Bhagavat Saptah a week with a Saint



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Story: Rukmini Invites Durvasa for Prasadam

There was a King in Dwaraka you know. And Dwaraka…oh..oh..it’s best dham. Once it so happened that this Durvasa was so very angry you know, tama, in tama. Always in little thing he’ll be angry. But he had a capacity to curse Kṛṣṇa. Then he was justified to be angry. Our anger we cannot curse an ant..[Maharaj mimicks]. No…that anger must stop. So Durvasa came once and Durvasa ashram is there now it’s dilapidated, it’s about 20 kilometers from Dwarka.

So Kṛṣṇa and Rukmini were in Dwarka. They had nice palace you know.
So Kṛṣṇa said to Rukmini that “Our Guru, Durvasa is here.”
Kṛṣṇa regarded him as Guru, he was very elevated.
Rukmini said; “Is it? So we should invite him to take prasadam.”
He said: “It’s allright, but it’s better to keep a distance from him.” [laughs].
So Rukmini couldn’t understand, she said, “What are you talking? If he is so nice saint then we want to entertain him.”
He said: “Yes, hear Me, just keep a distance. More than that we don’t want to do.”
“No, no, what are you talking. We’ll go. I’ll accompany you. And we’ll go to invite him. He may come or he may tell no, that’s it. What else.”
Kṛṣṇa said: “I am telling you please hear Me.”
“No, No, there is no question of hearing. We should go”
“I am ready to accompany you but if something happens then don’t blame Me.” [laughs]
“No, no, no what is going to happen. Kṛṣṇa you are just speaking like a mad person”
“Alright, alright, we’ll go”

 

So they both sat on a chariot and went to Durvasa ashram to invite. So, Kṛṣṇa slowly entered the room and Durvasa was sitting. He was meditating on Kṛṣṇa, but did not welcome him much. It was Kṛṣṇa’s arrangement.


So Kṛṣṇa said: “Maharaj, my wife and I have come”
“Alright, alright”
“And we want to invite Maharaj to our place to take prasadam.”
“Yes, I accept but have a condition.”, he said.
So Kṛṣṇa looked at Rukmini, now condition is coming…
“What Maharaj, we’ll serve you. Tell me your condition.”
“I’ll come to You but the chariot must not be drawn by horses.”

God… Kṛṣṇa said “Chariots, all the chariots are drawn by horses. Dogs cannot drive the chariot. Donkeys may be able to but we don’t have donkeys… so what to do, chariot must be drawn by horses.”

“No, you don’t understand Kṛṣṇa”, he said.
“No, no, Maharaj, you tell then. We’ll serve you.”
“You and Rukmini should drive the chariot.”
Its twenty kilometers … [laughs] and in the heat midday and that fellow wanted Kṛṣṇa and Rukmini to drive the chariot to their palace. Rukmini was completely surprised.
Kṛṣṇa said: “Now we are already in trouble, now let us try and forget about this.” [laughs]
Rukmini said: “I can’t.”
He said: “No, no, now you must speak. Now, so let us drive.”

 

So on one side Kṛṣṇa and other side Rukmini, and Durvasa sat in the chariot. And they were drawing the chariot. The fellow was enjoying the ride and slept. So he was sleeping. They might have gone about a kilometer or so. It was hot sun, Dwaraka is very hot really, in summer. It was sea coast you know. And the fellow was enjoying breeze and completely enjoying the sleep and Rukmini was struggling. So a point came when Rukmini stopped.


She said: “Kṛṣṇa now I can’t”.
He said: “Don’t disturb, he is sleeping, he is awake then the trouble is there. Let him sleep and let us go.”
“Can’t”, she said, “I am very tired. At least I must have water to drink.”
“Sea water is here, it is all salty, from where are we going to get the water. Bislery shop is not around.” [laughs]
Rukmini said: “You do anything, but I want water.”
“Is it?...”, now what to do. “Alright”, he said, “I’ll press the toe and Ganges will come.” So Kṛṣṇa pressed the toe and Ganges … and it was nice water, cold water, Ganges water.
So Rukmini was drinking, hap, hap, and there was some noise. The fellow woke up…[laughs]
He said: “WHY….”

Rukmini was completely shivering.

“I am drinking water.”
“With who’s permission you are drinking. I am your guest. You know the etiquette, Vedic etiquette? Guest must be offered first and then you drink.”
“I didn’t have any idea, please excuse me.”
“NO”, he said, “I am now upset with you.”
It was all Kṛṣṇa’s arrangement, plan.
“Now I am really upset with you, I am going to curse you.”
She couldn’t help, she started crying.
Kṛṣṇa said: “Please keep quiet, keep quiet”
And the fellow cursed, “Now henceforth, You and Rukmini cannot be together.”
Rukmini completely sat down on the ground. She didn’t know what was in happening really.

 

Since then Rukmini and Kṛṣṇa are not together in Dwaraka. Rukmini temple is there on the sea coast.


So eventually Kṛṣṇa said: “Now I’ll request him to give you nice ashram, somewhere in Dwaraka, and you be there. Every evening I’ll visit you, and some how or the other we have to pass the time now.”
So, anyway, nice ashram was arranged, and Rukmini was passing her time. In the morning meditating on Kṛṣṇa and in the afternoon he’ll come and in the chariot they will move around. Pass the days like this. So main mandir is in the middle and Rukmini mandir is far away, 10 kilometer away.
So then once, Narada Muni came and a guest. And he saw, “he has cursed Rukmini, but she is enjoying. It’s like 5 star hotel.” [laughs].
“All… everything is alright. In the evening, afternoon Kṛṣṇa comes they enjoy the ride around, then again Kṛṣṇa goes, she is happy.”

Everyday Kṛṣṇa used to come so Rukmini didn’t mind. It’s alright what ever it is. So Narada Muni went straight to Durvasa. Narada muni is a trouble maker in that way. Straight he went to Durvasa.

He said: “Did you curse Rukmini?”
“Yes”, he said, “I cursed her”
“She is enjoying like anything.” [laughs]
And these angry people they are fool number one. They don’t understand anything.
So, Durvasa said, “I am going, and I’ll see that she should not enjoy.”
So again Durvasa came running to the ashram and he saw the whole drama, and he said, “Narada Muni was correct. This Rukmini and Kṛṣṇa, both are enjoying. This will not do. So I again curse you. Now henceforth all the place will be completely dry, no water at all. Arid. And you will have to pass the time alone. Kṛṣṇa will never come.”
This was Kṛṣṇa’s desire, pastime, to show that Kṛṣṇa does not depend upon anybody. So atmaR
āma He is. Even the dearest and nearest he can just leave and go. And dearest and nearest also, because they are unflinchingly attached to Him in the devotional service, they can pass the time without Him. It is vipralamba, it is known as, in virahah. In separation the attachment increases. And that’s why when there is too much fighting, nowadays the social welfare officers also advise, that you please get apart a bit, so that each one may like each other. This is how. Please. These are the few of the pastimes of Kṛṣṇa very nicely performed, on the soil of Dwaraka.
Chapter 45



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