Glistening Earrings - Part 6

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) clears out all anarthas in us when we meditate on them.
4)  is attractive to all.

Now we shall continue further.

Enjoyed by His devotees as prasadam:- When living in Dwaraka, Lord Krishna wanted to send someone to Vrindavana to meet Nanda Maharaj, Mother Yashoda, His cowherd friends and gopis. He selected Uddhava for this service, since he was the dearmost friend and fully devoted servant. The Lord took the hands of Uddhava and requested him to meet His foster parents, friends and gopis, give His message and relieve them of the pain of His separation. When Uddhava reached Vrindavana, he was well received by the parents of Krishna and fed prasadam and he stayed overnight. The next day morning, the gopis arrived near the house of Nanda Maharaja and saw a chariot in front of his house and started thinking, ”Whose chariot is this?” At the time Uddhava came before them and they were surprised to see Uddhava who was wearing Lord Krishna’s dress and ornaments. The Bhagavatam describes this in 10.47.1-2

taṁ vīkṣya kṛṣānucaraṁ vraja-striyaḥ
pralamba-bāhuṁ nava-kañja-locanam
pītāmbaraṁ puṣkara-mālinaṁ
lasan-mukhāravindaṁ parimṛṣṭa-kuṇḍalam

Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: The young women of Vraja became astonished upon seeing Lord Kṛṣṇa’s servant, who had long arms, whose eyes resembled a newly grown lotus, who wore a yellow garment and a lotus garland, and whose lotuslike face glowed with brightly polished earrings.

We can see that the gopis recognized that Uddhava was Lord Krishna’s servant based on his dress and earrings which were given as remnants to him by Lord Krishna. The Lord gave His earrings to some other devotees also who wanted His prasadam. Mother Aditi (mother of all devatas) for a long time was desiring to wear the Lord’s shark shaped earrings. The Lord wanted to fulfil her desire and was waiting for the right moment. When the demons and devatas churned the ocean of milk to get nectar, many gifts came such as crescent moon, kaustubha jewel etc.. The Lord arranged for His shark shaped earrings to manifest from the milky ocean so that Mother Aditi can get it. Mother Aditi was wearing it for sometime and later Bhaumasura conquered the devatas and took away the earrings. The Lord killed him and Mother Earth who was Baumasura’s mother returned all the items snatched from the devatas by the demon. The Lord duly returned the items to the respective devatas and in that process returned the earrings to Aditi. She wore and enjoyed it as a gift from the Lord. The fact that the earrings are manifested from milky ocean is also confirmed in the Gopala Tapani Upanishad (text 72)

kṣīrottaram prasphurantam kuṇḍala yugam smtam 

His pair of dazzling earrings are manifested from the ocean of milk (Kṣīra uttaram).

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