The Enchanter of Cupid
(Click to enlarge vintage photo of Madan Mohan, Vancouver)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)

"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)
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