The Descent Of Divine Love
It was a new dawn, a new life for many...the most amazing moment of birth of a day! The cow herding village, Gokul was slowly opening its eyes in that early morning!
The housewives were just opening the doors of their houses to clean and decorate their front yards with colorful designs.
The good news was in the air and was already spreading like lightning in the entire village!
The path leading to the village head Nand's house was filled with hoards of people, the house was abuzz with animated voices ringing excitement from the inner part of the house. Everyone was hurrying towards the source of the news. Some people asking others ---
"Is it true ... is it true? Yashoda gave birth to a wondrous kid? "
Is it? Who told you? I heard his color is black but very attractive!"
A lady with a curious frown ...'"Do you know Dhaatri? When I went near the baby... he smiled at me as if winking at me ?"
"Are you crazy? A day old baby winking? " Asked Gagan Sundari
"Maybe it is my illusion, Gagan Sundari !"
"Vakula, Mallika ... walk fast, have to run, don't know why I am smirking in triumph?"
"Madhavi, you are young and youth invokes many silly chaffy expressions! But see that girl Vishnu Vandana... she is not even noticing that her veil is not on her bosom! That lady... not bothering about her clothes, see how she is running to see the infant!"
"Who is she? Who is she ?"
"Oh! She is none other than our own Radha, running as if captivated by this news to see that new arrival !''
When they reached Nand's house, a big crowd had already gathered there. Village head Nand was standing in the front yard receiving each guest with a hug, who in turn was greeting and praising him for having such a cute and charming kid.
One villager said -- "today we do not light a cooking fire in our houses ... our village chief organizes a party for the whole village!!" Nand nodded his head cheerfully. A festive atmosphere encompassed the village and there was a buoyant mood, and everyone was celebrating!
" Do you know Dau, this morning when I was up to milk my cows, I noticed that the entire cow shed was wet with streaks of milk on the floor... all the cows were shedding milk as if they are purifying the earth...devoting it to someone. Never saw such a wonder !"
She heard the news, unknowingly running towards Nand's house with a passionate eagerness!
Her face was covered with sweat, her frizzy black hair stuck on her forehead, she was breathless, stood there --wonder struck, looking at the charmingly dark, mesmerizing and enchanting kid with a wondrous aura smiling at her! Krishnaa ...' a sweet cry from her heart that resonated in her soul!
She was there looking at him, at his captivating looks, unable to turn her eyes ...stranded!
"Radha! You are so late! See, your nephew is looking for you as if he is waiting for you for long ! " Yashoda smiled teasingly.
Still, she stood there, awestruck!
"Don't stare at him without blinking, girl! It may diminish his charm! Don't you know infants are considered as God ?"
"He himself is a God, descended from heaven for me!" --- she said mumbling to herself.
"Ha, Ha, ha .who will be able to see him with an evil eye? He is as vivid as a sky, how will you be able to hide him? We are so lucky to witness this wonder, Daadi !" Radha said with an exalted smile on her face.
One old lady said, "see this fanatical Radha, she lost herself to that charming kid! Move aside, give us a chance to see him !"
"Who am I to allow you to see him, Kaki? He is here to elevate our fate, how can I deviate my eyes from him? He tied my soul with his magnetic eyes! Where I have to go now? Leaving him behind ?" ... And said to herself now-- 'there is no Radha, only a lovelorn Gopika stood here, waiting to be noticed by Him!'
Suddenly the infant started crying, Yashoda was still lying on the bed, with her weak voice, she asked - "Radha, take him into your hands, please!"
She lifted the kid, took him into her hands, and hugged him to her heart. His hands touched her bosom as if he is touching her soul, he locked his eyes with hers as if asking for her association for lifelong! [ till the Yugaanth]
"What is this? He was born only a few hours back, how he is able to convey his thoughts to me Yasoda Bhabhi?"
Yasoda smiled affectionately, " Radha, you are already started showering blessings on this little kid? Praising his prowess?"
Someone teased Radha - "when are you going to gift a child to your man, Radha?"
She smiled at her, but ignored her question and said-- "from now onwards this dark boy who was born in Krishna Paksha, in the waning moon time, will be known as Krishna " and she hugged that infant with an endearment!
Nand stood there outside the door. He said " Radha until now, you were roaming either on the bank of river Yamuna or in those whistling woods with Bamboo bushes! Yasoda ... hand over our kid to her so that she will be home bound "
The kid in her hands smiled at her! Divine dawn touched her heart! It was a defining moment!
An unending celebratory mood engulfed the entire village with music, dancing, and partaking of festivities on that eighth day (Ashtami) of the waning moon(Krishna Paksha) of Savan!
To be continued ...