Episode # 285 – Bhagawan Krishna kills Sishupala – Liberates him back to Vaikunta!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed the continuation of the “Agra-Puja” that was being offered by Sahadeva to Bhagawan Krishna, even as Sishupaala continued his ranting against Him. In the meanwhile, as Sishupaala continues his rant, Bhishmachaarya explains the background story of Sishupaala and how he was born with three eyes and four hands as an abnormal child. Further, he explains that one of the main purposes of Bhagawan Krishna’s incarnation is to kill Sishupaala as he was a Raakshasa. Bhishmachaarya thus describes all these points to drive home the fact that Sishupaala is a worthless fellow and people should not take his words seriously. As Bhishmachaarya describes thus, Sishupaala gets even more furious and doubles his ranting rate towards Bhagawan Krishna. As we’ve witnessed yesterday, Bhagawan Krishna had given an assurance to Sishupaala’s mother that He would keep forgiving Sishupaala until he makes a hundred insults / mistakes. Once the number crosses hundred, He would leave it fate to take over! 

Thus here, Sishupaala continues his rant, and Bhagawan Krishna waits patiently for the hundredth insult to come by. The moment the number crosses one hundred, Bhagawan Krishna immediately decides that enough is enough! Time has come for Sishupaala to be killed! Thus, Bhagawan Krishna stands up from His seat and along with Him, the “Chakra-Aayudha” also comes out in Bhagawan’s divine hands! Bhagawan’s fury now knows no bounds! He has had enough with Sishupaala. Although Bhagawan was furious outside, He knew that Sishupaala was none other than the Jaya-Vijaya duo at Vaikunta, who were none other than His own ardent devotees! Thus, even though Bhagawan was angry, His compassion towards Sishupaala took over at one point. It is now for Sishupaala to take a decision – Whether to continue ranting further, or to seek forgiveness to Bhagawan. As Sishupaala looks at Bhagawan Krishna as the “Shanka-Chakra-Dhaari”, his heart slowly started to melt! Who on this earth cannot melt down upon seeing Bhagawan in this form? How fortunate was Sishupaala to have Bhagawan Krishna’s divine “Darshan” with the “Shankam” on one hand and the “Chakra” on the other! With this, Sishupaala broke down into tears and sank on the floor speechless! 

However, the hundredth mistake is up, and Sishupaala has breached the hundredth mark! Thus, Bhagawan Krishna too did not have an option but to kill him then and there. Hence, with His divine “Chakra”, Bhagawan Krishna kills Sishupaala on the spot and thus, liberates him back to Vaikunta! With this, the Jaya-Vijaya duo were also released from the curse that Sage Sanaka had given them three “Yugas” ago! As Sishupaala was being attacked by Bhagawan Krishna’s “Chakra”, he did not even make an attempt to defend himself. He suddenly came to know that Bhagawan Krishna who was standing in front of him was none other than Bhagawan Vishnu Himself who had incarnated just to liberate him to “Moksha”. Thus, even though Sishupaala was a Raakshasa by birth, Bhagawan Krishna’s compassion knew no bounds! He made sure that Sishupaala reached the highest “Moksha” without any hassles! 

This was the same case with Ravana as well. We’ve seen this during our earlier Ramayana project as to how Bhagawan Rama liberated both Ravana and Kumbhakarna during the war. Kumbhakarna realized much earlier that Bhagawan Rama was none other than Bhagwan Vishnu Himself, however, since it was his duty to fight for his brother Ravana, Kumbhakarna reluctantly went to the warfield and Bhagawan Rama killed him. At the end, Bhagawan Rama made sure that Kumbhakarna realises who he really was and thus, Kumbhakarna was extremely happy and felt fortunate to be in front of Bhagawan during his last breath. This was the similar case with Ravana as well. Finally as Ravana was about to breathe his last, Bhagawan Rama revealed His true form to him, thus leaving Ravana in tears! He thus realized his mistake of unnecessarily abducting Mother Sita and hurting Bhagawan Rama so much all these years! Thus, this realization that Ravana had, even though it was too late, was good enough for Bhagawan Rama to grant him the highest “Moksha”. We should understand that this Ravana-Kumbhakarna duo was none other than the same Jaya-Vijaya duo of Vaikunta! 

Thus, for today, let us understand up to this point, wherein Bhagawan Krishna has killed Sishupaala and thus, liberated him to Vaikunta again. We shall continue this discussion forward in the next episode to witness what happened at Indraprastha after this. 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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