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Akrura, concerned for his people, complied with the summons and stood face to face with
Krishna in front
of their family to hear his appeal. Krishna
began with a noble address of Akrura’s majesty. Then he expressed his belief
that Shatadhanwa had left the jewel in his possession. He went on to explain
that although the jewel was the rightful possession of the baby boy Satyabhama was carrying, neither he nor his wife were
eager to possess it. Krishna once again hailed
Akrura’s righteousness and expressed that he felt completely comfortable
allowing him to maintain possession of the gem.
He took pause, though, and explained one problem: that his brother, Balarama believed that Krishna had killed Shatadhanwa and lied about not finding the gemstone so that he could keep it for himself. He asked Akrura to demonstrate in front of their whole family that he indeed had the Syamantaka in his possession.
Recognizing that it would do no good to attempt to hide anything from Krishna, Akrura presented the jewel to
who displayed it before the assembly. Krishna’s
name was once again cleared. Akrura, no longer needing to hide, agreed to
remain in Dwarka and keep the jewel, restoring peace and safety to the city’s
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