Episode # 298 – Little Krishna & Balarama undergo the “Gurukula” education!!!


In the previous episode, we had witnessed an important event wherein Bhagawan Krishna comes to the prison complex for freeing His parents, Devaki and Vasudeva. We’ve witnessed in detail why Bhagawan Krishna, although being a “Paramatma” prostrates in front of His parents. It is to show the message to the world that we’ve to bow down to elders, especially our parents. As Bhagawan Krishna pays His respects to His parents thus, Devaki holds her son’s hands and prays to Him that she has to witness all His childhood days that He had spent at Gokula with Yashoda and Nandagopa. As per His mother’s wish, Bhagawan Krishna blesses her with “divine eyes”, with which, she was able to see all the instances that Little Krishna was part of, at Gokula – Right from being a child, till He was 10-years-old. Devaki and Vasudeva were able to see all whatever Little Krishna did at Gokula and with this, they were overwhelmingly happy. They were contented and safe that they now did not miss any of the childhood incidences of their darling son.

Moving on thus, as Bhagawan Krishna brings them out of the prison, His first mission of the divine incarnation was achieved. As Devaki and Vasudeva walked out of the prison, the first question that they asked Little Krishna was whether He had gone to school till date! 😊 Since Little Krishna was brought up in a totally village setup, He did not even have the understanding of what a school is! 😊 However, Bhagawan Krishna doesn’t need a school to “educate” Himself, isn’t it? But since He has taken a human incarnation, He has to obey certain rules and regulations of going to a school and educating Himself. Thus, Vasudeva suggests to Little Krishna and Balarama that they’ve to go to the city of Avantika and approach a person by name “Saandeepani”, who is an excellent teacher. Little Krishna and Balarama thus leave for Avantika in the next few days to undergo the systematic “Gurukula” education.

Many of us might be knowing about this “Gurkula” system of education that was very popular in ancient Bhaarata Desha. It involves the student going to the house of the “Guru” (Teacher), perform all possible “Seva” activities for the Guru and his family, and in turn, with the blessings of the Guru, the student has to learn all the lessons. We shall be able to witness this kind of education system being spoken about widely in various occasions in our Sanaatana Dharma Literature. During the Tretha Yuga, Bhagawan Rama along with His brothers, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna go to Sage Vasishtaachaarya to learn their lessons under the Gurukula system. Sage Vasishta teaches them all the important aspects like artillery, various kinds of warfare, etc. Similarly, if we look at the Mahabharata text also, the Paandavas (Udishtra & Co.) and Kauravas (Duryodhana & Co.) took their Gurukula lessons under Guru Dhronaachaarya. Similarly here too, Little Krishna and Balarama go to Guru Saandeepani at Avantika city to learn all the 64 different types of art forms, including various kinds of warfare. Genius as He was, Little Krishna learnt all the 64 different art forms within just 64 days!

As this comes to a close, Bhagawan Krishna and Balarama return back to Mathura city, it was still without a king ever since Kamsa was killed. Thus, the responsibility fell upon the shoulders of Bhagawan Krishna to take up the honors and thus, He was coronated as the king of Mathura city and as a successor of King Kamsa. As Bhagawan Krishna took over with a grand coronation ceremony, He ruled the Mathura kingdom for the next few years.

As days, months and years passed by, there were problems that began to surface! This time, it was in the form of the wives of the dead Kamsa. They started branding Bhagawan Krishna as a “murderer” of their beloved husband and straightaway went and complained to their father, Jaraasandha. Accordingly, Jaraasandha was aggrieved with the fact that his daughters have becomes widows because of Bhagawan Krishna! Hence, he decided that he should somehow take revenge on Him and put Him to death!

What happened next? Was Jaraasandha successful in his pursuit? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out! 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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