Baby Wrestlers

All the gopīs felt this way, and the cows did, too! Sometimes, the cows would come into the cowherd town of Nandagrāma, and stand waiting. Then Kṛṣṇa and Baladeva used to go out, and lie down on the ground beneath them, and the cows udders would spontaneously pour milk into Their mouths. The cows would think, “If only Kṛṣṇa were my son! Then I could give Him my milk, and show Him my love.” This mood was everywhere in Vraja.

Kṛṣṇa and Baladeva began growing up, and when They were about one and a half years old, They could stand up, and walk a little. Sometimes They fell down, as well. The gopīs who came to see Them were divided into two parties. One party took Baladeva’s side and the other supported Kṛṣṇa. The gopīs on Kṛṣṇa’s side announced, “Kṛṣṇa is so strong that He can defeat Baladeva.” Then Baladeva Prabhu’s party would disagree: “No, no, Baladeva is stronger than Kṛṣṇa.” The gopīs on Kṛṣṇa’s side said, “If Kṛṣṇa defeats Baladeva, I will give Kṛṣṇa a laḍḍu.“ And the gopīs in Baladeva Prabhu’s party said, “If Baladeva wins this battle, then we will give Baladeva a laḍḍu.”

Kṛṣṇa and Baladeva could understand what was going on, and in this way, the gopīs inspired the two brothers to wrestle with each other. Kṛṣṇa and Baladeva were naked, and stood opposite each other. They began to slap Their thighs and chests like adult wrestlers. Then They caught hold of each other and tried to bring each other to the ground. They were equally matched and sometimes Baladeva would almost defeat Kṛṣṇa but then, Kṛṣṇa would turn just in time to defeat Baladeva. Then Baladeva would defeat Him. They were going on like this — back and forth — and everyone would sing and clap to see the fun. All the gopīs were overjoyed to see this play.

Excerpted from the Gaudiya Vedanta Publication “Butter Thief”
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