Krishna and Sudama: The Bond of True Friendship

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Krishna-Sudama Story 

Sudama was a childhood friend of Shri Krishna. It is believed that Sudama took the birth on  earth to be ready to meet Krishna and participate altogether in His deeds. He is also believed to  be a true devotee of Lord Vishnu. 

The story of Sudama and Krishna is all about love and Friendship that has a lesson to teach. 

Sudama was born in a low-income family on the opposite hand, Krishna was from a royal  background. However, the difference between their status did not in any way hinder their true  Friendship or bond. 

The two, Sudama and Krishna, were inseparable. To date, their oneness is an example of true  Friendship ahead of the planet . This is often the rationale why they are remembered on the  auspicious occasion of Friendship. 

Even after losing touch for several years after finishing studies together, they did not leave the  hope of meeting again. Sudama always had lord Krishna in his heart and soul and kept thinking  of Him until they met again. 

The entire incident when Sudama met Krishna after numerous years is so touching and  unforgettable. Even today, once we remember those times, we have tears in our eyes thinking  of the bond, the love that the 2 of them had for each other. 

Lord Krishna and Sudama were childhood friends and schoolmates at Gurukul & studied under  the guidance of Guru Sandipani. After their Education got completed, they got separated. But  neither Krishna nor Sudama was not able to forget their divine Friendship.

Both Krishna & Sudama grew up. Sudama and his wife had poverty stricken life. But he was the one that was dedicated to the religious path, teaching religious path to people  and, therefore, telling them the real meaning of their life. Meanwhile, Lord Krishna became the  King of Dwarka. 

When Sudama and his family were suffering much from poverty and did not have money to feed  his children, his wife Vasundhara reminded Sudama of his childhood friend Krishna. She  requested him to satisfy him to urge some help. 

But Sudama refused to travel only for help as he was a true devotee of Krishna and did not want  himself to feel selfish as he was indeed a pure and spiritual Brahman.

But Sudama finally agrees to travel to satisfy Lord Krishna. He left the place with some beaten rice tied during a fabric piece as he remembers that Krishna loves Beaten rice. 

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Divine Promise of Krishna and Sudama 

Shree Krishna asked Sudama, “Will you be my friend?”. How fortunate does that soul who the  Lord Himself asks for Friendship! Sudama hesitated because he felt his low status.

He said,” But I am a poor Brahmin, and You are a royal, how can we ever be friends? Friends  help one another in times of need, but there’s nothing I can offer you! “. Shree Krishna said,  “Promise me that regardless of what, we will always be friends. 

I propose the offer as your friend. I will never ask you for something you can not give me.”  Hearing this, Sudama accepted Shree Krishna’s offer of Friendship! 

Sudama asked the gate guardians to let him go inside to satisfy Lord Krishna as he reached the  Dwarka’s King’s palace. He also said that Krishna is his Childhood friend. 

Even the Door guardian treated him like a mad man as his condition was too poor that even his  clothes were ripped. But he requested guardians to notify Krishna about his arrival. After  numerous requests, guardians decided to ask Krishna about Sudama. 

The Guardian told Krishna about Sudama’s Arrival at Gate. Then Lord Krishna ran to the gate leaving everything because He was eager to see His friend Sudama. Krishna was so pleased to  ascertain his old friend.

He Hugged him on the road ahead of everyone for much time without even thinking of the social  status of Sudama. Even everyone was so shocked that poor Brahman is the ally of the King  of Dwarka – Lord Krishna, which laid the new foundation of the word “Friendship” on the planet. 

Sudama wanted to travel back from there only as he did not want Krishna to get insulted ahead  of the public simply because of him. Still, Krishna stops him and asks His guardians to welcome  Sudama in his Palace. 

Krishna welcomed Sudama with a shower of flowers with much love. He washed Sudama’s feet  together with His own hands to offer Godly treatment to Sudama. 

Krishna asked His maids to get rid of all the ripped clothes of Sudama and alter them with royal  clothes to feel him relaxed, and Sudama was crying seeing such an unexpected royal treatment  by his friend Krishna. Then Krishna offered a spread of food to Sudhama served by His maids. 

After having food, Krishna and Sudama were relaxing and talking about their old days. Krishna  saw that Sudama was hiding something from him. 

He replied gently, and I feel Bhabhi Ji has sent some gift on behalf of me. I feel some delicious  food for me. He requested Sudama to point out the gift. Sudama was hiding it as he thought this  small gift is nothing for a King of Dwaraka. 

But Krishna accepted the gift gently, which was some rice tied to a piece of fabric, and Krishna  praised tons for a present that this gift is the best present He has ever received in His life and  began eating it and shared the rice with His wife Rukmini(incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi) too. 

After some hours, Sudama decided to go back to his home. Before Leaving, Krishna said, while discussing old memories, He even forgot to ask the rationale of a visit from Sudama. 

He asked gently, What was the rationale for visiting Dwarka(Krishna’s Palace). Sudama, after  forgetting all the stress, replied gently. He Visited to satisfy him. He does not have any demands  from him. Sudama left the Palace with deep Devotion in his heart for Krishna. 

Final Thoughts 

1. Krishna Sudama ki kahani teaches us the true meaning and value of Friendship in this world.  We must always learn to help our friends irrespective of their financial status. Instead, Krishna stopped Sudama and Hugged him publicly. That shows the Immortal example of Friendship  That’s why they are remembered till now whenever we speak about Friendship.

2. We should not Demand anything in reciprocation of our Devotion and Bhakti for God. Does  God know better than us what we want and what we do not? Briefly, we must always trust God  for everything as everything happens by His own choice. God creates a far better plan than us.  Trust me. In Sudama Case, Krishna rewarded him with Wealth and Money even Sudama did  not ask about anything from Lord. 

3. God Always rewards True Persons. You may be thinking, Krishna rewarded Sudama simply  because he was his Childhood Friend. But that’s not correct. Krishna rewarded him because,  during his whole life, Sudama followed the Spirituality trail and taught many of us about religious  duties. Krishna rewarded him simply because he was a natural person, and God wants him to  continue this pure spiritual path with more energy and enthusiasm. This was the beauty of the  promise of Krishna and Sudama.