As the Bhagavatam narrates, a poor fruit vendor who frequently hawked her wares at Vrindavana once arrived with a basket full of fruit to Kṛṣṇa’s house. The child Kṛṣṇa hastened to buy fruit carrying as payment grain cupped in his hands - and as He was but a child much of the grain spilled out between his little fingers. The fruit vendor was so overcome with affection at this innocent gesture that she lovingly offered Kṛṣṇa to take as many fruit as he could carry!
And lo, the more fruit did the kindhearted woman place in Kṛṣṇa’s hand, the more her basket filled up with gold and jewels!
“Stop all your attachments to false values. In an ever-changing world there is nothing worthwhile for us to desire or weep for. Joys and sorrows are bound to come in human life; they are just two sides of the same coin.”
This painting depicts the Hindu god Krishna sitting beneath a tree while his beloved, Radha, runs to join him, seeking shelter from an impending storm. The storm is emblematic of passion—dark and dangerous, yet bringing new life. The union of the lovers is echoed in the intertwining of vines with flowering creepers. Krishna’s love affair with Radha is used as an analogy for the relationship between God and devotee: deeply satisfying but not without its challenges. Here, Radha turns to Krishna for comfort in much the same way a devotee would turn to God.
It is the unique and all-encompassing nature of Hinduism that one devotee may be worshiping Ganesha while his friend worships Subramaniam or Vishnu, and yet both honor the other’s choice and feel no sense of conflict. The profound understanding and universal acceptance that are unique in Hinduism are reflected in this faculty for accommodating different approaches to the Divine, allowing for different names and forms of God to be worshiped side by side within the temple walls.
As the waters of the cosmic deluge surged all around submerging all the worlds, Lord Nārāyaṇa assumed the form of a baby, playfully sucking His own big toe - this form of innocence amidst chaos reassured the sages of the ever merciful Lord’s intent to preserve the world from the the great deluge.
“By performing congregational chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, one can destroy the sinful condition of material existence, purify the unclean heart and awaken all varieties of devotional service.”~Chaitanya Charitamrta Antya 20.13