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Once the four Pandavas (except Yudhishthira who was not present) asked Krishna:

"What is Kaliyuga and what will happen during Kaliyuga?"

Krishna smiled and said "Let me demonstrate to you, the situation of Kaliyuga." He took a bow and four arrows and shot them in four directions and ordered the four Pandavas to go and bring them back.

Each of the four Pandavas went in the four different directions to search for the arrows.

When Arjuna picked an arrow, he heard a very sweet voice. He turned around and saw a cuckoo singing in a spellbinding voice but was also eating flesh of a live rabbit which was in great pain. Arjuna was very surprised to see such a gory act by such a divine bird he left the place immediately.

Bhima picked arrow from a place, where five wells were situated. The four wells were surrounding a single well. The four wells were overflowing with very sweet water as if they were not able to hold water and surprisingly the well in the middle of these four overflowing wells was completely empty. Bhima was also puzzled at this sight.

Nakula was returning to the place after picking up the arrow. He stopped at a place where a cow was about to give birth. After giving birth the cow started licking the calf but continued to lick it even after the calf was clean. With great difficulty people were able to separate them and by that time the calf was injured badly. Nakula was puzzled by the behaviour of such a calm animal.

Sahadeva picked arrow which fell near a mountain and saw a big boulder falling. The boulder was crushing the rocks and big trees on its way down, but the same boulder was stopped by a small plant. Sahadeva was also amazed at this sight.
All the Pandavas asked the meaning of these incidents. Krishna smiled and started explaining...

"In Kaliyuga, the priests will have very sweet voice and will also have great knowledge but they will exploit devotees the same way cuckoo was doing with rabbit.

In Kaliyuga poor will live among rich, those rich will have enormous amount of wealth which will actually overflow but they will not offer a single penny to the poor same as the four wells didn't have a single drop of water for the empty well.

In Kaliyuga parents will love their children so much that their love will actually spoil them and will destroy their lives similar to the love shown by cow to her newborn calf.

In Kaliyuga people will fall in terms of character like the boulder from the mountain and they will not be stopped by anyone at the end only the name of God will be able to hold them from doom like the little plant held the boulder from further fall."

~ Uddhava Gita, Srimad Bhaagawatam ~

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The peaceful Sage, who in his equal vision moves about in the world with hatred to none, ever-free - I constantly follow him from behind, seeking to purify Myself, with the dust of his feet!!!

- Ekadisa , XIV-16

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"I offer my respectful obeisances to Sri Krishna, whose form is eternal and full of knowledge and bliss, who is the rescuer from distress, who is understood by Vedanta, who is the supreme spiritual master, and who is the witness in everyone’s heart."

~ Gopal Tapani Upanisad 1.1

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Whether we live in a cave or in a palace, in the forest or on a mountaintop, in water or in fire, there is no difference. He who has entrusted himself into your keeping, O Lord, will ever be protected by you. As the akola seed returns to the tree at night, as the iron filings rush to the magnet, as the faithful wife never deserts her husband in good and bad times, as the creeper clings to the tree and the river rushes to the ocean, so let my mind run to thee, O Lord, and stay there Forever.

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On the day when libations with soma juice were made, Yudhishtira personally proceeded to honor the sacrificial priests. Vyasa made the announcement that thereafter Draupadi would be the emperors wife alone and that they would have no physical relationship in future. The other four brothers would have to revere them as parents. They bowed in assent. The coronation of the emperor and empress was now performed on a grand scale. At the end of the ceremony came the Arghya Puja, or worship of the noblest person present.

Yudhishtira had already decided in his own mind that Krishna alone was fit for that honor, but since there might be a difference of opinion among the rest, he asked his youngest brother, Sahadeva, who was noted for his wisdom, to speak up. Without hesitation, Sahadeva said, "The worshipful Lord Krishna, the protector of all devotees, alone is worthy of this honor. This entire cosmos is his manifestation. The whole universe is his form. By his grace alone, the goals of dharma, artha, kama, and moksha can be achieved. What is the doubt, therefore, that he alone should be worshiped as the foremost among the honored guests? By so doing, we shall be worshiping all beings, including ourselves. A tree may be very large, O King, with many branches, spreading in many directions, some filled with flowers, some with fruits, and some with leaves. In fact, the branches and leaves may be so numerous that our attention may be caught by them alone. But when the time comes to water the tree, does anyone doubt where the water should be poured? Therefore, if you wish the fruits of your sacrifice to be without end, offer the Arghya Puja to Krishna, the soul of all, the perfect, the supremely peaceful one, in whose eyes nothing is different from himself."

Yudhishtira was very pleased by this speech of his wise young brother. The Lord is the root from which the variegated tree of the world has sprouted and spread. What doubt, then, that his feet should be washed in the final puja(worship ceremony)?

Bhishma, the grandsire of the Kurus, now added,"In this great and glorious assembly, Krishna shines as the one sun in the midst of his multitudinous rays. Without him, the hall will lose its luster. He alone deserves the honor."

The sage Vyasa promptly endorsed this and declared Krishna to be God incarnate. So everything was prepared for the Arghya Puja. The Lord was seated on a jeweled throne, and Yudhishtira, accompanied by his brothers and Draupadi, came forward with gem-studded golden pots containing perfumed water. Placing the lotus feet of the Lord tenderly on a golden plate, Tudhishtira washed them lovingly with tears of joy and love overflowing from his eyes. His brothers and Draupadi followed suit. The water that was this consecrated was sprinkled reverently on their own heads and then over the entire assembly. Making rich offerings of silks and ornaments to all, Yudhishtira stood with tears welling up in his eyes, overcome with emotion and unable to speak, so great was the bliss that threatened to overwhelm him. Everybody saluted the Lord, sitting resplendent on the throne and looking so radiant that they felt themselves bathed in the golden glow emanating from him. Shouts of "Jai Krishna! (Victory to Krishna!) Jai Vaasudeva! Jai Govinda! Jai Madhava!" rent the air as they showered flowers on him.

At this auspicious time, Shishupala, prompted by death himself, jumped up and said scornfully, "A bastard (Yudhishtira) has asked the son of a river (Bhishma) for advice. And the person chosen for Arghya Puja is a poor cowherd who has eaten earth, stolen butter and gopis' clothes, dallied with them, killed his own uncle Kamsa, and schemed to have the powerful Jarasandha killed by a trick. In this noble gathering of illustrious kings and holy rishis, could you not find anyone superior to this base-born Yadava? He is not equal in the birth or position of any one of us here and should never been invited in the first place. To choose him in preference to all others is an insult to this august assembly. O Yudhishtira! Do not think that we have submitted to you through fear or dread of your powers; we came because we honor your nobility and wisdom. Now that you have shown yourself to be devoid of both, it is better not to stay to be further insulted. Come, O kings! Let us kill this upstart Yadava immediately and defeat the Pandavas, who have subjected us to these intolerable insults!"

So spoke Shishupala, after having bottled up this hatred for so many years. Immediately, the assembly broke up into factions, some siding with Yudhishtira and others, Shishupala. The Rajasuya seemed in danger of degenerating into a vulgar brawl. Krishna alone took no notice of Shishupala's speech, as a lion does not notice a jackal's howls. Bhima, Arjuna, and Sahadeva, however, could not tolerate these insults and would have flung themselves on Shishupala and made an end of him then and there, but Yudhishtira held them back and tried his best to pacify Shishupala. Many in the assembly, unable to bear these insults to the Lord, closed their ears and walked out, for one incurs sin by listening to the vilification of a holy personage.

Long ago, the Lord had made a promise to his aunt, Shishupala's mother, that he would calmly bear a hundred insults from her son, so he listened with a smile while Shishupala kept ranting. At last, Shishupala, having exhausted all the slurs he could hurl at both Krishna and Bhishma and enraged at having been met with no retaliation, sprang at Krishna like an angry cobra with hood upraised to strike and challenged him to a duel. Arjuna and the others immediately surrounded the Lord in order to protect him. Krishna got up in a leisurely manner from the jeweled throne and moved his friends gently aside. He walked forward to meet the angry Shishupala, who had more than exhausted the quote of a hundred insults allotted to him. As Shishupala charged toward him brandishing his sword, the Lord hurled his discus, the Sudarashana, at him with a look of infinite compassion on his face. In that split second before death overtook him, Shishupala remembred his previous lives and folded his palms above his head and paid homage to his master. The discus seered Shishupala's head from his body, and a glow of light emerged from him and melted into the aura surrounding the Lord. Shishupala, like Kamsa, had lived for so long thinking only of him that he had achieved identity with him.

This miracle following Shishupala's end made Yudhishtira wonder who he had been, so he asked Narada to explain how a man who from childhood had spent his time disparaging Krishna could achieve union with him.

The divine sage then explained how once the guards of Lord Vishnu's abode at Vaikunta, known as Jaya and Vijaya, had barred the entry of the boy sages, known as the Sanat Kumaras, into the presence of the Lord, and the sages had cursed them, stipulating that they must be born on Earth. They had appealed to Lord Vishnu, who had given them a choice. They could either take seven ordinary birth on Earth as his devotees or three extraordinary births as his enemies! Either way, they would have constant memory of him and attain him at the end of the stipulated period of time. They opted for the path of enmity, for it would enable them to return to Vaikunta faster, but they pleaded that at each of these three births as his enemies, they should meet their end at the hands of their master alone. To this he had agreed. In their first birth, they had been born as the fearful demons, Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakshipu, who were killed by the Lord in his incarnations as Varaha (the boar) and Narasimha (the man-lion), respectively. In their second births, as Ravana and Kumbhakarna, they were killed by the Lord in his incarnation as Sri Rama. This was their final birth, in which they were born as Shishupala and Dantavakra. The sage Narada now concluded his tale. "Shishupala has now been given salvation, and Dantavakra will soon follow suit."

At the end of the Rajasuya, the emperor, together with his consort, was seated in the chariot decorated with golden chains drawn by excellent horses and taken around the city. After this, the priests made him take the ceremonial bath, together with Draupadi, in the holy river. This was known as 'avabrithasnana'. Drums blared and the people danced and showered flowers all down the path leading to the palace. Everyone who attended the Rajasuya took a ceremonial bath in the river, since it was considered to be most auspicious. This was the concluding ceremony, and the guests departed after having been honored by the emperor. The Pandavas persuaded Lord Krishna and the Kauravas to stay a while longer and enjoy their hospitality, as well as the sights of the city of wonders. Though the invitation was made in all good faith, yet it was to lay the foundation for the war between the cousins, as will be seen.

Seeing the splendor of the Pandavas' palace and the glory that Rajasuya had brought them, Duryodhana felt sick with envy. He longed to possess all this for himself but did not know how he could accomplish it. One day, Yudhishtira was sitting on a golden throne in the Maya Sabha, or Hall of Illusions, looking like Indra, the king of the gods, with Draupadi on one side and Krishna on the other and surrounded by his brothers. Just then, Duryodhana, wearing a diamond-studded diadem and many necklaces, approached the hall, followed by his brother. Holding a sword in his hand he came in, showering abuses at the guards to show off his importance. As has been said before, the Maya Sabha was filled with optical illusions. Duryodhana thought it demeaning to ask questions and air his ignorance. He had already been brought to grief once before when he had bumped his head against the wall as he had tried to pass through what he had thought to be a door. But that had not been so bad, for there had been no one with him, and as he gave a quick glance around, he had not seen anyone, though he did hear a suspicion of girlish laughter, which sounded vaguely familiar.

But on that particular day, surrounded by his brothers and in full view of the assembly, he came to what he thought was a lotus lake in the middle of the hall and carefully skirted it, only to be met with the mocking laughter of Panchali and Bhima and the titters of the others. Infuriated by this, he strode forward untill he came to another pool, which he imagined to be another illusion. With a careless smile and a knowing look, meant to convince the onlookers of his superior knowledge of such things, he plunged in, only to find himself sprawling in an undignified heap in the water, his diadem awry, his clothes drenched, and his necklaces knotted up. Draupadi, unable to control her mirth this time, was in stitches. Bhima's guffaws filled the hall, and almost all the other spectators were convulsed at the sight of the pompous Duryodhana in such a ludicrous predicament. Yudhishtira alone, who could never bear the sight of another person's distress, ran to comfort him and offered him rich and costly garments to replace the ones that had been ruined, but Duryodhana was not appeased by this and swore vengeance on Draupadi as well as the Pandavas. "In just such an open court as this," he swore to himself, "will I make her the laughingstock of the multitude!"

The Lord, in whose presence all this took place, remained silent. In fact, it is even suspected that it was his mischievous and encouraging look that emboldened Draupadi and Bhima to give way to their mirth! His ways are inscrutable, and who knows, but this might have been engineered by him to bring about the cause for the war.

After this debacle, Duryodhana refused to stay any longer and departed for Hastinapura in a hurry. He was determined to avenge these insults and held an emergency council meeting as soon as they reached Hastinapura. Shakuni taunted Duryodhana. "Did you see the prosperity of the Pandavas? I'm sure we were invited only so that they could flaunt their wealth before us. Unless we do something soon, we will be destroyed."

Duryodhana was still brooding over his ridiculous fall. "Did you see how Bhima and the princess of Panchala laughed at my discomfiture? When I think of it, my blood boils. I will never rest in peace until the whole world laughs at Panchali!"

Thus the Kauravas sat and plotted and thought of a hundred different schemes to get even with the Pandavas.

Lord Krishna and Balarama also left Indraprastha soon after, for they heard that Dwaraka was being besieged by King Salva of Saubha. He had been Shishupala's friend and during the time of the Rukmini 'swayamvara' had been witness to his embarrassment. He had taken a vow before all the other kings that he would rid this world of the entire race of Yadavas. In order to accomplish this, he had done sever tapasya to Lord Shiva, who had given him an aerial vehicle called the Saubha, which was as big as a palace and which could be made invisible.(The description of this aerial chariot actually resembles that of some extraterrestrial vehicle.) Salva had waited for his time, and when he heard of Shishupala's death, he felt that it was the opportune time for him to attack Dwaraka, especially since he knew that both Krishna and Balarama were away and only Pradyumna had been left to hold the fort.

He attacked Dwaraka from the Saubha and destroyed the outer woodlands and gardens. Then he directed the attack against the various bastions of the city so that his army. which was marching over land, could easily penetrate it. Flashes of lightening, hailstones, cyclonic storms, and clouds of dust were released from the Saubha, which was equipped with all types of unimaginable weapons. Pradyumna and other sons of Krishna ably defended the city for twenty-seven days. At last, Pradyumna was injured by a blow on the chest by Dyumna, Salva's minister, and he swooned. His charioteer took him away from the battlefield immediately. Pradyumna was very angry with his driver when he came to his senses, and he insisted on returning to the fray immediately.

Luckily, at this opportune moment, the Lord arrived on the scene and charged into combat with Salva. When the latter found himself outmached, he resorted to illusory tricks and made Vasudeva's form appear before the Lord and then cut off his head. For a moment it seemed as if Krishna himself trembled to see the fate of his dear father, but in a split second, he realized that it was but an illusion, and he rushed forward and killed Salva and destroyed the Saubha. Dantavakra, a close friend of Salva and Shishupala, now came forward, and Krishna made an end of him with his mace, the Kaumodaki, and just as in the case of Shishupala, a strange light was seen to pass from him and melt into the Lord's aura, for he had also been one of the twin guards of Lord Vishnu, as explained by Narada.

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Of all Krishna's wives, there was none so sweet and docile as Rukmini. She was Lakshmi Devi incarnate, the consort of Lord Vishnu.

She was the ideal Aryan wife, asking for nothing, demanding nothing, finding her greatest happiness in the service of her husband, who was also her Lord and God. At no time in her life had she ever opposed his wishes or in any way expressed her opinions at variance with his, as the headstrong Satyabhama was wont to do. One day, the Lord decided to gauge the placidity of the calm lake of her mind by dropping a pebble of discontent into it. Was it as calm at the bottom as it appeared on the surface, or were the storms of passion lurking below?

One afternoon, he was resting on the swing bed with Rukmini gently fanning him and deriving immense pleasure from this small service. She presented a picture of rare beauty as she stood beside the Lord. Her jeweled anklets made a sweet, tinkling sound as she moved about, and her bangles kept time with the movement of the gently waving fan. Seeing her looking so lovely and serene, the Lord said, with a mischievous smile, "O princess, many a ruler who was equal in wealth to the divinities, who was as noble, as charming, and as endowed with looks, generosity, strength, and valor came to your 'swayamvara'(choosing husband ritual), including Shishupala, the prince of Chedi. Without caring for any of them, why did you choose me, who am inferior to them in all things, who has taken up shelter in the middle of the sea out of fear, who has abandoned all claims to the royal throne, and whose way of life is steeped in mystery and transcends the ways of the world? I am one without any possessions and am fond of those with nothing. Therefore, O beautiful one, wealthy people do not seek my favor. Marriage and friendship should only be between people who are compatible in respect to birth, wealth, and position. Therefore, O princess of Vidarbha, if it was without knowledge of these failings that you chose to marry me, then it is still not too late for you to seek some noble Kshatriya prince like Shishupala, who will be a real match for you an enable you to fulfill your aspirations in this world and the next. I took you by force, only to destroy the pride of those evil kings. We who are established in the equilibrium of wisdom have no need for women, offspring, or wealth. We are ever satisfied with the bliss of the 'atman', the true Self, and we act the role of the uninvolved witness in the affairs of the world."

At the beginning of this unprovoked attach, Rukmini had looked up startled, wondering what she had done to provoke this tirade. But as the harangue continued unabated, her lips started quivering, her eyes filled with tears, and a terrible sorrow clutched at her heart and threatened to tear it apart. Any minute now, she expected to heart the fateful words banishing her from his divine presence, forbidding her ever to return again. The final straw was the mention of the hateful word 'Shishupala'. If there was anyone whom the gentle princess detested, it was the prince of Chedi. Her tender heart could bear no more. Her bangles slipped off her limp arms, and without a sound, she crumpled to the ground. Seeing thins drastic reaction to his teasing, the Lord jumped up from the cot, lifted her tenderly, massaged her face with his lotus palms, did everything to bring her back to consciousness, and then proceed to soothe and pacify her. At last, her lovely eyes fluttered open.

"O beautiful one," he said' "do not be angry with me. I was only teasing you for the pleasure of hearing your reply. Differences of opinion happen in all marriages. In fact, that is the only gain to be had from marriage. What you should have done was to defend yourself against my unjust accusations, and then we could have spent a happy hour arguing and quarreling with each other, as all husbands and wives do. I never expected you to swoon." Thus he comforted her and tenderly kissed away her tears. At last, with heaving breasts and smothered sobs, Rukmini spoke.

"I find no pleasure in anything but your service, O Lord," she said with quivering lips. "Your smiles, your glances, your commands - these constitute my life breath, and if I cannot have these, I would rather die." Then, taking up each of the points that he had declared to be detrimental to him, she pointed out that these very points were a matter of pride to her.

"O lotus-eyed Lord! What you said about my not being a fitting match for you is indeed true. For where are you, the all-prevading being, the master of all powers and excellence, and where am I, a creature constituted of the three gunas? It is true that you have taken your residence in the deep sea, for you are the pure consciousness that is ever resident in the ocean of our hearts. Your ways are mysterious and no doubt none can conceive of them. You are indeed a pauper, for there is nothing outside you that you can possess. You are the embodiment of all values. Men abandon everything the world prizes to follow you. These are the noble ones with whom you have affinity. That is a true marriage, when a person attains union with you. This is only a relationship of the body. It was by hearing of your greatness from the ascetics who have no possession but you that I came to love you, rejecting all lesser mortals. Having driven away the assembled kings by a mere twang of your bow, you took me away, for I am your rightful property. Who is the woman with even a modicum of sense who would go after a man, who is nothing but a walking corpse, in preference to you, who are the abode of all excellence? Who is the woman who will care to leave you, after having once experienced the perfume of your lotus feet, the abode of Lakshmi, the goddess of fortune? I have sought shelter in you, the Lord of all the worlds, the Paramatma, and the one who fulfills all the aspirations of everyone, here and in the hereafter, for you are the only match for me. (The Paramatma is the only match for the jivatma). Revolving as I am in this cycle of birth and death, may your feet be my shelter, your feet that destroy the false identification of the body with the spirit and that remains ever, with the devotee as his sole support, in the ocean of samsara. Only those women who are steeped in ignorance and who have never known the fragrance of your lotus feet would go after human husbands, who are nothing but corpses clad in skin and bones and flesh."

The Lord said, "O noble one! It was only to hear these words of yours that I teased you. It would be difficult to find even one household with a wife like you. Your single-minded devotion and dedication to me shall go uncompensated, for they are too noble and pure to be rewarded by anything I can do for you."

Thus, he blessed and comforted her. This small episode in the life of the Lord shows how he played the role of the typical householder to perfection, as he played every other role.

- from 'The Complete Life of Krishna' by Vanamali

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An ancient king of Bharatavarsha called Muchukunda had procured a boon from Indra, the king of the gods, for having helped him defeat the demons. The boon asked by the king was that he should be allowed to sleep in peace for many years, until the advent of the Lord as Krishna, for he was anxious to behold this form of the Lord. Indra granted him this blessing and also promised him that if anyone woke him up before the appointed time, that person would be turned into ashes. This king, Muchukunda, was sleeping in the cave into which Krishna entered. Naturally, Kalayavana was ignorant of all this. He followed the Lord into the cave and saw the form of the sleeping king. In the dim light of the cave, he mistook it for Krishna. Not waiting to ascertain further details, he directed a well-aimed kick at the sleeper and said in a loud voice, "Get up, O Yadava! You cannot hope to escape my wrath by resorting to these childish tricks!"

Being thus rudely awakened from his sleep of eons, King Muchukunda turned a baleful eye on the miscreant. Kalayavana was immediately reduced into a heap of ashes. Krishna thereupon emerged from behind the rock, from which vantage point he had been watching the proceedings with interest. Muchukunda's second boon had been that he would be able to see Vishnu in his avatara as Krishna, and when he saw the divine form that he had been dreaming about for years, he immediately rose up and then prostrated. "Who is it that I am seeing before me? In this mountain cave filled with gloom, the brilliance emanating from you is dispelling the darkness with a glowing light. O great one, please tell me all particulars about yourself, for I consider you to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu."

To him the Lord replied smilingly, "O honored one, my births, deeds, and names are so numerous that even I cannot recount them all. It may be possible to count the particles of dust on this planet but not the number of my births. But know that in this birth I am incarnated in the line of the Yadus as the son of Vasudeva and am known as Vaasudeva. Because you have worshiped me in the past and have desired to have a vision of me in his form, I have presented myself in this cave. O royal sage, choose whatever boons you want, and I shall grant them accordingly."

The king said, "O Lord, my life until now has been wasted in vain pursuits centering on the feeling that the body is the self. Your mighty power called time reduces to mere dust even a kingly body, encased in silks. So now, having come to my senses, I do not seek any other blessing than service at your feet. Who is it that, having once known you, would ask for any other boon? All material goods are only a means for further bondage. O Spirit Supreme! O refuge of the helpless! I have been reduced to wretchedness by the enemies called passions, which are within me, and I have sought refuge in you, Protect me, O Lord, from the dangers within."

The Lord replied, "Know, O King, that I did not tempt you with boons to test your mastery over your desires but only to show how a devotee with unswerving love for me can never be attached to worldly attractions. I bless you with unshakable and unwavering devotion to me always and under all conditions. Go now and practice austerities to remove the effects of your past karmas. In your next birth, you will be born as a saint with universal love; after that, you will attain me."

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Soon after, the Lord, accompanied by Uddhava and Balarama, went to Akrura's house to fulfill the promise made to him.

Akrura worshiped him with all honor and addressed him thus, "O Lord, today my house has been rendered more holy than the hermitages of ascetics, for it has had the great good fortune to have as its guest the supreme parent and teacher of the world, who is the embodiment of all the divinities. Who is the man who will seek shelter in anyone other than you, the lover of his devotees, the universal well-wisher? Not only do you grant the desires of your devotees, however trifling, but you are the one who grants your very self, after attaining which there is no further fall (into the meshes of worldly delusion). You have embodied yourself in age after age, whenever the ancient path of right living and enlightenment, the Sanatana Dharma, which has been revealed by you, is in danger of being lost. O Janardana, it is the height of good fortune that you have condescended to come of your own accord to my humble abode. Grant me the ability to cut asunder the cord of attachment, your maya's creation, for son, wife, wealth, house, and body."

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...Krishna's messenger Uddhava tried to comfort them. "Listen, O gopis! You have attained the highest fulfillment of life, and the whole world must adore you, for you have succeeded in surrendering your minds completely to the Lord of all. Normally, people attain this state through the practice of many disciplines, vows, and austerities, but even without any of these, I find in you an extraordinary manifestation of love for the divine, which is rare even among sages. Now listen to the message he has sent for you:

"O beloved ones, I have never left you and will never leave you. You have never been separate from me, for I am manifest in the whole universe. If I have not come to see you, it is only because I have still to accomplish what I have come for. But do not grieve, for your grief is my grief and your joy is my joy. For love such as yours, there can be no end. I, who am boundless, have been bound by your love. Blessed are you among women, for your names will ever be remembered by the world to come. When I am far away physically, meditate on me, and thus you will be able to commune with me. Devoid of other thoughts, allow your minds to enter into me, and then you will attain me without delay."

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...It is only now that Nanda realized the bitter truth that the child he had adored and brought up for twelve years as his own son was not his bus Vasudeva's. How joyously had he set out for the capital a few days ago! How happily had he assured his wife that he would return with their beloved son! Now he found his son to be a king and he himself left to return home alone and empty-handed. With what words could he comfort his wife? In that whole town that had gone mad with joy, he alone grieved. But Krishna, sensing his deep unhappiness, went and comforted him.

"Dear Father!" he said. "We were nourished, fondled, and cared for by you with extreme affection. She is the real mother and he, the real father who takes care of another person's child as his own. You, O Father, have done this for us when our parents were unable to look after us. Even Devaki, who gave birth to me, has never had the pleasure of watching my childhood pranks, as you have. O Father, I do not belong to this person or that. I belong to those who love me. To him who looks on me as a son, I will go as a son, not only now , but in the ages to come."

His voice rang out as he said this, as if he were making a promise to posterity. Nanda felt immeasurably comforted and was able to return to Gokula in a happier state of mind.

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Victory to the Supreme Divinity
born as the delightful child of Devaki.
Victory to Sri Krishna who is the enlightener of the race
of the Vrishis.
Victory to Mukunda (Krishna), who removes the
burden of the earth, caused by the wicked.

from 'Mukundamala' by Kulashekhara Alvar

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This body, which is now attractive, is bound to age one day and will disintegrate gradually by its very nature. O foolish man! Why try to perpetuate it through medicines? Utter the sweet name of Sri Krishna instead, which is the sure remedy for all ills.

From "MUKUNDAMALA" by Kulashekhara Alvar

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Once during a festive season, the gopas went to a place of pilgrimage known as Ambikavana. After bathing in the river, they offered worship to Lord Shiva and his consort Parvathi. They spent the night there on banks of the river, and while they slept, a python caught hold of Nanda's leg. The gopas woke up, on hearing his screams, and tried to drive it off with firebrands, but it would not let go. They went and called Krishna, who touched the snake with his foot. Freed from its curse by the contact with his holy feet, the serpent assumed its original form of a celestial being. He prostrated to the Lord, thanked him for having released him from his curse, and returned to his abode.

- From "The Complete Life of Krishna" by Vanamali

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Every year at the end of the summer season, the cowherds of Vrindavana would offer a great sacrifice to Indra, the king of the gods and the god of rain. This was to propitiate him so that he would send enough rain to make the grass grow for their cattle to feed and not send too much, which would make the Yamuna flood its banks and destroy their settlement. Krishna noticed the preparations and questioned his father about it.

"Every year we make a sacrifice to Indra to show our gratitude," said Nanda.

"What has he done for us for which we should be grateful?" questioned the Lord.

"Hush, child, do not speak like that. You have no respect for the gods. Don't you know that it's Indra who gives us rains? We are cowherds. Our wealth is derived from our cattle. How will our cows thrive without grass and how will grass grow if there is no rain? If Indra is not propitiated, he will not give us rain or he will give too much of it, and where will we be? Without rain, all human efforts are of no use."

Hearing this Krishna replied, "Living beings are born according to their karma and they die according to it also. Karma regulates their attainment of enjoyments and their suffering, fears, and welfare. To creatures who are thus subject to their karma, of what use is an Indra who cannot undo the effects of those karmas? Therefore, it is best to do one's duty as born of one's nature and thus honor karma. That is worship. The three gunas(modes) of Prakriti - sattva, rajas, and tamas - are the basis of the origin, preservation, and dissolution of the universe. By the power of rajas, all places get rain, from which all creatures get food. What has Indra got to do with this? Being a forest tribe, we are always staying in the woods and on hills like the Govardhana. Because of the hill, the rain clouds are stopped and rain falls in Vrindavana, and it's on the grassy slopes of this hill that our cattle graze and grow sleek and fat and yield plenty of milk. So let a variety of edibles be made and let food and gifts be given to all, including the outcasts. Worship the cows with grass and the hill with sacrificial offerings. This is my view, O Father! This will make everyone happy - the cows, the holy men, and myself. If it is acceptable to you, you may follow it."

Nanda had been brought up in the tradition of paying respects to all the ancient gods, such as Indra, Varuna, and others, but he had great faith in the words of his son, who possessed extraordinary powers, as he well knew, so he carried out all Krishna's instructions. On the appointed day, under the Lord's supervision, plenty of butter, milk, and sweets, all his favorite dishes, in fact, were prepared in vast quantities.

"Do not stint on anything, Father," Krishna said teasingly. "When you make an offering to God, it should be the very best that you can afford." In and through the prank he was playing, He was also a teaching them a valuable lesson - to give honor where honor is due and also to give lavishly when giving.

Carrying loads of food, the entire community trudged up the hillside. There they lit the sacrificial fire and worshiped the holy men, the cows, and the mountain itself. To generate faith in their minds, Krishna appeared in a gigantic form, as the spirit of the mountain, and consumed large quantities of the food offerings! No wonder he had asked them to prepare the things he liked best. Then, in his own form as gopala, he prostrated before himself, and turning to others he asked them, "In all the years that you have been giving offerings to Indra, has he ever come personally to accept them?" They shook their heads sadly.

"Now see," said the Lord playfully, "How Govardhana has accepted your offerings in person!"

After this, they circumambulated the hill and then returned to Vraja in a happy mood, after having partaken of the delicious feast.

But Indra was not to be dismissed so easily. He was not going to resign his position and relinquish his accustomed offerings without a struggle. He had listened to Krishna's audacious words to his father and was determined to teach him a lesson and punish the cowherds for their presumption in withholding the sacrifice, which was his due. Thus, he assembled all his weightiest rain clouds and hurled them down with such a force that it rained in Vrindavana as it had never rained before in their memory. Drops as large as buckets came pelting down, hour after hour, day after day, without a moment of intermission. The river began to overflow and the trees to be washed away. It looked as if the little settlement with all the people and the cattle would be swept away in a mighty flood if something was not done immediately. When they found that the onslaught refused to abate despite their tardy prayers to an irate Indra, the terrified cowherds ran to Krishna for help. He calmed their fears and spoke reassuringly to them. "Fear not, I will protect those who trust in me and have no recourse but me."

Telling them to bring their cattle and all their worldly possessions with them, he took them to the Govardhana hill, and then, with the greatest of east, he uprooted the mighty mountain with his tender, boyish hand and held it aloft with one finger as easily as a child would sport with a mushroom! Snugly ensconced beneath this mighty hill, with their cattle and their belongings, the cowherds stayed safely for seven days and seven nights, while the rains lashed down in fury. Thunder crashed and lightening flashed, the winds howled, and the waters poured down in an unending deluge. It resembled the floodwaters at the end of time, for Indra was determined to make them come out of their improvised shelter and beg for mercy. Not even a giant could hold out for so long, thought he, and certainly not a small child like Krishna. Very soon, he will get tired and put down the hill, or it may even come down on him and crush the whole tribe to pulp!

But nothing of the sort seemed to be happening. The gopas, with their usual childlike capacity for living in the present, were having a wonderful time in their improvised shelter. They built a fire to keep themselves warm and brought out their usual games and entertainments, holding wrestling bouts and bullfights, while the gopis danced and sang and gazed adoringly at the Lord. He stood there holding the hill aloft with one hand, sometimes playing the flute with the other, sometimes tickling the necks of the calves who came nuzzling up to him, sometimes joking and laughing with the boys, and never for a moment showing the least sign of fatigue. It was a great holiday for the whole community. They did not have to worry about their usual routine chores and could enjoy the divine presence unhampered by the pressing needs of their daily routine.

At last Indra's stock of water seemed to have been exhausted. The drops seemed to be losing their intensity and soon came to a full stop. Even the wind and thunder seemed to have lost their volume and soon the last howl and rumble died away in the distance. Seeing the sky clear of clouds, Krishna led his entourage out into the open. The land had been ravaged by the rain, but the sun was already coming out, and soon the waters would dry up. The river had began to subside, and the animals came creeping out of their lairs. In the presence of all, the Lord reinstalled the mountain in its original place. The inhabitants of Vraja could not contain their excitement and joy, and all of them threw themselves at the Lord's feet and hailed him to the skies. Indra looked down from his heaven and knew to his fury that a new star had appeared on the firmament that would eclipse him in the years to come.

With pride thoroughly humbled, he decided to go to Krishna and beg his pardon for not having recognized who he was, but he was ashamed to go by himself. He requested the celestial cow, Surabhi, to accompany him. Together, they approached Krishna and prostrated before him, while he stood on the sodden sides of the Govardhana.

Indra said, "Salutations to you, O Krishna! You are the indweller in all beings and the master of all devotees. I seek shelter at your feet, for you are the Lord, teacher, and soul of all beings. Please forgive me!"

Next Shurabhi approached him. "You are the Lord of all that exists. May you deign to be our Indra(king) in the future so that the holy and the innocent may be protected. Allow me to perform the abhisheka(ceremonial bath) for installing you as our king. Verily, you are born to lighten the burden of Mother Earth."

After having extolled him thus, Shurabhi performed the abhisheka to him with her milk. She was followed by Indra, who, with the assistance of the sages, performed the ceremonial installation of the Lord as king of kings by pouring over him the waters of the heavenly Ganga, brought in golden pots by Indra's royal white elephant, Airavata.

To the cries of "Hail Govinda! Hail Govinda!" they installed him as the overlord of all jivas(embodied souls). This incarnation of the Lord had the express purpose of saving all jivas from the wheel of existence, and thus it was fitting that he never again submitted to another coronation ceremony. When Krishna was thus acclaimed as Lord of cows and jivas, it is said that milk started to flow from the udders of all cows and Earth was bathed with their offerings. The rivers began to flow with waters of various delicious tastes, trees began to shed honey, and cereals to grow and mature without any cultivation.

After this fantastic event, the gopas, who had not yet understood the divinity of Krishna, were anxious to know more of the details of his birth. They could not understand how Nanda and Yashoda, who were ordinary cowherds like themselves, could produce such a prodigy. So they went to Nanda and demanded an explanation. Nanda himself did not know much except what sage Gargacharya had told him, and this he divulged to the others.

"Hearken to me, O gopas!" he said. "I will tell you what Gargacharya has told me about the birth and achievements of my son. 'Your son,' he said, 'Will help you to attain higher spiritual evolution. He will enable you to surmount all difficulties and contribute to the happiness of your people and your cattle. Those who love him will have no cause to fear enemies, for he is equal to the Lord Narayana in respect of auspiciousness, fame, prowess, and other great qualities.' Therefore, O gopas, do not be surprised by these exploits, revealing his divinity and majesty."

The gopas who had personally witnessed these feats were delighted to hear of Gargacharya's predictions and started worshiping Krishna as Narayana.

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One day, the boys had finished eating all the food they had brought from their homes and were still hungry, so they begged Krishna to procure some food for them. To meet their demands as well to bless the wives of certain Brahmins who were performing fire sacrifices (as enjoined in the Vedas) in the neighborhood of the forest, Krishna asked the boys to go and beg for some food from the Brahmins, for it was incumbent on them to feed the hungry. So the boys ran off and begged for food from those learned Brahmins, who were well versed in the Vedas. Pretending that they had not heard, the learned ones continue to chant mantras, deaf to the needs of the hungry boys outside, for they were confirmed ritualists, blind to the inner meaning behind the Vedic mantras. The disappointed boys returned with tears in their eyes and Krishna comforted them:

"Never mind," he said. "Such behavior is to be expected from those who have only heads and no hearts. They may be full of learning, but their hearts are barren, and they know not the meaning of love, out of which alone kindness can flow."

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No power is beyond the reach of the sage who has controlled his mind, senses, nerve currents, and disposition and who concentrates on me.

" Uddhava Gita "

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"One day while wandering in the woods with the gopalas, the Lord said to them, "How noble are the trees. They live entirely for the sake of others. They bear the wind, rain, heat, and sleet, but protect us from them. How covetable is a birth like that, providing sustenance to all beings. They fulfill the wants of all creatures with their leaves, flowers, fruits, roots, and tubers. People take shelter beneath them, and finally they give up their very lives to provide man with fuel. Man's life in this world is meaningful only to the extent that his energies, wealth, and intelligence are used for the good of others." Thus to each according to his needs and his capacity the Lord taught these boys and girls who were devoted to him.

~ From Book "Life of Krishna" by Vanamalai

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At last, the Lord had pity on his predicament, and when he looked again, Brahma saw that immeasurable consciousness, in the assumed form of cowherd boy, going about in search of his calves and companions with a ball of rice in his hand. Thereupon, Brahma got down from his divine vehicle, the swan, in haste and prostrated before the divine child and began to extol him:

"O Lord of Lords ! Even I, who am the firstborn, having come out of your own navel, cannot understand the mystery of your form, which is not fashioned of material elements but of your own will, in order to bless devotees. Who can calculate your attributes ? Only the one who surrenders himself, body, mind, and intellect to you can become eligible for liberation. I am but a spark of your mighty flame, and therefore it behooves you to pardon my stupidity. You have demonstrated to me today how the one, undifferentiated consciousness, as you were in the beginning of cosmic time, came to be differentiated and changed into numberless forms. What is this world but your jugglery? You unfold the universe of your own free will, assuming the role of myself, Brahma, to create, yourself, Vishnu, to uphold and sustain the creation, and Shiva for its dissolution. O Almighty One ! O Bhagavan ! No one can say anything definite as to where, how, when, and in what way your play as the incarnate is going to take shape. Nor can anyone find an explanation for it. It is all part of your divine mystery. Without you there is no world.

You are the Truth. You are the self-manifest. You are the cause of all causes, the indwellers in all, the eternally blissful. He who is able to see you, the one unversal spirit as manifesting in all, certainly overcomes this samsara, or transmigratory existence. Bondage and liberation are not actual facts but mere names arising from ignorance of the truth which is you alone. The Atman has no other phase except that of truth, consciousness, and bliss, just as in the sun there is neither day, nor night but only eternal effulgence. You are the indweller in all, yet people search for you outside and thus can never find you. But without your grace, none can ever come to realize this truth. Pray, confer the boon of Bhakti, or devotion, on me so that I may be ever engaged in adoring your lotus feet in every birth I take, whether as Brahma or man or animal. How fortunate are these women and cows of Vraja, for in the form of their sons and calves you sucked their milk for one whole year. What is the good of being a god like me? I would deem it the greatest good fortune if I could be born even as a blade of grass in this enchanting forest of Vrindavana, where I would get a chance of being bathed in the dust of your holy feet. O Krishna! You are the sun of the Vrishni (Yadava) clan. You are the master of the universe and the Lord of Vraja. To you, O Krishna, my homage for eternity."


So glorifying him, Brahma prostrated before the lotus feet of the blue boy of Vrindavana, circled him three times, and departed to his own realm after receiving Krishna's blessings.


From ' Complete Life of Krishna ' by Vanamali

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The next one to approach him was Krishna's mother Devaki. Her desires were different, but in fulfilling them, he led her also to liberation. " Krishna, my most beloved son, I know you to be that Supreme Being who for some mysterious purpose of his own has taken birth in my womb. I have been glorified by that contact, but weak as I am, I cannot get over my maternal instincts. I long to be able to have a glimpse of my six sons who were born to me before your advent. I have heard it said that you brought back the son of your Guru, Sandipani, at the request of his wife. Will you not accede to my request and show me my other sons, your brothers, who were murdered by my brother Kamsa?"

Krishna smiled his assent, and immediately it seemed to Devaki that her six children were dancing about before her eyes. She picked them up and satisfied the unfulfilled longing of her heart to nurse them. Deluded by the veil of maya, the illusory power of the Lord, she seated them in her lap and embraced and kissed them. Imbibing the nectarlike remains in Devaki's breasts, the prasad (that which was left after offering to Krishna), they attained liberation instantly. They prostrated to her and to Krishna and vanished to the divine spheres. Devaki was filled with wonder at these strange happenings and asked Krishna, "O Son! I know you to be a master Yogi. Tell me, did you conjure up these infants by magic? Were they real or were they only an illusion?"

Krishna laughed and replied, "O Mother! This whole world is only an illusion. It has no permanence. Everything we experience with the five senses is transitory. Some things last for a few seconds, some for a few hours, some for a few years, and others for a few centuries. But they will all have to come to an end, some time or other. Everything is subject to change - birth, growth, decay, and death. These are the inherent qualities of all things. The only true, everlasting, and immutable entity is God himself. So put not your desires on ephemeral things like husband, house, and children, which can at best yield only a passing joy, but place it at the lotus feet of him who is full of unending bliss and who is the only reality. Surrender to him with love, and he will guide you to the life Eternal. Why clutch at a straw when there is a boat close by, ready to rescue you from the ocean of samsara? Attach yourself to him, and he will steer you to the shore of Infinite Bliss."


From Book " The Complete Life of Krishna " by Vanamali

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His parents had seen his divine form at birth, but as is usual with the human mind, familiarity and increasing intimacy had made them forget the glorious vision, and they considered their son to be human like themselves. But as they neared the end of their lives, they remembered the advice of the sages at Syamantapanchaka and decided to approach him for advice.

Vasudeva came to him and said, " Considering this perishable body as the self, I have been thinking of you, the Supreme Self, as my son alone. Human birth, with all the faculties of mind intact, is very difficult to get. Having it, I have wasted it without bestowing attention on its real purpose, which is to seek union with you, the Supreme Self. You have bound this whole world with the cord of self-centered attachment. At your very birth, you had declared to us the reason for your incarnation. Yet, bound as I have been to this bodily existence, I have forgotten these words. Pray instruct me how best I can get rid of my feelings of being the doer, the strong pull of my ego, which is what blocks the path to liberation. You have given liberation to so many, my son, will you not tell me, your father, how best I can attain it? "

The Lord bowed to his father and said with a smile, " O noblest of the Yadus, all beings, you and I and everything moving and unmoving should be looked upon as manifestation of the Divine, not merely me, your son. There is nothing wrong in thinking, 'This is mine.' The difficulty comes when you limit your outlook to your family relations alone. Expand your vision so that it embraces the whole world. If you see the divinity in me, your son, then look upon all men and women as your sons and daughters and thus recognize that they are also divine. I am Visvatma, the soul of all. Therefore, you should consider the whole world as your own and every creature in it as myself. See the unity underlying the diversity, and you will come to realize the entire universe as nothing but an extension of your own self. The span of divinity that glows in the core of your being blazes in the heart of all creation. Do not limit your ego to the narrow confines of your own body and family, but let it expand to embrace the whole of creation. There lies your path to liberation!"

Thus instructed by that preceptor of the universe in such a simple manner suited to his personality, Vasudeva gave up is narrow vision and attained wisdom.

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When she saw Krishna and her brother, Draupadi's grief was intensified. Their righteous anger was such a contrast to her meek husbands.

"O Janardana! I am the favored queen of the five Pandavas, who are the greatest heroes in the world. I am the daughter of the king of Panchala and the sister of the heroic Drishtadyumna, yet see what they did to me. I was dragged by the hair and insulted in front of the elders! What do I care if Yudishtira is called the sole monarch of Earth, when my hair, which was purifed by the sacred waters of the Rjasuya, was grabbed by Dussasana? Had it not been for your grace, I would have been completely disrobed in full view of my heroic husbands!" She had been bottling up her emotions all these days, but when she saw the look of compassion on the Lord's face, she broke into uncontrollable sobs. Krishna cupped her face in his lotus palms and wiped away her tears with the hem of his upper robe.

' O Panchali," he said. "Be patient for a while. At the end of thirteen years, the women of the Kuru clan will weep as you are weeping now. When Arjuna's arrows quench their thirst in Karna's blood, they will weep. When Bhima's hands are red with Dussasana's blood, they will weep. When Duryodhana lies on the battlefield with his thighs broken, they will weep. Nothing can stop this inexorable law of cause and effect - the law of Karma. The heavens may fall, the snowy peaks of Himavan may trumble down, and the seas may dry up. Earth may split into a million splinters, but my words will never fail. Therefore, dry your tears, my dear sister, and try to forgive your husbands, who were powerless to help you." After this he comforted Yudishtira and the others and returned to Draraka, promising to come whenever they needed him.

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He who worships me constantly and exclusively through
the performance of his duties, knowing my presence in all
beings soon attains steadfast devotion.

~ 'UDDHAVA GITA' , SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM

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The highest charity is the relinquishing of the idea of violence toward all beings. Penance is the giving up of desires. Valor is the conquest of one's nature. Honesty is looking upon everything with an equal eye.

~ 'UDDHAVA GITA' - SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM

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"DRAUPADI," MAHABHARATA

' O Krishna, Thou art the dwelling place for all good
people, the ultimate goal for those in trouble, and the one
who banishes the sorrow of thy devotees, O Krishna, you are my only refuge.

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What is the nature of truth?

“What seems to be like poison is the amrita, what tastes like amrita, is the poison.”

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There is nothing in the three worlds, nor anything unattained that might be attained, yet I mingle in action.

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