ekada kridamanas te
ramadya gopa-darakah
krsno mrdam bhaksitavan
iti matre nyavedayan
ekada—once upon a time; kridamanah—now Krsna, being still more grown up, was playing with other children of the same age; te—they; rama-adyahBalarama and others; gopa-darakah—other boys born in the same neighborhood of the cowherd men; krsnah mrdam bhaksitavan—O Mother, Krsna has eaten earth (a complaint was lodged); iti—thus; matre—unto mother Yasoda; nyavedayan—they submitted.
One day while Krsna was playing with His small playmates, including Balarama and other sons of the gopas, all His friends came together and lodged a complaint to mother Yasoda. “Mother,” they submitted, “Krsna has eaten earth.”
Here is another of Krsna’s transcendental activities invented to please the gopis. First a complaint was lodged with mother Yasoda about Krsna’s stealing, but mother Yasoda did not chastise Him. Now, in an attempt to awaken mother Yasoda’s anger so that she would chastise Krsna, another complaint was invented—that Krsna had eaten earth.

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