Krishna and Friends in Goloka
All of Krishna’s friends are fearless.
For whom Krishna is ever-ready to provide, if they aren’t fearless, then who is?
As it is, Krishna considers Bhadrasena to be his personal commander-in-chief.
Indeed, the word Fear doesn’t exist in his dictionary.
However, this rule isn’t applicable for Krishna.
Everybody is ever-worried about His safety.
Our Krishna is playful, tender, and little.
While playing, this little innocent brother of Bhadra (Krishna) doesn’t realize when he gets tired or thirsty.
While playing, he doesn’t even realize when his face grows red with sunshine.
Now, Bhadrasena has taken up the task of nurturing Krishna.
He is mindful of his every move.
Yashoda Maiya, Nanda Baba and Dau Dada expect Bhadrasena to attend to their little darling.
If others advise Krishna, then this naughty one show fingers at them. But Bhadra is special.
Krishna listens to Bhadrasena. Here, even Bhadra cannot tolerate someone raising fingers at his little friend.
Physical Characteristics of Bhadrasena Sakha
Bhadra is wheatish in complexion, but he is well built.
He ties a yellow dhoti, just like Krishna.
His upper cloth is blue like Dau, so their clothes keep inter-changing.
He likes wearing a swan feather on his curly hair.
Indeed, he is 10 months elder to Krishna and 1 ½ months junior to Dau.
Amongst Krishna’s principal friends, Madhumangal is the eldest.
But he doesn’t graze cows like us.
He is a Brahmin boy after all.
He only comes to play.
Dau is the eldest.
Vishal, Arjun, Rishabha, Varuthapa and Sridama are all elder to Bhadrasena but are younger to Dau.
The difference is just of a few days.
Anshu, Devprashtha, Tejasvi and Tok-Krishna are all younger to Krishna.
Now, Tok is the Youngest, resembling Krishna in physical beauty.
He is Bhadra’s younger brother in relation.
Krishna’s Age in Goloka
In Golok, Dau is 18 years of age.
Krishna is approximately 11 and a half months younger to Dau which means 17 years old.
He is 10 months younger to Bhadra.
This is their eternal age in Golok.
Bhadra is after all the eldest son of Nanda Baba’s, brother Nandanji.
Nanda baba is his Tauji in relation.
His Mother’s name is Atula.
But like Krishna, his calls his father “Chote Chacha and mother “Chachi”.
Indeed, he addresses his own brother Tok as “Chacha ka Putra.”
Since an infant he has been the pet of Yashoda Maiya, brought up under her loving shade.
As he started walking, he accepted the tutelage of Nanda baba.
Like Nanda Baba, he grew addicted to bathing in the Yamuna.
Any day, Bhadra is special compared to other cowherd boys.
His tone always appears commanding, if not commanding then decisive.
And his decisions ought to be followed unless he sees Krishna growing restless or Dau make amendments.
His father Nandanji is an adept wrestler but this Bhadra even hates the mention of ‘exercise’.
All the Gopas enjoy dancing, but Bhadra, He neither sings nor dances.
Mother Yashoda teases Bhadra
Once Yashoda Maiya directly asked him- “Bhadra, Don’t you know to dance?”
He said “Yes, I know”, He didn’t deny it.
So, she continued “Who is your partner?”
Krishna was surprised, he wondered “I have never seen Bhadra dance,”
So, in excitement, he shook Bhadra’s hand and curiously enquired-
“Will you dance with Dharma?”
Bhadra laughed and said- Shall I get him here?
To this Yashoda Maiya scoffed at the idea-
“Let your dance be.
I don’t want to get my courtyard trampled and pots broken.”
If the huge, mountainous white bull of Nanda baba’s cowshed, Dharma, dances along, imagine the state of the courtyard?
When Lord Shiva performs the dance of destruction (Tandav), His Nandi bull raises his tail in excitement.
Dharma is no less in causing havoc.
“I also know how to play instruments.
But I hate the “Pi Pi” sound of it.
Our Krishna dances so gracefully like the gopikas and he blows the horns as gentle.”
In his childhood, Bhadra would blow Nanda baba’s grand conch with ease.
The conch is his favorite instrument.
Apart from that, he likes to beat kettle drums and knock sticks.
Bhadra could swirl Nandan Chacha’s heavy pestle effortlessly.
He would carry it while grazing cows.
Also, he can swirl Krishna’s birch-stick with two fingers and sling it far away.
Such is his strength.
He would close his eyes and sit mesmerized on hearing Krishna’s flute like a rishi in deep contemplation.
Even Krishna loves to place his left arm on either Subala or Bhadra’s right shoulder while standing or walking.
Krishna attacks Friend Bhadrasena
Quite Interestingly, Dau wears earrings only on the right ear.
So, Krishna never rests his head on his right shoulder.
He either sleeps on his left shoulder or twirls his arms around his neck.
But Bhadra hasn’t been given this facility.
This Krishna attacks him from all sides.
From the back, front, left, right sides, without respite
He then clings, wriggles and moves his head on him.
With Krishna around, a normal fact must be whispering in the ear. He is a master of his whims.
He would entangle his earrings around Bhadra’s curly hair or get his entangled, and then clap his hands like a mischief-maker.
Bhadra has to somehow untangle Krishna’s mess.
Tired of this daily chaos, Bhadra had once made up his mind to stop wearing earnings.
Even if Yashoda Maiya allowed it, would Krishna allow?
Many a times, Krishna has exchanged his earrings with those of Bhadra’s.
In fact, they keep exchanging their accessories amongst themselves.
Krishna would misplace his upper cloth and then tie Bhadra’s upper cloth around his waist.
He would then go flaunting-
“See, This is my upper cloth.”
If some friend points out
“But Your Upper cloth is yellow.”
Then Krishna would proudly say-
“So what, this is my Dada’s cloth.”
Bhadra Sakha’s daily duty
Bhadra has to keep a tab on Krishna’s upper cloth, horn, birch, and slinger.
Even if Bhadra points out from a distance-
“There lies you cloth” and Krishna runs to pick it up, He would again misplace it by placing it on a friend’s shoulder by saying-
“Keep this with you”.
Bhadra is famous as the best staff player in his friend circle.
But our Krishna never goes near this game.
As it is, His tender hands grow tired on swirling a tiny birch-stick.
Normally, Varuthapa, Arjuna and Rishabha graze cows in their friend circle.
But, Bhadra has no recess because of Krishna.
Krishna would keep running near plants to pluck lotuses or Roses.
Well, how can little Krishna be allowed to venture around needle plants?
He doesn’t even take sanitary measures.
Sometimes he would climb up trees holding tails of monkeys.
It is indeed tedious to manage this restless Krishna.
Thanks for reading!
Extract from Golok Ek Parivar (Author- Sudarshan Singh Chakra)