A HUMOUROUS ANECDOTE FROM THE GREAT MAHABHARATA
Time for peace between the Pandavas and Kauravas was running out and the war fever was thick in the air.
Though opinion was split on this, it was anyway decided that Lord Krishna, the great friend of the Pandavas should make a last ditch attempt at peace. The wily Krishna, knowing full well the negative outcome of this ( Isn’t He the outcome Creator!) however agreed to go to Hastinapur to convince the arrogant Duryodhana, the eldest of the Kauravas, to try and avert a bloody war.
When news reached Hastinapur about Krishna’s impending visit, there were a lot of hot discussions in the courtroom. The King, Duryodhana’s father, the Pithamaha ( Bhishmacharya),the minister Vidhura and quite a few other wise men were all for peace , but the adamant Duryodhana would have none of it. He was also ill-advised by another so-called well wisher… His uncle Saguni.
Duryodhana with his equally deceitful Dusshasana even made plans to trap and imprison Lord Krishna!
Anyway the interesting anecdote is that when Lord Krishna was about to make his entry into the court where Duryodhana was presiding, the latter strictly instructed that no one in the court should stand up as a mark of respect to Krishna whom he despised. Though the courtiers knew and respected Krishna and His Divine Charm, they were scared to disobey Duryodhana.
But as it transpired, when Lord Krishna smilingly entered the courtroom, Duryodhana was the first to get up! It was as though he was pushed up physically from his throne against his will! The courtiers, who were watching the whole fun, got up happily and willingly, while trying to suppress their gleeful smiles at Duryodhana’s discomfiture!
Such was the Power and irresistible charm of Lord Krishna!
Hari Om Krishna!!