On this occasion, we share with you the story of how Gopal appeared before Baba not only once but twice.
Jaikrishna Das Babaji was in the lineage of Shri Gangamata Goswamini of the Gangamata Matha in Puri. No one knows who his guru was or where he was from. He settled in Kamyavan where villagers build him a hut so that he would stay.
On day, there was a knock at Baba’s door. He did not answer it. He could hear some children playing outside.
“Bengali Baba! Bengali Baba! Open your door!” said one boy. Baba said nothing.
“Baba, o Baba! We are very thirsty! Please give us some water!” As usual, some boys had come to disturb his meditation. He kept silent.
“Bengali Baba!! I know what kind of nice bhajan you are doing! You heartless Baba, you are as cold blooded as a butcher! Hey! Come out of your hut and give us water! We are sooo thirsty!!”
Baba burst out of the door with a stick in hand. But as soon as he opened the door, he was surprised to see the banks of Vimal kund filled with so many beautiful cows, and many cowherd boys, each surpassing the other in beauty. His anger disappeared immediately.
He said to the ringleader, “Lala! Which village do you come from?”
“I’m from Nandgaon,” the boy replied.
“What’s your name?”
Bābā turned to another boy and asked “What’s your name?”
“Baldau,” the other boy replied.
Kanhaiya said, “Baba, don’t waste time. First give us water, then talk.”
Baba did not have any cups or glasses. So the boys cupped their hands and Baba poured water directly into them from his water pot.
As Baba served the water, Baba looked into Kanhaiya’s eyes, and Kanhaiya stared into Baba’s. It was like some magical spell, so absorbed they were in each other. Kanhaiya wasn’t drinking; he was only looking at Baba with so much love. The water fell like a stream on the ground, but neither of them noticed.
The boys started laughing and clapping their hands, and it was only then that Kanhaiya realised what he was doing, and started to drink.
When he was satisfied, Kanhaiya said, “Look, Baba! We come from a long ways away every single day, and we don’t get anything to eat or drink. We are going to come to you every day from now on. Keep some snacks and drinks for us.”
Baba said, “No, Lala! Don’t come and disturb me like this every day!”
Baba immediately went inside and shut the door. But there was something so mysteriously attractive about those boys. He felt the irresistible urge to have another look. But when he opened the door, all the beautiful cows and cowherd boys were gone. How could they disappear in just a moment? Was it all a dream? A hallucination? No. The water Baba had spilled was still there on the ground. And their sweet fragrance still lingered on the banks of Vimal Kund.
The next day, an old Brajwasi woman came to Jai krishna das Baba with a beautiful deity of Laddu Gopal. She said, “Baba, I am very old! I can’t serve my Gopal anymore. Please serve him from now on.”
Baba said, “How can I serve Him, mother? Gopal is a small baby, and needs so much care. Where will I get all the things he needs?” “Don’t worry about that, Baba,” said the old lady. “I will provide everything he needs.” Speaking thus, the old woman went away.
That night, in his dream, Baba ji saw that the old lady was actually Vrinda Devi, showering him with her blessings. Krishna’s nature is topsy-turvy. Sometimes someone calls for him, but He does not come. Sometimes someone does not call for him, yet he comes. Sometimes he even comes to those who completely snub him. Many great ascetics call and call for him till they are worn out, and he does not even appear in their mind’s eye. But for his accomplished devotees, he is always right behind them.
After serving Gopal for some days, Siddha Jai krishan Das Babaji left his body on chaitra shukla dwadashi. The gopis heard the call of Shri Krishna’s flute, and he seemed to be hearing the flute song as he departed. His last words were, “Where is my shawl? Where is my blouse? Where is my beautiful skirt?”
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