Radhastami at home

BY VINODH PILLAI

SUBANG JAYA, MALAYSIA – My mum bought a beautiful Radharani doll in 2004 for my sister, Breenda. The last few days before Radhastami, Breenda was so excited that she started making necklaces and bracelets for her Radharani doll. My mum made it more special by making a lovely veil with roses, ribbons for her hair and bought a beautiful necklace and earrings for her. She really looked gorgeous.

A few days before Radhastami, there was an abundance of jasmine flowers in our house garden. My grandmother made many garlands for the visiting deities, Radha Krishna, Gopalji and Krishna Balaram. The whole altar was smelling so sweetly of the fragrance from these flowers as if anticipating the arrival of these deities. It was only possible by the grace of Srimati Radharani.

“Who enchants Madhava with Her intoxicating bodily fragrance” – Srimati Radharani

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The glory of name ‘Radha’

‘ra’ sabdoccaranad eva sphito bhavati madhavah

‘dha’ sabdoccarata pascad dhavatyeva sa-sambhramah

Simply by vibrating the sound ‘Ra’, Sri Krishna’s ecstatic jubiliation fully blooms; simply upon hearing the sound ‘dha’, He chases after vibrator with great awe and reverence. (Brahma Vaivarta Purana)

‘ra’ sabdam kurvatas trasto dadami bhaktim uttamam

‘dha’ sabdam kurvatah pascat yami sravana lobhatah

(Lord Sri Krishna proclaims): ”The moment I hear the sound ‘Ra’ from anyone’s lips, I grant them My supreme prema-bhakti. But the next moment when I hear the sound ‘dha’, I completely lose Myself and become intoxicated in Radha-nama. Because of My great longing to hear the name of My Beloved, I run after the devotees who chant Radha-nama.”

radhety evam ca samsiddha ra-karo dana-vacakah

dha nirvanam ca tad-datri tena radha prakirtita

The holy name of Radha is fully accomplished in perfection as follows: the syllable ‘Ra’ denotes dana, bestowal of a gift, and the syllable ‘dha’ indicates nirvana, liberation. Thus, She Who mercifully bestows liberation into the eternal kingdom of painlessness is called ‘Radha.’ (Brahma Vaivarta Purana, Sri Krishna-janma-khanda)

sa radheti sada hrdi sphuratu me vidya-para dvayaksara

Let the name of Sri Radha, in which the two divine syllables are embodied and which personifies para-vidya (the ultimate truth) eternally shine in my heart. (Radha-Rasa-Sudha-Nidhi 96 by Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati)

radheti me jivanam

Sri Radha and Radha alone or the nectarean name of Sri Radhe is my life breath. (Radha-Rasa-Sudha-Nidhi 97)