Srimati Radharani- The Origin of the Sankirtan Movement

By Samapriya dasi

How can one understand the esoteric personality of Srimati Radharani? She is the principal inspiration for the Lord, and only confidentially revealed in the Vedic scriptures.

Yet, She takes shelter within the deepest realizations of pure hearted bhakti yogis. Lord Sri Krsna is bewildered by the profound brilliance of Her transcendental qualities and thus awakens a yearning within Himself to exhibit, absorb and experience Her divine nature. The influence and presence of Srimati Radharani, the embodiment of the Lord’s hladini shakti, is expanded in the pastimes of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. For the benefit of all living beings Lord Caitanya expresses the mood of Srimati Radharani in His SriSiksastika.

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“Because Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, it is very difficult to approach Him. But the devotees, taking advantage of His compassionate nature, which is represented by Radharani, always pray to Radharani for Krsna’s compassion.” (Nectar of Devotion).

“Srimati Radharani takes Her first bath in the shower of the nectar of compassion and She takes Her second bath in the nectar of youth.” (CC Madhya 8.167) In the purport Srila Prabhupada writes, “She takes Her bath in the water of mercy.”

When the Lord desires to realize the devotional service of Srimati Radharani by assuming Her compassionate nature, the prime benediction for humanity at large comes into existence. Therefore Srimati Radharani is the origin of the Sankitan Movement, for it is an exhibition of Her supreme compassionate, and merciful nature. The essence of the Sankirtan Movement is to glorify Krsna and give love of God to the conditioned souls. It is for all living entities and no one is barred. Within its center is the precious seed of the Holy Name. When this seed sprouts in the heart, love of God begins to grow.

“The result of chanting is that one awakens his love for Krsna and tastes transcendental bliss. Ultimately, one attains the association of Krsna and engages in His devotional service, as if immersing himself in a great ocean of love.” (CC Antya 20.14) This is the mercy of Srimati Radharani.

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The Lord has invested all His transcendental potencies in His Holy Names. There are not even hard and fast rules for chanting these names and He has made them easily available. He has millions of names to facilitate the desires of all living entities.

“Srimati Radharani’s earrings are the name, fame and qualities of Lord Krsna.” (CC Madhya 8.179)

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