Krsna manifested His pastimes in the house of Nanda Maharaja in Gokula Mahavana. When He was only about 2 ½‑3 years old, He attracted a low-caste lady in Mathura who made her living by selling fruits. She would go from street to street with a basket of fruits on her head, calling out, "Phal lo, phal lo. Take fruit. Who will buy my fruits?" As this fruit-seller lady was moving from here to there in Mathura, she had the good fortune to meet the Vrajavasis, who would sing, "Govinda Damodara Madhaveti." Hearing the Vrajavasis' descriptions of Krsna, she developed a very strong greed in her heart "I want to meet Krsna and serve Him." This is the power of association with pure devotees.
One morning she put all her best fruits in her basket and set off for Vraja-Gokula. She had made a vow in her heart: "Today I must see Krsna; do or die! If I don't see Him today, I will not return." She was very, very determined. She came there and was walking around the house of Nanda Maharaja, calling out, "Phal lo! Phal lo!" She was so absorbed in thoughts of Krsna, however, that she forgot what she was supposed to say. Instead, she began saying, "Govinda lo, Madhava lo, Damodara lo," calling out the name of Krsna. Krsna did not come, however, so she entered a very deep mood of separation. She sat down and wept.
Krsna was inside His house. If someone will call the name of Krsna with tears in his eyes and with a melting heart, Krsna becomes restless to meet with that person. Krsna now took some grains in His hand and went outside to meet with the fruit seller. Her face was down and she was weeping, and she did not see that He had come. He said to her, "Give me fruits. Give me fruits." She looked up and saw that very beautiful form of Krsna who she had been so much desirous to see like a small child, with very reddish lips, lotus eyes and curling hair, and decorated with a peacock feather and a pearl necklace. Otherwise, He was naked. Seeing Him, she became completely stunned and many ecstatic moods manifested in her. She could not give any reply. Krsna repeated, "Give Me fruit. Give Me fruit." When she came back to her senses, she saw Krsna standing before her with His little reddish palms held out. His eyes were looking down at the basket of fruits, and some water was coming on His tongue. He wanted to taste that fruit. She said, "I am a fruit-seller. You should give me something in return, because this is how I make my living." His mother had given Him some grains to give the fruit-seller in exchange for her fruits. He now extended His hand to her, and only one or two grains of rice fell from His hand. He was a baby and did not know how to close His fingers, so when He was running there, almost all the grain fell to the ground. He therefore had hardly anything to give her, and He became a little shy.
The fruit-seller said, "Okay. I'll give You fruit, but there is one condition. You should sit on my lap and call me Mother." Hearing this Krsna thought, "What should I do? Mother Yasoda is My mother and this woman is low-caste. How can I sit in her lap?" Then He looked at the fruits and thought, "All right, I can do it." To make sure that no one was watching Him, He looked all around Him, sat down on her lap, called her "Mother" and quickly jumped up and said, "Phal dow. Give Me fruit." He sat in her lap only for one second, but Her desire was fulfilled. She very happily took all those fruits from her basket and put them in Krsna's hands. Then, happily dancing, Krsna went back inside His house and distributed those fruits to His mother and friends. Just before leaving, however, He had given her a side-long glance and thereby completely stole her heart.
Now she sat alone, and Krsna had taken her heart. If ones heart is gone, the other senses cannot function. Thus, she could not take even one step, and she continued sitting there until evening time. A Vrajavasi approached her and said, "The sun is going down. You should go home." In separation from Krsna she got up, took her basket on her head out of habit, and started to walk in the direction of Yamuna to return to her home in Mathura. When she came to the bank of Yamuna, she felt that the basket was very heavy. She thought, "I gave my fruits. My basket should be empty. Why is it so heavy?" She put it down and saw that it was completely full of jewels, so many priceless transcendental treasures, so much wealth that we cannot imagine. She was a poor person, but when she saw the wealth, she thought, I don't want these things." The wealth of this world will distract our mind away from Krsna, so it is not wealth. It is a burden; actually it is a death sentence. She took the basket, turned it upside down and threw all the jewels in the Yamuna. Happily singing the names of Krsna, she continued singing and dancing back into the forest of Gokula Mahavana, and she was never seen again.
At some time, Lord Krsna called her. Putana had previously come to Him as if she was a mother, but actually she wanted to kill Him. And yet He sent her to Goloka to be His nurse there. So if this person comes to Him, her heart melting and tears crying in separation from Him, and she actually wants Him to treat her as a mother, then what destination will she get? Her destination must be superior to that attained by Putana.
So one day Krsna called her. She did not go to Goloka but she went to Vraja, Goloka Vrndavana, to the highest destination. She is there today, taking Krsna on her lap. Krsna is calling her Mother even today, and she is a neighbor of Mother Yasoda. So those who will chant the name of Krsna, being eagerly desirous to meet Him and serve Him with relationship: "Krsna, You are my friend. Krsna, You are my darling child." Or especially, "Krsna, You are the beloved of my Svamini", then, it is definite that at some time Krsna will call those persons and they will join Him forever in transcendental Goloka Vrndavana.