Blessed and fortunate

When Krishna is born to Vasudeva and Devaki they are

overwhelmed on realising that He is none other than the

Supreme Lord. What greater fortune could have befallen

them is the predominant feeling they experience at that

auspicious moment. The new-born child reveals His divine

nature as He shines with extraordinary efulgence and with

all the indications of His supremacy. He makes known to

them that this fortune is bestowed on them by His grace and is a result of their desire to beget the Lord as their son, said Sri B. Sundarkumar in a discourse.

The Lord tells them that in an earlier era they were a

devoted couple, Prishni and Sutapa, who had engaged in

severe austerities and penance. They finally had darshan of

the Lord and, at that time, the Lord wished to grant them

whatever they desired. Though they could have easily

obtained Moksha from Him, they wished for a son like the

Lord. Since there was no possibility of anyone being similar

to Him, He Himself was born as Prishnigarba in accordance

to their wish.

Again, when they were Kashyapa and Aditi, the Lord was

born to them as Vamana. For the third time the Lord is born

to the same couple who are now Vasudeva and Devaki. He

reveals His divine form so that they can treat Him with the

love and afection of parents and also see Him as the

Supreme Lord. He promises that with this constant

awareness of the Truth they will be liberated at the end of

their lives. In the presence of the Supreme Lord as their

child, Devaki and Vasudeva experience varied feelings

ranging from fear for safety of the child to security that

comes from surrendering to the all powerful Lord.