In the previous episode, we had witnessed an important “setting up of the context” for the tenth “Skandha” of Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana, wherein, Sage Sukhaachaarya is going to commence narrating all possible incidents from Bhagawan Krishna’s divine incarnation in this world – Right from His birth, childhood days, youth, His marriage(s), His important messages to this world, etc. We had witnessed how King Parikshit was extremely interested in listening to Bhagawan Krishna’s “Charitra” in huge detail, as he knew that he was alive only because of Bhagawan Krishna’s divine grace. We’ve already witnessed during the starting of this project as to how Guru Dhronaachaarya’s son, Ashvatthaama wanted to take revenge on the Paandavas for killing his father in an uncharacteristic way and when he was down on the ground without any weapons. In the same way as his father was brutally killed during the Mahabharata war, Ashvatthaama entered the Paandava camp during the night time and killed all the “Upa-Paandavas” (Sons of the Paandava Brothers) while they were sleeping. Eventually, Ashvatthaama tried killing Parikshit too, when he was inside the womb of his mother. At this time, it was Bhagawan Krishna who rose up to the occasion quickly and neutralized Ashvatthaama’s “Brahmaasthra”, so as to save baby Parikshit. As King Parikshit grows up, he knows very well that it was only because of Bhagawan Krishna that he is alive today and thus, his eagerness increased when Sage Sukhaachaarya is about to narrate the “Krishna-Avatara” in detail.
Moving on thus, Sage Sukhaachaarya commences his explanation thus:
“Vaasudeva kathaah prashnaha purushaan sthreen punaatihi!
Vakthaaram prichakam shrothrun tadh paada shalilam yathaa!!
Aahkraanthaah bhoori bhaarena brahmaanam sharanam yayou!
Gour bhoodhva shurmukhi kinnaa krandanthi karunam vibhoho!!”
Here Sage Sukhaachaarya describes a short background story behind Bhagawan Krishna’s birth. As the “Adharma” in the world was increasing to intolerable levels, Bhoomadevi (Mother Earth) takes the form of a cow and goes to Bhagawan Vishnu at Vaikunta. She is all in tears! As Bhoomaadevi is approaching Bhagawan Vishnu, the Devas too joined her. She was crying profusely and the Devas tried to console her. Together, they approached Bhagawan Vishnu for a solution. Upon seeing all of these people approaching Bhagawan Vishnu, Bhagawan Brahma too joined the team. As all of them reach Vaikunta, Bhagawan Vishnu was concerned with why all of them have come together at the same time. It is at this time, Bhoomaadevi pleads to Bhagawan Vishnu with tears in her eyes thus, “Oh Bhagawan! As you can see that the world is getting into “Adharma” more and more every passing day. As I’m the person who’s tolerating all of it, I’m slowly getting to a point wherein I cannot tolerate this any longer. Hence, I plead you to incarnate in the world yet again and put an end to all of this. Only if you incarnate, will the “Dharma” in this world be restored!”
Mother Bhoomadevi continues further thus, “Oh Bhagawan! Till the previous “Yuga”, there were “Raakshasas” themselves who were creating havoc in the world. But now, things have changed! Ordinary people who are living in the world today, are possessing all characteristics of the Raakshasas and are slowly becoming the epitome of “Adharma”. Hence, this is even more dangerous! Moreover, the population of such people is steadily rising in the world, and this needs to be controlled and put to an end! Hence, for all these reasons, Oh Bhagawan! You’ve to incarnate and put this crisis to an end!”
This description of Mother Bhoomaadevi reflects upon certain important points for all of us to ponder. In the previous “Yugas” – The “Krita Yuga” and the “Tretha Yuga”, Bhagawan’s job was much easier. In other words, it was “quote unquote” Raakshasas who were epitomes of “Adharma” and Bhagawan had no problems in destroying them in a jiffy. For instance, when Hiranyaksha was unleashing his arrogance, Bhagawan Vishnu was able to kill him in no time, in the form of “Varaaha Swamy”. Similarly, Hiranya Kashibu too was neutralized by Bhagawan Narasimha within minutes and little Prahlaada was saved. Similarly in the “Tretha Yuga”, Bhagawan Rama was able to neutralize thousands of “Raakshasas” within no time, and was able to corner and take on Ravana too. All these people were hardcore Raakshasas themselves. However, in this “Dvaapara Yuga”, things started to change – Of course, there were hardcore Raakshasas in the form of Kamsa, Poothana, Kesi, Sishupaala, etc. there were others like Duryodhana, Ducchaasana, Sahuni, Karna, etc. who were normal people like us, but were epitomes of “Adharma”. This is where the problem lies. If normal people have to be neutralized for their “Adharmic” activities, Bhagawan had to take a different approach, unlike the previous “Yugas”. This is why we see Bhagawan Krishna too, incarnating like a normal human being, although with all divine powers. This is why we see at every instance, Bhagawan Krishna had to reduce His level to such an extent that He had to use all permutations and combinations to make “Dharma” succeed. We’re witnessing at many instances during the Mahabharata isn’t it? Bhagawan Krishna reduces Himself to that of a “Charioteer” for Arjuna. This is why we refer Bhagawan Krishna as Bhagawan Paartha-Saarathy.
Hence, we can see here, how things have changed from Yuga to Yuga. Taking all of these into account, Bhagawan had to plan His incarnation in such a way that He has to restore the “Dharma” in this world, but unlike the ways and means that He had adopted till now. So for today, let us understand this background of Bhagawan Krishna’s birth and let us eagerly await Bhagawan Krishna incarnating in this world, yet again in this important tenth “Skandha”. Stay tuned! 😊