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Mother Yasoda Binds Lord Krishna

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 Mother Yasoda Binds Lord Krishna

(1-3) S'rî S'uka said: 'One day, when the maidservants were engaged with other things, churned and made mother Yas'odâ, Nanda's queen, all the thick of milk [yogurt and butter] personally. For the time she was churning the butter sang she songs about what she remembered of all that her son had done. (3) Being dressed in linen that was held by a belt around her shaking hips moved, as she was churning, her breasts, which at the nipples were wet because of her affection for her son, and along with that movement moved in harmony the bangles on her wrists and her earrings while, of the labor of pulling the churning rope, the perspiration ran down her face and fell down together with the jasmine flowers in her hair. (4) Desiring to drink approached the Lord her as she was churning and stopped He, getting affectionate with His mother, the churning rod by catching it. (5) She sweetly allowed Him on her lap to drink from her overflowing, loving breasts and watched with a smile how happy He was, but with Him not yet satisfied had she to put Him aside quickly and leave when she saw how a pan of milk was boiling over. (6) Thrown into a fit biting His full red lips broke He, in vain tears, with a stone the pot in which the butter was churned and began He hidden from sight in an adjacent room to eat from what all was churned. (7) The gopî putting the hot milk from the stove returned to her workplace and saw the churning pot broken. Not finding Him present concluded she with a smile that it had been the work of her child. (8) Standing on top of a turned up mortar was He, apprehensive as a thief, to His like handing out to a monkey a share of the milk goodies from a hanging pot, while from behind watching these activities she very slowly approached her son. (9) Seeing her approaching with a stick in her hand He quickly got down from there and fled like He was afraid with the gopî after Him, He who not even by the greatest yogis of penance trying to get access in meditation could be reached [see also B.G. 18: 55]. (10) Though the chasing mother, in her great speed with the flowers falling from her hair, heavy-breasted as she was to her thin waist had to slow down, managed she nevertheless finally to capture Him. (11) When she saw Him as the offender remorsefully crying, rubbing the black of His eyes all over His face with His hands, was she with Him, whom she with His distressed eyes had caught by the hand, just of a mild reproof. (12) Considerate of her son's fright she heartful with her kid threw away the stick and decided to bind Him with a rope, not realizing what kind of power she was dealing with.

(13-14) There is no inside nor an outside to Him, a beginning nor an end. He, as the end as well as the beginning, the internal as well as the external of the entire creation, is the One Totality of that creation. Taking Him, the Unmanifest in the form of a mortal, for her own son she bound Him to a mortar like one does with a normal child. (15) When the rope she used to bind her naughty child fell short with a length of two fingers joined the gopî it with another one. (16) When even that one fell short she then tried another one which also, with the joining and joining, would not suffice to bind staying short with two fingers. (17) Yas'odâ in this manner unsuccessfully proceeding with all the ropes in the household, was, with all the gopîs taking part in the fun, laughing, being struck with wonder. (18) When He saw how much His mother was sweating with all flowers fallen from her hair and how tired she got, was Krishna so gracious as to agree in His being bound. (19) My best, in this was factually by the Lord exhibited how He, Krishna, by whom indeed the whole universe with all its demigods is controlled, is won over by those [devotees] who submit to His wishes [compare 7.3: 14-21]. (20) Nor Lord Brahmâ, nor Lord S'iva nor the Goddess of Fortune despite of her residing at His side, can achieve from the Giver of Final Liberation the like of the mercy that the gopî obtained. (21) The Supreme Lord, the Son of the Gopî, is not as easily won by those bound to the body [those who are after the money, the profit], by jñânis [book people, transcendentalists] or mere soul-seekers [escapists, impersonalists] as by those who in this world are of bhakti [of devotional service] [see also B.G. 11: 54 and 18: 16].

(22) Meanwhile, with His mother very busy engaged in her household, observed the Lord two arjuna trees outside who, as the sons of the bestower of riches [Kuvera], had been demigods [Guhyakas]. (23) They formerly were known as the very opulent Nalakûvara and Manigrîva, but had for their conceit been cursed by Nârada to become trees.'

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