It is quite common to call Srimati Radharani the Queen of Vraja and to talk about us as Her devotees but these kind of declarations might be a little misunderstood.
First of all, She is not like queen Elisabeth, She is not that kind of queen. She is also not the queen of a beehive or an ant hill. We are also not worshipers of a “female Divine” ala Da Vinci code. Those are all interesting conceptions of what a queen is but they are inapplicable our case.
No matter what we say, we are not gunning for some kind of matriarchy, we are not some kind of worker bees collecting stuff to please our queen, though we do have something in common with worker ants – those guys are actually girls serving to protect and support their queens. They can’t even eat the food they collect themselves – it needs to be processed back at the colony and regurgitated for their consumption.
In that way we are somewhat similar when we see ourselves as aspiring servants of the gopis but still their concept of queen doesn’t apply to us.
As a religious group we might be confused with shaktas or those “Sacred Feminine” cults that probably don’t really exist, we are not milking power of female counter potency of God and we are not putting shakti above shaktiman, prakriti over purusha. Krishna is the Supreme Absolute Personality of Godhead, the creator and the maintainer of all the worlds, there’s nothing and no one above Him.
Yet still we are praying for the mercy of the Queen of Vraja as our ultimate destination. After we obtained the mercy of our guru, the mercy of Lord Nityananda, the mercy of Lord Chaitanya and even the mercy of Krishna Himself – our lives won’t be complete without the mercy of Srimati Radharani and the shelter of Her lotus feet.
Perhaps only the select few of us will ever actually get there but the rest of us still knows that our own efforts to please Krishna even on the liberated platform are incomparable to the pleasure given to Him by Srimati Radharani.
To put is simple – we serve our Queen because she serves our Lord better than we do it ourselves. We do not see Her position as in any way independent of Krishna, as having any kind of independent power, like, for example, Lord Balarama has.
Oh, and She isn’t even a queen in a traditional sense, and Krishna isn’t a King either, at least in the eyes of the elders of Vrindavana, it’s our own little secret. Nanda Maharaj and Maharaj Vrishbhanu are the kings, and Kamsa is the emperor, let everybody think that but for Gaudiya vaishnavas this external recognition isn’t necessary just as daily engagements and social obligations of the gopis do not reflect their true nature and aspirations.
We have our own secret code and our own secret handshakes and our own make believe world with our own King and Queen and I hope we will never grow out of it and we get to relive those sweet days of teenage youth ever and ever again. It’s a good thing there’s no time in the spiritual world, after all.