We’re at an exciting phase of the entire Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana text wherein Bhagawan Vishnu is incarnating as the darling son of Devaki and Vasudeva at the Mathura prison. We had witnessed this divine moment yesterday and as Bhagawan Vishnu incarnates, all the Devas, Bhagawan Brahma, Mother Bhoomadevi, etc. were extremely happy and shower flowers of praise on the little child. As Bhagawan Vishnu incarnates, more than anybody else, He Himself is extremely happy – Atlast after so many Yugas, He has two parents! 😊 All of us know that Bhagawan Vishnu is the creator of the entire world, and if He has to have two creators in the form of Devaki and Vasudeva, how fortunate is this couple to give birth to Bhagawan Himself? With this extreme happiness, the little child is smiling continuously. Normally we would see that in most cases, newly born babies would come out of the mother’s womb with lot of crying. However, Bhagawan Vishnu’s case was the opposite here – As He incarnates as a little child to Devaki and Vasudeva, He is in all smiles! Of course, this smile has multiple meanings hidden inside, which we’re going to witness all through this tenth “Skandha” in the following episodes. We’re going to witness how Bhagawan Krishna was an expert in playing tricks with everybody around, thus creating a funny as well as a divine experience for all His ardent devotees!
Moving on thus, as Bhagawan takes birth, Devaki and Vasudeva were thrilled to bits upon seeing their little baby. However, they couldn’t celebrate that joyous moment even a bit, because, if this news reaches Kamsa, all of us know what he is going to do next! Hence, Devaki and Vasudeva were perplexed as to what to do and how do save this child from the wrath of Kamsa’s hands! As Vasuedva looks at the child with the Shanka and Chakra in its elbows, he realizes that this baby is not an ordinary one. There is some divinity in this child, unlike the previous ones. Hence, Vasudeva folds his hands in respect, and with all his smiles, love and compassion towards the baby, asks thus, “Oh my darling child! I’m sure that you’re not an ordinary child by the way you appear. Please tell me who are you really! I’m so eager and curious to know. Moreover, since you’re seeming like a divine child, isn’t it the duty of your father to protect you from death? Your uncle Kamsa is waiting to kill you any moment. Hence, please tell me who you are and how do I protect you.”
Upon Vasudeva’s questions, a divine voice arises out of nowhere! This little baby is looking on with all its innocence. The divine voice explains thus, “Oh Vasudeva! Both yourself and Devaki had once upon a time performed a serious penance, three births before this. During that time, you were born as “Prishni” and “Sutapa”. As you were in your penance, you wished that Bhagawan Vishnu should take birth as your child, three times. Accordingly, Bhagawan Vishnu took birth as “Prishni-Garbha” in the same birth. During the subsequent birth, both of you were born as Aditi and Kashyapa. To this couple, Bhagawan Vishnu was born as Vaamana Moorthy. Thus, this is your third subsequent birth as a couple as Vasudeva and Devaki. Thus, Bhagawan Vishnu has taken birth for the third time to both of you. Hence, this divine baby is none other than Bhagawan Vishnu Himself and He has fulfilled the essence of your sincere penance. Moreover, Bhagawan Vishnu has used your ardent devotion to fulfill His divine mission that is going to unfold in the coming years!”
As Vasudeva and Devaki hear this divine voice, they are in tears of joy! Upon looking at this divine child, they now know who this divine child is! They couldn’t believe their ears! This was an emotional and a divine moment for the couple! Finally their wish was fulfilled by Bhagawan, even after three births! Thus, the important lesson for all of us from this episode is that, all what is important for Bhagawan is our sincere prayer and effort towards Bhakti. If we are sincere in our attempt, Bhagawan knows when to fulfill our wishes. He would definitely do it when the right time comes. Hence, we should understand here that just because our wishes are not fulfilled today at the very same moment, it doesn’t imply that Bhagawan hasn’t heard our ardent prayers. We should not lose hope and faith on Bhagawan! Afterall He is our divine father isn’t it? Just like how our father knows what is good or bad for us at what time of our life, our divine father called Bhagawan knows what is good or bad for us at what time. We can witness here too in the case of Devaki and Vasudeva – Even after three births, Bhagawan remembers their ardent prayers and thus fulfills their wish of being born as their son, isn’t it? What more proof do we want in this world, to establish the fact that Bhagawan remembers us always in His thoughts? He never lets down His devotees even a bit.
Thus, all what is important for us is that, we should have the faith on Bhagawan and should only keep increasing our “Bhakti” day after day. We should have the confidence that whatever hurdles we face in life, Bhagwan is always there to protect us. We can witness in this case of Devaki and Vasudeva too – How many hurdles they had to face? First of all, being in a prison ever since the day of their marriage is itself one of the biggest hurdles! On top of that, they were chained with steel rods 24*7, without any break! Worst of all, six of their new-born babies were killed on the spot and in front of their own eyes! How disastrous could this be for a parent to see their little child being killed in front of their own eyes? Is there a greater misery than this for a mother or a father? They had to undergo all of this isn’t it? Even then, they were mentally strong and were eagerly awaiting the divine birth of Bhagawan. Now of course, we’re witnessing that they’ve reaped the benefit of their patience, prayers and confidence that they had on Bhagawan Vishnu! This is the important lesson that all of us have to learn today.
So let us understand and realize this lesson and let us continue to keep enjoying baby Krishna’s birth episode for today as well. We shall wait till the next episode to witness how Yoga-Maya is going to unleash her power to protect Baby Krishna from Kamsa! Stay tuned! 😊