When Krishna had to leave for cow herding for first time mother Yashoda approached Krishna and said:
My dear Krishna please take this pair of shoes! In forest there are so many stones and walking their will hurt your soft feet.
Krishna spoke: Mother Yashoda that is very nice but I cannot do it. Krishna refused saying “No. no….i can’t wear shoes, cows don’t have shoes but if you insist that I wear the shoes then bring the shoes for all the cows first”. And we have 900,000 cows! If you want me to wear shoes then we need shoes for all our cows. Each cow has 4 legs, so how many shoes are required?
So mother Yashoda gave up the idea of insisting Krishna to wear the shoes.
But then mother Yashoda wanted that Krishna take at least umbrella.
Mother Yashoda spoke: Oh! But at least take the umbrella it’s hot out there!
But again Krishna’s condition was first get umbrella for the cows, so how many umbrella required? 900,000!
Then Krishna said: Cows have feet but they don’t have hands so we would require somebody to carry the umbrella! We need 900.000 people walking next to the cows holding umbrella.
Mother Yashoda also gave up that idea. She could not manage 900.00 people to carry umbrella for cows.
All this are hearing Krishnas cows. Seeing Krishnas great love for them they decided to make something very special.
All cows went everywhere around Vrindavana and all night they are crushing stones with their own legs. They went everywhere around Vrindavana and turned hard stones to beautiful soft sand. So next morning when Krishna was going outside he walked on beautiful and soft sand. His feets are saved from sufferings caused by hard stones.
Even today, if you go on Vraja mandala parikrama you will find this soft beautiful sand.
( Story nareted by His Holinnes Lokanath Maharaja )
Moral of the story:
You think about it and find your own conclusion!
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
PS: I humbly request all the devotees to please forward and share this moral / instructive stories they hear so that everyone can be benefitted by hearing about Krishna and his dear devotees.