Krishna’s passion for water
“Dada, Will you bathe?”–
Kanhai came running to his elder brother.
Standing towards his left side, he has entwined both his arms around Dau’s neck.
Now, Resting his head on Dau’s shoulder, he asks very lovingly.
“Bath?”- Dau turned around. Well, he knows the meaning of this asking.
Shyam sundar wants to bathe.
Since childhood, he enjoys the very sight of water. He enjoys tossing in it.
Moreover, If the water is fit for bathing purposes, then his mind grows restless.
Mother Yashoda’s concern
Besides, Maiya has also warned the Sakhas to stop Kanhai from entering the waters.
Hence, no Sakha supports him.
Now, if Dau dada wants to bathe, then Shyam can join him. Then no one will stop him.
Then all sakhas shall support him.
Excited, Krishna Chandra pointed towards the Yamuna- “How clean is the water? You are also sweating.”
It is summers.
Only the first hour of the day has passed.
But during summers the heat starts just after sunrise.
As always, the children have come to graze calves in the forest.
They have been jumping and playing. Of course, It is normal to sweat nowadays.
Tiny drops of sweat glimmer on Dau and Shyam’s beautiful faces.
The shore is clean. The Kalindi waters are clear and it is safe near the shore.
On seeing such waters who won’t feel like taking summer bath. What to speak of the one who already has the previous samskaras of Matsya, Kurma and Varaha?
If his mind jumps on seeing water, is it a wonder?
Balaram grants permission
“Will you bathe?”– Dau gently stroked his younger brother’s hair with his right hand granting permission–
“Come, we shall all bathe, but don’t go beyond the shore.”
Now, Kanhai quickly pulled his Patuka and opened his Kachni.
Thereafter, He removed the garland from his neck and immersed it in Yamuna’s flow and saw his garland sweeping in the waters with enchanted eyes.
The kids had already satisfied the thirst of their calves.
Thereafter, they saw the calves busily grazed the green grass, jumping and playing near the shore.
Dau too removed his Patuka and Kachni and immersed his garland in the waters. Then all the children stood by his side, unclothed.
Even they immersed their garlands in the waters and stood gazing at the flowing currents.
Indeed, a troop of naked children stood on the shore, just 3 to 6 years of age.
On the bright shore, their colorful patukas and Kachnis lie scattered behind.
The children have left their flutes, sticks and bugles there itself.
“There goes my garland!”-All are busy watching the flowing garlands.
The garlands join, meet and then again separate in the currents.
The children are enjoying this sight.
Description of Krishna’s friends
They wear anklets, waist belt, pearl necklace, bangles, armlets, earrings, apply kohl, tilak and wreaths on their hair.
All look almost similar.
Next, the children have placed their feathers near their clothes.
When the flowing garlands were no longer visible, Dau held his younger brother’s hand and entered the waters.
Likewise, all the children joined them simultaneously.
No one has to go deep. Just next to the shore, till their knees. Hence, all sit in the waters and sleep towards their stomach.
If children bathe, they ought to be naughty.
Indeed, they shall stamp, splash water on each other, and stand up abruptly.
“Dada! Shall I give you a bath?”– Kanhai doesn’t need permission. He has started rubbing his elder brother’s back and arms.
“You don’t go in!”– Now, Shyamsundar promptly handles his little siblings- Tok and Anshu.
He is busy washing their hair, back and arms.
Besides, All keep washing His and Dau’s body.
“Your face hasn’t been washed at all!”– It is a fine reason to splash someone’s face. Moreover, it is natural to start splashing water with both hands and hit hands on water.
“Now all come out”-Dau had to order coming out of the water.
He held Shyam’s hand and brought him out.
Drops drip from everybody’s hair.
Being wet, their eyes have turned reddish.
All have had a nice refreshing bath.
Truly, small children don’t even know to tie their kachni.
Holding the Kachni in his hands, Shyam stands before his elder brother.
Drops drip from his curls. Wet transcendental body, naked Nanda Nandana.
His large eyes have turned red.
There is immense beauty.
After tying his blue Kachni, Dau sits near his younger brother to tie him his Kachni.
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