|Canto 10: The Summum Bonum||Chapter 11: The Childhood Pastimes of Kṛṣṇa|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.11.39-40
kvacid vādayato veṇuḿ
kṣepaṇaiḥ kṣipataḥ kvacit
kvacit pādaiḥ kińkiṇībhiḥ
anukṛtya rutair jantūḿś
ceratuḥ prākṛtau yathā
kvacit — sometimes; vādayataḥ — blowing; veṇum — on the flute; kṣepaṇaiḥ — with a device of rope for throwing; kṣipataḥ — throwing stones to get fruit; kvacit — sometimes; kvacit pādaiḥ — sometimes with the legs; kińkiṇībhiḥ — with the sound of ankle bells; kvacit — sometimes; kṛtrima-go-vṛṣaiḥ — by becoming artificial cows and bulls; vṛṣāyamāṇau — imitating the animals; nardantau — roaring loudly; yuyudhāte — They both used to fight; parasparam — with one another; anukṛtya — imitating; rutaiḥ — by resounding; jantūn — all the animals; ceratuḥ — They used to wander; prākṛtau — two ordinary human children; yathā — like.
Sometimes Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma would play on Their flutes, sometimes They would throw ropes and stones devised for getting fruits from the trees, sometimes They would throw only stones, and sometimes, Their ankle bells tinkling, They would play football with fruits like bael and āmalakī. Sometimes They would cover Themselves with blankets and imitate cows and bulls and fight with one another, roaring loudly, and sometimes They would imitate the voices of the animals. In this way They enjoyed sporting, exactly like two ordinary human children.
Vṛndāvana is full of peacocks. Kūjat-kokila-haḿsa-sārasa-gaṇākīrṇe mayūrākule. The Vṛndāvana forest is always full of cuckoos, ducks, swans, peacocks, cranes and also monkeys, bulls and cows. So Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma used to imitate the sounds of these animals and enjoy sporting.
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