Episode # 226 – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna frees Mother Devaki & Vasudeva from Mathura jail!!!

We’re at a landmark stage in Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s divine incarnation, wherein He has ticked one of the most important boxes in His agenda – He had to kill Kamsa, who was wreaking havoc with all his adharmic practices, which was leading to the downfall of “Dharma” eventually. Bhagawan Krishna had to restore the “Dharma” back in this world and the only way to do it is to kill those who practiced “Adharma”. Bhagawan Krishna was very particular in this, right from the start till the end. Whoever comes in front of Him with a lot of “Adharma ” in him / her, Bhagawan’s only job is to kill them and destroy the “Adharma ” then and there! Bhagawan Krishna practised this right from the second day of His divine incarnation, wherein we’ve seen Him killing “Poothana”, who came to Mother Yashoda’s place with the sole agenda of poisoning Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. Right from Poothana to Kesi, all the Raakshasas who came to Gokula to kill Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, were killed by Him. There was none left. This culminated now with the demise of Kamsa and in yesterday’s episode, we had witnessed how Bhagawan Bala-Krishna neutralized Kamsa, despite the fact that he wasn’t ready to give up so easily. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna took Kamsa head-on and at the end of a huge fight, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna finally overcame him. This marks one important landmark in Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s divine incarnation. 

With this, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna along with Balarama have other important duties associated with Kamsa’s demise. His first agenda now is to free His parents, Devaki and Vasudeva, who are languishing in the Mathura City jail – Thanks to Kamsa’s atrocities. The two children immediately left the palace and reached the jail complex where their parents were lodged. Upon seeing their children coming towards them, Devaki and Vasudeva are overwhelmed beyond words. Tears roll down Devaki’s eyes and Vasudeva is in all bliss, as they receive their son after ten long years! The long wait has finally come to an end for a desperate couple to see their child. Till that point, Vasudeva and Devaki did not even know that their eighth son was alive. We should remember that these are the parents who had given seven of their children to Kamsa’s treacherous hands, only to be killed by him mercilessly in front of their two eyes! As parents, Devaki and Vasudeva had gone through a lot in their married life, and Bhagawan Bala-Krishna knows this very well – The amount of sacrifice that the parents have made has been huge in this case. 

Thus, as Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama reach the cell in which they were lodged, the first thing that they did is to fall on their parents’ feet, seeking their blessings. We should remember here – A “Paramatma” falling on the feet of a “Jeevatma” to seek blessings! We can see how fortunate the couple were, isn’t it? All the trials and tribulations that they had to go through in their lives, have been duly rewarded with this golden moment! Thus with this, Bhagawan Krishna frees both His parents from the iron clutches to which they were tied. THus, Devaki and Vasudeva had been freed after so many years! They are in tears of joy and aren’t getting words to express their happiness and gratitude to their son. 

So for today, let us join hands with Devaki and Vasudeva to worship Bhagawan Bala-Krishna in this divine form and moment. Now we’re going to enter into a very interesting phase – Devaki is all upset because she hasn’t been able to witness her son’s childhood days. It was Mother Yashoda who was fortunate to witness Bhagawan Bala-Krishna as a baby and till He was ten years old. Thus, Devaki has this desire that she wanted to witness Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s childhood days somehow! She wants a recap of Bhagawan’s divine incarnation, right from day one till that present day. Accordingly she expresses her wish to Bhagawan. Now how is Bhagawan Bala-Krishna going to fulfill His mother’s wish? An interesting accord awaits us tomorrow! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 225 – The grand marquee fight – Kamsa vs. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama overcoming the second hurdle of Mushtika and Chaanura, the two “Mallyudha” experts arranged by Kamsa. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama proved to be too powerful for the two experts to handle, and finally they were killed with some lusty blows from the two children. With this, Kamsa was all alone and was left to fend for himself. The entire arrangement of Kamsa has completely backfired on him. He had invited the entire Mathura city to witness Bhagawan Bala-Krishna being killed in public. Instead, it was as if Kamsa has arranged the entire town to witness his downfall and demise, as compared to Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s! As the “Mallyudha” experts were defeated by the two children, the crowd turns up in anger against Kamsa. As the public anger gets more and more, Kamsa is now increasingly facing lot of pressure to handle the situation all by himself. He now decides that he has had enough with his lethal enemy, and it is time for him to face Bhagawan Bala-Krishna head on – For the first time. 

As Kamsa decides thus, he stands up from his throne and walks towards Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. For this “program”, Kamsa had applied some “cream” around his eyes, so that he looks as if he’s crying, when Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is being killed! Now this too has backfired very badly upon him! We would have seen even in today’s movies and some dramas that if actors have to show that they’re crying, they would have applied something around their eyes and with that, they would get “artificial tears” rolling down their eyes, when the sad scene comes. This is the same with Kamsa here too – He has applied some chemicals that would induce artificial tears, and he was ready to give an “act” as if he was crying, when Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was being beaten up. However, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna had other plans – He made sure that Kamsa was crying, not for Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, but for himself! 🙂 Now, as Kamsa stands powerless in front of the entire Mathura city, tears roll down Kamsa’s eyes – Thanks to that chemical that he had applied! 

As Kamsa gets up thus, it is time now for the marquee fight – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna vs. Kamsa. The entire set of “Devas” (Celestial Beings) headed by Indra, Sage Naarada, etc. were all eagerly waiting for this event to happen for ten long years. This was the culmination of all their waiting and requesting of Bhagawan Vishnu to act and restore the “Dharma” in the world. Thus, Bhagawan Krishna and Kamsa enter into a head-on fight with each other, and it continues for a long time. At one stage, Kamsa was way too weak as compared to a rampaging young Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, and eventually Kamsa had to surrender! He was blown away by Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s might and eventually Kamsa breathed his last. 

As Kamsa was about to fall on the ground dead, Bhagawan Krishna shows him who He really is. It should be remembered here that Kamsa was one amongst the Jaya-Vijaya brothers who were at Vaikunta as Bhagawan Vishnu’s security guards. It is to be remembered that these two people were cursed severely by Sage Sanaka and Sage Sanatkumara for not letting them inside to worship Bhagawan Vishnu at Vaikunta. We’ve seen this event before in our previous episodes. Now, because of this curse, Jaya and Vijaya took birth as Raakshasas thrice in three Yugas. Their first births were of Hiranyaksha and Hiranya Kashibu. Second set of births were Ravana and Kumbakarna. Third set of births is what is happening at the moment in the form of Kamsa and Sishupala. Now that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is killing Kamsa here, he directly goes back to Vaikunta, with the divine grace of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. With this, Jaya’s curse has got rectified completely. Now the other person – Vijaya is remaining, isn’t it? This Vijaya is none other than Sishupala, who was Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s immediate cousin brother. We’re going to see in our later episodes how Sishupala is going to be killed by Bhagawan Krishna, when he goes to attend King Udhishtra’s swearing-in ceremony at Indraprastha. 

Thus, as Kamsa is being killed, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna shows His “Vishwaroopa Darshan” to him, who realizes in a flash, his real identity! He is none other than Jaya, who is an ardent devotee of Bhagawan Vishnu. Realising that Bhagawan Vishnu had incarnated just for releasing him back to Vaikunta, Jaya is extremely thankful to Bhagawan for His enormous divine grace. With this thanksgiving, Kamsa comes to an end! The entire world celebrates Kamsa’s demise, as Bhagawan Bala-Krishna has “partially” restored “Dharma” in this world. So for today, let us join hands with Bhagawan Bala-Krishna to celebrate this important victorious moment, and let us wait till the next episode to continue further with this accord! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 224 – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna & Balarama kill Mushtika and Chaanura – Leaves Kamsa to fend for himself!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama making a grand entry into Kamsa’s palace, by neutralising elephant Kuvalayapeetham. Kamsa was so confident that this elephant would somehow kill Bhagawan Bala-Krishna with all its might and power. But, Kamsa’s arithmetic miserably failed and back-fired at him very badly. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna neutralized such a huge elephant within just minutes, and thus sent shockwaves to Kamsa and co. Thus, the moment Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama entered into the palace, Kamsa was shell-shocked! He was beyond words! Kamsa was clearly outplayed here – By two small children, not even half of Kamsa’s age! Does Kamsa realize atleast now, the might of his enemy? Let us continue witnessing the further events that took place in today’s episode. 

As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna enters Kamsa’s palace, He pays His respects to the king and walks further inside. As witnessed earlier, Kamsa had other plans ready in place. He decides to further wait and watch if these children are able to tackle the “Mallyudha” experts (Kickboxing). To witness this fight, Kamsa had invited the entire population of Mathura city. For a moment, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama looked around and didn’t understand what was going on. It should be remembered that they were called to Mathura on the pretext of attending a “Dhanur Yaga”, but there wasn’t any “Dhanus” (Bow) or anything there! It was a jam-packed stadium-like setup wherein people were flocking to see what was going to happen! It is at this time that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama were confronted by the two “Malyudha” experts – Mushtika and Chaanura. Kamsa was watching all this by sitting on his high throne, surrounded by all his ministers and other people. On one hand, Kamsa was feeling confident that Mushtika and Chaanura would be able to overcome Bhagawan Bala-Krishna successfully. However, on the other hand, a fear was starting to grip Kamsa thus, “Oh! What if this boy overcomes these two people? He has managed to kill all of my Raakshasa army and also the Kuvalayaapeetham! It is only these two people who are left in my kitty! Now what if these two are also neutralized? Will a situation come wherein I’ve to personally engage in a fight with my enemy?” 

Thinking thus, Kamsa was sitting thoughtfully on his throne and overseeing what was happening! Meanwhile, the people who had assembled there also were clueless as to what was happening! Little did they expect that they’re going to witness a fight between a child and a “Mallyudha” expert! Upon seeing this, the people started raising voices thus, “Oh! Isn’t this gross injustice to a ten-year-old child? How would he be able to take on these people?” We have a famous story in English too, isn’t it? The story of a fight between David and Golliath! It was a similar situation here too – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was too small a child (seemingly by appearance) to take on two giants! However, it was the king’s order, and nobody had a say in it. Sadly enough, it was not a democracy in those days, as compared to what we have today! 🙂 

Thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama had a huge examination in front of them – It was a test of strength! Kamsa orders the fight to begin, and Mushtika and Chaanura come charging in! They direct all their strength together to inflict a huge blow on both the children! However, this was not going to deter Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama! Thus, a huge fight erupted between the four of them. The people who were watching the fight, along with Kamsa, were astounded with the way the fight was progressing. They never expected a neck-to-neck fight in this way! The fight goes on for a few minutes and at one stage, Balarama started emerging too powerful in front of Mushtika. Even though Mushtika was trying to inflict heavy blows, Balarama somehow was able to escape from all of it, only to inflict equally heavy blows on Mushtika. This was the same case with Chaanura and Bhagawan Bala-Krishna too! Minute by minute, Kamsa’s anxiety was growing like never before! 

As moments passed by, both Mushtika and Chaanura weren’t able to live up to the immense strength of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama! They were too hot to handle! Finally, the two “Mallyuddha” experts had to surrender and with this, with one last heavy blow, the two experts were blown away to death! Mushtika and Chaanura were history! As this happened, Kamsa automatically stood up from his throne with the highest level of fear and anxiety! On one hand, the entire Mathura city was cheering Bhagaawn Bala-Krishna’s and Balarama’s victory over the two Mallyudha experts! On the other hand, Kamsa was slowly seeming to lose his popularity due to his “goondaism” approach towards the two children! 

Now what is going to happen next? Is Kamsa ready to fight Bhagawan Bala-Krishna head to head? Of course, he doesn’t have any other option left, but to do so! An interesting accord awaits us tomorrow! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 223 – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna neutralizes the “Kuvalayapeetham” elephant – Sends shivers to Kamsa!!!

We’ve witnessed in the previous episode, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna entering Mathura city along with His brother, Balarama after ten long years. His Gokula tenure is now over and He is all set for the second phase of His incarnation. As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna enters Mathura, He is amazed with the very appearance of the city, with all the houses and streets. The two children wanted to enjoy the cityscape and thus sent Akroora and the chariot back to Kamsa’s palace. They took a stroll along the city streets, gazing at all the buildings around. It should be noted that the two children have never seen a city till now in their lives. All these ten years, they’ve been in a village and have never been exposed to how a city looks like. The two children were enjoying the views that they were getting all along. Also, before going into Kamsa’s palace, the children wanted to get nicely dressed, because they wanted to appear decent while going to meet the king. Even in our day-to-day life, if we’re going to attend an interview or if we’re going for any professional outing, we would be grooming ourselves nicely with a clean shirt, trousers, blazer and a tie, isn’t it? Similarly, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama also groomed themselves nicely with the best clothing available with the dhobi nearby, and also with some garlands and sandalwood paste. 

With all this in place, it is now time for the children to enter Kamsa’s palace. But we’ve already witnessed Kamsa’s three-fold security in place isn’t it? As Bhagawan Krishna enters, a huge elephant was waiting for Him at the entrance. This is the “Kuvalayaapeetham” elephant that Kamsa has arranged to take on Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. The elephant is raging in anger and is swaying its trunk here and there. The person who was in-charge of taming the elephant was also instructed by Kamsa to let the elephant loose once Bhagawan Krishna arrives at the scene. Accordingly, the elephant was released, and it straight away came to attack Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama. This was the first tipping point that Bhagawan Krishna had to face! As the elephant was raging its way towards Him, Bhagawan Krishna thought for a moment thus, “Oh wow! What a welcome I am getting at Mathura city! As Bhagawan myself, normally wherever I go, I get so much of love and affection and this was exactly the case during my previous “Rama-Avatara”. Now in this “Krishna-Avatara”, wherever I’m going, I’m only getting stick!” 

As Bhagawan was thinking thus for a moment, the elephant was right in front of Him. Bhagawan has to now manage this elephant before taking another step into Kamsa’s palace. He decided to take the elephant head on. With the help of Balarama, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna attacked the elephant, caught its trunk at the apt time, lifted it effortlessly, swayed the elephant with all His power and threw it into a corner! It might be difficult for us to even imagine what Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarana achieved here! Kuvalayapeetham is not an ordinary elephant! It is the most powerful of all the powerful elephants, and it is this elephant that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna managed to defeat within minutes! Upon seeing this, the person in-charge of the elephant came to attack the two children. He was obviously a Raakshasa, and the children had to tame him now. Of course, taming Raakshasas wasn’t new for Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, isn’t it? He has been doing this all through the ten years of His incarnation! 🙂 Hence, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna effortlessly neutralized the person in-charge of the elephant too, and with this, the children enter the palace! 

As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna gives an entry, Kamsa was sitting on his throne, with all his ministers and people around him. So for today, let us also join hands with Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and enter into Kamsa’s palace along with Him. Now what is going to be Kamsa’s reaction as Bhagawan Krishna enters? An interesting accord awaits us tomorrow! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 222 – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna enters Mathura city after ten long years!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Bhagawan Bala-Krishna entering inside Mathura city for the first time after ten long years of His divine incarnation. Readers might remember well that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was taken away from the Mathura jail by His father, Vasudeva overnight immediately after His divine incarnation. Vasudeva took Bhagawan Bala-Krishna all the way to Gokula and came back with a girl child which was born to Mother Yashoda. All of us know this “Charitra” by now. After that, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna spent all His ten years of childhood at Gokula and Vrindavan, which are adjacent to each other. We can worship all these places even today along the banks of the River Yamuna and with this, we can definitely feel the divinity of Bhagawan Krishna resonating in all these places – Provided we have the faith and confidence in Bhagawan Krishna. Thus, in yesterday’s episode we had witnessed Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama coming along with Akroora on the chariot and the three of them enter Mathura city. 

Upon seeing a city for the first time in their lives, the two children were so excited. Afterall, it is Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s hometown, isn’t it? It was like homecoming after ten long years. We would have that same feeling when we live outside of our hometowns, wouldn’t we? For instance, many of us might be residing abroad, and we wouldn’t have so many opportunities to visit our Bhaarata Desha, isn’t it? If such is the case, the moment we land in India after so many months or years, what would our feeling be? Won’t we feel excited to be back in our own country? Even though we might have all the possible luxuries in whichever country we might be living in, the feeling of being at home in India can never match any of those expensive luxuries that we might possess abroad, isn’t it? This was exactly the same feeling that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama were going through. Although they lived a very good life at Gokula for the past ten years, the moment they entered into Mathura, they felt as if they were coming back home after ten long years. 

With this feeling of homecoming, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna requested Akroora thus, “Oh Akroora! I feel like this is my hometown and I feel as if I’ve regained something so precious that I had lost for all this while. This city is so dear to me. Hence, I don’t require the chariot anymore. I would love to walk along each street of the city and experience its beauty little by little. Hence, please take the chariot away. I shall reach Kamsa’s palace within sometime!” Saying thus, Bhagawan Krishna and Balarama sent Akroora away and they started walking along the streets of Mathura city. Akroora too acknowledged Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s words and left the children at a safe place from where they can enjoy the city. 

As the children started walking along the streets, the first place they went inside was the house of a “Dhobi”. We should remember that the children were making their way to the king’s palace, and how can they go there without getting properly dressed up? They’ve come from a village and we know how villagers would be dressed up, isn’t it? The children looked seemingly “shabby” with butter all over their faces and with bare minimal clothing. Hence, they enter a dhobi’s house in search of some good and decent attire for themselves, before going to meet the king. As the dhobi sees these two children coming along, he was so impressed and moved with their beauty and gave them the best clothes that he had. The two children wore the clothes given by the dhobi and left that place merrily. Next, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna had another desire – To decorate Himself with some flowers and garlands. Thus, the children’s next stop was a shop wherein the flowers and garlands were being sold. The shopkeeper knew that they were no ordinary children and decorated them with the best of the best flowers and garlands that were available. 

Next, the children wanted to get themselves “perfumed”! They wanted to be sweet-smelling when they went in front of the king! Hence, they entered the house of an old lady who was preparing fresh sandalwood. The smell of fresh sandalwood attracted the two children into the old lady’s house. Upon the children’s arrival, the old lady too was very pleased and she did all the beautification processes by herself. With this, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama were all ready to enter Kamsa’s palace. They had reached Mathura city, enjoyed the beauty of the place, roamed around the streets, got themselves dressed with some good clothing, got themselves decorated with some sweet-smelling flowers, garlands and sandalwood paste, and with this, they were all set to meet their uncle, Kamsa for the first time. 

So for today, let us join hands with the two children as they enter into the palace of Kamsa after ten long years. The children were very excited to see the tall buildings and infrastructure of the palace as they walk through! Let’s wait till the next episode to continue this further. Was Bhagawan Krishna’s entry into Kamsa’s palace smooth? Or, did He counter anything unforeseen? An absorbing accord awaits us tomorrow! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 221 – We are mere instruments in Bhagawan’s divine hands – Key lesson from Akroora’s experience!!!

In the previous episode we had witnessed Bhagawan Bala-Krishna teaching Akroora an important lesson for going a bit too much on his “I” attitude. We’ve witnessed how Akroora for a moment was thinking that it was only because of him that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was moving on with His divine duties. However, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was prompt to give a “pat” on Akroora’s head! Bhagawan Krishna has this habit always – If someone is trying to be oversmart, He would immediately “swing into action” and show who He really is. This is the same treatment meted out to Indra, Bhagawan Brahma, etc. when they tried to underestimate Bhagawan Bala-Krishna as a mere ordinary child. Akroora was no exception here – Although being an ardent devotee, Akroora’s mind slipped for a moment into the Maya, and Bhagawan Krishna was quick enough to bring him back to normalcy. As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna showed His omni-presence when Akroora was standing in the Yamuna waters, he was taken to the cleaners! Akroora realized his folly then and there and understood that it was Bhagawan Bala-Krishna who was using him as an instrument to execute His divine tasks. 

This is the realization that all of us should cultivate as we move forward with our spiritual pursuit – We should have the maturity to dedicate all our Karma to Bhagawan’s divine lotus feet. We should realize that Bhagawan is using us as an instrument to achieve something big for the benefit of the world. For instance, this blog on “THE INDIAN DHARMA” is being written for the past four years now. This can be attributed in two ways – The first way is me taking the credit for it! I can easily say that it is only due to my consistent effort and persistence that this blog is successfully entering into the fifth year of its existence, with over 1.5 lakh viewership from almost 110 countries. I can be proud of myself for this feat. However, Bhagawan doesn’t like this. The reason Bhagawan doesn’t like such an attitude is because the reality is different, and this is the second way of attributing it – It is He who is using me as an instrument to propagate His “Charitra” through my writing and through this blog, which serves as a platform for thousands of readers to enjoy Bhagawan’s divine experiences. If such is the reality, how can I take credit for this fully? Thus, we need to understand that everything that happens in this world, including the bad and evil, is for a definite purpose and it is Bhagawan who fuels all of it for some reason, best known only to Him. 

We would have witnessed this in our life too – At times when we’re going through a rough phase in our life, we tend to get sober and undergo a lot of suffering in numerous ways. However, it is upto us to take it in the right spirit – This suffering that has come to us, is a resultant of our own past “Karma”, isn’t it? We’ve already witnessed this point many times when we discussed the “Karma Theory” in detail. If we’re going through a bad phase in life, we should understand that our “Paapa” account is getting washed away. Similarly, if we’re going through an extremely good phase in life, our “Punya” account is getting washed away. Ultimately we should remember that we would be able to attain “Moksha” only when both these accounts are nullified! Hence, whenever we undergo suffering, we should understand that it is for a good purpose. Indirectly, Bhagawan is trying to wash away all our “Paapa-Karma” by making us undergo the suffering. If we take it in this way, life becomes smoother, and we would also be able to strengthen our spiritual pursuit. Thus, the important point that we should understand today is that, whatever actions that we do, Bhagawan is behind each and every thing – Be it good or bad. Ultimately our birth in this world as a human being is itself for a purpose, isn’t it? The purpose of Bhagawan giving us this human birth with access to all the spiritual material is for us to use all this and attain “Moksha”. Our focus should only be on the ultimate goal and should try and not deviate away from it. This is what Akroora’s lesson teaches us. 

Moving on thus, Akroora is now back on the chariot and the journey to Mathura continues. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama are excited as they near the city limit of Mathura. They’ve so far been only in a rural setup, and it is for the first time in their lives that they’re entering a city. They’re amazed at seeing tall buildings and rows of houses here and there as they enter. So for today, let us also join hands with the two children and enter Mathura city along with them! 🙂 We shall wait till the next episode to witness what Bhagawan Bala-Krishna did next at Mathura! Stay tuned for an absorbing accord! 🙂 

Episode # 220 – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna teaches Akroora a befitting lesson – Proves His omni-presence!!!

We’re at an important juncture wherein Akroora is getting entangled into something that we too often get into – The worldly “Maya” or Illusion! At one moment Akroora understands that the little child who is sitting on the chariot is Bhagawan Himself, and suddenly in the next moment itself, the “Maya” is forcing Akroora to look at Bhagawan Bala-Krishna as a mere ordinary child! With this, Akroora is underestimating Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, as he goes down to the river bank for performing his regular “Nitya-Anushtaana” for the evening. Akroora has this mindset as he gets carried away with the “Maya” that it was he who is instrumental in bringing Bhagawan Bala-Krishna to Mathura, and that He couldn’t have found an alternate way to reach Mathura else. Akroora was thinking that he was doing a great favor to Bhagawan Krishna for performing His duty. This “I” attitude is what all of us have most of the time in whatever “Karma” that we perform in our day-to-day life. While we perform any action, little do we have a thought that it is Bhagawan who is making us perform it, along with the effort that we’re putting through. When we succeed in the action, we totally tend to forget Bhagawan’s divine hand in it. However, when we encounter failure, we would squarely put the blame on Bhagawan that He didn’t care to help us out! 

This is exactly what is happening in the case of Akroora. When Akroora is escorting Bhagawan Krishna from Gokula to Mathura, he fails to realize that Bhagawan is using him as an instrument to execute His divine duties. Instead, Akroora started to think that it was solely because of his effort, Bhagawan Krishna was able to move forward with His incarnation. We can see here how easy it is to slip off the track, even though one might be an ardent devotee. We’ve to be extremely careful in this context and make sure that our mind doesn’t wander away. It is very easy for the mind to stray off and it has happened in many ardent devotees’ contexts too. This is where “mind control” is the first thing that any spiritual aspirant should strive for. Once the mind is brought under control, all other aspects would automatically start falling in place. Of course, it is easier said than done! Especially in today’s scenario wherein we’re plagued with so much external disturbance in the form of our professional requirements, family commitments, social media, etc. it is very easy for our minds to get carried and driven away from Bhagawan. Given all these external commitments and disturbances, it is also scientifically proven that our mind today cannot be in one place and context for more than two minutes together. This might be a startling and a shocking fact for many of us, but such is the intensity of the disturbances in today’s scenario. Amidst all this, if we’ve to control our mind and focus on our spiritual growth, it is not an easy task for any of us! If Akroora is being carried away with the Maya even when Bhagawan Krishna is right in front of him, what can we say about ourselves? We’re not seeing Bhagawan every day, are we? In such a scenario, it is going to be even more difficult for us in terms of bringing our mind under control. 

Of course, I’m not trying to scare anybody here by saying all this. All that is important here is that we need to put the right effort to bring our mind under control. Although it is an extremely difficult thing to do, we’ve to have the consistency of effort. The issue with all of us is this – We would start everything in a grand fashion – Daily prayers, meditation, etc. However, after one or two days, our efforts would start withering off! That is primarily because of the fact that when we sit down for meditation, that is the time when our mind would wander the most! All sorts of thoughts would enter into our mind and it would take us all around the world! 🙂 Because of this, we would try once or twice, and unable to control our mind, we would give it up so easily! This is where the lack of consistency comes in. Just because we’re unable to control our thoughts, should we give up the entire action of meditation? The answer is “No”! We’ve to keep putting in repeated efforts to bring our thoughts under control. It is only with repeated efforts and consistency will our mind come under control. Thus, the point here is that, if Akroora is getting carried away even with Bhagawan’s divine presence near him, where are we? Don’t we need that extra effort to get things right? Let us think about this important point today and let us start doing the needful. 

Moving on further with Akroora’s case, now Bhagawan Bala-Krishna too realizes that Akroora is going a bit overboard with his thought process and that He has to teach him a lesson. As Akroora was performing his “Nitya-Anushtaana”, all of a sudden, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna appeared in front of him amidst the waters of the river. Upon seeing this, Akroora was shell-shocked! How can Bhagawan Bala-Krishna enter into the water just like that? Wasn’t He sitting on the chariot? With this thought, Akroora immediately turns around to have a look at the chariot! There also, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was sitting along with His brother, Balarama! Unable to believe this, Akroora again looks back into the river, and there too, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was standing along with His brother Balarama! It is only now Akroora realizes that Bhagawan Krishna is omni-present! His divine presence was not only restricted to the chariot alone, but He is present everywhere! This is exactly what Bhagawan Bala-Krishna assured to the people of Gokula when He came out. Now after seeing this, Akroora was suddenly able to make sense of what Bhagawan explained to the Gokula people! He’s ever going to be at Gokula with all His friends and devotees! Bhagawan Krishna and Gokula can never be separated from each other! Similarly, Bhagawan Krishna would still execute His divine duties in several other places too! 

With this, Akroora realized the significance of Bhagawan Krishna! So for today, let us also realize this significance of Bhagawan Krishna and let us realize the fact that Bhagawan is always with us at any point of time. It is this faith that is important here for us to move on with our spiritual growth. We shall wait till the next episode to witness the continuation of Akroora taking Bhagawan Krishna and Balarama to Mathura City! Stay tuned! 🙂

Episode # 219 – Akroora gets carried away by “Maya” (Illusion) for a moment!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Gokula giving a farewell to Bhagawan Bala-Krishna unwillingly and with a heavy heart. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna too acknowledges the ardent devotion of the Gokula people and assures them of His unending support and divine blessings at all times. Thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna gets on to the chariot along with His brother, Balarama and as Akroora rides the chariot, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna moves away swiftly from Gokula. The entire village is with a heavy heart and so is Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. However, His duties are compelling Him to move forward in His incarnation too. Thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna prioritizes His duties and gets along with Akroora to Mathura city, getting ready for a new phase of life thus. As the three of them are about to cross over the River Yamuna, it is dusk time (evening), and Akroora had to perform his “Nitya-Anushtaana” for the evening. Hence, Akroora stops the chariot at a small distance from the Yamuna river, requests the children to wait for ten to fifteen minutes before he comes back and takes them to Mathura again. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna too acknowledges Akroora’s request and off goes Akroora for his “Nitya-Anushtaana”. 

Now here comes yet another shocker for Akroora! As Akroora was performing his “Nitya-Anushtaana”, he was simultaneously admiring Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s divine physical form. He was internally worshipping Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and got engrossed into the beauty of HIs divine physical form. He was thinking within himself thus, “Oh! How does Kamsa have the heart to even harm this beautiful child? Forget killing.. How can one even think of causing any harm to this child? I’ve never seen a stone-hearted person as Kamsa!” Thinking thus, Akroora continues performing his “Nitya-Anushtaana” with tears of devotion in his eyes! 

As Akroora finishes it off, here comes a blip! Evern ardent devotees at times get carried away by the “Maya” (Illusion) of the world, and Akroora was no better an example for this! All of a sudden, a small thought came into Akroora’s mind that he was someone great and fortunate and that it was he who was instrumental in bringing Bhagawan Bala-Krishna to Mathura. Nobody else would have been able to do it! Akroora was thinking within himself that Bhagawan Krishna being an ordinary child, would not have been able to cross the Yamuna river bank to reach Mathura, and that He should thank him for His divine mission to continue further. Here, we’re witnessing an “I” attitude creeping inside Akroora all of a sudden! This made Akroora totally forget the fact that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is not an ordinary child by any means! 

This “I” attitude comes within all of us many times. We would have noticed that if we’re performing any action and if we’re putting the right effort towards achieving it, we would automatically get that “I” attitude, isn’t it? If we’re successfully completing that action, immediately we would think, “Oh! It is only because of my effort that I was able to complete this action successfully! Nobody else had a role in my success!” However, if we fail in our attempt to complete a task successfully what would our reaction be? We would immediately put the blame on Bhagawan, isn’t it? 🙂 We would think “Oh! Bhagawan never stands by me for anything in life! Why can’t He help me in fructifying my actions and effort?” 

This is where the problem lies – If we achieve something, we completely forget that Bhagawan is behind us as an instrument for success! However, if we fail in our attempt, we immediately fail to acknowledge that we’ve not put our effort, but conveniently put the blame on Bhagawan! This is where our selfish attitude comes into play, no matter whether we’re an ardent devotee or not! This is where the “Maya” comes into play, and we’ve to be extremely careful. Akroora is getting entangled into a similar web here – He’s thinking for a moment that it is only because of him, Bhagawan Krishna is able to come to Mathura! Now comes the interesting part – How is Bhagawan Bala-Krishna going to respond to Akroora’s “selfish” thought? How is Bhagawan going to teach Akroora a befitting lesson? Let us wait till the next episode to find out! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 218 – Bhagawan Krishna teaches “DETACHMENT” to Gokula as He leaves!!!

In the previous episode, we had been at an important juncture and a transition point in the divine incarnation of Bhagawan Krishna – He’s at a tipping point where He’s going to move from “Phase 1” to “Phase 2” of His incarnation. Phase 1 was for ten years – His childhood days, which He happily spent at Gokula as the son of Nandagopa and Mother Yashoda. We had witnessed this phase in a great detail for over 45 episodes here. As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is now ten years old, it is time for Him to move on with His other important duties. It is at this same time, Akroora enters the scene and is about to escort Bhagawan Krishna and Balarama from Gokula to Mathura. However, as Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is about to leave Gokula, the entire village is heart-broken! How can they leave their Bhagawan to go away just like that? As Bhagawan Krishna prepares Himself to leave, all the villagers including Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s childhood friends, the Gopikas, etc. start scolding Akroora left, right and center. They vent out all their frustration on poor Akroora, who was at the forefront of everything! He suddenly became the “villain” in all of Gokula people’s hearts, for the sole reason that he’s taking Bhagawan Bala-Krishna away from them! 

However, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna convinces all of them by saying that He would have to leave because it was the order of the king, and that, He had no other option but to obey the king’s instruction. He assures the Gokula people that He would certainly come back to all of them once the order of Kamsa is executed. As He said thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna gets on to the chariot and is driven away by Akroora towards Mathura. The entire Gokula village is dejected! Everybody had tears in their eyes and were unable to control their hard feelings. The Gopikas were devastated beyond words! They wanted to be alongside Bhagawan for their entire lifetime, but all of a sudden, Bhagawan left all of them alone, to fend for themselves! The entire village sank into despair. 

It was interesting to note even in yesterday’s episode that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna assured the Gokula village that He would come back to them at some point in time, but He never did that even once after this day. However, the Gokula people got impinged on to Bhagawan’s heart forever! Wherever Bhagawan Krishna went after this day, He carried all His Gokula people along with Him. He was emotionally mixed with Gokula, although He was not physically present amongst them. This shows clearly how Bhagawan Bala-Krishna gave practical lessons on “Detachment” to the Gokula people, even before He spoke at length about it in His Bhagawad Gita much later! The message is very clear – “Getting attached to even the physical form of Bhagawan or the Guru will itself pull us down in our spiritual progress!” We might wonder how is this possible? Why shouldn’t we get attached even towards Bhagawan’s beautiful physical form? Isn’t it only wrong that we do not get attached to worldly affairs? The answer is very simple – We’ve to internalize Bhagawan within us. If we do so, even the physical form of Bhagawan in front of us wouldn’t matter! This is the highest lesson in spirituality that Bhagawan Krishna is trying to teach the Gokula people, and in turn, all of us as well! 

As days progressed, whenever He’s free, Bhagawan Krishna thinks of Gokula and the people and sheds tears of love and compassion. Once, Uddhava, Bhagawan Krishna’s minister at Dwaaraka spotted Bhagawan in tears and asked Him for the reason. Bhagawan kept silent and didn’t answer Uddhava at that moment. However, He explained to Uddhava how He was so dear to the people of Gokula and how they’re missing His divine presence a lot. At that point, Uddhava didn’t understand the significance of what Bhagawan was explaining to HIm. Later on, after many years, Bhagawan Krishna once sent Uddhava to Gokula to check out on the people as to whether they still remember Him or not. Uddhava was also damn sure that the people would have forgotten Bhagawan Krishna by now! He thus goes and enquires to the Gopikas that whether they remember Him or not! To His dismay, the moment the Gopikas heard the name of “Krishna”, all of them jumped up immediately with immense joy and eagerly asked about Him to Uddhava! As Uddhava mentioned to them that Bhagawan Krishna is now the king of Dwaaraka, the Gopikas were immensely happy! They shed tears of joy and appreciated Uddhava’s words that Bhagawan still remembers all of them intact, and that this was what they were longing to hear. Although they didn’t see Bhagawan physically, they were so happy because they had internalized Bhagawan within them and they spent every moment of their time only with Bhagawan Krishna! Upon seeing this reaction from the Gopikas, Uddhava really understood what the Gopikas mean to Bhagawan Krishna! 

So for today, let us understand these important lessons of “Detachment from Bhagawan’s physical form” and “Internalizing Bhagawan within us”, through this event of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna leaving Gokula forever. We shall wait till the next episode to continue this discussion further! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 217 – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna leaves Gokula once and forever!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Akroora reaching Gokula and being welcomed by Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and His brother Balarama. As Akroora enters inside, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama fall on Akroora’s feet as a token of respect to the senior person. Akroora did not expect even a bit of this from Bhagawan Bala-Krishna as he was shell-shocked! Who is falling on to whose feet? It should be the reverse isn’t it? Akroora should be falling onto Bhagawan’s divine feet, but the contrary is what was happening. Akroora thus immediately lifted Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama and submitted the small amount of flowers and fruits that he had brought for both of them as a token of his devotion. Bhagawan accepts the token of devotion from Akroora, makes him comfortable and asks him the reason of his visit. Upon this, Akroora explains that Kamsa was organizing a “Dhanur Yaga” and that, he wanted Bhagawan Bala-Krishna to be a part of it. Akroora also explains that he has come to Gokula to take Bhagawan Bala-Krishna along with him while returning back to Mathura. 

As Akroora says thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna too thinks within Himself thus, “Oh! Ten years have passed by at Gokula! I think it’s time for us to move on in life, with our other important agendas. We have a lot to accomplish, and we cannot stay on at Gokula any longer!” Thinking thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna has a look and a smile at Balarama and replies back to Akroora thus, “Oh Akroora! I too think that I should be part of the great Dhanur Yaga being organized by my uncle, Kamsa. I’m sure it would be a grand event. Also, all through my life I’ve been in a village setup here at Gokula. So it would be a wonderful opportunity for me and Balarama to have a glimpse of the urban lifestyle at Mathura. Hence, myself and Balarama are ready to come along with you to Mathura. Please take us!” 

Upon hearing this from Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, Akroora was very happy and excited. He was getting yet another opportunity to take the two children on his chariot, all the way to Mathura. As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was getting ready to leave Gokula, the entire village was shell-shocked! How come all of a sudden Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is leaving Gokula once and for all? Is He never going to come back ever again? Mother Yashoda and Nandagopa did not know what to reply to Akroora. However, since it was the order from the king, they weren’t able to say much to Akroora. Meanwhile, all the Gopikas gathered around Akroora and Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and enquired what was happening. When they came to know that Bhagawan is leaving Gokula for good, they couldn’t bear that separation. Unable to hide their emotions thus, all the Gopikas start scolding Akroora left, right and center! The Gopikas scold thus, “Oh! Who gave you the name “Akroora”? You are supposed to be a “Kroora” who is separating Bhagawan from all of us! How did you get that intention to separate Bhagawan from His ardent devotees? Moreover, if Bhagawan Bala-Krishna goes to the city, He would come across beautifully dressed girls and women, who would also talk and interact sweetly! We are villagers, and we do not have that capacity to dress beautifully and talk sweetly! Once He gets to meet them, He will forget all of us!” 

Saying thus, the Gopikas were in tears. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s childhood friends too were in tears as they couldn’t bare this cruel separation! However, as Bhagawan is set to leave, He gives an assurance thus, “Oh Gopikas and all my friends! Let me assure you this to all of you – No matter wherever I am and whatever I do from now onwards, all of you will always have a special place in my heart! I shall never forget your ardent love and devotion that you’re showing towards me till date. I request you to bear this physical separation for a while and I shall come back to all of you very soon!” It is very interesting to note here that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is promising that He would come back to Gokula some time later, but till the end of His incarnation, Bhagawan Krishna never came back to Gokula even once. Many years later when Bhagawan Krishna went to Dwaaraka, He once sent His minister, Uddhava to Gokula to check on the Gopikas. That was it! 

However, the lesson that we should learn here is that we should be able to detach ourselves even from Bhagawan’s divine physical form. We should internalize Bhagawan completely into our heart and soul and thereby continue our Bhakti-Bhaava towards Him! So for today, let us learn this hard lesson through Bhagawan Bala-Krishna leaving Gokula forever, and let us join hands with the Gokula villagers to bid a send off to Bhagawan Krishna once and forever! We shall continue this in the next episode and till then, stay tuned! 🙂