Srimad Bhagavatam 10.11.46-49 - Overcome from the Anartha of Cunning Duplicity (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Mukundamala Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
svam svam vatsa-kulam sarve
payayitva papur jalam
One day all the boys, including Krsna and Balarama, each boy taking his own group of calves, brought the calves to a reservoir of water, desiring to allow them to drink. After the animals drank water, the boys drank water there also.
te tatra dadrsur bala
gireh srngam iva cyutam
Right by the reservoir, the boys saw a gigantic body resembling a mountain peak broken and struck down by a thunderbolt. They were afraid even to see such a huge living being.
sa vai bako nama mahan
agatya sahasa krsnam
tiksna-tundo ’grasad bali
That great-bodied demon was named Bakasura. He had assumed the body of a duck with a very sharp beak. Having come there, he immediately swallowed Krsna.
drstva ramadayo ’rbhakah
vina pranam vicetasah
When Balarama and the other boys saw that Krsna had been devoured by the gigantic duck, they became almost unconscious, like senses without life.
Although Balarama can do everything, because of intense affection for His brother He was momentarily bewildered. A similar thing is stated to have happened in connection with rukmini-harana, the kidnapping of Rukmini. When Krsna, after kidnapping Rukmini, was attacked by all the kings, Rukmini was momentarily bewildered, until the Lord took the proper steps.