Devotee: We try to remember the pastimes of Krsna, and you have said that the pastimes are personalities. But the pastimes include many personalities, like Yasoda, Krsna, Nanda Maharaja…
Srila Gurudeva: They are all included in one.
Srila Gurudeva: This is their speciality.
That pastime personality is prema-bhakti, and in prema-bhakti there are five different personalities: Santa (neutral relation), dasya (servitorship), sakhya (friendship), vatsalya (parenthood), and madhurya (conjugal service). We should pray to madhurya-bhakti, which lives in the gopis, and among the gopis, Srimati Radhika is the embodiment of hladini-sakti (Sri Krsna’s pleasure potency). When hladini-sakti and samvit-sakti mix together, that essence is called lila-sakti, or Yogamaya. If we pray to this Yogamaya, Paurnamasi, who is a manifestation of Srimati Radhika, she will arrange that a chain of pastimes will automatically manifest in our hearts.
Devotee: So, the pastime personality is Yogamaya?
Srila Gurudeva: Yogamaya.
We also pray to Radha-kunda, Giriraja Govardhana, and Yamuna, because they can manifest in your heart.
Devotee: Uddhava-kyari is a personality?
Srila Gurudeva: All the places are personalities, but all the pastimes together are embodied as Yogamaya.
We also pray to Vrnda-devi, Gurudeva, and the Vaisnavas.
Mathura, India: Summer of 1994