Damodara Lila

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We have the blessed association of H H Chandramouli Maharaj for the past few days. Maharaj has been sharing with us such sweet pastimes of Sri Sri Damodara! I am just passing on some of the interesting points.

This month is one of the most important month for the Vaishnavas as we all know already. This month of Damodara is very dear to Radharani. In this month whatever bhakti we do, will be multiplied thousands of times. Also this month is very special because the Lord showed in this month through His pastime that Bhakti is greater than Him!! This He practically proved by letting Himself 'bound' by the devotion and love of mother Yashoda. This pastime is so sweetly narrated by Srila Jiva Goswami in one of his commentaries.

Little child Krishna was stealing butter from the neighbor houses and Yashoda was getting frequent complaints on this issue. Mother Yashoda and Nanda Maharaj wanted to put an end to it. They thought that if Krishna is fed the best milk and butter in our home, then why should He go to other houses and steal? Nanda maharaj had 900,000 cows in his possession!! He selected the 1000 best cows out of those and fed them extra rich grass. The milk that was given by those cows were fed to the 100 best cows among them. And the milk that was given by those 100 cows was then fed to the 10 best cows. Then the milk given by them was given to 'the' best cow among those 10 cows. Finally the milk that was given by that best cow was taken and Mother Yashoda was boiling the milk to feed Krishna! Meanwhile little Krishna started crying out of hunger and Yashoda matha felt that she should feed Him milk. Then she laid Him on her lap and started feeding her breast milk.

In spiritual world everything (both living and non-living entities) have consciousness. When mother Yashoda was feeding Krishna, the milk that was boiling in the stove, started thinking, "Oh, I at is the use of my life ? Let me commit suicide!". Thinking this way, the milk in the stove started boiling and flowing out of the vessel into the fire. Mother Yashoda saw the milk boiling and felt that she should take care of the milk and hence put Krishna down and went to the kitchen. Little Krishna became very angry at being neglected by His mother. He wanted to do some mischief to grab the attention of mother Yashoda! [How fortunate and exalted Mother Yashoda should be ? Here we are trying in our puny little ways to grab the attention of the Supreme Lord with our inattentive chanting, and in the spiritual world, the Lord wants to have the attention of His devotees ?!!].

So the Lord went to the store room and found pots of butter hanging from the top. He took a piece of rock and broke one of the pots. He then called the 'celebrated monkeys of Vrindavan' that are always eagerly waiting to get the 'butter mercy' from the butter thief. The Lord uses the grinding mortar to climb up and take the butter from the pot and distribute it to the monkeys. Meanwhile mother Yashoda was searching for Krishna and became very angry at the mischief He created! She took a stick and went towards Krishna to catch Him. Seeing this, all the monkeys ran away. The Lord, seeing His mother with a whipping stick, became fearful and started running fast. But mother Yashoda ran faster than Him.

When she was chasing Krishna, the flowers she wore on her head started thinking in astonishment, "Who is this mother Yashoda ?! Our Lord is so powerful! The wind blows out of fear of Him! Death personified is afraid of Him! And she is fearlessly chasing Him ? We don't have the authority to stay on her head. We should fall at her feet and pay our obeisances!". Thinking this way, the flowers on mother Yashoda's head started falling down to the ground. Then Yashoda caught Krishna and brought some ropes to bind Him to the grinding mortar. To her astonishment the rope was two fingers too short. She brought more and more ropes but each time the length of the rope was always two fingers too short. Yashoda became very tired and almost gave up and then the Lord felt sorry for her and allowed Himself to be bound! The 'two fingers short' indicate that to bind the Lord (or bring the Lord under control) we need
1. Endeavor and 2. Mercy. Without these two our devotion is not complete.

I will stop here as we know the rest of the story where Krishna goes into the backyard with the mortar and broke the two Arjuna trees and delivered the two sons of Kuvera who were cursed by Narada Muni! If anyone wants to share that pastime you are most welcome!!

The Lord's pastime as a child is so sweet that how much ever we hear it, we never get tired! He is so merciful to display some of His unlimited pastimes to us and capture our otherwise wavering minds!

Sri Sri Radha-Damodara ki Jai!!! Sri Sri Giri-Govardhan ki Jai!!!

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Kalacakra das