Transcendental Ornaments - Part 4

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. Not only they are transcendental, but the Lord is bedecked with multifarious and unlimited variety of ornaments. We will continue the meditation.

3. Ornaments are of different kinds (vividha)
Vividha has two meanings

1. Different kinds of ornaments such as crown, earrings, waist belt, armlets, necklace etc.
2. Ornaments made of pearl, coral, gold, diamond etc.,

In the material world, even if people have desire to wear variety of ornaments, even if they have money and buy all those ornaments, they will not be able to wear all the ornaments, at all times. This is because our body being material and made of five elements and limited in size and capacity, cannot wear all varieties of ornaments in one time. In some opulent marriages and other functions, we see that the girl is gorgeously decorated with all kinds of jewels to such an extent that the entire body is covered with jewels. Though it appears very opulent, it is practical experience that the girl will really feel heavy, sometimes sultry and uncomfortable because of the weight of the jewels. So even though people have different designs and types of jewels, they can wear only limited jewels at a time. But the Lord does not have any of these problems because His form is unlimited and all-pervading and also His form is completely spiritual. So He can adorn Himself with infinite varieties of infinite ornaments.

In Srimad Bhagavata purana and also other scriptures we see that whenever the Lord gave His audience to His devotees, He was fully decorated with variety of ornaments. The Bhagavata purana (5.3.3) gives the description of the Lord when He appeared in the sacrificial arena of Maharaj Nabhi when the King performed a sacrifice. We see here that the Lord appeared in His spiritual form decorated with a variety of ornaments as follows.

sphuṭa-kiraṇa-pravara-mukuṭa-kuṇḍala-kaṭaka-kaṭi-
sūtra-hāra-keyūra-nūpurādy-aṅga-bhūṣaṇa-vibhūṣitam

He was beautifully decorated with a helmet (mukuta), earrings (kundala), bangles, belt, pearl necklace, armlets, ankle bells and other bodily ornaments bedecked with radiant jewels.

4. Ornaments of different varieties in each kind (Vichitra):
We saw above that the Lord wears different kinds of ornaments. In each kind, there are different varieties i.e. the Lord wears countless varieties of crowns, countless varieties of bracelets, countless varieties of necklaces etc. This is something uncommon in this material world because even though a rich person or king may have varieties of crowns, chains he/she cannot wear them at the same time, because we have only one body and it cannot take these varieties. People who had multiple heads like Ravana and great yogis who can expand into multiple forms could decorate themselves with more than one crown/earrings at a time. But even those people cannot adorn themselves with countless varieties of ornaments. But the Lord exists simultaneously in unlimited unique forms and hence He can decorate Himself with countless varieties of ornaments befitting each of His form. This point was demonstrated by the Lord when He showed His transcendental universal form to Arjuna in the battle of Kurukshetra. The form is described as follows in Srimad Bhagavad Gita 11.5

aneka-vaktra-nayanam anekādbhuta-darśanam
aneka-divyābharaṇaṁ divyānekodyatāyudham

Arjuna saw in that universal form unlimited mouths, unlimited eyes, unlimited wonderful visions. The form was decorated with many celestial ornaments and bore many divine upraised weapons.

It is stated above that the Lord’s form is decorated with transcendental ornaments (divya abharanam) and also they are ‘aneka’ means many and uncountable. The Lord showed infinite faces, infinite necks, and infinite waist and so on and each was unique. In each of His face, neck, waist etc., the Lord was bedecked with unique crown, unique earrings. So He was decorated with infinite ornaments of infinite varieties. Also the Lord has eternal infinite forms like Varaha, Trivikrama, Rama, Narasimha, Hayagriva etc., And each form has a unique design of crown, earring, bracelet and other jewels which perfectly suits that form. So the Lord’s ornaments are vichitra

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.