Bound by LoveA lecture by Śrī Śrīmad Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja on Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 4.12.25, given on the 15th July, 1993, Soho, London, UK.
The Hari-bhakti-sudhodaya (14.29) describes the words of Nṛsiṁhadeva addressing His dear devotee Prahlāda,sadā mukto ‘pi baddho ‘smi
bhaktena sneha rajjubhiḥ
ajito ‘pi jito ‘haṁ tair
avaśo ‘pi vaśī kṛtāḥ
“Although I am supremely free and independent, I am in bondage, sadā mukto ‘pi baddho ‘smi bhaktena sneha rajjubhiḥ.” What is that bondage? That bondage is prema-bandhana, the bondage of love. “I become bound up with the rope of love of My devotee. I am bound by that love. Ajito ‘pi jito ‘haṁ tair avaśo ‘pi vaśī kṛtāḥ, although I am ajita, unconquerable, I am conquered by this love, bhaktair jitatvaṁ.” This is true love.
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