Why does he steal butter?
Yashoda was very upset. Another Gopika had come to complain that Krishna had come to her house and stolen butter and had also broken all her pots. It had taken all of Yashoda's good charm to pacify that angry Gopika. Yashoda had had to give the Gopika some of her own butter pots to make up for the ones that Krishna had broken, so that the Gopika had enough butter to sell the next day.
Yashoda called out to Krishna, playing outside with the other boys to come to her at once. Krishna came running and put his arms around her waist. As Yashoda looked at Krishna's beautiful face looking up at her lovingly, her heart melted and she had the urge to pick him up and cuddle him.
But then she remembered and toughened herself. Krishna's behaviour had to be corrected. What need did he have to go and take butter from the poor Gopikas? She fed him very well, so there was no need for him to ask for food from other homes. She felt sad and hurt and angry.
Yashoda knelt down to Krishna's eye level and put on an angry expression.
She said, "Krishna, are you hungry?" Krishna rubbed his bulging stomach and said, "No."
Yashoda said, "When you are hungry, do I ever not give you food or butter?" Krishna gave her a kiss on her cheek and said, "No."
Yashoda said, "Why do you steal butter from the Gopika's homes? And why do you break their pots? You know that they sell the butter to make the money to live, don't you?"
Krishna said, "Mother, some of the Gopikas have hearts like fresh butter. Their hearts are white, pure and melt easily. They wait for me to come to their homes and steal their butter (and their hearts). If I did not go to their homes, they would be very, very disappointed. There are some other Gopikas whose hearts are like spoilt, smelly butter. I go to their homes and break their pots (and their hearts) to teach them a lesson. But I love all of them and they all adore me."
Krishna then laughed and ran away to play. Yashoda stood speechless at her little boy's wisdom.
Source: Inspired from talks by Sri Krishna Premi Swamigal