Transcendental Ornaments - Part 6

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 to meditate on the second point of the infinitely wonderful aspect of the Lord’s ornaments. 

b. Decorations are beyond restriction of space and size:- In the material world, we can see that a person wears ornaments and jewels in certain occasions and only in certain places. So there is space restrictions for wearing ornaments. Generally people do not decorate themselves while going to funeral places and also at times of bereavement. Also due to safety reasons, people cannot wear jewels while travelling to unsafe places. Also the ornaments we wear during our childhood does not fit when we grow old and the ornaments of elder people does not fit for children. But all this restrictions does not apply to the Supreme Lord whose form is all pervading and present in each and every atom of the creation. The Vedic mantras state that the Lord is anor aniyan mahato mahiyan (smaller than the smallest and greater than the greatest). In His smallest and the greatest form, the Lord is fully decorated with ornaments. Similarly the Lord is present in each and every atom in minute form. Also He showed the gigantic universal form to Arjuna, which was unlimited. In both these forms the Lord is fully decorated with dresses and ornaments. It was demonstrated in many places and one such pastime is found in Srimad Bhagavatam.

After the Mahabharata war, Aswatthama shot the brahmastra weapon to the womb of Uttara who was carrying Parikshit in her womb. At that time Uttara and others prayed to the Lord to protect the child in the womb. So the Lord is present in the heart of everyone counteracted the power of brahmastra. Parikshit could see His form and it is described as below (SB 1.12.8, 9).

aṅguṣṭha-mātram amalaṁ sphurat-puraṭa-maulinam
apīvya-darśanaṁ śyāmaṁ  taḍid vāsasam acyutam
śrīmad-dīrgha-catur-bāhuṁ  tapta-kāñcana-kuṇḍalam
kṣatajākṣaṁ gadā-pāṇim  ātmanaḥ sarvato diśam

He [the Lord] was only thumb high, but He was all transcendental. He had a very beautiful, blackish, infallible body, and He wore a dress of lightning yellow and a helmet of blazing gold. Thus He was seen by the child. The Lord was enriched with four hands, earrings of molten gold and eyes blood red with fury.

From the above pastime, we can see that the Lord appeared in a form which is of the size of the thumb, but fully decorated with helmet, earrings, dress etc., And any other size the Lord manifests, in all these forms He is fully decorated with ornaments befitting His form and size. Even when the Lord is present in an atom as the Supersoul, He is fully dressed and decorated with jewels!!! Now in science, we talk of nano technology, where articles are made in size of atoms and molecules. Also people make homes and articles for small insects in micro and nano sizes. But the Lord’s technology is spiritual and much beyond the scope of nano technology.

At the same time, we see that when Lord Brahma was born from lotus flower which sprouted from the Lord’s navel, Brahmaji saw the Lord after a great penance. The Lord’s body was spanning across all the three planetary systems (and it was in the order of billions of miles) and it was fully decorated with earrings, crown, necklace, armlets, rings etc. befitting that form.

And we also see in Srimad Bhagavatam that the Vedas pray to Lord Vishnu who sleeps in the causal ocean after all the universes are annihilated. The Vedas explain how vast is that form of the Lord as follows.

tvam api yad-antarāṇḍa-nicayā nanu
sāvaraṇāḥ kha iva rajāṁsi vānti vayasā saha

 The countless universes, each enveloped in its shell, are compelled by the wheel of time to wander within You, like particles of dust blowing about in the sky.

So the Lord’s form as Mahavishnu is so vast and immeasurable that many universes move within the pores of His body like specks of dust. And in that gigantic form also the Lord is decorated with earrings, crown, necklace, armlets which perfectly suit His huge form!!! Thus His ornaments which are spiritual in nature are beyond restriction of space and size and hence uncommonly wonderful.

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