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Friday, August 29, 2008

Krishna and Kaaliya

When Krishna was very young, he was the epi center of many miracles and charming stories...

An extremely poisonous King Serpent called Kaaliya made a home for himself in one of the lagoons of the Yamuna near Vrindavan. He was so very poisonous, that all the fish in the lagoon died, and even the plants and trees near the water's edge started to wilt. It is said that the vapours emanating from Kaaliya were so poisonous that even birds flying above the waters would drop dead from the sky. He was horrific and malignant.

Krishna with his friends used to take the cows to graze in the forests of Vrindavan and got to know about this terrible snake. He decided to put an end to the monster and boldly jumped into the lake and made lots of loud noises and splashed about in the water to challenge Kaaliya. Soon the fiercesome beast rose out of the water spitting fire and poison making feral hissing noises intent on the destruction of this insignificant (so he thought) protagonist. He wrapped the little Krishna in his enormous coils and to the horror of Krishna's watching friends dived into the lake with him...

The waters of the lagoon roiled and boiled, and big bubbles came to the surface ans burst and for a long time there was no sign of Krishna... His friends panicked and rushed to the village to call the elders and soon the entire village was assembled at the lake side, praying fervently for Krishna's deliverance... By now the fight must have been very deep in the water or the snake may have overwhelmed Krishna and gone into deep waters... there was no sign of any activity... and many of the gopis were openly bemoaning and crying about their lost little one...



When Suddenly, the waters parted and the enormous, fearsome Kaaliya with his many hoods emerged out of the lake... but his once proud heads were bowed and he looked a little sheepish... when everyone joyously noticed that the young Krishna was merrily dancing on the the hoods of Kaaliya... A great shout and a huge sigh of relief went out from the crowd and big time celebrations started to felicitate this great victory... Krishna went to the shores and charged the defeated great snake to become the guardian of the lake and protect the villagers from other miscreants and demons... and the one time terror of the Yamuna Lagoon became the protector and guardian... All praised and revered and thanked the Little Lord Krishna...

Isn't that a really lovely story? There is an even better interpretation to it... you guessed it, you will read about it tomorrow! :)

Jai Gurudeva!
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bawa  

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15 comments:

hamsa_tachyon said...

yes, it is .. and told verry sweetly too :)
"the waters roiled and boiled" ..
gopis "bemoaning and crying about their lost little one" .. Kaaliya "looked sheepish" ..
.. "thanked the little Lord Krishna" ..
you really do have a gift for telling a tale ..
and the picture is soo appropriate, which lake is this statue at ?

Vishal said...

oh wow .. i know this story .. and the several others on krishna you have posted .. but its the interpretation tat i look forward to .. :)

Simply myself.. said...

hi bhaiya, jgd!!

yipeee i am the first one to comment today!!:)

This story is really lovely. I have seen it on DD in my childhood days.Sri Krisna used to come every sunday at 9.00 am then and i used to hook to it untill it finishes. Reading it here made all my memories of that time alive once again.Thanks to u!!

Waiting eagerly for the interpretation!!

-Mamta

roly said...

waiting for the interpretation bau.... bring it on.

Mrigank said...

Bau funny enough, I just noticed that my colleague sitting next to me has recently changed his wallpaper to a Krishna dancing on Kaliya's hood...!!!! :-)

monika said...

Hi Bawa,
You can also start writing children’s story books. The dramatic effects written are so great one starts imagining we are actually there.

Jai Gurudev

Trinaa said...

m loving it....keep it coming..keep it coming :))

Minnie said...

:) If anyone in the world wants to learn how to keep others waiting they should learn from you Bau :)amazing facts followed by super amazing interpretations so what if there is a short time gap between the two :) :)

komal said...

this happens to be one of my favorite Krishna stories.. what a refreshing viewpoint cant wait for tomorrow..

Niranjana said...

Waiting for the interpretation.
Jai Gurudeva;)

Ravi said...

It was a great story indeed. Whenever I come across such stories of Krishna or other dieties i can find the connection that all our art has probably evolved from the same. Though the characters are modified and sci fied at times. But still in say all our bollywood and hollywood movies Krishna (the hero) is fighting the Kaaliya (the baddies). But superficial as man becomes doesnt iterpret its complete meaning forgets to show that not all villains are to be squashed and destroyed but converting them to an advantage works better.
Also in real life i think the way you guys try to convert the power of mind jail inmates have, the focus or their sheer no matter what attitude, which if put into the right direction can bring a lot of good to humanity in general, this effort is really commendable.

So in this context every AOL teacher teaching in jails should consider these intentions in their mind as the manifestation of Krishna Himself.

mittal said...

THANKS A TON 4 these stories.these hav taken me back 2 my childhood,made me smile, made me cry,made me live as though i ws living in time KRISHNA.............the interpretations r indeed secrets, would love 2 know more...eagerly waiting 4 2mor.......

amit said...

...real lovely stories!!
...the way u tell 'em is simply fantastic!....it brings everything to life!...and makes us a part of the story, as if we r present as the story proceeds...

vishesh said...

pleeez bawa .... u kept me waiting ... !!!
i was reading the entire story lookin forward to the interpretation, and here is u telling me it will come tomorrow !!!

aaaaahhhh ...

bhawana kapoor said...

Ummm I am waiting for the interpretation..otherwise I don't like the story much...
I like pictures and I like children and I like you!
Jai Gurudev bau :)

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