Charming contrasts in Krishna Lila

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.14.61 - Charming contrasts in Krishna Lila (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Radhanath Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.14.61
evam viharaih kaumaraih
 kaumaram jahatur vraje
nilayanaih setu-bandhair

In this way the boys spent their childhood in the land of Vrndavana playing hide-and-go-seek, building play bridges, jumping about like monkeys and engaging in many other such games.

According to Srila Sanatana Gosvami, the word nilayanaih refers to games such as hide-and-go-seek or cops and robbers. Sometimes the boys would jump around like the monkeys in Lord Ramacandra’s army and then enact the building of the bridge to Sri Lanka by constructing play bridges in lakes or ponds. Sometimes the boys would imitate the pastime of churning the Ocean of Milk, and sometimes they would play catch with balls. We can find full pleasure in the spiritual world, with the simple condition that everything be performed in pure love of Godhead, Krsna consciousness.