We’re at a beautiful and an important juncture of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s “Leelas” as a newborn baby, wherein He has successfully killed two Raakshasas namely Poothana and Sakatasura. At the same time, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is also giving a memorable and a divine experience to all His ardent Bhaktas at Gokula, including Mother Yashoda and Father Nandagopa. As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is crying on top of His voice, Mother Yashoda tries her best to pacify Him through various ways. Firstly, she does so by carrying Him on her hips, however, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna doesn’t like this. He’s kicking His mother’s hips lovingly with His tiny divine feet, indicating to her that He has to be let down on the floor. However. Mother Yashoda doesn’t want Bhagawan Bala-Krishna to crawl on the floor. She instead tries to put Him on to the cradle, which is also against Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s likes. He starts kicking the cradle with those tiny divine legs, which sends all the onlookers into unending bliss. All of them are admiring at Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s adamant behavior as a child and enjoying it. Mother Yashoda too heaves a huge sigh and proclaims that it is very difficult to manage this “notorious kid”! 🙂
As this was progressing, as days and months passed by, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna started to crawl on the floor and eventually He slowly started to learn walking. As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was crawling, He doesn’t limit to crawling within the house. He even starts crawling to the neighbouring houses too, and the neighbors upon seeing the little child crawling towards their house, were overwhelmed. They voluntarily come forward, lift the child in their hands and take Him to their homes. They feed Him with freshly prepared butter and milk in abundance. We should remember that Gokula is a village and in that village, there would be hundreds of cows and calves, owned by the Gokula residents. Even today if we visit Gokula and Mathura in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, we would find a similar scene. There would be “infinite number of cows roaming around here and there on the streets of Mathura and Gokula. All these cows are certainly the descendents of those fortunate cows which came in contact with Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and we should worship all of them with the same Bhakti as we exhibit towards Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. This is because, it is believed that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna visits Gokula village even today in the form of these cows.
Coming back to the context thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is now crawling all over the place and it is becoming increasingly difficult for Mother Yashoda to control Him. She tries to teach Him that He should not unnecessarily crawl into another person’s home just like that, however, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is not going to listen to all this advice from His mother! He has His own ways of working, isn’t it? 🙂 Despite the advice, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is continuing to crawl here and there and this makes Mother Yashoda angry at times. She tries to tie Him with a rope, to one corner of the house as she leaves to fend the cows. However, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna has His own ways of coming out of the knot! He would squeal loud so that the neighbors would hear the sound! Unable to bear the sound, the neighbors would rush in to see what’s wrong with Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, only to see Him tied to one corner of the house! Feeling pity for the little one, they would untie Him and take Him to their place, feed Him with nice and fresh butter and milk and bring Him back to His place again.
This continues unabated every passing day, and Mother Yashoda had no control over this “seemingly unruly” baby! It would be funny for us to note here that Bhagawan Krishna is the “Paramatma” and He is the one who ties all of us together in the “Maya” called “Samsara”. However, there is this Mother Yashoda who has the courage to tie the person who ties all of us! Such is the fortune that Mother Yashoda had in her life, and we should acknowledge that at this juncture. Little did she know that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is not an ordinary child and all what she did to Him was out of motherly love and affection. Even if she got angry with the child, the anger would be there for just a few minutes and once she sees the baby smiling and crying at the same time, all that anger would fly off immediately! This is how Mother Yashoda looked after Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and for today, let us enjoy this beautiful and divine experience! We shall wait till the next episode to continue witnessing how Bhagawan Bala-Krishna continued to become more and more “unruly” in the days to come. Stay tuned for an interesting and an absorbing accord! 🙂