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This Blog is a collection of excerpts from talks given by Sri Swami Vishwananda. Please note that this Blog does not focus on dates, background and the exact original way of how Swamiji delivered the speech. We edit the talks slightly, presenting them in a kind of “poetic” format. This means we choose certain paragraphs from a talk which reflect a particular theme.
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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Draupadi calling to Krishna

Sri Swami Vishwananda: There is this beautiful story of Draupadi. She was married, with the 5 Pandavas. And she regarded all 5 equally as her husband. She loved all of them in the same way.
One day, they played a dice game with their cousin Duryodhana. The Pandavas had put everything that they had in this game and they lost everything, because the dice that they used was a magic dice. So they lost everything.
Seeing that, the other side, the Kauravas told them, “What else do you have? Now you don’t have anything, we want you to give also your wife, put your wife also.” And the Pandavas agreed.
So they even put their wife Draupadi and they also lost her. So to ridiculise them, the Kauravas asked to bring Draupasi to the court, and they tried to remove her sari. Of course, when somebody is trying to remove your clothes, if you don’t want, what are you doing? You hold on it, no?
So, Draupadi was calling to Krishna, “Govinda, come, where are you?” But at the same time, she was holding to her clothes very tightly. She kept calling Govinda but he didn’t come. So she finally felt tired and she let go. She rose her hands up and called again “Govinda”. In that moment, the Lord appeared and the sari started to flow continuously – they pulled and pulled and pulled, metres and metres of clothes were coming out from her, and they were not able to remove her clothes. So, they renounced, and let her go.
One day Draupadi finally asked Krishna, “Krishna? When I was in the court, I was calling You, why did you take so long to come?” Krishna said, “Well my dear sister; when you called me and pronounce my name, ‘Govinda’, when you said ‘Go’; I was leaving my palace to come to you. When you said ‘vinda’, I was already there. But when I was there, I saw that you were hanging on your clothes. So I didn’t help you. And only when you have let go of things, when you have let go of your clothes, I came to help.

Here is a nice scene of a Krishna Movie which shows how Krishna saved Draupadi:

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