Chapter 11: A New Residence, the Fruit Vendor and Vatsâsura and Bakâsura Defeated
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    Welcome, Guest · RSS 2019-07-19, 11:38 AM

    Chapter 11: A New Residence, the Fruit Vendor and Vatsâsura and Bakâsura Defeated

    (1) S'rî S'uka said: 'The cowherd men lead by Nanda heard the tumult of the falling trees and, afraid that it had been the thunder, went to the spot oh best of the Kurus. (2) Discovering that the two arjunas had fallen to the ground they, flabbergasted, had no idea what the cause of this apparent crash would be. (3) Who could have done this? The child, dragging the wooden mortar that He was bound to by the rope? How could this wondrous thing have happened? They were perplexed. (4) The other children said: 'He has done it, with the mortar getting across. He dragged it in between the trees! And there were also two personalities. We saw it with our own eyes!' (5) They could not believe what they said. 'That is not possible! How could such a small child have uprooted the trees?' But some of them had doubts [and deemed it very well possible].  (6) When Nanda saw that his son with a rope being tied to a big mortar was dragging around with it, he had to smile and released Him.

    (7) The Supreme Lord encouraged by the gopîs, sometimes danced or sang for them, as if He was a simple, ordinary child they could control like a wooden doll. (8) Sometimes He on request carried a wooden seat, a measuring jug or a pair of shoes, to which He made fun with His relatives by striking His arms [as if He would be a strong adult]. (9) By acting like a child to the pleasure of everyone, the Supreme Lord in Vraja showed the world to what extent He submits to His devotees.

    (10) Krishna [one day] heard a fruit vendor calling: 'Oh people, come and get your fruits!' And so the Infallible One, the Bestower of all Fruits who wanted some fruits, quickly grabbed some paddy and came to buy fruit. (11) What He had to offer  had slipped from the palms of His hands [on the way], but the fruit lady filled them [nevertheless] with fruits. Thereupon the entire basket of fruits filled with gold and jewels!

    (12) After the incident with the arjunas Rohinî Devî once called for Krishna and Râma who were absorbed in their playing with the other children at the riverside. (13) When the boys immersed in their games upon being called did not show up, Rohinî sent mother Yas'odâ to take care of the sons. (14) As she was calling for her son Krishna and for the other boys whom He so late still was playing with, because of her love the milk flowed from her breasts. (15) 'Krishna, oh Krishna my lotus-eyed one, oh darling, stop playing and drink some milk. You must be tired and hungry my son! (16) Oh Râma, please come right now together with Your younger brother oh love of the family. You enjoyed Your breakfast this morning and You now must be needing some more! (17) Oh scion of Dâs'ârha ['worthy of service', the Yadus], the king of Vraja wants to eat and is waiting for You. Come here, be nice and let the other boys go home. (18) You are covered with dirt my son, come and take a bath. Today is the day of Your birth star, be clean and then we'll give cows to the brahmins! (19) Just see how the boys of Your age, being washed by their mothers, are all dressed up. You too with a bath, having eaten and being decorated should enjoy now.' (20) Mother Yas'odâ thus in her intense love considering the Highest of them All to be her son oh ruler of man, took Krishna and Râma by the hand and brought them home to get them presentable.'

    (21) S'rî S'uka said: 'The elderly gopas who witnessed the great disturbances in the Big Forest came together with Nanda to discuss what was happening in Vraja. (22) Upananda [Nanda's elder brother], the oldest and wisest one with the greatest experience, said in that meeting what, according to the time and circumstances, to the interest of Râma and Krishna would be the best thing to do: (23) 'We who wish the best for our Gokula, should leave this place all together. Great disturbances are occurring here with the evil intent to kill the boys. (24) The reason for this is that, somehow or other with the grace of the Lord, He, this boy, was delivered from the hands of the Râkshasî [Pûtanâ] who came here to kill the children and because of the fact that the falling handcart almost hit Him. (25) And then the Lord of the Suras had to save Him from the demon in the form of a whirlwind who transported Him into the sky and so dangerously collapsed on the rocky ground. (26) Being protected by the infallible One the child and the other children also escaped from dying because of the two [falling] trees He got stuck in between. (27) As long as that devil [behind these attacks] is harassing us, we cannot stay in this cow place. To the interest of the boys we all together have to move to another place, before it is too late. (28) There is a[nother] forest named Vrindâvana [the 'clustered forest' *] with lots of fresh greenery and serene rock formations that with its variety of plants and wealth of grasses is a very suitable place for gopa, gopî and cow [go]. (29) Let us therefore immediately go there today and not waste any time. We get all carts ready and be on our way with the cows, our wealth, in front - if you all agree.'

    (30) Hearing that, the gopas said unanimously: 'That is the right way, the correct approach', and began to assemble the cows and load their belongings. (31-32) Putting the elders, the children and women on the bullock carts and next their belongings, the gopas with the greatest care took their bows and arrows and departed together with the priests oh King, thereby keeping the cows in front and loudly vibrating their horns and bugles all around. (33) The gopîs, nicely dressed with their gold around their necks and their bodies decorated with fresh kunkum, sang during the ride on the carts with great pleasure about Krishna's pastimes. (34) Yas'odâ and Rohinî, beautifully together with Krishna and Balarâma being seated on one cart, were very happy to hear the stories being sung. (35) Reaching Vrindâvana, a place most agreeable throughout all seasons, they settled for a cow compound by placing their carts in a semi-circle like the form of the moon. (36) Oh ruler of man, when Râma and Mâdhava saw Vrindâvana with Govardhana hill and the banks of the Yamunâ, they were very happy. (37) The two boys with Their children's games and broken language thus delighted the inhabitants of the cow community [the new Vraja]. In due course of time They were old enough to take care of the calves. (38) Sporting in different ways with all kinds of games, They together with the other cowherd boys, tended the calves close to the lands of Vraja. (39-40) Sometimes blowing their flutes, sometimes hurling with a sling [for the fruits], sometimes moving their feet for the tinkling [of their ankle bells], sometimes playing cow and bull while bellowing loudly imitating the animals that fought with each other and sometimes imitating the sounds of other animals, They wandered around just like two normal children.


    (41) One day on the bank of the Yamunâ tending their calves with their playmates, a demon [Vatsâsura] appeared on the scene with the intent to kill Krishna and Balarâma. (42) Assuming the form of a calf he had mixed with the other calves. But the Lord spotted him and, gesturing to Baladeva, pointed him out while He inconspicuously slowly moved in his direction. (43) Acyuta caught him by the hind legs and his tail, whirled him heavily around and next threw him lifeless on top of a kapittha tree [**]. There the body of the demon assumed a giant size whereupon he together with the tree, fell to the ground. (44) The boys who all had witnessed this incident, were greatly amazed and praised Him, exclaiming: 'Well done, very good!', and the gods being pleased showered flowers. (45) This couple, the Sole Protectors of All the Worlds who had turned into protectors of calves, that morning finished their breakfast and next wandered around tending the young animals.

    (46) With each of them being responsible for his own group of calves, they one day wishing to quench their thirst arrived at a reservoir where they drenched the animals and thereupon themselves also drank from the water. (47) There the boys saw a gigantic body looking like a mountain peak broken off by a thunderbolt and fallen down, that frightened them. (48) It belonged to a big demon called Bakâsura, who had assumed the body of a gigantic heron [a baka ***]. All of a sudden most powerfully rising up he with his sharp beak swallowed Krishna. (49) Seeing Krishna being devoured by the heron all the boys headed by Râma were flabbergasted and stood completely overwhelmed and stared, nailed to the ground. (50) He, the son of a cowherd, the Master of the Lord of the Universe [Brahmâ], started deep in its throat to burn like fire and was instantly angrily released without a scratch. The heron thereupon immediately tried to kill Him again with its sharp beak. (51) With Bakâsura attacking again, He with His arms caught the beak of that friend of Kamsa, after which He, as the Master of the Truthful Ones and to the pleasure of the denizens of heaven, before the eyes of the boys, tore it apart as easily as one splits a blade of grass. (52) At that moment the gods of all places accompanied by drums, conches and prayers, showered jasmine and other flowers from Indra's paradise [Nandana-kânana] and congratulated the enemy of Bakâsura. Seeing this, the cowherd sons were struck with wonder. (53) The way the senses return to life [when one regains consciousness], the boys headed by Balarâma returned to life when He was released from the beak of the heron. Freed from the danger they embraced Him, assembled their calves and returned to Vraja. There they loudly declared [that Krishna had defeated another demon]. (54) The gopas and the gopîs were astounded when they heard all the stories. Eagerly staring at them as if they had returned from death, they filled with admiration most delighted could not turn their eyes away from the boys. (55) [They said to themselves:] What a miracle that this boy, having faced so many life threats, is still around, while all those who gave rise to fear themselves had to experience the hatefulness they gave in to. (56) Even though they had approached with the intent to kill this boy, none of the evil planners who appeared so grotesque in their malice, managed to succeed. Besieging Him they all died like flies in the fire. (57) That is how it is: the words of the knowers of Brahman never ever prove false. That what by the supreme master [Garga] was predicted has happened exactly so [see 10.8: 8-9]!' (58) This way Nanda's gopas delighted in the pleasure to talk about the stories about Krishna and Balarâma without ever running into the pains of the world [see also 1.7: 6]. (59) The two boys thus passed their childhood in the cow-community with different children's games like playing hide and seek, building dams and jumping around like they were monkeys.'