Episode # 540 – Why did Bhagawan Krishna conceal His true form from Yudishtra & Co.? An important discussion!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Sage Maarkandeya explaining to Yudishtra and Co. about the divine experience that he had obtained many years back, wherein he had the opportunity to worship Bhagawan Vishnu in the form of Bhagawan Baala-Mukunda. As Sage Maarkandeya narrates this heart-touching accord, Yudishtra is getting lost in thoughts. He was also thinking on the same lines of Sage Maarkandeya’s divine vision as to how he too can get one. As he puts forth his question to Sage Maarkandeya, he is going to get a fascinating reply, which he himself might not have expected! We shall witness Sage Maarkandeya’s reply in today’s episode as we move on further. 

Thus, as Yudishtra puts forth his heart-felt doubt, Sage Maarkandeya replies thus, “Oh Yudishtra! You’ve asked a very pertinent question. That Bhagawan Vishnu whom I was referring to all this time, is sitting amidst all of us here in the form of none other than Bhagawan Krishna! It is this same Bhagawan Krishna whom I had worshipped in the form of a little child. Even before He incarnated in this world as Bhagawan Krishna, I came to know through this divine experience that He is going to descend down to this world and commence His incarnation as Bhagawan Krishna. This was an indication to me. Thus, all of you are extremely fortunate to have Bhagawan Vishnu amidst all of you to guide you at every instance in your life. Oh Yudishtra and Arjuna! You should feel proud of yourself for getting this close association with the supreme Bhagawan of this entire world! If there’s someone in this world who can give solace for all the living beings living here and elsewhere, it is this Bhagawan Krishna alone! He, who is being revered and respected by the entire three worlds around, is sitting right beside you, listening to all our conversations! He is the “Puraana-Purusha”, that is, the person who is revered in all the scriptural texts! He is the same Bhagawan Baala-Mukunda whom I worshipped the other day! Oh Yudishtra and Arjuna! Please catch hold of this Bhagawan Krishna’s divine lotus feet strongly and seek His divine “Anugraha”. I’m sure that His “Anugraha” is already with all of you, else why is He going to come all the way and sit amidst all of us today? Hence, please do not let go of this golden opportunity and obey whatever He says! Success will definitely be yours!” 

As Sage Maarkandeya explains thus, the Paandava brothers including Draupati are extremely happy! With this reply, Yudishtra and Co. immediately turn towards Bhagawan Krishna with enormous joy and gratitude. With folded hands, the Paandavas pay their respects (“Namaskaaram”) towards Bhagawan Krishna. As Sage Maarkandeya reveals this truth, Yudishtra and Arjuna are in tears! They did not know how to react indeed. Bhagawan Krishna too understands that if this continues, all of them would go into an elevated spiritual level, from which it is going to be very difficult to bring all of them back to this reality of the Manushya Lokha. Hence, Bhagawan Krishna immediately unleashes His “Yoga-Maya” (Illusion) to make sure that none of them are able to witness His complete divine form. By doing so, Bhagawan Krishna is ensuring that all of them stay grounded to their actions and duties. 

We might ask a question here – If Yudishtra and Co. have the opportunity to have the ultimate realization as to who Bhagawan Krishna really is, why is Bhagawan Krishna stopping them from realizing Him fully? The reason is very simple here – As mentioned above, this is not the right time for having that realization for the Paandava brothers, as they have a lot of fundamental duties to fulfil as a “Kshatrya”. If Yudishtra would have had that divine vision as how Sage Maarkandeya have had, maybe Yudishtra would have completely refrained from being a king, and the Kurukshetra war would not have happened at all! Thus, Yudishtra would have failed from his duties as a righteous king. Of course, Sage Maarkandeya had that divine vision because he was a Brahmana Rishi, and he was a Sanyasin without any family or worldly attachment upon him. His entire duty was to keep performing penance, and this would accelerate further only if Bhagawan shows His true form! However, in the case of Yudishtra, this is not the case – Only if Bhagawan morphs His real identity, will He be able to establish the “Dharma” in this world along with Yudishtra. Hence, Bhagawan Krishna is forced to make sure that Yudishtra and Co. do not get that divine vision which Sage Maarkandeya has had earlier. Of course, there would definitely be a time when Yudishtra and Co. could have it, but this is not the time for the same. Readers should understand this point very clearly here as we move on. 

So for today, let us join hands along with Yudishtra and Co. to worship Bhagawan Krishna by exhibiting the “Sharanaagathi” at His divine lotus feet. We shall wait till the next episode to continue this discussion further! 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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