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Krsna's Spies and Messengers

Lord Krsna has many Gopa messengers who secretively carry His messages to the Gopis to arrange for pastimes and to settle various quarrels. Some introduced the gopis to Krsna and canvassed for Krsna. When the gopis were in disagreement with Krsna, these friends would support Krsna's side in His presence--but when Krsna was not present, they would support the side of the gopis. In this way, sometimes supporting one side, sometimes the other, they would talk very privately, with much whispering in the ears, although none of the business was very serious. The leaders of the Gopa messengers are Visarada, Tunga, Vavaduka, Manorama and Nitisara. Krsna has other expert spies who travel in various disguises among the cowherd men and gopis. The most important of these are Catura, Carana, Dhiman and Pesala.

Sri Krsna and Radharani also have many Gopi messengers also, who are filled with great love for Radha-Krsna. They expertly know the geography of Vrndavana, and intimately know each grove and garden there. Among all these Gopi messengers, Vrnda-devi is the best. She is expert at arranging the meetings of Radha and Krsna, and knows the best places for the divine couple to rendezvous.

The gopi messengers appointed by Vrnda-devi are fair complexioned and dress beautifully in colorful garments. The flowering trees of Vrndavana are under their jurisdiction. Some of the most important Gopi messengers include Malika-devi, Visakha-devi, Campakalata-devi, Paurnamasi-devi, Vira-devi, Vamsi-devi, Nandimukhi-devi, Vrndarika-devi, Mela-devi and Murali-devi.

Vrnda-devi has a beautiful complexion the color of molten gold. She wears blue garments and is decorated with pearls and flowers. Her father is Candrabhanu, her mother is Phullara-devi, her husband is Mahipala, and her sister is Manjari-devi. Vrnda-devi always remains in Vrndavana, immersed in love for Radha and Krsna and yearning to both arrange for Their meetings and taste the nectar of assisting in Their transcendental pastimes.

Paurnamasi-devi's complexion is like molten gold. She wears white garments and many jeweled ornaments, and she is very learned and famous. Her father is Suratadeva, her chaste mother is Candrakala, her brother is Devaprastha, and her husband is Prabala. Paurnamasi is like a perfect crest jewel decorating the land of Vraja. She is expert at making various arrangements for the meeting of Radha and Krsna.

Vira-devi is very famous and is much respected in Vraja. She can speak very arrogantly and boldly, and she can also speak sweet and flattering words, as Vrnda-devi does. She has a dark complexion, wears splendid white garments and various jewels and flower garlands. Her husband is Kavala, her mother is the chaste Mohini-devi, her father is Visala and her sister is Kavala-devi. She is very dear to Jatila-devi. She resides in the village of Javata, and is expert at making arrangements for the meetings of Radha and Krsna.

Nandimukhi-devi has a fair complexion and wears exquisite garments. Her father is Sandipani Muni, her mother is the chaste Sumukhi-devi, her brother is Madhumangala, and her paternal grandmother is Paurnamasi-devi. She wears various jeweled ornaments and she glows with youthful luster. Nandimukhi-devi is expert at various arts and crafts. Full of love for Radha and Krsna, she is expert at making various arrangements for their meetings.