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Sri Baladeva Vidyabhushana Protects Srimati Radharani

Jayadeva Gosvami mentioned Radha and Krishna's marriage and these types of lilas in Gita-govinda. Everyone cannot understand parakiya-bhava, paramour mood. Radha and Krishna's parakiya-bhava is called transcendental. In this material world, a paramour mood contains all kinds of sinful activities. In the transcendental world, Radha and Krishna are attracted to each other, as are Krishna and the gopis, yet, that paramour mood is transcendental.

For this regard, Vishvanatha Chakravartipada also explained how Radha and Krishna are married. And because of this, some babaji sampradayas became very angry with Vishvanatha Chakravartipada and even attempted to kill him. The babaji sampradayas think Radha and Krishna's paramour mood means the same mundane paramour mood found in this material world. Actually, Their mood is transcendental, aprakrita, divya.

Once, Vishvanatha Chakravartipada was performing Vrindavana parikrama and some babajis, who had hidden themselves, attempted to kill Vishvanatha Chakravartipada. Then, a transcendental form of one very beautiful, young girl manifested, and at that time a babaji from the babaji sampradaya asked, “Have you seen Vishvanatha Chakravartipada?” The young girl smiled and said, “Look behind you,” and then she disappeared. The babaji thought, “Oh, Vishvanatha Chakravartipada is not an ordinary man.” Immediately all of the babajis took shelter of Vishvanatha Chakravartipada and asked him for forgiveness.

In his commentary, Jiva Gosvamipada explained this svakiyata and parakiyata. Still, babajis were saying, “Radha-Krishna’s svakiya-bhava.” Everybody cannot understand the perfect moods of conjugal love and paramour love because it is very confidential. These things are hidden.

In Jaipura, in the Ramanujacharya sampradaya, they worshipped Radha-Govinda. Those in the Ramanuja sampradaya are following all of the rules and regulations of the scriptures. At some point in time, they complained to the King of Jaipura, “How can you worship Krishna with Srimati Radhika? Srimati Radhika is not the married wife of Krishna. How can Srimati Radhika possibly be worshipped with Krishna?”

They wanted to remove Srimati Radhika from Krishna and establish Rukmini, Satyabhama or Lakshmi-devi in Her place. The king of Jaipura had so much attachment to Srimati Radhika and he was also very attached with Vaishnavas and Gaudiya Vaishnava siddhanta. But he did not know how to prove his beliefs. For this reason, the king of Jaipurа invited Vishvanatha Chakravartipada to come and discuss whether they should worship Srimati Radhika alongside Krishna or not. At that time, Vishvanatha Chakravartipada said, “I cannot go because I am at an old age and I cannot travel far.” Instead, Vishvanatha Chakravartipada sent his shiksha-disciple Baladeva Vidyabhushana Prabhu. When his representative arrived, a debate amongst the residents began. Many members of other sampradayas also arrived and together, they all discussed the aforementioned topics.

For many days all the sadhus, even karmi-, jnani- and yogi-sadhus, even mayavadi-sadhus, all kinds of sadhus gathered at the assembly and each gave their own opinions. They all made their attempts while speaking to prove Srimati Radhika should not be worshipped with Krishna. Some said, “Since Srimati Radhika is not married to Krishna, how can She possibly be worshipped with Krishna?”

There are two kinds of marga. One is called archana-marga and the other is known as raganuga-marga, or bhava-marga. According to the bhava-marga, moods of the ashta-kaliya-lilas, you can serve Radha and Krishna. However, in archana-marga there are rules and regulations. So, according to archana-marga, some thought, “How can one possibly worship Srimati Radhika with Krishna?”

All of the residents were saying, “No, Srimati Radhika cannot be worshipped alongside Krishna,” and suggested the deity of Srimati Radhika be moved from Krishna’s side and Lakshmi-devi, Rukmini or Satyabhama should be established in Her place. Their reasoning was that Rukmini or Satyabhama are the authorised wives of Krishna. So in this way, for some days all of the sadhus quoted many shastras and gave long lectures in an attempt to prove that Krishna should be worshipped with Lakshmi, Rukmini or Satyabhama.

Then, the king finally asked, “Who is controlling the management of this sabha (the assembly)? One Vaishnava has come from Vrindavana, he is a representative of Vishvanatha Chakravartipada. His name is Baladeva Vidyabhushana Prabhu.” But Baladeva Vidyabhushana Prabhu was a very skinny sadhu, and they did not want to allow him to speak. They said, “What can this skinny sadhu possibly speak?” The king then suggested, “Okay, he can only speak for five minutes, because this meeting is almost finished.” Towards the conclusion of the debate, the sabhapati (the chairman) always gives the final conclusive statement.

Assuming this role at that time, Baladeva Vidyabhusana Prabhu stood up and spoke this katha. He said, “Srimati Radhika is actually the real married wife of Krishna.” He then quoted many shlokas from the Brahmanda Purana, Brahma-vaivarta Purana and from Jayadeva Gosvami’s Gita-govinda, proving Srimati Radhika was indeed married to Krishna. He even proved that Brahmaji, who is the Supreme creator of humans, arranged Her marriage ceremony with Krishna. After hearing all of these things, all of the sadhus became very surprised as they previously did not think this way.

Baladeva Vidyabhusana Prabhu established these truths, especially [the place where Radha and Krsna were married by Gandharva-riti] Vraja Bhandiravata. It is also explained that Srimati Radhika is the original Lakshmi. She is Maha-Lakshmi, and all other Lakshmis actually manifested from Srimati Radhika. Krishna is called the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Svayam-Bhagavan. He is the source of all incarnations, sarva-avatari. In the same way, Srimati Radhika is sarva-avatari, and all Lakshmis, all Queens of Dvaraka and all gopis, actually manifested from Srimati Radhika, the hladini-shakti of Krishna.

Thus, Baladeva Vidyabhushana gave many quotations from shastras which caused all of the panditas to become surprised. They were given a perfect explanation that, yes, Srimati Radhika is to be worshipped with Krishna.

In this way, Radha and Krishna’s marriage ceremony was established and confirmed. Because, as mentioned, everybody cannot understand bhava-marga; generally, people only comprehend archana-marga. These are the two established things: one is archana-marga and the other is bhava-marga. In archana-marga, Lakshmi and Narayana are worshipped together or Sita and Rama or Rukmini and Krishna. But in bhava-marga, Radha and Krishna are worshipped together. In our lineage, through much evidence from shastras, it is fully established that Srimati Radhika is married to Krishna.

Some people still deny that Radha and Krishna are married. Not everyone can comprehend these truths, only those who are high-class, elevated Vaishnavas can truly understand parakiyata. Even kanishtha-adhikaris are unable to grasp it fully. If they listen to parakiya-bhava-lilas, their mundane conceptions arise.

Those whose minds are completely absorbed in the rules of regulation of vidhi-marga, say the Ramanuja sampradaya, they can never accept a paramour mood.

There are two kinds of tendencies found in people, one is vidhi-marga and the other is raga-marga. As I mentioned, not everyone can understand raga-marga-kathas. For this reason, these truths of raga-marga are hidden. In Gita-govinda, Jayadeva Gosvamipada has also explained these concepts. He fully explained parakiya-bhava. Without parakiyata, Radha and Krishna’s sweet lilas would not be churned. Also, if there is no paramour mood, what becomes of the difference between Vaikuntha and Goloka Vrindavana? This is the thing, try to understand that bhava-marga means raganuga-bhakti.

Devotee: This is more difficult to follow. Is raganuga more difficult?

Yes. If you are not advanced, you cannot understand. What does raga-marga mean? Raga means spontaneоus love and affection in the hearts of Vrajavasis. They are called ragatmika-janas. And the one who performs bhajana and sadhana to get the mood of Vrajavasis is called raganuga.

[Gaura Premanande! Hari! Haribol!]

[Jaya Jaya Sri Radhe!]

Date: 14 June 2019 Location: Brazil


Transcriber: Chandrika dasi (UK) Editor: Chandrika dasi (UK), Sanatana dasa (USA) Proofreading: Chandrika dasi (UK) Integrity check: Divya-premamayi dasi (Slovakia) Image: Narisimhananda dasa (Russia)

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