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Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Radhastami Festival, Kolkata-Worldwide, 26 August 2020, part 3


[Completing reading extensive chapters about the glory and position of Srimati Radharani, His Divine Grace says:] Today I have spoken much. I have read a little from the books about Srimati Radharani and about Her relation with Gaura Hari. These are the highest things; ordinary people cannot get interested in such things. We are fallen souls, that is why it is necessary for us to concentrate only on Gaura Hari.

Even Uddhav Maharaj says, "I cannot dare pray for the lotus feet of Vraja-gopis, I can only pray their foot dust." This is such a high way of thinking! Uddhav Maharaj says, "I have no quality, no qualification to ask for the mercy of Vraja-gopis' lotus feet, but I only pray for and pay obeisance at the holy foot dust of Vraja-gopis."

You have also heard what Srila Raghunath Das Goswami, who is one of the main authorities in the devotional world, said about Srimati Radharani. There are so many lecturers, professors, writers, scientists, sculptors, poets, etc. in this world, and Srila Raghunath Das Goswami is a great poet, but what did he say about Srimati Radharani? How did he pray to Srimati Radharani? It is very important to understand this.

Are there any questions today?

Question: When we start to learn about Vaishnavism in the West, should we or should we not read about the transcendental loving activities of Sri Sri Radha-Krishna?

These are the highest things. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad wrote,

মাতল হরিজন কীর্ত্তন-রঙ্গে ।
পূজল রাগপথ গৌরব-ভঙ্গে ॥

matala hari-jana kirtana-range
pujala raga-patha gaurava-bhange

"From afar we shall worship the raga-patha, the path of spontaneous affectionate service, while we ourselves shall live within the Vedic guideline."

It means that we must worship the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda secretly, internally, and externally, we will do sankirtan. I have told you just now that in our life, there is too much much lust, too much anger, too much enjoyment, too much involvement with the material life—how do you think you will get that transcendental ecstatic taste (rasa), how do you think you will understand those paramour loving dealings? These are very high things. When you become an expert, when you can understand everything, then you can read about such pastimes, otherwise not. For primary devotees, it is better not to read about those pastimes. It is Radhastami day today, and I read to you about the situation in the material world and Bengal in particular. For example, when you go to Vrindavan, you can hear everyone say, "Radhe! Radhe!" They think that Radharani is a samosa from a shop—they thing it is something so cheap. However, Srimati Radharani's Name is not even written anywhere in Srimad Bhagavatam because this is the highest topic and Vyasadev, Sukadev and others were very afraid to write about Radharani, they were afraid to touch such highest topics as Srimati Radharani's paramour love. Moreover, even Chandravali cannot enter the lila that takes place at Radha Kunda at midnight. I have just read to you about it. Did you understand what I was reading? I cannot see that you follow it...


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