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"Many a day, the wicked uncle, Kamsa, sent his emissaries, the Ogres, in disguise, with playthings and delicious sweets. The boys gathered round the peddlers, and enquired the cost of the things they desired. But, the Ogre was intent on the chance to catch Krishna; he was looking out for the moment when He will come near. Krishna did not cast his glance at the toys and sweets. Krishna used to wait until evening, and, then, approach the wicked men, allowing them to believe that He had fallen into their trap, but, only to fall upon them, pull them to pieces and throw the carcasses afar! Such adventures filled the people of the village with amazement, fear and wonder, besides delighting them at the happy escape from danger."

"Another day, the village was packed with carts full of mangoes! Krishna knew that this was another evil plan of the Ogres, the emissaries of Kamsa. So, He took the fruits and killed those who brought them. He felt that it was not proper to refuse the fruits that the uncle had sent; so He accepted them. But, He did not send any one back alive to inform him what had happened. That was the fate of all whom the uncle dispatched on his evil mission."

"O, king! From the day the Lord took residence in the Vraja region, the place was changed into a treasure-house of the Goddess of wealth and welfare, Lakshmi. It appeared as if She was scattering Her graceful smiles all over the place. There were thousands upon thousands of cows; there was no shortage of curds, milk, or butter. In fact, there was such a plenty that they did not know how to consume all they had or how to keep or preserve them, for future consumption. Gopala loved the cows so much that He could not tolerate any idea of throwing away the precious gift. That is the reason why He was pleased to receive them into His own stomach. This act of grace is the basis for the appellation: 'Milk and Butter Thief'!"

"Observing that He was being named as such, Indra decided to demonstrate to the World that Krishna was, indeed, God come to earth; so, he manipulated a situation where Indra Puja was cancelled by the people of Vraja, where Indra retaliated with heavy downpours of rain, and where Krishna had to lift up the Govardhana peak, in order to shelter the cowherds and cows from the onslaught of the downpour! It was all part of a play. Indra had no anger, nor did he entertain any idea of revenge or retaliation! Nor would Krishna ever advise people to give up Puja. Such miracles were decided upon, in order to make them identify the divine already amidst them. Such incidents confirm the view that nothing can happen without an underlying purpose."

Meanwhile, Parikshith intervened with his joyous exclamation, and said, "O, How sweet are the Leelas, the sports and pranks of the divine boy, Gopala! The more we hear, the greater grows the appetite! Master, Let me listen to a few more, and attain the state of liberation."