Krishna spent many years in
Dwaraka, with the Yadavas. But gradually the Yadavas grew arrogant and wicked. They began
to insult the sages. They began to think that they were unequalled in strength and
that no one could check them.
Once they went to a holy place called Prabhasa. They enjoyed themselves and also drank
heavily. They began to quarrel among themselves. They drew out their swords. Krishna
watched them and thought that they were going to become a menace to people, and that they
were inviting their own destruction. True, they were all his relatives, and he had grown
up in their midst. Krishna had no attachment which would blind him to the truth. The
protection of peace and Dharma was paramount.
He thought that the Yadavas should perish in their internal quarrels. He made no
attempt to save them. They fought among themselves and almost all the Yadavas lay dead.
The mission of Krishna's life had been achieved. The evil were destroyed and the good
protected. Krishna decided to leave the world. He sent messengers to bring the
Pandavas. Sitting under a tree he began deep meditation and soon forgot the rest of the
A hunter came that way. He saw Krishna's foot from a distance and mistook him for a
deer. He shot an arrow. The arrow entered Krishna's foot. The hunter ran to the spot and
saw what had happened. He was shocked. Krishna comforted him and left the world.