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  1. Lord Krishna showed Universal form to all the kings, ministers, rishis and others who were present in court. It is mentioned in the Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharata: Keshava, that slayer of hostile divisions, endued with great energy, addressed Dhritarashtra's son, Duryodhana, and said, "From delusion, O Suyodhana, you regard me to be alone, and it is for this, O you of little understanding, that you seek to make me a captive after vanquishing me by violence. Here, however, are all the Pandavas and all the Vrishnis and Andhakas. Here are all the Adityas, the Rudras, and the Vasus, with all the great Rishis." Saying this Kesava, that slayer of hostile heroes burst out into a loud laughter. And as the high-souled Shauri laughed, from his body, that resembled a blazing fire, issued myriads of gods, each of lightning effulgence, and not bigger than the thumb. And on his forehead appeared Brahman, and on his breast Rudra. And on his arms appeared the regents of the world, and from his mouth issued Agni, the Adityas, the Sadhyas, the Vasus, the Aswins, the Marutas, with Indra, and the Viswedevas. And myriads of Yakshas, and the Gandharvas, and Rakshasas also, of the same measure and form, issued thence. And from his two arms issued Sankarshana and Dhananjaya. And Arjuna stood on his right, bow in hand, and Rama stood on his left, armed with the plough. And behind him stood Bhima, and Yudhishthira, and the two sons of Madri, and before him were all the Andhakas and the Vrishnis with Pradyumna and other chiefs bearing mighty weapons upraised. And on his diverse arms were seen the conch, the discus, the mace, the bow called Sharanga, the plough, the javelin, the Nandaka, and every other weapon, all shining with effulgence, and upraised for striking. And from his eyes and nose and ears and every part of his body, issued fierce sparks of fire mixed with smoke. And from the pores of his body issued sparks of fire like unto the rays of the sun. And beholding that awful form of the high-souled Keshava, all the kings closed their eyes with affrighted hearts, except Drona, and Bhishma, and Vidura, endued with great intelligence, greatly blessed Sanjaya, and the Rishis, possessed of wealth of asceticism, for the divine Janardana gave unto them this divine sight on the occasion. And beholding in the (Kuru) court that highly wonderful sight, celestial drums beat (in the sky) and a floral shower fell (upon him). And the whole Earth trembled (at the time) and the oceans were agitated. And, O bull of the Bharata's race, all the denizens of the earth were filled with great wonder. Then that tiger among men, that chastiser of foes, withdrew that divine and highly wonderful, and extremely varied and auspicious form.
  2. Chapter Fifteen of Brahma Vaivarta Purana talks about Shri Radha-Krishna-vivaha (the wedding of Radha and Krishna). Once Nanda baba was carrying little Krishna on his shoulders for tending cows. It started raining heavily and Nanda baba was worried about Krishna and cows, he saw that one forest woman is coming out from the forest. Nanda baba called her and told her to hand over Krishna to mother Yashoda in Nandgaon and he will bring the cows. That forest woman was Shrimati Radharani. She took Krishna in her arms and went on the way to Nandgaon. On the way they both took form of Kishor and Kishori, and lord Brahma came on the scene and as brahman he got both of them married. After that Krishna again took the form of child and Radharani as forest woman and took Krishna to Nandgaon and handed over to mother Yashoda. Krishna also married to all gopis of Vrandavan when lord Brahma stole all cowherd boys and calves. Krishna expanded himself into all cowherd boys and calves. In that year mother Purnmasi (elderly gopi of Vrandavan) got all boys married to respective gopis. All gopis are wifes of Krishna.
  3. One day, when Radhika was a child, She was playing in the dust with Her sakhis when mischievous Krishna suddenly arrived. The sakhis forbade Him to come inside the kunja, but why would Shri Krishna obey them? He entered by force. At that moment, a dust-storm fell upon them by providence, and the entire sky became covered with dust. Nothing could be seen anywhere, and the sakhis fearfully covered their eyes with their hands. Krishna took this opportunity to embrace the youthful Radhika and kiss Her face. This pastime took place at the time of vayah-sandhi, or the period between childhood and youth. Today, Vilas Mandir is situated where this pastime took place. The Adi-varah Purana states: vilas rupine tubhyarii namah Krishnaya te namah sakhivarga sukhaptaya krida-vimala darsine "I offer my obeisances to Shri Krishna in the form of He who plays lovely pastimes. He performs these pastimes simply to give pleasure to the sakhis."
  4. A legend tells how once Sage Narada said to Krishna , Lord, show me Maya. A few days passed, and Krishna asked Narada to make a trip with Him toward a forest. After walking several miles, Krishna said, Narada, I am thirsty; can you fetch some water for Me?Narada said I will go at once, and get you water. So Narada went. At a little distance there was a village. He entered the village in search of water and knocked at a door, which was opened by a beautiful young girl. At the sight of her, Narada immediately forgot that Krishna was waiting for water. He forgot everything and began to talk with the girl. Gradually that talk ripened into love. He asked the father for his daughter, and they were married and lived there and had children. Thus twelve years passed. His father-in-law died; he inherited his property. Then came a flood. The river rose until it overflowed its banks and flooded the whole village. Houses fell, people and animals were swept away and drowned, and everything was floating in the rush of the stream. Narada had to escape. With one hand he held his wife, and with the other, two of his children; another child was on his shoulders and he was trying to ford this tremendous flood. After a few steps he found that the current was too strong, and the child on his shoulders fell and was swept away. In trying to save that child, he lost his grip upon the others, and they also were lost. At last his wife, whom he clasped with all his might, was torn away by the current, and he was thrown on the bank, weeping and wailing in bitter lamentation. Suddenly he heard a voice, - Where is the water? I have been waiting for you. You have been gone for half an hour. Half an hour!Narada exclaimed. Twelve whole years had passed through his mind, and all these scenes had happened in half an hour! This is Maya. And in one form or another, we are all in it. Narada moving away from Krishna is like we moving away from the Supreme Truth and getting entangled in fleeing pleasures. Try to solve the puzzle of happiness. Lord Krsna explains about Maya: 'This divine energy of Mine, consisting of the three modes of material nature, is difficult to overcome. But those who have surrendered unto Me can easily cross beyond it.' (Bhagavat-gita, 7.14). Three gunas: satva, rajas and tamas.
  5. Narada considered himself the greatest devotee of Krishna. Every now and then he would ask Krishna who is your greatest devotee and when Krishna said "you are" Narada would be thrilled to the core. Once Krishna thought that this guy is getting a swollen head and needs to be taught a lesson. So the next time Narada popped the question Krishna named a farmer in a village (in Akhilesh Yadav's, UP). Narada's world crashed. He had to see this greatest devotee of Krishna. The farmer got up at four in the morning. No prayers. He did his household chores. No prayers. Then went to the field. He passed a temple on the way. Hurriedly bowed his head and went his way. He worked in the fields till dusk. No prayers. While returning he again bowed his head at the temple. Reached home, ate dinner and went to sleep. No prayers. Narada was livid with rage. He stormed into Goloka and demanded an explanation as to how the farmer was a better devotee. Krishna promised to tell him but there was an important task to be performed first. He gave Narada a bowl filled to the brim with oil. Narada had to circumnavigate the universe twice without spilling a drop of oil otherwise chaos would be unleashed on the world. Narada accomplished the task and again asked for an explanation. Krishna asked him how many times had Narada remembered him during the task. Narada replied that he had to focus hard on the Lord's work so was unable to remember him. Then Krishna said even the farmer is focused on my work but he still remembers me twice a day. Narada realized his error. For a while he stopped bragging about his devotion to Krishna. But then old habits die hard. Soon he was back to normal. Even Krishna could not cure him of his pride.
  6. Wonderful explanation by Krishna himself: From his childhood, Uddhava had been with Krishna, charioting him and serving him in many ways. He never asked for any wish or boon from Sri Krishna. When Krishna was at the verge of completing His Avatar, he called Uddhava and said,‘Dear Uddhava, in this avatar of mine, many people have asked and received boons from me; but you never asked me anything. Why don’t you ask something now? I will give you. Let me complete this avatar with the satisfaction of doing something good for you also’. Even though Uddhava did not ask anything for himself, he had been observing Krishna from his childhood. He had always wondered about the apparent disconnect between Krishna’s teachings and actions, and wanted to understand the reasons for the same. He asked Krishna, ‘Lord, you taught us to live in one way, but you lived in a different way. In the drama of Mahabharat, in the role you played, in your actions, I did not understand many things. I am curious to understand the reasons for your actions. Would you fulfil my desire to know?’ Krishna said, ‘Uddhava, what I told Arjuna during the war of Kurukshetra was Bhagavad Gita. Today, my responses to you would be known as ‘Uddhava Gita’. That is why I gave this opportunity to you. Please ask without hesitation.’ Uddhava starts asking – ‘Krishna, first tell me who is a real friend?’ Krishna says, ‘The real friend is one who comes to the help of his friend in need even without being called’. Uddhava: ‘Krishna, you were a dear friend of the Pandavas. They trusted you fully as Apadhbhandava (protector from all difficulties). Krishna, you not only know what is happening, but you know what is going to happen. You are a great gyani. Just now you gave the definition of a true, close friend. Then why did you not act as per that definition. Why did you not stop Dharmaraj (Yudhishtra) from playing the gambling game? Ok, you did not do it; why did you not turn the luck in favour of Dharmaraj, by which you would have ensured that dharma wins. You did not do that also. You could have at least saved Dharmaraj by stopping the game after he lost his wealth, country and himself. You could have released him from the punishment for gambling. Or, you could have entered the hall when he started betting his brothers. You did not do that either. At least when Duryodhana tempted Dharmaraj by offering to return everything lost if he betted Draupadi (who always brought good fortune to Pandavas), you could have intervened and with your divine power you could have made the dices roll in a way that is favorable to Dharmaraj. Instead, you intervened only when Draupadi almost lost her modesty and now you claim that you gave clothes and saved Draupadi’s modesty; how can you even claim this – after her being dragged into the hall by a man and disrobed in front of so many people, what modesty is left for a woman? What have you saved? Only when you help a person at the time of crisis, can you be called ‘Apadhbandhava’. If you did not help in the time of crisis, what is the use? Is it Dharma?’ As Uddhava posed these questions, tears started rolling from his eyes. These are not the questions of Uddhava alone. All of us who have read Mahabharata have these questions. On behalf of us, Uddhava had already asked Krishna. Bhagavan Krishna laughed. ‘Dear Uddhava, the law of this world is: ‘only the one who has Viveka (intelligence through discrimination), wins’. While Duryodhana had viveka, Dharmaraj lacked it. That is why Dharmaraj lost’. Uddhava was lost and confused. Krishna continues ‘While Duryodhana had lots of money and wealth to gamble, he did not know how to play the game of dice. That is why he used his Uncle Shakuni to play the game while he betted. That is viveka. Dharmaraj also could have thought similarly and offered that I, his cousin, would play on his behalf. If Shakuni and I had played the game of dice, who do you think would have won? Can he roll the numbers I am calling or would I roll the numbers he is asking. Forget this. I can forgive the fact that he forgot to include me in the game. But, without viveka, he did another blunder. He prayed that I should not come to the hall as he did not want me to know that through ill-fate he was compelled to play this game. He tied me with his prayers and did not allow me to get into the hall; I was just outside the hall waiting for someone to call me through their prayers. Even when Bheema, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva lost, they were only cursing Duryodhana and brooding over their fate; they forgot to call me. Even Draupadi did not call me when Dusshasan held her hair and dragged her to fulfil his brother’s order. She was also arguing in the hall, based on her own abilities. She never called me. Finally good sense prevailed; when Dusshasan started disrobing her, she gave up depending on her own strength, and started shouting ‘Hari, Hari, Abhayam Krishna, Abhayam’ and shouted for me. Only then I got an opportunity to save her modesty. I reached as soon as I was called. I saved her modesty. What is my mistake in this situation? ‘Wonderful explanation, Kanaah, I am impressed. However, I am not deceived. Can I ask you another question’, says Uddhava. Krishna gives him the permission to proceed. 'Does it mean that you will come only when you are called! Will you not come on your own to help people in crisis, to establish justice?’, asks Uddhava. Krishna smiles. ‘Uddhava, in this life everyone’s life proceeds based on their own karma. I don’t run it; I don’t interfere in it. I am only a ‘witness’. I stand close to you and keep observing whatever is happening. This is God’s Dharma’. ‘Wow, very good Krishna. In that case, you will stand close to us, observe all our evil acts; as we keep committing more and more sins, you will keep watching us. You want us to commit more blunders, accumulate sins and suffer’, says Uddhava. Krishna says.’Uddhava, please realise the deeper meaning of your statements. When you understand & realise that I am standing as witness next to you, how could you do anything wrong or bad. You definitely cannot do anything bad. You forget this and think that you can do things without my knowledge. That is when you get into trouble. Dharmaraj’s ignorance was that he thought he can play the game of gambling without my knowledge. If Dharmaraj had realized that I am always present with everyone in the form of ‘Sakshi’ (witness), then wouldn’t the game have finished differently?’. Uddhava was spellbound and got overwhelmed by Bhakti. He said, ‘What a deep philosophy. What a great truth! Even praying and doing pooja to God and calling Him for help are nothing but our feeling / belief. When we start believing that nothing moves without Him, how can we not feel his presence as Witness? How can we forget this and act? Throughout Bhagavad Gita, this is the philosophy Krishna imparted to Arjuna. He was the charioteer as well as guide for Arjuna, but he did not fight on his own.’- Realize that Ultimate Sakshi/ Witnesser within & without you and Merge in that God-Consciousness! Discover Thy Higher Self- The Pure Loveful & Blissful Supreme Consciousness! - Tat Tvam Asi!
  7. One day Sri Krishna and His devotee, Narada Muni, were together in a beautiful forest. They were sitting among the trees next to a little river, which glittered in the sunlight. All the animals in creation gathered around Krishna and Narada Muni, delighted to be in the presence of the Lord. There were songbirds, peacocks, swans, squirrels, deer, foxes, tigers and many other creatures. And being in the presence of the Lord, they were so full of love that a deer laid down next to a tiger, and a fox affectionately licked a squirrel's ear. The devas were there as well. It was a special moment for everybody. Krishna was smiling blissfully, and everyone was happy. Narada Muni's heart was overflowing with devotion towards the Lord. His hands were caressing the holy feet of his Beloved. All of a sudden, Krishna looked deeply at Narada Muni. To test his spiritual understanding, He asked him, "Narada, what do you think? What is the greatest thing there is?" Narada became a little nervous because he desperately wanted to give the correct answer. He thought and thought and thought, and then he said, "My Lord, I've got it! Without any doubt, the ocean is the greatest of all." All the fish that were swimming in the river jumped playfully in the water when they heard this because they were on their way to the ocean. But Krishna replied, "Narada, how can it be? Don't you know that the ocean is surrounded by land?" Narada Muni said, "Sorry, my Lord. You're right. It cannot be. In that case, the mountains must be the greatest." The squirrels were satisfied by this answer because they loved to run and play in the mountains. They giggled and said to each other, "Squeak, squeak, squeak," which in their language means, "Yes, yes! Very good!" But again the Lord replied, "No, Narada. How can that be? Don't you see that the mountains are limited and the sky around their peaks are much greater?" "I'm sorry," said Narada, becoming red in the face. He was astonished at his own ignorance. But still, he wanted to please the Lord. So he said, "My Lord, now I understand that the sky is the greatest thing there is." All the birds chirped in delight when they heard this. But Krishna was not happy with this answer. He said, "No, Narada, you failed again. Don't you know that Heaven is beyond the sky?" Narada said, "That's it! Heaven is the greatest thing!" The devas who live in Heaven were so happy to hear this that they flew about making somersaults. But Sri Krishna just shook His head. "No," He said. The squirrels felt so sad for Narada. One of them started to cry. But Krishna smiled at the squirrel and gave him a nut to make him happy. Narada felt defeated. He said, "Sorry, my Lord. You are right. It cannot be." Narada said to himself, "Now, let me think deeply because I don't want to fail again. Is there anything that can be greater than Heaven? Hmmm…" So he thought and thought. The peacocks spread their wings displaying all the beautiful colours of the rainbow, hoping to inspire Narada. But he couldn't come up with an answer. The Lord came to his rescue and said, "You see, devotion is the greatest of all things because it makes you little and humble and loving - and there is nothing greater than being little and humble and loving." Narada, who loved the Lord more than anything in the world, was deeply moved. He took the Lord's hand and held it to his cheek. "Oh, my Lord, thank you so much," he said. "I didn't know that." The squirrels, who like all the other creatures were greatly devoted to Krishna, reverently folded their paws and said, "Squeak, squeak, squeak," which means, "Thank you very much, Krishna! We also didn't know that." The animals were very happy, and they all bowed to the Lord. The birds chirped, the peacocks danced with their beautiful tails spread out, the deer skipped about, the foxes smiled and wagged their tales, and the tigers purred very loudly. And because they loved Lord Krishna so much, they all lived happily ever after. Moral of the incident: It is so clear as Lord Krishna say in Bhagavad gita that he can be only achive by bhakti – devotion: bhakti mam abijananti. When we understand our relationship with God then we all will be happy. It is an essential factor for establishing peace in the world. All happiness in the material world has a beginning and an end, but happiness in Krishna is unlimited, and there is no end. Joy can only be experienced when we offer our love to Krishna. A devotee is very forgiving and tolerant of others but is very strict and determined with himself guarding against Maya.
  8. When Duryodhana, flattering and convincingly, invited Krishna to eat the rich feast he'd had prepared, Krishna smiled sweetly. "A man only eats in two places," He told Duryodhana. "At the house of his friend and at the house of his host. You are neither my friend nor my host so how can I eat at your house? I am not hungry too." Duryodhana worked hard to conceal his fury. "You must eat something, Krishna. Come. I have prepared many delicacies and sweets for you." "Oh no," Krishna said. "I will go to mahatma Vidur's house instead. Kunti is also there so I would also get a chance to meet her." This way he also shunned Duryodhana's offer to stay in the royal palace. Duryodhana flew into a rage and had to be calmed down by Shakuni and Karna. Meanwhile, Krishna walked through the city to Vidur's house. It was late and the Prime Minister's door was locked. Krishna pounded on it. "Vidur!" There were footsteps inside. "Who is it?" Vidur asked. "What do you mean, 'Who is it? It's me!" Vidur was stunned. "Krishna?" He threw open his doors. There was the Supreme Lord, leaning against a pillar, grinning at him. The light from his form was blinding in the night air. Vidur gaped. He'd never imagined that the Lord himself would deign to come to his humble abode. He'd never thought that his home would have such a presence inside it, that it would become a holy place. "Aren't you going to let me in?" "Of course!" Vidur moved aside and ushered Krishna into his house. Despite his high post in Hastinapur's court, Vidur had simple needs and tastes. His home was small and sparse, with little in the way of decadence. Krishna entered with obvious pleasure. "What's to eat, Vidur? I'm starving!" Again, Vidur gaped. "But I thought you would eat at Duryodhana's palace. He prepared a great feast for you." "How could I eat with him? Of course you knew I would come to your house." Vidur hadn't known that. How could he guess that Krishna would come? There was nothing to eat at his house. No delicacies. No sweets. What would he feed the Lord? Trying to conceal his dismay, Vidur led Krishna into the main room and they sat down. Vidur's wife Vidurani came and greeted Krishna, so full of love and amazement that she didn't know what to say. Vidur dragged her into the kitchen as discreetly as possible, leaving Krishna seated on the sofa. "What do we have to eat?" he asked. Her eyes widened in dawning horror. "Nothing. We've got a few chappatis and some spinach that I was going to cook for the two of us..." She began ransacking their shelves. "And some fruit," she finished, panting. They stared at each other. "The Lord has come to our house," Vidurani said, her eyes filling with tears, "and we have nothing but spinach to serve him. What shall we do?" "Serve me spinach, of course," said a cheeky voice. Vidur and Vidurani turned to see Krishna watching them from the doorway. "I love spinach. Please, auntie, can I have some? I'm so hungry!" She cleared her throat. "Of course. I will cook it right now." While she busied herself at the stove, Vidur took Krishna back into the main room where they sat talking. Vidur asked about his nephews the Pandavas and Krishna assured him they were all well. It didn't take Vidurani long to prepare the small meal and she brought the plate of spinach and chappatis out and served. Krishna tucked in with relish. "Hmm, this is lovely, auntie! I've never tasted such delicious spinach." Watching the Supreme Lord eating such plain food in his little house, Vidur was overwhelmed. He'd never imagined he would see such a sight. That Krishna would bless him in this way... He'd never even dreamed it was possible. Both Vidur and Vidurani watched Krishna's beautiful countenance, each lost in their thoughts. Vidurani peeled a banana to offer. Unable to take her eyes or mind off Krishna, she put the banana aside and gave the peel to him. He immediately started to eat it. Vidur was the one to notice the mistake. "My Lord!" he exclaimed and tried to take the peel away. "No, no!" Krishna said, laughing. "I want to eat this." Vidurani was horrified at her stupidity. "Oh, forgive me! Here, take the banana," she said, trying to take the peel away too. Krishna laughed again and warded her off. "No. I want this peel." "But why?" Vidur asked. Krishna took another bite of it. "Because it was offered with love." Krishna and Vidur held each other's gazes. Then Vidur fell down to touch Krishna's feet, surrendering his heart, mind, and soul. "My Lord," he whispered. Krishna lifted and embraced him. He closed his eyes. "My friend." Duryodhana thought he could control Krishna. He thought that if he offered rich food and gifts and other bribes Krishna would come under his influence. While it is possible to control humans in this way, it is never possible to control the Lord like this. Because God is only influenced by one thing and that is love. So he goes where there is love. And once such a relationship is established then Krishna does whatever he can to make that beloved person happy. He serves his own devotees. As he served by becoming the Pandavas' messenger. As he served by driving Arjuna's chariot. As he served by rescuing Draupadi. To serve is the highest love. Vidur was treated badly by Duryodhana but it was Vidur whom Krishna honoured. Vidur hadn't invited Krishna to his home and still Krishna went there. Vidur didn't prepare any delicacies yet Krishna wanted to eat his food. Because he knew the love that Vidur felt for him. He saw the unselfish service Vidur gave.
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