Episode # 219 – Akroora gets carried away by “Maya” (Illusion) for a moment!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Gokula giving a farewell to Bhagawan Bala-Krishna unwillingly and with a heavy heart. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna too acknowledges the ardent devotion of the Gokula people and assures them of His unending support and divine blessings at all times. Thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna gets on to the chariot along with His brother, Balarama and as Akroora rides the chariot, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna moves away swiftly from Gokula. The entire village is with a heavy heart and so is Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. However, His duties are compelling Him to move forward in His incarnation too. Thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna prioritizes His duties and gets along with Akroora to Mathura city, getting ready for a new phase of life thus. As the three of them are about to cross over the River Yamuna, it is dusk time (evening), and Akroora had to perform his “Nitya-Anushtaana” for the evening. Hence, Akroora stops the chariot at a small distance from the Yamuna river, requests the children to wait for ten to fifteen minutes before he comes back and takes them to Mathura again. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna too acknowledges Akroora’s request and off goes Akroora for his “Nitya-Anushtaana”. 

Now here comes yet another shocker for Akroora! As Akroora was performing his “Nitya-Anushtaana”, he was simultaneously admiring Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s divine physical form. He was internally worshipping Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and got engrossed into the beauty of HIs divine physical form. He was thinking within himself thus, “Oh! How does Kamsa have the heart to even harm this beautiful child? Forget killing.. How can one even think of causing any harm to this child? I’ve never seen a stone-hearted person as Kamsa!” Thinking thus, Akroora continues performing his “Nitya-Anushtaana” with tears of devotion in his eyes! 

As Akroora finishes it off, here comes a blip! Evern ardent devotees at times get carried away by the “Maya” (Illusion) of the world, and Akroora was no better an example for this! All of a sudden, a small thought came into Akroora’s mind that he was someone great and fortunate and that it was he who was instrumental in bringing Bhagawan Bala-Krishna to Mathura. Nobody else would have been able to do it! Akroora was thinking within himself that Bhagawan Krishna being an ordinary child, would not have been able to cross the Yamuna river bank to reach Mathura, and that He should thank him for His divine mission to continue further. Here, we’re witnessing an “I” attitude creeping inside Akroora all of a sudden! This made Akroora totally forget the fact that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is not an ordinary child by any means! 

This “I” attitude comes within all of us many times. We would have noticed that if we’re performing any action and if we’re putting the right effort towards achieving it, we would automatically get that “I” attitude, isn’t it? If we’re successfully completing that action, immediately we would think, “Oh! It is only because of my effort that I was able to complete this action successfully! Nobody else had a role in my success!” However, if we fail in our attempt to complete a task successfully what would our reaction be? We would immediately put the blame on Bhagawan, isn’t it? 🙂 We would think “Oh! Bhagawan never stands by me for anything in life! Why can’t He help me in fructifying my actions and effort?” 

This is where the problem lies – If we achieve something, we completely forget that Bhagawan is behind us as an instrument for success! However, if we fail in our attempt, we immediately fail to acknowledge that we’ve not put our effort, but conveniently put the blame on Bhagawan! This is where our selfish attitude comes into play, no matter whether we’re an ardent devotee or not! This is where the “Maya” comes into play, and we’ve to be extremely careful. Akroora is getting entangled into a similar web here – He’s thinking for a moment that it is only because of him, Bhagawan Krishna is able to come to Mathura! Now comes the interesting part – How is Bhagawan Bala-Krishna going to respond to Akroora’s “selfish” thought? How is Bhagawan going to teach Akroora a befitting lesson? Let us 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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