As he thought this, to his utter amazement the small Brahmin boy grew to an immense size. This colossal form of the Supreme Lord reached all the way to the celestial abodes. With one step, Vaman covered the entire Earth that belonged to Bali. For His second step, there was only a portion of the celestial abodes still visible. The Lord then asked, “Where should I place my third step?” Bali replied, “I have nothing more.”
Ratanmala, the daughter of Bali who witnessed all this, prayed to the Supreme Lord to love Him as her dear child. The benevolent Lord promised to fulfil her desire in His next descension as Shri Krishna. Ratanmala completely surrendered to the Lord of all souls. She was thrilled all over listening to this promise made by the Lord. However, she belonged to a clan of demons and this is the reason why she was born as the demoness Putna in the kingdom of Kansa, who knew her capability of assuming different forms. He commanded Putna to go to Braj and kill all the newly born babies, and this resulted in her entrance into the palace of Nanda Baba.
The all-merciful and the supreme benefactor of all, the dear Lord entered Putna’s heart and first of all inspired her to devour Him alone so to protect all His friends, otherwise she would have killed many more infants in Braj. If someone is possessed by a spirit, he totally forgets about his own personality and works solely under the influence of that spirit. All his actions are completely governed by that spirit. Similarly, Putna was governed by the Supreme Lord. He made her enter into the beautiful palace of Nanda, and the all-wise Lord simultaneously cast a spell on Mother Yashoda, so that like a carved marble picture, she would without interference allow Putna to run away with her little darling.
Even in the world, if someone lovingly looks at your child and shows love towards him, you are easily beguiled into thinking that this person is a great admirer of your loved one. In the same way, innocent Mother Yashoda could never have imagined the evil plot against her little one; she was just so pleased to observe the out flowing of love displayed by Putna. Unbeknown to Mother Yashoda, Putna made her little darling suckle at her poisoned breast.
To be continued . . .
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
11 August 2013
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
© Radha Govind Samiti