In the previous episode, we had witnessed an important juncture wherein Bhagawan Krishna’s marriage with Rukmini Devi is getting underway in full swing and with lot of festive grandeurs. We’ve already witnessed that since this shouldn’t be considered as a “Raakshasa Vivaaha”, Bhagawan Krishna ensures that all the elders from both families are invited for the marriage function and through that, their blessings are seeked. Both Bhagawan Krishna’s and Rukmini Devi’s parents are present at the venue and the entire Dwaraka city is dazzling with lightings and other festive decorations. The entire city is in a joyous mood as their great king is getting married. All the Devas (Celestial Beings) including Indra and Co. are alsmaking their way to Dwaaraka to be part of this grandeur. Bhagawan Krishna and Rukmini Devi are well-dressed and are dazzling with beauty, surrounded by all the important elders from both the families. Rukmini Devi is having a garland in her hand, which is to be submitted to Bhagawan Krishna. Similarly, Bhagawan Krishna is also having a beautiful shining garland, which is to be submitted to Rukmini Devi. All the rituals are taking place as per the protocol and the stage is set now for the exchange of garlands between the divine couple.
It is at this time, something tricky happens. As Bhagawan Krishna is about the garland Rukmini Devi, a sudden and an unexpected clash erupts between the two families. Normally, clashes between two families happen in terms of dowry, money, name, status, ego clashes, etc. We’re seeing this even today in the present-day marriages too isn’t it? Everything would go on smoothly and suddenly somebody would raise a complaint with some small aspect with respect to the food that is served for all the guests. Immediately this issue would be taken up by the groom’s family and this would be blown out of proportion! Ultimately this would erupt into a huge fight between the families of the bride and the groom and many a times, the marriage itself would get called off, or it would end up in a very hostile marriage. It is important that such things should be avoided by us. We should understand that not everybody and everything can be 100% perfect always. There would be certain shortcomings here and there, and we should develop the maturity to accept it with a smile and move on. Ultimately the life of the couple who is getting married is more important than all these luxuries and grand celebrations. As elders, people should have the respect and maturity to bless the couple with all their heart, rather than picking up issues and creating problems. Thus, marriage is a happy event in one’s life and this should not turn hostile due to petty reasons. This is very important for all of us to understand.
Having said thus, the issue between Bhagawan Krishna’s and Rukmini Devi’s families are not with regards to money, property, name, etc. Both families are affluent ones, as both are royal king families. But the issue here was that, suddenly someone got up from Bhagawan Krishna’s side and exclaimed thus, “Oh! Look at the handsomeness of our Krishna! To have a look at this handsome boy, your Rukmini should consider herself very fortunate in her life. Else, how would she be able to get married to such a handsome boy with a divine look? Hence, you people should be thankful to Bhagawan Krishna for this golden opportunity that He has given to your daughter!” Indeed, they were right in their own way, isn’t it? If we look at Bhagawan’s face, we can keep looking at Him, all through the day and night, without taking our eyes off! The beauty and handsome features of Bhagawan’s compassionate and kind face is a treat for all of us to gaze at. This is exactly what Bhagawan Krishna’s family members are explaining here!
As this statement was being made loud and strong, Rukmini Devi’s family members thought of taking some revenge! Indeed, this is not a hostile revenge, but a sweet one. They get up and explain thus, “Oh, do you know what? Look at our Rukmini! How beautiful and compassionate are her eyes? How dazzling she looks with all the ornaments adorned on her? Indeed, it should be the other way round! Your Krishna should consider Himself very fortunate that He’s able to marry a beauty queen like Rukmini Devi! Else, without this fortune, how on earth is He going to get such a girl in His life? Hence, it is your Krishna who has to be thankful!”
Indeed, both of the families are right in their own perspective, isn’t it? Rukmini Devi is an embodiment and an incarnation of Goddess Mahalakshmi Herself from Vaikunta, just like how Mother Sita incarnated for Bhagawan Rama. We’ve already witnessed during our Ramayana project as to how Mother Sita was so kind and compassionate with all her dazzling beauty during her marriage with Bhagawan Rama. The same thing applies here too. Rukmini Devi, being Goddess Mahalakshmi, is an embodiment of compassion towards all Her divine children, isn’t it? Afterall she’s the divine mother and how on earth can she lack that beauty, in combination with the compassion? In fact, this is what is the difference between Bhagawan Krishna and Rukmini Devi. Bhagawan Krishna is handsome, beautiful, etc. But when compared to Rukmini Devi, the factor called “compassion” is extremely high in Rukmini Devi, than for Bhagawan Krishna. Even in today’s world we see this isn’t it? Generally, males are less compassionate than females in day-to-day life too. Females are more patient and accommodating than males. This is what makes the difference! This same thing applies to Bhagawan Krishna and Rukmini Devi in the Dwaapara Yuga, and Bhagawan Rama and Mother Sita in the Tretha Yuga.
Thus, in this context, a huge debate breaks out between the two camps as to who is fortunate to marry whom! This is not something that is going to end up in a clash or a fight, but it is just a treat for all of us, devotees to witness and enjoy! In fact, as I had mentioned earlier, both the families are right in their own perspective, and this is why, Bhagawan Krishna and Rukmini Devi are “made for each other!” Similarly, Mother Sita and Bhagawan Rama are “made for each other”! The couple complements one another so beautifully that there would be no haste in between them even for a single iota of time. This is what we’ve to understand from this “fight” that is breaking out between the two families!
So for today, let us understand this important point and let us wait till the next episode to witness where is this going to lead to! Stay tuned! 😊