The Cowherd Boys

Krishna’s childhood on earth was spent in the cowherd village of Vrindavan. Although both Krishna and Balarama His brother were born into a royal family, for safety from the envious King Kamsa, They were raised secretly in Vrindavan, and played with the other cowherd boys as equals. The real reason for this arrangement in Krishna’s pastime was so that He could demonstrate on earth, for the encouragement of His devotees, His eternal pastimes in the eternal spiritual world where He is always a cowherd boy. There He is always playing with His cowherd boy friends and girlfriends and all the residents of the village and all the animals. His pure devotees, upon hearing of these pastimes, aspire to go there also and engage eternally in loving devotional service to Krishna.

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