Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 11: The Childhood Pastimes of Kṛṣṇa

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.11.5

na te tad-uktaḿ jagṛhur

na ghaṭeteti tasya tat

bālasyotpāṭanaḿ tarvoḥ

kecit sandigdha-cetasaḥ


na — not; te — all the gopas; tat-uktam — being spoken by the boys; jagṛhuḥ — would accept; na ghaṭetait cannot be; iti — thus; tasya — of Kṛṣṇa; tat — the activity; bālasya — of a small boy like Kṛṣṇa; utpāṭanam — the uprooting; tarvoḥ — of the two trees; kecit — some of them; sandigdha-cetasaḥ — became doubtful about what could be done (because Gargamuni had predicted that this child would be equal to Nārāyaṇa).


Because of intense paternal affection, the cowherd men, headed by Nanda, could not believe that Kṛṣṇa could have uprooted the trees in such a wonderful way. Therefore they could not put their faith in the words of the boys. Some of the men, however, were in doubt. "Since Kṛṣṇa was predicted to equal Nārāyaṇa," they thought, "it might be that He could have done it."


One view was that it was impossible for a small boy like this to have done such a thing as pulling down the trees. But there were doubts because Kṛṣṇa had been predicted to equal Nārāyaṇa. Therefore the cowherd men were in a dilemma.

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