Kaikasī’s Śiva Bhakti

Rāvaṇa’s śakti increased day by day and we all know what ghora pāpa kāryas he did once he got Ahaṅkār seeing his own śakti. Devendra, hence, wanted to reduce the śakti of Rāvaṇa (Devatas, the Aditi putras, do not have kāma-krodhādi Ariṣhaḍvargas). He learnt that his śakti was mainly due to his Mātṛ-bhakti and her (Kaikasī’s) śakti was due to her niścala Śiva bhakti. Hence Devendra, once attempted to stop the Śiva pūja of Kaikasī: Kaikasī used to do Śiva pūja everyday on the banks of the ocean and on one day the ocean with its high tide came and washed away the Śiva saikata (made of sand) Liṅgam; stopping her Śiva pūja.

On seeing the great duhkham of her mother, Kaikasī, Rāvaṇa immediately gets angry on Mahāviṣhṇu and blames him to have stopped her mother’s Śiva pūja! Kaikasī then does hita-bodha saying that “if really my Śiva bhakti had no doṣhas then nobody could have stopped it. This happened means there is some mistake committed by us only and it is more important to please Paramaśiva and correct our mistakes than blaming others. Also none can stand against the great Viṣhṇu and even though we are Śaivas must never do Viṣhṇu droham (see this too)”. Realizing his mistake Rāvaṇa immediately sets out to do a tapas for Parameśvara for Śiva Ātma-Liṅgam (to replace his mother’s Saikata Liṅgam)!!

Morals in the story:

  1. Before blaming others for the mistakes they committed it is very important to correct ourselves. Anyway no one will be spared by the God for the mistakes they have done (if they escape King’s punishement on the earth).
  2. The importance of Mātṛ-bhakti is well shown by Rāvaṇa.
  3. The story also shows how a mother, not encouraging the durguṇas of her child, can instead inspire him to do wonders. The parents must always try they level best to teach their children what is good and bad, rather than leaving them on their own.

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Published in: on June 28, 2006 at 5:42 pm  Comments Off on Kaikasī’s Śiva Bhakti  

Śrī Kṛṣhṇa līlas -5

(continuation of this story)
This series of stories on Śrī Kṛṣhṇa līlas try to bring out some durguṇas, commonly found in people, and thus warn us to be away from the same.

Aghāsura Bhañjanam:
Aghāsura was Bakāsura's eldest son. Sent by Kamsa, he came to bite the Paramātma with his Bhīkara viṣham. He had the form of a huge snake and was waiting near Yamunātīram. He kept his mouth open with his upper lips near meghamaṇḍala and the lower lips on the Bhūmaṇḍala. Thinking that the mouth of Aghāsura was a cave, with the confidence that Paramātma was with them, the Gopālas and cows happily entered the cave to explore it. Aghāsura was waiting for the Paramātma to enter him.


Śrī Kṛṣhṇa also entered it and immediately Aghāsura closed his mouth. Because of the bhīkara viṣha-vāyu all the Gopālas and the cows fell dead. Paramātma closed the navarandhra's of Aghāsura such that his stomach expanded and burst. Śrī Kṛṣhṇa came out. He brought back the lifes of all the cows and Gopāla just by His Saṅkalpam.

Aghāsura's Caritra:

Aghāsura was the son of a rākṣhasa by name Śaṅkha. He was strong and handsome. He was very young. His svabhāvam was to always do paraninda. Once he saw Aṣhṭāvakra maharṣhi and laughed saying "Why do you have some many curves in you body.." Maharṣhi became angry and gave śāpam that you will become a sarpam. When Aghāsura pleaded the maharṣhi for kṣhama, the maharṣhi said "When Śrī Kṛṣhṇa enters your stomach you will get mokṣham".

Just by doing Bhagavat-nāma-smaraṇa itself people get mokṣham. If Paramātma Himself enters the stomach will he not? (he will.)

Durguṇam to be unlearnt: Paraninda.

Search Terms: Aghasura, Aghaasura, Ashtavakra, Ashtaavakra 

Published in: on June 17, 2006 at 6:29 pm  Comments (1)  

Do not blame others

Our Indian culture is great. The rules it provides make everyone lead an ideal life. According to our shastras, it seems, a person who blames others (unnecessarily) gets half of the entire paapam of the person blamed and in addition gives away half of his entire punyam to the person blamed! So there a big loss for the person who blames and a big gain for the person blamed. The following is a small story showing how careful one needs to be while doing Dharma nirnayam and eventually blaming others.

Once a poor braahmana, with hunger, came to a person’s house and asked for bhiksha. The kind woman in the house took pity on him and immediately offered food. She asked the brahmana to sit under the shade of a huge tree in their house and she brought food for him. Before the braahmana cleaned himself, prayed to the God and started eating, a very unfortunate thing happened. There used to live a poisonous snake under the shelter of the tree and vidhi vashah it spilt its poison and it directly fell into the food the braahmana was going to eat. The braahmana unknowing that the food is poisoned, ate food and died.

Now, who needs to be blamed? Is it the woman who gave the food, or the snake or the owner or the braahmana himself. It seems that the person who decides and makes a decision that a particular individual is to be blamed will get the brahma-hatyaa-paatakam.

So did you notice how critical is a dharma-nirneta’s role. How many shastras should he have learnt before taking the seat of dharma-nirneta? How careful and unbiased should his thinking be? Imagine how great is Yamadharmaraaja to be able to do perfect justice for so many people for such huge amount of time. That is why He is called ‘Samavarti’. He has one of his legs in Shri-chandanam and the other in fire. Both are same for Him and thus very unbiased and impartial.

Morals in the story:

  1. A lot of thinking needs to be done before putting blame on others.
  2. A person should be highly knowledgeable and learned in order to be a dharma-nirneta. That is why it is customary in our Indian culture to always say “As far as i know, this is Dharma….” or “This is what I heard from my elders, hence …..”.


Atleast on hearing to this story, we hope all the govt. officials will be still more careful in performing their duties. The pathetic state of today’s nyaayasthaanas is well-known. The power given to a nyaayaadhikaari is immense. The story also shows how impartial, unbiased, honest and most importantly learned must the nyaayaadhikaris be… One may assume everything is going fine, but at sometime or the other one must experience the effects of his own karma.

Published in: on May 22, 2006 at 5:02 pm  Comments (15)  

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