Lecture SB 01.08.31 – Los Angeles
We should not love Kṛṣṇa for some material gain. It is not that: “Kṛṣṇa, give us our daily bread. Then I love You. Kṛṣṇa, give me this. Then I love You.” There is no such mercantile exchange. That is wanted. Kṛṣṇa wants that kind of love. So here it is said that position, yā te daśā, daśā… When, as soon as Kṛṣṇa saw Mother Yaśodā is coming with a rope to bind Him, so He immediately became very much afraid so that tears came out. “Oh, Mother is going to bind Me.” Yā te daśāśru-kalila añjana. And the ointment is being washed off. And sambhrama. And with great respect looking to the mother, with feeling appeal: “Yes, Mother, I have offended you. Kindly excuse Me.” This was the scene of Kṛṣṇa. So that scene is appreciated by Kuntī. And immediately His head became downward.
So this is another Kṛṣṇa’s perfection, that although He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead… In Bhagavad-gītā He says: mattaḥ parataraṁ nānyat kiñcid asti dhanañjaya BG 7.7. “My dear Arjuna, there is no superior being above Me. I am the supermost.” Mattaḥ parataraṁ na anyat. There is nobody else.” That Supreme Personality of Godhead, above whom there is none, that Supreme Personality of Godhead is bowing down before Mother Yaśodā. Ninīya, vaktraṁ ninīya. He is accepting: “My dear Mother, yes, I am offender.” Ninīya vaktraṁ bhaya-bhāvanayā, with a feeling of fearfulness. Sthitasya. Sometimes when Yaśodāmātā, Mother Yaśodā, used to see that the child has become too much afraid, she also became disturbed. Because if the child is disturbed… It is a psychology. There is some mental reaction. So Mother Yaśodā did not want that actually Kṛṣṇa will suffer by my punishment. That was not Kṛṣṇa, Mother Yaśodā’s purpose. But as a mother feelingly, when she feels too much disturbance, the child is…
This system is still current in India, when the child too much disturbing, he is bound up in a place. That is very common system. So Yaśodā Mother adopted it. Sā māṁ vimohayati. So that is the scene appreciated by pure devotees, that how much greatness is there in the Supreme Person that He is playing exactly a perfect child. When He’s playing like a child, He plays perfectly. When He plays a husband, 16,000 wives, He was playing perfectly as husband. When He was playing as lover of the gopīs, He was playing perfectly. When He was friend of the cowherd boys, He was playing perfectly.
The cowherd boys all depend on Kṛṣṇa. They wanted to taste the palm tree fruit, but there was a demon, Gardabhāsura, they would not allow anyone to enter that palm trees. But the boy friends of Kṛṣṇa, cowherds, they requested: “Kṛṣṇa, we wanted to taste that fruit. If you can arrange…” “Yes.” Immediately Kṛṣṇa arranged. Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma went to the forest, and the demons, they were living there in the shape of asses, and immediately they came to kick by their hind legs Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma. And Balarāma captured one of them and immediately threw on the top of the tree and the demons died.
So the friends also were very much obliged to Kṛṣṇa. There was fire all around. They do not know anything. “Kṛṣṇa.” “Yes.” Kṛṣṇa is ready. Kṛṣṇa immediately swallowed up the whole fire. There were so many demons attacked. Every day, all the boys, they would come back to their home and explain to their mother: “Mother, Kṛṣṇa is so wonderful. You see. This happened today.” And the mother would say: “Yes, our Kṛṣṇa is wonderful.” So much. That’s all. They do not know Kṛṣṇa is God, Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Person. Kṛṣṇa is wonderful. That’s all. And their love increases. The more they perceive Kṛṣṇa’s wonderful activities, they become more lover. “Perhaps he may be a demigod. Yes.” That is their suggestion. When Nanda Mahārāja will talk amongst his friends and the friends will talk about Kṛṣṇa… “Oh, Nanda Mahārāja, your child Kṛṣṇa is wonderful. “Yes, I see that. Maybe some demigod.” That’s all. “Maybe.” That is also not certain. (laughter) So the inhabitants of Vṛndāvana, they do not care who is God out or who is not God. That is not their business. But they want Kṛṣṇa and love Kṛṣṇa. That’s all.
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