
imitative various modern and traditional indigenous dances. In fact, Gopisvar
Sadasiva learned to dance at the rasa-mandali, and based on that, his
plenary expansion Rudra manifests his Nataraj form (Lord Siva dancing at the
time of universal annihilation). We can see in Sri Brhad-bhagvatamrta
that Rudra is a servant of Sankarsan and, being always absorbed in the
chanting of the name of Rama, he creates his frantic dance that drives the
world mad. Imitating the ever increasing enjoyment of this dancing of Rudra
the world is heading towards the tryst with annihilation.
Laksmi Devi does not have entrance to rasa-lila of Radha-Krishna. You
can see in Vrindavan—when we go to Belvan crossing the Yamuna, there is a
Deity of Lakmi Devi: she sits there with folded palms. She cannot cross the
Yamuna because she has no devotional adherence. But Sivji Maharaj told
Parvati Devi one day,
"I will go to rasa-lila!"
Parvati Devi replied, "How can you? You are a man! Except Krishna no man can
enter there! If you are to go there, you must become a gopi, you must
adopt devotional adherence to gopis!"
"OK, dress me as a gopi then."
Parvati Devi dressed Gopishwar Lord Siva, and now he looked like a beautiful
gopi. Then, Lord Siva said,
"OK, I am going then."
"Have you dressed yourself as a gopi or have you become a
Guru Maharaj said also—have you dressed yourself as a sadhu or have
you become a sadhu, have you become a devotee or have you dressed
yourself as a devotee? If you only dress as a devotee, this is wrong.
গৌর আমার যে সব স্থানে
করল ভ্রমণ রঙ্গে ।
সে সব স্থান হেরিব আমি
gaura amara ye saba sthane
karala bhramana range
se saba sthana heribo ami
"In the company of loving devotees, I behold all the places my Gaurasundar
roamed during His ecstatic Pastimes."
('Suddha-bhakata-charana-renu' by Srila Bhakti Vinod
“গোরার আমি, গোরার আমি” মুখে বলিলে নাহি চলে ।
গোরার আচার, গোরার বিচার লইলে ফল ফলে ॥
Just saying, "I am Gora's! I am Gora's!" does not do. Only when you follow
Gora's practices and Gora's conception will you get the proper result.
লোক দেখান গোরা ভজা তিলক মাত্র ধরি ।
গোপনেতে অত্যাচার গোরা ধরে চুরি ॥
loka dekhana gora bhaja tilaka matra dhari'
gopanete atyachara gora dhare churi
You show the world you serve Gora simply by wearing tilak but secretly you
misbehave. Gora will catch you, you thief!
(Sri Sri Prema-vivarta, 8.6-7)
You cannot worship Gora just by wearing tilak, neckbeads, etc. That is
why the question is whether you have become a sadhu or you merely
dress as a sadhu, and that is why Parvati Devi asked Lord Siva, "Have
you become a gopi or have you merely dressed yourself as a
gopi?" Then she said, "If you can accept chaste devotion
(anugatya) to gopis, then you can enter there. Pray to the
Following Parvati Devi's instruction, praying and praying to gopis,
Lord Siva entered the place of rasa-lila. At first, the gopis
could not recognise him, but then they noticed that, seeing that a new
gopi had come, Krishna started talking and joking with her, and some
of the sharper gopis—Lalita, Visakha, Radhika and others—wondered,
"What is going on? Who is this new gopi? We have never seen her
before! Who has come here at Vamsivat?"
This pastime happened at Vamsivat (vat means 'a banyan tree')—Krishna
would play His flute sitting on the banyan tree there and all the
gopis, hearing the flute's call, would come there in the dead of night
leaving behind their husbands, children, everything. They would leave
everything to fulfil Krishna's desire, and this is not kama, lust—this
is prema, divine love. This is what I am telling in this chapter
also—people write so much about gopis and Radharani and they enjoy
with that, but what they write about Radharani and who Radharani is, is
So, what happened then? When the gopis realised that Sivji Maharaj
had come there, they pulled out his clothes, beat and dragged him out of the
rasa-lila place! Then, Krishna came to him and said, "As you have
entered Vrindavan and the rasa-mancha, then let it be so—do not enter
the rasa-mancha, but stay near it."
Every year, when we go to Vamsivat, we first offer our obeisance to
Gopishwar. Gopishwar actually means 'the master of gopis.' Hearing
that Krishna called him Gopishwar, Radharani got angry and left the
rasa-mancha. She said, "Why is he Gopishwar (master of gopis)?
I am the mistress of the gopis! A new gopi comes and You call
her Gopishwar?!" Angry, She left and went to a pond five miles away—the pond
at the bank of which She sat is called Man [Maan] Sarovar.
Pure devotees who are devoid of anarthas, have revealed the service
pastimes of Sri Radhika in the scriptures dealing with the transcendental
mellows of divine love, such Karnamrta, Sri Gita Govinda, books
written by Chandidas, Vidyapati, etc., but the associate followers of Sri
Gaurasundar, the Supreme Lord adorned by the heart and halo of Sri Radhika,
can reveal far greater super excellence of Her service than what is described
in these scriptures. That is why so many transcendental literatures on the
transcendental mellows of divine love were composed—Sri Ray Ramananda
composed his Sri Jagannath-vallabha Nataka Giti, Sri Rupa Goswami
composed Vidagdha Madhava, Dana-keli-kaumudi, Stavamala, Srila
Raghunath Das Goswami, the greatest follower of Sri Rupa Goswami, composed
Mukta-charita, Stava-vali, and Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami
Prabhu, a follower of Srila Raghunath, composed Sri Govinda-lilamrta,
etc. Gaudiya Vaisnavs' reading of Gita Govinda, Karnamrta, Vidyapati,
Chandidas and the reading of non-Gaudiya Vaisnavs are worlds apart. It is
impossible to understand it through mundane examples or analogies—even if you
compare a lecture on Shakespeare and Kalidas by a hardly literate person and
a lecture on their works by an expert professor, this analogy would be still
To the south of Nandisvara Hill there is a beautiful mountain called
Varasanu. A king of cowherds Vrisabhanu with his virtuous spouse Kritika
lived there, on the plateau of this Varasanu Hill, and worshipped the Lord.
On the eighth day of the bright moon in the month of Bhadra, in the
naksatra called Visakha, at midday, a precious jewel daughter appeared
in the house of Raja Vrisabhanu illuminating the house, the town and all the
ten directions. Overwhelmed with joy, Goparaj Vrisabhanu, Ratnabhanu and
Subhanu, three brothers who stayed in Vrisabhanupur, began to dance. Greatly
fortunate Kritika was beside herself with joy when she saw her budding
moon-like daughter. A wave of joy engulfed Surapur and Vrajapur. This
transcendental jewel of a daughter became renowned as Vrisabhanu-nandini Sri
"O Maharaj Pariksit, the home of Nanda Maharaj is eternally the abode of the
Supreme Personality of Godhead and His transcendental qualities and is
therefore always naturally endowed with the opulence of all wealth. Yet
beginning from Lord Krishna's appearance there, it became the place for the
pastimes of the goddess of fortune."
(Srimad Bhagavatam, 10.5.18)
For as long as the son of Nanda Maharaj enjoyed His pastimes confidentially
in the abode of Lord Hari in Nanda-Gokula, all the gopis of Vraja,
headed by Sri Radha, enjoyed with Him confidentially. However, when Sri Nanda
Kumar enjoyed His pastimes openly, the crest jewel of the Vraja-gopis
Sri Radhika expanded Herself into many gopis and enjoyed Sri Krishna's
If one thinks "the flowers collected for Durga and Kali garlanded the neck of
Sri Radhika" or that "appearing in Brahma-vaivarta, Sri Radhika
entered the assembly of gods on an auspicious day in the age of Aryans
(Dvapar-yuga)," then it will not only terminate their archaeological
escapades, but will also leave them cheated in their attempts to research the
Durga is described in Brahma-samhita as an internal potency of
Govinda—she enchants, creates, maintains and annihilates the entire world.
She is also described as a shadow potency of Sri Radha, who enchants the mind
of Govinda, the enchanter of the world. Unless one becomes fully initiated
into the service of the transcendental eternal Deity who is the origin of
this internal potency, no one can understand this matter easily with one's
intellect or intelligence. They are not infertile though—if the intelligence
of such writers becomes cleansed, they can understand the reality. The fact
is that if the imperfect jiva souls cannot recognise Vrisabhanu
Nandini considering Her a mere fiction, an idol of literary works, then they
bring about their own destruction submerging themselves in the filth of
amusing literatures. Srila Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu, a master of
transcendental literature and a follower of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu,
kainkaryam eva mama janmani janmani syat
"May I attain the service of Vrisabhanu-nandini birth after birth. She is the
personification of the essence of the transcendental mellows of divine love.
With a form of the most wonderful transcendental bliss, She is the supreme
goddess of fortune. Her lotus feet are difficult to attain even for the
demigods headed by Lord Brahma."
ha devi kaku-bharagada-gadayadya vacha
yache nipatya bhuvi dandavadudbhatartih
asya prasada-mavudhasya janasya krtva
gandharvike tava gane gananam vidhehi
"O Devi! In great distress I fall to the ground offering You obeisances and
prayers with a voice choked with emotion. O Gandharvika! Please bestow Your
mercy upon this pauper and count me amongst Your own associates."
It is written very nicely.
Jay Srimati Radharani ki jay
Jay Srila Guru Maharaj ki jay
'...This is how we, very fallen souls, by the mercy of Gurudev also got an
opportunity to take shelter of such a bona fide Guru as he is. That is our
happiness, that is our joy, that is our great luck and great fortune.'