Krishna Book Chapter Nine
Yasoda Binds Krishna
upon a time, seeing that her maidservant was engaged in different
household duties, mother Yasoda personally took charge of
churning butter. And while she churned butter, she sang the
childhood pastimes of Krishna and enjoyed thinking of her
end of her sari was tightly wrapped while she churned, and on account of her intense
love for her son, milk automatically dripped from her breasts which moved as she
laboured very hard, churning with two hands. The bangles and bracelets on her
hands tinkled as they touched each other, and her earrings and breasts shook.
There were drops of perspiration on her face, and the flower garland which was
on her head scattered here and there. Before this picturesque sight, Lord Krishna
appeared as a child. He felt hungry, and out of love for His mother, He wanted
her to stop churning. He indicated that her first business was to let Him suck
her breast and then churn butter later.
Yasoda took her son on her lap and pushed the nipples of her
breasts into His mouth. And while Krishna was sucking the
milk, she was smiling, enjoying the beauty of her child's
face. Suddenly, the milk which was on the oven began to boil
over. Just to stop the milk from spilling, mother Yasoda at
once put Krishna aside and went to the oven. Left in that
state by His mother, Krishna became very angry, and His lips
and eyes became red in rage. He pressed His teeth and lips,
and taking up a piece of stone, He immediately broke the butter
pot. He took butter out of it, and with false tears in His
eyes, He began to eat the butter in a secluded place.
the meantime, mother Yasoda returned to the churning place after setting the overflowing
milk pan in order. She saw the broken pot in which the churning yogurt was kept.
Since she could not find her boy, she concluded that the broken pot was His work.
She began to smile as she thought, "The child is very clever. After breaking
the pot He has left this place, fearing punishment." After she sought all
over, she found a big wooden grinding mortar (ulukhala) which was kept upside
down, and she found her son sitting on it. He was taking butter which was hanging
from the ceiling on a swing, and He was feeding it to the monkeys. She saw Krishna
looking this way and that way in fear of her because He was conscious of His naughty
behaviour. After seeing her son so engaged, she very silently approached Him from
behind. Krishna, however, quickly saw her coming at Him with a stick in her hand,
and immediately He got down from the grinding mortar and began to flee in fear.
Yasoda chased Him to all corners, trying to capture the Supreme
Personality of Godhead who is never approached even by the
meditations of great yogis. In other words, the Supreme Personality
of Godhead, Krishna, who is never caught by the yogis and
speculators, was playing just like a little child for a great
devotee like mother Yasoda. Mother Yasoda, however, could
not easily catch the fast-running child because of her thin
waist and heavy body. Still she tried to follow Him as fast
as possible. Her hair loosened, and the flower in her hair
fell to the ground. Although she was tired, she somehow reached
her naughty child and captured Him. When He was caught, Krishna
was almost on the point of crying. He smeared His hands over
His eyes, which were anointed with black eye cosmetics. The
child saw His mother's face while she stood over Him, and
His eyes became restless from fear. Mother Yasoda could understand
that Krishna was unnecessarily afraid, and for His benefit
she wanted to allay His fears.
the topmost well-wisher of her child, mother Yasoda began
to think, "If the child is too fearful of me, I don't
know what will happen to Him." Mother Yasoda then threw
away her stick. In order to punish Him, she thought to bind
His hands with some ropes. She did not know it, but it was
actually impossible for her to bind the Supreme Personality
of Godhead. Mother Yasoda was thinking that Krishna was her
tiny child; she did not know that the child had no limitation.
There is no inside or outside of Him, nor beginning or end.
He is unlimited and all-pervading. Indeed, He is Himself the
whole cosmic manifestation. Still, mother Yasoda was thinking
of Krishna as her child. Although He is beyond the reach of
all senses, she endeavoured to bind Him up to a wooden grinding
mortar. But when she tried to bind Him, she found that the
rope she was using was too short--by two inches. She gathered
more ropes from the house and added to it, but at the end
she found the same shortage. In this way, she connected all
the ropes available at home, but when the final knot was added,
she saw that it was still two inches too short. Mother Yasoda
was smiling, but she was astonished. How was it happening?
attempting to bind her son, she became tired. She was perspiring,
and the garland on her head fell down. Then Lord Krishna appreciated
the hard labour of His mother, and being compassionate upon
her, He agreed to be bound up by the ropes. Krishna, playing
as a human child in the house of mother Yasoda, was performing
His own selected pastimes. Of course, no one can control the
Supreme Personality of Godhead. The pure devotee surrenders
himself unto the lotus feet of the Lord, who may either protect
or vanquish the devotee. But for his part, the devotee never
forgets his own position of surrender. Similarly, the Lord
also feels transcendental pleasure by submitting Himself to
the protection of the devotee. This was exemplified by Krishna's
surrender unto His mother, Yasoda.
is the supreme bestower of all kinds of liberation to His
devotees, but the benediction which was bestowed upon mother
Yasoda was never experienced even by Lord Brahma or Lord Siva
or the goddess of fortune.
Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is known as the son of
Yasoda and Nanda Maharaja, is never so completely known to
the yogis and speculators. But He is easily available to His
devotees. Nor is He appreciated as the supreme reservoir of
all pleasure by the yogis and speculators.
binding her son, mother Yasoda engaged herself in household
affairs. At that time, bound up to the wooden mortar, Krishna
could see a pair of trees before Him which were known as arjuna
trees. The great reservoir of pleasure, Lord Sri Krishna,
thus thought to Himself, "Mother Yasoda first of all
left without feeding Me sufficient milk, and therefore I broke
the pot of yogurt and distributed the stock butter in charity
to the monkeys. Now she has bound Me up to a wooden mortar.
So I shall do something more mischievous than before."
And thus He thought of pulling down the two very tall arjuna
is a history behind the pair of arjuna trees. In their previous
lives, the trees were born as the human sons of Kuvera, and
their names were Nalakuvara and Manigriva. Fortunately, they
came within the vision of the Lord. In their previous lives
they were cursed by the great sage Narada in order to receive
the highest benediction of seeing Lord Krishna. This benediction-curse
was bestowed upon them because of their forgetfulness due
to intoxication. This story will be narrated in the next chapter.
Thus ends the Bhaktivedanta purport of the Ninth Chapter
of Krishna Book
"Mother Yasoda Binding Lord Krishna."
Tenth Canto, Chapter 9, Text 1-23
Sukadeva Gosvami continued: One day when mother Yasoda saw
that all the maidservants were engaged in other household
affairs, she personally began to churn the yogurt. While churning,
she remembered the childish activities of Krishna, and in
her own way she composed songs and enjoyed singing to herself
about all those activities.
in a saffron-yellow sari, with a belt tied about her full hips, mother Yasoda
pulled on the churning rope, laboring considerably, her bangles and earrings moving
and vibrating and her whole body shaking. Because of her intense love for her
child, her breasts were wet with milk. Her face, with its very beautiful eyebrows,
was wet with perspiration, and malati flowers were falling from her hair.
mother Yasoda was churning butter, Lord Krishna, desiring
to drink the milk of her breast, appeared before her, and
in order to increase her transcendental pleasure, He caught
hold of the churning rod and began to prevent her from churning.
Yasoda then embraced Krishna, allowed Him to sit down on her lap, and began to
look upon the face of the Lord with great love and affection. Because of her intense
affection, milk was flowing from her breast. But when she saw that the milk pan
on the oven was boiling over, she immediately left her son to take care of the
overflowing milk, although the child was not yet fully satisfied with drinking
the milk of His mother's breast.
very angry and biting His reddish lips with His teeth, Krishna,
with false tears in His eyes, broke the container of yogurt
with a piece of stone. Then He entered a room and began to
eat the freshly churned butter in a solitary place.
Yasoda, after taking down the hot milk from the oven, returned
to the churning spot, and when she saw that the container
of yogurt was broken and that Krishna was not present, she
concluded that the breaking of the pot was the work of Krishna.
at that time, was sitting on an upside-down wooden mortar for grinding spices
and was distributing milk preparations such as yogurt and butter to the monkeys
as He liked. Because of having stolen, He was looking all around with great anxiety,
suspecting that He might be chastised by His mother. Mother Yasoda, upon seeing
Him, very cautiously approached Him from behind.
Lord Sri Krishna saw His mother, stick in hand, He very quickly
got down from the top of the mortar and began to flee as if
very much afraid. Although yogis try to capture Him as Paramatma
by meditation, desiring to enter into the effulgence of the
Lord with great austerities and penances, they fail to reach
Him. But mother Yasoda, thinking that same Personality of
Godhead, Krishna, to be her son, began following Krishna to
following Krishna, mother Yasoda, her thin waist overburdened
by her heavy breasts, naturally had to reduce her speed. Because
of following Krishna very swiftly, her hair became loose,
and the flowers in her hair were falling after her. Yet she
did not fail to capture her son Krishna.
11 When caught by mother
Yasoda, Krishna became more and more afraid and admitted to being an offender.
As she looked upon Him, she saw that He was crying, His tears mixing with the
black ointment around His eyes, and as He rubbed His eyes with His hands, He smeared
the ointment all over His face. Mother Yasoda, catching her beautiful son by the
hand, mildly began to chastise Him.
Yasoda was always overwhelmed by intense love for Krishna,
not knowing who Krishna was or how powerful He was. Because
of maternal affection for Krishna, she never even cared to
know who He was. Therefore, when she saw that her son had
become excessively afraid, she threw the stick away and desired
to bind Him so that He would not commit any further naughty
Supreme Personality of Godhead has no beginning and no end, no exterior and no
interior, no front and no rear. In other words, He is all-pervading. Because He
is not under the influence of the element of time, for Him there is no difference
between past, present and future; He exists in His own transcendental form at
all times. Being absolute, beyond relativity, He is free from distinctions between
cause and effect, although He is the cause and effect of everything. That unmanifested
person, who is beyond the perception of the senses, had now appeared as a human
child, and mother Yasoda, considering Him her own ordinary child, bound Him to
the wooden mortar with a rope.
mother Yasoda was trying to bind the offending child, she saw that the binding
rope was short by a distance the width of two fingers. Thus she brought another
rope to join to it.
new rope also was short by a measurement of two fingers, and
when another rope was joined to it, it was still two fingers
too short. As many ropes as she joined, all of them failed;
their shortness could not be overcome.
mother Yasoda joined whatever ropes were available in the
household, but still she failed in her attempt to bind Krishna.
Mother Yasoda's friends, the elderly gopis in the neighborhood,
were smiling and enjoying the fun. Similarly, mother Yasoda,
although laboring in that way, was also smiling. All of them
were struck with wonder.
of mother Yasoda's hard labor, her whole body became covered with perspiration,
and the flowers and comb were falling from her hair. When child Krishna saw His
mother thus fatigued, He became merciful to her and agreed to be bound.
Maharaja Pariksit, this entire universe, with its great, exalted
demigods like Lord Siva, Lord Brahma and Lord Indra, is under
the control of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Yet the
Supreme Lord has one transcendental attribute: He comes under
the control of His devotees. This was now exhibited by Krishna
in this pastime.
Lord Brahma, nor Lord Siva, nor even the goddess of fortune, who is always the
better half of the Supreme Lord, can obtain from the Supreme Personality of Godhead,
the deliverer from this material world, such mercy as received by mother Yasoda.
Personality of Godhead, Krishna, the son of mother Yasoda, is accessible to devotees
engaged in spontaneous loving service, but He is not as easily accessible to mental
speculators, to those striving for self-realization by
severe austerities and penances, or to those who consider the body the same as
Yasoda was very busy with household affairs, the Supreme Lord, Krishna, observed
twin trees known as yamala-arjuna, which in a former millennium had been the demigod
sons of Kuvera.
their former birth, these two sons, known as Nalakuvara and
Manigriva, were extremely opulent and fortunate. But because
of pride and false prestige, they did not care about anyone,
and thus Narada Muni cursed them to become trees.
end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Tenth Canto, Ninth Chapter,
of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled "Mother Yasoda Binds
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