It was Congress Mahaasabha in Belgam in 1924, December. Many important people came for the Sabha. A famous Nyaayavaadi also came. Just before the Sabha was about to start Indore Maharaja came there. Straight he went to the Nyaayavaadi.

“Aarya! I am in great difficulties. Please accept this 25 lakhs. After you win the case I will give 25 more” requested the Maharaja. In those days, 50 lakhs was really a very huge sum of money.

The Maharaja was alleged in a murder case. The Nyaayavaadi must be very good to speak before the Viceroy. Hence Indore Maharaja requested this Nyaayavaadi. If it were anybody else they would have accepted. However the Nyaayavaadi replied boldly

“Aarya! Kshama. I have a Pratignya that I wont step into English-Nyaayasthaanams (British courts). Until we get Swaraajyam I wont enter these Nyaayasthaanams. With Pralobham of Dhanam I cannot break my Pratignya“. Maharaja then searched for another Nyaayavaadi.

The Nyaayavaadi is none other than “Chittaranjan Daas“, well known as “Desha-bandhu“.

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Published in: on October 5, 2006 at 11:59 pm  Comments (1)  

Aashraya Parityaaga Dosham

When Vaamana Murty and Devatas, along with Devendra, were doing many Teertha-yaatras for Lakshmi-kataaksham, they saw a huge Vruksham which was dried-up and dead. There was a Shukam (parrot) living in it, which was very thin and not looking healthy.

Devendra and others asked “Pakshiishvara! This Vruksham dried-off. There are no more leaves, flowers and fruits. We want to know why you didnt leave this and live on a new Vruksham?”.

The Shukam replied “This is a very old Vruksham; a Kalpa-vruksham (Its age is measured in Kalpam). I lived happily for a very long time eating its sweet fruits. In course of time, it reached this state. Kaala-gati cannot be changed. Just because it dried-off now, if I leave it, forgetting that I lived my entire life with its help, then it will be a Krutaghnata. There is no paapam which is greater than Krutaghnata. Hence this Shushka-vruksham is my universe”.

Devendra replied “O Vihanga-raaja! You are a Gnyaani and a Medhaavi. Hence I am telling this: This Vanaspati now left its Svadharmam — it no more gives you fruits, flowers etc. You are still following your Sva-bhaavam. Why dont you go and live on a Phala-vruksham instead?”.

The Shukam replied “Panchabhuutas (Pruthvi, Jalam, Agni, Vaayu, Aakaasham) have Chaitanyam always. They are controlled by You, and other Devatas. However Vrukshas dont have Chaitanyam always. They have to obey Kaala-dharmam. So how can we say that the Vruksham left its Sva-dharmam? What is there that You dont know”.

Listening to this, Shachii-pati replied “Khagottama! I want to know how you got this Vignyaanam, Dharmam and Parishrama?”.

Shukam replied “Devaraaja! I never did Mitra-droham. Even if Mrutyu comes, I wont think of Mitra-droham. I respect and do seva of my Maata-Pita. I always look after my Bhaarya (wife). I dont insult other creatures and eat away their food. Because of this I got Nirmala-gnyaanam”. Devendra, with great aanandam, said “I am happy with your sat-buddhi. Please ask Me any varam. I will grant it to you”. The shukam replied

“I dont want to go to any other lokas. I cant leave this Mahaa-vruksham. Please make this Vruksham alive again”. Devendra gave back the life of the Vruksham and Vaamana Murty and Devatas continued their Teertha-yaatra and later got Lakshmii-kataaksham.

Because the Shukam never left its Sva-aashrayam, the Vruksham, and showed Krutagnyata, it went to Brahma-lokam after leaving the physical body. Jayam to Shri Raama Chandra who said “Jananii Janma Bhuumishcha Svargaadapi Gariiyasi” and showed all of us the easiest way to Brahma-lokam.

Morals in the story:

  1. Shaastras say one who doesnt leave his Sva-aashrayam will get Shrii-laabham, Bhuu-laabham and Iham-Param. The Shukam didnt leave the Vruksham, even though the Vruksham died. Hence it got Brahma-lokam in the end.
  2. Krutagnyata is the Prathama-kartavyam of Bhaarateeyas. Krutaghnata is the greatest paapam, which has no nishkruti. This is well shown in the story through the words of the Shukam.

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Published in: on August 29, 2006 at 11:59 pm  Comments Off on Aashraya Parityaaga Dosham  

Vande Maataram

(We recommend people reading all previous morals before reading this story.)

It is our adrushtam that we belong to a place where janmabhuumi is called by the name “Maata”. It is our Kartavyam to understand the paramaartham behind the “Vandemaataram” geetam, which awoke the Bhaarateeyas, filled in Desha-bhakti in them and drove them to fight for Svaatantryam.

Vandemaatara geetam shows well the unnata aadarshas and aashayam of Bhaarateeyas. This mahaa-geetam shows the Vaibhavam of Bhaarata-maata, her Praakrutika-ramaniiyata, her strength. It was like an aushadham for people who were suffering from “aatma-vismruti”.

It was like taaraka-mantram for the mahaaveeras of Bhaarata-svaatantrya-udyamam. Shri Bankim Chandra Chatterji, a person equal to a rushi, gave us this maha-aushadham. This was what gave strength to bear the cruel laathi-charges, to experience execution, with a smiling face! In 1906, April 14th, absolutely without any reason the British police started laathi-charge. For every blow, Bhaarateeyas did “Vandemaatara” japam. Soon “Vandemaataram” became a nightmare for the British. On 17-8-1909, Madanlaal did Praana-tyaagam for Bharata-bhuumi, with a smile, singing this Vandemaataram only. When police were torturing people who sing Vandemaataram, Shri Chandrashekhar Azad, who was then only 13, did Vandemaatara japam only, without any fear.

During ~1875, Bankim Chandra Chatterji was travelling from Kolkata to his village, “Kaantaal paada” in a train. He looked out of the window and got great aanandam seeing the beauty of Bhaaratamaata. His antar-drushti made him see the Vaibhavam and alaukika-soundaryam of Bhaarata-desham. He stored this Varnana-ateeta-bhaavana as a Madhura geetam — Vandemaataram.

During the split of Bengal, Boom Field Fuller, then governer, imposed a strict prohibition against Vandemaataram geetam. The situation we are in now is not much different. Even after independence, we hear only the 1st stanza of this divya-geetam:

Mahaatmaa Gandhi many times praised this Vandemaatara-geetam; however the Mulsim league opposed it. In 1923, at Kaakinaada, during the Congress meet, when as usual Vandemaataram was being sung, Maulaana Mohammad Ali, who was the president of Congress, strongly opposed it. However, Shri Vishnu Digambar, who was the singer, sang it. May be it was the last time it was ever sung fully in a big meeting. Congress broke the song into pieces and divided it — similar to how Bhaarata-desham was divided! This was strongly opposed by many like Shri K.M.Munshi, Mahaatma Gandhi. But who will listen to them?

Let us show our Krutagnyata to Shri Bankim Chandra Chatterji and our Bhaaratamaata by learning, knowing the paramaartham in it and singing this Vandemaatara geetam.

Vande Maataram in Samskrutam
Vande Maataram in Telugu

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Published in: on August 26, 2006 at 11:59 pm  Comments (2)  

Story of a Brahmarākṣhasa

Everywhere there were huge trees covering the Daṇḍakāraṇyam, so much that even light cannot penetrate and reach the ground. There was a huge Aśvattha Vṛkṣham; making it as āśrayam, many bhūta-preta-piśācas lived on it. So did a bhīkara Brahmarākṣhasa (form which a brāhmaṇa who never spreads his knowledge to others takes). In the same forest there used to be many many divya Auṣhadhas. In sat-sāṅgatyam, even the bad become good; similarly because of just breathing the air from these Auṣhadhas, slowly slowly after a long long time, the Brahmarākṣhasa got little sadbhāvam and thought that he must leave this vikṛta ākāram and get vimukti.

Searching for someone who can do hitabodha to him and save him from the terrible form, he came across a śāpagrasta tiger. Seeing the nairmalyam in the tiger’s eyes, the Brahmarākṣhasa asked him “Can you tell me a way to save me from this terrible form?” The tiger replied “All these vikṛta dehas are due to our duṣhṭa karmas. We will get vimukti if we do some satkarma”. Surprised by the Satyavākyas of the tiger he asked “how do you have so much jñānam, even though you are an animal?”. “I did Sadguru-adhikṣhepam and this rūpam is because of it. I am searching for an oppurtunity to do a paropakāram and hence get vimukti. But just seeing me (frightened), no one is coming near me. Atleast you came to me. You do a satkāryam and then both of us can get vimukti”.

Brahmarākṣhasa, who now had tīvra saṅkalpam of doing a satkāryam, then saw a traveller (pathika). He wanted to know the difficulties of the traveller and since he may get frightened seeing him, he took the form of a Sādhu and approached the traveller. He asked the traveller, who was sitting under the Asvattha vrukṣham in despair, “why are you so sad?”. The traveller replied “1 need 100 ratnas. I am thinking how to earn them”. “Why do you need them?” asked the Brahmarākṣhasa in Sādhu form. “I must marry the Rājakumārī.” “And why do you need ratnas for it?” asked the rākṣhasa. “In some Himālaya parvatas, it seems, there are some divya ratnas which are Vīrya-śulkam to marry the Rājakumārī. Knowing that anyway I cannot get them myself, I came in search of some yogis or Brahmarākṣhasas who can help me. If I somehow get the help from them, I can marry the Rājakumārī.” The Brahmarākṣhasa asked “which Rājakumārī? Is it the Avantikāpura Rājakumārī?” The travelled said “Yes! but how do you know?”

Brahmarākṣhasa said “it is Vīrya-śulkam for vara parīkṣha (so you must only earn them yourself) and that too they asked for 50 ratnas. Why are you saying it is 100?” “If I give all 50 to them then what about my family?” “O Durmārga! You tried to cheat both your Kingdom and the Rājakumārī. I cannot help a Deśadrohi and gain more pāpam”, saying thus the rākṣhasa swallowed the traveller at once and satisfied his hunger.

Immediately the tiger took human form and said “O mitrama! Because you killed a duṣhṭa (a Deśadrohi) and saved your Kingdom, the Dharmadevata was happy and gave both of us divya śarīras.” The new friends then reached divya lokas.

Morals in the story:

  1. Duṣhkarmas lead to terrible janmas and satkarmas save us from them.
  2. Not spreading knowledge and going against Sadguru — must never be done. This is well shown in the story through the characters of Brahmarākṣhasa and the tiger.
  3. The importance of Paropakāram is well shown in the story. Both the tiger and the Brahmarākṣhasa, hence decide to do some help to the others and thus get vimukti.
  4. Sat-sāṅgatyam leads to sadbuddhi. Brahmarākṣhasa realized that he must try to get vimukti just because he was in the company of Divya Auṣhadhas.
  5. Deśadroham, not respecting one’s own country are great pāpas and must never be done.
  6. As told in this story: Pāpam or Puṇyam is shared by four. Hence, just because the tiger gave protsāham to the rākṣhasa to do a satkāryam, he got a share of the satkarma.

Note: Tiger’s and Rākṣhasa’s āhāram includes humans; so it was not wrong for them to swallow the Deśadrohi in the story to satisfy their hunger anyway.

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Published in: on July 2, 2006 at 6:15 pm  Comments (1)  

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