Episode # 297 – Bhagawan Krishna frees Devaki & Vasudeva from the prison!!!


In the previous episode, we had witnessed Little Krishna killing his uncle, Kamsa. With this, the ten-year long “torture” that Little Krishna was experiencing ever since His incarnation came to an end. Right from the day He took birth, Kamsa was after His life. Eventually after that too, Kamsa unleashed innumerable number of Raakshasas to Gokula to kill Him. However, Little Krishna was smart enough to neutralize all sorts of enemies who came to kill Him. Afterall He’s Bhagawan Himself! How can a simple Raakshasa kill Bhagawan so easily? Kamsa unfortunately did not realize this and he went for the kill! Finally the reality was that, he got killed by Little Krishna! 😊 With this, the city of Mathura obtained freedom from the clutches of a wretched and a wicked king.

Upon seeing Kamsa falling dead on the ground, all the Devas (Celestial Beings) including Indra, Varuna, etc. showered flower petals on Little Krishna. Sage Naarada too was undoubtedly overwhelmed with Little Krishna’s victory over “Adharma”. He was happy that finally “Dharma” is starting to be re-established in the world. Of course, Kamsa was just the start point of this great mission of Bhagawan Krishna. There are many more yet to come. But having said that, it was a great start, isn’t it? With this, Little Krishna announced to the world that He has come on a great mission!

As Kamsa was killed, it is now time for Bhagawan Krishna to liberate His parents Devaki and Vasudeva from the prison. We should understand here that they were in prison ever since they’ve got married to each other. It’s almost twenty years now since they’re in prison due to the wretched Kamsa’s arrogance and ignorance. Now it is time for them to see the outside world after twenty long years. Thus, as Kamsa is dead, Little Krishna hurries to the prison complex wherein His parents are kept captive. As Bhagawan Krishna approaches them, He first prostrates on their feet to seek blessings!

It is to be remembered that Bhagawan Krishna is a “Paramatma” and Devaki and Vasudeva are ordinary “Jeevatmas” like us. It is very interesting here that a “Paramatma” is falling on the feet of a “Jeevatma”, wherein ideally it should be the other way round! This is where, Bhagawan sets an example of Himself as a role model for all of us. By worshipping His parents, He is illustrating to the world that a son or a daughter should mandatorily worship his / her parents in this way. It is only for this reason is Bhagawan Krishna worshipping Devaki and Vasudeva by prostrating on to their feet. In fact, there is no absolutely necessity that Bhagawan should fall on the feet of anybody in this world! Only devotees like us should fall on His feet and worship Him.

We witnessed the same thing during our Ramayana episodes as well – How Bhagawan Rama worshipped King Dasharata and Mother Kaushalya before setting off to the forest for fourteen years. We’ve witnessed how Bhagawan Rama obeyed the words of His father, without straying away even an inch. We might easily wonder – Why didn’t Bhagawan Rama oppose His father’s decision to send Him away to the forest for a long fourteen-year period? Afterall, who was this Kaikeyi to send a “Paramatma” Rama to such a treacherous exile? However, Bhagawan Rama never even had an iota of such thoughts in His mind! The moment these instructions came from His parents, He had no second thought of staying back at Ayodhya, isn’t it? This is where we should understand how to respect the words of our parents, no matter how cruel they are. In fact, Valmiki Maharishi Himself points out in the Ramayana that when King Dasharata orders Bhagawan Rama to go on exile, he expected Rama to oppose it. However, as Bhagawan Rama did not do so, this itself killed King Dasharata! The guilt that King Dasharata had within himself that he’s capturing the kingdom from his eldest son, although He had every right to rule it, made him fall on the ground unconscious!

Thus from all these instances, Bhagawan illustrates how we should obey our parents’ instructions. More than anything else, we should atleast learn to pay our respects to our parents in a way that it should only be with their blessings that we should commence any task or activity in our life. Having said thus, Bhagawan Krishna prostrates on the feet of Devaki and Vasudeva and seeks their blessings. As her son falls on her feet, Devaki was in tears of joy. She immediately holds her son in her loving arms and asks Him thus, “Oh Krishna! For the past ten years, I was not able to see you even once! However, I’ve heard that you’ve done so many “Leelas” at Gokula, wherein Yashoda and Nandagopa had the divine opportunity to witness all of it! I’ve heard that you’ve played with so many kids there, you’ve stolen butter, you’ve been tied with the “Ural” by Yashoda for it, you’ve killed treacherous Raakshasas like Aghaasura, Poothana, Kesi, etc., you’ve danced over the Kaaliya snake’s heads, you’ve lifted the Govardhana mountain with your fingers…. However, it was my misfortune that I’ve not witnessed any of these! Hence, Krishna! Can you please give me your divine darshan to your mother and make her witness all of these for one more time?”

Hearing thus from His mother, Bhagawan Krishna was moved to tears. His heart melted with love and compassion towards His poor mother! Afterall she has undergone so much of trouble and pain to save Him from Kamsa, and how can Bhagawan be without reciprocating this great motherly gesture of Devaki? Hence, Bhagawan Krishna immediately gives Devaki the “divine vision”, wherein she was able to see each and every instance of His childhood days at Gokula. All the instances and miracles that Little Krishna did for the past ten years, came in front of both Devaki and Vasudeva! The parents were overwhelmed and overjoyed upon seeing each and every instance of their little son! After they witnessed all of it, they hugged their child and cried profusely, as a thanksgiving for what He has given to them! They were totally satisfied with whatever they had got now!

As this happens, Little Krishna frees both of them from all the chains that were tied to their hands and legs till date. The prison door opened and all of them thus came out of it, once and forever! So for today, let us enjoy this moment of joy and emotions and let us absorb the important lesson that we had learnt today! We shall wait till the next episode to witness the next set of events that are waiting to unfold. Stay tuned! 😊

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, India A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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