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Shri Krishna paramaatma used to play different kinds of games with gopabaalakas. “I am the ox. You are the cows”, saying this He used to run behind them. “I am the King and you are the poeple”, saying so He used to give orders and make them do many things. Together, they used to play hide and seek, swings and many kinds of ball-games. Aha! What tapas would the gopabaalakas have done to play with the Yogeeshvareshvara, Shri Krishna!

One day Shri Krishna set out for playing with His friends and went into the house of a Gopika. Baala Krishna saw that the daughter-in-law of the house was sleeping. Seeing that, Shri Krishna ate away all the curd in her house. Not only that, He put little curd on the Gopika’s mouth, who was sleeping, and ran away. Thinking that the daughter-in-law herself eat away all the curd, the mother-in-law punished her. Not able to understand the Mahopadesham of the Lord, a gopika complained this to Yashoda as an act of mischief.

Let us see what Jagadguru Shri Krishna wanted to teach us through this story:

Note that, the time of the day when this episode happened was not a night. In fact, it must have been the ideal time of the day for work and satisfiying one’s kartavyams (duties). This is because it is mentioned that Baala Krishna was going to play with His friends. Shri Krishna did not like the daughter-in-law of the house sleeping at such useful hours of the day. Hence He punished her in that way. Through this story, Jagadguru Shri Krishna thus taught us that one must never waste productive hours of the day by sleeping or keeping idle and utilize each and every moment of their maanava-janma kaalam by performing satkarmas.

Among the Gopabaalakas, Shri Krishna was the Uttama. His baalya-kreedas were not acts of mischief but great mahopadeshams. Gopikas, who were under the influence of Vishnu-maaya, thought that Shri Krishna was a baalaka and did not realize that He was aadi-madhya-anta rahita, the Parabrahma. One of the Gopikas, who was fed-up with the mischief of Baalakrishna, complained to Yashoda like this:

“O Maata! Yashoda! Your Son came to our house and realized that there was not enough ksheeram (milk) for him. With great anger, pushing away small babies in the house, he came out. The babies cried a lot. O! Yashoda! you are also a mother. Cant you understand our pain”?

Let us see what Jagadguru Shri Krishna wanted to teach us through this story:

Through this Story, Shri Krishna Paramaatma taught us about an important Gruhastha-dharmam. Gruhasthas must not only do poshana (look after) of their santhaanam and kutumbam (children and family) but also satisfy the needs of who come to their Gruham (house). Especially they must be in a position to satisfy basic needs of baalakas (kids), Vruddhas (the aged), atithis (guests) and arthis (the needy) who come to their house. If not done, it will lead to Vamsha-naashanam. The Gruhastha in the story took care about the needs of his kids but did not have enough milk to give to kids, who are considered to be Bhagavat-svaroopams, coming to his house. Hence Baalakrishna punished them as told in the story (and thus saved them).

For exactly the same reason, our elders advise us never to have important things like dhaanyam (rice/wheat), haridraa-chuurnam&kumkuma (turmeric and kumkum), dadhi-ksheeram (curd-milk) etc. empty in the house. Infact, in Bhaarateeya bhaashas, we never say these things are “empty”. We always say they “need to be filled”. Their intention was that such basic utilities should never be empty. In olden days, people used to always leave little food and never empty the food vessels by consuming everything, so that any needy can be fed if required. Thus the upadesham of Jagadguru Shri Krishna is that we must always keep the needy who come to us in mind and have the basic utilities enough for them also.