Episode # 236 – Bhagawan Krishna grants the highest “Moksha” to Muchukunda!!!

We’re at an important point in Bhagawan Krishna’s pursuit towards Dwaaraka, wherein Kaalayavana is giving a tough chase. Bhagawan Krishna runs and runs, and finally enters into a big cave wherein Muchukunda is amidst a sound slumber. We’ve seen in yesterday’s episode as to who this Muchukunda was and why he was sleeping here. As per the boon obtained by him from Indra, Muchukunda had the power to burn anyone down on that very moment, whoever disturbs his sleep. Knowing this very well, Bhagawan Krishna puts His “Peetaambara” cloth over the sleeping Muchukunda, gives him a tight kickon his lap and hides Himself in a dark corner of the cave. Kaalayavana who was following Bhagawan Krishna sees the “Peetambara” over Muchukunda and wrongly concludes that it was Bhagawan Krishna who was “acting” as if He was asleep. Thinking thus, Kaalayavana gives Muchukunda a tight kick on his legs, which wakes him up from the deep slumber! 

Now, all of us know about Muchukunda’s boon! The moment Muchukunda opens his eyes, it was Kaalayavana who was directly on the “firing line” of Muchukunda! Thus, Kaalayavana was burnt down to ashes at that very spot! As Muchukunda opened his eyes for the first time after so many years, he did not even know who was in front of him. All he did was to recollect Indra’s boon, and administered the boon effectively on poor Kaalayavana! Thus, Bhagawan Krishna did not directly kill Kaalayavana. He was just an instrument in getting him killed. 

This is yet another stark difference between Bhagawan Krishna and Bhagawan Rama. In Bhagawan Rama’s case, He would go personally and kill all the Raakshasas. We’ve seen how Bhagawan Rama killed Shubaahu on the way to Mithilapuri. Further, He searched and killed the 14,000 Raakshasas at “Dhandakaaranya” forest. He went all the way to Lanka to kill Ravana. However, in contrast, Bhagawan Krishna was just acting as an instrument in getting the Raakshasas killed. Even in Gokula we’ve witnessed that all the Raakshasas who came to kill Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, literally killed themselves only. For instance, Poothana came to feed breastmilk to Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. He did not intend to kill her! He sucked her in such a way that her poison killed her, instead of it killing Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. Similar was the case for Sakatasura too. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was crying profusely by shaking His hands and legs violently. Sakatasura unfortunately came into Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s arc of swinging His legs, and he got kicked to death! Similarly, if we look at the Mahabharata war (Kurukshetra battle), Bhagawan Krishna never lifted even a single weapon! Yet He managed to kill thousands and thousands of people in the war, including Bhishma, Guru Dhronachaarya, Duryodhana and all his “Kaurava” brothers. Thus, this is a gross difference between the two incarnations of Bhagawan Vishnu. 

Again, this is a comparison that I’m making, just for our understanding and experiential purpose. We should always understand that every incarnation of Bhagawan is unique and has its own significance. These are not to be compared and contrasted as to who is better! Moving on further, as Kaalayavana was burnt down by Muchukunda, Bhagawan Krishna appears in front of him. Muchukunda still couldn’t recognize that it was Bhagawan who was standing in front of him. Unknowingly thus, Muchukunda asks Bhagawan Krishna, “Oh! Who are you? Why have you come here?” Bhagawan Krishna smartly replies thus, “Oh Muchukunda! It is not important now as to who I am. I’m Bhagawan Krishna. I’ve come here to grant you the ultimate “Moksha”. Do you want to take it right away, or, do you want to still continue investigating who am I and what is my background? You choose what do you want!” Upon hearing such a “diktat” from Bhagawan Krishna, Muchukunda was left out with no option but to accept the offer. The moment Muchukunda says “Yes”, Bhagawan Krishna ensures that he transcends to “Vaikunta” the very next moment, without a single question being asked! We can imagine how fortunate was Muchukunda here! 

So for today, let us enjoy this experience of Muchukunda attaining “Moksha” and let us wait for the next episode to see how Bhagawan Krishna established His vast empire on this very place and how is Bhagawan Krishan being worshipped today in this very place! An interesting accord awaits us tomorrow! 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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