Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum – 3

(Continuation of this story)

Among the Gopabaalakas, Shri Krishna was the Uttama. His baalya-kreedas were not acts of mischief but great mahopadeshams. Gopikas, who were under the influence of Vishnu-maaya, thought that Shri Krishna was a baalaka and did not realize that He was aadi-madhya-anta rahita, the Parabrahma. One of the Gopikas, who was fed-up with the mischief of Baalakrishna, complained to Yashoda like this:

“O Maata! Yashoda! Your Son came to our house and realized that there was not enough ksheeram (milk) for him. With great anger, pushing away small babies in the house, he came out. The babies cried a lot. O! Yashoda! you are also a mother. Cant you understand our pain”?

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

Through this Story, Shri Krishna Paramaatma taught us about an important Gruhastha-dharmam. Gruhasthas must not only do poshana (look after) of their santhaanam and kutumbam (children and family) but also satisfy the needs of who come to their Gruham (house). Especially they must be in a position to satisfy basic needs of baalakas (kids), Vruddhas (the aged), atithis (guests) and arthis (the needy) who come to their house. If not done, it will lead to Vamsha-naashanam. The Gruhastha in the story took care about the needs of his kids but did not have enough milk to give to kids, who are considered to be Bhagavat-svaroopams, coming to his house. Hence Baalakrishna punished them as told in the story (and thus saved them).

For exactly the same reason, our elders advise us never to have important things like dhaanyam (rice/wheat), haridraa-chuurnam&kumkuma (turmeric and kumkum), dadhi-ksheeram (curd-milk) etc. empty in the house. Infact, in Bhaarateeya bhaashas, we never say these things are “empty”. We always say they “need to be filled”. Their intention was that such basic utilities should never be empty. In olden days, people used to always leave little food and never empty the food vessels by consuming everything, so that any needy can be fed if required. Thus the upadesham of Jagadguru Shri Krishna is that we must always keep the needy who come to us in mind and have the basic utilities enough for them also.

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Govardhana Giri Puuja

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Bhaarateeyas always respected Nature and their fellow living creatures. Bhuuta-daya was the foremost in our Saampradaayam. Infact they do puuja of Prakruti assuming its Parameshvarii’s ruupam.

Gopaalakas used to every year do Indra-yaagam. Seeing this Paramaatma, Shri Krishna, who then was 7 years old, said “O Nandaraaja! What is the reason behind doing Indra-yaagam”?

Nandaraaja replied “Krishna! Yagnya-yaagams are a way of showing Krutagnyata. We show our Krutagnyata to Devatas, Devendra. A Krutagnya only deserves help and not a Krutaghna. Hence if we do Indra-Yaagam, Devatas will help us, leading to Loka-hitam”.

Nandakishora replied “Devatas alone do not give Phala-siddhi. One’s Karma (what good and what bad he did) is the main reason for Phala-siddhi. Hence one must always follow his Sva-dharmam. With Bhagavat-bhakti, Dharma-kaaryams must be done.

This Prakruti is what we see directly, and Paramaatma, Devendra, Devatas are who we cannot see. Hence leaving this Pratyaksha-daivam, Prakruti, is not correct. We all live under this Govardhana-giri. For us this Govardhana and Gomaatas are Pratyaksha-daivams. Gomaatas, Viprottamas, Saadhus, Vedams are all Puujaniiyam. This Pavitra Govardhana Giri came from Mahaavishnu’s Vakshasthalam and brought here by Pulastya muni. Hence let us do pooja of this Govardhana giri and Gomaatas. This is My abhimatam (wish)”.

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Sannanda, one of the greatest Vruddhas replied “Nandanandana! What You spoke are Amruta vaakyams. You are Gnyaana-svaruupa, Paramaatma. Your words are Shirodhaaryam for us (must be followed by us). Please tell us how to do Govardhana-giri puuja”?

Paramaatma replied “Taata! We must clean the bhuu-bhaagam near the Giri-paadam, purify with Gomayam. Then must put beautiful Rangoli on it. With all puujaa-dravyams, we must do Shodashopachaara pooja as told in Shaastrams. Abhishekams must be done with Triveni-sangama-jalam, Go-ksheeram. After Deepaaraadhana, we must do Giri-pradakshinams and Namaskaarams. We must then do Naivedyam. After Neeraajanam, we must do Go-puuja and then do many Daanams”. Every one became enthusiastic. They were longing to start the Giri-puuja.

Shri Krishna then continued “before coming for puuja, do all your Kartavyams (duties) and then only come. Do not leave Vruddhas hungry in the house and come. Feed the Vruddhas, baalakas first. Feed the Gomaatas, pashu-pakshis (cattle, brids), Shunakams (dogs), other domestic animals and then come”.

On a Shubha-vaasaram, all Gopaalakas did as told by Shri Krishna, decorated themselves, Gomaatas and came in huge numbers to do Govardhana-giri puuja. Nandaraaja, Yashodaa Devi, Rohinii Devi, Balaraama-Krishna, Garga Maharshi came. Navanandas and Vrushabhaanu brought Raadhaa Devi in a Suvarna-aandolika (golden palaquin).

Devatas, Apsaras, Raajarshis, Maharshis many came. Paarvatii-Parameshvara also came to see the Divya-puuja. After puuja, Govardhana Giriraaja appeared with Chaturbhujas and gave His anugraham to the Vraja-vaasis. Everywhere people were shouting “Jayaho Shri Krishna Paramaatma, Jayaho Govardhana Giriraaja”.

Morals in the Story:

  1. Destroying Natural resources, Nature was never Bhaarateeyata. They infact used to do puuja of Prakruti assuming it as Aadi-shakti. This was well shown in the story through the words of Shri Krishna.
  2. Bhaarateeyas also believed in Bhuuta-daya. As Shri Krishna said, Bhuuta-daya is one of their Kartavyams. Shri Krishna asks Gopaalas to feed Vruddhas, Baalakas, other domestic animals and then only come for pooja.
  3. The Amruta-vaakyams of Shri Krishna must never be forgotten. One must never leave his Sva-dharmam.
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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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Devasharma’s Duraasha

In the Divya Ayodhyaa Nagaram, there used to live a Braahmana by name Devasharma. On Mahaavishuvat-Sankraanti, he went as a Bhokta for a Shraaddha-karma in another Vipra’s house. The Vipra gave Devasharma a Saktu-ghatam (pot full of rice flakes).

Devasharma took the Saktu-ghatam and was walking slowly back to his house. After walking for sometime, since he ate a lot, he wanted to take rest. In those days, every house used to have a platform in front of the house, so that people, Yaatrikas can take rest if tired. Feeling tired, Devasharma thought of lying down in a Kumbhakaara’s (potter) house. He spread his Uttareeyam on the platform, kept left hand under his head as a pillow and kept a stick in the right hand to protect the Saktu-ghatam from robbers.

With half-closed eyes, he was dreaming. He thought “when good price comes, I will sell this Saktu-ghatam. With that money I will buy a good Mesham (goat). Every year it will atleast give birth to two. After some years, I will have many. Then I will sell them and buy 100 good cows. That Dhenushatakam will give birth to many in course of time. Like this I will get great Dhenu-Sampada. I will use some to help in Vyavasaayam (agriculture), and some I will sell. I will also sell the Dhaanyam I get doing Vyavasaayam for a good price. Like this in no time, I’ll become a Koteeshvara. Then many will offer me their Putrikas for Kalyaanam. I will choose the best of them and marry. I will have a putra who will be more beautiful than Manmatha. I will name him Somasharma. In case Somasharma’s Maata doesnt take good care of him, I will punish her”.

Just when he was dreaming about this, he fell asleep and he thought really his Bhaarya came and started hitting her with a stick (in the dream, for not taking care of Somasharma), whereas actually he started to hit the Saktu-ghatam. All the Saktu fell on the ground and the stick also hit some of the pots that the Kumbhakaara made. Hearing the sound, the Kumbhakaara came out and fined the Braahmana for breaking his pots.

Thus Devasharma lost his Saktu-ghatam and in addition had to pay fine.

Morals in the Story:

  1. Duraasha always leads to difficulties. With duraasha, Devasharma was dreaming about becoming a Koteeshvara and even destroyed what he had, himself. People who only dream about future (and dont work), loose what they have in the present too.
  2. The Paropakaara-buddhi in Bhaarateeya Saampradaayam is shown in the story. Everyone used to leave some space in their house for Yaatrikas etc. to take rest.
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Shri Krishna Leelas -13

(continuation of this story)
This series of stories on Shri Krishna leelas try to bring out some durgunas, commonly found in people, and thus warn us to be away from the same.

Chaanuura-Mushtika Vadha
After Kuvalayapeeda vadha, Balaraama-Krishna came near Chaanuura-Mushtika. Different people saw different Rasas (Navarasas+Bhakti rasam) in Paramaatma, Shri Krishna:

  • Yoddhas saw Raudra-rasam
  • Madhuraa-nagara Vanitas saw Shrungaara-rasam
  • Shriidaama and other Gopaalaka-mitras of Shri Krishna saw Haasya-rasam
  • Nanda-aadi saw Dayaa-rasam
  • Shatru-raajas saw Veera-rasam seeing Shri Krishna who looked like Yama
  • Kamsa experienced Bhaya-rasam seeing Shri Krishna who looked like Mrutyudevata
  • Normal people felt aashcharya-rasam
  • Praakrutas saw Bheebhatsa-rasam
  • Gnyaanis saw Shaanta-rasam
  • Gopikas and Yaadavas saw Prema, Bhakti rasam

Chaanuura-Mushtika announced “we have bala-paraakramam. It is not wrong if we show it to Balaraama-Krishna”. Paramaatma replied “O Yoddhas! We are baalakas. You are Mahaa-balas. Will the people accept this adharma-yuddham”? Chaanuura replied “You are not a baalaka. You are a Mahaa-bala in baalakas. You did Vadha of Kuvalayapeeda. So this is Dharma-yuddham”.

With Chiru-mandahaasam, Balaraama-Krishna accepted for Yuddham. Nagara-vanitas thought “This is not Dharma-yuddham. Kamsa cannot escape punishment for doing such an akrutyam. If we have any adrushtam, may Balaraama-Krishna win the Yuddham”. Everyone wanted Balaraama-Krishna to win.

Ghora-yuddham started. They were hitting, fighting, jumping, throwing each other. However Balaraama-Krishna always had chiru-mandahaasam on their face. Paramaatma hit Chaanuura hard. Chaanuura then hit hard on the pavitra Vaksha-sthalam of Shri Krishna. Nothing happened to Paramaatma. He took Chaanuura by his shoulders, swirled and smashed hum onto the ground. Chaanuura lost his life. Balaraama svaamy gave a hard mushti-ghaatam on the back of Mushtika. Bleeding, Mushtika died. Brothers of Chaanuura-Mushtika then attacked Balaraama-Krishna and got killed. The Tejas of them entered Paramaatma. The claps (Kara-taala-dhvani) of the praja reached the skies.

Chaanuura-Mushtika Charitra

In Amaraavati nagaram, there lived a Bhuusurottama by name Udandha. He had 5 putras. They didnt listen to the hita-vaakyas of their Maata, Pita, didnt follow aachaaram and started to learn how to use aayudhams, do Yuddham. Udandha said “O dushtas! We are Vipras and hence must always have Shaantam, Daya and do Tapas. In addition to leaving these, you took to Para-dharmam. All 5 of you be born as asuras and become Yoddhas”. After they had pashchaataapam, Udandha said that they will get Vimukti after fighting with Shri Krishna in Dvaapara-yugam.

Durgunam to be unlearnt: Not respecting Maata, Pita and not following Svadharmam and Sadaachaaram.

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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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Dharmabalam

Ugraayudha, the Raaja of Ajaamiidha vamsham, was very famous. He was a balavanta. He even got the Chakraayudham from Shri Hari. However he then got Ahankaaram. With Bala-garvam, he used to unnecessarily do Yuddhams with other Kings. He stopped thinking about Dharmam-adharmam, Nyaayam-anyaayam, Saadhyam-asaadhyam. None used to stand before him in Yuddham. Many became his saamanta-raajas, others lost their lives in the Yuddham. This increased his Ahankaaram.

Once he heard that Devavrata (Bheeshmaachaarya) was a Veeraadhiveera. He heard that in the Bhuu-mandalam, no one can defeat him. Ugraayudha then decided to do Yuddham against Gaangeya, so took a huge Sainyam and reached Hastinaapuram.

Just at that time the Pita of Bheeshmaachaarya, Shantana mahaaraja became a Svargastha. Bheeshmaachaarya had great duhkham. The Shraaddha-karma was not yet over by that time. Only few days were over. Ugraayudha thought it was the right chance and sent a duuta to Devavrata:

“Bheeshma! There is no one who can defeat me. You also know this. You also know the power of the Chakraayudham. I dont want your Aishvaryam, Raajyam. I want Matsyagandhi, Bhuvanaika-sundari, Satyavatii Devi. I will give you one day time”. Bheeshmaachaarya became very angry listening to the Dur-bhaasha of the Dushta. He couldnt bear that someone spoke like this about his Maata, Pativrata, Satyavatii Devi. Immediately he ordered Yuddham against the Dushta, Ahankaari Ugraayudha.

However, the Panditas, Purohitas, Nitya-hita-kaamas said “O Dharmaatma! Bheeshma! Ugraayudha is like a Pipiilakam (ant) before you. There is no need for you to go for Yuddham. Also your Pita’s Shraaddha-karma is not yet over. Shraddha is the most important thing in Pitru-kaaryas. You must not take Aayudhas, Divya-vastras now. Also one must always try to avoid Yuddham, because of its evil effects on the samaajam. Hence you send a Duuta, use Saama-daana-Bheda Upaayas and try. Then you can try Danda-upaayam. By that time the Pitru-kaaryam will also be over”.

The Dharmagnya, Bheeshma, listened to the advise of the Panditas and sent a Duuta to Ugraayudha. However all the efforts of the Duutas went waste. The Durahankaari never listened to them. Infact he immediately used his Chakraayudham on Gaangeya. However even the Chakraayudham became nistejam because of the Paativratyam of Satyavatii Devi and Dharmabalam of Bheeshmaachaarya!

The Chakram kept on spinning but didnt move an inch!! Ugraayudha used all his aatma-shakti, but the Chakraayudham never moved. Ugraayudha thought “Chakraayudham is more powerful than Brahmaastram. What is stopping it? May be because Bheeshma now has Aashouchakam, the Chakram is not approaching him. I will wait till the Aashouchakam is over”. However, even after the Pitrukarma was over, the Chakraayudham didnt move, it stayed in the same place in the air, spinning. Ugraayudha was amazed.

In no time Bheeshma reached the place, along with his Anuja Vichitraveerya. In the hands of the Veera, Bheeshma, Ugraayudha lost his life. Seeing the Bala-paraakramam of Bheeshma, even the Devatas were surprised. All the people who were supressed in the Paalanam of Ugraayudha, then did Stuti of Bheeshmaachaarya.

Morals in the Story:

  1. Ahankaaram destroys the person having it. One must always remember that there is always someone who is greater than us. Even though Ugraayudha got Shri Hari’s Chakram, just because of Ahankaaram, he was destroyed.
  2. A real Veera never shows off his Balam (see this too). Ugraayudha, with Bala-garvam, always did Yuddhams. Whereas Bheeshma, even though he had the Shakti to kill Ugraayudha, tried to send Shaanti-sandesham to Ugraayudha.
  3. One who wishes a Para-strii, that too a Pativrata, will be destroyed. Before the Paativratyam of Satyavatii Devi, and Dharmabalam of Bheeshma, even the Vishnu-chakram became equivalent to a grass-shoot!
  4. The amruta-vaakyas of the Panditas must always be remembered. Bheeshma followed the Dharmabodha of his Purohitas and was able to complete the Pitru-kaaryam and also teach Ugraayudha a lesson.

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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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Puraana Katha Shravanam

Puraanam itself means “even though old it is new”. The more one reads them, the more his Gnyaanam will increase. Even though everyone knows the story of Raamaayanam, every time they read, new things are understood.

After having the Darshanam of Agastya Maharshi, on the way to Panchavati, Seetaa Devi feels very tired. She sits under the shade of two huge Vrukshams for rest. As soon as She thinks that it will be good if They get some aahaaram, two Phalas from the Vrukshas fall down. Shri Raama Chandra and Seetaa Mahaalakshmi then eat the two Phalams. Immediately, the Vrukshas become two Divya Gandharva pati-patni and do stotram of the Paramaatma. They say that because they did Paropakaaram, by giving their phalams to people who are hungry, they washed their Paapam, which turned them from Gandharvas to Vrukshas. They then tell what mahaa-paapam they did:

“Shri Raama! We were Gandharva pati-patni. Though we were one of the Devatas, did lot of Punyam to get Gandharva ruupam, we never did any Puraana-shravanam. There was a Seetaa Raamaalayam in our Gandharva Nagaram, in which everyday Divya Puraana-pravachanam used to happen. We never used to listen to the pravachanam and hence never knew what is Dharmam, aachaaram, Saampradaayam. We never used to go to the Devaalayam and even if by chance we go, we used to go empty handed. If we had listened to Puraanams we would have known that we can please the Lord with just Namaskaarams. Infact we used to make fun of others offering Naivedyam, Dhuupam and Deepam to the Lord. Because of this we had to be born as Vrukshams in this Aranyam, and loose Daivatvam. Now because of our Puurva-janam Punyam, we got Your Divya Darshanam and got Vimukti.”

Morals in the Story:

  1. The importance of Puraana-shravanam is well shown in the story. Even though the couple in the story did great Punyam and got Daivatvam, just because they never did Puraana Shravanam, with Ahankaaram they used to make fun of others. If Puraanams are so valuable for Devatas themselves, then imagine how great they are for us, that too in this Kaliyugam!
  2. The greatness of Paropakaaram in shown in the story. Just because the two Vrukshas gave Phalams to people who are in need of them, they got Vimukti. There is no greater Sadgunam than Paropakaaram.

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Published in: on September 21, 2006 at 10:05 pm  Comments Off on Puraana Katha Shravanam  

Vishnuchitta -1

In Paandya-desham, there was a Nagaram by name Shri Valli Puttuur. It had very tall Bhavanams which touch the skies, all people used to follow their Sva-dharmam. There were many Pushkarinis and Udyaana-vanams (huge parks). The Sarovaras were filled with big Padmams and had many Hamsas. All the Nagara-maargams (roads) were wide and straight. Words are not enough to describe the Soundaryam of the Nagaram.

After Jala-kreeda in Sarovaram, the women used to take Shuddha-jalam in pots for Shri Hari Abhishekam. The also used to take Kamalam and other Pushpas for Vishnu puuja. Later they used to do adhyayanam of Bhaagavata-aadi Puraanas.

Ducks sleep with their heads covered in their feathers. Seeing them, some used to think they are the Vastrams (white clothes) of the Vipras who did snaanam in the Nadi before Suryodayam and enter the water to return them back to the Vipras. The ducks, disturbed from sleep, used to then go away from them. Instead of praising them for their honesty, the Baalikas who saw all this used to laugh at them.

The main Devaalayam of the Nagaram was that of Mannaaru Krishna Svaami. It is on the Northern side of the Nagaram. There were two huge Rathams for Krishna Svaami which resembled Meru and Mandara Parvatams.

The Gruhasthas in the Nagaram, on seeing an Atithi, used to do Saashtaanga-namaskaaram. Then they used to take them to their Gruham, wash their feet, always remembering that “Abhyaagatah Svayam Vishnuh”. After the Atithi took some rest, they used make him sit on a mat made of Naarikera-patrams (coconut leaves) and put aahaaram in a Vishaala Kadalii-patram (plantain leaf). They used to serve rice (Odanah) made from best quality grains (tandulaah), Daal, Go-ghrutam (Cow ghee), many varieties of Vyanjanams (curries), Go-ksheeram (Cow milk) and Go-dadhi (curds). After the Bhojanam, they used to give the Atithi Taambuulam and do their Paada-seva. As soon as the Atithi says “ok, I must go”, they used to do satkaaram to the Atithi according to their Sampada, go along with him for some distance and come back sad to have got only that much chance of doing Atithi-seva.

In such Shri Valli Puttur Nagaram, in the 46th samvatsaram after the start of Kaliyugam (that is around 5000 years ago, see this too), Svaatii-nakshatram, was born the great Bhaagavatottama Bhattanaatha (Bhaṭṭanātha), with the amsha of Shri Garuda Bhagavaan.

For him, Kashtam and Sukham were both same. Before doing Vidyaabhyaasam also, he had Gnyaanam and Vairaagyam. He was a parama-Vishnu-bhakta. Impressed with his Bhakti, Mahaavishnu started to make Bhattanaatha’s hrudayam as His nivaasam! Hence everyone used to call Bhattanaatha as “Vishnuchitta”.

(Sashesham … to be continued)

Morals in the Story:

  1. The Atithi-seva tattvam of Bhaarateeyas is well shown in the story. They consider Atithi as Vishnu.
  2. The unnata-samaajam of Bhaarata-desham is well shown in the story. They were always near to the Nature, followed their Sva-dharamam and always did Daiva-chintanam.

Message to the present society:

If we read Amuktamaalyada, from which this series of stories will be taken from, or ShrimadRaamaayanam, or Raghuvamsham, we will find descriptions of how well the cities of those days were developed. Once we contrast with the present “modern” city we will really come to know whether we have really made “progress, development” by leaving our Bhaarateeya Smaskruti and Saampradaayam and copying the West?

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Published in: on September 20, 2006 at 11:59 pm  Comments (1)  
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