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The Attempted Disrobing of Draupadi

The Attempted Disrobing of Draupadi

  

Lord Krsna´s dear devotee Draupadi was once attacked in the open assembly of the royal order. The assembly of crude and rude men wanted to strip her naked, but the Lord saved her by supplying an unlimited length of sari to cover her.

At first, Draupadi had tried to hold on to her sari. But what could she do? After all, she was a woman, and her predator, Dhusasana, had the strength of 10,000 elephants. She cried and prayed to Krsna, “Save my honor,” but she also tried to save herself by holding on to her sari. Then she thought, “It is impossible to save my honor in this way,” and she let go and simply raised her arms and prayed, “Krsna, if You like You can save me.” Thus the Lord responded to her prayers.

Therefore, it is not very good to try to save oneself. Rather, one should simply depend on Krsna: “Krsna, if You save me, that is all right. Otherwise, kill me. You may do as You like.”

This incident was one of the causes of the battle of Kuruksetra, where Krsna spoke the instructions of Bhagavad-gita.

 

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