Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami – And so Kṛṣṇa said, “No, My wife wants it. I must”

And so Kṛṣṇa said, “No, My wife wants it. I must.” That is Kṛṣṇa. [laughter] How He is complete, just like a hen-pecked husband [laughter] to satisfy the wife in every respect. —

There is no comparison of Kṛṣṇa’s opulences. I have several times given the example. Say, in the human society there is marriage. So Kṛṣṇa married 16,800 wives. And for each wife a palace, marble palace, bedecked with jewels, and the furniture made of ivory and gold, and bed and curtains, they’re all made of silk. So… And the… Not only palace, but also garden attached to the palace. And the flower trees, pārijāta flower. The pārijāta flower was brought from the heaven. This pārijāta flower is not visible in this world. From heavenly planet Kṛṣṇa brought it. His wife Satyabhāmā, He requested… He… Both of them, Satyabhāmā and Kṛṣṇa, went to the heavenly planet. So generally woman, they are after something.

So [laughs] requested the husband, “Kṛṣṇa, I want this flower.” [laughter] “All right.” So He gave her one flower. And… So He also told, “Why the flower? I shall take the tree so that you’ll get flower daily.” So when He was doing so, Indra came. Indra is the king of heavenly planet. “No, Sir, You cannot do that. [laughter] You cannot take this tree to the heavenly…,” I mean to say, “lower planet. No, I cannot allow.”

And so Kṛṣṇa said, “No, My wife wants it. I must.” That is Kṛṣṇa. [laughter] How He is complete, just like a hen-pecked husband [laughter] to satisfy the wife in every respect. When He plays the part of a child before Mother Yaśodā, He plays everything perfectly. When He plays the husband… He doesn’t require any wife or mother. He is Supreme. But when He plays the part of a husband, He plays it perfectly. The wife may think that “How much my husband is attached to me!” So she remains very much satisfied. Kṛṣṇa is not attached to anyone, but that is Kṛṣṇa’s superexcellence, that although He had to satisfy 16,800…, 108 wives, everyone was satisfied and everyone is thinking that “Kṛṣṇa is very much attached to me than His others wife…, other wives.” This is Kṛṣṇa’s play.

— A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, Lecture: Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.9.3, Date: May 17, 1973, Los Angeles