When all did Krishna reveal the universe in his mouth to Mother Yashoda?

by Chaitanya CharanAugust 3, 2013

From: Nityānanda Chandra Dās

Are there 3 separate pastimes of Krishna revealing the universe within his mouth?

1. “Mata, Krishna ate dirt lila” – Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.8.32-42
2. Mother Yaśodā nursing baby Krishna lila – Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.7.34-37

And finally
3. Damodara Lila per – Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 2.7.30 verse and purport  http://vedabase.com/SB/2/7/30

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Chaitanya Charan
  • September 14, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Hare Krishna Prabhu
    Please accept my humble obeisances
    All glories to Srila Prabhupada

    I have a doubt about this answer. Please take a look carefully at the chapter 7 of the 2nd canto. Lord Brahma in the section often speaks of separate pastimes as if there were simultaneous events. This is discussed in the purport to verse 33

    “The killing of Śaṅkhacūḍa by the Lord is a more recent incident, after the rāsa-līlā, and not exactly a simultaneous affair. In the previous verses we have seen also that the Lord’s engagement in the affairs of the forest fire was described along with His pastimes of punishing the Kāliya snake, and similarly the pastimes of the rāsa dance and the killing of Śaṅkhacūḍa are also described herein. The adjustment is that all these incidents would take place in the future, after the time when it was being foretold by Brahmājī to Nārada. ”

    It would be logical to conclude that this speech pattern seen in verse 33 and pointed out in the purport can be the explanation of the non standard lilas in the other verses such as 30. I would not see how the irregularity found in verse 33 and clarified in the purport would not apply to the rest of the irregularities found in the same conversation.

    My mundane speculation is that perhaps a being with the lifespan of Brahma will envision such events a practically as one event or perhaps that is the nature of his future predictive knowledge, that it is without precise breaks in events that take place around the same time.

  • September 14, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    The idea is that this verse may not be speaking about a 3rd virat darshan from Krishna’s mouth but rather the Damodara pastime and one of the other two virat darshan pastimes

    • Chaitanya Charan das
      September 16, 2013 at 5:42 am

      It’s possible, but it seems an unnecessary and unwarranted stretch.

      The places and contexts of the pastimes are clearly different.

      Krishna is on his mother’s lap as a baby drinking milk here, whereas in the more well-known pastime he is at Brahmanda ghat, playing with his friends and mother Yashoda goes out there on getting the news of his having eaten mud. Morever, here he seems to be a baby, whereas there he seems to be older.

      Unless there’s an explict authorized reference stating that these two are varying versions of the same pastime, I wouldn’t feel safe contradicting the Bhagavatam’s self-evident description of these events as separate pastimes.


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