Chapter 41 Shri Krishn Visited Pandavas for Meal
Duryodhana celebrated a significant sacrifice with great pomp and circumstance when the Pandavas were living in the jungle.
He wished to offer the Rajasuya sacrifice, but the brahmanas persuaded him to offer the Vaishnava sacrifice instead since he could not offer the Rajasuya sacrifice while Yudhishthira and Dhritarashtra were still alive.
He took this advise into consideration and celebrated the Vaishnava in grand style.
After the ritual, however, the people started to complain among themselves that Duryodhana’s sacrifice had fallen short of the splendour of Yudhishthira’s Rajasuya by not even a twentieth of that amount.
On the other side, Duryodhana’s companions applauded him and the sacrifice he had commemorated, comparing it to those made by Yayati, Mandhata, Bharata, and other people.
Court flatterers lavished adulation on their subjects. Karna reiterated that his role would be to kill Arjuna and informed Duryodhana that his Rajasuya had only been delayed until the Pandavas were vanquished and murdered in combat.
He declared, “I shall not consume meat or drink, nor will I reject the petition of anybody who asks me for anything, until I have killed Arjuna.” Such was the solemn oath Karna took in front of everyone.
When the great hero Karna made this pledge, the sons of Dhritarashtra were ecstatic and yelled with glee. They got the impression that the Pandavas had already died.
The Pandavas in the jungle received word of Karna’s vows through spies. Yudhishthira was quite worried because he thought highly of Karna’s ability.
Karna was unquestionably a great hero who had been born with heavenly armour. Yudhishthira dreamed one morning right before the hour of waking.
Many of our dreams occur either at the start of sleep or right before we wake up. In his dream, the forest’s wild animals appeared and beseeched him piteously to relocate to another forest rather than annihilate them completely.
Duryodhana was confident that the Pandavas, who themselves struggled to survive in the jungle, wouldn’t be able to accommodate the sage and his group and would instead face some terrible curse from the impatient guest. When the sage granted a boon, this would bring him more delight than any advantage he could have wished for himself.
As requested by Duryodhana, Durvasa visited the Pandavas when they were resting after their noon meal.
The brothers greeted, honoured, and saluted the sage. The wise man then said: “We’ll be here again shortly. Then, because we are hungry, our meals must be ready “and raced to the river with his followers.
The Sun god had given Yudhishthira the Akshayapatra, a beautiful vessel that housed an endless supply of food, as a reward for his austerities at the beginning of their sojourn in the jungle.
God had mentioned when giving the gift, “By doing this, I will give you access to all the food you’ll need for a 12-year period for daily use. The cup won’t be completely empty for the day until everyone has been fed and Draupadi has consumed her fair portion.”
The brahmanas and other visitors would therefore be served first.
The Pandava brothers would then eat thereafter. Draupadi would then receive her portion.
All of them, including Draupadi, had finished their meals by the time Durvasa arrived, leaving the vessel empty and devoid of all of its power for the day.
When the sage and his followers should return after their baths, Draupadi was exceedingly disturbed and completely at a loss as to where to obtain food. She fervently pleaded to Sri Krishna in the kitchen for help in this helpless situation and to save her from the sage’s anger.
Sri Krishna suddenly came in front of her. He added, “Bring immediately something to eat since I am quite hungry, and then we can talk about other things.”
This was a nice pass. It appeared as though the person she had believed would save her had switched sides and joined the enemy. She screamed in extreme confusion: “Alas! O Krishna, why do you test me in this way? The Sun’s vessel has used up all of its power for the day. Durvasa, a wise man, has arrived. So what do I do? As if this weren’t enough, you have arrived at this time claiming to be hungry. The sage and his students will be here in a little while.”
Krishna stated: “I need food badly and don’t want justifications. Bring the vessel so I may see it for myself.” It was delivered to him by Draupadi. A grain of rice and a little piece of cooked veggie were stuck to the vessel’s rim.
Sri Krishna accepted them as Sri Hari, the Soul of the Universe, and ate them with delight. Draupadi felt terrible about how shabbily she hadn’t thoroughly cleansed the dish of any leftovers. Vasudeva had eaten the last portion that was left!
After finishing his one grain, Sri Krishna called Bhima, instructed him to proceed to the river, and informed the esteemed sage that meal was ready and waiting for them. He then appeared to be filled with delight.
(The fact is, Shri Krishn is the centtolling everything in the universe, his happiness with a single grain of rice temporarily allayed everyone’s hunger, even the sage. The leela was done by Krishn for Pandavas to comprehend that he is there for them in any situation, provided they trust his words and his suggestions. This also gave message to the world not to even waste one grain of food. Food is precious and source of energy.)
Bhimasena hurried to the river where Durvasa and his disciples were taking a bath while he was very perplexed yet full of confidence in Sri Krishna. They were shocked to see that their insatiable hunger had given way to a contented contentment. They exuded the same cosy joy of those who had enjoyed a satisfying meal.
“We have come here after asking Yudhishthira to prepare food for us, but we feel well-fed and satisfied and cannot eat any more,” the disciples said to the sage.
Informing Bhima of what it was, Durvasa said: “Our meals have been consumed. Please ask Yudhishthira to pardon us.” The celebration then dispersed.
Keep Mahabharat Book at Home and Read Daily – DO NOT FALL TO FAKE PROPAGANDA and Allow Enemies to Weaken our Dharma and Bharat
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