Srila Govinda Maharaj Pointing

Jewel in Hand

On Sri Krishna Janmastami Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj describes how Krishna is revealed to the world by His intimate devotees.


govindāb­hid­ham indirāśrita-padaṁ hastastha-ratnādivat
tat­tvaṁ tattvavid-uttamau kṣiti-tale yau darśayāñ chakratu

Sanatan Goswami shows Krishna to this world the way one takes a jewel in hand and shows its facets to others. When a jeweller shows someone a diamond, he turns it over in his hand to show its top, bottom, front, back, and sides. Similarly, Sanatan Goswami shows us Govinda. Indirashrita-padam, Indira, Laksmi Devi, is sheltered at Govinda’s feet and always serves Him. So Govinda is the proprietor of all wealth, of all jewelry (laksmi), yet Sanatan, like a jeweller, shows us that proprietor of all jewelry, Govinda, like a jewel in his hand.

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