Jewel in Hand
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
On Sri Krishna Janmastami Srila Gurudev 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. Indirāśrita-padaṁ, 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 jeweller, shows us that proprietor of all jewelry, Govinda, like a jewel in His hand.