(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'The cowherd men lead by Nanda hearing the tumult of the trees falling down went, afraid of the thunder, to the spot, o best of the Kurus. (2) Discovering there the two arjunas fallen to the ground had they flabbergasted not a clue what the cause of this apparent crash would be. (3) Who would have done this? The kid, dragging the wooden mortar bound to Him by the rope? How could this wondrous thing have happened? Thus they were perplexed. (4) The other kids said: 'He has done it, with the mortar getting across dragging it in between the trees! And there were also two personalities. We saw it with our own eyes!' (5) They couldn't believe what they said, 'That can't be; how could such a small child have uprooted the trees?', but some of them had doubts in their mind [and deemed it very well possible]. (6) Seeing his son bound by the rope dragging the mortar made Nanda smile and so he set Him free.
(7) By the gopîs encouraged, sang the Supreme Lord at times, playing silly, fooling them as if He'd be an ordinary child under their control like a wooden doll. (8) Sometimes being ordered He would carry the load of a wooden seat, a measure or shoes, making fun with His relatives striking His arms [as if He'd be a man of power]. (9) For the whole world to know Him showed He to what extend submitted to His servants the Supreme Lord is, in His as a child endeavoring to perform to the pleasure of all of Vraja.
(10) 'O people all around, get your fruits!', thus Krishna heard a fruit vendor calling out, and quickly grabbing some paddy went the Infallible One, the Bestower of all Fruits, over there to buy fruit. (11) What He had to offer had fallen from the palms of His hands, but the fruit lady filled them [nevertheless] with fruits. In exchange was the entire basket of fruits filled with gold and jewels!
(12) After the incident with the arjunas Rohinî Devî once called out for Krishna and Râma who had forgotten the time in their play with the other kids at the riverside. (13) When the sons immersed in their games upon being called didn't show up, sent Rohinî mother Yas'odâ after them with her loving care for the sons. (14) Calling for Krishna, her son and the other boys He so late was still playing with, flowed in her love the milk from her breasts. (15) 'Krishna, o Krishna my lotus-eyed one, o darling, stop playing, drink some milk; You must be tired and hungry my son! (16) O Râma, please come right now together with Your younger brother, o love of the family, You sure enjoyed Your breakfast this morning, and now must be needing some more! (17) O Dâs'ârha ['worthy of service'], the king of Vraja is waiting for the both of You desirous to eat, come here, do us a favor and let the other boys go to their homes. (18) You're all covered with dirt my son, come now and wash; this day is the day of Your birth star, be clean and then we'll give cows to the brahmins! (19) See, look how the boys of Your age, washed by their mothers, are all dressed up, so should You also with a bath and having eaten enjoy now with them in your finest.' (20) Yas'odâ this way in her intense love considering the Highest of them All to be her son, o ruler of man, took Krishna and Râma by the hand and brought them then home to get them ready to appear.
(21) S'rî S'uka said: 'The elder gopas witnessing the great disturbances in the Big Forest held a meeting with Nanda to discuss what was going on in Vraja. (22) Upânanda [Nanda's elder brother], the oldest and wisest with the greatest experience, said in that meeting what to the time and circumstances with Râma and Krishna would be the best thing to do: (23) 'We all who wish our Gokula the best place to be, should leave from here, because many things with the evil intent to kill the boys are occurring here. (24) To be specific because, somehow or other, by the grace of the Lord He, this boy, was delivered from the hands of the Râkshasî [Pûtanâ] who came here to kill the kids and because of the handcart which fell over almost hit Him. (25) And then there was the demon in the form of a whirlwind that transported Him into the sky and next so dangerously fell to the rocky ground; with Him just to be saved by the Controller of the Godfearing. (26) Nor did that child, nor another one, die from the two trees He got in between; even then He was saved by the Infallible One. (27) As long as the devil is harassing can we not stay in this cow-place and must we before it is too late to the interest of the boys leave from here; let us, all together, move to some other place. (28) There is another forest named Vrindâvana [the 'clustered forest' *] with lots of fresh greenery which is a very suitable place for gopa, gopî and cow with its serene rock formations, variety of plants and wealth of grasses. (29) Let us therefore immediately go there today and not waste any time, get all carts ready and all be on our way with the wealth of our cows in front - if you all agree.'
(30) Hearing that said all the gopas then unanimously 'Right so, right so', and started they to assemble the cows and load their belongings. (31-32) The elderly, the children and women with the greatest care came first and next, o King, with all their necessities on the bullock carts departed the gopas complete with their bows and arrows together with the priests and the cows in front of them, loudly vibrating all around with their horns and bugles. (33) The gopîs nicely dressed with the gold around their necks and their bodies decorated with fresh kunkum, sang riding the carts with great pleasure of Krishna's pastimes. (34) Yas'odâ and Rohinî, together seated on one cart beautifully with Krishna and Balarâma, were most happy to listen to the stories sung. (35) Reaching Vrindâvana, a place agreeable in all seasons, settled they for the cow compound placing their carts in half a circle in the shape of the moon. (36) O ruler of man, when Râma and Mâdhava saw Vrindâvana with Govardhana hill and the banks of the Yamunâ, were they enraptured with the greatest pleasure. (37) All the inhabitants of the cow community [the new Vraja] thus were delighted with the child's play and broken language of They who in due course of time were old enough to take care of the calves. (38) Close to the lands of their Vraja tended they with the other boys who lived for the cows, the small calves, sporting in diverse ways with all kinds of playthings. (39-40) Sometimes blowing their flutes, sometimes with a sling hurling [for the fruits], sometimes moving their feet for the tinkling [of their ankle bells], sometimes playing cow and bull, bellowing loudly imitating the animals fighting with one another and sometimes imitating the sounds of the animals, wandered They around just like two normal children.
(41) One day at the bank of the Yamunâ tending their calves with their playmates arrived there a demon [Vatsâsura] with the intent to kill Krishna and Balarâma. (42) Noticing him who, assuming the form of a calf, had mixed with the other calves, pointed the Lord at him gesturing to Baladeva, meanwhile inconspicuously slowly getting close to him. (43) Catching him by the hind legs along with his tail whirled Acyuta him heavily around and threw He him lifeless on top of a kapittha tree [**] where the body of the demon assumed a giant size and, dead, together with the tree fell to the ground. (44) The boys who all had witnessed this incident were greatly amazed and praised Him high exclaiming: 'Well done, good so!', and the gods pleased showered Him with flowers. (45) They, the One Protectors of All the Worlds having turned into protectors of the young, that morning finished their breakfast and wandered along tending the calves.
(46) With each of them being responsible for his own group of calves arrived they one day at a reservoir where they drenched the animals after which they also drank from the water. (47) For all the boys to see was there situated a gigantic body which, like a fallen mountain peak broken off by a thunderbolt, frightened them. (48) It belonged to a demon called Bakâsura, a huge creature that had assumed the body of a gigantic heron [a baka ***]; positioned there he most powerfully all of a sudden with his sharp beak swallowed Krishna. (49) Seeing Krishna being devoured by the heron were all the boys headed by Râma flabberghasted and stood they completely overwhelmed there staring dumbfounded. (50) He, that son of a cowherd, the Master of the Lord of the Universe, deep in its throat started to burn like a fire and was unscathed instantly angrily released, whereupon the heron immediately tried again to kill Him with its sharp beak. (51) He with Bakâsura attacking again, caught with His arms the beak of that friend of Kamsa, after which He, as the Master of the Truthful in service of the denizens of heaven, with the boys watching, as easily tore it apart as one splits a blade of grass. (52) At that time, showered the godly of all places jasmine and other flowers and congratulated they Him accompanied with drums, conches and prayers; when they saw this were all the cowherd sons struck with wonder. (53) Like with the senses [when they return to consciousness] was, released from the heron its mouth, life restored to all the boys who were headed by Balarâma. Free from the danger embraced they Him and returned they, after collecting their calves, to Vraja, loudly declaring [there what had happened]. (54) The gopas and their gopîs were, after having heard all the stories, astounded, and thrilled with supreme delight gazed they, unable to turn their eyes away from the boys, eagerly at them as if they had returned from death. (55) How amazing that this boy, having faced so many life threaths, was still around, while all those who had caused the fear had died themselves. (56) Even though they had come with the intent to kill this boy, had they, appearing so grotesque in their malice, all failed; approaching Him had they died like flies in the fire. (57) How wonderful that the words of the knowers of the Brahman never ever prove false; that what by the supreme master [Garga] was predicted had exactly so happened [see 10.8: 8-9]! (58) And so were all Nanda's gopas delighted to relate the stories about Krishna and Balarâma and enjoyed they with that practice their lives without ever running into the pains of the world [see also 1.7: 6]. (59) This way passed they their childhood in the cow community with different childlike pastimes like playing hide and seek, building dams and jumping about like they were monkeys.'