Śrī Kṛṣhṇa, the Parandhaama, as part of His divya līlas, killed many rākṣhasas and other evil people. Many of the rākṣhasas had some or the other durguṇas in their previous janma and hence took birth as rākṣhasas and were destroyed by Śrī Kṛṣhṇa. Many times we read the stories of destroying these rākṣhasas but rarely we come to know the durguṇas why they were needed to be destroyed. This series of stories on Śrī Kṛṣhṇa līlas try to bring out these durguṇas, commonly found in people, and thus warn us to be away from the same.
The stories have very deep meanings which are beyond the scope of Moral Stories. One can learn — What durguṇa leads to what mistake, how it must be controlled etc., if each story (taken from Garga Bhāgavatam) is analyzed very carefully with the help of elders.
In the Nandavrajam, Yaśodā invited many for celebrating the janmadina mahotsavas of Lord Śrī Kṛṣhṇa. After abhiṣhekam, they did beautiful alankāras to the Baby — Kastūrī tilakam, ear rings, chandra hāram, suvarṇa kankaṇas etc.
They gave the Nandanandana nīrājanas and made him sleep on a small svarna śayya, under the shade of a śakatam (cart). The puṇyastrīs were busy with their work and suddenly they stopped hearing the tiny cries of the Lord. Śakaṭāsura, sent by Kamsa, came in vāyurūpam and tried to push the śakaṭam on the Paramātma. The Baby touched the śakaṭam during His play and it flew high into the air, along with huge kṣhīra, dadhi bhāṇḍas that were kept on it. They fell on the Śakaṭāsura and his head broke into a thousand pieces! Vraja kāntas came running to see if Śrī Kṛṣhṇa was safe. The Paramātma was playing with Himself like a usual Baby. The Gopabālas told the Vraja kāntas that Śrī Kṛṣhṇa kicked the śakatam and it flew into the air. Immediately the vanitas removed dṛṣhṭi for Śrī Kṛṣhṇa, made bhūsurottamas to give mangala-āśīrvacanas and put Śrī Rāma Rakṣha to the Baby.
Hiraṇyalocana's son was Utkaca. He was a krūra. It was just his nature to be very harsh and not compassionate.
Once he uprooted all the Vṛkṣhas in the āśramam of Lomaśa maharṣhi (for no reason!!). The maharṣhi became angry and said "The way a snake removes its old skin, the same way you leave this body". The rākṣhasa fell on the ṛṣhi's feet and asked for kṣhama. The maharṣhi said "by the divya sparśa of Kṛṣhṇa Paramātma, you will be freed from your śāpam". He further explained to Utkaca "Usually one cannot eacape from Kālam and his own Karma. The only way is through Bhagavat-kṛpa."
Durguṇam to be unlearnt: Krūratvam
Message for present society:
This story also shows that one must not only have daya on fellow humans and animals, but also to plants. According to our śāstras, if one uproots one Vṛkṣham for human consumption, then four must be planted before doing so. Ofcourse its the responsibility of that person only to bring those up too. However man due to his Krūratvam, for his own selfish needs removed many trees and now started facing the consequences. Atleast from now on let us leave some space in our houses for plants (ones which give flowers, fruits or shade, not crotons ofcourse 🙂 ).
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