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Bhakti poets–1

Medieval regional literature is a vast storehouse of beautiful poetry. Here is a poem on Yashoda composed in Gujarati by Premananda [1636-1734] . His most popular Akhyanas are based on the Dasama Skandha of the Bhagavata.  In the Nagadamana episode he graphically depicts the fear of Yashoda, when the young Krishna jumps into the Yamuna to retrieve a ball.  Yashoda fears that he has lost his life. She says:

‘Why, my dark one, did you plunge into the river, leaving your poor mother behind?

The waters of the Yamuna are dark; the black Kaliya lives in it;

How can I hope to meet you again?

How will you come back to me?

My child was my life, fate has robbed me of it.

I did not know how to preserve my jewel,

And now he is gone.’

Of course Krishna emerged unharmed!