Transcendental Ornaments - Part 3

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances.  All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Transcendental Ornaments" wherein we started meditating on the unique qualities of the Lord’s ornaments as explained by Acharya Ramanuja in his great prayer Saranagati gadyam. We will continue the meditation. 

2.His countless ornaments are transcendental (divya):
The most important distinguishing quality of the Lord’s ornaments is that they are transcendental. Acharya Ramanuja calls it as aparimita divya bhushana (countless transcendental ornaments). The most opulent people in the world can buy any amount of ornaments they like and use it for decorating themselves. But ultimately these jewels are material. Because the jewels of this world are made of gold, silver, diamond, platinum, pearl and other precious stones. All these metals are extracted from earth. Earth is one of the five material elements and ultimately it is product of the material nature, which is Lord’s material energy. So they within the scope of the three modes of material nature (goodness, passion and ignorance). But the ornaments which decorate the Lord’s spiritual form are not made of material nature but are completely spiritual in nature. So though they appear like the gold, diamond and pearl of this world, they totally belong to a different category altogether. They are eternal in nature and their brilliance, beauty, properties are completely different from the ornaments of this world. They are all products of the internal energy of the Lord and they belong to the spiritual world. Like the metals of this material world, they do not fall under the laws of material nature. They are full of knowledge and bliss. We see in Srimad Bhagavatam (2.9.9) below explanation of the spiritual world which was revealed to Lord Brahma by Lord Vishnu. 

pravartate yatra rajas tamas tayoḥ
sattvaṁ ca miśraṁ na ca kāla-vikramaḥ
na yatra māyā kim utāpare harer
anuvratā yatra surāsurārcitāḥ

In that personal abode of the Lord, the material modes of ignorance and passion do not prevail, nor is there any of their influence in goodness. There is no predominance of the influence of time, so what to speak of the illusory, external energy; it cannot enter that region. Without discrimination, both the demigods and the demons worship the Lord as devotees.

Here the spiritual world is mentioned as transcendental, beyond the three modes and beyond the influence of time. Srila Prabhupada states in the purport of this verse "everything in the transcendental world is everlasting, full of knowledge and bliss without deterioration." We also see that the Lord is decorated with crown, earrings, yellow robes etc. as mentioned in the below verse from Srimad Bhagavatam 2.9.16

kirīṭinaṁ kuṇḍalinaṁ catur-bhujaṁ
pītāṁśukaṁ vakṣasi lakṣitaṁ śriyā

He was dressed in yellow robes and wore earrings and a helmet on his head. He had four hands, and His chest was marked with the lines of the goddess of fortune.

We already saw that the spiritual world is free from the influence of material modes and beyond time. Also there is no trace of material energy. But we see that the Lord who is present there is decorated with beautiful attire and ornaments. This shows that the attire and ornaments are free from the modes of nature, beyond material energy and hence transcendental. Srila Prabhupada states in the commentary of SB 6.8.30 “In the spiritual world, nothing is material. The sword, bow, club, disc and everything decorating the personal body of the Lord are spiritual living force…Anything pertaining to Him is in the same category of spiritual existence.”

Krishna willing we shall see more on the various aspects of the Lord’s ornaments in the ensuing offerings. 

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Gurudeva,
Narahari Krishna das,
Chennai