Nov 132010

evam sandarsita hy anga
harina bhritya-vasyata
sva-vasenapi krishnena
yasyedam sesvaram vase

“O Maharaja Parikshit, this entire universe, with its great, exalted demigods like Lord Siva, Lord Brahma, and Lord Indra, is under the control of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Yet the Supreme Lord has one transcendental attribute: He comes under the control of His devotees. This was now exhibited by Krishna in this pastime.” — Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.9.19

“Krishna is controlled by spontaneous, pure love, devoid of awe and reverence, which inhibit intimacy. . . . In the conditioned state, awe and reverence are necessary because if neophytes are not afraid of committing offenses, if they do not fear transgressing the rules and regulations, they can get into trouble. One of the ten offenses against the holy name is guror avajna — to disobey the orders of the spiritual master. So if we are going to question the expressed instructions of the spiritual master, we must be very pure and sure that we are taking liberties only on the basis of love, on the basis of selfless service and pure affection, not out of laziness, for our own convenience, or for personal gratification.” — Giriraj Swami