Devotional Songs - Pad Kirtan
on Shri Krishna Bal Leela Madhuri
(Sweetness of the Lord Krishna's Childhood Pastimes)

This is from the collection of devotional songs or pad kirtan in "Prem Ras Madira" on Shri Krishna Bal Leela or the sweetness of Lord Krishna's childhood pastimes.

When Lord Krishna appeared on this earth 5,000 years ago, He spent His childhood in Braj with His parents, Yashoda and Nanda.

His actions and activities from the time of His infancy and early years have been described in the writings of Rasik Saints.

These are sweet glimpses into his endearing behavior as little baby and young child and have been revealed to inspire our meditation with feelings of parental love (vatsalya bhava).

Using these descriptions as a foundation for your devotional imagination, imagine the scene, actions, and feelings that these pads evoke.

"Chalan Lage, Thumuki Thumuki Nandlal"

(This is a glimpse into a leela of when Baby Krishna was starting to learn to walk. The nature of Divine love inspires supreme God to act with his loving devotee according to that devotee's relational feeling with God. Shri Krishna's actions and behavior in this leela were according to Yashoda Maiya's feelings of motherly affection.)

Chalan lagey, thumuki thumuki Nandlal.
Baby Krishna started to walk in the style of a little toddler.

Thadhe hot, pag dvaik chalat puni, giri giri parat Gopal.
As he had not practiced much yet, he would stand by Himself, takes a few steps and fall again and again on the floor.

Puni ghuturavani gavani tahan pahunchat,
jahan dehari vishal.

When he got tired of falling, he started happily crawling on his knees until he reached the main door which had a very high sill.

Kar-pad-udar sabai chhal-bal kari,
langhan chah tatkal.

He wanted to cross the sill right away. With the help of his hands, he stood up and held onto the sill. He tried to lift his little leg over it, but couldn't. Then He tried to roll over the sill using his stomach and legs, and couldn't do that either.

Langhi na sakeyu, machayeu rodan, dourin matu behal.
He just wasn't able to cross it. Then Baby Krishna started crying loudly. Hearing his voice, Mother Yashoda anxiously came running to Him and picked Him up.

Bank-bhrikuti jehi pralaya soi kar, leela bal rasal.
The One who can cause the complete dissolution of the universe merely by lifting an eyebrow, today is not able to cross the door sill because it is too high. What a charming childhood leela He is performing!

Jani ravahi mero Lal kali heen, deharihin dehan nikal.
Mother Yashoda said, "Oh, my sweet child! Don't cry now. I will definitely get this sill removed tomorrow."

Imi 'Kripalu' kahi Hari dularavati, daharihin tadati tal.
Jagadguru Shri Kripaluji Maharaj says that while Mother Yashoda spoke affectionately to Baby Krishna and rocked Him in her lap, she hit the sill with her hand to show him it was being punished for making Him cry, and in this way he felt better and became quiet.

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