Her Divine Appearance

Śrīla Bhakti Rakṣak Śrīdhar Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj recounts the appearance of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī.

Yesterday was the day of the appearance of Rādhārāṇī Herself. We are told that She was found floating in a lotus.  Her father Vṛṣabhānu Rāja, a chief cow keeper, was childless.  Suddenly, one day he found in a lake on a lotus a beautiful girl, but with closed eyes. He took Her home. The girl was very beautiful, perfect, but Her eyes were closed.

Vṛṣabhānu Rāja had a friendship with Nanda Mahārāj. He was also a chief cowkeeper, and Vṛṣabhānu Rāja had some natural friendship with him. Yaśodā heard that her friend Kṛttikā had no child but suddenly found a girl of exquisite beauty who was blind and took her home from a lotus on some lake. She is now bringing Her up. Yaśodā went to visit and congratulate Kṛttikā that she at last got a beautiful girl. Yaśodā took Kṛṣṇa with her also. As Yaśodā and Kṛttikā were talking, Kṛṣṇa went up to the girl, and the girl suddenly opened Her eyes and saw first the boy Kṛṣṇa.

This has been told, that She first opened Her eyes and saw Kṛṣṇa. This is līlā: eternal incidents, events, repeated in a particular way a like drama. One drama is being repeated many times in the eternal quarter. Sometimes the screen is taken away, and it comes to flash in a particular place. So, in the original place, the līlā is going on coexistent. All the līlās are subsequent, a succession, and are coexistent. By His will, some glimpse comes to different mundane universes as an exhibition to attract the people for service. So, it occurred in that way, the children’s first union, an interchanging of Their vision.

Afterwards, Vṛṣabhānu came, and Kṛttikā, the chief queen, began to nurture the baby. Gradually, the girl grew up.


As the moon is supposed to come from the kṣīroda-samudra [ocean of milk], so some present geologists are of the opinion that the moon shot forth from the Pacific Ocean. There was an island in some portion of the Pacific and somehow, by some earthquake or some push, like a rocket, it was sent out into the atmosphere and has become moon. Indian mythology is also of similar opinion that the moon has emerged from the ocean of milk So, Vṛṣabhānūdadhi-nava-śaśi-lekhe: Śrīla Rūpa Goswāmī compares the family of Vṛṣabhānu to the ocean from which the moon of Rādhārāṇī has sprung up. Such a beautiful comparison: the fortune of Vṛṣabhānu is compared to the ocean, and from there has sprung up the moon Śrī Vṛṣabhānu Nandinī, Śrī Rādhikā.


27 August 1982