Episode # 192 – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna – The “GOVARDHANA – GIRIDHAARI”!!!

We’re at the midst of a very important juncture now wherein the village of Gokula is being pounded continuously by a huge “cloud-burst”, thanks to the arrogance and fury unleashed by Indra with the help of his “able deputy”, Varuna Bhagawan. All this is happening right under the nose of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, who in fact, is orchestrating the entire show! He’s just waiting for the right time to teach Indra a befitting lesson for all what he’s doing. By unleashing his fury on Gokula and by giving into Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s “instigations” against him, Indra is clearly falling into the trap laid by Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, only to be shown his place sooner or later. As the rains are pounding Gokula continuously, all the people, animals, etc. in the village are scampering for shelter and protection. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna now swings into action after realizing that it is time to take things under His control. He ultimately has the responsibility of protecting all His devotees, isn’t it? 

Thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna takes the initiative and drives the entire village along with its residents,  cows and other animals towards the Govardhana Mountain. He appeals to the village that all of them pray to the Govardhana Mountain, to which all the offerings were made. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna assures that by praying to the Govardhana Mountain, it is going to be the savior of all of them! As He says thus, He quickly advances towards the Govardhana Mountain and checks the dimensions of it with His naked eyes for a moment! Bhagawan Bala-Krishna thinks within Himself thus, “Okay! Now enough is enough! If I succeed in lifting up this Govardhana Mountain in my hands, the entire village can come under the mountain base and this would act as a shelter from the blasting rains fuelled by Indra. In this way, the rains fuelled by Indra and Varuna would be ineffective, as not even a single drop of water would seep into the mountain. Let me teach them a lesson by lifting this mountain with my hands and through this, let them know that this Krishna is not an ordinary boy to be grossly underestimated!” 

Thinking thus, within the next few moments, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna quickly bends down towards the Govardhana Mountain, offers His respects to it and tries to lift the entire mountain with His small hands! As this was happening, the entire ground shook for a few seconds and this took the entire Gokula village by surprise and shock! All the elders including Mother Yashoda and Nandagopa were shell-shocked to see what was happening in front of them! Their little son, hardly 7-8 years old is trying to lift a huge mountain? He’s not even the size of an ant, as compared to the Govardhana Mountain! How is this going to happen? As the people look on with awe, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna succeeds in lifting the entire mountain in His hands! Moreover, the entire mountain rests in clean balance over His small finger, if not on the entire palm atleast! What a miracle is this! How can a little boy balance a huge mountain on His small finger? The entire village was speechless with shock! 

As Bhaagwan Bala-Krishna lifts the Govardhana Mountain on His little finger, He appeals to all the people out there to come under the shelter. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna says thus, “Oh people! Now look at how the Govardhana Mountain is acting as a savior for all of us! All your offerings to the Govardhana Mountain have now born fruit! Now this mountain is going to give shelter for all of us and is going to render Indra’s ploy useless. Let him keep pounding with the rains. Now who cares? All of you – Please come under this Govardhana Mountain and accept its blessings!” Saying thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna ensures that the entire village, including the cows, animals, birds, etc. fit under the huge Govardhana Mountain and is protected from the torrential rains pounding Gokula. This is how Bhagawan Bala-Krishna saves the entire village and protects His devotees, and this is why we worship Bhagawan Bala-Krishna as the “Govardhana-Giridhaari”, which means, the little boy who has the Govardhana Mountain in His hands, so as to protect His devotees. 

So for today, let us all use this opportunity to worship our dear “Govardhana-Giridhaari” with all our “Bhakti”, and let us wait till the next episode to witness what happened to Indra and Co. henceforth! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 191 – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna escorts the entire Gokula village to the “Govardhana” Mountain!!!

We’re at an important juncture wherein Gokula is getting pounded with heavy rains, courtesy, Indra and Varuna Bhagawan together. As we’ve witnessed, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna rubbed salt on Indra’s wounds of being jealous and insecure over his position at the “Deva-Lokha” by denying him the offerings from the people of Gokula. Infuriated by this, Indra decides that it’s time to show this “Little Boy” that he’s more powerful. Thus, with the help of Varuna Bhagawan, he unleashes his fury in the form of torrential rains – An unprecedented rainy situation that Gokula had never seen till date. The rains were pounding thick and fast and were soon flooding the entire village, along with the banks of River Yamuna. The rain waters entered into the cowsheds, thus, leaving a trail of suffering for the cows to save themselves. Along with the rain, the winds were strong too, gusting upto great speeds, which pulled down thatched houses in the village. This rendered many people to be homeless and were left scrambling around for shelter to protect themselves and their belongings. Gokula was subjected to such a great fury from Indra and Co. in reciprocal to Bhagawan Bala-Krishna snubbing him. 

As this was happening, it was an utter chaos all around. People were seen running from pillar to post to save their loved ones and their belongings. Upon seeing this, few elders in the village rushed to Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and seeked a solution for this great mishap. Irrespective of the chaotic situation out there, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was calm and composed and He also tried to calm down His people. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna replied to His people thus, “Oh people! Don’t worry about what is happening! This is the work of this wicked Indra. This is what I was waiting for. Now do you see how crooked this Indra is? It is to this fellow that all of you were offering so much, isn’t it? He has shown his true color today and how nasty he can be if he’s not satisfied! Fine! Let us teach this fellow a lesson!” 

As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna said thus, the people didn’t understand the message – Of course, all of them were scampering for their life. It was a life-death situation at Gokula as the water level was dangerously rising everywhere. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna continued thus, “Oh people! Now that we’ve offered all our spiritual offerings to the Govardhana Mountain, let the Govardhana Mountain only protect all of us! So let us all join together and go to that place and offer our prayers to it!” As the people heard thus, they were left with no other option but to make their way towards the Govardhana Mountain. The entire village followed Bhagawan Bala-Krishna towards the Govardhana Mountain amidst the pouring rain, which was never showing any signs of abating. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama made sure that all the citizens of Gokula village came along with them and ensured that none were left out – Including children, old aged people, etc. Every house in Gokula was evacuated and the entire village marched towards the Govardhana Mountain. 

As the village gathers around, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna takes the initiative to go forward and perform one of the most important “Leelas”.What is this “Leela” going to be? How is Bhagawan Bala-Krishna going to protect the people of Gokula? Let us wait till tomorrow for an absorbing episode on this! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 190 – Indra unleashes his fury – Torrential rains pound Gokula!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed how Bhagawan Bala-Krishna “frustrated” Indra more and more with His “diktat” to the people of Gokula. Small boy as He was, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna had the potential to influence the entire Gokula village to “not” offer anything to Indra and instead offer everything to the nearby Govardhana Mountain. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna had built up a convincing narrative saying that Indra was a useless person and that he wasn’t responsible in any way for the seasonal changes that were happening. Even if he had any sort of control on the seasons, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna questioned Indra’s contribution in it – He was only taking everything from the people and in return, gave nothing to the people of Gokula. Thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna concluded to the Gokula people that Indra is none other than a bunch of waste and, instead of pleasing a useless person with all these good food items, the nearby Govardhana Mountain (Being a representative of Mother Nature) could be a recipient of all the spiritual and food offerings. Saying thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna had brainwashed the people of Gokula and the offering was made to the Govardhana Mountain. 

As this was happening, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna consumed all the food items kept there singlehandedly and declared that it was the Govardhana Mountain that accepted all these offerings wholeheartedly from the people of Gokula! This irked Indra even more! How can a “small boy” wreak havoc like this within just a wink of an eye? Indra clearly underestimated Bhagawan Bala-Krishna here, even though he knows that it is Bhagawan Vishnu at work. Perhaps he thought that Bhagawan Vishnu was a little boy and what best can He achieve as He was young in age! Indra thus decided to show his might on the people of Gokula and “punish” them for what they’ve done. 

With all his anger and frustration, Indra calls out to Varuna Bhagawan, who was incharge of the rain. Indra gives Varuna Bhagawan clear instructions to “destroy” Gokula with intense and fierce rains that they wouldn’t have ever seen in their lifetime. Accordingly, Varuna Bhagawan mustered up all his energy and prepared himself for the assault. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna knew that this was coming along and He too made Himself to face Varuna Bhagawan’s assault. The clouds started towering over Gokula village with a great thunderous sound. The entire place became dark within no time and the people were taken by surprise. This was an unseasonal happening and the people couldn’t understand what was happening. 

All of a sudden, the rains began. Varuna Bhagawan was in full fury in no time and the rains started pounding Gokula village. The winds gusts were up to great speeds and thatched huts, cow sheds, etc. were blown away within minutes! The water level in the Yamuna river also started to rise dangerously and it threatened to flood the entire Gokula village in no time. The rainfall was continuing unabated and it was like a typical “cloud-burst” that we see during the monsoon seasons at some places today. We can imagine how intense the rain would have been. As this was happening, the entire village started scampering here and there for shelter. The cows were at the verge of being washed away and people were in a fix as to whom to save – The cows or themselves! 

As this was conspiring in full flow, Indra was celebrating with joy upon seeing the entire village getting drowned. Varuna Bhagawan was instructed to increase his fury even more. Indra clearly communicated the message that this wasn’t enough! Minute after minute the fury was on the rise and people were literally becoming helpless! What is Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s counteraction going to be? Is He going to take Indra to task for what he’s unleashing on Gokula? Let’s wait for tomorrow’s episode to find out! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 189 – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna directs all spiritual offerings towards the “Govardhana Mountain” & NOT to Indra!!!

In the previous episode, we had commenced to witness one of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s most important “Leelas”, wherein He’s going to take on Indra and show him his place. As discussed yesterday. Indra, who is the leader of the “Devas” (Celestial Beings) is a bit arrogant by nature. He has a lot of self-pride about his position of being the leader and has a  lot of desire to sustain in that position forever. If anyone tries to challenge his position through any means, he starts becoming jittery and insecure about himself. Even if Bhagawan wants him to do something out of his way and if that is going to threaten his position as a leader, Indra wouldn’t come forward. Such is his attitude, and every now and then Bhagawan gives him some “dosage” to keep him in check. In similar lines, here too, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna gives him a “reality check”. 

As part of the annual “Anna-Koota-Utsava” at Gokula village, people used to have a practice of cooking tonnes of various food items and offer all of it to Indra as a token of gratitude for the various seasons that happen throughout the year. In other words, it is like a thanksgiving for the bountiful rains, bountiful agricultural output, adequate sunlight, etc. and this is directed towards Indra as a customary practice. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna came to know of it from His parents and other elders at Gokula, and at the same time, Indra was also jealous about Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s growing popularity in the world. He started to have his fear (quite as usual) that one fine day Bhagawan Bala-Krishna would come to him and stake claim of the “Deva-Lokha” too. With this feeling of jealousy and fear, Indra was eagerly waiting for all the offerings from the Gokula people. 

As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna hears about the customary practice, He replies to the people of Gokula thus, “Oh people! Just think for a moment – Bountiful rains, adequate sunlight, etc. are all acts of nature and those of Bhagawan. What is the role of this Indra here? Do you really think Indra is the one who is giving you all of these? Never! All that Indra is doing is to obtain all the offerings from you, eat nicely and leave all of you in the lurch! So instead of offering such nice food items to such crooks, why don’t you offer the same to this Govardhana mountain that is in front of all of us here? Isn’t this mountain responsible for the rains that we receive? Isn’t this mountain responsible for all the plants and animals that thrive here? So let us offer all these food items to Mother Nature from today onwards, and let us ditch this useless Indra!” 

As the people of Gokula hear this “seemingly amusing” explanation from Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, they start laughing aloud. How can a customary practice be changed all of a sudden? How do you offer food to a mountain? Won’t Indra get angry if such a drastic change happens? These were the intriguing questions that the Gokula people were having in their minds as Bhagawan Bala-Krishna lets out His proposal. In order to reassure the people of Gokula and to wipe off their fear that they were having, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna explains once more thus, “Oh people! Please understand! Indra is of no use to anyone. He is not the one who is granting us the bountiful rains and seasons. It is a natural phenomenon that takes place on its own, irrespective of what Indra does and not does. Hence, let us not worry about what Indra would do if we deny him his offering. In fact, this would be a good opportunity to show Indra his place and to check his arrogance!” 

As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna assertively says thus, the people of Gokula are slowly now getting convinced and the entire offering is now directed towards the Govardhana Mountain. As the prayers and the customary spiritual practices were on the move, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna sees this as an opportunity to relish all the food items that were kept there! Without anyone noticing, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna eats all the butter, sweets, curd, etc. and empties the carts upon which all the food was kept! As the spiritual offerings come to an end, the people open their eyes and to their dismay, the entire cart was empty! Upon this, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna explains thus, “Look! This Govardhana mountain has proved to all of us that it is the savior of Gokula and the entire world! It has accepted all our offerings by consuming all what we’ve offered! Hence from now on, this Govardhana Mountain should be our deity to be worshipped, and not this stupid Indra!” 

As this was happening, Indra was seeing all of this from his “Deva-Lokha” and was furious! What he was thinking that shouldn’t happen, is happening right in front of his two eyes! He is now getting even more frustrated because Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is snubbing him left, right and center! What is Indra’s reaction going to be? Is he going to stab Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Gokula? Let’s wait for an absorbing episode on this tomorrow! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 188 – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna readies Himself to expose Indra’s jealousy!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Bhagawan Bala-Krishna killing the next Raakshasa, Dhenuka. As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was growing up, He was increasing in popularity and was taking everybody in awe. Unable to bear this meteoric rise of this child, Kamsa was fuming. Moreover, Kamsa knew that he is just letting his enemy grow from power to power. He had to somehow take control of the situation before it became too late for him. Thus, he first sends Dhenuka to finish Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. However, as we’ve witnessed yesterday, Dhenuka wasn’t able to bear Bhagawan’s “Chakra-Aayudha” (The divine Chakra). The “Chakra-Aayudha” was way too powerful for Dhenuka and ultimately he was killed by it. 

Unable to bear the news that Dhenuka was killed, Kamsa turned up for another plan. He has so far lost Poothana, Chakataasura and now Dhenuka. What does he do now? He turns to the next person in the list – Pralambasura. Now what is this Pralambasura going to do? He came to Gokula with a fearful human form, very similar to Dhenuka. He tried to scare off everyone with his fearful form, but not Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. He was steadfast towards Pralambasura and opposed him straightaway. As the fight grew fierce by the moment, Pralambasura was at the receiving end and eventually was killed by Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. This sent severe shockwaves to Kamsa, who was grossly underestimating his enemy till now. 

As this was happening at Gokula, wherein Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was neutralizing enemy after enemy, all the Devas were watching keenly. On one hand they were overwhelmed with happiness as Bhagawan was finally beginning to put an end to the atrocities of the Raakshasas, whereas on the other hand there was one person who was starting to feel jealous of what was happening. This person was none other than Indra himself. As we know, Indra is the leader of the Devas. As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was destroying Raakshasa after Raakshasa, Indra was having a feeling with himself that as all the Raakshasas are getting destroyed, his position as the leader of Devas is getting threatened. Maybe Bhagawan Bala-Krishna might claim this position next by defeating Indra? Is this Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s next agenda on the cards? These were the thoughts that were running in Indra’s mind.

This is not the first time Indra is having such thoughts of insecurity. We’ve seen in the past as well in many instances wherein Indra was marred with such insecure thoughts of losing his position to someone else. Even when the divine “Amrit” was being distributed by Bhagawan Vishnu, we had witnessed how Indra was feeling insecure and was extremely concerned whether he would get his share of the “Amrit” or not. Same is the case here too. Thus, with this insecure feeling, Indra was spending day after day with a lot of uneasiness. This is the time when Bhagawan Bala-Krishna decided to teach Indra a lesson for his high level of jealousy and insecurity. 

There was a practice in Gokula village of offering food to Indra from each and every home. This is often referred to as the “Anna-Koota Utsava”. This happens when the season changes from one to the other. As this day was fast approaching, the entire Gokula village was in a big festive mood. There was food preparation going on at every home in Gokula on a grand scale, like never before. Upon seeing this, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was overwhelmed with joy. He runs to His mother and asks why is all this being done. Mother Yashoda replies to her darling son thus, “Oh Krishna! Today is a very auspicious day wherein the season changes from one to the other. We’re now moving from the summer to the rainy season. Thus, to welcome the new season, the usual practice here at Gokula is to offer mass food to Indra as a token of gratitude for all what he has given to us! This is why there is mass food preparation at every home in Gokula”. 

Upon listening to this from His mother, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was amused! He was thinking within Himself thus, “Oh wow! Look at the wrath of this Indra! How has he brainwashed people in such a way that he projects himself as the supreme lord of this whole world! Who is the lord here? Myself or Indra? Fine! Let me teach this Indra a lesson today! Let me show Indra his place! This much arrogance and insecurity is not good for this Indra as he thinks too much about himself!” Deciding thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna decides to “irritate” Indra and see what his reaction is going to be. 

Now what is Bhagawan Bala-Krishna going to do which is going to irritate Indra? An absorbing episode awaits us tomorrow! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 187 – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna kills Raakshasa Dhenuka!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed the continuation of the discussion on some important spiritual and management lessons that we can learn from Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s divine “Leela” of the famous “Kaaliya-Nardhana”. More than the spiritual aspect, we had witnessed the management and leadership aspects of this important phase, wherein we had seen how arrogance brings down great leaders and great organizations. No matter how much we might be great or talented or highly revered, if we do not have the humility in us to “stay on the ground”, arrogance and pride are going to overtake within us, which is ultimately going to bring about our downfall. This is exactly what we’ve been seeing repeatedly time and again, in the case of Ravana, Kumbhakarna, Kamsa, Duryodhana, Guru Dhronachaarya, etc. All of them were great kings and powerful in their own ways. However, it is just because they were arrogant at different points in time, they had to meet a huge downfall. This is exactly what is happening in the case of Snake Kaaliya too. Thus, it is very important for us to grasp this learning from this part of the divine “Krishna Leela”. 

Moving on further thus, Sage Paraashara explains in detail about how a Raakshasa called “Dhenuka” was killed by Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. Now till this point, we hadn’t witnessed anything from Kamsa’s end, isn’t it? After the advent of Poothana and Chakadaasura, we did not hear anything from Mathura. Perhaps, Kamsa himself thought that this little boy is too hot to handle at this point and was waiting till he grows up a bit, so that he can handle Bhagawan Bala-Krishna better. But now, Kamsa gets to know how popular is Bhagawan Bala-Krishna becoming at Gokula and how is He becoming a reckoning force to deal with. He also hears about how Bhagawan Bala-Krishna dealt with the all-powerful Snake Kaaliya and with this, Kamsa thinks that he has had enough! He’s letting his enemy grow a bit too much in power and the time has come for him to put an end to all this. Hence, he turns towards Raakshasa Dhenuka and instructs him to go to Gokula and to “do the needful”! 

Accordingly, Dhenuka comes towards Gokula and he starts breathing fire. He starts destroying anything and everything that comes his way, including plants, trees, animals, human beings, etc. All are getting burnt down brutally by Dhenkua. As Dhenuka approaches Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, he tries to “fire” Him down. However, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is not someone who’s going to be budged down by such tricks and gimmicks! Upon waiting for the right time, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna employs His divine “Chakra-Aayudha” and allows it to do the talking! As the “Chakra” advances forward, Dhenuka’s fire gets neutralized, and with that, he becomes completely powerless. Now the “Chakra” starts chasing Dhenuka and he now has to run for his life. The “Chakra” is not going to leave him and is chasing him wherever he goes. Finally Dhenuka had to give up and with that, the “Chakra” spins off his head! Dhenuka falls on the ground dead! 

As this conspires, Kamsa was waiting anxiously for Dhenuka to return, just as he was waiting for Poothana and Chakataasura. The result was the same as it was meted out to both of them earlier. This leads Kamsa to chart out another plan – This time it is going to be Pralambhaasura. Now what is he going to do? Is Pralambhaasura going to be successful in taming down Bhagawan Bala-Krishna? Let’s wait till the next episode to witness! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 186 – “Arrogance paves way for downfall” – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s key message through the “Kaaliya Nardhana”!!!

In the previous episode, we were witnessing some important spiritual / management lessons and messages that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is trying to convey to all of us from His divine “Kaaliya-Nardhana”. Of course, the spiritual message is loud and clear here – One of the most important ways through which a “Bhakta” can attain Bhagawan is through dance. Just like how we had witnessed music to be one form, here, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna illustrates that dance is also one form of coming closer to Bhagawan. Secondly and most importantly, we’ve witnessed how arrogance and greed are two detrimental qualities for living beings. Snake Kaaliya was an embodiment of these two qualities and through this episode, we had witnessed how people with arrogance and greed meet a ghastly end to their lives and ultimately they have to transcend to the “Naraka Lokha”. In our earlier Ramayana project too we’ve witnessed how Ravana was an epitome of arrogance and greed and how he was taken down by Bhagawan Rama. Ravana otherwise, was an extremely powerful and extremely talented person by nature. However, it was just because of his arrogance he had to meet his downfall.

If we look at the leadership aspect of things, readers might remember that during our Ramayana project we had discussed sixteen important qualities of a leader, through the “Kalyana Gunas” of Bhagawan Rama. In that, the very first quality of leadership that we had discussed was “Gunavaan”, which can also be equated to “Sousheelyam”. This simply means that a true leader is a person who goes down to the level of his / her followers to understand their grievances and problems, sits with them, discusses solutions with them and implements them for their benefit and upliftment. Even today in the corporate world, many organizations are extremely successful because they have leaders who fulfill this important quality of leadership. Many of us might know the likes of Shri. JRD Tata and Ratan Tata, who were great leaders of the Tata Group of companies in India. One of the reasons why employees in the Tata group of companies are extremely loyal to their organization is due to this innate quality of their leaders. 

Now what happens if the leader becomes a control-freak and highly autocratic in functioning? In the management context, employee’s start losing the respect and trust towards the leader and in such organizations, we shall also witness huge attrition rates. Attrition rate is a HR terminology that indicates the number of employee’s leaving the organization per year in the percentage form. If the attrition rate (percentage) is very high in an organization, it means that the work culture and the leadership in the organization is extremely bad and detrimental to employee’s. Now the question here is, what makes such leaders a control-freak? The main reason is arrogance and because of this, they tend to misuse their power to bully people and derive monetary and non-monetary benefits out of it. In today’s scenario, we’re witnessing a lot of this – Right from our third-rated politicians, who come to power only to swindle and loot public money (The entire political class in India is an example for this), to few company CEO’s wherein corruption and scandals are their only goals of life – This problem pervades in every nook and corner of the society. Moreover, there are some people who become sadistic in nature just because they have the power and authority in their hands. Such leaders are extremely dangerous to the society and they can go to any extent to use people for their own selfish personal gains. 

Thus, we can see here that the root cause of these kinds of societal issues is arrogance, and this is exactly what Snake Kaaliya is an embodiment of. Thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is trying to convey the message that arrogance leads to downfall sooner or later. There can never be a situation wherein arrogance wins anything in this world. Bhagawan Krishna too in His later part of the incarnation, highlights the point through the Mahabharata war as well. No matter how many powerful people were present in the Kaurava camp, Bhagawan Krishna’s divine grace enabled the Paandavas to overcome all of them with ease. The Kaurava camp had the power and valor, but their arrogance brought about their downfall, isn’t it? This is the lesson that all of us need to learn as we move forward with our spiritual journey. 

So for today, let us understand this lesson that arrogance paves way for our downfall, and let us do the needful with regards to this. We shall continue this discussion forward in the next episode and further move on with Sage Paraashara’s beautiful explanation of the next divine “Krishna Leela”! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 185 – Spiritual & Management lessons from Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s “KAALIYA-NARDHANA”!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Bhagawan Bala-Krishna performing the beautiful and rapturous “Kaaliya-Nardhana”, which captures the Gokula people and the animals into divine bliss. This is yet another instance wherein Bhagawan Bala-Krishna conveys a message to His ardent devotees that He alone is the savior of this world. We had witnessed how Bhagawan Bala-Krishna danced over the heads of Snake Kaaliya and playfully brought down his arrogance and greed. As we witness this beautiful episode of the “Krishna Leela”, there are few important spiritual and management lessons that we need to learn here. Let us discuss some of them in today’s episode. 

First and foremost, with the divine “Kaaliya-Nardhanaa”, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna propagates the message to the world that “Abhinaya” (Dance) is yet another beautiful methodology to experience Bhagawan and attain “Moksha”. Just like how we had witnessed earlier with regards to how music is one such methodology, here, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna indicates the significance of dance as a form of capturing the “Bhakta’s” attention towards Him. Thus, to the visual treat of the Gokula people, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna performs the divine “Kaaliya-Nardhana”. This is one way of looking at it. 

The second and the most important way of looking at this episode of “Kaaliya-Nardhana” is that, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna conveys how arrogance and greed are prime enemies to mankind and how these two bad qualities prove to be detrimental to one’s spiritual growth. Snake Kaaliya was an embodiment of arrogance and greed. He was arrogant because he had in him the world’s most treacherous poison that can kill any living being in this world. With that, Snake Kaaliya thought that he could bring the entire world under his control by taking all living beings to ransom. Secondly, Snake Kaaliya had the greed to be the supreme power and authority in this world. Having power and authority is not wrong, but if not used judiciously, the leader is going to face all sorts of problems. This is exactly what Snake Kaaliya is illustrating here. He had all the powers in the world. But because he tried to use them to destroy living beings, Bhagawan had to intervene and show him his place. 

Apart from this, we shall now witness why Bhagawan Bala-Krishna performed the divine dance. As we might have heard many times from our elders – “Arrogance – If it breaches the limit, it goes directly to the head!” In other words, we might often seen the usage of this term called “head-weight”. This term is often used to describe people who think too much about themselves and not being humble and down to earth. For instance, if a person is good at some art form like music, he / she should realize that there might be many such people in this world who might be as good as him / her in music, or better than him / her in it. Just because this person sings well and gets appreciation from others, it doesn’t mean that he / she would go around the world and boast around. If this person is going around doing so, it means that his / her ego level has risen beyond a permissible point. Once the ego level rises to uncontrollable levels, it starts getting to the person’s head directly. Once this ego reaches the head, this becomes arrogance. This is why we use this term called “head-weight” to describe a person who has a lot of arrogance and self-pride. 

Having understood what is “head-weight” here, we can now come back to the Snake Kaaliya’s context – As Snake Kaaliya was becoming arrogant by the day, he had enormous head-weight that nobody in this world is as powerful as him to stop his atrocities. Thus, his bad actions were on the rise. It is at this point, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna decided to teach him a lesson. He thus danced over Snake Kaaliya’s head(s) to illustrate the point that arrogance starts from the head and if one has to bring it down, he / she should start bringing down the ego from the head. As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is pressing each and every head of Snake Kaaliya, his arrogance and ego came down, and eventually he realized his folly. 

Thus, these are some of the most important messages that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is trying to convey through this divine “Kaaliya-Nardhana” episode. We shall continue with this discussion in the next episode as well, as we move on with the next divine “Leela” of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 184 – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna performs the divine “KAALIYA – NARDHANA”!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Bhagawan Bala-Krishna winning over Snake Kaaliya. As we had witnessed a fierce fight between the two, the entire Gokula village was tense, including Mother Yashoda. She was shattered that her beloved son had “drowned” into the waters of River Yamuna, after failing to come up within some time. As this was happening on the banks, an intense battle was going on between Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Snake Kaaliya beneath the waters. However, as time progressed, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna too realized that He has had enough with this Snake Kaaliya, and that His Gokula devotees are anxiously waiting for His arrival. He thus wins over Snake Kaaliya within the next few moments and with that, issues a “Diktat” to Snake Kaaliya that he dare comes near the banks of the river ever again. Meanwhile, Snake Kaaliya too realizes whom he was fighting with. He obeys Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s instructions and pledges that he would not create any nuisance to people anymore. 

With this agreement, both Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Snake Kaaliya rise above the waters together. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is now standing over Snake Kaaliya’s heads. It should be remembered that Snake Kaaliya had multiple heads and was huge in structure. Thus, Bhagawan Krishna arises above the waters with His divine feet pressed upon Snake Kaaliya’s heads. As the entire Gokula village sees this divine form of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, they were ecstatic and overjoyed! Firstly, they were relieved that their beloved son of the land was safe and secure. Secondly, they were more relieved because the dangerous and poisonous Snake Kaaliya had been neutralized by Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. There is no more fear of poison in the water anymore. Along with the people of Gokula, even the animals including the cows heaved a huge sigh of relief. Now they can drink water from the Yamuna bank as usual, without any fear. 

As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna arises out of the waters, He performs the divine “Kaaliya-Nardhanam” (Divine dance over the head of Snake Kaaliya), which is very famous. Now we shall experience Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s divine dance over Snake Kaaliya. As we had witnessed that Snake Kaaliya had multiple heads, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna jumped up from the first head to the third head. Subsequently He keeps one foot firmly on the third head and jumps on to the fifth head. Subsequently, He plants His foot firmly on the fifth head and jumps up to the seventh head. In this fashion, as Bhagawan Bala-Krishna goes from left to right, He jumps up on all the odd numbered heads (1,3,5,7, etc.). Now as He comes from the right to the left, He now jumps up on all the even numbered heads (2,4,6,8, etc.). Bhagawan Bala-Krishna continued this act for some time, and He thus eventually changes the sequence from time to time. This was a beautiful sight for all the people of Gokula to witness and enjoy. 

As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was performing the divine dance (“Kaaliya-Nardhanam”), Snake Kaaliya too cooperated beautifully by pressing his heads in such a way that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna found it easier to slip from one head to the other. This added to the beauty wherein there was a total sync between Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s footsteps and the movements of Snake Kaaliya’s heads. Thus, Gokula got to witness one of the most beautiful and important incidents of this “Kaaliya-Nardhana” and the entire village was rapturously caught in divine bliss. This is one of the most divine experiences that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna gave to His ardent devotees in Gokula, which impinged on their minds forever. 

So for today, let us also join hands with the people of Gokula and enjoy the divine “Kaaliya-Nardhana” and we shall wait till the next episode to continue with Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s next important divine “Leela” as narrated by Sage Paraashara! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 183 – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna wins over Snake Kaaliya!!!

We’re at an important juncture wherein a fierce battle is going on between Snake Kaaliya and Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. We’ve seen yesterday how Bhagawan Bala-Krishna decided to take on Snake Kaaliya single handedly, even though He knew that Snake Kaaliya was not an easy enemy to tackle. Snake Kaaliya was extremely poisonous that he was literally killing anybody and everybody including animals and birds who came in contact with the water that was poisoned by him. Snake Kaaliya, unlike other Raakshasas who came and attacked, was sitting in one place and unleashing his fury on everyone. After a few days of such recklessness, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna decided that He has had enough with this Snake Kaaliya. He voluntarily takes up the job of “cleaning him up” from Gokula and on the pretext of retrieving the ball with which the kids were playing, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna jumps into the river bed and goes searching for this treacherous enemy. As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna advances further closer to Snake Kaaliya, the poisonous plumes increase and Snake Kaaliya realizes that there’s an enemy who has come to take him on. 

As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna advances further, no matter how much poisonous plumes He had to encounter, Snake Kaaliya realizes that this little boy isn’t an ordinary enemy who can be killed just by poisoning Him. He thus unleashes his long tail towards Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, rolls Him into it and tries to squeeze Him out. Thus, trying to free Himself from the clutches of Snake Kaaliya’s fierce tail, a huge fight breaks out between the two. On one hand, Snake Kaaliya is trying to show all his might and on the other hand, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is showing why He’s the all-pervading “Paramatma” – The fight continues on and on for a long time. Meanwhile, people in Gokula, including Mother Yashoda and Nandagopa are getting to know what had happened to their son. The entire village gathers near the bank of River Yamuna, eagerly waiting for their beloved Bhagawan Bala-Krishna to come out. However, as time progressed, the fear of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna getting drowned into the river water engulfed each and everyone in Gokula. Mother Yashoda is getting shattered every moment that is passing by as she’s desperately crying for help. However, due to the fear of Snake Kaaliya, none of them is coming forward to jump into the river and help Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. 

As this fear was gripping, people started collapsing and falling on the ground unconscious. Mother Yashoda too was at the verge of collapsing on the ground due to the fear and fatigue. Meanwhile, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna too realized that time is running out, and people are waiting for Him outside. He has had enough. He suddenly grows in size, thus tearing Snake Kaaliya’s tail apart! Bhagawan Bala-Krishna frees Himself very easily thus, from the clutches of the snake and directly now attacks the head portion of Snake Kaaliya. As Snake Kaaliya was thus being captured left, right and center by Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, he is running out of options now to save himself. One more moment, and Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is going to ensure that Snake Kaaliya is history.

Realizing thus, Snake Kaaliya immediately seeks unconditional forgiveness to Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. He thus realizes as to who has come in front of him. Snake Kaaliya is also realizing who he himself was. He was none other than one of the forms of Bhagawan Aadisesha, who is the serpent-bed of Bhagawan Vishnu at Vaikunta! Thus, Snake Kaaliya realizes his folly of taking on his Bhagawan Vishnu, and eventually surrenders to His lotus feet unconditionally. As this happens, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna doesn’t kill Snake Kaaliya and leaves him with a warning not to come closer to the river banks again and disturb people around. 

Saying thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Snake Kaaliya together rise up the waters as Bhagawan Bala-Krishna performs the famous Kaaliya-Nardhana (Divine dance over Snake Kaaliya’s head). Upon seeing Bhagawan Bala-Krishna alive, the entire Gokula village came back to life again. Mother Yashoda was relieved to the core. She was extremely happy to see her son alive and safe without any injury. So for today, let us experience this moment wherein Bhagawan Krishna has won over Snake Kaaliya and we shall wait till the next episode to witness the beautiful “Kaaliya-Nardhana” that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is going to perform! Stay tuned for the absorbing episode! 🙂