...Rukmini's Letter to Krishna...

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...Rukmini's Letter to Krishna...
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We know that Goddess Lakshmi is the eternal companion of Lord Krishna. Whenever Krishna takes Avatara, the goddess is there with him too. It is at this particular moment in the narrative that goddess Lakshmi makes her appearance, in the form of princess Rukmini. The only sister of five brothers, she was obviously much loved and the center of attraction at home. From visitors at her father’s house, she would often hear about Lord Krishna’s unparalleled beauty, valor, his excellent virtues and affluence. Attracted to his divine personality, she decided that she would only have Krishna and none other for her husband, as he was the only spouse worth having. All her family too wanted Krishna as her husband; all except her eldest brother, who wanted to give away her hand to a powerful king named Shishupala.

When the beautiful princess Rukmini realized that her brother would not allow her marriage to Krishna, she was deeply agitated. She pondered over the problem and came to a firm decision. She would send a message to Krishna, professing her single-minded affection for him. Rukmini then immediately send for a trusted Brahmin, and asked him to carry her message to Krishna.

When the Brahmin reached Krishna’s doors, he was escorted to the inner chambers. There Krishna welcomed the Brahmin with the appropriate rituals of washing his hands and feet. After the latter was seated on a high seat, Krishna politely enquired him the purpose of his visit which had prompted him to come so far to see him. It was then that the mature Brahmin revealed Rukmini’s message to Krishna.

It was but a love letter from an anguished soul exclusively in love with the supreme soul. It began thus:


श्रुत्वा गुणान्‌ भुवनसुन्दर शृण्वतां ते
निर्विश्य कर्णविवरैर्हरतोऽङ्गतापं।
रूपं दृशं दृशिमतां अखिलार्थलाभं
त्वय्यच्युताविशति चित्तमपत्रपं मे॥१

का त्वा मुकुन्द महती कुलशीलरूप
विद्यावयोद्रविणदामभिरात्मतुल्यं।
धीरा पतिं कुलवती न वृणीत कन्या
काले नृसिंह नरलोकमनोऽभिरामं॥२

तन्मे भवान्‌ खलु वृतः पतिरङ्ग जाया-
मात्मार्पितश्च भवतोऽत्र विभो विधेहि।
मा वीरभागमभिमर्शतु चैद्य आरात्-
गोमायुवद्‌ मृगपतेर्बलिमंबुजाक्ष॥३

पूर्तेष्टदत्तनियमव्रतदेवविप्र-
गुर्वर्च्चनादिभिरलं भगवान्‌ परेशः।
आराधितो यदि गदाग्रज एत्य पाणिं
गृह्ण्णातु मे न दमघोषसुतादयोऽन्न्ये॥४

श्वोभाविनि त्वमजितोद्वहने विदर्भान्
गुप्तः समेत्य पृतनपतिभिः परीतः।
निर्म्मथ्य चैद्यमगधेन्द्रबलं प्रसह्य
मां राक्षसेन विधिनोद्वह वीर्यशुल्कां॥५

अन्तःपुरान्तरचरीमनिहत्य बन्धुं
स्त्वामुद्वहे कथमिति प्रवदाम्युपायं।
पूर्वेद्युरस्ति महती कुलदेवियात्रा
यस्यां बहिर्न्नवावधूर्ग्गिरिजामुपेयात्॥६

यस्याङ्घ्रिपङ्कजरजस्नपनं महान्तो
वाञ्चन्त्युमापतिरिव्वत्मतमोपहत्यै
यर्ह्यम्बुजाक्ष न लभेय भवत्प्रादं
जह्यामसून् व्रतकृशान् शतजन्मभिः स्यात्॥७

(श्रीमद भागवतमहापुराणे दशमस्कन्दे अध्यायः 52 श्लोकाः 37--43)

Meaning of the seven sloka message that Rukmini sent to Krishna

Krishna, you are the most attractive person in the whole universe, and having listened to your glories which enter one's thoughtthrough the ears and destroys all woes of the body and mind, and Oh Achyutha, my shameless mind dwells upon you incapable of being wrenched away from your beautiful form which is the ultimate thing for anyone to set his eyes upon and that form bestows on all eternal fortune.

Oh Mukunda, which girl , who has some strength of mind, who is born of high family , and in at least some way comparable to you in upbringing, character beauty, education ,age, wealth and status would not simply woo you by mind, you who looks like a lion in human form (you were once Narasaimha) and who is simply enchanting to the minds of all the living beings in this world.

Therefore, you please accept me who has by my own will accepted you as my husband in mind and has simply placed my body and soul at your lotus feet, as you are the granter of all boons. Now I belong to you. Don't permit the king of Chedhi the Sisupala to take possession of me. It will be like a wily jackal stealing away the royal food earmarked for the consumption of the Lion.

If it a fact that you, the Lord of the Universe, have been worshiped by me with full devotion through good deeds like digging of ponds and lakes, offering to fire, through gifts to deserving people, through pilgrimages, through offerings to Brahmins on auspicious occasions, through worship of Brahmins, gods and preceptors, then you must immediately reach here and take possession of me through accepting my hands. My hands should not be dirtied by an evil fellow like sisupala.
You Krishna the unconquerable, you please come over to Vidharabha tomorrow itself without being noticed by anyone.

You must annihilate or defeat the Sisupala and his retinue with your own valour and marry me through the rakshasa method as a prize for your valour.

If you are wondering how you can enter the palace at Vidarbha and accept me without causing damage to the lives of my relatives, I shall inform you the right way. On the eve of the marriage day there is a big procession to the Durga temple .

Accompanying that procession, me the bride, will be going to the Parvati temple for worship.

My Krishna, gods like the husband of Uma are eagerly awaiting to bathe themselves in the dust of your feet so that their own weaknesses will be removed. If it is my fate that I am not fortunate to get the protection from such great Krishna, I will kill myself through severe austerities in this life and will be born in hundreds of future lives till I attain your company.


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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:15 am

Interestingly, I think, if we remove all the metaphors, retain only mystery/power of God/Nature and our inability to comprehend fully then theism and atheism will have the same religion!

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Commentby Nevil Zaveri on Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:26 am

Wah! .. apt curls n romancing bokeh, to go with!
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@ Ganesh, very well said! I fully agree :)

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