While Rūpa Gosvāmī and Sanātana Gosvāmī were absorbed in speaking hari-kathā to each other, it became noon, which is the time for preparing an offering to Kṛṣṇa and to partake mahā-prasādam. Rūpa Gosvāmī at once thought, “I have not given anything to my Gurudeva and elder brother. I have nothing, so what should I do? I have no cooking pots, drinking glasses, or anything in my cottage. I have not begged anything from anyone today.”
Sanātana Gosvāmī was speaking hari-kathā and Rūpa Gosvāmī was hearing but he was thinking on how he could prepare mahā-prasāda for his Lordships and offer the remnants to Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī. At once, a very little and beautiful girl wearing an ordinary dress that would make it difficult for anyone to recognize Her divinity, appeared.
She told Rūpa Gosvāmī, “Bābā, Bābā!” Do you know what the word, “Bābā” means? It refers to those residents of Vraja who are absorbed in chanting and remembering in a solitary place. These devotees are called, “Bābā.” In Vraja, Sanātana Gosvāmī was called, “Sanātana Bābā,” and Rūpa Gosvāmī was called, “Rūpa Bābā.” The Vrajavāsīs would also call me, “Nārāyaṇa Bābā.” I am not a real devotee, but yet, they called me this way.
The little girl told Rūpa Gosvāmī, “Bābā, I have brought some rice, some milk, and some sugar. My mother has sent Me here. My mother told Me, ‘Oh lālī, my darling daughter, take these and go to Rūpa Bābā’s cottage. They have nothing to take, so go, and give them these foodstuffs. They should prepare kheer and offer it to Kṛṣṇa. Then they will partake of the remnants.’”
The little girl told Sanātana Gosvāmī and Rūpa Gosvāmī twice, thrice, and many more times; but they were absorbed in telling each other the pastimes of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. They did not give any attention to these foodstuffs offered by the little girl.
The little girl told Rūpa Gosvāmī, “Oh Bābā! I am going and if you have no time, may I prepare the kheer?”
On hearing the little girl’s sweet words, Rūpa Gosvāmī became astonished; but he continued to listen to Sanātana Gosvāmī speak hari-kathā. This little girl magically collected dry cow dung patties in a moment, had them lit, and made the most fragrant, sweet rice in a moment.
The little girl said, “Bābā, I have made the kheer! When you have time, you can offer it to Kṛṣṇa and partake of the Mahāprasādam.” Saying so, the little girl went on Her way. After Sanātana Gosvāmī had finished speaking hari-kathā, Rūpa Gosvāmī told Sanātana Gosvāmī, “You should offer this kheer to Kṛṣṇa and partake of the Mahāprasādam.”
After offering the kheer, Sanātana Gosvāmī put a little of the kheer in his mouth. Tasting it, he became mad in Kṛṣṇa-prema. He exclaimed, “Oh Kṛṣṇa! Oh Kṛṣṇa! We have been cheated! Śrīmatī Rādhikā has cheated us! She came with the ingredients Herself and cooked the kheer Herself! And we couldn’t even recognize Her!” Saying so, Sanātana Gosvāmī wept.
Sanātana Gosvāmī asked Rūpa Gosvāmī, “Have you prayed to Śrīmatī Rādhikā?”
Rūpa Gosvāmī replied, “I have not prayed. But, I had a desire that I should offer a preparation to my Gurudeva.”
Sanātana Gosvāmī said, “Oh you have done wrong! In the future, you should not do like this. Our Iṣṭadeva (worshipable Goddess) is Śrīmatī Rādhikā and She has come and cooked for us. She was worried for us. So, we should not repeat this again in our lives.”
Therefore, you should be surrendered to Gurudeva, who is a strong reservoir of love for Kṛṣṇa. In the sea, an anchor holds a boat still, similarly, by the anchor of our devotion to Gurudeva, we will remain fixed in devotion. So, the āśraya, the abode of love is Gurudeva. If we will offer anything to him, whether we are a realized soul or not, our offering will be accepted by the disciplic order. Our Gurudeva will offer the offering to his Gurudeva, and he in turn will give the offering to his Gurudeva and the offering will finally be accepted by Rūpa Mañjarī and she will give the offering to Viśākhā. Viśākhā will in turn give the offering to Lalitā and Lalitā will give the offering to Śrīmatī Rādhikā. And, Śrīmatī Rādhikā offers the preparation to Kṛṣṇa. The offering reaches Kṛṣṇa through these chain of divine personalities.
Therefore, we should try to be in this line. Hari-kathā is so valuable and rare. Svāmījī wanted to give all these jewels but he had less time. He had to cook an offering and offer it to the Divine Couple—Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa. We should learn the process and develop our Kṛṣṇa consciousness.