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Krishna, one of the most loved Gods of the Hindus, spent one full life time in the form of a human being on this earth. He performed many miracles, attracted innumerable devotees, destroyed many asuraas, helped and guided the Paandavaas in the battle of Kurukshethra and ultimately ascended to heaven. The dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna at the advent of the Mahabharata War is the famous Bhagavad Geeta. It is one of the most revered books of the Hindus and the advice given and the arguments put forward by Krishna in the Geeta are invaluable assets for the whole of humanity at all times.

This book narrates stories from the life of Krishna, starting from his miraculous birth through his naughty childhood, heroic youth, and profound teachings to humanity in the form of the Bhagavad Geeta and Uddhava Geeta, and his final ascendance to Vaikunttha.

About the Author

Dr. V. Gouri Suresh obtained her Ph.D. in 1993 from Ranchi University After thirty eight years of teaching at the undergraduate level and twenty years during the same period at the postgraduate level, she retired as Associate Professor of Botany and Vice Principal in 2012.

She has presented many research papers in National and International Conferences, and published papers in various National and International journals. She is the author of several books including Stories from Bhagavatam published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai, in 2004 Environmental Studies and Ethics and Environmental Studies. After retirement, Dr. Gouri Suresh has taken to writing books based on scriptures and epics such as The Ten Incarnations of Mahaavishnu, and an Elderly Couple’s Pilgrimage to Holy Kailas – Manasarovar.

Preface

I wrote my first book, Stories from Bhagavatam more than a decade ago, taking a few years to complete the work. It was published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 2004. In this maiden venture, I had presented the latter half of the Bhagavat Purana at length, dealing with Lord Krishna's life from birth to Swargarohan. Writing Bhaagavatam gave me such immense pleasure that I wanted to write more and more on such and similar themes.

I had a wish of compiling the -stories of Lord Krishna alone in a separate book, right after the publication of my first work. However, tied down by professional demands, I could not find time to pursue this interest, though on the request of my students, I had published during those days two text books on Environmental Studies for final year undergraduates.

After retirement, I am finding time to fulfill my earlier wish. I am taking excerpts from my first book, modifying them and adding to them where required, and presenting this new book to the readers as an offering. I hope and pray to God that this work will be appreciated by them, especially by devotees of Lord Shree Krishna.

Krishna, one of the most loved Gods of Hindus, popular all over the world, spent one full life time in the form of a human being on this earth. He performed many miracles, attracted innumerable devotees, destroyed many asuraas, helped and guided the Paandavaas in the battle of Kurukshethra and ultimately ascended heaven. The dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna at the advent of the Mahabharata War is the famous "Bhagavadgita" It is one of the most revered books of the Hindus. In fact, the advice given and the arguments put forward by Krishna in the Geeta are invaluable assets for the whole of humanity at all times, irrespective of religion, caste or creed. Similarly, the spiritual knowledge that Lord Krishna imparted to his friend and devotee Uddhava before the former ascended to his original abode Vaikunttha is collectively called "Uddhavageeta" In addition to these two Geetaas, innumerable instances can be seen in the life of Krishna where he is teaching various aspects of righteous living to different people. Let us offer our salutations here to that great teacher, Lord Krishna, Master of the universe.

Om namo Naaraayanaaya!

Om namo Bhagavate Vaasudevaaya!


Introduction

As per ancient Hindu scriptures, Mahaavishnu, the Supreme Lord, took different forms at different times to protect the noble and punish the wicked. Whenever wrong deeds on earth outweighed the good deeds beyond a limit, there was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Krishna was one such incarnation. Mahaavishnu has incarnated twenty six times on earth; his twenty seventh incarnations will be Kalki. Of these incarnations, ten are more important and well known. These are called the Dasaavtaars of Vishnu. Of these ten, Krishna was the eighth incarnation.

Lord Krishna performed many miracles. The divine music that flowed from his flute attracted men and women, and even the animals and birds living in the vicinity. Handsome beyond words and heroic in his deeds, he was adored by all the boys and girls of the town. He killed the wicked Kamsa and many asuraas and brought peace on earth. He acted as charioteer of Arjuna in the great Mahabharata War. His advice to Arjuna in the battlefield is famous as the Bhagavad Geeta. The manifested purpose of the Mahabharata War was to establish a righteous ruler as king of Hastinapura. The hidden purpose was to destroy the deadly weapons accumulated by wicked kings in those days.

Krishna gave spiritual knowledge to Uddhava, his devotee. This part of Sreemad Bhaagavatam, the eighteenth and the last of the Puraanaas, is called Uddhava Geeta. After the completion of all the work that he planned to do on the earth, Krishna retired to Vaikunttha.

Blessed are those who contemplate on Krishna or even those who listen to his story. The life of Krishna, starting from his miraculous birth through his naughty childhood, heroic youth, and profound teachings to humanity in the form of the Bhagavad Geeta and Uddhava Geeta and final ascendance to Vaikunttha are most fascinating. As for me, I am praying to him silently so that I will be able to finish narrating his story successfully. I am also praying for all my readers so that they will benefit from reading the story of Krishna.

Contents

  Preface ix
  Introduction xi
1 Lord Brahma taking Goddess Earth to Vaikunttha 13
2 The Marriage of Vasudeva and Devaki 22
3 Keertimaan, the First Born 27
4 Devaki's Seventh Son 48
5 The Birth of Lord Krishna 54
6 How Vasudeva Took his Eighth Son to Gokul 60
7 Back in the Prison Cell 64
8 The Minister's Evil Counsel 75
9 Ecstasy at Gokul 100
10 Pootanaa-Moksham (Liberation of Pootana) 19
11 Stories of Asuraas Shakata and Trinaavarta 21
12 The Naming Ceremony 24
13 The Pranks of Little Krishna 26
14 The Universe in Krishna's Mouth! 31
15 Kubera's Sons Freed of Curse 33
16 The Journey to Vrindaavan 36
17 The End of Vatsaasura and Bakaasura 38
18 How Aghaasura Met With his End 41
19 Brahma Testing Vishnu! 43
20 The End of Dhenukaasura 46
21 Dancing on Kaaliyas Hoods 21
22 Death of Pralamba at the Hands of Balaraama 52
23 Wildfire in Munja forest 54
24 The Call of the Flute 56
25 Gopikaas Praying to Goddess Paarvati 58
26 How the Braahmin Women Were Blessed 60
27 Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan 62
28 Varuna Paying Respects to Krishna 65
29 Raasakreeda (Krishna Playing With Gopis) 67
30 Salvation of Vidyaadhara 72
31 Gopis Saved from Shankhachooda 73
32 The End of Arishta 74
33 Naarada Instigating Kamsa Again 75
34 How Krishna Got the Name Kesava 77
35 Naarada in Gokul 79
36 The End of Vyomaasura 80
37 Akroora’s Mission to Gokul 81
38 Vaikunttha in Yamuna! 83
39 Krishna and Raama in Matthura 84
40 Kamsa's End 86
41 Studies at Sage Saandeepani's Gurukul 89
42 Uddhava at Gokul 91
43 Jaraasandha 94
44 Rukmini's Swayamvaram 98
45 The Story of Syamantaka, the Divine Jewel 103
46 Balaraama and Krishna at Paanchaala 110
47 The Strange Story of the Wedding of Subhadra 111
48 Khaandava Forest Burnt Down 113
49 Yudhishtira's Amazing Assembly Hall 116
50 The Wives of Lord Krishna 117
51 Death of Narakaasura 118
52 The Story of Pradyumna 121
53 Conquest of Baanaasura 124
54 How Nriga Attained Moksha 128
55 The End of Paundraka 130
56 Balaraama's Adventures 132
57 The Holy Samantapanchaka 134
58 Death of Jaraasandha 136
59 Yudhishtira's Raajasooya Sacrifice and Shishupaalas End 141
60 Duryodhana Mocked 143
61 The End of Saalva and his Friends 145
62 Prelude to the Mahaabhaarata War 147
63 Krishna: Taking Sides 150
64 Krishna as Messenger of the Paandavaas 152
65 TheWar 154
66 Balaraama at Kurukshetra 158
67 After the War 160
68 Dhritaraashtra's Plan to Kill Bheema Foiled 163
69 Krishna's Return to Dwaaraka 164
70 The Story of Kuchela 165
71 Devaki Shown her Dead Children 168
72 Devotion is What Matters Most 169
73 Santaana Gopaalam 170
74 The Prosperity and Piety of Yaadavaas 173
75 The Beginning of the End of the Yaadava Race 174
76 Vasudeva's Doubts Cleared by Sage Naarada 176
77 Devaas in Dwaaraka 180
78 Worried Uddhava Approaches Krishna 181
79 Krishna's Advice to Uddhava 182
80 The End of the Yaadava Race 189
81 Lord Krishna's Swargaarohan 190
  Epilogue 193

 

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Krishna, one of the most loved Gods of the Hindus, spent one full life time in the form of a human being on this earth. He performed many miracles, attracted innumerable devotees, destroyed many asuraas, helped and guided the Paandavaas in the battle of Kurukshethra and ultimately ascended to heaven. The dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna at the advent of the Mahabharata War is the famous Bhagavad Geeta. It is one of the most revered books of the Hindus and the advice given and the arguments put forward by Krishna in the Geeta are invaluable assets for the whole of humanity at all times.

This book narrates stories from the life of Krishna, starting from his miraculous birth through his naughty childhood, heroic youth, and profound teachings to humanity in the form of the Bhagavad Geeta and Uddhava Geeta, and his final ascendance to Vaikunttha.

About the Author

Dr. V. Gouri Suresh obtained her Ph.D. in 1993 from Ranchi University After thirty eight years of teaching at the undergraduate level and twenty years during the same period at the postgraduate level, she retired as Associate Professor of Botany and Vice Principal in 2012.

She has presented many research papers in National and International Conferences, and published papers in various National and International journals. She is the author of several books including Stories from Bhagavatam published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai, in 2004 Environmental Studies and Ethics and Environmental Studies. After retirement, Dr. Gouri Suresh has taken to writing books based on scriptures and epics such as The Ten Incarnations of Mahaavishnu, and an Elderly Couple’s Pilgrimage to Holy Kailas – Manasarovar.

Preface

I wrote my first book, Stories from Bhagavatam more than a decade ago, taking a few years to complete the work. It was published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in 2004. In this maiden venture, I had presented the latter half of the Bhagavat Purana at length, dealing with Lord Krishna's life from birth to Swargarohan. Writing Bhaagavatam gave me such immense pleasure that I wanted to write more and more on such and similar themes.

I had a wish of compiling the -stories of Lord Krishna alone in a separate book, right after the publication of my first work. However, tied down by professional demands, I could not find time to pursue this interest, though on the request of my students, I had published during those days two text books on Environmental Studies for final year undergraduates.

After retirement, I am finding time to fulfill my earlier wish. I am taking excerpts from my first book, modifying them and adding to them where required, and presenting this new book to the readers as an offering. I hope and pray to God that this work will be appreciated by them, especially by devotees of Lord Shree Krishna.

Krishna, one of the most loved Gods of Hindus, popular all over the world, spent one full life time in the form of a human being on this earth. He performed many miracles, attracted innumerable devotees, destroyed many asuraas, helped and guided the Paandavaas in the battle of Kurukshethra and ultimately ascended heaven. The dialogue between Krishna and Arjuna at the advent of the Mahabharata War is the famous "Bhagavadgita" It is one of the most revered books of the Hindus. In fact, the advice given and the arguments put forward by Krishna in the Geeta are invaluable assets for the whole of humanity at all times, irrespective of religion, caste or creed. Similarly, the spiritual knowledge that Lord Krishna imparted to his friend and devotee Uddhava before the former ascended to his original abode Vaikunttha is collectively called "Uddhavageeta" In addition to these two Geetaas, innumerable instances can be seen in the life of Krishna where he is teaching various aspects of righteous living to different people. Let us offer our salutations here to that great teacher, Lord Krishna, Master of the universe.

Om namo Naaraayanaaya!

Om namo Bhagavate Vaasudevaaya!


Introduction

As per ancient Hindu scriptures, Mahaavishnu, the Supreme Lord, took different forms at different times to protect the noble and punish the wicked. Whenever wrong deeds on earth outweighed the good deeds beyond a limit, there was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Krishna was one such incarnation. Mahaavishnu has incarnated twenty six times on earth; his twenty seventh incarnations will be Kalki. Of these incarnations, ten are more important and well known. These are called the Dasaavtaars of Vishnu. Of these ten, Krishna was the eighth incarnation.

Lord Krishna performed many miracles. The divine music that flowed from his flute attracted men and women, and even the animals and birds living in the vicinity. Handsome beyond words and heroic in his deeds, he was adored by all the boys and girls of the town. He killed the wicked Kamsa and many asuraas and brought peace on earth. He acted as charioteer of Arjuna in the great Mahabharata War. His advice to Arjuna in the battlefield is famous as the Bhagavad Geeta. The manifested purpose of the Mahabharata War was to establish a righteous ruler as king of Hastinapura. The hidden purpose was to destroy the deadly weapons accumulated by wicked kings in those days.

Krishna gave spiritual knowledge to Uddhava, his devotee. This part of Sreemad Bhaagavatam, the eighteenth and the last of the Puraanaas, is called Uddhava Geeta. After the completion of all the work that he planned to do on the earth, Krishna retired to Vaikunttha.

Blessed are those who contemplate on Krishna or even those who listen to his story. The life of Krishna, starting from his miraculous birth through his naughty childhood, heroic youth, and profound teachings to humanity in the form of the Bhagavad Geeta and Uddhava Geeta and final ascendance to Vaikunttha are most fascinating. As for me, I am praying to him silently so that I will be able to finish narrating his story successfully. I am also praying for all my readers so that they will benefit from reading the story of Krishna.

Contents

  Preface ix
  Introduction xi
1 Lord Brahma taking Goddess Earth to Vaikunttha 13
2 The Marriage of Vasudeva and Devaki 22
3 Keertimaan, the First Born 27
4 Devaki's Seventh Son 48
5 The Birth of Lord Krishna 54
6 How Vasudeva Took his Eighth Son to Gokul 60
7 Back in the Prison Cell 64
8 The Minister's Evil Counsel 75
9 Ecstasy at Gokul 100
10 Pootanaa-Moksham (Liberation of Pootana) 19
11 Stories of Asuraas Shakata and Trinaavarta 21
12 The Naming Ceremony 24
13 The Pranks of Little Krishna 26
14 The Universe in Krishna's Mouth! 31
15 Kubera's Sons Freed of Curse 33
16 The Journey to Vrindaavan 36
17 The End of Vatsaasura and Bakaasura 38
18 How Aghaasura Met With his End 41
19 Brahma Testing Vishnu! 43
20 The End of Dhenukaasura 46
21 Dancing on Kaaliyas Hoods 21
22 Death of Pralamba at the Hands of Balaraama 52
23 Wildfire in Munja forest 54
24 The Call of the Flute 56
25 Gopikaas Praying to Goddess Paarvati 58
26 How the Braahmin Women Were Blessed 60
27 Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan 62
28 Varuna Paying Respects to Krishna 65
29 Raasakreeda (Krishna Playing With Gopis) 67
30 Salvation of Vidyaadhara 72
31 Gopis Saved from Shankhachooda 73
32 The End of Arishta 74
33 Naarada Instigating Kamsa Again 75
34 How Krishna Got the Name Kesava 77
35 Naarada in Gokul 79
36 The End of Vyomaasura 80
37 Akroora’s Mission to Gokul 81
38 Vaikunttha in Yamuna! 83
39 Krishna and Raama in Matthura 84
40 Kamsa's End 86
41 Studies at Sage Saandeepani's Gurukul 89
42 Uddhava at Gokul 91
43 Jaraasandha 94
44 Rukmini's Swayamvaram 98
45 The Story of Syamantaka, the Divine Jewel 103
46 Balaraama and Krishna at Paanchaala 110
47 The Strange Story of the Wedding of Subhadra 111
48 Khaandava Forest Burnt Down 113
49 Yudhishtira's Amazing Assembly Hall 116
50 The Wives of Lord Krishna 117
51 Death of Narakaasura 118
52 The Story of Pradyumna 121
53 Conquest of Baanaasura 124
54 How Nriga Attained Moksha 128
55 The End of Paundraka 130
56 Balaraama's Adventures 132
57 The Holy Samantapanchaka 134
58 Death of Jaraasandha 136
59 Yudhishtira's Raajasooya Sacrifice and Shishupaalas End 141
60 Duryodhana Mocked 143
61 The End of Saalva and his Friends 145
62 Prelude to the Mahaabhaarata War 147
63 Krishna: Taking Sides 150
64 Krishna as Messenger of the Paandavaas 152
65 TheWar 154
66 Balaraama at Kurukshetra 158
67 After the War 160
68 Dhritaraashtra's Plan to Kill Bheema Foiled 163
69 Krishna's Return to Dwaaraka 164
70 The Story of Kuchela 165
71 Devaki Shown her Dead Children 168
72 Devotion is What Matters Most 169
73 Santaana Gopaalam 170
74 The Prosperity and Piety of Yaadavaas 173
75 The Beginning of the End of the Yaadava Race 174
76 Vasudeva's Doubts Cleared by Sage Naarada 176
77 Devaas in Dwaaraka 180
78 Worried Uddhava Approaches Krishna 181
79 Krishna's Advice to Uddhava 182
80 The End of the Yaadava Race 189
81 Lord Krishna's Swargaarohan 190
  Epilogue 193

 

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