QUOTE (evakurvan @ Aug 30 2005, 09:40 PM)
More from the same writerSome of the assertions of Kali supremacy did not sit well with rival sects especially the Vaishnavas, and there were frequent skirmishes over turf. A typical example goes thus. The Vaishnavas declared that, "Krishna is the boat man who ferries the soul across the ocean of existence." The Kali worshippers, angered by this assumption of salvation, retorted. "Our Mother is the ruler of the universe and does not time for petty tasks like this, which is why she appointed that fellow Krishna to do the job!" Sometimes you can buy calendars with popular bazaar paintings on it that show Kali with an escort, a little Krishna running ahead of her like a herald and a tough looking Hanuman guarding the rear of her cavalcade. The implications are obvious.
Any vaisnava who says that Kali (Durga) is not God is wrong.
From Jiva Goswami's commentary on verse 3 Brahma Samhita
Sometimes Goddess Durga is also described as the supreme controller. This is also correct because there is no difference between the potencies and Lord Krishna, the master of all potencies. This is confirmed by the following words of the Gautamiya Tantra:
"Krishna is Durga. Durga is Krishna. One who sees that they are different will not become liberated from the cycle of repeated birth and death."
Durga is the personal potency of Lord Krishna, and therefore she is Lord Krishna Himself. For this reason Durga should not be considered manifested from a portion of the Lord's illusory potency Maya. This fact is confirmed by the following stat ement of the Nirukti:
"Even is one continually worships her, Durga is still difficult to understand."
Durga is also described in Narada-pancaratra, in the following conversation of Sruti and Vidya:
"Durga is the supreme goddess. She is an incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. She is the transcendental potency of the Lord. She is manifested from the form of Lord Maha-Vishnu.
"Simply by understanding her one immediately attains the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It is not otherwise.
"She is identical with Gokula's queen Sri Radha, who possesses a great treasure of love for Krishna. By her grace the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the master of all living entities, is easily understood.
In the Sammohana Tantra, Durga herself declares:
"I am Durga. I possess all virtues. I am not different from Sri Radha, the eternal, supreme goddess of fortune."
In fact in a sense she is superior to Krishna. She is "identical" to Radha, who is "superior" to Krishna in a sense, even though they are one and the same person. Radha is considered superior because in the Caitanya Caritamrta she is said to experience millions of times more bliss then Krishna. And in Gaudiya teachings it is because of that which motivates Krishna to want to taste what she tastes. That is an allegorical tale meant to tell us that Radha is in fact superior to Krishna in the sense that Radha is the true enjoyer of the two, even though they are the same person. i.e the female form is superior to the male form in terms of enjoying potential. So Radha is "superior" to Krishna because she is female and therefore called the hladini or enjoying potency of Krishna. She is Krishna's enjoying aspect, therefore superior to Krishna, even though they are both the same person.
Here is another allegorical tale describing Krishna's real internal "higher" identity. From Raghava Goswami's Sri Krsna-bhakti-ratna-prakasa
That Sri Radha is manifested from half of Lord Krsna's body is also described in the Govinda-Vrndavana-sastra, where Sri Krsna says to Balarama:
"O Balarama, please listen and I will tell You something. One day, taking My flute, My heart full of bliss and My form bending in three places, I went under a kadamba tree and, seeing My own form reflected in a splendid golden platform studded with jewels, I became enchanted. At that moment My heart became filled with the sweet happiness known as conjugal love, which charms the entire world. My heart now desires to become a woman. I yearn to enjoy Myself as a woman.
As the Lord thought in this way, His heart approached itself. From the sweetness of His heart came bliss and from the bliss came Himself, manifested in a second form, a female form of transcendental bliss that could experience the direct perception of Himself.
At that time a goddess, whose form was nectar, whose fair complexion was like a host of lightning flashes, and who was decorated with glittering ornaments, appeared from the Lord's left side. She is known as Radha, who is half of Krsna's body, and who is the mistress of all potencies."
I've gotten a lot of flac from various self proclaimed "authorities" who tell me that Radha and Durga are not the same person as Krishna, they insist that Krishna is a separate person from them. Which is really not the message of the true Gaudiya school. I go over that misconception at The hidden face of God