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THE INSIDE STORY
Brahmachari Arvind Chaitanya


Giri Govardhan: Krishna Raising mount Govardhan.
© Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum, INDIA

Giri Govardhan: Krishna Raising mount Govardhan.
An Illustration from Gita Govinda(by Poet Jayadev)
Painted by artist Manku; Basholi Kalam, Pahari School; 1730 A.D.
Collection: N.C. Mehta Gallery, LD Museum, Ahmedabad.

THE SCENE:
Brindavan.  Shri Krishna has just lifted the mighty Govardhan mountain and has ushered all the human and bovine folk to seek protection under it from the wrath unleashed by a very grumpy Indra. CLICK!

THE INSIDE STORY:
Nanda (Shri Krishna's Father : Standing Second from right):
I have raised such a wonderful son whom even I cannot fathom. He seems to surprise us everyday! By raising you, I have protected these folk.  Hold up...hang in there!

Radha (Shri Krishna's Beloved : Standing First from right):
My Hero! He holds the mighty mountain and I...I am ever holding him in my heart.  So who is stronger?

Balarama (Shri Krishna's Brother : Standing Third from right):
Can I also partake in your act?

Young Gopa 01 (Cowherd : Fourth from right):
I must make sure I don’t move or shake, lest my hand slips from Krishna's waist which is already buckling under the weight.  Don't worry Krishna, I am here to hold you!

Young Gopa 02 (Cowherd : Fourth from left):
I've got you!  No worry.  Nothing can shake you now!

Cows of Brindavan: 
Thank YOU for protecting us, O Lord!

Young Gopa 03 (Cowherd : Kneeling, Fifth from left):
Krishna!  I am holding your leg.  Don't worry! You will not slip!

Gopa 01 and 02 (Cowherds :  Standing, Second and Third from left):
I should also help him.  Here...let me hold up my staff! 
Krishna...does it feel lighter now? Hey...bring me the other staff too! 

Young Gopa 04 (Cowherd : First from left):
Hey everyone...keep your staffs up...help him.  I am coming too!

Shri Krishna (Centre: with a gentle smile as always):
If only they all realised that the mountain that is being held by me is not outside but inside them.  Its name? Oh! It's called I.

athavā bahunaitena kiṃ jñātena tavārjuna |
viṣṭabhyāhamidaṃ kṛtsnamekāṃśena sthito jagat || Śrīmad BhagavadGītā 10.42

O Arjuna! What more should you know?  What more need I tell you about my glories than this?  Just know that I stand firmly holding this entire universe by just one minuscule part of me alone!

HariOM Tat Sat

DISCLAIMER: 
This is meant to be an imaginative interpretation of the IMAGE and not a philosophical interpretation of the EVENT.
This was inspired by an online creative writing competition called Citrakatha : Tarka Vitarka organised by the LD Museum, Ahmedabad, India in 2015.