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Maiyya Mori Book Review & Activities

Ages: 4-8

Page Count: 26

“Despite all his mischief, Krishna was wrapped in his Maiyya’s love. Which is why he told her that he did, in fact, take the pot from above!”

Discover a popular Hindu bhajan (devotional song) through lyrical text and colorful illustrations.

Maiyya Mori by Chaya Baliga is a translation of a Hindu bhajan about one of Lord Krishna’s mischievous adventures as a young boy. Maiyya Mori means “My Mother.”

The story begins with Krishna feeling happy and full after enjoying his mother’s freshly churned butter. When his mother discovers the empty pot and accuses him of eating all of the butter she made, he denies it and replies,

“I didn’t eat the butter- Maiyya, no! | Main Nahin Makhan Khayo. | O Maiyya Mori, | Main Nahin Makhan Khayo.”

Main Nahin Makhan Khayo translates to “I didn’t eat the butter.”

Krishna relies on his charm and wit as he claims he didn’t eat the butter – even when Maiyya can see it on his lips and grows angrier.

He continues with the same reply,

“I didn’t eat the butter- Maiyya, no! | Main Nahin Makhan Khayo. | O Maiyya Mori, | Main Nahin Makhan Khayo.”

Main Nahin Makhan Khayo translates to “I didn’t eat the butter.”

It is only when his mother wraps him in her arms filled with love and says she believes him, that Krishna tells the truth,

“I ate the butter, Maiyya, yes it’s so! Maine Hi Makhan Khayo. Sun Maiyya Mori, Maine Hi Makhan Khayo.”

Maine Hi Makhan Khayo translates to “I did eat the butter.”

Chaya Baliga enjoyed this particular Hindi song as a child and translated it into a verse-by-verse book for her own children.

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Book Activities

* Discuss the story. What was your favorite part? Why do you think Krishna lied about eating the butter? What made him decide to tell the truth in the end? What can you learn from this story? Do you have any questions for the author?

* Discover more popular bhajans. -Art of Living

“The word bhajan is very precious. Bhaj means to share. Sharing all that the Divine is. It is not necessary to know the words or meaning to any song. Singing helps to bring serenity. Singing is simply merging into the sounds, floating on its waves with a sense of contentment and meditation. In satsang, both the left and right hemispheres of the brain get balanced. The wandering mind comes back to the present moment and experiences a deeper dimension to life. ~ Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

* Explore the culture and geography of India.


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