God sports with His devotees according to their attitude towards Him. The well-known 16th century saint Govindadas looked upon Lord Srinathji (Krishna) as his Friend.
Govindadas (1506-86) was born in Antri, a village near Vrindaban, and in his youth became famous for his knowledge of poetry and music. He was initiated into spiritual life by the great Goswami Vitthalnath in 1536. Pure and highly spiritual from his boyhood, he would go into the forest and spend the greater part of the day in devotional singing. Such was his musical talent that Vitthalnath honoured him with the title kavishvar (‘chief of poets’) and included him among the ashtachap poets. Even Akbar and Tansen used to visit him from time to time in disguise to enjoy his heavenly music. People who knew Govindadas were as much awed by his aloofness and detachment as they were attracted by his knowledge and devotion to God.
Once, captivated by Govindadas’ devotional songs, Srinathji appeared before him with Radharani. The Lord sang with His devotee, while His Divine Consort kept time! For all that, Govindadas did not like the ordinary
devotee’s attitude of humility. Why should a person who considers himself so close to the all-powerful Lord feel meek and lowly? Govindadas was always merry and fun-loving.
Lord Srinathji used to appear before Govindadas and play with him.