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Krishna Tales

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There are times when descriptions fade away and the only one that fits is that of a seeker soaking in all of life.. with gratitude and love.

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Krishna…one word which evokes so many images, stories, songs and emotions. The most beloved God to the Hindus. He who has captured the emotions of the wise, the simple, great philosophers, thinkers and poets alike. Playful, mischievous, mysterious, wise. Worshipped, loved, emulated, adored, revered across the ages.

The cutest baby with his endearing antics, who could kill a demon with ease when required. By the age of 14, he had killed close to a few hundred demons and acted as saviour to his people in ways big and small, all while being an absolute prankster. Beat that!!

At the age of 14, he started his formal education under his Guru Sandipani and gained mastery in Vedas, shastras as well as swordsmanship. But his greatest work was yet to come.

The Bhagavad Gita – the magnum Opus of the Mahabharata- with its mix of the highest truths of life in a question and answer format combining philosophy, psychology, management techniques is the highest offering of Krishna, the very purpose of his avatar. It was his inspiring leadership and astute strategic prowess which paved the way for the victory of the Pandavas over the Kauravas and helped put an end to the regime of lawlessness and utter selfish politics.

As friend, guide, mentor, Yogi, lover, son, cowherd, statesman, husband he was a man of many dimensions and perfect in each role. As you behold, so he appears.

To capture the essence of such a multi-faceted personality is not easy. Innumerable are his stories , starting from his birth to his last day on Earth. From this treasure trove, I choose but a few to help shed light on Krishna- the Lord who lived like a man and showed the possibilities of life in all its beauty and splendor.

Tale # 1 When Simple Devotion Saved The Day

Queen Rukmini was devotion personified and loved her husband, Krishna dearly. Queen Sathyabhama, on the other hand was on the vainer end: her beauty, riches and her pride on being Queen to Krishna himself being the contributing factors.

So once, Sathyabhama decided to hold a tulabhara, with Krishna on one end of the weighing balance and gold and jewellery worth his weight on the other end. The gold and jewellery would be donated and a few hundred had assembled to witness this great event. A seemingly simple task for a very wealthy queen or so she thought. How was she to know that Krishna had other plans!

A few minutes into the exercise, she had run out of all her jewellery and gold and was at her wits end. Finally, out of sheer desperation and humiliation, she turned to Rukmini. Rukmini immediately left and came back with a few Tulsi (Basil) leaves and with a quiet prayer kept it atop the gold. The weighing balance was now perfectly balanced!

With this Krishna showed Sathyabhama what he valued most. Not the riches of wealth but a heart rich with pure simple devotion.

“Whoever offers Me a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water with devotion, I accept that devout gift of the pure-minded.”

Krishna - the Yogi Immaculate

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# The Call Which Never Goes Unanswered

Krishna was a friend and a guide to the Pandavas, the princes of Hastinapura and later Indraprastha. The enemity between the Kauravas and Pandavas finally led to the disrobing of the Pandava Queen Draupadi by Dushasana as ordered by the Kaurava Crown Prince Duryodhana in the royal court. Draupadi soon realised that it was too much to expect justice from King Dritharashtra, blinded as he was by love for his progeny. Her only hope was Krishna. As she called out to him, Krishna did not appear but help arrived. Dushasana pulled and pulled and her robes kept growing and growing and he finally tired and fell on the floor, utterly exhausted.

Krishna was once questioned by one of the Sages as to why he did not prevent this event from occurring and only appeared when called. Krishna answered simply,’ I respect and give space for a devotee’s freewill. I neither interfere nor pre-empt their actions but instantly appear when called on.’

# The Asura and the Sage

Kalayavana the deadly Asura or demon had managed to win a boon from the Lords. Now, there are those who question the logic of an asura being granted a boon. The answer is that devotion shown by anybody has it rewards regardless of whether he be an asura or a yogi. The boon meant that he could not be killed by any weapon nor any God or Goddess. Humans, he could always deal with.

Delirious with power, his atrocities became unbearable. Krishna knew very well that confrontation was meaningless. Once pursued by Kalayavana, Krishna employed a strategy from his vast repertoire. He ran, with the asura in hot pursuit and suddenly entered a cave. Now the asura was extremely pleased. How could foolish Krishna escape or so he thought.

In the darkness of the cave, he sensed a figure lying on the floor with a piece of silk cloth covering him. Laughing menacingly at the sight of his cowardly enemy, Kalayavana kicked the figure hard with all the enemity in his heart. After many kicks the figure rose, the very next moment was Kalayavana's last before he turned into ashes.

The person who rose was the King turned sage Muchukunda who had helped the Gods to fight the asuras for a thousand years (one year of the Gods is much much more on Earth). He was victorious but deeply fatigued with all the exertion. Pleased with him, the Gods granted him a boon. Muchukunda requested for a boon that would allow him to sleep undisturbed and whoever would wake him up from his sleep would be burnt at sight.

Krishna just let the twain meet. Simple.

Thus Spake Krishna

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna has all the answers for any and every existential question that may trouble you and a prescription for strengthening your mind.

# Oh Dhananjaya, being equipoise perform your duty without being elated when you get the fruit or dejected when you do not get. This is the prefect plan for action.

# When your mind gets disturbed over many misgivings ensure to get equipoised mind with the correct knowledge. Then you reach the state of trance. When the mind is firm in trance, you acquire divine knowledge which leads you to liberation.

In these troubled times, we could surely do with the serenity and magic of Krishna's flute and the eternal wisdom of his words.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 sowspeaks

Comments

sowspeaks (author) from Bengaluru on September 19, 2020:

Hi Devika, there are so many tales of Krishna and I really had a hard time choosing just a few. Next time, will include more. Thanks for your comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 12, 2020:

Krishna tales are fascinating and you have brought light to me about this story.

sowspeaks (author) from Bengaluru on September 09, 2020:

Namaste Vanitaji, thank you for the comment. Jai Shri Krishna!

Vanita Thakkar on September 02, 2020:

Nice narrative.

Enjoyed.

Jay Shree Krishna.

sowspeaks (author) from Bengaluru on August 20, 2020:

Hi Suchi, Bhagavad Gita is really a remarkable book with teachings that were conveyed close to 5000 years back. One can lead a perfect life by imbibing the Gita. Thanks for the kind comment . Happy you enjoyed the article.

Suchismita Pradhan from India on August 19, 2020:

Wow,you have described the article in such a beautiful way that you one will definitely fall for Krishna .All the secrets and mantras of having a healthy mind and success is inscribed in Bhagabat Gita.All we need to know and understand the true meaning of these words.Thanks for sharing.

sowspeaks (author) from Bengaluru on August 18, 2020:

Upadhya, thank you for your generous and encouraging remarks. Please do take care and keep reading.

sowspeaks (author) from Bengaluru on August 17, 2020:

Hi Nagendraji, reading stories of Krishna is an education all by itself. Hope you enjoyed reading these stories. Thanks for the visit.

sowspeaks (author) from Bengaluru on August 17, 2020:

Hi Nikhil, thank you for your generous remarks. Krishna and his ‘leela’s ‘ are truly extraordinary and can bring a smile to your heart and fill it with the best of emotions. Thank you for sharing g your views.

sowspeaks (author) from Bengaluru on August 17, 2020:

Hi Flourish, there are infant thousands of stories. I have shared just a few. Glad you enjoyed them.

sowspeaks (author) from Bengaluru on August 17, 2020:

Hi Lorna, it is always a delight to have you visit. I am praying for wisdom and peace for all of the Universe. Take care.

sowspeaks (author) from Bengaluru on August 17, 2020:

Poonam ji, thank you for that very kind remark! Take care and have a great week.

sowspeaks (author) from Bengaluru on August 15, 2020:

Danny, thank you ...May we all thrive under his loving glance and grace!

K S R Upadhya on August 15, 2020:

Hi Sowrabha. Excellent article very well articulated. Such write ups come only from those who have clarity in the mind and goodness in the heart. Keep these coming regularly .

D.NAGENDER on August 15, 2020:

Madam Sowraba, It is indeed very plesant . Your writing gives depth meaning and enriches knowledge. GREAT MAM

Nikhil Sharma from India on August 15, 2020:

Hi, Ms. Sowrabha!

It's such a great feeling to see your comeback on HubPages. And as always, it was such a pleasure to read your articles too.

Lord Krishna is among one of the most beloved and popular Gods in Hinduism. Not only due to his outer appearance, but due to the strong mix of mind and power. His 'leelas' are countless and they all tend to teach us lots of lessons of life and success. Thanks for writing such a beautiful article.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 15, 2020:

These were interesting stories and I appreciate you sharing them.

Danny from India on August 14, 2020:

Lovely article on Krishna's grace Sowrabha.

sowspeaks (author) from Bengaluru on August 14, 2020:

Poonam ji ! Thank you for the visit and Jai Shri Krishna!

Lorna Lamon on August 14, 2020:

This is such an interesting article and one I enjoyed reading. We certainly need the eternal wisdom of his words in these dark times. Thank you for sharing.

POONAM MALIK from Faridabad on August 13, 2020:

Simply great!

thoughtsprocess from Navsari (India) on August 13, 2020:

Sowrabha,

Jai Shree Krishna

Amazingly described.