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Krishna rode on the king of birds (Garuda), flew to the heaven, defeated the king of the demi-gods (Indra) with his revolving discus (Sudarshan chakra), uprooted the Parijat tree and presented it to his wife Satyabhama. All of them were overjoyed. However, the ugly form of pride and ego made their appearance. Satyabhama thought herself as the most beautiful among all of Krishna's queens. "Why did you take so much of trouble to roam around the forest for Sita when she was not as beautiful as me?",Satyabhama asked. Sudarshan thought it to be the most powerful weapon in the universe as all important tasks were being performed by it. Garuda thought of himself as the speediest flying bird around in addition to his enormous power which Krishna used on many occasions.
To settle issues, Krishna invoked Hanuman:--the self-effacing servitor devotee. Hanuman arrived at the Dwarka's royal garden and immediately started his trailor activities:--eating fruits, breaking twigs and uprooting trees. The royal soldiers ran away in fear and informed Krishna. He summoned Garuda at once and told him to proceed with all the force of the Kingdom to catch the monkey. Garuda was crestfallen. "Why all the soldiers, Lord, am I not enough for a mere monkey?" He prayed. "Whatever it is, just bring that monkey to me", Krishna ordered.
Garuda told Hanuman to surrender immediately and proceed with him to meet Krishna. "Why should I surrender? What have I done? It is my monkey nature to jump from tree to tree, eat fruits and break twigs. I have not done anything wrong. Further I am a devotee of Rama. So I cannot meet Krishna.", Hanuman replied emphatically.
"Rama and Krishna are same. Further you don't who I am. I am the king of birds--the all-powerful Garuda. I have defeated and killed many powerful demons and demi-gods with my needle sharp beak and sword-like feathers. Further I travel the fastest and generate huge hurricanes with my force. Surrender and save your life.", Garuda said haughtily.
"I agree with you that Rama and Krishna are the same. But I like the form of Rama only. I have seen many insignificant birds (khechar) like you in my life. Don't try to impress me. Save your life from me and get inside some strong cage", Hanuman said.
In the battle that ensued, Hanuman didn't want to hit at Garuda hard. He just softly pushed Garuda and left for a mountain in the South (malayachala). But Garuda felt as if a big hurricane has hit him. He lost control and fell into the ocean. He remained unconscious for a long time and returned to Krishna dazed and wet. "What happened? You seem to be returning after a good bath in the sea.", Krishna remarked. Garuda narrated the tremendous strength of Hanuman. Krishna told Garuda to meet Hanuman again, this time at the far away southern mountain and tell him that his Lord Rama wants to meet him.
Garuda went, apologized to Hanuman and gave the message. Hanuman was very pleased that his lord Rama has called him. He told Garuda to go back. "I will reach Rama soon.", Hanuman said. Garuda wanted to offer his flying services but could not muster his courage. He flew at great speed wondering how long Hanuman would take to reach Dwarka.
Garuda landed safely at Dwarka, full of sweat from a tiring journey. But surprise was in store for him. Hanuman has already arrived. His pride of speed and power vanished.
This side Krishna donned Rama's dress, arrow & bow in toe and asked Satyabhama to be dressed like Sita. She did as told. Krishna asked Sudarshan to guard the palace and not allow anyone to enter. Sudarshan whirled around the palace with all his might, splendour and buzz.
Hanuman was barging into the palace. Surdarshan stopped him in his tracks. "I cannot allow any delay", thought Hanuman, and captured the whirling discus and put it inside his mouth. He went in.
Hanuman fell at Rama's feet. Rama embraced him. Hanuman brought out Sudarshan from his mouth and released it in the air. "It was delaying my meeting with you. So I put it in my mouth." Hanuman said and looked around as if in search of motherly affection. "I meet my Lord Rama in you. But where is my mother Sita? And why have you given so much of honour to an ordinary servitor woman here in place of my mother Sita?",questioned a distressed Hanuman.
Satyabhama, Sudarshan and Garuda all understood the lila of the God in destroying their false pride and ego. They all praised Lord for taking the trouble to help the devotees when they become blind with pride and ego. They also appreciated Hanuman, the humble servitor of Lord Rama and the greatest icon of the selfless devotee around. Well done, Erasers !
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