(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 June 2013, Vrndavana, India, Srimad Bhagavatam 6.16.34)

LOVING KRSNAKrsna is not a passive entity – it is not just about conquering Krsna – Krsna is also active. In the Gayatri mantras, he is established as a transcendental cupid, as a kamadeva who is shooting flower arrows. So, Krsna is just like cupid who is also described as one to shoot flower arrows. So, Krsna is kamadeva pushpadhanva.

The essence of the Gayatri mantra – there are two Gayatri mantras that deal with Krsna in his Vrndavana pastimes. The first one describes how Krsna is very dear to the residents of Vrndavana ‘gopijana-vallabha’ and it describes how he is the beloved of the residents of Vrndavana.

So basically, it puts the emphasis on the devotees – the devotees who are loving Krsna and that is their absorption – loving Krsna, conquering Krsna, attracting Krsna. But the other verse, the next verse describes how Krsna himself makes arrangements and is trying to attract and conquer the devotees. Like the flute, when Krsna plays the transcendental flute, Krsna is reaching out and Krsna captures the hearts and minds of others. All the living beings are captured by the sound of Krsna’s flute.


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