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Hari-katha, 16 Dec 2017

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Srimati's Abhiseka – Govinda-lilamrta

The eight prominent sakhīs know where Kṛṣṇa will go in the daytime. They each give an earring to Śrīmati Rādhārāṇī. Rādhārāṇī thus wears eight earrings. Rādhārāṇī maintains a connection with each of the aṣṭa-sakhīs by these earrings and is able to instruct them by Her mind. We have seen that in Gurudeva’s class people used to clip their microphones to His clothing. Why was this? They were recording him. They were not just recording his words but they were also sending the signal to different countries all over the world, so that all his devotees could hear his hari-kathā. The clip on Gurudeva’s shoulder would go to Russia, another clip on his uttarīya would go to America. In this way his message was immediately spread in many languages. It is quite a similar case with these earrings used by Rādhārāṇī. People do not understand what decoration is. Real decoration is this service performed by the sakhīs. The set of earrings connects to the eight prominent sakhīs. If people have some transcendental knowledge, they can understand this. Otherwise, they will think this is only imagination. The sakhīs and mañjarīs adorn Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s nose with a shining pearl. This ornament hangs from the middle of Her nose and touches the top of Her upper lip. Kālī, Durgā and some demigoddesses wear this. Bulls and buffaloes also where a ring in the center of the nose so their master can tie them or pull them as he needs to. But do not think that the nose rings worn by buffaloes and those worn by the gopīs, Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī and Kṛṣṇa Himself are in any way the same. Śrīmatī is offered this nose ring. It has the special ability to not allow any bad smell, dust or bacteria to go inside the nose. The gopīs wear this and so does Kṛṣṇa. The function of this nose ring is very special. Do not think that it is used to pull the Vrajavāsīs around. Lalitā Devī leads the other sakhīs in decorating Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s body. Lalitā Devī has arranged many different jeweled ornaments. She gives Rādhārāṇī bangles made of ivory. The sakhīs place rings on Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī’s fingers, and paint Her nails with mehindi. They place around Her neck a pearl necklace, the syamantaka-maṇi, and a garland of flowers. Then they decorate Her hair with very small flowers. After the sakhīs and mañjarīs have finished bathing and dressing Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, the gopīs give Her a mirror and show Her reflection. By showing Rādhārāṇī Her own reflection, She is able to see the image of Kṛṣṇa in the syamantaka-maṇi.

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