Rohini Ma- Our Dear Family Member
Elders speak of many weird things that we children can never dream of understanding. For instance, take this fact that Rohini ma isn’t from Gokul, but from Mathura.
On one side the gopas say that the entire Vraja belongs to hers. Baba and Maiya keep pressing on the fact that she is the queen of Vraja. But still, she isn’t from here, but from Mathura.
Undoubtedly Mathura is a part of Vrajbhoomi.
But Rohini ma is ours. She is our own family member. She belongs to our home.
Well, Rohini ma says she is 12 years younger to Yashoda Maiya. But, how can she be young?
She is slightly taller than Yashoda Maiya and Maiya calls her ‘Jiji’.
Nanda Baba calls her Bhabhi.
Everybody calls her elder, but she says she is young, isn’t this a wonder.
Don’t know why Rohini ma doesn’t wear ornaments. Perhaps, she is herself molten gold in complexion, this could be why she doesn’t wear them. But she doesn’t even loop garlands on her hair.
The Love of Mother Rohini
People say Dau dada is the son of his mother. However, Rohini ma equally loves Krishna and all of us, but where is she ever free to sit with a child on her lap like Maiya does.
She doesn’t lift Dau on her lap. Even Dau dada sits leaning against Baba, he rarely sits on laps.
On finding a place on Rohini ma’s lap, Krishna or some other child would occupy it.
Rohini ma too never scolds or shouts at a child.
The older gopis call Rohini Ma “Rani Bahu” which means royal Daughter-in-law.
Rohini Ma is a queen. Neither gopis nor Nanda baba can disregard her wish. Besides, Rohini Ma doesn’t order children, but her words are taken as an order and Krishna listens to her.
Indeed, Krishna is very naughty. He doesn’t listen to Nanda Baba and Yashoda Maiya. But, He listens to Rohini ma, Dau dada, and a bit of mine.
Ma very lovingly, in an explaining mood, tells the children to do work.
Rohini ma- The Problem Solver
All the girls- Our sisters and daughters-in-law open their hearts only to Ma. Don’t know how Ma finds time for them. One of them comes and sits on her lap.
Clipping her mouth to Ma’s ears, she will start whispering something. She will also laugh mildly.
Ma keeps stroking her head or back with her hand, and speaks so mildly that the nearest standing person can’t get a whiff of it. However, you can hear the chimes of her voice.
When Ma speaks, it feels like the tinkling of a small golden bell.
On Yashoda Maiya’s asking, these girls simply move their heads.
Sisters seldom speak with Maiya. Why do they hesitate with her?
Maiya never shouts at anyone. But she never allows us to complete. If Krishna starts asking, Maiya clears her stance- “Your Rohini Ma knows everything- I don’t know many things.”
Therefore, Rohini Ma alone listens to our talks and provides us answers. She also resolves our fights.
Rohini Ma- The manager of House affairs
Rohini Ma has lots of work to do. She is the pillar of managing the house affairs.
Ma knows who requires what in the house, be it Baba, maids, or the cattle.
To welcome sages, relatives, guests, Nanda baba’s colleagues and Maiya’s friends, Ma has to make arrangements for their hospitality.
Ma also remembers and sends items to a gopa’s harem and our houses.
Indeed, she never forgets a single chore.
Ma hears both girls and boys, simultaneously and assigns duties to servants or maids.
Often, she has to deliver a message or an object to someone.
It is Ma who tells anyone of us (children)- “Lala re, Ask Nandan chacha if he is going towards the forest, If Yes, tell him to get me some ripe Tamal fruits.”
Even if you casually pass the message to Chacha, Chacha will instantly lift his cane and proceed towards the forest. This mood is present within all of us.
Besides, Rohini ma is also worried about cows- “Lala re, Have you seen our Kapila eat all the hay today.” The child who received her query will run towards the barn to answer her.
Astonishingly, Ma even enters such nitty-gritties- “Has your Maiya changed her ghee stained dress”?
At such times, She must be answered with honesty. Though you know that on hearing “no”, she will lovingly chide him or instantly, send her a fresh pair.
Gopis complain to Mother Rohini
Maximum problems concern Krishna. Some Gopi comes complaining only to Rohini Ma that this prankster has tumbled her curd pot or pulled her pigtail.
They take this complaint to Maiya, only to tease Krishna, because Maiya will certainly question her darling son.
However, Rohini ma will hear it out, and advise the speaker to mend his ways or come up with a witty plan. Besides, the Sakhas are no less troubled by Krishna.
Krishna distributes their food to monkeys or gifts their upper cloth to a bear.
However, Rohini Ma knows that Krishna can’t deprive a friend of food.
So, she enquiries- “Did you go Hungry?”
The Sakha is upset- “He forcefully fed me from his tiffin. Should I eat from his pot?”
But Rohini ma persuades him- “The monkeys would have eyed your pot or its youngling would have peeped into it. We should not eat food eyed by others. You know that.”
Don’t know who gives Ma new from the forest while she is at home- “Was it a he-bear or a she-bear.” That she-bear must have delivered babies. Her little babies would be shivering from the cold. She will use your cloth to cover them or tie it on a branch and make them a house.”
On hearing this splendid explanation, the Sakha definitely claps and laughs- “Oh! Tomorrow, I will give them my blanket. Krishna’s upper cloth is small, so he has given my cloth to it.”
Indeed, the Sakhas are well-aware of their naughty friend’s gimmicks. Even Krishna doesn’t know to behave straightforwardly. To place a flower on someone’s ear he will first blow into it or twirl his little finger inside.
Mother Rohini’s witty reply
Krishna may ask Ma- “Ma! Why has this vine flowered?”
Ma must give an answer- “She is yours. She offers flowers for your makeup.”
On hearing this, Krishna gets delighted- “Is she mine?
Immediately He may runs towards the vine and asks her- “Are you mine? You give flowers to me? You are very good. I will put your flowers on my hair.
Thereafter, He hugs the vine and touches it with love.
Now, it is clear that from tomorrow, the vine shall bloom with flowers.
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