“As the director of different kinds of clouds, Indra called for the samvartaka. This cloud is invited when there is a need to devastate the whole cosmic manifestation. The samvartaka was ordered by Indra to go over Vrindavana and inundate the whole area with an extensive flood. Demonically, Indra thought himself to be the all-powerful supreme personality.” (Krishna, The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vol 1, Ch 25)
“From the incident of the first Govardhana Puja, we know that Indra, the king of heaven, retaliated in a harsh way. The people of Vrindavana were accustomed to worshiping him. The Indra-yajna. The preparations were ready in the year in question, but then Shri Krishna stepped in, offered words of persuasion, and convinced the leader, who also happened to be His father, to worship Govardhana Hill instead.
“Normally, this shouldn’t be an issue. If one of my loyal customers at the showroom suddenly decides to purchase their next vehicle at the rival down the street, I will be a little upset. My feelings might be hurt. I will not, however, chase them with a hammer in a spiteful wrath. I will at least be thankful for the years of patronage, hoping that one day in the future they will return.
“Indra showed no such kindness. The customer loyalty program here resulted in an even harsher rebuke after a single turn in the other direction. That, by itself, should raise red flags in the choice of deva worship, of conducting business transactions to benefit the temporary experience on earth.
“I have another question, though. I know that Indra called upon the samvartaka to inundate the area around Govardhana Hill, moments after the first worship ceremony was complete. It was a joyous occasion for the participants, and the person left out of the party was seething.
“This particular cloud is reserved for the end of creation. It is like the flood of devastation. Why would Indra go to such extremes? It seems to me that he was testing his own abilities. As if he were unsure of himself, whether or not he could succeed. He brought in reinforcements, but if you’re the king of heaven, shouldn’t that be unnecessary?”
This reveals another deficiency in heavenly life. While the less intelligent may aspire to reach svarga-loka after the completion of this lifetime, the experience in that place is full of defects. For starters, the stay is temporary. Shri Krishna confirms in Bhagavad-gita that a person eventually has to leave, when their pious credits expire.
ते तं भुक्त्वा स्वर्ग-लोकं विशालं
क्षीणे पुण्ये मर्त्य-लोकं विशन्ति
एवं त्रयी-धर्मम् अनुप्रपन्ना
गतागतं काम-कामा लभन्ते
te taṁ bhuktvā svarga-lokaṁ viśālaṁ
kṣīṇe puṇye martya-lokaṁ viśanti
evaṁ trayī-dharmam anuprapannā
gatāgataṁ kāma-kāmā labhante
“When they have thus enjoyed heavenly sense pleasure, they return to this mortal planet again. Thus, through the Vedic principles, they achieve only flickering happiness.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 9.21)
There are kalpatarus and kamadhenus for granting rewards. There is the intoxicating beverage known as soma-rasa to enjoy. The duration of enjoyment is long compared to earthly existence, but still temporary.
Even if you become king of svarga-loka, you still might doubt your abilities. There is the potential to feel threatened by a small child living in a rural area in a specific part of the world. Interestingly, the close associates are not threatened in the least. They are not jealous of Krishna, though He is known to be the son of Yashoda and Nanda.
The people are always thinking of ways to help Krishna instead of hurt Him. Thus their efforts that are meager in comparison end up successful. To thwart the attack from Indra, the undefeated Krishna, who is also known as Ajita, lifted up the just worshiped hill and held it in the air.
The people took shelter underneath, bringing along their animals. Some tried to help Krishna in holding up the hill. Rather than test His abilities, to measure them in comparison to their own, they tried to increase them.
Thus even the powerful samvartaka was defeated. The king of heaven was no match for a small child. This means that it is more important to be in the association of Yashoda’s son, to be engaged in service to Him, than to reach a temporary abode where happiness lives only in illusion.
Only in illusion living,
Not full satisfaction giving.
Otherwise Indra why peeking?
And revenge on people seeking.
With cloud the world devastating,
But Krishna His power demonstrating.
That as a small child lifting the hill,
An occasion celebrated to this day still.