Krishna Only Accepts Love & Affection

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  1. garry420

    garry420 Well-Known Member

    Krishna’s visited to palace of Duryodana and house of Vidura

    Krishna only accepts an offering that is made with love and
    affection. One incident that shows this took place in Hastinapura.

    It is well known that Arjuna and his four brothers were Krishna’s
    very dear friends and devotees.

    Duryodhana, who also lived in Hastinapura, was the sworn enemy of
    Arjuna and his brothers(later they fought each other at the Battle of Kurukñetra), but he wanted to invite Krishna to a feast.

    Duryodhana was very wealthy, so he served preparations of delicious foodstuffs such as ladu, pera, kachori, sandesh and makhan — in golden dishes, and water in golden cups.

    Then he requested Krishna, “Please come and take Your meal with Me.”

    Krishna objected, “I can’t eat anything, because I have no
    appetite. I only eat anything where there is love and affection, I
    can never eat with you, because you have no love and affection
    for Me! I came to Hastinäpura to ask you to make peace with
    Arjuna and his brothers, but you have not complied. How can
    I take My meal with you? I’m not a beggar, and I’m not hungry.”

    Shortly after rejecting Duryodhana’s opulent feast, Krishna
    went to Vidura’s house. Vidura was Krishna’s devotee, and was
    also very affectionate to Arjuna and his four brothers.

    In fact, on several occasions he had saved them from great danger.

    Because of this, Krishna was very fond of Vidura. When
    Krishna got to Vidura’s house, Vidura was not there, so Krishna
    pleaded with his wife Viduräëé, “Oh, Vidurani Maiya, I am so
    hungry! Please give Me something to eat.”

    Vidurani was very affectionate to Krishna, and she was anxious to serve Him.

    She began to offer Him bananas, but in her confusion, she threw
    away the fruit and gave Him the peels.

    Krishna affectionately accepted the peels, and relished them joyfully.

    They tasted sweeter to Him than all the preparations and offerings made in Dvaraka by his chief queens Rukmini and Satyabhama.

    While Krishna was completely absorbed in accepting Viduräëé’s
    offering of banana peels, Vidura came in.

    He was astonished at what he saw, and exclaimed, “Oh, Vidurani! What are you doing?”

    Krishna tried to caution him, “Don’t speak to her. She is not
    in her external senses. She is fully absorbed in transcendental
    love and affection.”

    Vidurani, however, came back to external consciousness when she heard her husband speak, and soon realized what was happening.

    She then gave Krishna the fruit of the bananas and threw away the peels.Krishna was a little disappointed. “Oh! This fruit is not as tasty
    as the peels were.”

    Spiritual lesson:

    From this pastime, we can see that Krishna never becomes
    hungry. He doesn’t want to taste banana, or sweets, or milk or

    He just wants to take the essence of all the fruits.

    What is that essence?

    It is simply love and affection, the mood of bhakti in the offering.
    Krishnawill never accept anything from someone who has no deep love and affection for Him.

    On the other hand, He will forcibly take what He wants from a devotee
    who has love and affection for Him, if that devotee does not give
    Him enough.

    That is Krishna’s nature. Krishna is not a beggar. He is full in all opulence, but still He comes to his devotees and serve them.

    In Bhagavad gita Krishna says:

    patram pushpam phalam toyam
    yo me bhaktya prayacchati
    tad aham bhakty-upahritam
    asnami prayatatmanah

    If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it.

    So in wathever we do we should add bhakti and our life will be perfect. As Krishna says in Bhagavad gita 9.27:

    yat karosi yad asnasi
    yaj juhosi dadasi yat
    yat tapasyasi kaunteya
    tat kurusva mad-arpanam

    O son of Kunti, all that you do, all that you eat, all that you offer and give away, as well as all austerities that you may perform, should be done as an offering unto Me.

    When we understand our relationship with God then we all will be happy. It is an essential factor for establishing peace in the world.

    All happiness in the material world has a beginning and an end, but happiness in Krishna is unlimited, and there is no end.

    Joy can only be experienced when we offer our love to Krishna.

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