Did Mosses Help Krishna?

Last week, my nephew Ashwin had conjunctivitis. So he had to stay at home. Since the doctor had asked not to strain the eyes, TV, computer games, and cartoon books were banned. So keeping Ashwin entertained became my primary job.

Since almost all the stories that I know and I made up have been already told several times with several variations I had to find something else. So I asked him which story he preferred. He told me that he would prefer to hear the story of Krishna.

So I started narrating the story. “There was a king called Kamsa. He was a bad king. He had a sister. Her name was Devaki. Even though Kamsa was a cruel and violent person, he was very fond of his sister. Devaki got married to a person called Vasudeva. After marriage, Kamsa was driving Vasudeva and Devaki to Vasudeva’s house. On the way, there was a voice from the sky—“Kamsa, Devaki’s eighth son will kill you!

I will not bore you with the story as most of you know it. There was no problem until I reached the point where Vasudeva took the young Krishna to Gokul.

Devaki gave birth to her eighth child, Krishna, during a cold rainy night. It was raining heavily and there was heavy storms, thunder, and lightning. As soon as the child was born, Vasudeva’s chains fell off and the prison doors opened as if by magic. Vasudeva looked out and saw the guards in deep sleep. Picking up the child, Vasudeva placed him in a basket. He took the basket and started walking to Gokul.

Suddenly Ashwin asked “Why Vasudeva had to walk?”

What is wrong in walking?

He could have gone in a magic carpet.

But there was no magic carpet at that time.

But walking in the rain is too difficult. It is too hard.

Some things in life, you have to do the hard way.

Like what?

Good question.

That is something you always say when you don’t know the answer.


OK… Give me an example.

Jesus carried the cross to the top of the mountain; he could have used his powers.

Oh…like that.

Yeah, like that.

Vasudeva placed the young Krishna in a basket and carried him and walked to Gokul in that rain and storm. Gokul was on the opposite bank of the river Yamuna. Because of the heavy rain, the river Yamuna was flooded. Vasudeva didn’t know how to cross Yamuna when the water level was so high and the current so strong. So he started praying for help.

Ashwin interrupted my narration again “No, it is not like that. “

What is not like what?

When Vasudeva reached the banks of river Yamuna, there was a man standing there.

Who was it?

It was Moses!

Whattttttttttt!!!! How did Moses arrive on the banks of Yamuna?

Because God asked him to go.

How did God know that Vasudeva was at the banks Yamuna?

Don’t you know that God knows everything that is happening in the world?

Yes, that is true. [God please help me…]. But why would God ask Moses to go to the banks of Yamuna?

Because he knew that Yamuna was flooded and Krishna needed help.

But Krishna also had powers.

But he was just a baby; you can only perform miracles when you become old.

Why is that?

It is like that. Even Jesus performed his first miracle only after he became old.

Okay, but that is Jesus and this is Krishna.

Jesus and Krishna are friends.

How is that possible?

Uh-oh… you don’t know anything. Both of them live in heaven. And they are neighbors and good friends.

You know a lot of things that I don’t know.

You should watch more TV.

So Moses was standing on the banks of Yamuna when Vasudeva reached three. Moses raised his hands and the waters of Yamuna parted and made way for Vasudeva. Vasudeva then crossed the Yamuna and reached Gokul.

And that is how Moses helped Krishna!!!

Then I asked my nephew, “If Jesus and Krishna are friends, why are people fighting in their name?”

Pat came the reply, “Because they are fools!”


  1. Nanditha said,

    December 13, 2007 at 7:48 am

    there is a lot to learn from kids! and ashwin sounds really smart….

  2. Kusum Rohra said,

    December 13, 2007 at 11:01 am

    He is such an adorable kid 🙂 I really like the effort you put into keeping him occupied 🙂 I wish I had someone like you when I was a kid 🙂

  3. Sonu said,

    December 13, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    Lovely blog, lovely participants and lovely comments!! 🙂 I come here first time, but going to stay. Best wishes and you got one more friend here

  4. Alex said,

    December 13, 2007 at 9:36 pm


    Innocence is bliss, heaven.

    Great narrative. Very much required too.

  5. Rose said,

    December 13, 2007 at 11:38 pm

    Well…well….we really ought to give credit to Ashwin’s ‘inherited’ intelligence. It’s no wonder Moses came into his head when he heard about Krishna being transported in a basket and a river…. the similarities do exist, at least in his little mind……and who better than Moses to part the river to help another ‘basket kid’..? 😉 Yes……wisdom from the mouth of babes…..lessons for us to learn in life. 🙂

    Alexis, this is the first time I am commenting on your blogs …. and honestly all the ones I have read are really great….superb. 🙂

    regards to ashwin…….good to know that conjunctivitis affected only his eyes and not his wonderful vision about life and friendship……I specially liked the ‘neighbours and good friends in heaven’ part. 🙂
    Rose 🙂

  6. Alexis Leon said,

    December 14, 2007 at 12:24 am

    Deepa: Thanks Deepa. That is a good question…

    Anita: Thanks Anita… ” Oh, Ganesha is Yesu with the thumbi kai” ROTFL

    Poornima: Thanks Poornima

    neermathalam: May be in a couple of years. Nice idea! Will think about it 😉

    Prince : That is the beauty of being a child.

    Rathna: Yes, he got it from school. Thanks.

    prakash : Thanks Prakash. @ Raghav: Learn your mythology 🙂

    jinxed: LOL

    CarbonMonoxide: Thank you buddy. Thanks for the support.

    vijiprym: Mr. Leon… ROTFL. Nice to know that you liked the stories. Introducing more characters will make things more interesting. And say my hi to your sons.

    Vivek: Thanks Vivek.

    Sreejith: Thanks… and congratulations on your wedding…

    Nanditha: Thanks Nanditha…

    Kusum: Thanks Kusum… My mom used to tell stories when I was a kid…

    Sonu: Thanks…credit to the comment section goes to my blogpals! Welcome and please feel at home.

    Alex: Well put Alex and thank you.

    Rose : Welcome Rose… I liked your ‘basket cases’ er…’basket kids’…LOL And thank you very much.

  7. Hema said,

    December 14, 2007 at 11:37 am

    Hi Alexis,

    Read about you in RD… Congrats! & that’s what brought me here…
    Very touching post about your nephew. Out of the mouths of babes! Wish the “child” in all of us would resurface more!!!

    Best Wishes

  8. AlAmeen said,

    December 14, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    “Because they are fools”
    Hats off to Ashwin..

    Never read such a beautiful ending blog for a long time..


  9. Ann said,

    December 17, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    Hi Alex chetta…

    i dont think ashwin needs sunday classes or moral science classes in life….

  10. bindu said,

    December 18, 2007 at 12:45 am

    Hi Alexis,

    Checked the net after a long, long time and what a story to start with. You should get a book published with Ashwin stories. Kids are so innocent, but they seem to lose it too soon nowadays. Hope he keeps his innocence for ever.


  11. Alexis Leon said,

    December 19, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    Hema: Thanks and welcome to my blog. Glad you liked it..

    AlAmeen : Thanks you very much

    Ann : Don’t tell him that…

    bindu: Thanks Bindu. I too hope so…