Hare Krishna Mahamantra

हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण, कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे || हरे राम हरे राम, राम राम हरे हरे||

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Stop comparison and complaining - Always Thank God for all you have

Sometimes you are unsatisfied with your life, while many people in this world are dreaming of living your life.
Your life can be someones dream - Poor child eating dirty food

Your life can be someones dream - Poor child looking for clean drinking water

Your life can be someones dream - Physically Challenged

A Child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead & dreams of flying but a pilot on the plane sees the farmhouse & dreams of returning home.

Your life can be someones dream - Pilot thinking to return home

That's life…enjoy yours and always thank to Krishna (God) for all you have.

If wealth is the secret to happiness, then the rich should be dancing on the streets. But only poor kids do that.
If power ensures security, then officials should walk unguarded. But those who live simply, sleep soundly.

If beauty and fame bring ideal relationships, then celebrities should have the best marriages.

So, Live simply and Love genuinely..!

Your life can be someones dream - Thank to Krishna all the time

Also read a wonderful story:

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Jai Radha Madhav Prayer / Bhajan (in English, Hindi and Audio Video)

Bhajan (prayer) having names of Shri Krishna based on his pastimes

Jai Radha Madhav, Jai Kunj Bihari,
Jai Gopi Jan Walabh, Jai Girivar Dhaari,
Yashoda Nandan, Braj Jan Ranjan,
Yamuna Teer Ban Chari

जय राधा माधव, जय कुञ्ज-बिहारी,
जय गोपी-जन वलभ, जय गिरिवर-धारी,
यशोदा-नंदन, ब्रज-जन, 
यमुना-तीर वन-चारी

Meaning of this Bhajan
Krishna is the divine lover of Radha, his eternal consort. He displays amorous pastimes in the groves of Vrindavana. He is the divine lover of the gopis (cowherd maidens of Vraja) and the holder of the great hill named Govardhana. Although unborn He plays the role of the beloved son of mother Yasoda. He is the delighter of the inhabitants of Vraja. He wanders in the forests along the banks of the river Yamuna.

Few pictures representing names of Shri Krishna mentioned in the bhajan:

Radha Madhav (divine lover of Sri Radha Rani)
Krishna - Radha Madhav

Kunj Bihari (displays amorous pastimes in the groves of Vrindavana)
Krishna - Kunj Bihari

Gopi Jan Walabh (divine lover of the gopis)
Krishna - Gopijan Vallabh

Girivar Dhaari (holder of the great hill named Govardhana)
Krishna - Girivar Dhaari

Yashoda Nandan (son of mother Yasoda)
Krishna - Yashoda Nandan

Braj Jan Ranjan (delighter of the inhabitants of Vraja)
Krishna - Braj Jan Ranjan

Yamuna Teer Ban Chari (wanders in the forests along the banks of the river Yamuna)
Krishna - Yamuna Teer Vanchaari Cows

Audio Video of Jai Radha Madhav Bhajan:

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Story of downfall and liberation of Jay and Vijay (gatekeepers of Vaikuntha)

At the beginning of the process of creation, Lord Brahma created the ‘Four Kumaras’ or the ‘Chatursana’. As the Four Kumaras were born from the mind by just a desire (manas) of Brahma they are referred to as his Manasaputras. Their names are : Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana and Sanat Kumara.
Brahma and Four Kumaras
When the four Kumaras came into existence, they were all embodiments of pure qualities. They did not have any sign of negative qualities like proud, anger, attachment, lust, material desires (Kaam, Krodh, Lobh, Moh, Ahankaar etc). Now Lord Brahma had created these four Kumaras so that they could help in the process of creation. However, the Kumaras refused his order to procreate and instead devoted themselves to God and celibacy (brahmacarya). They requested their father for the boon of remaining perpetually five years old.

Due to the boon from their father Brahma and the strength of their tapa, the Four Kumaras looked like 5 year old. Jaya and Vijaya, the gate keepers of the Vaikuntha stopped the Kumaras at the gate, thinking them to be children. They told the Kumaras that Shri Vishnu is resting and that they cannot see them now. Sanat Kumars replied Lord love His devotees and are always available to for His devotees. You are no one to stop us from seeing our dear Lord. But Jay Vijay didn't understood their point and kept on arguing for long time. Though Sanat Kumars are very pure and have no trigunas of Maya in them (Sato, Rajo, Tamo) but by the plan of Lord to teach His gate keepers a lesson, He circulated anger in pure hearts of Sanat Kumars.  The enraged Kumaras cursed both the Dwara Palas, the gate keepers Jaya and Vijaya, that they would have to give up their divinity and born as mortals on Earth and live there. 
Jay Vijay and four Kumaras at Vaikuntha Lok
When Jaya and Vijaya were cursed by the Sanat Kumaras at the gateway of Vaikunthaloka, Shri Vishnu appeared before them and the gatekeepers requested Shri Vishnu to lift the curse of the Kumaras. Shri Vishnu says that curse of Kumaras cannot be reverted. Instead, He gives Jaya and Vijaya two options. The first option is to take seven births on Earth as a devotee of Vishnu, while the second is to take three births as His enemy. After serving either of these sentences, they can re-attain their stature at Vaikuntha and be with Him permanently. Jaya and Vijaya cannot bear the thought of staying away from Vishnu for seven lives, they agree to the second option to become enemies.

In the first birth as enemy to Shri Vishnu, Jaya and Vijaya were born as Hiraneyaksha and Hiraneyakashyipu in Satya Yuga. Hiranyaksha was an asura, the son of Diti and Kashyapa rishi. He was slain by the Lord Vishnu after he (Hiranyaksha) took the Earth to the bottom of what has been described as the "Cosmic Ocean". Lord Vishnu assumed the Avatar of a boar - Varaha and dove into the ocean to lift the Earth, in the process slaying Hiranyaksha who was obstructing Him. The battle lasted one thousand years. He had an elder brother named Hiranyakashipu, who after having undertaken penances which made him incredibly powerful and invincible unless several conditions were met, was later slain by Lord Narasimha, another incarnation of Shri Vishnu.
Lord Varah Dev killed Hiranyaksha

Lord Narsingh Dev killed Hiranyakashipu
In the next Treta yuga - Jaya and Vijaya were born as Ravana and Kumbhakarna, and were killed by Lord Vishnu in His forms as Ramachandra and Lakshmana.
Shri Ram killed Kumbhakarna

Shri Ram killed Ravana
At the end of the Dwapara Yuga - Jaya and Vijaya were born their third birth as Shishupala and Dantavakra (an ally of Jarasandha, a friend of Shishupala and an enemy of Vasudeva Krishna) and Lord Krishna appreared Himself along with Balarama and killed them. Therefore, two attendants of the Lord in Vaikuntha named Jaya and Vijaya became Hirakyakasipu and Hiranyakka in Satya-yuga, Ravana and Kumbhakarna in the Treta-yuga, and as Shishupala and Dantavakra at the end of Dvapara-yuga. Because of their fruitive acts, Jaya and Vijaya agreed to become the Lord's enemies, and when killed in that mentality, they attained salvation in oneness.
Shishupala killed by Shri Krishna's Sudarshan Chakra

Shri Krishna killed Dantavakra in gada yudh
In this way Jaya and Vijaya attained liberation after three births.

Also read a wonderful story about Shri Krishna and sweeper of his temple:

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Krishna Prasadam - Offering Bhog with Prayer (Bhog Mantra), Prayer before eating Prasadam (with audio video)

Offering food to Shri Krishna before eating – Krishna Prasadam

Bhog Thali for Shri Krishna

Prasadam literally means “mercy” and devotees of ISKCON use this term to describe pure vegetarian food that has been offered to Lord Krishna. Food that has been offered to the Deities in the temple is known as maha-prasadam.

Most food contains karma which binds us to the cycle of birth and death because although it may be vegetarian one may still harm other living entities in the process of obtaining it: The farmer may accidentally kill insects during the cultivation of crops or the plants may feel some pain when they are uprooted. However, when the food is prepared for the pleasure of Krishna He accepts the love and devotion present in the offering and removes all sins from it. The karma present in the food is therefore transformed into spiritual energy. Honoring (eating) this sanctified prasadam is the basis of bhakti-yoga and helps one to make tangible spiritual advancement. Sharing and distributing prasadam is also very important!

What can we offer to Krishna?

Krishna explains in the Bhagavad-gita that “if one offers me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water, I will accept it.” Krishna does not accept meat, fish or eggs. Onions, garlic and caffeine are also not offered because they cause disturbance to the mind and are therefore not beneficial for meditation and spiritual life. One should use fresh, natural ingredients as far as possible. One should also pay special attention to all labels of items bought in supermarkets: cheese may contain non-vegetarian rennet, some yogurts contain gelatin and many non-vegetarian products are hidden behind e-numbers, preservatives, flavours and colours.

How to prepare an offering for Krishna

Cleanliness is next to Godliness, so one should keep the kitchen very clean. As the food is to be offered to Krishna, the Supreme Enjoyer, one should not taste anything before the offering is made. The most essential ingredients are love and devotion, so while cooking one should remember that one is cooking for Krishna’s pleasure. Listening to a devotional songs or kirtans helps create a nice meditative mood in the kitchen.

Making an bhog offering to Krishna

A portion of each preparation is arranged in Krishna’s personal plate and bowls. Fresh water is offered in His cup. A Tulasi leaf is placed on each preparation.

Beginners may chant the maha-mantra Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare three times.

For a more elaborate offering the prayers below are chanted three times each while ringing a bell. Although the offering is made to Krishna, it is done through the spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, so we begin with prayers to his lotus feet:

1. Prayer to Srila Prabhupada:

nama om visnu-padaya krishna-presthaya bhutale,
srimate bhaktivedanta-swamin iti namine
namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracharine,
nirvishesha sunyavadi paschyatya desha tarine

नमः  विष्णु पादयकृष्ण पृष्ठाय भूतले, 
श्रीमते भक्ति वेदांत स्वामिन इति नामिने 
नमस्ते सरस्वते देवे गौर वाणी प्रचारिणे, 
निर्विशेष शून्य-वादी पाश्चात्य देश तारिणे ।।

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, who is very dear to Lord Krishna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet. Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and delivering the western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism."

2. Prayer to Lord Chaitanya:

namo maha-vadanyaya, krishna-prema-pradaya te 
krishnaya krishna-chaitanya, namne gaura-twishe namah

नमो महा-वदान्याय, कृष्ण प्रेम प्रदायते।
कृष्णाय कृष्ण चैतन्य, नामने गोर-तविशे नमः ॥

"O most munificent incarnation! You are Krishna Himself appearing as Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden colour of Srimati Radharani and You are widely distributing pure love of Krishna. We offer our respectful obeisances unto You."

3. Prayer to Lord Krishna:

namo brahmanya-devaya go-brahmana-hitaya ca 
jagad-dhitaya krishnaya govindaya namo namah

नमो ब्रह्माण्ड दवाये, गो ब्राह्मण हिताय च । 
जगत धिताय कृष्णाय, गोविन्दाय नमो नमः॥

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord Krishna, who is the worshipable Deity for all brahmanas, the well-wisher of the cows and the brahmanas and the benefactor of the whole world. I offer my repeated obeisances to the Personality of Godhead, known as Krishna and Govinda."

After offering the food to the Lord, we wait some minutes for Him to relish the preparations. Then the food is transferred from Krishna’s plate back into their respective recipients. Krishna’s plates need to be washed before the prasadam is served.

Offering prayer to Shri Krishna before having Mahaprasad

A special prayer is recited by devotees before honoring the prasadam, to thank the Lord for his mercy.

maha-prasade govinde 
nama-brahmani vaisnave 
svalpa-punya-vatam rajan 
visvaso naiva jayate 

"O king, for those who have amassed very few pious activities, their faith in maha-prasada, in Shri Govinda, in the Holy Name and in the Vaisnava is never born."

sarira abidya-jal, jodendriya tahe kal, 
jibe phele bisaya-sagore 
taar madhye jihva ati, lobhamoy sudurmati 
taake jeta kathina somsare

krsna baro doyamoy, karibare jihva jay, 
swa-prasad-anna dilo bhai 
sei annamrta khao, radha-krsna-guna gao, 
preme dako caitanya-nitai

"This material body is a place of ignorance, and the senses are a network of paths to death. The senses throw the soul into this ocean of material sense enjoyment and, of all the senses, the tongue is most voracious and uncontrollable; it is very difficult to conquer the tongue in this world. O brothers! Lord Krishna is very kind to us and has given us such nice prasada, just to control the tongue. Now let us take this prasada to our full satisfaction and glorify Their Lordships, Shri Shri Radha and Krishna and, in love, call for the help of Lord Chaitanya and Prabhu Nityananda."

Audio Video of maha-prasade govinde prayer in a song format:

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Bhagavad Gita (As It Is) by Srila Prabhupada - Audio Video in Hindi and English

Bhagavad Gita (As It Is) by Srila Prabhupada  

To listen complete Shrimad Bhagavad Gita online (in Hindi), run the below video:

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To listen complete Shrimad Bhagavad Gita online (in English), run the below video:

Know more about "Bhagavad Gita As It Is" - What kind of questions it answers and briefly about its contents by clicking below link:

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Shri Narsingh Aarti (नरसिंह आरती) in English (with meaning), Hindi and Audio Video

हिन्दी में
In English
Meaning in English
नमस्ते नरसिंह 
प्रह्लाद-अलाद दाहिने 
हिरण्यकशिपुर वक्ष 
शीला-टंका निखालाये

namas te narasimhaya
hiranyakasipor vakshahsila
I offer my obeisances to Lord Narasimha who gives joy to Prahlada Maharaja and whose nails are like chisels on the stonelike chest of the demon Hiranyakasipu.
इतो नरसिंह परतो नरसिंह
यतो यतो यामी ततो नरसिंह
बहिर नरसिंह हृदये नरसिंह
नरसिंहम आदिम शरणम प्रपद्धे

ito nrisimhah parato nrisimho
yato yato yami tato nrisimhah
bahir nrisimho hridaye nrisimho
nrisimham adim saranam prapadye
Lord Nrisimha is here and also there. Wherever I go Lord Nrisimha is there. He is in the heart and is outside as well. I surrender to Lord Nrisimha, the origin of all things and the supreme refuge.

तव कर कमल वरे नखाम अद्भुत श्रृंगा
दलित हिरण्यकशिपु तनु भृंगम
केशव धृत नर-हरि रूप जय जगदीश हरे

tava kara-kamala-vare nakham adbhuta-sringam
kesava dhrita-narahari-rupa jaya jagadisa hare

Meaning: O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of half-man, half-lion! All glories to You! Just as one can easily crush a wasp between one’s fingernails, so in the same way the body of the wasplike demon Hiranyakasipu has been ripped apart by the wonderful pointed nails on Your beautiful lotus hands.

Lord Narsingh and Prahlad Maharaj

Lord Narsingh is incarnation of Shri Krishna in the age of Satayug

Audio Video of Narsingh Aarti:

Story of Bhakt Dhruva (A great devotee of Krishna)

King Uthanapad had two wives. They were Suneethi and Suruchi. Sunithi had a son, Dhruv and Surichi’s son was Uthaman. Sunithi was elder and a mature woman leading a life of Dharma or righteousness.  Suruchi was young and proud and lived with vanity of her own appearance.

The king too was completely under a spell of Suruchi’s charm and fascinated by her that he gave less attention to Suneethi and Dhruv. Suneethi was aware of this, so she stood apart with aloof dignity. She led a religious life of honour. Suruchi never let the king keep away from her and she started involving in the issues of the court and kingdom.

One day after the court was adjourned King Uthanapad was spending his time with Suruchi. Dhruv and Uthaman were playing in front. Suddenly Uthaman ran to the king and sat on his lap. The king held him close and embraced him with fatherly love. Watching this Dhruv too ran to sit on his father’s lap. But Suruchi pulled him and threw him on the floor shouting, “ Go away. If you were to be loved by your father, you had to be born as my son. You were not fortunate to have a mother like me. You can now go and pray to God and get the blessing to be born again. There is no way otherwise to sit on your father’s lap.”

The king didn’t utter a word, so Dhruv ran to his mother crying.

Suneethi consoled her son and asked, “What went wrong, my son? Why are you crying?”

“When I tried to sit on my father’s lap, Suruchi maa scolded me.” Dhruv explained.

Suneethi “Your clothes are dirty from playing. You haven’t taken a bath. That can be the reason for her denial.”

Dhruv “But Uthaman too was playing with me. His sweat and dirt was wiped by father.”

Suneethi “What did she tell you?”

Dhruv “She said, If I had to sit on father’s lap, I have to be born as her son, and she asked me to do tapasya for that.”

Suneethi “What she said is right.Only with God’s blessings, we get to be fortunate. “

Dhruv started walking, ”Mother, I too want the attain that supreme place near my father, so I’ll do the tapasya.”

Suneethi adviced him saying he was too young to go through such hardships as Tapasya and asked him to come back.

Dhruv “Don’t  stand on my way, mother. But bless me so that I get success. As you said, it’s God who protects all, He will protect me too.”

Dhruv touched his mother’s feet and asked her not to cry. With her blessings he set out to the forest with his mind concentrated only on his aim.

He didn’t feel any hunger or thirst. Dhruv just walked onward. On the way he met Narada Maharshi.

Dhruv and Narada conversation

Narada, “Where are you going my child?”

Dhruv “I want the darshan of God. I want His blessings.”

“Are you not too young to face such hardships all alone?” Narada asked.

“With your blessings I will get Bhagavat darshan, “Dhruv was determined.

Narada, delighted with this young boy’s determination, blessed him, “Anyone with utmost faith and devotion will surely get Bhagavat Darshan. You are a blessed child. May the Lord appear before you and give the boon you want”. Think of Sri Narayanan and chant the Divya mantra, “Om Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya”. The Lord is very kind and He will surely hear you.”

With this Narada disappeared.

Dhruv went ahead chanting the mantra. Then he reached Madhuvan. He found a place suitable for Tapasya. He started his Upavas. In the beginning, he would take water and fruits, then as days went by, he discarded all food and water.

His vigorous Tapasya shook the world. There was disturbance in all living things. Devas sought refuge and requested Lord Vishnu to help them. Lord was pleased with Dhruv’s Bhakti and decided to appear before him.

Lord Vishnu reached Madhuvan.  The breeze touched the trees, they showered the flowers all over the forest and the birds sang in their sweetest sound. Peacocks danced with their beautiful feather spread out. The whole world filled with a divine fragrance.

Lord Vishnu touched Dhruv and he opened his eyes from Tapasya.

Lord Vishnu asked Dhruv, “I’m pleased with your Bhakti, my child, what boon shall I give you? “

Lord Vishnu, Garuda and Dhruv
But Dhruv was unable to utter a single world after looking at the Lord. He was looking at Lord Vishnu with tears in his eyes. He was feeling like embracing the Lord and don't letting him go. He was feeling like this is the end to all his desires and ambitions. Dhruv laid down and washes Lord's feet with his tears. Lord Vishnu holds Dhruv & takes him on his own lap and heals his burns and hunger.

Dhruv said: "I came to the forests in search of glass pieces (for fulfilling worldly desires) but attained diamonds (the sight of Lord Vishnu) in return”.

Then he thought all his previous desires for worldly pleasures were just because of his ignorance. Real happiness is in loving the Lord Krishna.

Also read story of Prahlad Maharaj:

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Why Did Devi Ganga drown her 7 new born children?

Story of the 8 Vasus and their curse:

Bhishma is one of the 8 souls of a certain group of ascended beings calls the Vasus.

One day all 8 Vasus and their wives were playing and having a picnic, when one of their wives saw a very beautiful Cow grazing. She wanted her husband to capture that Cow and bring it to her. The Cow (Nandni) belonged to a great and powerful sage (Holly guru) called Vashishta. And people generally did not intervene or disturb such sages. It has been known that sages spend most of their times in spiritual work and meditation, and thus naturally accrue powers, and if harmed or insulted, have a tendency to curse the offenders.

The wife of one Vasu kept insisting that she wanted the Cow, so eventually her husband and his 7 fellow Vasus caught the cow and took it home.  When the sage returned and found out what had happened, he immediately cursed the offending Vasus to be born on earth (which is seen as a punishment for ascended beings!)  

The 8 Vasus ran to the sage and begged for forgiveness. The sage softened his curse and said the 7 who aided will have short lives on Earth and return, but the one who caught the Cow must pay for his bigger role in the crime, and must live a longer time on Earth.

The 8 Vasus then approached Ganga Devi (river Goddess of the sacred river Ganges), and requested the river-goddess Ganga to be their `earthly mother’ and on being born, to kill them so that they may only live a very short time on Earth. She agreed.

And so it was she – who met the King Shantanu and married him and bore his sons. And on each child being born (one of the souls of the 7 Vasus), she drowned them, so that their soul may immediately be set free from long and troubled life on Earth, and return to their ascended planes. The 8th Son (soul of the Vasu who had stolen the cow) was not killed on birth (by the natural and fated intervention of the King). He became a great warrior Bhishma.

King Shantanu, Ganga Devi and Bhishma

To know more about the story behind appearance of Ganga on this earth, check the following post:

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Divine Flute of Shri Krishna and Radha Rani question on the flute

Why Krishna love His flute

Krishna’s flute is the symbol of Freedom or Pranava. The sound of this divine flute thrilled the heart with delight and instilled new life and joy. It produced God-intoxication in all beings and infused life even in insentient objects. The sweetness of the music was unsurpassed. He who heard once the music of Krishna’s flute cared not for the nectar of heaven or the bliss of Moksha. Krishna has preached Prem (love) through His flute.

Lord Krishna with flute and Radha Rani

Once Radha asked Krishna:

"O my dear! Why do You love the flute more than me? What virtuous actions has it done so that it can remain in close contact with Your lips? Kindly explain to me, my Lord, the secret of this. I am eager to hear".

Shri Krishna said: 

"This flute is very dear to Me. It has got some wonderful virtue. It has emptied off its egoism before I began to play. It has made its inner hollow quite void and I can bring out any kind of tune, Raga or Ragini, to My pleasure and sweet will. If you also behave towards Me in exactly the same manner as this flute, if you remove your egoism completely and make perfect self-surrender, then I shall also love you in the same manner as I love this flute".

This body also is the flute of Lord Krishna in the macrocosm. If you can destroy your egoism and make total self-surrender, unreserved Atma-Nivedan to the Lord, He will play on this body-flute nicely and bring out melodious tunes. Your will will become merged in His Will. He will work unhampered through your instruments, body, mind and Indriyas. You can rest very peacefully then without cares, worries and anxieties. You can watch the play of the universe as a Sakshi. Then your Sadhana (devotional service) will go on by leaps and bounds, because the Divine Will or Divine Grace itself will work through you. You need not do any Sadhana at all.

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Faith of Draupadi (great devotee) in Shri Krishna and protection of Pandavas from Rishi Durvasa

It was Queen Draupadi's faith in Lord Krishna that caused Him to miraculously appear before her and save her and her husbands from being cursed by Yogi Durvasa.

Prince Duryadhana learned that the five Pandava princes and their wife Draupadi were dwelling as happily in the forest as they previously had in the Kingdom. Suddenly the righteous and famous yogi Durvasa arrived at Kurukshetra with his ten thousand disciples. After seeing the quick-tempered ascetic arrive, Duryodhana and his brothers yearned to make pandavas unhappy by causing them harm. Durodhana personally waited on the sage as a servant and provided him with a very respectful reception. Duryodhana served him painstakingly both day and night. 

After testing Duryodhana in this way for a while and seeing that he was neither incensed nor irritated, the peppery sage became amiably disposed towards him and said, "I have the power to give you three blessings. You may ask for whatever are closest to your heart. May you have good fortune? Remembering what had been decided earlier, the evil-minded Duryodhana said, "King Yudishthira is the oldest and the best of our generation. That religious man is presently dwelling in the forest with his brothers. I'd like you to be his guest, just as you and your disciples have been mine for a while. If you wish to do me a favor, then I'd like you to visit him right after his fine, lovely wife Draupadi has served food to the Brahmans, her husbands and herself, and has laid down to rest. Sage Durvasa then departed with his followers. 

Duryodhana felt that he had accomplished all his purposes. For he knew that Draupadi could not provide food for Durvasa's ten thousand disciples after she had taken her meal. Though the pot she cooked in was given to her by the sun god and mystically produced unlimited quantities of food, it did so only before Draupadi took her meal. But once she ate, the pot would become empty- and stay empty till her next meal. Holding Karna's hand, Duryodhana displayed intense pleasure. 

One day while the Pandavas were relaxing and Draupdi was lying down after having eaten, Yogi Durvasa, with his ten thousand disciples, arrived in that forest area. When the celebrated and honorable King Yudhishthira noted this, he and his brothers proceeded to greet them. He folded his palms, and offered the holy men proper and respectful greetings. Then he said, "Please feel free to go to the stream now, take your bath and return to our place and give us an opportunity to serve a holy sage like you.

Not knowing how Yudhishthira would adequately feast him and his disciples, the pure sage, along with his followers, proceeded to the river and began bathing. Princess Draupadi, who was devoted to her husbands, began to worry about how she would provide a feast for the holy men. Because she had already eaten her meal and the mystical pot would thus produce no more food, she would be unable to. 

Thus, full of anxiety, Draupadi prayed to Lord Krishna, "O Krishna, son of Devaki; O Vasudeva, Lord of the universe; Your power is indefatigable and you dissipate the obstacles of persons who bow down to you. You are the Super soul, the creator and deliverer of the distressed. You are the highest of the high, and unlimited being; O Lord you are always kind, You are the greatest light and the essence of the cosmos. Your face is pointed in every direction; they call you the highest source and the resting place of all opulence's. O Lord of the Gods, when you protect someone, he is not afraid of evil. As you once protected me from Dushashana, who tried to strip off my Sari before an assembly of men, please free me now from this plight.

Shri Krishna, Draupadi and Pandavas
That time Krishna was busy in Dwarka. However realizing Draupadi's difficulties, Krishna instantly arrived at the forest where the Pandavas were staying. Seeing Krishna, Draupadi joyfully bowed to Him and told Him about the unexpected visit of the holy men as well as all other things. After hearing Draupadi's problem, Krishna said to her, "I am very hungry"; please give me some food immediately. Then you may attend to your work." Hearing this, Draupadi became bewildered and replied, "the pot that the sun god gave me stays full only until I finish my meal; and since I've finished my meal, there's nothing left." The lotus-eyed and lovable Krishna said, "Draupadi, this is not the time for joking. I'm suffering from hunger. Go and get the pot quickly and show it to me."

Draupadi returned with the pot, and gave it to Krishna. He gazed into it intently and noticed that there was a particle of rice and vegetable stuck to its rim. He took the morsel between his fingers and ate it.

Krishna who had long arms and who relieved the suffering said to Bhima, "Go quickly and invite the holy men here for Meals!". Bhima immediately proceeded towards the stream where the ascetics were bathing.

Meanwhile, the holy men were in the river rubbing their bodies and looking as though their stomachs were filled. As they came out of the water they looked at one another curiously. Turning to Durvasa, one said, Master, our stomachs feel full. King Yudhishtra has uselessly prepared a meal for us. What's the best thing for us to do now? We'll commit a terrible offence against that royal saint. I advise you not to return to the Pandavas but to run away quickly!"

When Bhima reached the river, he did not see any one there. He therefore searched all the bathing spots. As he did, he learned from the resident holy men that Durvasa's disciples had gone away. Bhima then returned to his camp and told Yudhishtra what had occurred. Nevertheless, the Pandavas, still expecting the holy men to return, waited for some time.

When Krishna saw them thinking in this way, sighing deeply and frequently, He suddenly appeared before them and said, "While I was aware of your danger from that hot tempered sage, Draupadi prayed to me to come here; so I came quickly. But now you have no reason to fear Durvasa. He's scared of your ascetic powers; thus, he's gone away. Righteous men like you never have to worry. Allow me to return home now". When the Pandavas and Draupadi heard Lord Krishna's words, their minds became relaxed, cured of the fever of anxiety. Yudhishtra said, "Krishna by your help we were freed from this unsolvable difficulty, just as persons drowning in the vast ocean reach the shore safely by means of a boat". Thank you for your help"

Thus, the scheme of the evil Duryodhana and his brothers was baffled by Lord Krishna's mercy. 

By developing such faith in the Supreme Lord, we can easily obtain His valuable grace and thereby increase our wisdom and virtue manifold.

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*** Hare Krishna ***