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Mad For Radha


Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja
Krishna is controlled by Radharani’s love. Jayadev Goswami has written that Krishna says, dehi pada pallavam udäram  "O Radhe! I am asking you, please give me your lotus feet!" [Géta-govinda 10.8] And, govindänandiné rädhä, govinda-sarvasva — Srimati Radharani is giving pleasure to Govinda; Govinda is everything for her. [Cc. ädi 4.82] Krishna completely belongs to Radha — he has turned mad for Radha. He is acting like a madman.
When Radharani is taking a bath upstream, Krishna takes bath downstream because all the scent, flowers, and kuàkum will come floating down and touch his body. Krishna has becomemad for Srimati Radhika. At night he hides himself behind a berry tree in the courtyard of her house. He is afraid of Radharani’s mother-in-law and sister-in-law. He is hiding because they will chastise him, "Where is that Krishna?! Wicked, very naughty fellow!" He is a madman.
To get the association of Radharani or to touch her body, sometimes Krishna disguises
himself as a washerman’s wife and goes to Radhika’s house, "Radharani, please give me your clothes. I will wash them." At other times he disguises himself as the wife of a barber, näpituné. The wife of the barber goes and puts some red substance, altä on the feet of the ladies. So Krishna assumes that form and goes to Radharani, "Please come, Radhe. I’ll put altä on your feet."
Being so mad for Srimati Radharani, Krishna
assumes the mood and complexion of Radha and comes as Gauranga Mahaprabhu. Mahaprabhu then cries just as Radharani is crying for Krishna: kva kåñëa nanda-kula-candramäù
 "Where is that Krishna, the son of Nanda Maharaja?" kva kåñëa mandra-muralé-ravaù  "Where is that Krishna who plays so sweetly with his flute?" [Cc. antya 19.35] kähäì karoì kähäì päì vrajendra-nandana, "Where can I go? Where shall I find that Vrajendranandan,
the son of Nanda Maharaja?" [Cc. madhya 2.15] Mahaprabhu is saying like that. He is Krishna himself, but because he has assumed the mood and complexion of Srimati Radharani,
he thinks of himself as Radharani. Radharani is greater than Krishna, so Krishna has assumed her mood and complexion. Brahmavädés or mäyävädés want to become the Supreme Lord, or they want to become one with him. They are ignorant fools. Why are you trying to become the Supreme Lord? Why are you trying to become one with him? Become his bhakta, his devotee! The devotee is superior! A devotee is greater than Krishna. Caitanya-caritämåta [ädi 6.100] says, kåñëera samatä haite baòa bhakta-pada [Cc. ädi 6.100]. If you become his dear devotee, a very intimate devotee of Krishna, Krishna will make you greater than him. So why are you trying to become one with him, you nonsense? You become a bhakta!
I say that this claim of Krishna is not true: mattaù parataraà nänyat kiïcid asti dhanaïjaya "O Dhananjaya, there is no one superior to me." [Bg. 7.7] No. This is not true. Krishna’s bhakta can bind him. Mother Yasoda binds Krishna, and the cowherd boy Sridam climbs up on his shoulder. How is this? This is bhakta-vätsalya — how dear his bhakta is to Krishna! Krishna has said [Bhäg. 11.14.15],
na tathä me priyatama ätma-yonir na çaìkaraù
na ca saìkarñaëo na çrér naivätmä ca yathä bhavän
"O Uddhava, you are so dear to me. Ätma-yonir, Brahma, is not so dear; Shankar, Lord Shiva, is not so dear; Lakshmi Devi, the goddess of fortune, she is not so dear; Balaram is not so dear; I myself, my own soul, is not so dear to me as you are dear to me." You see? Then who is greater? The bhakta! kåñëa sämya haite haya baòa bhakta-pada. Become a bhakta and Krishna will make you greater than him! Why are you trying to become one with him, you nonsense?
Therefore I say, this is not true! Krishna is cheating: mattaù parataraà nänyat kiïcid asti dhanaïjaya  "O Dhananjaya, there is no one superior to me." Cheating! "No, no, no. There is someone superior to you. Your bhakta is superior." So become his bhakta. This is Krishna. ·
— From a lecture in Bhubaneswar, 12 October 1989.

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