Once Lord Krishna’s kinsmen- the Yadavas head out for recreation in a forest. On their way, they find a giant lizard in a well and try to rescue it. After numerous failed attempt they all go back to the palace and inform Lord Krishna.  Lord Krishna on hearing about the strange giant lizard arrives at the well and draws out the lizard effortlessly.  On Krishna’s divine touch, the lizard gets transformed into a celestial man. Intrigued by the sudden transformation, Krishna asks the man to introduce himself.

The celestial man, with humble obeisance narrates his story, “O Lord! I am a king named Nriga, son of Ikshvaku. I have in all my life honoured innumerable brahmins and holy men with many life sustaining charities to meet their needs”.

Nriga continues –

“On one occasion, I had the good fortune of giving away a certain cow to a brahmin in need. However, out of negligence, I promised the same cow to another brahmin. Now, when both the brahmins arrived at my doorstep, I could not make a just decision. So, I asked them to leave the cow in dispute and in return accept one hundred cows each.  The original owner of the cow refused and walked away with the cow. The other brahmin cursed me and left.

Taking this as an opportune moment, Yama arrived at the scene and asked me to make a choice on which one I want to receive first- fruit of my good deed or consequences of my known-unknown bad actions? I chose to bear the consequences of my bad actions first.  As a result, Yama told me to go down and hence I slipped inside this well of lowly thoughts and state of being.  Only with your arrival, my Lord, I have risen back to my celestial glory”.

After listening to the story of Nriga, Lord Krishna asked him for a boon.

On this, Nriga exclaimed –

“It is my good fortune that you – the Supreme Lord, appeared before my eyes and granted me your infinite mercy. Please bless me that my mind ever rests at your lotus feet and never deviates from it. This is my only wish”.

Lord Krishna grants Nriga his wish and Nriga leaves for the Divine abode.

Message from the story –

  • You cannot escape the consequences of your actions. Whether done knowingly or unknowingly, you will have to bear the fruit of your deeds.
  • Neither a single day more nor a single day less, you will thrive in hell or heaven, once the account of consequences of good and bad deeds is settled by undergoing them.

Somethings to ponder upon –

It is said that hell and heaven are but states of mind and quality of thoughts, not places.

Who are called holy men?

Holy men are those, in whose company, our mind and thoughts get elevated and we experience peace of mind.