Srimad Bhagavatam 10.11.07-09 - Acaryas Exhibited Reverntial Humility for Krishna (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Dwarakadhish Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
gopibhih stobhito ’nrtyad
bhagavan balavat kvacit
udgayati kvacin mugdhas
The gopis would say, “If You dance, my dear Krsna, then I shall give You half a sweetmeat.” By saying these words or by clapping their hands, all the gopis encouraged Krsna in different ways. At such times, although He was the supremely powerful Personality of Godhead, He would smile and dance according to their desire, as if He were a wooden doll in their hands. Sometimes He would sing very loudly, at their bidding. In this way, Krsna came completely under the control of the gopis.
bibharti kvacid ajñaptah
bahu-ksepam ca kurute
svanam ca pritim avahan
Sometimes mother Yasoda and her gopi friends would tell Krsna, “Bring this article” or “Bring that article.” Sometimes they would order Him to bring a wooden plank, wooden shoes or a wooden measuring pot, and Krsna, when thus ordered by the mothers, would try to bring them. Sometimes, however, as if unable to raise these things, He would touch them and stand there. Just to invite the pleasure of His relatives, He would strike His body with His arms to show that He had sufficient strength.
darsayams tad-vidam loka
vrajasyovaha vai harsam
To pure devotees throughout the world who could understand His activities, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, exhibited how much He can be subdued by His devotees, His servants. In this way He increased the pleasure of the Vrajavasis by His childhood activities.
That Krsna performed childhood activities to increase the pleasure of His devotees was another transcendental humor. He exhibited these activities not only to the inhabitants of Vrajabhumi, but also to others, who were captivated by His external potency and opulence. Both the internal devotees, who were simply absorbed in love of Krsna, and the external devotees, who were captivated by His unlimited potency, were informed of Krsna’s desire to be submissive to His servants.