Episode # 134 – Kamsa imprisons Devaki and Vasudeva in the Mathura City jail!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed a critical incident that happened in Kamsa’s life, wherein he had been warned by a thunderous and a rapturous voice from above the sky, regarding his impending death. This death, according to the voice, was going to take place through the son who’s going to be born out of Devaki and Vasudeva, who had just got married in front of Kamsa. Listening to this, Kamsa couldn’t think anything properly out of fear and shock. He immediately came to a conclusion that the only solution for this is to kill his own sister, Devaki on the spot. If she’s no more, there wouldn’t be any possibility for that son to be born, isn’t it? Hence, Kamsa raises his sword and rushes forward to kill Devaki. At this point, Vasudeva falls on Kamsa’s feet and is begging him to leave his wife alone. He reminds Kamsa of the three treacherous sins that he would end up committing, if he kills Devaki. In the meanwhile, Kamsa gives some pieces of advice which even their son, Bhagawan Krishna might not have given! In today’s episode, let us continue with those pieces of advice before we move further into what happened next. 

Vasudeva explains to Kamsa thus, “Oh Kamsa! What is happening to you is something that is written as your fate already. Nobody can ever change it. If destiny is written in a particular way, things would conspire only according to that. Moreover, we are all the “Atmans” and the “Atman” never has an end. It is only the “Shareera” or the physical body that has a beginning and an end. Moreover, irrespective of whatever and however you try to avoid it, death is something that comes to everybody at some point in time. If not today, all of us are going to die some day into the future. Nobody can be devoid of death in this world. Hence, why trying to meddle with what is inevitable, rather than accepting it and moving on with it?” 

As Vasudeva tells all these “Updaesha” stuff, Kamsa never seems to understand “A” or “Z” of it! 🙂 Afterall he’s a Raakshasa, and how would we expect Raakshasas to understand the “Atma-Tatva”? If we preach all these things to ardent devotees of Bhagawan, obviously they would understand and act accordingly. For instance, you are all ardent devotees of Bhagawan Vishnu and when I say all this to you, it would make sense and all of us would follow Bhagawan’s words. Whereas, if I say all this to people who have no interest in this, and to those people who constantly look to malign our Sanaatana Dharma, what is the use? Thus, all the “Upadesha” that Vasudeva did, fell deaf ears to Kamsa, and he proceeded to kill Devaki. However, the one point of committing a treacherous sin towards his own sister, somewhat pulled him back. 

Moving forward, the moment Kamsa started to pull back from his effort of killing Devaki, Vasudeva captured that moment and made a promise to him thus, “Oh Kamsa! Please take this as an undertaking from me – I shall personally handover to your hands, all the children that are being born to both of us. After that, it is upto you to do whatever you want to do with them. You can kill them or you can take them to task, or do whatever – it is totally your dealing after that! Hence, take these words as a token of assurance from my side, and please leave Devaki alone!” 

Vasudeva continues thus, “Oh Kamsa! Think in this way too – What is the fault of Devaki here? Is Devaki conspiring to kill you? No, isn’t it? For someone who is going to be born in the future to kill you, why are you holding her to ransom? Hence, please leave her alone and do what is practical and apt for the situation!” As Kamsa hears this from Vasudeva, he thinks for a while and puts down the sword. He immediately changes his plan and takes them back to Mathura city and puts them into jail! Thus, Kamsa imprisons both Devaki and Vasudeva, chains them and tortures them. 

As Kamsa did this, here too he makes a tactical mistake. Initially he made a mistake of rushing forward to kill Devaki. But somehow, Vasudeva pulled him out of it. However now, for this tactical mistake, there’s nobody to guide Kamsa here. So what was the tactical mistake that Kamsa made? Let’s wait and witness in the next episode! 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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