A BRIEF STORY FROM THE MAHABHARATA(The pot with 'Amrita')
One day there was a party of Yadava lords.
Prominent among whom were Krishna, Balram, Satyaki , Akrur and some others; they were returning from a hunting trip.
By the roadside, they smelt the stomach churning smell of decay, emanating from a half rotten carcass of a dog.
"What a foul smell"- said Akrur. "These lousy city cleaners are no good, this carcass should had been removed already!
Yes, those irresponsible lazy idiots should be punished for this for the lack of sense of duty" - proclaimed a fuming Balarama.
"Can you see how faggots are oozing out of those decaying body parts" remarked Kritvarma.
Krishna gazed at the carcass and smiled that famous beatific smile of his.
(Krishna 's girlfriend Radha).
"What is so amusing about this rotting decaying thing, Kanha?" asked Balrama a bit annoyingly.
"Look brother. What shiny teeth this dog had!" Krishna replied.
Yadava elites looked at each other be musingly.
"He is not reckoned a great man for nought, they said to each other.
"He'll always find something beautiful about everything.
Krishna you are indeed God incarnate" mused Satyaki.
(On this picture, Krishna is blessing and protecting Droupadi)
(the wife of Pandavas).
Here the deeper meaning of this story could be that:
on every closed door, there is always an opening, or something new to find.
Or on the other side of something bad or ugly - we always can find something good or nice, if we open our eyes.
2. SRI KRISHNA WAS NOT A THIEFThere was a teacher from Amrita Vidyalayam who was talking about a boy that was mischievous in kindergarten.
The boy had a bad habit of stealing significant objects in the class room.
First the teacher tried to lovingly tell him that it was wrong.
But the boy didn’t take her seriously. So she had to be strict with him.
During Sri Krishna’s birthday celebrations the students narrated different stories about Krishna. This particular boy stood up and asked his teacher, “If it was alright for Krishna to steal, why shouldn’t I?”
Another child supported him saying, “That was why Krishna was born in the prison.” The teacher was shocked to hear this.
She prayed fervently to Amma, the Holy lady from India, and felt strongly that Amma answered her from within.
She replied, “Actually, the Gopis prayed to Krishna daily to visit their homes and steal their butter. Answering their prayers, Krishna came and stole their butter.”
The teacher was amazed to read a detailed response from Amma (about this particular Leela of Sri Krishna) in the next issue of Matruvani. She thanked Amma for providing the answer to her.
“Sri Krishna was not a thief.
Just as the Sun doesn’t need the light from a candle flame, Sri Krishna never needed anything from anyone.'
So said Amma, and she said: “Some of his childhood friends were poor. As Krishna and his friends went out to play, the friends complained that they were hungry. So Krishna visited the houses of different Gopis, took the butter and offered it to his friends. He didn’t do it for his own sake. '
“Secondly, the family members of the Gopis were not fond of Krishna.
They thought that Krishna was a mere cowherd boy.
But the Gopis had deep devotion for Krishna.
They longed to offer butter to Krishna, but were forbidden by their family members. Even while churning the butter, the Gopis prayed to Krishna to accept the butter as their token of love. They stored some butter in pots and left to sell other milk products such as buttermilk, butter and cheese.
“By stealing the butter, not only did Krishna answer their prayers, but also stole their hearts. That was why he was known as chitta chora, stealer of hearts. As the Gopis went out for business they thought constantly,
‘Will Krishna visit my house today? Won’t he grab his share of butter?’
Thus they were constantly thinking of Krishna.
You see now – ‘by engaging himself in the divine sport of stealing butter from different households, Lord Krishna was satiating the hunger of his poor friends’, said Amma.
Krishna responded to the prayers of the Gopis and helped them to think of him constantly.”
That ’s the way Krishna, the smart and most loved One is !
(Krishna and Radha)