In the previous episode, we had witnessed Akroora reaching Gokula, primarily for two reasons – One obviously as per the order given by Kamsa to bring Bhagawan Bala-Krishna to Mathura city, to “participate” in the “Dhanur Yaga” that Kamsa was “planning” to do! However the second reason is what is very important here – Akroora, being an ardent devotee of Bhagawan Krishna, was eagerly waiting for a chance to worship Him in person. As Kamsa’s “administrative” instruction has given Him a golden opportunity to go to Gokula and pay His respects to Bhagawan, Akroora couldn’t control his happiness. He was sleepless all night, and was eagerly waiting for the dawn to arrive. As soon as the morning arrives, Akroora hurries on to his chariot and races his way to Gokula. We’re now at a point wherein Akroora has reached Gokula and is eagerly waiting for Bhagawan Bala-Krishna to open the door for him. Meanwhile, Akroora was having thousands of questions running in his mind as he was waiting for Bhagawan Krishna to arrive. These questions were out of his sheer eagerness to worship Bhagawan. At the same time, these questions gave rise to a sort of fear in Akroora’s mind. What if Bhagawan rejects him straight away if He comes to know that he has come from Kamsa? Or, what if Bhagawan attacks and kills him then and there, thinking that he is a Raakshasa? Or, worst comes to worst, what if Bhagawan Krishna never turns out to see him?
As Akroora was thinking thus, he started getting tears in his eyes. With these tears, Akroora gives a faint knock at the door of Bhagawan Krishna’s house. He couldn’t hold his excitement and fear – Both at the same time. However, what is going to happen now is a sharp contrast with what Akroora was thinking! The moment when the door opens, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was right there in front of him with a beaming smile! Akroora was taken aback by this firstup! He never expected first of all for Bhagawan Krishna to come and directly open the door. Moreover, the way in which Bhagawan Bala-Krishna welcomed Akroora was right opposite to what Akroora was thinking in his mind. Upon seeing Akroora, Bhagawan Krishna didn’t even ask him who he was. He immediately addressed Akroora by his name and welcomed him inside the house! This was the second shock that Akroora had! Now that Akroora had been welcomed inside the house, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama being children, fell on Akroora’s feet and worshipped him! The first two shocks that Akroora received were slightly better. But this third shock that he received – Akroora couldn’t stand it anymore! He burst into tears as he lifted Bhagawan Krishna and Balarama from his feet. Akroora was shell-shocked! He had come to Gokula to worship Bhagawan Krishna, but on the contrary, Bhagawan Krishna is worshipping him! How can this happen? Akroora replies to Bhagawan thus, “Oh Bhagawan Krishna! As per the protocol, you are Bhagawan and I’m your “Daasa” (Devotee). Accordingly, it should be this Akroora who should fall on your feet and worship you. But you’re doing the contrary here! How can this be feasible?”
As Akroora says thus, he is completely in tears. Upon seeing Akroora’s state, Bhagawan Krishna smiles at him and hugs him warmly in His arms! What an opportunity for Akroora! Just like how Hanuman got a warm embrace from Bhagawan Rama in the Ramayana, here, Akroora is getting a warm embrace from Bhagawan Krishna! Such is the respect that Bhagawan gives to His devotees, if the devotion is pure and steadfast. This is the lesson that all of us should learn and understand from the Akroora and Hanuman episodes – True devotion towards Bhagawan, melts His heart completely! If our devotion is pure, Bhagawan would definitely answer our prayers in the most welcoming way, just like how He did for Akroora and Hanuman.
Continuing further thus, Akroora explains to Bhagawan Krishna, the agenda behind his visit. Akroora explains to Bhagawan that His uncle, Kamsa is calling Him to Mathura city, to participate in a “Dhanur Yaga” that he is planning to do, and hence, he has sent Akroora as a messenger to receive Him. Now what is Bhagawan Bala-Krishna going to do? Is He going to go with Akroora straight away, or, is He going to do otherwise? Let us wait till the next episode to find out! Stay tuned! 🙂