Three Sets Of Calves And Boys by Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura
After seeing the killing of Aghasura, Brahma wanted to see more of Krishna’s powers, and therefore came to this spot. Brahma abducted the cowherd boys and calves from the bank of the Yamuna, hid them elsewhere and then disappeared. The boys and calves that Brahma stole were created by maya. Since that maya arises from the Lord’s maya, one could say that everything was done under the Lord’s maya. Bewildered by the Lord’s energy, Brahma stole the calves and boys created by maya in order to see Krishna’s powers. Brahma was thinking, “When I steal the boys and calves, will Krishna show some power and display another wonderful pastime? Will He search and find the calves Himself or come to me and pray to get them back? Or will He not be able to understand anything?” Such thoughts were possible only because Brahma was bewildered by the Lord’s energy. Thus when Brahma desired to steal the boys and calves, yogamaya hid the real boys and calves and mahamaya instantly produced exact replicas for Brahma to steal.
Editors’ comments: In brahma-vimohana-līlā there are three sets of cowherd boys and calves: The original ones who were kept under the spell of yogamaya; the replica set of cowherd boys and calves created by mahamaya which were
stolen by Brahma and the third sets of boys who were Krishna’s Vasudeva expansions. To make this third set, Krishna expanded Himself into the exact number of missing cowherd boys and calves, with their exact bodily features.
— Sārārtha-darśinī commentary on Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam by Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakur » Canto 10: The SummumBonum »Chapter.13: The Stealing of the Boys and Calves by Brahma» Verse:15 » Translation by Bhanu Swami. Edited by Mahanidhi Swami.