A long ago, Lord Krishna's palace was filled with an atmosphere
of festive joy. Rukshmani devi, Lord Krishna's wife, had just given
birth to a child. All of a sudden the child vanished. The child had
been kidnapped!! The whole atmosphere changed drastically &
Rukshmani devi was crying hysterically. All the maids tried to
pacify her. Lord Krishna also had no solution to what happened
& why. Then, all of a sudden…
Narad Muni flew into the palace from the skies chanting,
"Narayan, Narayan". He asked Rukshmani devi about what had
happened & she couldn't hold herself back. She pleaded to Narad
Muni, "Please find out where my son is… Please bring my son back to
me." Narad Muni reassuringly told Rukshmani devi that he would
promptly report on the child's whereabouts.
Saying this, Narad muni flew straight to Lord Simandhar Swami in
Mahavideh kshetra. He bowed down to Lord Simandhar Swami &
related the whole story & then asked, "Lord, what did really
happen?" Lord Simandhar Swami, a 'Kevalgnani' which means he could
see each & every atom of the universe as well as the past, the
present & the future. With the help of this vision, he looked
into the previous life of Rukshmani devi & said….
"In her last life, Rukshmani devi was a Brahmin lady. Once, she
had gone to a jungle & there, she saw the baby of a peacock.
Upon seeing the peacock baby, she liked it so much that she took it
home. Back in the jungle the baby peacock's mother searched for her
baby frantically. After a long futile search, she was deeply
distressed. She wandered everywhere in search of her baby. Once,
her search led her to the Brahmin lady's village. The baby
peacock's mother cried in agony but this had no effect on the
Brahmin lady who continued to lovingly nurture the baby peacock.
Even the village folk tried to persuade her to give back the baby
peacock but she didn't listen. Thus, sixteen months passed by &
the baby peacock's mother continued to request her baby back every
single day. At last, after a long period of sixteen months, the
Brahmin lady felt pity on the baby peacock's mother & gave the
As a result of that sin, Rukshmani devi had to suffer the pain
of being separated from her son in this life. A 'dev' has
kidnappened her son & named him 'Pradyuman'. Now, the child
will be reunited with his mother after sixteen years."
Narad Muni could not hold himself & asked Lord Simandhar
Swami, "Why the punishment of a sin of sixteen months will have to
be borne for sixteen years?" Lord Simandhar Swami explained, "Yes,
sins committed in this life have to be repaid with compound
interest in the next life."
Content with Lord Simandhar Swami's explanation, Narad Muni
flied back to Rukshmani devi & relayed everything to her.
Rukshmani devi repented for her sin & was pacified to know that
her son was safe.
Moral: You see children, if you take
anybody's things without getting permission; you will have to repay
it with interest in your next life. The punishment of a sin of
sixteen months will have to be borne for sixteen