Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum -5

(continuation of this story)

Shri Krishna paramaatma used to play different kinds of games with gopabaalakas. “I am the ox. You are the cows”, saying this He used to run behind them. “I am the King and you are the poeple”, saying so He used to give orders and make them do many things. Together, they used to play hide and seek, swings and many kinds of ball-games. Aha! What tapas would the gopabaalakas have done to play with the Yogeeshvareshvara, Shri Krishna!

One day Shri Krishna set out for playing with His friends and went into the house of a Gopika. Baala Krishna saw that the daughter-in-law of the house was sleeping. Seeing that, Shri Krishna ate away all the curd in her house. Not only that, He put little curd on the Gopika’s mouth, who was sleeping, and ran away. Thinking that the daughter-in-law herself eat away all the curd, the mother-in-law punished her. Not able to understand the Mahopadesham of the Lord, a gopika complained this to Yashoda as an act of mischief.

Let us see what Jagadguru Shri Krishna wanted to teach us through this story:

Note that, the time of the day when this episode happened was not a night. In fact, it must have been the ideal time of the day for work and satisfiying one’s kartavyams (duties). This is because it is mentioned that Baala Krishna was going to play with His friends. Shri Krishna did not like the daughter-in-law of the house sleeping at such useful hours of the day. Hence He punished her in that way. Through this story, Jagadguru Shri Krishna thus taught us that one must never waste productive hours of the day by sleeping or keeping idle and utilize each and every moment of their maanava-janma kaalam by performing satkarmas.

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Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum – 2

(Continuation of this story)
One day Baalakrishna was playing with Gopabaalas. Saying “you are veshadhaaris (actors) and I am the Sutradhaari (Director)” He made them play many interesting games. While they were playing, came sweet smell of boiled milk (ksheeram). They went into the house from which the aroma came and found pots full of boiled milk. Vishva-vasu-pradaata, Shri Krishna, then distributed the ksheeram among the Gopabaalas. Further He also broke the empty Ghatams (pots).

Thinking that this was an act of mischief and not realizing its meaning, a Gopika approached Yashoda and complained thus “O Padati! Your Son did this mischief in our house. Does your child have any bhayam-bhakti”? Who can understand the acts of Leelamaanusha Vigraha, Shri Krishna ?

Let us see what Jagadguru Shri Krishna wanted to teach us through this story:

The shabdam Ksheeram means milk, water, madhura padaartham — and in general represents any thing which is supposed to be shared. Through this story Jagadguru Shri Krishna wanted to teach us that never should a thing which is of use to everybody, and hence which is supposed to be shared, should be stored for personal use with Svaartham. That is why the Lord shared the ksheeram stored by the Gopika among all and later broke the Ghatams so that the Gopika should no longer store ksheeram for themselves. The shabdam Ghatam represents ashaashvata bandhams — by getting detached to which only enables one to realize the Paramaatma in everyone (and thus forget bheda-bhaavam of you and me).

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A Lobhi cannot get sat-gati

Long time ago, there used to be a Sanyaasi. He was a great Gnyaani. Many used to respect him and many used to come and get Divya-Upadeshams from him. He was a well known Aadhyaatmavetta. He had many shishyas. He did uddharana of many. Even Kings and Mantris used to come to him, have his darshanam and get Gnyaanopadeshams from him.

The Sanyaasi became very old. Since he was a Gyaani, he came to know soon he has to leave his Bhoutika Shariiram. Hence he was doing Bhagavat-naama-smaranam and waiting for Mrutyudevata.
Knowing this, many many from all parts of the country came there to get the last darshanam of the Sanyaasi. True Bhaktas came to have Darshanam of the Sanyaasi and get some Upadesham if possible. However some came expecting to get some shakti or some materialistic benefit from the Sanyaasi. One of them was a Sampanna (rich fellow). He was a lobhi (miser), Kruuraatma, Muurkha. Hoping to get some more wealth he came to have the Darshanam of the Sanyaasi.

The Sanyaasi, who didnt want to meet anybody, seeing this Parama-lobhi, called him. As soon as the Sanyaasi called him, though many many were waiting, the Lobhi got Garvam. He looked at others with an expression like “see how great I am. The Sanyaasi called me only”.

The Lobhi wanted to ask the Sanyaasi why he chose him only to come in. Repeatedly he kept on asking this. Then Sanyaasi replied “I and these people waiting outside, some or the other time, have chance to meet again in some Uurdhva-lokas. Whereas a Lobhi can never get sat-gati. So I can never meet you. Thus I wanted to do some Hitopadesham to you now only”.

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Raamayya’s Vrushabhams

Raamayya was an ordinay farmer. He used to treat his Vrushabhams, with the help of which he used to do Vyavasaayam, like his own putras. Like other Bhaarateeyas he used to do pooja of Dhenu-Vrushabha sampada. The Vrushabhams of Raamayya were special. They were of the variety ‘Naagour’; hence have a lot of strength. His Vrushabhams used to run very fast. They used to be faster than good quality horses too. Raamayya always had Santrupti and was happy with whatever God gave him.

One day some Chorakas stealed the Vrushabhams of Raamayya. There was not end to the duhkham of Raamayya when he came to know about this. He cried saying “Raama! What is this Vidhi-vaipariityam? Why are You testing me like this? How can I live without my Pashu-sampada? I would have been very happy if the robbers took away all my Dhanam and left the Vrushabhams for me. Will Lakshmii Devi stay in a house where Pashu-sampada is not there? (no)” Having great duhkham, he ran to the nearest Police-station to lodge a complaint.

He also went along with the Police to search for the Vrushabhams. At last, to the joy of Raamayya, they traced the robbers who were running away with a cart pulled Raamayya’s Vrushabhams only. There was no end to the aanandam of Raamayya seeing his Vrushabhams.

The police and Raamayya were chasing the robbers on horses and the thieves were going on the bullock-cart. Raamayya who very well knew the strength of his Vrushabhams saw that they were not running at full speed and hence the horses were able to approach it. He was not able to bear the fact that if they catch the robbers then his Vrushabhams will loose to the horses in race. He thought his Vrushabhams must never loose! They must always win!!

He shouted a trick “pull the ropes tied to the Vrushabhams twice”. The robbers heared it and the Vrushabhams started to zoom. In no time the robbers went out of sight of the robbers. The Police who thought Raamayya will be very sad to have lost the oppurtunity of catching his Vrushabhams, saw the happy Raamayya and were surprised. They asked him why he was so happy. Raamayya replied

“Arya! My Vrushabhams never lost to any horse in race. The Pratishtha of my Vrushabhams is more important for me than they being with me. With whom ever they will be, they will be winners. That satisfaction is enough for me”. Seeing the Bhaarateeyata in Raamayya, the Police did Namaskaar to Raamayya.

The respect what Bhaarateeyatas used to give for domestic animals is well shown by Raamayya. He overcame his teevra-duhkham just seeing his Vrushabhams win!

Message to the present society:
Gomaata, Vrushabhams and sakala Pashu-sampada was always given great respect in Bhaarateeya Samskruti. From the ages of Diliipa, Shri Krishna through the times of Raamayya (which is not even 60 years ago), now we are in an age where just for money people are exporting the cattle to foreign countries where for flesh the animals are killed. Breeds like ‘Naagour’ have demand for flesh hence just for money, not caring for Bhaarateeya Samskruti people are exporting the cattle. It is very sad, heart-breaking to see such Krutyas happening in Pavitra-Bhaarata-desham.

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Ekaagrata

He was an MSc Vidyaarthi, Maadhava Rao. He looked very weak, but was doing Shaastra-adhyayanam with great Deeksha and Ekaagrata. Pariiksha is in 12 days and he is studying with Ekaagrata, without caring about his anaarogyam.

While he was studying he felt something bit his leg. It was a scorpion! Visham started to enter the body and the pain was unbearable. But he didnt want to stop studying. He got an idea. He made a wound with knife near the place the scorpion bit and put some aushadham (this stopped poison flow into the body). He put his leg in a water bucket and continued reading! He forgot the pain and concentrated on his study. Maadhava Rao came first in the Exams.

He is none other than “Maadhava Rao Sadaashiva Rao Golvarkar“, well known as “Guruji”.

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Published in: on September 30, 2006 at 11:59 pm  Comments (2)  

Kaarya-deeksha

“I did a mistake. I thought Niraahaara-Deeksha is the best shiksha, praayashchittam” replied the adhyaksha (head) of Post and Telegraph workers when asked why he was fasting.

Once when the Post & Telegraph workers went on a strike in June 1952, this person talked with the Communications Minister and fixed a deal. The Minister also agreed to pay the workers for the time they did strike. Since Bhaarateeyas never leave Satyam, the adhyaksha believed the words of the Minister and left without taking any written agreement. However the Minister cheated them and didnt pay the workers. Since the adhyaksha was the representative of the workers, the adhyaksha felt he was responsible for the mistake. If he had been more careful, the Minister wouldnt have cheated them. Hence as Praayashchittam for his mistake he was doing Niraahaara-deeksha! He did this for 21 days!!

He is none other than “Jayaprakash Naaraayan“, well known as “Lokanaayak”.

(see Likhita’s story too)

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Published in: on September 28, 2006 at 11:59 pm  Comments (6)  

Niṣhkapaṭa-buddhi

Aayurvedam is the Bhaarata-desha Vaidya-vidhaanam. Before “Allopathy” came, in Bhaarata-desham, Aayurvedam was famous. The English occupied our land and they introduced their Vaidya-vidhaanam. With that, Aayurvedam got lesser and lesser importance.

However, some still used to do Prachaaram of Aayurvedam. Challenging the English medicines, Deshi medicines were manufactured. One of the persons who did this effort was a Prasiddha Vidyaa-vetta from Bengal. He established an industry for manufacturing Aayurveda medicines. Even then many used to say Deshi medicines are useless for Vaidyam. In such circumstances running the industry became very difficult for the Vidyaa-vetta.

Unfortunately, once, many medicines that this company produced got spoilt. The Vidyaa-vetta was very sad. In addition to the pressure from the people, now the medicines also got spoilt. Running the samstha bearing this loss will be extremely difficult. Then one udyogi said “Please dont worry. Medicines are not completely spoilt. Some might still work. That too none know that they are spoiling. For few more days we can easily sell them. If we dont do this we will be at a great loss”. Listening to these avineeti-vaakyas, the Vidyaa-vetta became very angry. He said

“will we sell spoilt medicines just because we will get loss? Let us get loss. We will never do this adharma-kaaryam. Aayurveda Shaastram says the more Dharmam is followed, the better the Aushadhams work. So never even think about doing such Shaastra-droham”. All the medicines were thrown out. Many later congratulated the Vidyaa-vetta for his nishkapata-buddhi (honesty). Later that Vyavasthaapaka became a big Shaastra-vetta, Vaignyaanika.

He is none other than “Aachaarya Praphulla Chandra Rāy“.

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Mangalahasti

During Magadha Raaja’s Paalana, a Shveta-gajam was born. It had sakala-shubha-lakshanams. It had Divya-shaktis too. Hence the Raaja made it his Mangalahasti. During the Nagara-utsavams, once, the King did Pura-pradakshinam on it. The praja, seeing the Mangalahasti, said “aaha! What a hasti! What aakaaram! What Manda-gamanam! What Vilaasam! This Divya hasti instead of being with an ordinary Raaja, must be with the Chakravarti”.

Listening to this, the King got Iirsha on the Mangalahasti! Aaha! How many forms Iirsha, Asuuya has! The King had Iirsha even on an animal. Magadha Raaja thought “I will not let this Hasti go to Chakravarti”.

He called the Maavati who trained the Mangalahasti and asked “what all Shikshana did you give to this Hasti”? “All kinds, Prabhu!” replied the Maavati. “Ok! Can you make it climb the Parvata-shikharam?”, asked the Raaja. “Yes!” replied the Maavati. Magadha raaja, who thought that Mangalahasti will slip and fall down, had Aashaa-bhangam. Mangalahasti, the Raaja, Maavati reached the Parvata-shikharam. “Make it stand on three legs” said the Raaja. Maavati made it do the same. Similarly the King asked for 2 legs, then one leg. Mangalahasti stood on 1 leg, without falling. Maavati said “There is no Gajam that equals this in this Desham Maharaja!”. “Ok! Now make it fly” said the Raaja. Maavati by then clearly understood the Matsaram of Magadha Raaja. He made out that the King wants to harm the Mangalahasti.

He sat on the Mangalahasti, asked it to fly and while the Gajam was on air, the Gajaachaarya said like this to the King “Raaja! A Manda-buddhi, Dur-buddhi like you doesnt deserve this Apuurva-hasti. You dont know what is Guna-gauravam. We are now going to Vaaranaasi, to see the Kaashi Chakravarti”. The Gajam flew and stood before the Chakravarti. The Gnyaani, Chakravarti, gave a lot of respect to the Maavati and Mangalhasti, welcomed them and gave Mangalahasti a new Gaja-shaala to stay in.

Morals in the Story:

  1. Guna-gauravam is important. One must always give respect to the Uttamas. If one doesnt know how to respect, the Uttamas will leave him. Mangalahasti left the Magadha Raaja, who was burning with Matsaram.
  2. Iirsha, Asuuya and Matsaram cause downfall of the people who have them, howmuch ever great they are otherwise. This is well shown in the story.
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Kāṭama Rāja

Long time ago, Kaatama Raaja used to be the King of the Gopaalakas. He used to do Janaa-ranjaka Paalanam of his praja, without deviating from the path of Dharmam.

Once a great Kshaamam (famine) came. The life of an ordinary man became very difficult. Seeing the duhkham of his praja and the Go-sampada, the King was worried. He could not bear seeing the Gomaatas not even having water to drink. He thought what is the use of he living if he is not able to save the praja and the Go-maatas. He thought “but what can I do. This is not Satya-yugam to expect miracles to happen”.

One day when the King was in this great depression, duhkham, that he is not able to save his praja, a Braahmana came to him and asked for aahaaram. The King who was already very disturbed, said “O Vipra! You seem to be a person who does Anushthaanam. But why dont you have Nigraham? People and Gomaatas are dying there not even getting water; cant you bear your hunger for one day?” Even though the King spoke like this, the Braahmana replied “Bhikshaam Dehi”. Howmuch ever the King insulted him, because of his bad mood, the Braahmana persisted and finally the King gave him some Dhaanyam etc. and sent him away.

Curious to know what the Braahmana will do with the Dhaanyam, Kaatama Raaja followed him. The Vipra entered his house, woke his Arthaangi, who was very very hungry and asked her to eat the aahaaram. The pativrata enquired whether the Vipra had Bhojanam or not? The Vipra replied to his arthaangi, “O Priya! Obviously our Dharmaatma Raaja will never send an arthi empty handed. I satisified my Kshut-baadha, then only brought you this”. The arthangi then ate the aahaaram.

Seeing all this, the King asked the Vipra why did he do all this. The Vipra replied “O Raaja! Before Panditas, my elders, and most importantly Agni-deva, I gave my word during Kalyaanam that ‘Dharmecha, Arthecha, Kaamecha, Naaticharitavyaaiti, Naaticharaami’. So in any circumstances it is my prathama Kartavyam to do rakshana and poshana of my Arthaangi, so even though you insulted me, I didnt have any other go than to persist asking you for Bhiksha”.

Listening to the Amruta-vaakyas of the Vipra, the Raaja remembered his Kartavyam. He thought there is no point worrying that he is not able to save the Praja, Gomaatas from the Kshaamam, instead he can plan, work-hard, do Daiva-dhyaanam or do Tapas or anything else to save his Desham and Raajyam. Once there is a will there is a way. In no time, the Raajyam again became Sasyashyaamalam.

Morals in the Story:

  1. “Krushi to Naasti Durbhiksham”. The king thinking what he, a mere mortal can do, was worried; instead he could have spent that time in trying to do something constructive. Later the words of the Vipra changed him.
  2. The Amruta vaakyas of the Vipra must never be forgotten. The prathama kartavyam of a Bharta is to protect his arthaangi. Bhaarateeyas, to keep up their word, undergo all kinds of pains, but never go against Satyam.

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Gopayya’s Honesty

Long time ago, near Brundaavanam, there used to be village by name Girivrajam. In Girivrajam, Devayya and his arthaangi, Girijamma, used to do Go-poshana and lead there life. Girijamma was a great Shri Krishna Bhakta. After a long time, they got a putra by name Gopayya. However one of Gopayya’s leg was not proper, hence he used to limp. Girijamma from childhood told many many nice Kathas from the Puraanas to the kid and thus put him in the path of Dharma.

Gopayya grew big. He was not good at other studies, but because of his Maata’s up-bringing, he had great Samskaaram. Everyday he used to wake-up before the Sun, do namaskaaram to Maata-pita and Daivam. Then he used to take Gomaatas (cows) out for feeding and return in the evening. Since the Paramaartham of Vidya is to learn Sat-pravartana, Sat-buddhi and Bhagavat-Bhakti, Devayya and Girijamma were very happy with Gopayya, though he was not able to study any Shaastras etc. The only thing there were worried about was that Gopayya was handicapped.

Devayya and Girijamma became old. Who can escape Jaraa-maranam? Seeing the ashakta (weak) Maata-pita, Gopayya used to feel very sad. He himself used to take help of them because of his physical inability. Now how will he do seva to them? He used to think if he got some money, then he can some how manage to do better seva to them. He used to tell his duhkham to Krishna Swamy and ask to save himself. He used to express his grief to his Maata-pita too.

On listening to him, they used to say “O Putra! For our sukham please dont do any dushkaaryam. Dont take any pains too. As usual do Go-poshana. For everything Paramaatma is there. He will only show some way. Everybody has to some time or the other experience the result of their Paapam and Punyam”.

One day as usual Gopayya took the Gomaatas. He kept on thinking how to do dhana-aarjana? The Sun started to set, the Gomaatas returned, but Gopayya was still thinking. Girijamma started to worry. Gopayya thought “Shri Krishna! Today somehow You must show me the way. Else I am not going from here”.

Meanwhile a robber-gang came near the Vruksham where Gopayya was there. They looted some Dhanika Vartaka’s house in the Girivrajam and came there. They started fighting among themselves, not able to decide how to share the looted-money. Gopayya was observing all this from behind the bushes.

Gopayya thought “Ha Raam! That Vartaka is a very good person. I can imagine how sad he must be. Always Maata used to tell we must try our best to help people who are in Duhkham. Now what must I do?  He observed a huge honey-comb on the Vruksham”. The fight amongst the gang increased and Gopayya thought that its the right time, and hit the honey-comb, which was full with bees with some stones. Thats all, in no time innumerable bees came out and started stinging the thieves badly. Not able to bear the pain, the thieves ran away leaving behind the money. Since it was very dark in the forest, they didnt return too.

Gopayya then took the money, wealth with him, returned to the Vartaka. Vartaka was extremely happy and said “Gopayya please take half of this wealth. This is just to show my Krutagnyata to you. Anyway I cant return your favour. Please start some bussiness or something and do seva to your Maata-pita”. Everyone in the village were proud of Gopayya. Even though he was handicapped, he did great favour to the Vartaka.

Doing Vartakam, without leaving Satyam and Nyaayam, Gopayya earned a lot of wealth. He then built a Krishna Mandiram and made her Maata very happy. Everyone was happy thinking “Sarvam Krishnamayam”.

Morals in the story:

  1. How a mother can teach a child good, bad and make him always go on the path of Satyam is well shown in the story. Girijamma always told many many Neeti Kathas to Gopayya and gave him great Samskaaram, even though Gopayya was not able to learn any Shaastras etc.
  2. The importance of Maata-pita seva is shown in the story. Gopayya always thought about serving them, even though he himself was handicapped.
  3. The Paropakaara buddhi of Gopayya is great. Where there is a will, there is a way. Though he was handicapped, he managed to do great help to the Vartaka.
  4. Honesty of Gopayya is also shown in the story. Though he could have taken the money which he got from the theives, he retuned it to the Vartaka. Though he was in great need for money, he didnt even think about earning it from wrong ways.
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