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SB 1.8 - Kṛṣṇa's relation with His devotees

Kuntī offered her respectful obeisances unto Kṛṣṇa, who is the son of Vasudeva, the pleasure of Devakī, the boy of Nanda and other cowherd men of Vṛndāvana, and the enlivener of the cows and senses. (kṛṣṇāya vāsudevāya, devakī-nandanāya ca, nanda-gopa-kumārāya, govindāya namo namaḥ). Kṛṣṇa’s most intimate names are those that indicate His dealings with His devotees. When He is called by those names, He remembers Himself in relation to the particular devotee connected with that name and His heart melts. Because of His quality as bhakta-vatsala, Kṛṣṇa may be known by His own grace. The Lord being unapproachable by material means, descends on the earth out of causeless mercy in order to show His special mercy on His unalloyed devotees and to diminish the upsurges of the demons. The Lord as Kṛṣṇa is more approachable than any other incarnation. When He came as Rāma, He remained a king’s son but as Kṛṣṇa He played the part of a cowherd boy in Vrajabhūmi.

Though all those who have prema are fortunate, Vasudeva was more fortunate since Kṛṣṇa selected him as His father. And Devakī endowed with even more prema was most fortunate since Kṛṣṇa situated Himself within her womb. Nanda and Yaśodā are more fortunate than Vasudeva and Devakī because they could relish the childhood (kumāra) pastimes, which are more attractive than all other pastimes. The pastimes of kaiśora age has even more sweetness than the kaumāra pastimes. Thus Kuntī addressed Kṛṣṇa as Govinda, a name He got at the beginning of his kaiśora age after He was bathed by the Surabhi cow. He takes possession (vinda) of all the senses (go) of all people. The enjoyers of this form of Kṛṣṇa was not mentioned by Kuntī because of the esoteric nature of this love.