Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 24: Verses 1-14
The Lord stops the sacrifice to Indra
Sri Suka began again : Dwelling in the same land of Vraja accompanied by Baladeva, Sri Krsna too saw the cowherds engaged in preparations for the worship of Indra (the god of rain). Though aware of it, the Lord, who is the Indweller of all (hearts) and all-perceiving and was (yet) bent low with humility, enquired of the elderly people (of Vraja): the leader of whom was Nanda, (as follows):- "It may kindly be pointed out to me, O father, what is this occassion for (unusual) flutter come up before you ? What will be the fruit (of it) ? For whom is it intended ? And by whom and through what materials is this sacrifice going to be performed ?(Kindly) tell me this, eager as I am to hear it, 0 father ! Great is my longing (for it), Indeed no undertaking, in this world, of pious souls-who look upon all as their own self, in whose eyes none is their own or alien and who have no friend, neutral or enemy-is secret. (Of course, where this is not the case) a neutral (too) ought to be shunned like an enemy, whereas a friend has been declared to be as good as one's own self (and hence nothing should be kept secret from him). People perform actions either deliberately (after weighing their consequences) or without deliberation. But success does not attend the actions of a thoughtless man as it crowns those of a thoughtful person. Of such actions, then, has this expedient in the form of ritual been considered by you ? Or, does it follow the course of the world ? (Pray,) explain this fully to me, inquisitive as I am.