15. The Killing of Dhenuka, the Ass Demon SB 10.15 Summary Audio This chapter describes how Lord Balarama and Lord Krsna, while tending Their cows in theMessage 1 of 55 , Jan 2View Source15. The Killing of Dhenuka, the Ass Demon
SB 10.15 Summary
This chapter describes how Lord Balarama and Lord Krsna, while tending Their cows in the pastures of Vrndavana, killed Dhenukasura, enabled the residents of Vrndavana to eat the fruits of the tala trees and saved the young cowherds from Kaliya's poison.
Revealing Their boyhood (pauganda) phase of pastimes, Rama and Krsna were one day bringing the cows to pasture when They entered an attractive forest decorated with a clear lake. There They began playing forest sports along with Their friends. Pretending to tire, Lord Baladeva laid His head upon the lap of a cowherd boy and rested as Lord Krsna helped relieve His elder brother's fatigue by massaging His feet. Then Krsna also placed His head on the lap of a cowherd boy to rest, and another cowherd boy massaged His feet. In this way Krsna, Balarama and Their cowherd friends enjoyed various pastimes.
During this play, Sridama, Subala, Stoka-krsna and other cowherd boys described to Rama and Krsna a wicked and irrepressible demon named Dhenuka, who had assumed the form of a jackass and was living in the Talavana forest near Govardhana Hill. This forest was full of many varieties of sweet fruits. But fearing this demon, no one dared try to relish the taste of those fruits, and thus someone had to kill the demon and all his associates. Lord Rama and Lord Krsna, hearing of the situation, set off for this forest to fulfill the desire of Their companions.
Arriving at the Talavana, Lord Balarama shook many fruits out of the palm trees, and as soon as He did so the jackass demon, Dhenuka, ran swiftly to attack Him. But Balarama grabbed his hind legs with one hand, whirled him around and threw him into the top of a tree, thus slaying him. All of Dhenukasura's friends, overcome by fury, then rushed to attack, but Rama and Krsna took hold of them one by one, swung them around and killed them, until the disturbance was finally finished. When Krsna and Balarama returned to the cowherd community, Yasoda and Rohini placed Them on their respective laps. They kissed Their faces, fed Them with finely prepared food and then put Them to bed.
Some days later Lord Krsna went with His friends, but without His older brother, to the banks of the Kalindi in order to tend the cows. The cows and cowherd boys became very thirsty and drank some water from the Kalindi. But it had been contaminated with poison, and they all fell unconscious on the riverbank. Krsna then brought them back to life by the merciful rain of His glance, and all of them, regaining their consciousness, appreciated His great mercy.>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 10.15 Summary
61. Lord Balarama Slays Rukmi Audio SB 10.61 Summary This chapter lists Lord Sri Krsna s sons, grandsons and other progeny. It also describes how Lord BalaramaMessage 55 of 55 , Dec 4 5:48 AMView Source61. Lord Balarama Slays RukmiSB 10.61 Summary
This chapter lists Lord Sri Krsna's sons, grandsons and other progeny. It also describes how Lord Balarama killed Rukmi at Aniruddha's marriage ceremony and how Lord Krsna arranged for His sons and daughters to be married.
Not understanding the full truth about Sri Krsna, each of His wives thought that since He remained constantly in her palace she must be His favorite wife. They were all entranced by the Lord's beauty and His loving conversations with them, but they could not agitate His mind with the charming gestures of their eyebrows or by any other means. Having attained as their husband Lord Krsna, whom even demigods like Brahma find it difficult to know in truth, the Lord's queens were always eager to associate with Him. Thus, although each of them had millions of maidservants, they would personally render Him menial service.
Each of Lord Krsna's wives had ten sons, who in turn each fathered many sons and grandsons. In the womb of Rukmi's daughter Rukmavati, Pradyumna fathered Aniruddha. Though Sri Krsna had disrespected Rukmi, to please his sister Rukmi gave his daughter in marriage to Pradyumna, and his granddaughter to Aniruddha. Bali, the son of Krtavarma, married Rukmini's daughter Carumati.
At Aniruddha's wedding, Lord Baladeva, Sri Krsna and other Yadavas went to Rukmi's palace in the city of Bhojakata. After the ceremony, Rukmi challenged Lord Baladeva to a game of dice. In the first match Rukmi defeated Baladeva, whereupon the King of Kalinga laughed at the Lord, displaying all his teeth. Lord Baladeva won the next match, but Rukmi refused to concede defeat. A voice then spoke from the sky, announcing that Baladeva had in fact won. But Rukmi, encouraged by the wicked kings, offended Lord Baladeva by saying that while He was certainly expert at tending cows, He knew nothing of playing dice. Thus insulted, Lord Baladeva angrily struck Rukmi dead with His club. The King of Kalinga tried to flee, but Lord Baladeva seized him and knocked out all his teeth. Then the other offensive kings, their arms, thighs and heads wounded by Baladeva's blows, fled in all directions, bleeding profusely. Sri Krsna expressed neither approval nor disapproval of His brother-in-law's death, fearing He would jeopardize His loving ties with either Rukmini or Baladeva.
Lord Baladeva and the other Yadavas then seated Aniruddha and His bride on a fine chariot, and they all set off for Dvaraka.>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 10.61 Summary