Strange Creature

One day, Arjuna saw a strange creature in the forest, a creature he had never seen before. It seemed like a fusion of nine animals, its head was that of a rooster, its neck was that of a peacock, its back was a bull’s, it had a lion’s waist and serpent’s tail, and its four limbs were those of a human, a deer, a tiger and an elephant. At first Arjuna thought that it was a monster. He raised his bow to kill it. But then he realized that simply because it was a stranger did not make it a monster. A creature that does not exist in human imagination can exist in the imagination of the cosmos.
He lowered his bow and the creature raised its human limb, a hand, in blessing. The ‘monster’ was Krishna himself, checking how much patience Arjuna had for creatures he did not recognize.

See also  Samudra Manthan
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