Śrī Krishna, the Crest-Jewel of Relishers


Rādhā said[1],

“O playful one, Your erotic pastimes have caused My clothes and ornaments to fall off and scatter. My sakhīs have not come yet, so why don’t You quickly dress Me as before? Apply Your cleverness in decorating Me. You must beg forgiveness for offending Our cherished deity Anaṅgadeva[2] by taking him from the temple of Our minds for worship and not replacing him. You have not yet removed the fingernail scratches, the signs of Cupid’s worship, from My body. Now please do it by applying musk and kuṅkuma. Then You may reinstall Cupid in his proper place.”

Śrī Krishna, the crest-jewel of relishers, replied,

“O dearest! You have spoken correctly. Cupid is clearly visible on the throne of Your body. Therefore, I will now worship our iṣṭa-deva with cloth, ornaments, perfume, flowers, garlands and sandalwood paste.[3]

Rādhā’s talented maidservants eagerly offered Krishna the clothing and ornaments suitable for Cupid’s worship.

[1] In a mood of svādhina-bhartṛkā, controlling one’s lover

[2] God of love.

[3] Krishna-bhāvanāmṛtam 2.20-24


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