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Makhanchor Krishna learns the flute meets Radha - Shri Krishna - Ch 6

BY Mr Shiv Sagar February 11,2017
Makhanchor Krishna learns the flute meets Radha - Shri Krishna - Ch 6

Kanha (Krishna) was planning along with his friends to tease the gopis by the bank of the river Yamuna. They were planning to break their pots and steal butter. Just then, a few gopis came with pots of milk and curd on their heads. Makhanchor Krishna and his friends hid in the branches of a nearby tree, and as soon as the gopis came nearby the boys broke their pots with a slingshot.

The gopis ran after them to catch hold of them but all of Kanha’s friends ran away except for Kanha who was caught red-handed. The gopis took him to Yashoda. On being asked by Yashoda, Makhanchor Krishna said that he had not broken any pots. Yashoda had half the mind to lock him in the room to punish him. Her heart was torn apart between discipling her child and her uncontrollable love for this divine and mysterious baby.

Next day, in the morning a flutist was playing the flute sitting under a tree.  On hearing the tune of the flute, Krishna praised him and asked him to teach him to play the flute. The flutist took out a small cute flute and gave it to him. He asked Krishna to first bow to Goddess Saraswati (Goddess of knowledge) and only then start to play the flute. Just then, Goddess Saraswati manifested, and filled the flute with the seven notes.

When Makhanchor Kanha played the flute there was a sweet sound of the flute coming from all the directions. The deities up above also became enchanted with Krishna’s tune. The flutist was also shocked at this miracle. He bowed to Krishna and just then Nandrai arrived there. Even he was surprised when he heard about this from the flutist. He came home with Kanha and told Yashoda everything; she too was fascinated with her son’s miracle.

Then, Radha’s father Vrishman along with Radha came to Nandji’s house and asked them to come to their town Barsana for the Holi festival. They accepted the invitation while Yashoda welcomed Vrishman and Radha. Makhanchor Krishna was also there, and Radha and Krishna saw each other. This was the first meeting of Radha and Krishna on earth.

"Radha’s father Vrishman along with Radha came to Nandji’s house and asked them to come to their town Barsana for the Holi festival. They accepted the invitation while Yashoda welcomed Vrishman and Radha. Krishna was also there, and Radha and Krishna saw each other. This was the first meeting of Radha and Krishna on earth."

Radha and Krishna in the divine form watched their human forms interacting with each other. The deities were very happy to see them together. A fruit seller, an old woman carrying a basket of fruits on her head was walking around in the streets of Gokul calling for people to buy them, but nobody was buying anything from her, which made the old lady very unhappy.

Seeing this, Kanha went into the house, got some grain, and filled up the old lady’s basket with it, which made her very happy. After reaching home, she saw that the basket was full of gems instead of grains, and was astounded. Even Naradji up above was very happy upon seeing this compassionate act of Makhanchor Krishna.

At this time, the gopis were sitting on the banks of the river Yamuna and feeling unhappy that they had not done the right thing by complaining to Yashoda about Makhanchor Krishna. At the same time Krishna and his friends were discussing how to teach the gopis to love and how to burst their ego.

"A fruit seller, an old woman carrying a basket of fruits on her head was walking around in the streets of Gokul calling for people to buy them, but nobody was buying anything from her, which made the old lady very unhappy. Seeing this, Kanha went into the house, got some grain, and filled up the old lady’s basket with it, which made her very happy. After reaching home, she saw that the basket was full of gems instead of grains, and was astounded."

The next day, when the gopis had gone for their bath after removing their clothes on the banks of the river Yamuna, Makhanchor Kanha quietly went and stole their clothes. He took them up into the tree in a hiding place, and sat there playing the flute.

As soon as the gopis heard the tune of the flute, they wanted to meet Makhanchor Krishna and wanted to come out of the river; but became very upset when they saw that their clothes were missing. Just then they saw Krishna sitting on the tree. The Gopis wanted to come out when Makhanchor Krishna called out to them.

They told him that their clothes were missing; how could they come out? When they asked him to return their clothes, Krishna told them that it was a sin to take a bath naked in the river; it was a sin and insult to the river goddess. The Gopis were ashamed and they promised Him that henceforth they would never take a bath without clothes. At that Krishna returned them their clothes.

Now Krishna had grown up a bit more. He went with his friends to Madhuvan (forest in Vraj) to graze the cattle. Kans sent Putna’s brother Bakasur, another demon with illusionary powers, to kill Makhanchor Krishna. Bakasur transformed himself into a massive crane and spreading his long beak, tried to catch Krishna and swallow him.

On reaching his stomach, Krishna produced flames of fire. Perplexed, Bakasur threw Krishna up out of his body. As soon as he was out of the demon’s body, Krishna caught hold of his beak and tore it off. That caused Bakasur to die. After he died, Kans sent Adhasur, elder brother of Putna and Bakasur to kill Krishna. Adhasur came to Madhuvan in the form of a python. He opened his big mouth and swallowed all the cowherds; Krishna tore his jaw apart and killed him as well.

"The Gopis wanted to come out when Krishna called out to them. They told him that their clothes were missing; how could they come out? When they asked him to return their clothes, Krishna told them that it was a sin to take a bath naked in the river; it was a sin and insult to the river goddess. The Gopis were ashamed and they promised Him that henceforth they would never take a bath without clothes. At that Krishna returned them their clothes."

Adhasur’s soul manifested from his body and bowed to Krishna. Adhasur told his story. In his previous life, he was the son of demon king Shankhasur. He was overly proud of his body; due to this he insulted Sage Ashtavak and laughed at his crooked body. The sage cursed him to be a crooked snake. When he apologized the sage relented and said that in the Dwapar age, after Shri Krishna touched him, he would receive deliverance. He said, “Today you have given me salvation, I am fortunate.”

While Krishna was playing with a ball along with his friends, it went into the Yamuna River. Krishna jumped into the river to retrieve the ball, when he encountered the king of snakes, Kaliya. Krishna asked Kaliya to get out of the river and go elsewhere.

“You have poisoned the water of Vrindavan and Yamuna, and I will punish you for this. You are to stop spitting all that poison and surrender.” There was a fight between Kaliya and Krishna. Krishna danced on Kaliya’s heads and Kaliya was unable to prevent it; that frightened Nagraj. Nagraj then apologized to Krishna.

Krishna was ready to forgive him only on one condition that he would leave the Yamuna and go away, back to his place on Ramanak Island in the centre of the sea. Kaliya told Krishna that Garuda (eagle like bird, which is the mount of Lord Vishnu) would kill him due to their old enemity.

Due to the curse of Sage Saurabh, Garuda, the son of Vinita, could not come to the River Yamuna, and so he lived here. Krishna reassured Kaliya that when Garud would see the feet of Krishna on his head (Krishna danced Kaliya’s fangs) he would not harm him. Kaliya was satisfied and left the Yamuna forever.

"Krishna asked Kaliya to get out of the river and go elsewhere. “You have poisoned the water of Vrindavan and Yamuna, and I will punish you for this. You are to stop spitting all that poison and surrender.” There was a fight between Kaliya and Krishna. Krishna danced on Kaliya’s heads and Kaliya was unable to prevent it; that frightened Nagraj. Nagraj then apologized to Krishna. Krishna was ready to forgive him only on one condition that he would leave the Yamuna and go away, back to his place on Ramanak Island in the centre of the sea."


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