Butterfly on Krishna’s Finger
One day both Ram (Balarama) and Shyam (Krishna) were standing outside the door.
Suddenly, a butterfly flew towards Dau’s curly hair and sat on it
Now, how can our little Krishna let a fallen creature sit on his elder brother’s head?
So he immediately raised his hand and tried to shoo the creature away.
Immediately, from Dau’s head, it transferred onto Krishna’s middle finger.
Besides, where can it ever find such a wonderful seat to sit on, such soft and tender fingers.
Now Shyam is in a serious dilemma.
How to handle this stubborn yellow butterfly?
So, he expectantly looks at his elder brother and raises his hand, as if telling him to drive the butterfly from his finger.
But, Dau’s work is not to shoo away creatures.
He instead helps creatures reach Krishna.
Leave shooing away the butterfly, he was rejoicing to see it peacefully sit on his younger brother’s finger.
Hence, Krishna is worried about this new problem. Nevertheless, he thinks of a way to drive it off.
Krishna approaches Bhadra for help
If Dau Dada doesn’t do it, Bhadra may surely help.
So, keeping his hand in the same posture, he seeks Bhadra’s help.
But Bhadra too behaves like Dau.
Instead of helping him, he too dances like Dau.
Likewise, all the Sakhas are imitating Bhadra.
No one seems to understand the issue.
Krishna is stuck in a serious dilemma.
Even this butterfly acts so adamant, that it doesn’t even move its wings.
Moreover, the monsoon season has just passed.
The clouds are clear.
With the arrival of autumn, the whole ground blooms with brown leaves.
Small flowers smile on fresh brown twigs.
For the butterflies, this season appears like a grand festival.
Hence, they fly over flowers and collect their sweet honey.
Description of butterflies
Blue-yellow-black-red, colorful, big-small butterflies, are all dancing and playing.
But this butterfly is truly fortunate.
Today the sun of its great good deeds has risen.
The butterfly knocks Krishna’s door
Nearby, at early dawn, it flew towards the Nanda Bhavan.
Suddenly, several children came running out of the Nanda Dwara.
Description of Krishna’s friends
Sweet and tender, most beautiful, fair-dark, fat and lean, small-small children are all laughing and playing.
Where shall this butterfly ever find such beautiful flowers to feast on?
All the children have just eaten their breakfast.
In fact, they are merely 1/2 to 3 years of age.
Some are naked while some wear lose colorful Dhotis on their waists.
Each child’s eyes is smeared with Kajal. Their hair is oily.
Moreover, their foreheads show tiny dots of Kajal.
Their feet, arms, necks have waist-belt, bangles and pearl necklaces with tinkling ornaments.
Now, their bodies are clean and shiny.
It is impossible to find such blooming and moving flowers.
From, Dau’s curly hair, the butterfly had shifted on Shyam extended hand.
Now, if Dau’s hair is fragrant, Shyam’s fingers are both fragrant and vibrant.
See, how firmly it sits on his finger.
Other butterflies follow
But if that butterfly sits glued to such a perfect throne won’t his fellow butterflies, envy him?
There are numerous other butterflies as well.
Why must they keep waiting for their turn?
Immediately a full flight of butterflies rushed, towards the little children.
Small-big, yellow-white-blue-red, colorful ones sit recklessly on their hair, shoulders and arms.
Now, Krishna was taken aback.
All his friends were shocked.
Till now only one butterfly posed a problem, but now there are several sitting on almost all his body parts.
Krishna concerned for his friends
If these butterflies would have only pursued Shyam’s armlet then it is understandable.
However, now they torture Dau, Tok and other Sakhas too.
Truly, Shyam doesn’t like all this, but how to drive them off?
When one child helps the other the butterfly gets transferred onto the first child.
Like the butterflies have no fear.
But, now the little children are feeling a bit suffocated.
Everybody has stopped playing and are now addressing this new trouble.
Krishna calls Maiya
“Maiya re! Maiya!”- Krishna shouts.
Now only Maiya can remove these small creatures away from their bodies.
“What is it?”-
Maiya Yashoda, Rohini Ma and other Gopikas in the palace rushed out to see why their Neelamani (Krishna) was calling them?
Subsequently, Maiya stood stone-still at the doorstep.
The children covered with colorful butterflies, looked so ethereal.
Krishna ran towards Maiya and stood there looking bothered.
What type of a new problem is this?
These butterflies are so adamant.
They have not even spared Maiya from their havoc.
How they sit on Maiya’s head and shoulders.
What will you do now?
Thanks for reading!
Extract from the Book Golok Ek Parivar (Author- Sudarshan Singh Chakra)