In the previous episode, we had witnessed Rukmini Devi getting more and more obsessed with Bhagawan Krishna and eventually she decides to take the offensive route against the wishes of her father and family. She thus calls a “Vriddha Brahmin” person, writes down seven to eight slokas in a sheet of paper, hands it over to him, so that he could give it in turn to Bhagawan Krishna. Accordingly, the Brahmin person flees off on his horse all the way to Dwaraka where Bhagawan Krishna was residing. Rukmini Devi was waiting eagerly for a response on one end. Meanwhile, on the other end, Bhagawan Krishna comes to know of what was happening, courtesy the Vriddha Brahmin, who reaches Dwaraka within a jiffy! As instructed by Rukmini Devi, the Brahmin hands over the letter to Bhagawan Krishna, who opens it and reads. For better clarity, Bhagawan Krishna asks the Brahmin to read the letter aloud for Him. The moment Bhagawan comes to know of what was happening, He decided to get into the act immediately. Now what is Bhagawan Krishna going to do? How is He going to act? Let us witness today.
In fact, before we even look at Bhagawan Krishna’s response, we’ve to understand Rukmini Devi’s extended set of instructions to Bhagawan Krishna here. As Rukmini Devi expresses herself in the letter, she finishes the letter with some instructions for Him to come and attain her. She says thus, “Oh Krishna! Please come to my place on the day before my fixed marriage. I shall come outside of the palace to offer prayers to our “Kula Devata” (Family Deity) temple. You shall come in close proximity to that temple and indicate your arrival to me by blowing your “Paanchajanya” (Bhagawan’s Shankam). As I hear the sound from your “Paanchajanya”, I shall take the clue that you had arrived. Hence, I would slowly start coming towards you – Towards the direction from which the sound is coming. As I come close to you, take me in your chariot and ride fast! Take me along with you, and let us “run away” from this wretched place!”
As Bhagawan Krishna reads this, He couldn’t control His laughter! He thinks within Himself thus, “Oh wow! Look at how the world has changed in this Dwaapara Yuga! Goddess Mahalakshmi is advising me to “run away” along with her! Anyways, women know certain tricks better than men do! This is also one of them. Even though I’m Bhagawan, I’m sure Goddess Mahalakshmi is more intelligent than me in many ways! I’ve seen that in my previous Rama Avatara as well! I’ve seen the brilliance of Sita! Hence, this is nothing new to me. So let us follow the instructions given by Rukmini Devi!” Thinking thus, Bhagawan Krishna started off in His chariot in such a way that He would reach Vidharba exactly on the stipulated date.
As instructed, Bhagawan Krishna reaches the proximity of that family deity temple wherein Rukmini Devi was about to come. There was a huge lawn adorned with beautiful trees around. As Bhagawan Krishna didn’t want to reveal Himself or His identity, He hides Himself alongside the bushes and trees and is waiting for Rukmini Devi to arrive. As per the plan, Rukmini Devi also arrives at the temple in some time, along with her friends to offer prayers. It was the day before the marriage ceremony and as per the protocol, the prayer ceremony was about to take place. Hence, a lot of crowd was there and Rukmini Devi was amongst that humongous crowd. Bhagawan Krishna is waiting for the right moment amidst the bushes.
This is a “Make or break” situation for both Bhagawan Krishna and Rukmini Devi. Now what is Bhagawan Krishna going to do? Is He going to follow Rukmini Devi’s instructions straightaway, or does He have some other ideas? What happens next? Let’s wait for the next episode to find out! Stay tuned! 🙂