The thief hid in a house where a scholar was expounding on the MahaBhagawatham, the story of Lord Krishna. The scholar was describing the enchanting beauty of
Krishna and Balaram and listing details of the jewelry and clothes that they wore. The thief could think of nothingelse. He had to find the two kids and grab their ornaments. He jumped out of his hiding place and demanded to know the address of the two children.
The poor scholar, who feared for his life more than anythingelse, told the thief that the kids lived in
. The thief set off to find them. Mathura
Day and night, he searched for them, their beautiful forms were in his mind and heart. All he could think was of finding them. He ate no food and drank no water, such was his determination to find them. Days passed like this and he was ready to collapse.
Just then, the two boys appeared before him in all their splendor. Seeing
Krishna, the thief was completely enchanted by His ethereal beauty and smile. The thief said, “I wanted your jewels but seeing you, I realize all I ever wanted was to continue gazing at you. I no longer want your jewels.”
The thief went to the scholar and gave him the jewels, stating, “I no longer want the jewels. You can have them.”
The scholar said, “I too don’t want the jewels. But I have a request – can you take me to Brindavan and show me a glimpse of
Krishna? I’ve never seen Krishna.”
Do you see the irony of it? The thief was the real seeker – he could not rest or eat without seeing Krishna, whereas the scholar spent his life around preaching about Krishna, not feeling or experiencing the same longing to see Krishna as the thief did.