Devaki Escapes Death

Lord Narayana, having decided to be born as the son of Vasudeva and Devaki, first entered into the heart of Vasudeva. Vasudeva’s face began to shine like the sun. People were amazed to see the glow that emanated from him. After sometime, Lord Narayana entered the womb of Devaki. Her form became radiant. Was she not to be the mother of the Lord of Lords? Kansa saw her resplendent and smiling. She was illumining the whole prison by her shine. He was amazed to see her beautiful form. He said to himself, “Surely, my greatest enemy Narayana must be within her. For never before have I seen her with such divine shine. What shall I do now? Shall I kill her? But then she is a woman; she is my sister; she is now pregnant too. If she is killed now, the world will condemn me. All my fame, all my wealth and even my life-span will suffer because of this sin.”

Pondering thus, ultimately he desisted from killing Devaki and awaited the birth of the child with utmost restlessness. The thought of the coming child was haunting him. While sitting down on a seat, he would suddenly stop and look at the seat since he thought he saw a child on the seat. He would tell himself; “There was a child on the seat and I was about to sit on it. Terrible!” He would then go to bed. But there he would see the child again on the bed. At every step the child would haunt him.

Posted By : Vinod Jindal on Jan 20, 2015