THE PRABHUPADA CONNECTION
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Madan Mohan, the Enchanter of Cupid
(Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan, Vancouver, Canada)

jayatam suratau pangor
mama manda-mater gati
mat-sarvasva-padambhojau
radha-madana-mohanau

"Glory to the all-merciful Radha and Madana-mohana! I am lame and ill advised, yet They are my directors, and Their lotus feet are everything to me."

(Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 1.15)

"The perfection of life is simply to surrender to the Supreme. In the beginning of our spiritual life we must therefore worship Madana-mohana so that He may attract us and nullify our attachment for material sense gratification. This relationship with Madana-mohana is necessary for neophyte devotees."

(Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 1.19, Purport)

"Krishna's another name is Madan-Mohan. When Krishna is within the heart, then the Madan or lusty desires become defeated. If we learn to love Krishna, our lusty desires will be finished, otherwise not."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, March 21, 1976)

"Lord Krishna's name is Madana-mohana, for He can subdue the god Cupid, or lust. Only by engaging in the service of Madana-mohana can one curb the dictates of Madana, Cupid. Otherwise, attempts to control the senses will fail."

(Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.31.36, Purport)

"In our society the girls and boys mix, intermingle together and this is practically impossible to stop because you western people are accustomed to the habit. Sometimes my Godbrothers criticize me for intermingling of girls and boys. But there is no way out of it -- you girls and boys will mix even if I say so they cannot avoid it. They sit separately in the temple and then outside mix again. So this was not possible from the beginning. Therefore I get the boys and girls married. But nature is so strong that in spite of being married they are attracted to the opposite sex.

These things can be avoided when one is very much advanced in Krsna Consciousness. Krsna's Name is Madan Mohan, the conqueror of lusty desires, or the cupid. Unless one is very much attracted with Krsna one cannot give up or avoid attraction of Cupid. Those who are fixed in chanting Hare Krsna Mantra and always reading the books and following the regulative principles they can be saved. Otherwise, there is no question of being saved from the clutches of Maya. Daivi hy esa gunamayi mama maya duratyaya (BG 7.14)."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, April 30, 1974)

"Krishna is the most expert in this conjugal love. Krishna... Therefore we have to submit, surrender to Krishna. Suratau pangoh. We are very much feeble and very slow. And so far our sex impulse is concerned, here is especially mentioned, Madana-mohana. Sex impulse is called Cupid, Madana. But if we become staunch devotee of Krishna, this material sex impulse will vanish. Because Cupid becomes, I mean to say, attracted. Even Cupid becomes attracted by Krishna. We are attracted by Cupid, but Cupid is attracted by Krishna. Therefore His name is Madana-mohana. That is the only remedy."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Mayapur, April 8, 1975)

"Srila Rupa Gosvami has stated that devotional service attracts even Krishna. Krishna attracts everyone, but devotional service attracts Krishna. The symbol of devotional service in the highest degree is Radharani. Krishna is called Madana-mohana, which means that He is so attractive that He can defeat the attraction of thousands of Cupids. But Radharani is still more attractive, for She can even attract Krishna. Therefore devotees call Her Madana-mohana-mohini -- the attractor of the attractor of Cupid."

(Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 1)

"Just like Krishna's another name is Madana-mohana. Madana means Cupid. Cupid enchants everyone. Cupid. And Krishna enchants Cupid. Therefore His name is Madana-mohana. He's so beautiful that even Cupid is enchanted by Him. But again on the other side, Krishna, although He's so beautiful that He enchants the Cupid, still He is enchanted by Srimati Radharani. Therefore Srimati Radharani's name is Madana-mohana-mohini. Krishna is the enchanter of the Cupid, and Radharani is the enchanter of that enchanter. So these are very high-grade spiritual understanding in Krishna consciousness. It is not fiction or imagination, concoction. They are facts. They are facts. And every devotee can have such privileges if he is actually advanced."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Los Angeles, April 23, 1973)

"So Caitanya-caritamrta author, Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami, is describing the cause of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's appearance. The cause is that Krishna wanted to know, 'What is there in Radharani?' He is Madana-mohana. Krishna's another name is... He's attractive. Krishna is attractive to everyone; even He is attractive to Cupid, Madana. Madana is attractive in the material world, and He is Madana-mohana. And Radharani is Madana-mohana-mohini, means She attracts even the Madana-mohana. Therefore Krishna is trying to understand, 'What is there in Radharani that She attracts? I attract the whole universe, and She attracts Me.'"

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Mayapur, March 30, 1975)

"The author of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta offers his respectful obeisances unto the three Deities of Vrndavana named Sri Radha-Madana-mohana, Sri Radha-Govindadeva and Sri Radha-Gopinathaji. These three Deities are the life and soul of the Bengali Vaisnavas, or Gaudiya Vaisnavas, who have a natural aptitude for residing in Vrndavana. The Gaudiya Vaisnavas who follow strictly in the line of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu worship the Divinity by chanting transcendental sounds meant to develop a sense of one's transcendental relationship with the Supreme Lord, a reciprocation of mellows (rasas) of mutual affection, and, ultimately, the achievement of the desired success in loving service. These three Deities are worshiped in three different stages of one's development. The followers of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu scrupulously follow these principles of approach."

(Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 1.19, Purport)

"Srila Sanatana Gosvami is the ideal spiritual master, for he delivers one the shelter of the lotus feet of Madana-mohana. Even though one may be unable to travel on the field of Vrndavana due to forgetfulness of his relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he can get an adequate opportunity to stay in Vrndavana and derive all spiritual benefits by the mercy of Sanatana Gosvami. Sri Govindaji acts exactly like the siksa-guru (instructing spiritual master) by teaching Arjuna the Bhagavad-gita. He is the original preceptor, for He gives us instructions and an opportunity to serve Him. The initiating spiritual master is a personal manifestation of Srila Madana-mohana vigraha, whereas the instructing spiritual master is a personal representative of Srila Govindadeva vigraha. Both of these Deities are worshiped at Vrndavana. Srila Gopinatha is the ultimate attraction in spiritual realization."

(Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 1.47, Purport)

"So according to the Vedic system, if you say something very emphatically, you must prove by Vedic evidences. Otherwise you can go on talking; nobody will hear. Sometimes people ask us about Krishna and Caitanya Mahaprabhu, that 'What is the Vedic evidences?' So that Vedic evidences will be given, later chapters of Caitanya-caritamrta. He is not falsely asserting. Kaviraja Gosvami is very, very advanced devotee and scholar. He is not ordinary human being. He was empowered by Madana-mohana."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Mayapur, March 27, 1975)

"Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu used to lament by saying, 'Where is Sri Krishna, whose form is curved in three places? Where is the sweet song of His flute, and where is the bank of the Yamuna? Where is the rasa dance? Where is that dancing, singing, and laughing? Where is My Lord, Madana-mohana, the enchanter of Cupid?'"

(Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya 2.56)

"The pictures of your newly installed Deities are very very nice. And you can name them Sri Sri Radha-Madan Mohan. The Deity worship should be done very carefully and nicely. Sri-vigraharadhana-nana, srngara-tan-mandira-marja-nadau, yuktasya bhakatams ca niyunjato'pi, vande guroh sri-caranaravindam. You should make sure that there is nice artik program; six artik daily at least. You should make sure that there is nice fresh, clean dress every morning, nice offerings of prasadam. You should see that the Deity is tended for and cooked for only by the duly second initiated brahmins. The Deity should have nice flowers everyday, etc., etc. You should try to bring Them up to the highest standard, such as we have in Los Angeles or New Vrindavana. Sri Sri Radha-Madan Mohan have kindly descended in Their archavigraha form now you must receive Them with that consciousness. And by serving Them you will all develop pure love of Krsna."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, December 19, 1974)
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