The Lord of infinite universes at that moment summoned Lord Shankara to drink the poison instead of Him. He recalled that at the time of the churning of the ocean, when it produced a deadly poison, all the celestials as well as the demons fled due to its toxic fumes. No one would dare consume it. At this time as well, Lord Shankara unhesitatingly drank poison. So the Supreme Lord, in the form of a Divine Baby, once again appointed Shankara Ji to drink poison, and he happily obliged. Consequently he developed a blue mark on his throat, giving him the appellation, Neelakantha (blue-throated one). In truth, both Shri Krishna and Lord Shankara suckled the breast of demoness Putna – though nobody could know this secret.
I therefore conclude that Putna was in fact a great soul, since the time of her previous birth. She offered her whole being to Shri Krishna. Moreover, when she put her breast into the mouth of the Divine Baby, at that moment she could no longer be a sinner, not to mention the presence of Lord Shankara that automatically destroys all sins. From the above purport it is proven that devotion is indispensable and the only way to attain the Supreme Lord, and therefore, His divine bliss.
An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
11 August 2013
Bhakti Dham, Mangarh
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