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Narayana Narratives: Bal Krishna and The Fruit Seller

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Bharatvarsh is deeply immersed in the celebrations of Janmashtami. The nation is marking the birth of the ninth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Lord Krishna, as Narayana’s manifestation, is globally acknowledged as a Complete Avatar of Vishnu Bhagwaan. Thus, in the tales of Krishna there are many hidden kernels of divine knowledge for Sanatanis. Moreover, Narayana Narratives from Bhagavad Gita hold a special place in the hearts of Bal Gopal’s bhakts. Thus, this small tale of ‘Bal Krishna and The Fruit Seller’ narrates subtle lessons for modern Indians in the materialistic modern world of today.  

A Tale of Bal Krishna’s Leela

In picturesque Vrindavan, everyday life is often intertwined with divine wonders thanks to the presence of Narayana in his Krishna Avatar. In this small hamlet lived a humble fruit seller. She spent her days peddling fruits. Each piece of fruit held not just sustenance, but also her hopes for a better tomorrow.

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One day, despair cast its shadow as the fruit seller. Her fruit-laden basket remained untouched by buyers. The thought of her empty pockets and uncertain future had tears welling up in her eyes. However, she was determined not to surrender to her despair. She decided to call out from door to door, hoping to sell her fruits.

Krishna’s Compassion

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Soon her loud calls reached Lord Krishna’s ears. Lord Vishnu in the form of Bal Krishna rushed to answer her silent call for aid. Bal Gopal met the fruit seller at the door and asked, “What are you selling?” The fruit seller was charmed by this beautiful young boy. She softly said, “My humble basket has a few tasty fruits for sale. Would you like to buy them?” 

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In those days, bartering for good was the natural custom. Bal Krishna said, “Yes. Wait for me, I will get some grains to exchange for it.” He rushed to his home’s stores and collected a handful of grains to exchange for the fruits. 

A Selfless Act of Kindness

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No matter how hard he tried, Bal Krishna’s small hands couldn’t hold all the grains he wanted to barter. And as he ran towards the front door, he had almost nothing to offer in exchange for the fruits. He turned his sorrowful and earnest gaze at the fruit seller. The kind woman understood the entire problem just by looking at Bal Krishna’s offering.

The fruit seller was moved by Krishna’s innocence. She smiled warmly at him and said, “Come, choose what fruits you want.” She exchanged a small fistful of grains for her fruits. All the while she smiled heartwarmingly at the young boy.

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With her heart full of love and her basket a little lighter, the fruit seller went back home with the few grains from Bal Gopal. 

The Miracle of Narayana 

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As she reached home, astonishment washed over her. Her basket held radiant gems, shimmering like the night sky. And the exchanged grains were nowhere in sight. Lord Vishnu had showered her with blessings of wealth in exchange for her kindness to a young boy. Her love and compassion did not go unrewarded by Narayana. 

Lessons for the Modern Indian

This Narayana Narrative is a treasure trove of valuable lessons in the modern world. It reminds modern Indians that selfless acts of kindness, regardless of their size, are acknowledged and rewarded. It reinstates the cycle of Karma preached in Sanatana Dharma. Moreover, it inspires compassion in the hearts of a consumerist world. The following are a few takeaways from this story of Lord Krishna:

  1. Generosity is not Just a Jewel of the Rich: The generosity of the poor fruit seller to a young boy shows that anyone is capable of a selfless act. Moreover, even the smallest acts of generosity do not escape divine notice. The tale inspires Sanatanis to be generous to others in a world filled with self-centered obsessions.
  2. Selflessness and Kindness For All: Irrespective of one’s circumstance, selflessness and kindness are virtues to aspire to in the hard-hearted modern world. The fruit-seller’s selflessness in helping a small boy exchange fruits for a fistful of grains despite her poverty teaches modern Indians to give selflessly to others without expecting anything in return.
  3. The Cycle of Karma: This tale inspires Sanatanis to embrace empathy and generosity, through a lesson on the Cycle of Karma. Each act of kindness shall be reciprocated by the rules of the Narayana, the divine preserver of the cosmos. In the materialistic world of today, the story asks modern Indians to reach out to those in need to build positive Karma.
  4. Acts of Kindness Inculcate Divine Blessings: The story illustrates how pure-hearted acts of kindness can lead to unimaginable divine blessings. It teaches modern Indians to have faith in the mysterious ways of Lord Vishnu. Additionally, it helps rebuild Sanatanis connections between modern life and kindness to all living things.

In Summary

Bal Krishna’s encounter with the fruit seller in Vrindavan unveils numerous subtle yet important lessons for Modern Indians. On the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami, Indians must remember these small lesser-known Narayana Narratives to rekindle their faith in the path of Dharma. May this timeless tale guide and inspire all Sanatana Dharma followers to cultivate a world adorned with compassion, selflessness, and boundless love. Moreover, may this tale help the world understand the goodness hidden in Sanatana Dharma and its tales.

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