The previous episode had witnessed an important section of this entire text of “Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana”, which is nothing but the incarnation of Bhagawan Vishnu to Devaki and Vasudeva. As Kamsa was on a rampage mode in killing all the babies that Devaki and Vasudeva had been blessed with, Sage Sukhaachaarya explains how devastated were both of them, after every child was massacred. Finally, when the eighth child was born, the couple observes the baby closely and find it to be grossly different in nature and appearance as compared to the seven earlier ones. They were totally engrossed with the rapturing beauty of the little one and couldn’t take their eyes off it. The baby was smiling with all its’ might and was very handsome to look at. Afterall it is Bhagawan Vishnu Himself who has taken birth, and with a great mission in hand to accomplish! As the famous Bhagawad Gita sloka mentions the clear purpose of Bhagawan incarnating in this world thus,
“Yadaa yadaahi dharmasya glaanir bhavati bhaarata!
Abhyuktaanam adharmasya tadaathmaanam srujaamyaham!!
Parithraanaaya saadhunaam vinaashaayacha dushkrutaam!
Dharma samsthaabhanaarthaaya sambhavaami yuge yuge!!”
As these two slokas explain clearly, Bhagawan Vishnu incarnates every time in this world, whenever there is a downfall of “Dharma” and the uptrend in “Adharma”. He comes down to restore the “Dharma” and to destroy the “Adharma” that is hampering it. To accomplish this great mission, Bhagawan had incarnated multiple times in this world. This is of course not a one-time affair. Throughout the Shrimad Bhaagawata Puraana text so far, we’ve witnessed various incarnations of Bhagawan Vishnu, such as Matsya, Kurma, Varaaha, Narasimha, Vaamana, Rama, etc. Every time Bhagawan incarnated in this world, there was some sort of “Adharma” that was gaining popularity, and Bhagawan destroyed it, so as to reinstate “Dharma” in this world. Here too, we’re going to witness the same. Bhagawan Vishnu has incarnated for the ninth time and now during the “Dvaapara Yuga”, wherein He has a surmounting task of restoring “Dharma” again in this world. Throughout the next couple of “Skandas” of this text, we’re going to witness how Bhagawan succeeded in accomplishing His divine mission and what were the different techniques, ways and means that He undertook to achieve the same!
Now coming back to the auspicious event of Bhagawan Vishnu’s incarnation, as time goes by, Vasudeva remembers the infamous promise that he had given to Kamsa – To bring the new-born to him, who will in turn, put it to death! As Vasudeva was thinking thus, some miraculous events take place! But amidst all of it, Vasudeva prays to the baby thus, “Oh little one! You’re so beautiful and handsome by looks. I don’t have the heart to take you to this Kamsa and hence, I’ve to somehow shield you from his murderous hands! Hence, try and shield your beauty within yourself and don’t express it this much when he comes by. Else, he is going to finish you off too, like your seven other brothers!”
As Vasudeva prays thus, miracles start unfolding one after the other! Vasudeva gets the divine instruction that he should take the baby out of the prison, all the way to Gokula, wherein Yashoda and Nandagopa have also just had a baby girl. Vasudeva has to leave this baby at their place, take their girl baby and come back into the prison. All the logistics would be taken care off! Accordingly thus, as Vasudeva was looking with awe, the metal straps around his legs get broken! The prison doors open automatically! All the security guards fall asleep! All this is unfolding in the middle of the night, when everyone around is fast asleep! The path for Vasudeva is clear now! Thus, Vasudeva takes the little child in a small basket and starts walking his way towards Gokula!
As Vasudeva carries the baby in the basket above his head, the rain starts to pour down heavily! This is just to ensure that nobody ventures out on the streets and has a gaze at the new-born! We can witness here how Mother Nature was aiding Bhagawan Vishnu’s cause! As Vasudeva walks on and on, he reaches the bank of the Yamuna river. As the rain was heavy, the river was swollen. Unfazed by the swollen waters, Vasudeva continues his walk further down the river waters, with the baby’s basket lifted high over his head, so as to prevent it from drowning! As the baby was getting exposed to the heavy rain, Bhagawan’s divine serpent bed, Bhagawan Aadisesha couldn’t control his tears anymore! He immediately transcends down to the earth and serves as a huge umbrella, so as to prevent Bhagawan from getting drenched in the rain! Isn’t this one of the purest form of “Bhakti”? As one witnesses Bhagawan suffering, (Strictly speaking, there’s nothing called “suffering” for Bhagawan! He voluntarily takes it upon Himself to show to the world as to how to deal with sufferings!) his / her heart should immediately melt with tears! This should result in an immediate rush towards Bhagawan to ensure that nothing untoward happens to Him! This is considered to be the highest level of “Bhakti” and Bhagawan Aadisesha illustrates this to all of us through this episode.
Now that Bhagawan is well-shielded, Vasudeva continues walking and finally reaches the house where Yashoda and Nandagopa were residing.
With this, we come to the end of the “Krishna-Jananam”, as explained in the Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana, and with this, we also come to the end of the “nineth Skandha” too. The upcoming tenth Skandha is entirely going to be dedicated to Bhagawan Krishna and all His divine plays! A very interesting and an absorbing section of this text is awaiting us from the start of the next episode! Stay tuned! 😊