Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Krishna- Arjuna Yuddham & Subhadra

Courtesy: Sri.Gopala Krishnan
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SUBHADRA- THE CHASTE
1.GANDHARVA CHITRASENA SPAT IN TO THE PALMS OF SAGE KALAVA
It was morning. Sage Kalava finished his bath and was doing his sandhya. Reciting the Mantras he was just about to offer to the Sun God the water held in his palms.
At that moment Gandharva Chitrasena was, passing through the sky spat out the betel he was chewing not noticing the hermit worshipping below. It exactly fell into the water in the palms of the hermit.
2. SAGE KALAVA COMPLAINS TO LORD KRISHNA
Kalava looked up and saw the Gandharva. He got terribly angry. Kalava refrained from cursing the Gandharva since he would lose spiritual power thereby and decided to go to Sri Krishna and inform Him of the misdeed so that He may punish him. Then he went to Dwaraka and complained to Sri Krishna.
3. SRIKRISHNA PROMISE TO KILL GANDHARVA
He immediately gave word to the hermit Kalava that he would kill the Gandharva before sunset next day. Sage Galava got relieved of his angry thinking his spiritual power is not lost and Gandharva will be punished.
4. SAGE NARADA COMES TO AID GANDHARVA CHITRASENA
Meanwhile Narada came to Chitrasena and informed him of Sri Krishna has resolved to kill him before sunset next day. Narada advised Chitrasena to approach and plead with Yama, Indra, Brahma and Shiva to save him. Unfortunately all of them declined to help. Hearing the plight of Chitrasena, Narada again came to aid him.
Narada told Chitrasena," Don't fear. I shall show you a better way to save yourself".
Go tonight to the banks of Yamuna and weep loudly. A woman coming there will enquire the cause of your wailing. Don't let out the reason for your grief till she promises to protect you". Chitrasena simply agreed to all Narada said to save his life.
5. NARADA MEET SUBHADRA
Meanwhile Narada approached Subhadra and told her," Oh Subhadra! If you want all your desires to be fulfilled and acquire great merit, bathe tonight in the Yamuna river and go to the rescue of anyone found on the river bank in distress". She agreed since prima-facie she did not find any thing suspicious in the advice of Narada.
6.SUBHADRA PROMISE TO HELP CHITHRASENA
Subhadra went to river Yamuna that night along with her friends and took her bath. When she was about to return, she heard someone wailing. Subhadra went near the person who was weeping and enquired about the cause of his distress. The person who was no other than Chitrasena, after extracting a promise from her that she would protect him, narrated to her all that happened.
Subhadra told him, " Don't worry. Only this much is your grief. For my husband Arjuna it is nothing. I would ensure he comes and protect you".
7. SUBHADRA- ARJUNA'S SWEET CORNER
Subhadra informed Arjuna regarding the promise she made to Chitrasena. Arjuna agreed to fight even his dear friend Sri Krishna in order to save the life of Chitrasena.
8.SRIKRISHNA FIGHT WITH ARJUNA
The next day a terrific battle took place between Sri Krishna and Arjuna. Both fought untiringly. Finally Sri Krishna took up his invincible discus and Arjuna his mighty Pasupata Astra for the final showdown.
9. LORD SIVA APPEAR ON THE SCENE AND PACIFY SRIKRISHNA
At that moment, Lord Shiva appeared before them and said," O Sri Krishna, Arjuna is your devotee. So would it be fair for you create a situation in which you devotee is not able to keep up the word?" Sri Krishna accepted of Lord Shiva and stopped fighting.
10 SAGE KALAVA DECIDES TO CURSE CHITHRA SENA
On hearing this the hermit Kalava became very angry and exclaimed," both of you have sided with that Gandharva who insulted me. Now I will curse him to ashes.
11. SUBHADRA PROCLAIMS HER CHASTITY AND STOPS THE CURSE
But when the hermit took water in his hands to pour on the ground to pronounce the curse, Subhadra intervenes and utters," if it be true that I have never touched even with my mind any man, other than my husband, let this water not fall on the earth."
The water did not fall from the hermit's hands. That was the chastity of Subhadra. So sage's curse could not bear fruit. The hermit also got pacified by the time since the Gandharva did so accidentally. What can anyone do before the power of a chaste woman?
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