As all the celestial beings gather in the skies to experience
the Lord’s spectacular dance on Kaliya’s hoods, the Naga
Patnis, though in great distress, react with maturity and
seek pardon for Kaliya. Their simple prayer to Krishna reveals
many profound truths, said Sri Sriram in a discourse.
The Lord is the absolute creator of the universe comprising
Prakriti and the gunas. This is the reason for the infinite
variety of peculiarities, powers, strength, class difference,
name and form as well as the law of constant change that
is manifest in this universe. But overruling all is the
tremendous grace of the Supreme Lord whose chastisement
measures are only meant to sanctify and purify.
In the case of Kaliya, he is born of tamasand is wicked.
Revenge and other tendencies are inherent in him
even as is the poison he emits. He is a serpent of
great wrath and all this cannot be wished away easily. It can
happen only when the Lord chooses to rid him of these
evil tendencies. Kaliya understands that it is the Lord
who has confronted him. He repents, and is pardoned
and ordered to go back to hisoriginal dwelling in
He had been forced to flee this place and migrate to Kalindi
when once he rouses Garuda’s wrath by his insolent behaviour.
Unable to bear the brunt of being smitten by Garuda,
he had then sought refuge in Kalindi, a place where Garuda
cannot harm him. This is because Garuda had been cursed
by Sage Saubhari when he disrupts the peaceful lives of the
fish in the river and forbids him entry into Kalindi. Kaliya is
seen as the most fortunate since he gets the chance to bear
the dust of the Lord’s feet on his head. Even Lakshmi had to
do great penance to serve at His feet. The realised souls
yearn for this blessing alone.