The Mystical Rose / Rhoda Mystica Nama-Rupa Name-Form of Srimati Radha Rajani / Regina (Rani, Queen) was often held to be so Sacred in the Ancient World that Her Name and Form were not openly said or depicted. Instead Her Hierogyph or ideogram or an-iconic Form of a ROSE or RED or Pink Flower, often a Lotus, was used to invoke Her Name and Form. Thus Her RED Rhodon (‘Rose’) or Lotus (Nymphia) represented HER throughout the ancient World, and the color RED (or pink) was a ‘pictorial pun’ for Her Most Holy Name, Rhoda / Radha. This is why She was traditionally depicted in Her full Iconographic Form as wearing RED clothing and/or holding or sitting/standing in or on a RED FLOWER or LOTUS. Icons of the Lord, NYMPHOS / KOUROS / RHODOS standing or sitting in a Lotus or holding a Lotus or Red Flower depict His inseparable connection to the Primal Divine Love Devotional Tradition of Rhoda / Radha Rajani/ Regina. As Mary Rhoda Mystica, the cCatholic’s Mary-Mariam (Nari-Narayani) wears a RED inner Dress and a BLUE / NILA (DURGA) outer Mantle or Veil! This reveals Her Inner Mysteries as the Ever-Virgin Rhoda, and Her Outer Mysteries as the Supreme Mother Nila or DURGA. The wide-spread Hiero-Gamos Mysteries Tradition practice still exists of dressing a bride in Rhoda’s / Radha’s sacred RED on her wedding day! Please see my Facebook Album about Rhoda’s / Radha’s (and Rhodos) Sacred RED as a Traditional Wedding Color from Africa, Europe, the Levant and India to the Orient!
However Some have attempted to classify Radharani as a myth. I completely reject this entire approach to the subject of Srimati Radha Rani, which is only made possible because of the historical and theological myopia and ‘spiritual pride’ of the ‘Hindus’ or Vaishnavas whose Hindu-centric prejudice utterly blinds them to the vast reality of Radha Rani’s worship outside of geographical India and their racist Aryanist concept of ‘Hinduism’.
In the Mediterranean Region and the Near East, the ‘Bridal Mysticism’ Hierogamos Divine Love Devotional Tradition of Radha and Krishna, known there as Rhoda and Helios Meghistos Kouros of Rhodes, was at the religious CORE / HEART of the first High Civilizations of Egypt, Europe, the Levant and Mesopotamia. The Religion of Rhoda-Kore and Rhodos-Kouros of Rhodes was PRE-HISTORIC and the Foundation Story of the first City of Heliopolis in Egypt always tied the Founding of Heliopolis to the prior Rhodian worship of Rhoda and Kouros! Even to today there are lingering Foundation Stories about a ‘Son’ or ‘RAY’ of Rhoda and Kouros named Actis (RAY) founding the first Egyptian City of Heliopolis, in honor-of his Divine Parents, Rhoda and Kouros.
Later the City of Heliopolis BAALBEK also carried-on the related Religious Tradition of the worship of RHODA and HELIOS OF RHODES. JERU-SALEM was called HIERO-SOLYM by the Greeks, and it was another Capital of Rhoda-Kouros / Radha-Krishna Worship. The Song of Songs in the Bible celebrated the Divine Love Affair of the DODANIM / RHODANIM of the Sacred Wedding ‘Hierogamos Mystery School’ of Rhoda and Rhodos of Rhodes. Later the Great Jewish Reformer King Josiah made the RHODON EMBLEM OF RHODES THE OFFICIAL SYMBOL OF HIS REIGN!!!
In every one of the Afro-Helleno-Semitic Divine Love Traditions of the Rhodian-related Mysteries, RHODA-KORE / RADHA was the Supreme HEKATE / HEXAD / SEKHET / SHEKINAH / SHAKTI of RHODOS-KOUROS / KRISHNA. As Meghistos Kouros / Krishna was the ORIGIN of all of the Rhodian Bucolic Paradise Cowherd KOUROI BOYS, and the Afro-Helleno-Semitic ‘Gods’ of the Heliopolitan High Civilizations, RHODA-KORE was the Origin of all of the Milkmaid KORAE Girls and the Afro-Helleno-Semitic ‘Goddesses’ of all of the Afro-Helleno-Semitic High Civilizations.
In Their Mystery Schools, Rhoda and Kouros / Radha and Krishna were worshiped as the Original Divine Lovers, in Their Bucolic / GOKULA Paradise. In fact Their CAROLING SACRED CIRCLE DANCE RITES took place in Their BOUKOLION, Their Garden of Paradise. However, in all of Their Royal Places of worship (as the Greek Polieus and Tyche etc.), the ever-JUVENile NAVA-YAUVANA Rhoda-Kore and Helios Rhodos-Kouros were worshiped in awe and reverence as PRAKRITI and PURUSHA / PER-AUSU / POLIEUS, as the Universal Mother and Father of ALL, the Sacred Queen and King. Baladeva as BL-YAHU / Dionysos was the Second Person of the Godhead of HERU-AUSU-ATUM / ELI-YAHU-ADON / HARI-VASU-ATMAN. He was the Original Spiritual Master and the Initiator into the Mysteries of the Supreme Kore and Kouros. Factually the Bhagavad-gita and Bhagavatam Traditions of Radha-Krishna and Balarama worship can be identified as the original and long-dominant devotional Religious Traditions of ancient Humanity, if one just dares to look for them outside of India and ‘Hinduism’.
All of my above assertions are based on solid verifiable facts. It is a sad truth that due to prejudice and the “party spirit” of sectarian pride and anti-Abrahamic (Anti-Semitic) Racist Aryanism, that Hindus and Vaishnavas refuse to look for, or to look at, the evidence for Radha-Krishna and Baladeva worship, or for Hari-Vasu-ParamAtman worship outside of India, ‘Hinduism’ and their racist interpretation of Vedic ‘Aryanism’. The fact is that the Supreme Shekinah Rhoda of Rhodes, was also known by Her countless other ‘Virginal’ or Eternal Maiden Holy Names such as KORE or Halia (HARE), Nymphia (Padme, Lotus), Asteria (Tara), Juventa (Yauvani) and also by Her ‘expansion’ Names as Mother and Crone (Grandmother, Wise Woman of the Universe). Thus She was worshiped as Radha, Laxmi or Durga, and Kali, the Original and Supreme Maiden, Mother and Crone throughout the ancient World. Mari-Miriam Marina (Nari-Narayani), Hekate Sekhet Shekinah (Shakti), Coronis (Harini), Regina (Rajani, Rani ‘Queen’), ‘Lady Luck’ Fortuna-Lucretia-Moneta (Laxmi), Basilea (Vasudevi) the Sacred Labiatae Ocimum Sanctum (Tulasi) were all Forms of Hers. The Korae Milkmaids of the Sacred Circle Dance of Kouros and Kore were Her Expansions, as well as the Hours, Horae / Seasons, Nymphs, Nyads, all of the ‘Goddesses’ of the Afro-Helleno-Semitic Rhodes-related Heliopolitan Asyla Federations, Sarah-Chokmah-Sophia ‘Holy Wisdom’ (Sarasvati) and the Muses of all of the Sacred Arts and Sciences. Thus She was the Original Great Goddess of all of Humanity, and Her Ever-Virginal Maiden Form as Rhoda-Kore was Her ‘Original’ Form, from which ALL of Her Other Forms as Korae, Goddesses, Supreme Mother and Crone etc. Emanated. An in-depth study of the Afro-Helleno-Semitic Mediterranean regional Maiden-Mother-Crone Great Goddess Tradition reveals that it was the RHODA-KORE or JUNO-JUVENTA JUVENILE / RADHA Nava-YAUVANI Maiden (Nymphia Ever-Virginal) Form of the ‘Great Goddess’ that was Her ORIGINAL FORM. This is why there has always been such an emphasis on MARY as RHODA MYSTICA, the ‘MYSTICAL ROSE’ being EVER VIRGIN. In Her Highest ‘Bridal Mysticism’ Form, Mary-Mariam / Nari-Narayani is the Ever-Virginal Rhoda-Kore!
While it is certainly possible for a soul to ascend to the greatest heights of Divine Love without knowing anything about the worship of Srimati Radha Rani outside of their own Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya Lineage, denying that other souls have also worshiped HER in other lineages will not promote greater understanding and mutual recognition and respect among Her Devotees World-wide. Even in India, the Alvar Saint related Devotees of Perumal and Pannai have been disrespected by Gaudiya Vaishnavas. In my talks with South Indian Devotee Scholars, they confirmed to me that Pannai was definitely Srimati Radharani, and how it pained them that they could not have any inspiring communication about HER with certain other Vaishnavas, because of the sectarian prejudice involved. Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur said that “The party spirit is the enemy of truth”.
Acharya Prabhakar Mishra was Srila Prabhupada’s intimate FIRST DISCIPLE and Friend, and as a great Vaishnava Devotee and Scholar in his own right, he carefully questioned me and scrutinized my research, concluding that everything that I was teaching WAS TRUE! Thus with Dr. Rup Lal Batra, Dr. Acharya Prabhakar Mishra formally anointed me to carry-on Srila Prabhupada’s GLOBAL Jhansi League of Devotees Mission. In 1982-3 they even held press conferences, arranged to patronize my preaching tour of India, wrote letters in support of my work, introduced me to their friends and associates and signed the legal documents for our collaboration to establish a World Headquarters for the NON-SECTARIAN HARI NAMA SANKIRTAN Jhansi League of Devotees Mission, here in the USA.
When I received NO support from my God-Brothers in the USA Leadership of ISKCON, and instead I was viciously attacked and my reputation and my body nearly destroyed, and I was thus unable to carry-out Dr. Mishra’s and Dr. Lal Batra’s instructions, they still never abandoned their effort to encourage me in my devotional service. Thus for decades they continued to send me their blessings and to praise my efforts to spread the truth about the PRIMAL NON-RACIST, NON-SECTARIAN ‘universal’ pan-national worship of Srimati Radha-Rani, Sri Krishna and Lord Baladeva the Original Spiritual Master.
However, I have come to expect that my posts, such as in this thread, will be removed from any ISKCON or Gaudiya Vaishnava related webpage, or that I will be treated as if I am a crack-pot or ‘mental speculator’ instead of a serious scholar. Either way, the suppression of my devotional service to Srila Prabhupada will be perpetuated, and the Devotees will continue to be deprived of the non-sectarian truth about Humanity’s Global love-affair with Sri Sri Radha-Krishna and the Savior of All Worlds, Lord Baladeva. Thus either by censorship or by defaming my character, my contribution to the prosecution of Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai’s Mission will continue to be rejected by those whose “party spirit” will not allow them to consider my assertions as having any basis in fact.
Rhoda & Rhodos & Red for Sacramental Marriage
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