In the previous episode, we had witnessed Bhagawan Bala-Krishna being tied by Mother Yashoda to the drum (Ural) for all His theft of butter. Along with Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, the Ural also had to bear the punishment, as it was also a partner in crime! 🙂 Bhagawan Bala-Krishna had used that Ural to climb over it to steal the butter, isn’t it? Thus, the punishment was meted out to both Bhagawan Bala-Krishna as well as the “Ural” together. As Mother Yashoda was tying both together with the rope, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna starts crying aloud, thus trying to create an alibi to the neighbours that He’s an innocent kid! However, Mother Yashoda was too smart for all this. She did not even care to pay heed to all these “fake cries” of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. She was busy tying both the Ural and the little boy together with the rope.
At this juncture, we’ve to witness an important point here – As Mother Yashoda was trying to tie Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, He was thinking within Himself thus, “Oh wow! Afterall I’m the leader of this entire world, and I’ve tied the entire world under my feet till this moment. Now this woman is trying to tie me, who has tied the entire world down under!” Thinking thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna had a little bit of ego within Himself, and He decided to teach His mother a fitting lesson! As Mother Yashoda was tying Him, He gradually increased His body within such a way that the rope wouldn’t be sufficient to tie Him completely. As Mother Yashoda was struggling to tie Him under that single rope, she asked her servant to bring in another rope to augment this one. Even then, these two ropes put together weren’t enough to tie Bhagawan Bala-Krishna to the “Ural”! This is because, within the time the second rope was bought in, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna had once again grown in size. This was continuing for some moments and even though Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was crying aloud for the outside world, internally He was laughing within Himself upon seeing poor Mother Yashoda struggling to tie Him and execute the punishment.
However, after a moment, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna realized His mistake and thought thus, “Oh wow! To whom am I showing all my might and power? Afterall to my mother? What will a poor mother do? If a child is notorious, it is very natural that she would mend the child’s ways, isn’t it? This is exactly what Mother Yashoda is also trying to do. Hence, what is wrong in this? Moreover, what am I going to gain by showing my prowess to her? Is anybody going to give me a trophy for this? However, if Kamsa or Sishupala had come in front, of course the story might be different. But my Mother is as innocent as a cow. She is not a Raakshasa by any means for me to show my powers. Hence, we shouldn’t be so aggressive towards her!”
Thinking thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna allowed her to tie the rope around Him, but for the outside world, He was profusely crying! This was just merely a drama that He’s creating, just to make the outside world (including Mother Yashoda) believe that He was a normal child and not Bhagawan Vishnu! Thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna allows Mother Yashoda to tie Him with the rope and He thus, accepts the punishment meted out to Him by His mother. This, in fact, is not just a story segment, but has a deeper spiritual significance here. This is the reason why we’re not rushing with the story portion of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s “Leelas”. Behind every “Leela” that Bhagawan performed, there is a unique spiritual message for all of us. Especially from this particular instance, we should understand that if an ardent and an innocent “Bhakta” (devotee) is doing something (even if it is seemingly harming Bhagawan in some way or the other), Bhagawan accepts it gleefully! This is the prize that Bhagawan is giving the “Bhakta” for his / her ardent devotion towards Him. Thus in other words, even if the Bhakta is issuing commands to Bhagawan, or even if the Bhakta is trying to “punish” Bhagawan for something, Bhagawan would accept it with joy and He would never ask anything back!
However, if we’re not devotees of Bhagawan and if we’re acting against the “Dharma” that He had prescribed, this is where Bhagawan gets angry upon us. Hence, we’ve to understand the difference clearly here – If an ardent Bhakta is punishing Bhagawan, we’re seeing here how Bhagawan Bala-Krishna gleefully accepts it. This is because of the simple reason that Mother Yashoda is pure in what she’s doing. She doesn’t have any vengeance of any sorts. Her heart is pure. Hence, Bhagawan wants to reward her purity by accepting her punishment to be tied. Thus, if Bhagawan has to dance to our tunes, what is important for us? It is the level of “Bhakti” that is important, isn’t it? This is the very reason behind why we’re experiencing Bhagawan as a little child. As we do this every passing day and as we experience Bhagawan Bala-Krishna moment after moment, our level of “Bhakti” should increase, just by observing how Mother Yashoda, the Gopikas, the Gokula women and His childhood friends inclusive of Sudhaama, etc. moved with Him. This should automatically bring tears of emotions and this would automatically transform into Bhakti. Once we attain this level of Bhakti towards Bhagawan, automatically all of us would become Mother Yashoda, who was issuing her “Diktats” to Bhagawan Bala-Krishna with ease!
So for today, let us understand this important message from Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s this segment of His “Leelas” and we shall wait for the next episode to proceed further from here! Stay tuned! 🙂