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Chapter -7


Abhisheka Arrangements


Seeing the smiling eyes of Paurnamasi as she prepared for the abhiseka brought happiness to everyone present. Had good fortune herself bestowed nn PqnrnMmasi the garland of permission to begin the festival? As the moon on the Purnima tithi automatically destroys all darkness and makes the roar¬ing ocean overstep its shoreline, the moon of Gokula (Krishna) with the ex¬press permission and blessings of blissful Paurnamasi, sounded His flute to destroy all obstacles (such as Padma) and inaugurate a grand festival filled with music. Murari playfully made a competition between the flute and the festival. With the flute He bewildered all living entities, and with the joy and grandeur of the festival He quickly revived them. Of all the extraordinary events in the festival, the most remarkable was that everyone became a musical performer. Individuals in each group took up dancing and singing according to their style, and then exchanged styles with other groups.


At this abhiseka, the celestial music was the rumbling clouds, the dancing of the apsaras was flashes of lightning, showering of flowers was sheets of white hail stones, and the Gandharvas' singing was the streams of sweet nectar. The flowers that the devatas showered were mango buds with pollen (one of Cupid's love arrows). When five colored powders (turmeric, rice, kusumba, burned tusa and bilva leaves) fell on Radha, who was full of desire for Krishna, She appeared to change color. Singing the fifth note, the singers conversed with the cuckoos, the vina players accompanied the humming bees, and the dancers kept step with the peacocks. How is it that the winged creatures united with the human species?


When all the auspicious elements joined in this way, Uma, taking permis¬sion from her followers, Chaya and Sanjna, began the glorious worship of Radhika. Could any other coronation compare to this? Everyone's eyes seemed to burst in joy as the worship before the abhiseka began. Did they swell up in order to more fully taste the beauty of the event by some yogic power, or did they fill with the increasing beauty of the worship?

All the rituals that Uma performed with beautiful flowers, durva grass, puffed rice, and white mustard purified by mantras pleased Radha and the assembly. Uma placed the auspicious arghya (water, mixed with durva grass, flowers, candana and rice) on Radhika's head. In the eyes of the assembly the arghya seemed to be a most valuable item, whose beauty defeated that of the gates and archways. While offeringpadyam, Uma said, "O Radha! We are approaching You now and will also come in the future with a desire to par-ticipate in Your pastimes on the banks of the Yamuna. So You need not pay any respects to us."


The drops of the acamaniyam water that Uma offered to Radha contained the reflection of Hari's lotus face. With trembling lips, Radha uttered cries of ecstasy as She touched the various parts of Her body (last part oiacamana). It is a fact that when a person has great desire for an object, anything related to it gives joy. Thus when Uma offered madhuparka, Radha felt completely satisfied, thinking that it contained a little of the remnants of Hari's lips.After all the articles were offered, Radha received acamaniyam again. At this time, Radha appeared like the sun in Jyestha month (summer) destroy¬ing the darkness in all directions with Her brilliance. Uma then offered various scents {aguru, candanu, kasturi, hunkuma) and flowers. The loud buzzing of the bees seemed to make Krishna's heart dance.While Uma offered aguru incense to the limbs of Radha, Krishna's heart became scented with many desires. The ghee lamps Uma waved before Radha kindled many loving feelings in Krishna's heart. As changes in the environ¬ment immediately affect those within it, similarly, everything affecting Radha also affected Krishna. Uma then performed arati with a jeweled bowl contain¬ing fresh barley, durva grass, asvattha branches and flower buds. At that time it seemed that the eyes of whole assembly were performing arati to Radha as well.


The quick execution of all the preliminary worship left Paurnamasi stand¬ing speechless in ecstasy. But the tears in her eyes gave permission to the young girls waiting to perform their duties. To destroy obstacles to the abhiseka she performed the vasudhara rites (drawing five or seven lines of ghee on a well to satisfy Cediraja.) This act satisfied the hearts of pious people, but not the heart of Paurnamasi (because Radha and Krishna were not yet united.)