Krishna like a dramatic actor, is playing the part perfectly as a friend, as a guardian, as a ward, as a lover, as a relative and all of these exchanges are being performed with His pure devotees, you see. The pure devotees, many of them have done immense austerities, tapasya in previous births to be able to get this position.
For instance, it is said that great sages after a long long practice of devotional austerities, they can take birth as a monkey in Vrindavan and get the butter from Krishna’s hand, you see. So, all these relations of Krishna, they all have some secret past, why they’re allowed to associate with the Lord in this very beautiful pastime. They are able to serve the Lord and to set the scenario or to service. so they have the various external relationships.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1984, 20th July, SB class @ Chennai, India.