After Her bath, the sakhis and manjaris dry Srimati Radharani’s body with soft towels. Then, the sakhis use sandal, aguru, musk, camphor, gorocana, sindhura and other fragrant substances on Srimati Radharani’s body, being fully knowledgeable of exactly what is helpful in which season. They also decorate Her with many fine ornaments. Do not think that they are simply dry jewels, stones and metals. This is not the case in Vraja-mandala.
Nothing in the spiritual world is ordinary—cid-ananda-mayam lila anukula-param—everything in Vraja has deep anuraga, is spiritual and favorable for the pastimes of Radha-Krsna. Even the ornaments are not ordinary and dry. They have life and love for Srimati Radharani. They feel very fortunate that Srimati Radharani accepts them and they are able to serve Her. They are perfected beings and are always ready for service.
These jewels are invested with special power. They do not have to be charged and turned on and off like machines for their power to work. Simply by the desire of Srimati Radharani, all the ornaments and jewels like the syamantaka-mani, perform their different services.
Even Radharani’s hairpins have life. They are no exception and are certainly not inert pieces of silver or gold. In Vraja-mandala, everything moving and non-moving that is used or accepted by the Vrajavasis has life. They have already achieved vastu-siddhi and are not ordinary.
The ornaments, flowers, plants and all other paraphernalia come to Srimati Radharani and offer their service. It is not that after they serve one time and then do not have the chance again. They return to their respective places, like a disciple returns to his room or area after his service to his Guru. Anything which is given to Srimati Radharani, every last leaf or flower, has consciousness.
When a flower is used in the service of Radharani, it does not wilt or die when the service is complete. It returns to the tree that it came from, like a child returning to his parent. After receiving Radharani’s love and affection, how could anyone become dry? The flower returns to its own place and will be present there to be of service once again.
When Krsna accepts any edible offering, there is a transcendental loving exchange that takes place. Do not think that it is like the eating, digesting and passing of the material bodies we see around us.
The spiritual world is not like that. For example, Sukadeva Gosvami spoke the Srimad-bhagavatam to Pariksit Maharaja for seven days and nights. Pariksit Maharaja did not drink or eat the entire time. He did not need anything mundane. He was thirsty only for the spiritual rasa that Sukadeva Gosvami distributes, and when that love came to him, he became fulfilled and needed no other food.
Everything in that eternal Vraja-mandala is everlasting and beyond all mundanity. With mundane consideration you cannot understand this. Even if you try to understand this, it is not possible.
Kaviraja Gosvami continues to describe service of Citra-devi and the other sakhis in the early morning hours.
Citra-devi makes an earring that is described to be like a blazing cakra surrounding a diamond. This is not an ordinary diamond. The Sun himself manifested this diamond. It is called the Surya-kanta-mani.
The Sun is Srimati Radharani’s disciple. He presented this Surya-kanta-mani, to his Guru. Snakes have jewels on their hoods. The Sun also has a jewel. Everyone has his own specialty, this is called a jewel. Sometimes one says, “You are a jewel.” This means, “You are very special.” Don’t think only precious stones are called jewels and jewellery is only some ornament placed on the body. One is described as a jewel when he has special qualities.
The Sun has special power he received from Srimati Radharani.
It is said—
bhargo devasya dhimahi
This mantra is for worshiping the power of the Supreme. The word savitur refers to the Sun, and varenyam means that his object of worship is bhargo devasya, or Krsna’s sakti. Devasya bharga means the svarupa-sakti of Krsna-deva.
Srimati Radharani is that svarupa-sakti. She is savitur varenyam, worshipped by the Sun. The Sun’s power comes directly from svarupa-sakti Srimati Radharani, therefore he can maintain the whole world and nourish all beings. If the sun did not rise, then the living entities would have no strength. At night, they sleep and their bodies practically shut down, but when the sun rises and gives his rays, shine, heat and light, everyone is filled with so much strength and energy. This energy is coming directly from svarupa-sakti, and the Sun distributes it to the world. This is called brahma-sakti.
Therefore Gayatri is called brahma-gayatri. This sakti comes to everyone and helps all. But people misuse it—therefore they lose their brahma-sakti. If anyone worships God with this sakti, then nothing can be lost to him. He will be very powerful, strong, and his life will be successful.
By offering the Surya-kanta-mani to Srimati Radharani, it was like the Sun had offered Her his heart. Citra-devi puts this jewel in the center of Radharani’s cakra earring. These earrings are further beautified by pearls, sapphires and rubies.
What is the reason for this? Ratnakara or Varuna-deva is the Lord of the ocean. He has friendship with the Sun-god and also respects svarupa-sakti, Srimati Radharani. His daughter’s name is Maha Lakshmi, who is an expansion of Srimati Radharani. Therefore with much affection, Ratnakara offers pearls to Srimati Radharani. He has deep faith and respect for Radharani.
When Srimati wears this jewel, the Sun becomes very happy, thinking, “My Goddess has accepted my presentation,” he begins to cast his light with more feeling and happiness.
Varuna-deva also feels very happy that Radharani has accepted his presentation. Both of them understand that Her mercy is with them.
How interesting is the friendship between the Sun-god and the god of the seas. The ocean accumulates much dirtiness, being the destination of all flowing water. But the Sun evaporates that water and stores it in the sky as clouds. From there, the water rains down in showers all over the world, cooling all beings and giving them rasa. Water, rasa, is the life of beings. If they lose this, then they are lost. After taking rasa, if they use the strength that comes to serve God and His associates then this rasa will not be mundane or destroyed.
The Sun and all beings delight upon receiving Srimati Radharani’s mercy. They always chant this brahma-gayatri. The meaning of brahma-gayatri is that the sun worships svarupa-sakti Srimati Radharani. This mantra is therefore perfect for all souls. But one condition is there. But if I tell this here, it is not good. Sometimes to understand something, many things must be said.
With a thin golden stick, Visakha-devi makes a spider web design on Radharani’s chin with musk. When musk is present on the chin, its fragrance travels to the nose. By smelling it the brain will be strong and sharp.
The Surya-kanta-mani that swings at Radharani’s ear is to protect Her from the criticisms and complaints of other people. The Surya kanta mani wards off this energy. The Sun can take water from even an impure place and transform it into pure rasa. In the same way, if anyone has relation with the guru-parampara, they can help bring souls out of material conditioning.
Srimati Radharani’s name is not written in the guru-parampara.
Krsna haite caturmukha, haya Krsna sevonmukha,
brahma haite naradera mati
narada haite vyasa, madhva kahe vyasadasa,
purnaprajna padmanabha gati
Radharani’s name is not written anywhere, nor is the name of the Sun written. However, in the brahma-gayatri-mantra, both the Sun and Srimati Radharani are present. It is very hidden. First this mantra worshipping Radharani is chanted. If anyone takes this mantra from a pure Guru, he can understand the meaning of this mantra by performing sincere and steadfast practice. Ordinary people have many different meanings, but these are not true. They do not understand the real meaning of Gayatri.
Worshiping with this mantra is the activity of the parakiya-parampara, or gaudiya-parampara. It seems that he who chants this mantra worships Krsna, but this is not so. The Gaudiyas follow those who serve Krsna perfectly. They follow Srimati Radharani and the gopis.
Outwardly they show that they are worshiping Krsna and are following Krsna, but really they are not following Him. They do Krsna-anusilanam— anusilana of Krsna. They are not chanting hari-nama, they chant Hare’s nama, or Harer nama. The names of Radharani and all the gopis.
The followers in this line are very clever. They show one thing, and do another thing. They seem to go East but they are really walking West. It may look like they are walking forward, but they really walking backwards.
This parakiya parampara is not so easy to understand. Those in the parakiya parampara are very strange. Outwardly, they may be sitting and eating, but what are they really doing? You must be one of them to understand. When Durvasa Rsi was asked, “Did you eat anything?” He says, “I have never eaten.”
One time, he said this to the gopis. “We just served you a large feast,” They said in disbelief.
It was true. Millions of gopis had come and given him malpua, ksira, halava and many other preparations.
The gopis said, “We saw you. You ate everything in front of us. How can you say you have eaten nothing?”
Durvasa Rsi said, “I never ate anything in my life. Anything that came to me, I gave to my Guru. You can’t see this.”
“But we saw you put the preparations in your mouth.”
“No! This is not true. I did not eat. I offered everything to my master.”
When the gopis could not cross the Yamuna, Krsna said, “I never meet with any ladies. I have no relation with anyone at all.”
The gopis thought, “Baba! Krsna cannot be without His friends and beloveds for a moment. He is always dancing, kissing, laughing and joking, but He says he doesn’t meet with anyone!”
What kind of parampara is this? Is this a liar parampara? Is it a cheater parampara? No, this is the parakiya-parampara! In this parampara everything is very secret and hidden. Nothing is straightforward.
Outside something is shown, but inside something else is going on. This is a very crooked parampara. People cannot easily understand this gaudiya or parakiya-parampara.
Srimati Radharani’s eyes are very long. Generally people’s eyes are not so large, but Radharani’s eyes are very long and wide. The corners of Her eyes are tinged with the color of a pink lotus flower or pink rose. Her eyes are prominently blue, but other colors are mixed in with the blue, representing the eight sakhis surrounding Krsna in the pupil. The sakhis are like layers protecting the pupil, which is Krsna. Radharani only lets Krsna in Her heart with Her eyes. Srimati Radharani’s pupils are completely black. Why is this? This is Krsna’s place, and signifies that only Krsna can enter Her heart.
Radharani’s lotus eyes are very long and the ends are sharp like the beak of a parrot. The sakhis give black kajjala ointment around Her eyes, and She becomes very happy. She uses this kajjala every day. Why? This shows that Krsna is surrounding Her eyes and that they are solely for Him. Even Her eyelid is a place for Krsna. This is the secret of Radharani’s kajjala. Everything is Krsna’s place.
All people have this place for Krsna in their eyes. But they do not realize that this place should be for Krsna only. Instead, they fill up their eyes with images of their lovers. They give their eyes towards ladies, gents, cats, dogs, or anyone who aids in the fulfilment of their material desires. But the truth is that this place is meant for Krsna. All living entities have these black pupils in their eyes. The eyes pupil is reserved for Krsna only.
People use their eyes to take pictures day and night of mayika objects and people. Their eyes capture pictures and videos of this material world. Young girls, old girls, boys, cats, rats, mats and houses—they take picture after picture of all these things and then suffer as a result. At night they can’t sleep. In the day they suffer in the prison of material elements. They always have pain in their hearts and become dizzy, disturbed, depressed and ultimately mad.
Now, after Radharani’s abhiseka and decoration is completed, Visakha-devi checks everything to make sure it is perfect. Srimati Radharani is dazzlingly decorated for the pleasure of Krsna. Krsna will look and see how She is wearing such a beautiful a blue sari, and an exquisite shawl.
Srimati’s neck is auspiciously marked with three auspicious lines. This is one auspicious symptom found on the body of a great personality. On the neck of an auspicious person, the bulge of the Adam’s apple is not visible; rather, there are three horizontal lines running across the neck.
On Radharani’s neck, which is marked with all auspiciousness, She wears a necklace. What kind of necklace?
Once, Vyasadeva wrote:
para-stri kantha-samlagna vaikuntham-jati
He says that if anyone bathes in the Ganga or Yamuna or at the Triveni-sangam in the morning, then he will go to hell, narakam-jati. But he says that if a person bathes with the wife of another man embracing his neck, then he will go to Vaikuntha.
Vyasadeva wrote this, and people think, “This is true. Sastra says that I should embrace another man’s wife while I bathe and by doing so I will go to Vaikuntha.”
What is the real meaning? Here nara means the men of this world, and kam-jati means to go to Svarga. So the meaning of pratah-snati nara kam-jati is that if a man bathes in Ganga or Yamuna in the early morning, he will achieve the heavenly planets.
para-stri kantha-samlagna vaikuntham-jati
If Tulasi, who is Krsna-priya, or the beloved consort of Krsna, is around one’s neck while he bathes, he will go directly to the spiritual abode of Vaikuntha. There is no doubt in this.
What does Srimati Radharani wear on Her neck? This is the question.
Krsna Himself is Indra-nilamani. Srimati Radharani will only wear this necklace.
This is sat, cit and ananda. Gurudeva gives three strands of beads around the neck of his disciples. They represent sat, cit and ananda. We do not wear one strand, nor do we wear two or four. We are given three, representing samvit, hladini, and sandhini. The first one is sat, or sandhini, this is making one’s relation with sad-guru. Next is samvit, or Krsna, and this gives pure knowledge. The third strand is hladini-sakti, kriya sakti, and is given by mahabhava-svarupini Srimati Radharani.
Radharani has a three-stranded necklace. Krsna, with His own hand, gave this necklace to Radharani. Srimati accepts whatever He offers Her and wears it with love. She is completely uninterested in anything else.
Visakha-devi fastens this around Radharani’s neck, which is marked with three lines, thus resembling a conch.
Whatever is worn on the neck will affect the voice. The nature, sound an effect of your voice will match the qualities of what you wear around your neck. Therefore, we wear this kanthi-mala, necklace of tulsi, on our neck. The kanthi-mala should not touch the chest, it should be snugly worn around the neck.
If a person wears Tulasi on his neck, then no unwanted substance or energy will come into the seven gates on the head. No evil will be able to enter and pull one away from God.
The neck is a very important part of the body. The soul and the Supreme Soul are connected at the neck. A heart transplant is possible and a brain transplant may be possible someday. But if the neck is cut and the head severed, there is no question of a head transplant! You cannot be like Ravana or Hiranyakasipu. This is not possible.
Srimati Radharani does not give place for anything other than Krsna on Her neck.
On the neck of Srimati Radharani there is this necklace given by Hari and She wears it gladly. Now, people wear anything given by anyone. But the guru-varga do not teach this. One day, I went for darsana of my Guru Maharaja in Govardhana. He was staying in a small gaudiya-matha in Govardhana. I had a flower garland, and tried to offer it to him.
As I went forward to offer him the garland, he said, “Stop!”
“What?” I asked.
“Don’t give me this mala,” he said firmly.
“Why not?” I persisted.
“Did you offer it?” Guru Maharaja asked.
“No,” I said truthfully.
“Then I won’t accept it,” he said. “Go. First offer it.”
“Offer it where?” I asked.
“Giriraja Govardhana is here,” he said. “Offer it to Him, then give it to me.”
The guru-varga are also very careful of what they wear on their necks. They do not accept anything independently. They are very strong. But we have no knowledge—no understanding. Anything that comes to us, we take it without considering what the result will be and where those things will take us.
Srimati Radharani takes nothing which is unrelated to Sri Krsna. Jagannatha in Puri wears cloth which has names of Radharani present. His flower garland has ‘Radhe, Radhe’ written with candana on the flower petals, and verses of Gita-govinda are present on His night cloth. They are not printed there, but actually woven in the cloth. The holy name of Srimati Radharani is present in that Gita-govinda, and He wears that cloth. Even while He sleeps, the Deva-dasis dance and sing about the pastimes of Radha and Krsna.
Srimati Radharani only wears anything related to Krsna, just as Jagannatha or Krsna only accepts things related to Radharani. This is Their one-pointed loved.
Visakha-devi gives Radharani the indranila-ratna. The name may be Indra, but this is referring only to Krsna, the king of the hearts of all the Vrajavasis. It is bright-blue, the color of the sky. They also give Her the Citra-hamsa gem, which is set with gold. Krsna’s pastimes can be seen in this gem. Krsna is delighted when He sees His own pastimes playing in this gem.
Like in this temple, Krsna pastimes are painted on the wall. When Krsna sees this He says, “Oh, this place is my place. This room is my room!” He then becomes very happy.
If one goes to the cinema, he sees many pictures of film stars, and scantily clad people dancing around. Thus it can be seen this place is not for Krsna, it is only a place for sense enjoyment.
Radharani’s body and Her ornaments are all connected with Krsna’s lila-sakti. Everything is offered to Krsna’s lila-sakti.
Visakha-devi gives canakya-hara, a necklace with four beaded tips that resemble the udders of a cow to Srimati Radharani. Krsna has so much love for the cows and this necklace is very pleasing to Him.
Visakha-devi gives many ornaments and necklaces to Radharani. All of Krsna’s pastimes—wherever they are being performed—are visible to Srimati Radharani in Her necklaces. Where is Krsna, what is He doing now, where He is he going to be—She can understand all of this. This is the potency of the vaidurya-mani.
Radharani wears a gunja berry necklace that was given to Her by Krsna at the time of rasa. How is this? Gunja-mala‘s have a black face surrounded by red, yellow or brown. There is always a black face. This is the rule of gunja berries. There’s always some blackness. Anywhere that has the sign of Krsna—anywhere Krsna is present—that place or object is pure.
Srimati Radharani has a necklace with a large pearl that resembles the full moon and represents Krsnacandra. On the sides of this pearl there are many small bright jewels that resemble the stars and signify the sakhis of Srimati Radharani. This is the necklace worn by Srimati Radharani. Krsna is in the middle, and is like moon and central ornament, and all the side jewels are like stars or sakhis. This ornament rests on the heart of Srimati Radharani.
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