Srimati Radharani

Srimati Radharani is the first expansion of Krishna’s spiritual energy, or His pleasure potency called hladini-shakti. From Her purely spiritual and blissful energy all other consorts of the Lord are expanded: the gopis of the rasa-lila, the Queens of Dwarka, Sita Devi, Laksmi Devi, Tulasi Devi and others.

Srimati Radharani also has an indirect expansion called the material energy who is personified as Durga Devi. The material world is likened to a prison house and Durga Devi to the prison warden. With her array of weapons she constantly punishes the living entity who fails to understand the true spiritual nature of Krishna.

The living entity may choose to surrender either to the material energy or the spiritual energy. When shelter of the spiritual energy personified by Srimati Radharani is chosen, She guides the devotee back to Krishna's lotus feet.

Sri Sri Radha and Krishna are actually one entity but They assume different forms to enjoy transcendental loving pastimes. The only difference between them is that Krishna is supreme enjoyer, the predominator and Srimati Radharani is the predominated.

“They are indeed the same, just as musk and its scent are inseparable, or as fire and its heat are non-different. Thus Radha and Krishna are one, yet They have taken two forms to enjoy the mellows of pastimes.” (Chaitanya-charitamrta Adi 4.97)