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Sudama offers a Garland to Krishna. Folio from a 16th-century Bhagavata Purana manuscript Sudama was from a poor family.
His father's name was Matuka and his mother was Rochana Devi. Krishna was from the royal family. But this difference in social status did not come in the way of their friendship.
They lost contact over the years and while Krishna became a powerful part of the ruling family of great repute at Dwaraka, Sudama stayed as a humble and somewhat impoverished villager.
Though initially reluctant to go to his friend for help, Sudama finally agrees to go. He leaves with nothing but some beaten rice tied in a cloth as a present. He remembers that beaten rice is Krishna's favorite and decided to give this as a gift to the Lord.
Krishna is greatly pleased to see his old friend. He treats him royally and with much love. Overwhelmed by all this Sudama forgets to ask what he actually came for. But the Lord realises what His friend needs, and the Lord's consort Rukminiincarnation of Lakshmigifts him with his desires.
As Sudama was about to leave, Krishna stops him.
He goes inside and asks Rukmini to get him the old, torn clothes which Sudama wore when he first came. Krishna takes those clothes and tells Sudama to remove the royal clothes and wear his old clothes instead. Everyone, including Rukmini is shocked hearing this. After Sudama leaves, Krishna locks himself inside his room and starts crying.
Rukmini asks him what had happened, to which Krishna replies "If Sudama went wearing the royal clothes, people would've had said "Look, only because the lord is his friend he got so much", but now when he'll go in the same state as he came, the people will realise that what all I have given him is only because of his devotion".
Krishna cares about his bhakt so much. On his return journey, Sudama ponders his circumstances and is thankful for the great friend he has as Lord Krishna. When Sudama finally returns to his home, he finds a palatial mansion instead of the hut he had left. He also finds his family dressed in opulent garb and waiting for him.
He lives an austere life after that, always thankful to the Lord. Sudama is not mentioned anywhere in the very ancient scriptures Mahabharata, Harivamsa or Vishnu Purana.
The story of Sudama is very popular in Bhagavata. Lessons[ edit ] Sudama bows at the glimpse of Krishna's golden palace in Dwarka.
Sudama returns home to find in place of it, a golden palace, the gift of Krishna, ca painting. This story is told to illustrate that the Lord does not differentiate between people based on their financial status and that he will reward devotion always. Another moral taught by this story is to never expect anything free in life; God will provide for your good deeds.
Another moral is not to trade bhakti for anything in return. Sudama did not ask Krishna for anything. Despite being poor Sudama had given Krishna everything he had poha ; in return the Lord gave Sudama everything he needed. There is also a lesson about how Krishna rewards true persons.
Krishna did not reward Sudama just because he was a friend. Sudama spent all of his time and effort in cultural efforts befitting a true person which explained why he was financially not well off.
This included teaching religion, moral duties, and spreading spirituality through society. It is for this effort that Krishna rewards Sudama's family with wealth so that Sudama may continue to do that work. In contrast, Drona does not receive the support that he needs from Drupad.Still Life with Rice: A Young American Woman Discovers the Life and Legacy of Her Korean Grandmother Helie Lee, Author Scribner Book Company $24 (8p) ISBN .
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Sudama (Sanskrit सुदामा IAST Sudāmā also known as Kuchela, mostly in South India) was a Brahmin childhood friend of Hindu deity Krishna from Mathura, the story of whose visit to Dwaraka to meet Krishna is mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana.
He was born as a poor man in order to enjoy the transcendental pastimes. Still Life has , ratings and 9, reviews. carol. said: Middling books are the hardest to review, dontchathink?Maybe it's the recent time chang.
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