In the previous episode, we had witnessed the culmination of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s pursuit of all the Raakshasas from Poothana to Kesi, and how He successfully eliminated all of them who came to attack and kill Him. Thus, we had witnessed how Bhagawan Bala-Krishna created a virtual “one-way-traffic” into Gokula and how those who came inside, never went out! This wasn’t the case just with the Raakshasas only. It was the same and even today it is the same for devotees like all of us too. This is where we had witnessed in yesterday’s episode, a gross difference in approach of Bhagawan Krishna as compared to Bhagawan Rama. Of course, this comparison is on a lighter side, but the point here is that, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna made sure that none of the Raakshasas escaped, in a bid to protect His ardent devotees to perfection. Thus with this, Kamsa was left to fend himself, and now let us witness what happened next.
As Kamsa thinks of what to do next, he has multiple plans on the table now. Should he personally go to Gokula, fight Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and finish Him off there itself? Or, should he bring Bhagawan Bala-Krishna to Mathura and fight Him here? If Kamsa has to go to Gokula, he has to go alone. Nobody is there to accompany him, who might be as powerful as him. All the Raakshasas with all their powers are destroyed now! He cannot fight a lone battle with Bhagawan for two reasons – One is, of course, there is no backup! Second is, Kamsa’s ego – Kamsa was still under the thought that if he goes in search of the enemy, his stature as a king would come down. Instead, he should make the enemy come towards him and then a fight can be done. Moreover, if the fight happens in his own backyard, Kamsa would also gain in confidence, isn’t it? With all this in mind, Kamsa decides that rather than going to Gokula to take on his enemy, it is better that he brings Bhagawan Krishna here to Mathura.
With this plan in mind, Kamsa also decides that while calling Bhagawan Bala-Krishna to Mathura, he should make sure that Bhagawan shouldn’t know that He’s being called for a fight. It should be as if it is a kind invitation by His uncle. Hence, Kamsa calls upon one of his senior-most ministers, Akroora to entrust the task of getting Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama to Mathura at any cost. As Kamsa’s instructions are clearly laid out, Akroora too sets off from Mathura and within a jiffy, he reaches Gokula. Meanwhile, as Akroora gets ready, Sage Naarada makes his way into Kamsa’s palace. As we know very well, Sage Naarada was the person who tried to drift Kamsa away from any sort of intelligent thinking every time. Sage Naarada arrives with a similar plan this time as well. As he is seeing Akroora starting urgently somewhere, he straightaway goes to Kamsa and enquires.
Sage Naarada asks Kamsa thus, “Oh Kamsa! I’m seeing Akroora going somewhere urgently! What is happening? Is everything okay? Why are you so tense?” Upon hearing thus from Sage Naarada, Kamsa replies, “Oh Sage! Yes. Akroora is going to Gokula to bring Krishna here to Mathura!” Sage Naarada intervenes thus, “Oh that’s great! Rather than you going and fighting Him out, if He comes here, you would stand a better chance to win over Him! It’s a good idea that you’re doing!” Sage Naarada continues further and explains to Kamsa some aspects of the truth behind Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. Sage Naarada explains thus, “Oh Kamsa! You’ve been cheated very badly by this Krishna. He fooled you and somehow escaped from the prison after He took birth to Devaki and Vasudeva. He made sure that you wouldn’t be able to trace His whereabouts, but credits to your intelligence – You managed to trace Him! Now it is time to give Him back for all what He has done to you! How can you let loose a criminal like this? As a king, isn’t it your duty to capture such criminals and take them to task? Hence, make Him come to Mathura with a trick. Do not let Him know that you’re calling Him for a fight. Let it be a secretive mission! He should be totally unprepared when you’re taking on Him to fight. With that, you would easily be able to win over Him!”
As Sage Naarada suggests thus, Kamsa too starts thinking! This was enough for Sage Naarada, as he bids goodbye to Kamsa and leaves! He has done his job! Now Kamsa calls Akroora and reiterates his plan to him. He orders Akroora to keep this mission totally secretive from Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. All Akroora has to do is to somehow bring Bhagawan Bala-Krishna to Mathura. Kamsa would take care of the rest. With this resolution, Akroora reaches Gokula! So for today, let Kamsa be waiting for Bhagawan Bala-Krishna to arrive at Mathura. We shall also go along with Akroora, who is an ardent devotee of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, to have His divine darshan! Let us wait along with Akroora to see Bhagawan Bala-Krishna in the next episode! Stay tuned! 🙂