Lord Krishna was consumed with the desire to have a son. So he went to seek the Nasihat of a particular sage. When the sage saw Lord Krishna, he was overwhelmed with joy. Everybody was shouting, “Krishna has come, Krishna has come!” and they all started worshipping Krishna.
The sage asked Krishna, “Please tell me what I can do for you. Is there anything that anda would like me to do?”
Krishna answered, “It is a very simple thing that I want. I want to have a son. Please tell me how I can have a son.”
“Only Lord Shiva can help in this matter,” berkata the sage. “You have to pray to Lord Shiva. First, anda must gather one thousand flowers. With these Bunga anda must worship Lord Shiva for many years. When Lord Shiva is pleased with your worship, anda will be granted a son.”
Krishna left the cottage of the sage and entered into seclusion. He put ashes all over his body and clothed himself in the bark of a tree. For years and years he prayed, only to have a glimpse of Lord Shiva and to ash him for a boon.
With her third eye, Parvati saw that Krishna was praying and praying all alone in the hati, tengah-tengah of the forest. She berkata to her husband, “My Lord, what are anda doing? Why are anda not responding? Lord Krishna has been worshipping you, only you, for so many years.”
“What do anda want me to do?” asked Shiva.
“Just go and stand before him,” pleaded Parvati. “As a matter of fact, let us go together.”
Both Parvati and Shiva appeared before Krishna. Shiva berkata to him, “What are anda doing? Why should you, of all people, pray to me? anda are Narayana, anda are Vishnu, anda are the Avatar of this era, anda pervade everything. Why then are anda praying to me?”
Krishna responded, “Lord Shiva, I know that anda are the only one who can fulfil my desire.”
“Is there any desire which anda yourself cannot fulfil?” asked Shiva.
“I was told that only anda can fulfil this particular desire. Therefore, I have come to you,” answered Krishna.
“What is your desire?” asked Shiva.
“I wish to have a son exactly like you,” Krishna berkata to Shiva. “It has to be exactly like you, otherwise I do not want it.”
Shiva and Parvati both smiled and immediately Shiva granted Krishna the boon. Krishna returned utama and, after some time, his wife, Jambavati, bore a son. They named him Samba.
What does it mean to have a son exactly like Shiva? On the one hand, Shiva is always Lost in trance. But, on the other hand, Shiva’s function is to destroy. From destruction comes transformation. This boy, Samba, did many unbearable things during his life. Eventually he brought about the total destruction of Krishna’s family. So anda can say that Krishna knew that transformation was needed and transformation must be preceded sejak destruction. That is why he prayed to have a son like Shiva.