Bhagavad Saptaha XXXII

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Butter stealing pastimes
Among the childhood pastimes of Sri Krishna Chandra, the pastimes of stealing butter is extremely wonderful. Sri Krishna regularly enters into the houses of gopis alongwith His group consisting of His affectionate companions like Sridama, Sudama, Madhumangala, Subala, Mansukha, etc. and in various ways steals butter, cheese, curd etc, eats them and makes His companions also eat. Through this pastime He teaches that - these milkman and milkmaids use to take these precious nectarous cow products to Mathura for selling and there the personnel of Kamsa used to buy it paying a very insignificant price and by feeding themselves with these products they become more stronger and oppressive. So Lord Krishna from His infancy followed a strange strategy to make Kamsa and his servants weak by going from house to house, stealing, plundering and eating butter, cheese, curd etc. and also distributing them among His friends.
            In all the pastimes of Sri Krishna there are various subject matters which need to be especially thought and described. Srimad Bhagavad is a scripture of tattva and essence of all siddhanta (decisions), in each and every story and in every character of Srimad Bhagavad, there are outstanding tattvas which are to be understood and perceived properly and then only it should be served.
            One gopi complains to mother Yasoda, mother do you know how your Gopala steals butter –
            vatsan muncan kvacid asamaye krosa-sanjata-hasah
            steyam svadv atty atha dadhi-payah kalpitaih steya-yogaih
            markan bhoksyan vibhajati sa cen natti bhandam bhinnatti
            dravyalabhe sagrha-kupito yaty upakrosya tokan  (10/8/29)
            Hey Nandarani this son of yours, in an inopportune time, before the cows are milked, unfastens them and do you know what He does when somebody says something or scolds Him, He keep laughing. Sometimes He distributes the eatables among the monkeys and if the monkeys and His friends do not eat, He breaks all the containers and sometimes if He does not find anything to eat He gets angry upon the family holders and goes away after agitating and causing their children cry.
            To the jiva whom Sri Krishna bestows His mercy, by His especial kindness in this life itself He gives him liberation. Mukti (liberation) means Sadyo mukti (liberation at once) and krama mukti (liberation step by step). A jiva rises step by step and then reaches the lotus feet of Paramatma. In the scriptures it described that after 83, 99, 999 births a jiva takes birth in a sudra family, and if he spends this sudra life by serving properly without committing any adultery, without committing any theft etc. then in the next life he will get birth in the family of a vaishya. Then onwards if he does his duties perfectly than kathriya and at last gets the birth of a brahmana. By becoming a brahmana if he does Trisandhya (prayer of three adjoining periods of the day), studies Gita, performs virtuous deeds than in the next birth becomes an Agnihotri brahmana. Then becomes a yogi means gets a chance to unite with the Lord, the scriptures says even a yogi had to receive three births. Sanchita, kriyaman and prarabdha (amassed, amassing and commenced) to destroy the fruits of these three types of karma, a yogi has to take three births. Mother Gita says –
            bahunam janmanamanti gyanban mama prapadyate
            Vasudeva sarbamiti samahatma sudurllabha
            Now this is krama mukti, but Krishna is Parampurusha means Purushottam – Ownself Bhagavan, so by his special mercy He takes His devotees to His own abode.
            Jivas cries for wealth, cries for his family, cries during sorrows or when he is diseased but never cries, never let water fall from his eyes for meeting, for having darshan of Paramatma. A jiva or a devotee who shed tears for meeting with the Lord, Prabhu confers him exceptional mercy, before arrival of his time Prabhu unfastens the calves impersonating jivas from the bindings of samsara.
            In everybody’s house the Lord comes to meet him, but the jivas could not recognize Him, because in which form He will arrive, that could not be ascertained. Sometimes as a child, sometimes beggar, sometime sadhu, by any form Prabhu comes to meet the jivas, to steal his prime property, to steal his prema and bhakti. We believe if there is no shankha, chakra, gada, padma (conch, disc, club and lotus) and other decoration like kiriti (crown), kundala (earring), pitambar (yellow other garment) than He is not Bhagavan, but Vedanta says, Bhagavan is ananta arup  means He has numerous forms not any special form. ‘Anek rupaya Vishunube, prabha vishnube namaha’. As many forms, colours, moods there is in this universe, all are Paramatma’s, forsaking Him there is nothing else, so to merely every life, execute cordial reception and treatment and do not rebuke anyone. Build a nature to respect everybody, love, respect everybody, this is bhakti, this is bhajana, otherwise just showing flowers and tulasi leaves and worshiping the deity, bhakti could be achieved. In this butter stealing pastimes the narrators of Bhagavad describes various tales of Sri Krishna with the gopis and details of many events with His companions, but the root subject matter is – as long as jivas does not becomes gopisgo means senses and pi means to drink, as long as by all the senses the jivas does not drink the beauty of Sri Krishna, His prema, till that time he will not attain the meeting of atma and Paramatma. Pleasure is not outside, it is in the heart, Upanishad says ‘Nihitam guhayam’. Sri Krishna is the jagat guru, He is the one who teaches prema through the medium of gopis. So mantra says ‘vasudeva sutam devam kamsachanur mardanam, devaki paramanandam krishna bande jagat gurum’. to be continued
(A part of the Summary of Srimad Bhagavattam translated from the diary of Sri Gurudeb)