Krishna Fights with a Gopi
If Krishna starts calling, his calling won’t end- Mother (मैया), My Mother (मैया री), Oh Mother (ओरी मैया). A gopi interrupts- “What happened? Is your cow lost?” How can the cow lose it way, being at home. This Gopi even doesn’t realize that. Won’t Krishna get annoyed? Krishna said- You are lost! Gopi laughs – “See, here I am standing in front of you. How will I get lost?” If this Gopi isn’t lost then who can else be? He in turn replied- “Your daughter (लाली) is lost.” Truly, is this huge gopi, a needle to get misplaced. The gopi couldn’t control her laughter- “If my daughter is lost then, go find her. Are you not her elder brother?” How can Krishna refuse her statement? Krishna is the elder brother of her daughter. This Gopi continues messing with Krishna- “No, Bad manners, my Daughter should not get lost.” But she had messed up with a reason. Here Krishna is calling his mother. But his mother is busy churning curds. She is now filtering ghee. The risen ghee mustn’t settle in the pot. The Gopi wants Maiya to finish extracting butter while she keeps Krishna engaged in her talks. Krishna is irritated- “You are an ape.” Neither the gopi is lost nor can her daughter be allowed to. Her daughter is afterall His sister. But this Gopi must be somehow handled. If a Rishi were present, he would tell Naughty Krishna- “Oh Vrajendra Nandan (Son of Nanda Baba), You are right intent personified. If you keep taking such missions, you ought to be disturbed. There are countless universes. In which are present the reflections of your eternal associates. If the reflection of this Gopi dissolves or transforms into a monkey, or her daughter’s reflection is kidnapped, these exalted personalities are going to be unaffected. They won’t even realize, but can you stay relaxed like this. Will your appetite of protecting every image of your devotees and staying in their close proximity, let you sit mute. Their reflection will only wander, but you, the knowledge reservoir, aren’t a reflection. Though you are many forms, you are personally present. Just like you chase cows in forests, you personally tend to the needs of every reflection.” Fortunately, a rishi wasn’t present. This angry Krishna could even answer him.
Krishna cries for Buttermilk
Maiya had heard the calls of her beloved son. After extracting butter from the pot, she came running with her whitened hands. “What is it Lala?” Krishna said- “You get this gopi beaten.” He had conveyed his message, but his eyes roved over his mother’s white buttery hands, he then said- “I will drink buttermilk (छाछ).” Maiya, with those very hands brought Krishna close to her bosom (अंक). “Why drink buttermilk? Drink milk or eat curds.” This sweet Krishna forgot why he was calling his mother. He restlessly said- “I will drink buttermilk. I will gulp it all.” The gopis roared with laughter. Maiya couldn’t control the smile on her face. Though it is the buttermilk of one Padma Gandha’s curds, this Krishna could hardly drink two sips of it with great difficulty and he speaks of gulping it all. The Gopis mocking at krishna- “Will you drink all the buttermilk” Isn’t anyone else interested? Won’t you offer me some? Krishna replied- “You drink milk”- passing his buck to others. Maiya tells Krishna- Go call Daudada and Bhadra. She feels, her little darling in this spree will at least drink two sips of it. If he likes buttermilk, so buttermilk. Krishna wants to gulp it all- “No, you feed them curds” In a little golden bowl, she mixes honey with some buttermilk. This buttermilk comes from Padmagandha’s curds. It is freshly made now. It is sweet and fragrant. But while serving Krishna buttermilk, Maiya’s heart felt uneasy (discontent). Krishna in his spree of making tantrums says- “Uhu, Not so less, pour it all.” This gopi interrupts again- “All the buttermilk lies before you. Will you drink from the pot?” Krishna vomited the buttermilk filled in his mouth and whitened the entire face of the gopi. Maiya was amazed, even before the gopi could realize- “Oh My! Krishna says- “Now speak more with this naughty chap.” Krishna says “I will eat curds, and also eat butter.” Bhadra arrived. Maiya was delighted. As Maiya went to wipe the gopi’s face with the edge of her saree, the gopic turned her face. She will wipe her face with her cloth. Bhadra knows, you have to be foody, to feed Krishna. Maiya also knows that her Neelamani (Krishna’s name) cannot eat alone. She sharply stoop up- “Come son, I will serve you freshly extracted butter. “I will also eat”- Krishna forgot, he had buttermilk waiting to be drunk. Looking at the gopi, Maiya gestured her to keep silent. At this time, buttermilk topic shouldn’t be raised.
Children stain Maiya’s clothes
This Neelamani of Maiya is playful, naughty, and innocent. Maiya has to keep him engaged to somehow feed him. He keeps moving restlessly. Maiya becomes very happy when his friends come. They are all Maiya’s children and Neelamani also eats with them around. Are the children saint-mystics who will sit quiet and observe silence while eating food? All these will laugh, stroll around, dance, snatch and grabble. And then only take the time to pop a morsel in their mouth. They spill plenty, thrust food in their mouth or their friend’s and wipe hands on Maiya’s saree as they please. Maiya’s saree keeps getting greasy by their wiping routine. Maiya never cares about her saree color. She would randomly pick up a saree and wear. Rohini Ma often forces Maiya to change her saree. During festivals, whatever expensive saree she offers Maiya, the children undoubtedly stain it by wiping their hands and face with it. Where can Krishna and his friends see the Cowdung, dust, curds or what not, they bring along their mouths and face. Children not only wipe hands and face. As their heart pleases, any child comes and jumps on her lap or cling on her back and arms. If Maiya is standing, they twine around her limbs. Few children come running in a queue and fill their arms with her feet or jump on her 4 sides, running. Maiya would wipe their faces with her cloth or would lift them on her lap. Many times Maiya lifts up Anshu or Devaprastha on her lap and Krishna keeps jumping restlessly for his chance.
Children Play on Maiya’s lap
This golok is Wonderful. With Maiya around, Krishna and his friends appear like tiny toddlers. Many times, their wives are present with Maiya and these, like little babies, keep pestering Maiya. You will never find Maiya’s courtyard and surrounding empty. If the children are out grazing cows, you will find Maiya surrounded by their wives. There are children who sleep on her lap at nights. Krishna rarely sleeps near Nanda Baba. Maiya in sleep keeps patting her Neelamani on the bed. And in half sleep keeps covering him with his upper cloth (उत्तरीय). While sleeping she would be dreaming of her trouble maker, Krishna, her sweetheart, or be busy churning butter for her children party. When Maiya churns butter, or hums a sweet lullaby, her voice showers rains of nectar. Many times, by surrounding Maiya, her beloved daughters-in-law gang up and compel her to sing. The all loving, idol of tender love, all sacrificing, Maiya, the hymns in her praise are limitless.