We’re at an important and an amazing juncture wherein we’re witnessing Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s adventurous “Operation Butter” that He’s executing at different homes in the Gokula village. This is not a one-time affair that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is doing, but it is now becoming a regular affair every night, buoyed by the success that He had initially! However, as we’ve seen yesterday, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna makes sure that He gets caught in the act too, thus giving all of us, ardent devotees a blissful experience of enjoying Bhagawan Krishna as a child besides us. As this “Operation Butter” is being staged successfully, we’ve witnessed one such instance wherein Bhagawan Bala-Krishna gets caught in the act, and how He smartly manages to escape out of the house unscathed! This was a thrilling experience for all of us yesterday and with this, we were enjoying this part of the “Krishna-Leela” nicely.
As Bhagawan Krishna continues doing such notorious things, we’ve to also understand the deeper significance and meaning to why is He doing all this. We might wonder and conclude that all these are just childhood pranks that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is playing. But, there are extensive meanings to why all these were happening. In fact, the “Alwars” and the “Aachaaryas” have come out with extensive documentations as to why Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is stealing butter from different places and what is that message He’s trying to convey to the world through this act. One common consensus amongst all the people who’ve extensively documented this is that, there are certain set of characteristics that are imminent in all of us according to our age and gender categories. In other words, there are certain characteristics that are imminent to young women. Similarly there are certain characteristics that are common and imminent in men, and elder women. For instance, men have this common ideology that we can protect themselves and we do not require any external help to protect ourselves. Men tend to have this “boldness” in them, which Bhagawan Krishna doesn’t like much. Whereas, if we analyze the imminent characteristic of elderly women, we would find that they might have this mindset that their husbands would protect them and they’re in safe hands of their husbands. Hence, they too feel that they do not require external help and protection. This too, Bhagawan Krishna doesn’t like much!
However, if we see the imminent characteristic of young and unmarried women, they would have that innocent mindset that they should be protected only by Bhagawan and by none of them around. Neuter they are married, so that their husbands can protect them, nor they cannot protect themselves, and hence, Bhagawan Krishna is their only savior! Hence, the attitude of “Sharanagati” (Surrender to Bhagawan’s divine Lotus Feet) is more imminent in young and married women, than anybody else in this world, and this is why Bhagawan Krishna liked them more than anybody else. Thus, Bhagawan Krishna made sure that He would stand by those people who come to Him with this innocent and blind devotion and this is why we would see that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna spent most of His time at Gokula and Vrindavan amidst the “Aayarpadi” women (Innocent village young women) and the “Gopikas”. It is not to be mistaken that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna enjoyed worldly and physical pleasures with these young women, like how there is a myth circulating today. In fact it is absolutely wrong to say that Bhagawan Krishna had so many wives in the worldly context. All those who married Bhagawan Krishna eventually during His entire period of incarnation were ardent devotees of Him, and Bhagawan gave them the time and opportunity to be amidst His divine presence. This was the same with Radha, Gopikas, Jaambhavati, etc.
Thus, the “Operation Butter” was targeted by Bhagawan Bala-Krishna only at those homes wherein young women resided. It was not in all the other homes at Gokula wherein only elderly people lived. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna wanted to give this rejoicing experience to these innocent young women who were longing for His presence for ages and several births till then! Obviously our “Karma” too plays a role here, if we’ve to get Bhagawan’s divine presence near us. Only if the apt time arrives and only if our good “Karma” starts to give fruit, will Bhagawan’s or the Spiritual Master’s (Guru’s) presence be realized in this birth. This is not only applicable to the Gokula residents, but also for all of us too. In this Kali-Yuga if we’ve to be under the shadow of a Spiritual Master (Sadguru), we should have the right “Karma” in place at that particular point in time. If this is not fulfilled, no matter how much we might long for the presence of our Spiritual Master”, we wouldn’t be able to get it easily!
So for today, let us understand and realize this very important point behind Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s divine “Operation Butter” and why did He target homes wherein young women resided. We shall wait till the next episode to continue this point of discussion! Stay tuned! 🙂