Principle of Master and Servitude
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.13.23-24 - Principle of Master and Servitude (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Gopinath Chandra Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
utthapya dorbhih parirabhya nirbharam
matva param brahma sutan apayayan
The mothers of the boys, upon hearing the sounds of the flutes and bugles being played by their sons, immediately rose from their household tasks, lifted their boys onto their laps, embraced them with both arms and began to feed them with their breast milk, which flowed forth because of extreme love specifically for Krsna. Actually Krsna is everything, but at that time, expressing extreme love and affection, they took special pleasure in feeding Krsna, the Parabrahman, and Krsna drank the milk from His respective mothers as if it were a nectarean beverage.
Although all the elderly gopis knew that Krsna was the son of mother Yasoda, they still desired, “If Krsna had become my son, I would also have taken care of Him like mother Yasoda.” This was their inner ambition. Now, in order to please them, Krsna personally took the role of their sons and fulfilled their desire. They enhanced their special love for Krsna by embracing Him and feeding Him, and Krsna tasted their breast milk to be just like a nectarean beverage. While thus bewildering Brahma, He enjoyed the special transcendental pleasure created by yoga-maya between all the other mothers and Himself.
samlalitah svacaritaih praharsayan
sayam gato yama-yamena madhavah
Thereafter, O Maharaja Pariksit, as required according to the scheduled round of His pastimes, Krsna returned in the evening, entered the house of each of the cowherd boys, and engaged exactly like the former boys, thus enlivening their mothers with transcendental pleasure. The mothers took care of the boys by massaging them with oil, bathing them, smearing their bodies with sandalwood pulp, decorating them with ornaments, chanting protective mantras, decorating their bodies with tilaka and giving them food. In this way, the mothers served Krsna personally.