Mother, who is this young girl?

Early one morning, at Nandagrama , Yasoda was busy placing some very enjoyable things, like clothes and various ornaments, in a large box.
As she was busy in this matter, Krishna came and begun questioning her:

“Mother, what are you doing at this time of the morning?”

Yasoda replied:
My dear son, I am filling this box.”

Krishna:
“And what is it that you are so meticulously putting in this box?”

Yasoda:
“O son! Why do you want to know? Just go outside and play with Your dear boyfriends.”

Krishna:
“But mother, I really want to know what you are doing. If you don’t tell me I will not go out to play.”

Yasoda:
“My dear son, I am placing in this box sandalwood sticks, camphor, lotus-pollen, musk and kumkuma to apply to the limbs.
I am also packing ornate belts, earrings, bracelets and unparallelled jewelled ornaments of lazuli, pearls, emeralds and other precious gems; and fine, valuable garments.”

Krishna:
“Mother, all this things you are packing in this box are for Me or are they for My brother Balarama? ”

Yasoda:
“My delightful son, I will tell You if you listen!
There is another even bigger box of exquisite garments and precious ornaments for You.
That box is actually much bigger than this one, and I have prepared a similar box for Your brother Balarama as well.”

Krishna:
“But Mother, if you are not preparing this box for My elder brother or for Me, who is it for?
Who is such a dear object of your love?”

Yasoda:
“O son, O ornament of Vraja!
You are the protector of our lives. Providence has kindly bestowed You upon us as the result of some virtue of ours, or some austerities that we have performed.
In the same way, here in Gokula lives a young girl who is our very life.
She is like an incomparable camphor ointment that soothes our distressed and burning eyes. It is for Her that I am preparing this box by filling it with clothing and ornaments.”

Krishna:
“Mother, who is this young girl?
Whose daughter is She?
Where does She live?
Why are you showering so much love and affection upon Her?
Please tell Me everything!”

 

 

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