Kṛṣṇa is now a boy in Vraja. He has the desire to play, but His mother doesn’t leave Him for a moment. If He leaves, moves or steals anything, then she chastises Him. Yaśodā’s life could leave, but she doesn’t want to be one inch away from Kṛṣṇa. When Kṛṣṇa is gone, she becomes blind. So she said, “I will take Him in my lap and let Him play there, drink honey, and then I will bring Him back.”

But Paurṇamāsī said, “Let your son go out and play.” But Yaśodā’s life was almost leaving her. Only by eating, one cannot become satisfied. Kṛṣṇa desired to have sweet loving pastimes. One cannot be pleased by staying only in the house. Paurṇamāsī insisted, “Let Him go out.” Again, Yaśodā disagreed, saying, “Now He is too small. Let Nanda take Him.”

Paurnamasi insisted, “No, let Him go alone.”

Then all the sages came and Yaśodā was very pleased. She served them and then requested, “Please give us your instructions.”

They said, “We came for your son. Your son will never be happy stuck in this four-walled house. It is like a prison for Him. Let Him wander in the forest.” Yaśodā said, “But in the forest, there are so many dangerous animals.”

They said, “Don’t worry, nothing will disturb Him and if anyone comes, they will become His followers. In Kārtika month, onaṣṭamī, the eighth day, which is the best and most auspicious day, let Him go out a little with the calves and sakhās. He took birth in a cowherd family, therefore, this is His dharma. He must get practice, but if He stays in the house, then His body will remain kaccha, unripe. Anytime He falls He will easily bruise Himself. By going out and playing, wrestling and falling, He will become strong and resilient.”

Nanda was a little ready. Kṛṣṇa said, “I will go out.” Kṛṣṇa was so happy. He began running here and there. Yaśodā watched and was restless in anxiety. The next day, all brahmanas and paṇḍits came with pūrīs, pakwana, lāḍdu, malapurā and kṣīra.

Still, Yaśodā wasn’t ready to let Kṛṣṇa go. But, she fed Him and put on His turban, then Nanda took one hand and Upananda the other, and Kṛṣṇa left with the calves and the sakhās.

Nanda Mahārāja said, “I’ll return quickly.”

He took Kṛṣṇa to the jungle. So, what was happening there? In the corners of the jungle were all devatās, kinnaras, gandharvas, tapasvīs, and all the Vrajavāsīs who couldn’t go to Nanda-bhavana. Today, they recieved Kṛṣṇa’s darśana. They had great greed for Kṛṣṇa’s darśana. So today they were dancing and playing in bliss. The Earth-goddess was very pleased.

Everyone was greedy for Kṛṣṇa’s darśana. This is the love of Vraja. Everyone has the good fortune of Kṛṣṇa’s darśana. This is rasa. Only taking rasamalāi and drinks cannot make the mind and body peaceful and satisfied. You must take bhāgavata rasa. That rasa is necessary. His glories are unlimited. If anyone gets one drop of it, then he will not wait for anything else. Until we get this rasa, all will be running for this useless material love. Everyone is running for this love to hear one sweet word. But if once we get the darśana of Śyāmasundara, no desire to taste any other rasas will be there. We must have greed and enthusiasm for that.

Mundane people make money, decorate their homes, buy cars and wait, thinking, “When will a beautiful girlfriend come? She will be very attracted to me.” They decorate the bungalow with ornaments, get a good job and reputation, all for this sense enjoyment which is mundane and temporary. After, their taste for marriage wanes and they get divorced! Are the Vraja-devīs like this? Is there any arrangement like this? There is no other condition or choice. Everything is only for Kṛṣṇa’s happiness and pleasure. They waited millions of lives for this love and relationship.

Bhagavatī Paurṇamāsī arranged everything, and then Kṛṣṇa came out on Gopāṣṭamī. This is very secret—gopana. It was the first time that Kṛṣṇa gave darśana; seeing and meeting with all the sakhīs and mañjarīs. Inside His parents’ house this is not possible. There is no environment for an open and free meeting.

Do not think that Krsna’s meeting is material. In the spiritual world, they have no other desires for sense enjoyment. They selflessly love, and want to please Kṛṣṇa. In this world, after sense enjoyment and recreation, our desire wanes, and then waxes, and thus fluctuates. In the spiritual world, one’s love and desire for service increases at every moment.

Kṛṣṇa came to the forest not only to play with sakhās and calves. Only jumping about and swimming is not everything. Kṛṣṇa is God Himself. In Ayodhyā, Vaikuṇṭha and Dvārakā, there are rules and regulations. Independently He can’t do anything.

In Vraja-dhāma, there is free love, without any condition or selfishness. Therefore this love is pure. How can we understand? By coming to Vraja and following under the guidance of Vrajavāsīs, you can progress, and realization will come in your life.

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