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Lord Krishna’s Mouth

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There is a story told of Lord Krishna. When he was a toddler at Brindavan, he liked to steal butter and cream. He was roundly scorned for this, and his mother told him he should take care never to do it again.

So, the next time the little Lord set about playing at the homes of his young friends, instead of making off with the butter, he grabbed a baby fistful of mud, ramming it into his mouth. His young friends, seeing what the baby had done, were offended, and went to tell his mother, Yashoda.

When he returned home, Lord Krishna’s mother said to him, “You awful, unthinking child! I will teach you never to put filthy mud into your mouth again!”

And she started to enact his punishment. Perhaps she was going to make him suck on a sour lemon, or even a cake of soap. We are not told. Whatever the case, though, when Lord Krishna opened his mouth, his mother was treated to an astounding sight:

She saw hills and valleys, trees and fields, rushing rivers, and vast craggy peaks. She saw mountainous rises and shallow dips, the twinkling, starlit array of diamonds in the black, vaulted firmament of heaven. She saw the planets, each with its own life, and the suns burning brightly in wonder, and the forgotten depths of the ocean floors, and even the raging waters of other worlds.

She, indeed, beheld the universe in the suckling infant’s mouth.

Lord Krishna’s mother fell to weeping, as she realized that Vishnu had come to earth in the form of her son.

(We imagine that, after that, he was treated to all the butter and cream he liked.)

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The Birth of the Sun

In the film Angelheart, actor Robert De Niro, playing a character based upon Satan, observes that the egg, in many religions, is a symbol of the soul. He then bites a hard boiled egg in half.

In the Hindu Upanishads, the creation myth is this:

In the beginning was “non-existent.” This nothingness soon, however, formed itself into a most perfect egg, the likeness of which, after floating in space for a time, broke in half. One half of the egg was silver, the other half gold. One half formed the earth and everything in it, the other half formed the sky.

The thick, membranous egg white formed the high mountains; likewise the thin, runny portion became the mist and clouds, the veins of the egg became mighty, rushing rivers. The fluid of the Sacred Egg became the sea.

And out of this was accomplished the Birth of the Sun.

(Source: The Portable World Bible)

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