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Story: Krishna Ranchorji Pastimes

And he was eleven years in Vrindavana, so many demons were killed in childhood, then eventually Kamsa was killed, and, then, he had erected the fort in Dwarka, because this …as soon as Kamsa was killed … very nice pastimes are there upto Kamsa also. But we don’t have much time, you know.

As soon as Kamsa was dragged out, his throne and was killed. So Kamsa had two wives, Hasti and Prapti. Now, they were the daughters of Jarasandh. And Jarasandh was the King of Magadh, Bihar province at the moment. And since then that province is cursed. Even now we are in the trouble spot.
The train goes from Bihar, from Delhi to Calcutta, when you travel, the train enters Bihar and comes out of Bihar, and goes to Bengal. Till it enters Bihar, train is quite safe, in Bihar there is no safely at all.


Once it so happened, that the dacoits entered the train compartments after Patna. And they started looting everybody. Everybody was beaten. And there were two devotees in them. So they left the devotees, they robbed the rest of the passengers.  So they got thirty thousand rupees and they were very happy. We got thirty thousand rupees. They got down eventually. And then all the passengers started beating the devotees, [laughs], said “Why didn’t they rob you?”. So eventually they were looted and all the passengers got two lakhs of rupees from them. [laughs] The dacoits would have been better of if they had looted our devotees. Some how or the other they may be foreign devotees carrying money with them.


But the point is that Jarasandh became very angry.  Because it is the Vedic tradition that if the lady becomes widow, then either she stays with her own children or in the absence of children she goes to father, if father is alive, or if brothers are alive. Somebody in father’s side she always takes shelter. So this is how Hasti and Prapti went to Jarasandh. And they told how Krishna murdered Kamsa. Jarasandh, became very angry. Then he stared amassing a big army, you know. He was very powerful. And he invaded Mathura. He has a big army, it was an ocean…ocean like army men, ocean of these soldiers. So people were really scared. But Krishna knew that he is coming. So Krishna was ready. Krishna went out with a small army. And within no time He finished his whole army and Krishna was successful and he lost, and only Jarasandh was left. Then Balram tried to arrest him and bind him with the ropes, you know. So Krishna stopped Balraam, he said: “No, no, don’t worry, let him go.”


[The next is the second part of the last day of Bhagavata Saptah given by His Divine Holiness Srila Maha Vishnu Gosvami Maharaj recorded on October 6th, 2001 in Sydney Australia.]


Then Balram tried to arrest him and bind him with the ropes, So Krishna stopped Balram, he said “No, No don’t worry. Let him go.”

Then again next time he came, and this way 17 times he came, and every time Krishna chopped off the whole army and Jarasandh was left. Balram will arrest Jarasandh and he will again let loose.

So Balram was upset with Krishna he said, “You are nonsense Krishna. Every now and then, 17 times now, he is coming with a large army, you kill, and you, again you let loose him and again he will come, so why, just finish him off”

So He said to Balram, “You don’t know, he is my agent”.  He said “He brings all the sinful living entities to me, in one go I just finish everything. Otherwise I will have to visit everyone in the house.”  [Laughs] “That will be a job for me.”
Why ne need to follow the regulative principles?

This how in the world trade center also, all the sinful living entities were there, and in one go, he just finished. It’s all Krishna’s plan. We cannot blame here and there. We don’t see Krishna that is why we are beating about the bush. Nobody can do, nobody has any capacity to do anything. Its only Krishna’s arrangement and we should learn the lessons out of it that at least we should stop the unconscious killing in the form of the abortions. Never enter into it. That is the most sinful activity, and as soon as the Vedic culture is absent, these sinful activities will be there. If there is no Vedic culture, there are no brahmanical principles; there are no regulated principles, then you cannot survive. Anybody comes and gives you something and does not care about the regulated principles then he is nobody for us. He is enemy.

Come to Srila Prabhupada?

As soon as you come to Prabhupada, the first thing we have to do is to get up at 4 O Clock. That is Prabhupada. And that’s why people may hesitate to come to Prabhupada because nobody wants to getup at 4 O Clock. And those who are already there, they also find different pretext to sleep. So please, it is not our legacy. Mangalaarati must be performed. You may fix your time. But try to perform. That is legacy. And that is the peculiarity and then the four regulative principles. Knowing or unknowingly they guide us like a light house; that if you don’t follow these four regulative principles, don’t gamble, don’t eat meat, fish or eggs, don’t have any illicit connections with women, and last one? Eh, don’t intoxicate; beer, whisky or tea coffee even. These people are habituated to take tea, but as soon as they enter the temple, they stop tea coffee also. Its unnecessary expense and intoxication. So these are like light house they guide our lives. And this is what Prabhupada gives. Otherwise anywhere you go, you can do anything, everything, and come, that’s it. And you are liberated, you are God, I am God, and they are all in illusion, God, God, God. How many Gods we have? And we learnt that God is only one without the second. That is the Vedic teaching. So this is how, save yourself from misguidance.


Kalyavana extra prowess makes him foolishly eager to fight with Krishna

And not only this, Jasasandh then eighteenth time, he was preparing, and then mean time Narada Muni was present again to create more trouble. So he went to Kalyavan. He was about twenty kilometers from Mathura. And yavan, you know, his name was Kalyavan. So Kalyavan was very powerful, and he wanted to create trouble.

He said, “there is nobody for me to fight. With whom I should fight?” he asked Narada.

Narada said, “Yes, you should fight with Krishna. He is in Mathura. And you can fight and you can be satisfied.”

So Kalayavan appeared with mass again, with large army. He attacked Mathura. And Krishna knew that Jarasandh now with try to take this opportunity again to attack Mathura. So then Krishna thought that we must make some arrangement, for my relatives and everybody, to be completely safe, and no human being should walk there. So Krishna selected the spot near Dwarka, and he went all the way taking everybody, and he erected a fort, nice fort. And even now the remnants of the fort are there near Dwarka, near Bhet Dwarka. There is archeological department in Dwarka, and they are carrying on some research. They can’t find much… on the clear day in the sunshine we can see the walls of the fort. So this is not myth, it’s an actual fact. And Krishna, then, his relatives were so many, that from all the coastal line, from Dwarka to Bhavanagar, its all big coastal line in Gujarat, it was all full. So Krishna wanted to have, much more bigger place to just educate this children, his family’s children. Some one lakh and seventy thousand teachers were required. So how many children should be there. So it was very large family. So he wanted houses somewhere safe, and so He erected a fort in the middle of the ocean. He requested the ocean to give 100 square mile land, and then he promised the ocean, that after I leave the planet, you can take your land back. This is how, on a lease ocean granted him 100 square miles, and therein He built a nice fort and Dwarka Nagari within no time. He had so many sky scrapers. Fortunately there were no terrorists that time to go into the skyscrapers. Like Singapore, Singapore is replica of Dwarka. Dwarka was full of sky scrappers. And you can image the prosperity. Vishvakarma had built that city.

How to capture Krishna?

And once everybody was safe there, Krishna came back to Mathura, and then Kalayavana was waiting shouting for Krishna. And he had never seen Krishna. Only Narada muni had described him how Krishna looks like. And then Krishna came out of the city. Without any army, without any weapons, nothing at all. And he started walking. Kalayavana could recognize that this is Krishna. So he wanted to catch him you know. And he had so many chariots, so large army, and Krishna was just walking, he was not able to catch Him. Krishna could never be arrested by the atheist attitude. By our own endeavor we cannot do [catch Him]. Brahma tried to find out His source entering the step of lotus for millions of years. And he could not find Him. But as soon as he meditated, as soon as he became devotee, the devotional service catches Him. Bhaktya maam abhijanati. Bhakti is the only way where Krishna can be caught. Otherwise Duryodhana and Karna, when Krishna wanted to mediate between the Pandavas and Kauravas, He went to Duryodhana’s assembly, Dritarashtra was there, Bhism was there, Drona was there, everyone was there, and He requested “Please, we don’t want war at all. Just give 5 villages and the Pandavas will be satisfied.”

Instead of giving any good answer Karna, Duhshasana and Shakuni, all these three people, had a conspiracy. They wanted to arrest Krishna. But they didn’t know that by their own endeavor nobody can arrest Krishna. So they wanted to arrest Krishna and put him in jail, and forget about everything, “Pandavas will loose everything and we’ll be eternally king”, they thought. As soon as they tried to arrest Krishna, Krishna was already standing outside the assembly. That how, by our own endeavor we cannot catch Him. But he will definitely appear from the lotus of your heart, if there is unflinching devotional service.


Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare


And within no time, he will be with you. Gajendra in just elephant body he just chanted half name, “Govin(da), Govin(da), Govin(da)” He was not able to pronounce the whole name. And even then, as soon as He heard, He took Garuda and came back to Gajendra. This is devotional service. Otherwise on your own endeavor, you can’t do.

Kalyvana tries to capture Krishna

Kalyavana started following Krishna. And Krishna walked, walked, walked. Kalayavana, he was shouting, screaming at Him,

“You are coward, you are this, I want to fight with you. Come in front of me.”

Krishna was walking, you know. Eventually, he showed that he is bit tired. So he climbed the hill and entered one cave.

And this Kalayavana thought that “This coward is very tired now, that’s why he has gone into the cave, and after going into the cave”,

Krishna disappeared. And Kalayavana was very proud. He entered the cave, and because of pride he wanted to fight with Him, “Now I am going to kill Him, and now He is in the cave”

All the soldiers were standing there to look that Krishna does not flee out. Then Kalayavana entered and there was a person sleeping there. So Kalayavana thought that Krishna is taking rest. And Krishna was not there, it was His arrangement, Muchukunda was there. And Muchukunda had helped the demigods to fight with the demons for so many years. When demigods found out another commander they requested Muchukunda, without sleep he fought, for many, many years, so naturally he was very tired. So demigods told them, that you please go and you take rest. So if you want any benediction we can give the benedictions.

So he asked that “I don’t want any benediction, I am going to the cave, and I am taking rest. Nobody should disturb me. Give me this benediction. And if anybody tries to disturb me, then he should be burnt to death by my sight.”

This was the benediction he obtained from the demigods. And Muchukund was sleeping there. As soon as this one entered into it, he kicked Muchukunda. And Muchukunda some or other opened his eyes, red eyes, you know, because his sleep was not complete, so eyes were completely red.

By Krishna’s mercy you know our eyes are nourished by supplying the blood. Otherwise this sight will not be there. Everyday, Krishna arranges. You know as soon as car stops, you may give it to garage and they repair it, or, oil it or lubricate it or something, the same way when we close our eyes, in deep sleep, that lubrication is going on. So the eyes were red.
And as soon as he saw this Kalayavana, he was burnt to death and his army was completely morose. They thought… they did not see Kalyavana burning. They thought Krishna is finished and our Kalayavana will come back. So they returned without him to Mathura. And Krishna came out there and just finished off the army.
Ranchorji “escapes” from battlefield

Then Jarasandh was waiting. Jarasandh again came running. With a large army again Jarasangh came there running. But Krishna was at ease, because His whole army was in Dwarka fort completely safe away from there. And all these things, inconceivable energy he could erect everything, and he put all the population there.

And then when Jarasandh came, again Krishna decided that he has large army so… as if He showed that He is afraid. He can never be afraid. But He showed that He is afraid. And He just wanted to run away. So He came out of Mathura again and started walking. Jarasandha started following and again shouting and screaming that “You are coward” and this and that. Krishna went near the hill and Krishna and Balram, they climbed the hill. Jarasandh could not find Him again. So he thought that “I must destroy Krishna now. This is the chance were I can destroy.” So he bathed the whole hill by oil, must have got oil from the middle-east. [laughs] And oil was poured and the whole hill was on fire. And now he said, definitely both the bothers are dead. And Krishna by his own potency, Balram and Krishna, they jumped from the other side. In one of the Bhagavatam, we have nice photograph of that. And that is why He is known as Ranchor. Because he left the battlefield and he went away. That’s why His name is Ranchor and near Ahmedabad, there is Dakor, very nice place, wherein this Ranchorji is situated. So many people walk to the temple there, every week or every Purnima day, full moon day. They walk to Ranchorji.

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