Lautoka, Fiji: February 9, 2002
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
[Sept. 22, 2004 is the Appearance Day of Srimati Radharani. So that
you can get a lecture before the divine fact, kindly accept this lecture
on the glories of Srimati Radhika, given in Lautoka, Fiji: February
9, 2002. Srila Maharaja's gave his discourse in Hindi and it was then
translated into English by Jagannatha dasa Adhikari. Interestingly
enough, a few days ago (Sept 17) in Volgograd, Russia, Srila Maharaja
discussed this same exact transcendental subject: Srimati Radhika’s
mohanakhya-mahabhava, Her expressions of love in separation.]
Radharani is speaking to a bumblebee, who is buzzing about and trying
to sit on Her lotus feet, thinking them to be a lotus flower. She
tells the bumblebee to go back to Madhupuri (Mathura), from where
it has come, for it looks very intoxicated and impure. But the bee
does not leave, and Radharani responds by saying, "You are a
bumblebee with six legs. Man has two legs and animals have four legs.
Animals are foolish; they do not learn anything from their past mistakes
and they are not concerned about their future. You have six legs,
and therefore you are worse than the animals." In this way, referring
to the bee as a cunning cheater, worse than an animal, and so on,
She calls him ill names.
Tears fall from Her eyes as She says in an angry mood, "Just
as you drink nectar from the flowers, Krsna came to us and we gave
Him all our love. Then, after drinking the nectar of our lips, He
left us forever. After drinking nectar from one flower, you leave
it and go to sit on another flower, without realizing whether that
next flower is good or bad. You become so madly intoxicated by drinking
the nectar from the first flower, that you loose all your intelligence.
Krsna is also like that. He was previously here with us, and now he
is in Mathura and sitting on flowers like Kubja. As you drink nectar
from all types of flowers without looking to see whether they are
good or bad, Krsna associates with the girls in Mathura – without
The bumblebee buzzes and Radharani continues, "What are you saying?
Are you saying that Laxmi, the most chaste lady, always hankers to
serve the lotus feet of Krsna, whereas we are chasing Him away? Are
you saying that we are nothing compared to Laksmiji, and that we should
not be angry with Him? If you are saying this, then please be quiet."
Radharani continues, "Laksmiji is new in her duties of serving
Krsna, but we are very experienced in our duties. We have known Him
since our childhood and we know all His secrets. There is nothing
that we do not know about Him. He is very clever and a sweet talker,
so He can convince Laxmiji – but not us. We know all His tricks.
Time and again he has cheated us, but now we are experienced and we
will no longer be cheated by Him. We will not compromise with Him.
"Do not try to influence us with your sweet buzzing. He also
speaks sweet words, and in fact you have learned this from Him. But
do you know who taught Him all sweet things? He learned everything
from us. In fact, we gopis even taught Him how to do maan, how to
be in a sulky mood. So don’t try to convince us.
The bumblebee replies, "He is very attached to you. He can never
leave you. He will not repeat His mistakes."
Radharani then says, "O cheater, don’t try to teach us.
We know Him very well. Let us tell you one thing. All those who are
black, inside and outside, like you are – we do not trust them.
I do not want to make any kind of agreement with them. I have learned
my lessons, and I will never again trust any black person. There is
no need for any kind of agreement. Do you know what is our situation
today? We have left everything – our house, our family, our
chastity – everything for Him. And then He left us and went
away. We do not have a single grain of food that we can offer to you,
and we are in this situation because of Him. How do you expect us
to reconcile this?
"We have heard from Paurnamasi that there was one very attractive
black person in Treta Yuga, and He was also black inside. He said
that to uphold His father’s order, He had to go to the forest
for 14 years; so he dressed like a renounced sadhu and went to the
forest with His wife. Why did He have to take His wife with Him? If
He wanted to go as a sadhu, he should have gone alone. And there in
the forest someone stole His wife. He wept, and then He met a monkey
named Sugriva who was also in the same situation. Sugriva's wife had
been stolen by his brother Bali, and so these two became friends and
decided to help each other find their wives. That black person, Rama,
told Sugriva to fight with his brother and that He would help him.
Then, when He was fighting, He hid behind a tree and struck Bali with
His arrow." Bali had a benediction that if anyone faced him,
he would take half of that person's strength.
"Why did He have to kill a monkey?" Monkeys are human-like.”
The Sanskrit and Hindi word for monkey is ba-nara, and nara means
human. "No one eats the meat of a monkey. So why did He kill
him without any reason?"
Radhika continues, "He thinks He can control His senses; but
see how, just to get back His wife, He helped Sugriva to kill a monkey.
Is this fair? What didn't He stoop to do? He dressed very attractively
and went to the forest, and because He looked so attractive, Ravana’s
sister Surpanakha became attracted to Him. She told Him that she wanted
to marry Him. She simply desired Him as her husband. So why did He
have to cut off her nose and ears? He should have told her that He
was married and that she should look for someone else. Now, by having
her nose and ears cut off, no one else would marry her. What was the
need for cutting off her nose and ears? There was no justification
for His actions. These are the actions of a black person like Him."
Radhika continues, "There was another black person. He was tall
and well built, but when He went to Bali Maharaja’s assembly,
He became a small dwarf (Vamana). He went there and begged from Bali
Maharaja only three steps of land to build a kutira and do bhajana.
Bali Maharaja smiled and told Him, 'You are small and your intelligence
is also small. You may ask for a kingdom and I will give it to you.
Ask for a beautiful woman to marry and I will arrange it. You may
ask for the kingdom of Indra, the kingdom of the Earth or the kingdom
"He refused all of Bali Maharaja’s offers and said that
He is a young brahmacari and needs only three steps of land; so Bali
Maharaja said he can measure the three steps He needed. The height
of His dwarf form was only the width of fifty-two fingers. He should
have measured the three steps in that form. But how did that black
person measure? He became so big that with only one step He covered
the whole Earth, and with His second step He covered the heavens from
top to bottom. Then He asked Bali Maharaja where to put His third
step, and at that time Bali Maharaja gave himself. Then what did He
do? He tied Bali Maharaja up."
Bali Maharaja’s grand father Prahlada Maharaja came there with
Brahma and told Him, "When one takes Your shelter, You release
him from all his material bondage. But You took all of Bali Maharaja’s
possessions and bound him up." They pleaded to Him to release
Bali Maharaja. He was pleased and told Bali Maharaja to ask for a
benediction. Bali Maharaja replied, "There are forty nine doors
in my palace. I do not know when I will use which door, but whenever
I would use any door in my palace, I would always want to see You
at the door." And Vamanadeva gave that benediction to Bali.
Radhika continues, "We know that black person very well, so it
is not possible to make any compromise or agreement with Him. We do
not trust Him."
The bumblebee buzzes and Radhika says, "Oh, you say, 'Why do
you keep talking about Him if You do not want anything to do with
Him? Isn’t there anything else to talk about in this whole world
apart from Him?' You are saying, 'If You want to leave Him, then leave
Him completely. Don't talk about Him.' Yes, we can leave Him, but
we can never stop ourselves from discussing His pastimes.
"I am telling the truth and speaking through experience. This
black person's sweet talk, His sweet pastimes, and His flute playing
is so wonderful that if one sees Him or hears His words or flute playing
only once, she becomes mad. She becomes disinterested in his husband,
family and home."
Such a person gives up all types of attachment, and makes his mother,
father, daughter, wife and all others cry, "Oh, my son has left
home!" Then he goes to Vrndavana and roams there. Like a bird,
he does not have anywhere to stay. He has nothing to eat. If he gets
something by madhukari (begging), then he will eat; otherwise he will
not. Like birds, you will also not have any place to stay, and you
will start calling, "Alas Krsna! Alas Radha!" And you will
also start roaming in Vrndavana.
The gopis say, "If you want to stay peacefully in your home,
never hear the name of that "Black One," and never hear
His pastimes." You should not hear the wonderful pastimes of
Krsna. If you do, you too will become mad and quit your homes.
Editorial Advisors: Pujyapada Madhava Maharaja and Sripad Brajanatha
Transcription and Translation: Sripad Jagannatha Punja and assistants
Editor: Syamarani dasi