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Leelas continue- Shiva comes for visit -Shri Krishna - Ch. 5

BY Mr Shiv Sagar February 11,2017
Leelas continue- Shiva comes for visit -Shri Krishna - Ch. 5

Kans was fretting over the problem of Krishna, and was discussing this with his friend Banasur. Banasur told him to be patient, and then called for the demon Trinavart. He instructed him to kill Krishna. Trinavart’s form was that of a cyclone. When Trinavart reached Gokul, with his illusionary powers he took his whirlwind form and trapped Krishna within it.

Yashoda came out to save Krishna but she too got trapped in it. Trinavart took Krishna high into the sky, intending to drop him from a great height. Instead Krishna took hold of his throat and suffocated him. Yashoda was very happy when she saw Krishna safe and sound.

Kans got even more worried after Trinavart was killed. Banasur once again told him to stop worrying and wish for good days to come and till then, to entertain himself. Kans agreed. Meanwhile in prison; Vasudev and Devaki were engrossed in meditating on Balkrishna.

After hearing about Balkrishna’s leela (acts) from the divine Sage Naradji, Lord Shiva wished to have a glimpse of Him and so went to Gokul disguised as an ascetic. Even Yogmaya wanted to see Krishna, and so at the same time, reached Gokul in the form of Purnamasi, his aunt.

Lord Shiva went to Nandji’s house in the form of an ascetic, begging for food. He was very happy to see Krishna sleeping on the bed. Yashoda came out to donate something to the saint (Lord Shiva). Shivji told her, “I don’t want anything, just allow me a glimpse of your son Krishna.

That will be sufficient.” But Yashoda was afraid that he might be another demon in the disguise of a saint and wanted to refuse the request. Just then, Yogmaya in the form of Purnamasi reached the house. She explained to Yashoda that the saint was no demon in disguise but a very great saint whom she had seen in Kashi.

At this, Yashoda was convinced and got Krishna out of bed but did not allow the saint to hold him. Shivji looked at Balkrishna, touched his feet and went away. But to her surprise, wherever the saint put his foot she saw the sand turn into flower petals. Just then Nandji also came out and was surprised to see all this. There in Golok, Krishna was sitting with Radha, and she was very pleased to see devotion and love between Shiva and Krishna.

"Shivji looked at Balkrishna, touched his feet and went away. But to her surprise, wherever the saint put his foot she saw the sand turn into flower petals. Just then Nandji also came out and was surprised to see all this."

Gokul was celebrating Vasantotsav (a festival to welcome the onset of spring season).Yashoda was churning butter and feeding it to Krishna with love. Yashoda went inside to attend to some household chores when Krishna started eating clay. When Yashoda came back she scolded him lovingly saying that he was eating mud, thinking it to be butter.

Krishna said, “I did not eat butter.” Yashoda asked him to open his mouth to see whether he had eaten mud and when Krishna did so, Yashoda saw the whole universe inside him, and also saw Krishna’s Chaturbhuj (four-armed) form, she became entranced with devotion. Just then, Yogmaya manifested and told Yashoda, “God himself has come to give you the pleasure of maternity.

You have received the true knowledge of the Supreme Self, but you will forget all this, and continue to treat Balkrishna as your son, and continue to enjoy the joy of maternal affection. In your previous life, you had asked for a boon of just this affection”. Saying this, Yogmaya vanished, and Yashoda looked at Krishna lovingly as his mother and not his devotee.

"When Yashoda came back she scolded him lovingly saying that he was eating mud, thinking it to be butter. Krishna said, “I did not eat butter.” Yashoda asked him to open his mouth to see whether he had eaten mud and when Krishna did so, Yashoda saw the whole universe inside him, and also saw Krishna’s Chaturbhuj (four-armed) form, she became entranced with devotion."

Krishna and Balram were playing with the gopis while a few of them were churning butter in the house. The children started stealing butter. The gopis were watching them silently while hiding, and they were laughing at the innocence of the two. Krishna asked Yashoda for some butter and when she refused, he broke the pot.

Fed up with his naughtiness, Yashoda tied up Krishna to a heavy mortar to punish him, and then went out with the gopis to the banks of river Yamuna to wash up. Krishna was looking at the two Arjun trees while standing there all tied up. From these trees, two Yakshakumars (demi gods) emerged, bowed to Krishna and disappeared. Krishna then trapped the mortar between the two trees, and plucked them out from the earth along with their roots.

Both the Yakshakumars manifested again, and saluting Krishna, thanked him for their deliverance, and told him the story of their previous life. These Yakshakumars were the sons of the Yaksha king Kuber; their names were Nandkuber and Marnagriv. Once while roaming with the heavenly nymphs, they neglected to pay proper respect to Naradji.

Naradji was very angry with them and he cursed them to become trees. When they apologized, he told them that only Shri Krishna would be able to free them from his curse. And today, not only had they attained deliverance because of Krishna, they were also fortunate to get to see Krishna.  Then the Yakshakumars went back to heaven.

Balkrishna had grown up a bit now. In the Kunj-nikunj, the milkmaids were waiting with the bowl of butter. Krishna came and stole the butter and started eating it. The gopis caught him and in order to punish him, they asked him to dance with them. Krishna then danced with them, which made the Gopis very happy.

This is Raas Leela, the famous dance of Krishna with the Gopis.  Seeing this, even Radha was very pleased, there in Golok. When asked about it, Krishna said, “These milkmaids contain the souls of ascetics, devotees and good persons; they had asked me to grant them the boon of my affection; today by dancing or performing Raas Leela with them, I fulfilled their boon.” The dancing continued and the ascetic souls were very happy. In their physical form, the milkmaids were happily dancing with Krishna, in the enjoyment of their actions their boon was fulfilled, this is the magic of Raas Leela. 

"These Yakshakumars were the sons of the Yaksha king Kuber; their names were Nandkuber and Marnagriv. Once while roaming with the heavenly nymphs, they neglected to pay proper respect to Naradji. Naradji was very angry with them and he cursed them to become trees. When they apologized, he told them that only Shri Krishna would be able to free them from his curse. And today, not only had they attained deliverance because of Krishna, they were also fortunate to get to see Krishna.  Then the Yakshakumars went back to heaven."


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