Each episode of Lord Krishna's life offers a lesson. It is said that in the land of Krishna's birth famously called Braj-Bhoomi even trees and birds can narrate stories from His life and times. I reproduce an excerpt from a brief narration witnessed by me at Vrindavan during boating on ghats of Yamuna river. If one can believe, it is not any famous saint or religious priest but a simple Kevat or boatman who gave this wisdom:
Krishna had always eluded the gopikas after playing his mischief. But once, out of compassion for them, he wanted to provide a clue by which they could trace him. One day they all lay in wait around their houses to catch him. Krishna went into a house stealthily, broke a pot of milk and quietly hid himself. The gopikas found that he had broken the pot and tried to trace Him. The milk white steps which he had left, gave clue to them w.r.t. his hide-out. Then, Krishna revealed to them the spiritual truth that if they cling to the feet of the Lord they realize Him. "Follow my footsteps and you shall find me," Krishna told the gopikas.
Soon after the birth, as Vasudev was carrying little Krishna over his head in a small basket to relocate Him in Gokul across river Yamuna. It was raining heavily and river water level was rising with every step. As the river level reached up to Vasudev's nostrils, a momentarily thought struck his mind. Why to sacrifice two lives at the same time? Anyway..... Krishna is divine... He will be saved.Should I turn back and save my life? But suddenly, huge wave engulfed both of them. Then on wards Yamuna water started receding and ultimately gave way for crossing through the riverbed. It was the river Yamuna which didn't want to miss this rare opportunity of touching feet of great Krishna.
Some times our brain becomes our greatest enemy. On several occasions, it is the thinking process which abide us from taking immediate action. Anyway, there are many divine souls in this world who never hesitate in sacrificing even their own lives for benefit of others. Here is a true story told by a doctor...
Recently, I operated upon a little girl. She needed "O" blood group. We didn't have any, but her twin brother had same blood group. I explained to him that it was a matter of life and death. He sat quietly for a moment, and then, the little boy said goodbye to his parents. I didn't think anything of it until after we took his blood and he asked, “So when will I die?”
The little boy thought he was giving his life for hers.
Thankfully, they both are fine.
(Source: Her Will)
Incidentally, June 14th every year is celebrated by WHO and countries around the world as WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY since the year 2004. The purpose of this event is to create awareness to donate blood voluntarily and also to thank millions of people for their life saving donations. It gives immense satisfaction after you donate your blood voluntarily. The feeling that your contribution will save someones life is remarkable.
Both the stories told above touched me and I believe they will influence others also....