Krishna and the Fruit Seller
One day a fruit seller, a simple woman, old and poor, came to the village of Vrindavan. The child Krishna heard her call and, with desire aroused, he ran out to her with a handful of grains to trade for her produce. As he ran, the grains fell out between his little fingers and by the time he made his offer, there were hardly any left with which to compensate for the fruit he desired. The old lady was, however, so taken with his innocence and beauty, that she simply gave him what her all. On the way home she noticed that her basket was heavy and when she arrived at her destination she found that the Lord had filled it with celestial jewels.
In folk representations of this allegory of desire (kama) and devotion (bakthi), the mango stands, for the cornucopia of fruit in the narrative, which represents, in turn, the desires and delectations of material life. This story, like the terracotta icon presented in the course of my performance, represents the possibility of a salvation through the loving offering of symbols of these pleasures to the Lord.