Nilanjana recounts the take of Vyoma and Krishna, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths.
Sukha smiled, “Now, it was Vyoma’s turn to prove his loyalty.”
Parikshit remembered, “Oh yes! Another from Kamsa’s entourage.”
Sukha narrated the story, “Vyoma was perhaps one of the last Kamsa loyalists who had been sent to kill Balarama and Krishna. He had his personal reasons too. Most of his friends were either killed by Balarama or Krishna and he was waiting to take revenge. He grabbed this opportunity as it came and set off for Vrindavan. Now, like his asura friends, Vyoma too took on a disguise.
The cowherds, simple as they were, used to play a game of goats and thieves. Some cowherds would pretend to be goats and some thieves. The thieves would carry the goats away. So Vyoma, disguised as a thief began to take the cowherds away – one by one. They were hidden in a cave nearby and the mouth of the cave was covered by a rock. When only five or six boys were left, Krishna decided to take action. It is believed that the divine does not like if devotees are in trouble or tortured. And the trouble-makers are not spared.
Krishna confronted Vyoma who immediately dropped his disguise. However, Krishna over-powered him in no time and killed him. After that, he rescued his playmates. They all celebrated Krishna’s victory; they were grateful and happy that Krishna was with them.
Meanwhile, Sage Narada visited Krishna. He praised him and reminded him of the role he has to play in this avatar (present form). He reminded Krishna that he is actually the formless cosmic consciousness. Everything is born from and eventually melts into the formless. He is the divine that resides in the heart of all people. He creates, sustains and also destroys the universe. Since evil is rampant, Krishna has taken birth to establish dharma (righteousness) in the world.
In about a couple of days, Krishna would overpower Kamsa’s wrestlers. He then began narrating events that would happen in near future. He also reminded Krishna that he would also bless the creation with knowledge of Karma Yoga through Bhagavad Gita. Eventually, with the war of Kurushetra, dharma would be established in the world.
Now the time of waiting was coming to an end. Akrura, on the orders of his King, was on his way to fetch Krishna. Meanwhile, the earth was waiting for evil in the form of Kamsa to be eradicated forever…”
(To be continued)
Footnote: Srimad Bhagavatam is often called the Bhagavad Purana. Authored by Ved Vyasa, the stories are about the various avatars (incarnations) of Lord Vishnu, also known as Narayana. These stories are narrated by Ved Vyasa’s son Sukhadeva to King Parikshit.
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A story-teller at heart, Nilanjana Dey is on a journey to experiment with fiction and poetry. Her first novel, largely aimed towards children, is titled ‘The Adventures of Puti – The Cheese Trail’. Her poems have been published at various prestigious portals. An alumni of English Literature from Jadavpur University (Kolkata), she is a marketing and communication professional based in Mumbai. She volunteers with a Mumbai based NGO working with the marginalised sections of the society.