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SB 1.9 - The transcendental rasa exchanged between Bhīṣma and Kṛṣṇa

On the battlefield, Kṛṣṇa charged at Bhīṣma as if angry because of the wounds dealt by Bhīṣma’s arrows. Kṛṣṇa’s shield was shattered, and His body smeared with the rivers of blood from the slain warriors. Bhīṣma prayed to have that Lord Kṛṣṇa, who awards salvation, be his ultimate destination. The astounding feature of the dealings of the Lord with His devotee is that a devotee can please the Lord by playing the part of an enemy, as in the case of Bhīṣma. The Lord has no enemies nor can a so-called enemy harm the Lord. But still the Lord takes pleasure when His pure devotee beats Him like an enemy or rebukes Him from a superior position. Bhīṣma played the part of a valiant warrior and he pierced the body of the Lord so that to the common eyes it appeared that the Lord was wounded, but this was just to bewilder the non devotees. The all spiritual body of the Lord cannot be wounded, and a devotee cannot become the enemy of the Lord. Had it been so, Bhīṣma would not have desired to have Kṛṣṇa as his ultimate destination, and Kṛṣṇa could have killed His enemy easily. The warrior devotee wanted to see the beauty of the Lord decorated with wounds created by a pure devotee. This is transcendental rasa exchanged between the devotee and Kṛṣṇa.