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The artificial way of decorating oneself in the dress of a sakhi, as is done by a class of mundaners called sakhibheki or gauranga-nagari, is not inspired by supramundane intelligence. Such artificial decoration of the body, which is meant for annihilation, certainly cannot please the transcendental senses of Shri Krishna. It is therefore a mundane wishful desire of the less intelligent, easygoing pseudodevotees, and as such it cannot reach the transcendental stage of the cowherd girls of Vraja.

We have already discussed in detail that the forms of Shrimati Radharani and Her various female associates called the sakhis are composed of divine substance and their activities are therefore meant for the service of Shri Krishna. Their activities are never to be compared with the superficial activities in the material world. Shri Krishna is the all-attractive Personality of Godhead known as the enchanter of the universe, and Shrimati Radharani is known as the enchanter of the enchanter of the universe. The imitative endeavors of a mundaner to become a sakhi is strictly forbidden by Shrila Jiva Goswami in his commentary on the Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu. The real devotee may thus be warned not to imitate the dress of a sakhi as a means of bhajana or worship. Such activity is offensive and strictly forbidden.

The transcendental feelings of the cowherd girls mentioned in the Shrimad-Bhagavatam (10.31.19) are as follows:


yat te sujata-caranamburuham staneshu

bhitah shanaih priya dadhimahi karkasheshu

tenatavim atasi tad vyathate na kim svit

kurpadibhir bhramati dhir bhavad-ayusham nah


O my dear, Your lotus feet, which are very soft and are placed on our hard breasts, are now treading over the forest of Vrindavana and thereby receiving pain on account of stepping on the fine particles of stone. This fact is giving us anxiety because You are our very life. This example is the standard sentiment of the cowherd girls of Vraja and demonstrates that their very life is meant for the service of Shri Krishna without any tinge of an idea for sense gratification.

There are 64 different items of regulative devotional service. The devotee gradually develops the right to enter into the transcendental service of Godhead by implicit faith in the observance of the regulative principles. The intense eagerness to serve like the eternal associates of Shri Krishna, such as the cowherd girls, gives the devotee the right to serve Shri Krishna in that way. For this ardent service of Godhead, one is required to give up the practice of the mundane regulative principles of varnashrama-dharma.