The witness Lord Krishna defends himself
(I have written it in a summary form from the face book post of my learned friend Rajagopal Srinivasan (my deep sense of gratitude to him.) . Though it is a conversation is between Udhava and Lord Krishna before Lord Krishna’s departure from the world , this is not the Udhava Gita , which is spread over 22 chapters , in the eleventh Skandha of Bhagawatha Purana. Udhava Gita also called Hamsa Gita explains why the Yadhu race should be completly detstroyed. I am not sure whether this conversation forms a part of it. But the principle expounded in this small work is simply great , It tells us that God is the witness of everything and when a human being fogets this he commits sins. It also tell that God does not interefere in any one’s life unless he wants it. )
Lord Krishna was about to leave this world ,
And he asked Udhava who was his great friend,
“My dear friend , I am about to leave this world,
Can I do something for you , please ask.”
With great hesitation Udhava asked Krishna ,
“ My dear God, who is my friend , for quite some time,
I am not able to understand you at all,
Would you permit me to ask you? And the lord said “By all means.”
Udhava “ People call you the friend of those who are in trouble.
How come , you did not tell Yudhishtra not to gamble?”
You could have blessed Pandavas , so that they win in the gambling,
YUdhishtra lost all his assets and himself and was about to keep,
His brothers as wager and you could have gone in and prevented it .
When he kept Draupadi his mascot of luck as wager , you could have ,
Made the time lucky for the pandavas and made them win.
When Draupadhi lost all her respect and was dragged in to the royal assembly,
You waited till , Duschasana tried to dirobe her to help her, Was this right?”
And after these harsh questions with tears Udhava asked “Why?”
Lord Krishna smiled and replied “ It is a universal law that the one,
Who uses right judgement wins and Yudhishtra lacked it ,
And Duryodhana had it in plenty, and that is why Yudishtra lost.
Duryodhana had money and no skill to gamble and so ,
He provided that money and asked Sakuni to play,
If only Yudhishtra had asked me to play instead of him.”
“Not only that , Yudhishtra knew that he was taking a wrong decision,
And knew that I would have prevented the play and so he prayed God,
“Let not Krishna knew about it and he should not come to the gambling hall.”
And I was just waiting outside the hall , waiting for somebody to call me.”
“When their elder brother kept them as wager all younger Pandavas ,
Were cursing their brother but never once prayed me to come and help them.
And when Duschasana dragged her in to the gambling hall ,
Even Draupadhi failed to call me for help , thinking she could manage .
But when Duschasana started disrobing her , she called me,
And I went in and helped her , so that further problems were not there.”
Udhava replied “Very well explained my lord but can I ask another question?”
And when Lord Krishna nodded Udhava asked the lord ,
“Does that mean you would come and help people only when they call you?
Wouldn’t you for establishing Dharma, come to help your devotees in trouble.?”
Lord Krishna replied , “ Human life goes on according to their karma,
And I only remain there as a witness , never interfering in what is happening.
And I believe that it is the Dharma of Gods” Hearing that Udhava laughed and said,
“And so you will allow us to to accumulate mountain of sins, never interfere and allow us to suffer more.”
My dear friend, “ Krishna told , “ when a human being realizes that,
For all his actions I am a witness, He would not be able to do evil acts.
When they forget about it , they forget my presence and decide to do sins,
And feel they can hide it from me, and they would take wrong decisions and commit sins.
Had Yudhishtra realized that I am a witness to what he did ,
He would not have done the mistakes and things would be different.”
Udhava clearly understood what Lord Krishna was trying to tell him ,
And knew that after doing all ills , keeping God as witness near him,
When he fails or when he undergoes suffering as a punishment ,
Calling that witness to come and help him was a wrong strategy.