Srimad-Bhagavatam: Canto 10 - Chapter 1 - Verse 9


तामात्तयष्टिं प्रसमीक्ष्य सत्वर-स्ततोऽवरुह्यापससार भीतवत् ।गोप्यन्वधावन्न यमाप योगिनांक्षमं प्रवेष्टुं तपसेरितं मन: ॥ ९ ॥


tām ātta-yaṣṭiṁ prasamīkṣya satvarastato ’varuhyāpasasāra bhītavatgopy anvadhāvan na yam āpa yogināṁkṣamaṁ praveṣṭuṁ tapaseritaṁ manaḥ


When Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa saw His mother, stick in hand, He very quickly got down from the top of the mortar and began to flee as if very much afraid. Although yogīs try to capture Him as Paramātmā by meditation, desiring to enter into the effulgence of the Lord with great austerities and penances, they fail to reach Him. But mother Yaśodā, thinking that same Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa, to be her son, began following Kṛṣṇa to catch Him.


Yogīs, mystics, want to catch Kṛṣṇa as Paramātmā, and with great austerities and penances they try to approach Him, yet they cannot. Here we see, however, that Kṛṣṇa is going to be caught by Yaśodā and is running away in fear. This illustrates the difference between the bhakta and the yogī. Yogīs cannot reach Kṛṣṇa, but for pure devotees like mother Yaśodā, Kṛṣṇa is already caught. Kṛṣṇa was even afraid of mother Yaśodā’s stick. This was mentioned by Queen Kuntī in her prayers: bhaya-bhāvanayā sthitasya (Bhāg. 1.8.31). Kṛṣṇa is afraid of mother Yaśodā, and yogīs are afraid of Kṛṣṇa. Yogīs try to reach Kṛṣṇa by jñāna-yoga and other yogas, but fail. Yet although mother Yaśodā was a woman, Kṛṣṇa was afraid of her, as clearly described in this verse.