In the previous episode, we had witnessed the “modus operandi” of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna trying to steal butter from the homes of Gokula village. As He’s bluish black in color, He uses it to perfection by venturing out at night, wherein nobody can easily notice a kid going around on the streets. He thus spots and decides that this is the home to venture into, somehow sneaks inside that home and performs His “Operation butter” successfully! He makes sure that nobody finds out His mischief, and before anyone could even think of spotting Him, He would quickly disappear from that place and run away with full speed! As the day begins, the woman of that house would go to the kitchen as a routine practice to check on the butter pot, however, the butter would completely be missing! As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna doesn’t like buttermilk (A diluted version of curd), if at all He finds a pot full of buttermilk, He would just pour all of it on the floor. However, if there is the thicker version of the curd, He would be extremely happy to consume it. Such was Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s liking towards butter and curd.
However, as mentioned in the previous episode itself, Mother Yashoda knew that her son had a special liking towards butter and curd, and she would feed Him with ample amounts of the same. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna too would happily consume all of it in front of His mother, however, He always has this feeling that the butter would taste even better if He steals it from somewhere else and eats. We might also have this feeling in us – If we get something very easily in our hands, we might not feel the worth of it. Whereas, if we’ve to plan, strategise, slog and work hard for something, we would really enjoy the taste of success that comes out of it, isn’t it? For instance, we would have seen how medical aspirants prepare for their competitive examinations. They would sit up all through the nights, work hard, give the exams to their best of abilities and when they taste the success after it, we would see how ecstatic they would be. Whereas, if another student is lazy enough and he / she gets a medical seat with the money background of his / her parents, this student wouldn’t really understand the significance of what he / she has obtained, isn’t it? This is exactly the same thing that happened with Bhagawan Bala-Krishna as well – Although Mother Yashoda feeds Him with enough and more of butter and curd, He didn’t like that much because it comes easily to His hands. However, He derives more satisfaction when He strategizes and steals butter from others’ houses and eats!
As this was progressing for the next few days, there was an instance wherein Bhagawan Bala-Krishna gets caught red-handed in the act! One remarkable characteristic of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is that, if He does some mischief, He would make sure that it is maintained a secret only for a short duration of time. He would make sure that the secret is blurted out to the entire world and likes to get caught red-handed! Obviously, Bhagawan has incarnated as Bala-Krishna only to give us that joy and experience of seeing Him as Bhagawan Chitta-Chora or Bhagawan Navaneetha Chora, isn’t it? The fun aspect amongst kids is only when they get caught in the act of doing something silly. If kids start acting very smart like how we adults do, there’s no fun in it, isn’t it? Hence, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna makes sure that He performs His “Operation Butter” but also makes sure that He gets caught red-handed.
One such day, as the Operation Butter was going on in full swing, the woman of that particular house caught Him red-handed, as He was eating the butter! As she saw that it was none other than Bhagawan Bala-Krishna who was orchestrating the entire modus operandi, on one hand, she was admiring the smartness of the little one, and on the other hand, she was a bit angry that her house was the target of the day! Thus, she tries reprimanding Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. Now we’ve to enjoy how Bhagawan Bala-Krishna reacts to her reprimanding!
The woman starts off by asking thus, “Oh little one! Who are you? What have you come here for?” Bhagawan Bala-Krishna thinks for a while as to what answer should He give. Should He disclose to that woman that He’s the all-prevailing Bhagawan Vishnu? Or should He hide His identity and say that He’s Yashoda’s darling son, Krishna? Neither of these answers excited Him. So He decides to “twist” the answer a little bit. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna “innocently” answers the woman thus, “Oh! I’m Balarama’s brother!” Now we might wonder what kind of an answer is this! There’s a reason why He’s giving such an answer here – Normally in Gokula village, Balarama is considered to be an innocent little child who doesn’t poke into anybody’s affairs or resort to anything that this fellow is doing! Hence, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna thinks that if He uses His brother’s name, He might be able to escape scot-free! However, that doesn’t really work! The woman continues further thus, “Oh really? Being Balarama’s brother, why have you indulged in such an act of stealing?” Bhagawan Bala-Krishna replies back thus, “Oh! I wasn’t stealing anything from your place! I was just checking out if one of my friends had fallen into this butter pot accidentally! He is so tiny and there is a chance that He might be in there!”
Hearing this innocent reply from the little one, the woman was amused and she asks Him further thus, “Oh really? Did you find your little friend inside the pot?” Bhagawan Bala-Krishna answers “No! I didn’t! Perhapsmy friend isn’t inside this pot. He might have fallen into the pot of another home. I came inside this home as all the houses look very similar in Gokula, and I got confused! Had I known that it is your home, I wouldn’t have come inside at all!”
As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna says thus, He quickly flees off from that place, leaving the woman of that house in total astonishment! It is thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was playing His pranks in Gokula, leaving people stumped and outsmarted! So for today, let us enjoy this wonderful and divine experience of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and let us wait till the next episode to witness more such “Krishna-Leelas”! Stay tuned! 🙂