Lord Krishna -Sivananda 92

Lord Krishna (His Lilas and Teachings) -Swami Sivananda



Raising of Govardhana

Indra became extremely angry with Nanda and the other Gopas. Hesent forth hisclouds and wind sand there were rains,thunder and hail-storms in Brindavan. Krishna lifted up the Govardhana hill with one hand and the people of Brindavan with their cows took shelter beneath the mountain. There was continuous rain for seven days. Sri Krishna held up the hill for seven days continuously without moving an inch.
Indra was quite amazed. His pride was destroyed. He withdrew the clouds and winds. The Gopas went to their own places with their cows and property. Sri Krishna set down the mountain in its original place.
The Gopas were struck with wonder. They came to Nanda and said, “This boy of seven years uprooted the Govardhana hill from the earth and held it up with one hand continuously for seven days. This marvellous feat cannot be done by an ordinary man. Your son is certainly the Lord of all Lords. He is the Atman of all beings.”
Indra and Surabhi came down from Heaven. Indra fell at the feet of Sri Krishna and glorified Him. Indra said, “Thou art the father, the preceptor and the supreme Lord of all the worlds. In order to fulfil the desires of your devotees, you assume a personal form at your own will. Those who like myself are ignorant and are conceited as rulers of the world, get cured of their pride and touch of haughtiness by Thy grace and Darshan. They then take to the path of devotion. O Lord, each of your acts is intended for the punishment and correction of the wicked. I disregarded you as I was intoxicated with the pride of wealth and power. I was devoid of pure understanding, discretion, and discrimination, and so I was ignorant of your greatness. O Lord, forgive me! Grant me pure intellect. Free me from my pride. Salutations unto Thee again and again.”
Krishna said to him, “O Indra! I did you a great favour by causing a break in your Yajna. You were extremely proud of your position and power and so you forgot Me. I did this in order to make you remember Me. Power and position produce intoxication in men and Devas. They become haughty. They are rendered blind by power and position. If I wish to do favour to any one, I take away his powers and wealth. O Indra! Go to your celestial abode and do your duties in a satisfactory manner. Abandon pride completely. Follow my commandments. Try to realise constantly My presence. May you be happy!”



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20. The Fate of Non-Believers 57
21. Epilogue 59
Part -1
1. LordKrishna 60
2. Birth of Lord Krishna 63
3. Birthday Celebration 66
4. Putana’s Deliverance 68
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6. Showing Cosmic Vision to Yasoda 70
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8. Sports of the Child (Bala Lila) 72
9. Tying of Krishna 73
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19. The Forest Fire 85
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21. The Stealing of Clothes 88
22. Krishna and the Vedic Yajna 89
23. Abolition of Indra’s Worship 91
24. Raising of Govardhana 92
25. Coronation of Krishna 93
26. Nanda Rescued From Varuna 94
27. Commencement of Rasa Lila 95
28. Gopis Suffer Pangs of Separation and Search for Lord Krishna 101
29. Gopika Gitam (Gopis’ Song) 107
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31. Gopis’ Love 115
32. Secret of Rasa Lila 119
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2. Avadhoota’s Story 140
3. Samsara 156
4. Bondage and Liberation 162
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6. Glory of Satsanga 169
7. The Gunas 173
8. How to Withdraw From the Sense-Objects 175
9. Bhakti Yoga 182
10. Method of Meditation 186
11. The Siddhis 188
12. The Vibhutis or Powers of the Lord 194
13. The Duties of the Brahmacharin and the Householder 201
14. The Duties of Vanaprasthis and Sannyasins 201
15. Jnana and Vijnana 219
16. Yama and Niyama 224
17. The Three Paths: Karma, Bhakti And Jnana 227
18. Guna and Dosha 233
19. The Tattvas 241
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22. Endurance 253
23. Sankhya 262
24. Sattva, Rajas and Tamas 266
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27. Jnana Yoga 285
28. Bhakti Yoga 293
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5. Antariksha Instructs 308
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