Sudama, who was also known as kuchela in south Indian. He was a poor Brahmin Krishna and sudama was a childhood friend. He didn’t even have enough food to serve two meals a day of his family. He was very sad that night when his children slept without food, and then his wife told him, “It doesn’t matter if we are hungry but we should at least be able to feed the children enough. He said we can’t ask for favors from anybody. His wife replied, “You talk of your friend so often. You have been saying that you have a deep bond of friendship with him.
He found wisdom in the words of his wife then he decided to go to Dwarka & said,” I’ll definitely go there, but I have to take some gift for him, then his wife take some rice from the neighbor and bound the rice in a piece of cloth and he took the bundle and left for Dwarka. On seeing Dwarka, he was amazed. The entire town was built with gold and the people were very well-off. He asked for directions and finally reached there. On seeing sudama, who looked like a hermit, the palace guards blocked his path but he, told that “I want to meet my friend. Go and tell him that his friend has come and wants to meet you.
The guard smirked on seeing sudama’s attire. However, he hesitantly went and informed his king about his friend arrival. On hearing his friend’s name and immediately he stood up and ran to meet him. Everyone looked on in wonder upon seeing such a great king running bare-footed to meet his poor friend.
Krishna took his friend into palace. Seeing his friend’s wealth, he felt ashamed of the rice that he had brought and tried to hide that bundle but Krishna snatched from it from him. While enjoying the rice he said, “I have never tasted such sweetness in anything else.”After that they sat to have their meal which was served in gold plates. He felt sad as he remembered his hungry children at home. He stayed palace for two days and on the third day, he got ready to back home. He embraced sudama and escorted him out as he bid him farewell. He confused on the way back that “what shall I say my wife that what I’ve brought back?”
As he approached home, he could not find his hut! Instead his wife came out from a magnificent palace and dressed in elegant clothes. She told him, “look at Krishna’s might; we have been rid of our poverty and ended all our sadness. His eyes welled up with tears of joy and he recollected Krishna’s pure love.
Moral: – True love doesn’t distinguish between high and low status or between riches and poverty.