We’ve experienced during the previous episode, how Baby Krishna “kicked” Sakatasura in such a way that he had meet a fate quite similar to his predecessor, Poothana. We’ve witnessed that Baby Krishna was playing with all His toys and a big wheel. It was into this wheel did Sakatasura enter with all his “Maaya-Shakti” (Illusionary and demonic powers) and tried to jam the wheel into the little child, so as to kill Him then and there! However, Baby Krishna was no ordinary child as Sakatasura thought. He knew exactly where to hit Sakatasura and at what point. As Sakatasura arrives with the fast-rolling wheel, Baby Krishna starts kicking His small legs in hunger! This is a great coincidence, and we can see here that Baby Krishna did not purposefully kill Sakatasura. Rather, it was Sakatasura who came and poked his head into the kicking radius of Baby Krishna’s feet! As Sakatasura made his way thus, he was kicked hard by Baby Krishna and with that impact, Sakatasura was pushed miles away, fell on the ground with a great force and finally breathed his last!
As this event unfolded, the entire town of Gokula got to know this within a jiffy, as Sakatasura was kicked with a great sound! People came running from all corners to check what had happened. Yashoda hurriedly makes her way to the place where her Baby Krishna was present, and learns that a Raakshasa had tried to kill her darling child! However, Baby Krishna remained as if nothing at all had happened! He maintained perfect calm and composure and upon seeing that, Yashoda herself was puzzled! However, she ensured that her baby wasn’t getting gripped with fear and hence, she pampered the child and took Him away into the house! This news of Sakatasura’s death reaches Kamsa and he now thinks of the next plan. He’s not going to give up so easily. As Kamsa thinks of the next plan, he decides to wait for a while now. He knows that whomever he’s going to send now, is going to meet the same end as Poothana and Sakatasura.
Moving on thus, as Baby Krishna grows up with each passing day, His “Leelas” (Divine acts) also start increasing. Now little Krishna gets to the age of 3 or 4 and now His prime focus is on BUTTER and the women who try to prepare that butter at their homes. As Yashoda realizes that her child likes butter so much, she serves Him with some little amount of butter every day along with his quota of food! As Yashoda serves Him thus, little Krishna happily consumes all of it with utmost satisfaction! Afterall more than consuming the butter and the food, Bhagawan Krishna is consuming all the ardent and innocent “Bhakti” that these people are pouring upon Him! Can a small amount of butter satisfy Bhagawan’s hunger? Not at all! It is only the devotion and the pure heart of His devotees that are going to satisfy Him!
As Baby Krishna grows up, He starts crawling and this is beautifully pictured and portrayed by many Sages in many texts, not only in the Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana. If we look at the “Paasurams” (Hymns) composed by the “Alwars” and “Aaachaaryas”, they’ve worshipped Bhagawan Vishnu as Baby Krishna in various instances. This is one of the most beautiful portions of the entire text of “Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana” and Sage Sukhaachaarya has dedicated hundreds of slokas to describe Bhagawan Krishna’s childhood days!
Thus, as Baby Krishna is crawling His way through, all over Yashoda’s home, the entire Gokula is up with joy and celebration and is admiring this divine beauty. As Baby Krishna is crawling thus, Yashoda lifts Him in her arms and shows the sun and the moon to the little one. She says lovingly to her son thus, “Oh Kanna! (Another common way of addressing Baby Krishna!) See how the sun is shining bright and the moon is so awesome to see!” She now turns towards the moon and says thus, “Oh Chandra! As you pass by, if you really have the eyes to see the entire world, please have a look at my handsome baby Krishna here! If you ever get to see His little beautiful eyes, you’ll never even be able to turn your face away from Him!” As Baby Krishna thus begins to crawl through, He develops a special liking towards butter and milk.
As days pass by, Baby Krishna now begins His trial of “walking” for the first time! Nandagopa is sitting at one end of the room and Yashoda at the other. Baby Krishna is at the center – Between both of them. He is now trying to get up and slowly walk towards His mother! On the way, He falls down on the floor and all the jewels that He’s wearing on His neck, feet, hands etc. make beautiful ringing sounds! He again gets up and tries walking further, and again falls after taking few steps! As this is happening, Yashoda is trying to call Baby Krishna towards her with more and more love and compassion.
To witness this beautiful sight, all the Devas headed by Indra make their way to Gokula. They cannot resist themselves from watching this beautiful moment! Bhagawan Brahma too is overjoyed upon seeing this! Sage Naarada is totally overpowered with tears of joy and devotion! The entire world is gazing at the beauty of Baby Krishna trying to walk for the first time! It is amazing to witness how Bhagawan Vishnu, embodiment of the Supreme Consciousness is reducing Himself to a small child and is trying to give this lovely experience for all of us! This is why Bhagawan Krishna’s incarnation is extremely special. His childhood days are a treat for any “Bhakta” (Devotee) to experience. His so-called “childish acts” are a treat for all of us to enjoy the nectar of Bhagawad Bhakti!
As Little Krishna moves around His house trying to walk, His divine little feet make beautiful marks on the floor and that is an admirable sight for Yashoda and Nandagopa! Upon seeing this, Yashoda decides thus, “Okay! From tomorrow, I do not need to put any sort of design (Kolam) in front of my house, or within my house! I can just immerse Baby Krishna’s little feet into the rice flour and make Him walk all the way! This itself forms a beautiful design, isn’t it? :)” Even today, we do this during the celebrations of Shri Krishna Jayanti – We draw the design of Baby Krishna’s feet from the entrance of our homes, all the way leading to our “Puja-Area” isn’t it? In Gokula, at this moment, every day is a “Shri Krishna Jayanti” and everybody in Gokula is making Baby Krishna walk with His divine feet immersed with rice flour! This makes beautiful designs at all their homes and everybody is celebrating Baby Krishna in this fashion!
So for today, let us also imagine that Baby Krishna is walking with His divine little feet in our hearts and let us imagine the baby steps that little Krishna is drawing with flour at all our homes! With this, let us celebrate Shri Krishna Jayanti well in advance! 😊 Of course, if our hearts are pure and immersed with Bhakti, every day is a Krishna Jayanti only! We shall wait till the next episode to witness how Baby Krishna starts pursuing His passion towards butter and curd! Stay tuned! 😊