Glistening Earrings - Part 5

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

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Glistening Earrings wherein we were trying to meditate on the earrings of Lord. We saw that earrings of Lord are

1) most fortunate as they are able to constantly touch the Lord's cheeks and kiss Him.
2) beautify His cheeks and are actually beautified by His cheeks 
3) Meditating on Lord's ornaments clears out all anarthas in us.

Now we shall continue further.

Attractive to even exalted devatasFrom scriptures we hear that the residents of the heavenly planets are much more opulent than even the richest people on this planet. They decorate themselves with various ornaments and earrings whose value is incomparable to the jewels in this world. But even they are very much attracted to the Lord’s ornaments. Satyaloka the abode of Lord Brahma is the highest planet in the material world and it has the highest standards of material opulence. But Lord Brahma, who is the head of that planet and the first created devata is also attracted to the earrings of the Lord, even if the Lord wears simple earrings. We find in Brahma vimohana lila, Lord Brahma offers prayers to Lord Krishna and in the first verse he glorifies the Lord’s form and His face whose beauty is enhanced by earrings and peacock feather. In Vrindavana, Lord Krishna was not decorated with costly earrings. Mother Yashoda was worried that He will lose the earrings in the forest while tending the cows. So she used to decorate His ears with earrings which are made of berry fruits (gunja). Lord Brahma was so attracted to these earrings that in the very first sloka of his prayers He gloried them as follows.

naumīḍya te ’bhra-vapuṣe taḍid-ambarāya
guñjāvataṁsa-paripiccha-lasan-mukhāya

Lord Brahmā said: My dear Lord, You are the only worshipable Lord, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and therefore I offer my humble obeisances and prayers just to please You. O son of the king of the cowherds, Your transcendental body is dark blue like a new cloud, Your garment is brilliant like lightning, and the beauty of Your face is enhanced by Your guñjā earrings and the peacock feather on Your head. (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.14.1)

Attractive to all men and women and even self realized souls:-The beauty of the Lord’s fish shaped earrings is transcendental (non material) and hence not only attractive to all men and women but even to self realized souls like Sukadeva Goswami. At the end of the ninth canto, Sukadeva Goswami begins to explain the advent of Lord Krishna and states the beauty of Lord Krishna. He says that seeing the Lord is a festival for eyes and the ornament he mentions, is the Lord’s earrings which are attractive to everyone.

yasyānanaṁ makara-kuṇḍala-cāru-karṇa-
bhrājat-kapola-subhagaṁ savilāsa-hāsam
nityotsavaṁ na tatṛpur dṛśibhiḥ pibantyo
nāryo narāś ca muditāḥ kupitā nimeś ca

All men and women were accustomed to enjoying the beauty of the shining face of Lord Kṛṣṇa, as well as His shark-shaped earrings swinging on His ears. His beautiful features, His cheeks and His playful smiles all combined to form a constant festival for the eyes, and the blinking of the eyes became obstacles that impeded one from seeing that beauty. For this reason, men and women became very angry at the creator [Lord Brahmā]. (Srimad Bhagavatam 9.24.65)

Lord Caitanya who was in the renounced order of life and had no attachment for any of the jewels and wealth of this world was also attracted to the Lord’s earrings since they are transcendental. He Himself states the beauty of Lord Krishna and His earrings as follows.

gaṇḍa-sthala jhalamala, nāce makara-kuṇḍala, 
sei nṛtye hare nārī-caya

The earrings dancing on Kṛṣṇa’s cheeks are shaped like sharks, and they shine very brightly. These dancing earrings attract the minds of all women.

We will continue to meditate further on this topic in next offering, Krishna willing.

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