(continuation of this story)
This series of stories on Śrī Kṛṣhṇa līlas try to bring out some durguṇas, commonly found in people, and thus warn us to be away from the same.
Listening to the sāhasakṛtyas of Śrī Kṛṣhṇa, Yaśodā Devī had kalavaram. She thought even though they left Nandavrajam and came to Bṛndāvanam, the utpātas did not stop. Seeing the duhkham of Yaśodā, Nandarāja consoled saying “Śrī Kṛṣhṇa is not a sāmānya bālaka. Garga maharṣhi told us about this. For the good of Him do many dānas, Annadānas”. Yaśodā Devī made Balarāma-Kṛṣhṇas do many dānas and Annadānas.
Balarāma-Kṛṣhṇas used to beautifully do alaṅkāram of Gomātas and take them. Śrī Kṛṣhṇa used to follow the cowherd closely so that Go-dhūli falls on Him. However without having Paramātma Darśanam Gomātas were not able to move their feet forward. Hence Śrī Kṛṣhṇa Himself used to be at the front, middle and end of the cowherd simultaneously. The Jīvātma-Paramātma sambandham is truely very deep.
In Madhurānagaram there was a Tālavanam. There used to be a dānava by name “Dhenuka” in gārdabhākāram in the Tālavanam. Once all the Gopālas along with Balarāmadeva and Śrī Kṛṣhṇa went near the Tālavanam. The Gopabālas, afraid of Dhenukāsura, requested Balarāma-Kṛṣhṇas to get them the madhura Tāla-phalas (tāṭi paṇḍlu).
Balarāma-Kṛṣhṇas entered the vanam and shook the trees, making the fruits fall.
A donkey has more power in its back legs. Dhenuka kicked Balarāma to 4 krośa distance away! Unaffected, Balarāma, hit the Dhenuka against a Tālavṛkṣham. Though a donkey normally does’nt have horns, this Dhenuka had 4 and started to attack the Gopālas. Śrīrāma, Subala and others replied with sticks, pāśas and astras.
Nandakiśora threw him to Govardhanagiri, making him unconscious. After gaining his consciousness, he took the Paramātma in to sky and started yuddham. Śrī Kṛṣhṇa threw him down and threw Govardhanagiri on dhenukāsura, like a ball. Dhenuka threw it back and Śrī Kṛṣhṇa kept it back at the same place and signalled Balarāmadeva. With one muṣhṭighātam of Balarāmadeva, the Dhenuka was killed and his tejas entered the Paramātma.
Sāhasika was the son of Balicakravarti (see this too). He once did vihāram on pavitra Gandhamādana Parvatam (where many ṛṣhis, munis do tapas and Paṇḍavas also lived for sometime), with 10000 vanitas. They exceeded their limits and the tapas of Dūrvāsamaharṣhi was disturbed. “Without any kind of vinaya-vidheyata you behaved like a gārdabham. So become one” said the Maharṣhi. After begging the Maharṣhi for kṣhama, the maharṣhi gave abhayam “in Dvāparayugam through the hands of Balarāmadeva you will get mukti”.
Since Paramātma told Prahlāda that He will never kill anyone in his dynasty (one uttama/bhraṣhṭa is enough to save/destroy an entire dynasty), he signalled Balarāmadeva to kill Sāhasika (Dhenuka).
Durguṇam to be unlearnt: Not having Vinayam-vidheyata and doing whatever pleases oneself.
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