SB 1.11 - The beauty of Kṛṣṇa as seen by the residents of Dvārakā

Then the Lord personally entered the city accompanied by elderly relatives and brāhmaṇas, who all praised the glories of the Lord. The brāhmaṇas were not flatterers of the kings, but the kings were actually glorified by their actions, and the kings were sincerely still more encouraged in pious acts by such brāhmaṇas in a dignified way. Lord Kṛṣṇa is worthy of all glories, and the praying brāhmaṇas and others were glorified themselves by chanting the glories of the Lord.

When Lord Kṛṣṇa passed over the public roads, all the ladies went up to the roofs of their palaces to have a look at Him, which they considered the greatest festival. Even now during the Janmāṣṭamī festival, the ladies of India throng up in greatest number at the temples, where His form is worshipped. The transcendental form installed in a temple is not different from the Lord personally. The material senses cannot perceive the spiritual nature of the Lord, and so the Lord accepts the arcā-vigraha, which though made of material elements, has no material contamination. The Lord being kaivalya (one alone), there is no matter in Him.

The inhabitants of Dvārakā regularly saw the Lord yet they were never satiated. The law of satiation acts materially but not in the spiritual realm. Acyuta’s body is the source of everything and the reservoir of all beauties beyond our experience. One will not be satiated seeing His form because there are always manifestations of newer and newer beauties. The Lord’s chest is the shelter of Lakṣmī, His moonlike face is the drinking vessel for the eyes, His arms are the shelter of the demigods like Indra, who become fearless of the demons and live comfortably, and His lotus feet are the shelter of the bee-like devotees.

There are those who are seeking after the favor of the goddess of fortune. For them the Vedas give information that the Lord is served by thousands and thousands of goddesses of fortune, who can be seen when we are attracted by the bodily features of the Lord. The artists who are overtaken by the beautiful creation can see the beautiful face of the Lord for complete satisfaction. The face of the Lord is the embodiment of beauty. What they call beautiful nature is but His smile, and what they call the sweet songs of the birds are but specimens of the whispering voice of the Lord. The essence of everything is the Supreme Lord: He is called sāram. And those who sing and talk about Him are called the sāraṅgas, the pure devotees. They are like the bees who are always after the honey present in the lotus feet of the Lord. The devotees are satisfied with being placed at the lotus feet of the Lord and have no ambition to see His all beautiful face or aspire for the protection of the strong arms of the Lord.

As the Lord passed along the public road, His head was protected from the sun by an umbrella. White feathered fans moved in semicircles, and showers of flowers fell upon the road. Kṛṣṇa appeared to be a cloud with the sun, moon, rainbow and lightning. The umbrella was like the sun, and the waving of the cāmaras were like two moons. The showers of flowers were like stars. The flower garland was like two rainbows. His yellow cloth was like lightning. It was astonishing that the sun and two moons simultaneously shine on a cloud with the stars, two rainbows and stationary lightning. This is how the Lord appeared by His inconceivable potency.