We’re at a stage wherein we’re making a strong and a positive commencement of the Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana with the “Dhyaana Slokas”. We’ve witnessed one yesterday and today we shall continue with the other important slokas along with their meaning and the message that they convey to us. As mentioned yesterday, the “Dhyaana Slokas” are the introductory part of any scriptural text that form part of the Sanaathana Dharma, wherein the grace of the author and Bhagawan are invoked through them as we commence our pursuit. In yesterday’s sloka, we had witnessed Bhagawan Vishnu himself asserting to the world that whoever makes an attempt to consciously listen to, understand and / or recite the Bhaagawatha Puraana are all extremely close to His heart and they are in for His divine grace and blessings! This is a very important message first-up! If Bhagawan is going to get pleased by this particular task of ours, then we can very well do it with our full involvement and total dedication. Hence, starting today, let us put in our full effort to know, recite, read and understand the contents of this great text.
Now moving on further, we shall witness the next important sloka that comes in line with the previous one. Here, we’re going to witness an extremely significant message. How is Shrimad Bhaagwatha Puraana relevant and important in this Kali Yuga? As all of us know by now that we’re amidst the Kali Yuga, which is amongst the four main Yugas that the world goes through. We might often keep wondering – Do all of these scriptural texts that we read and understand relate to the Kali Yuga directly? If yes, how? Why is Shrimad Bhaagwatha Puraana considered very important in this Kali Yuga? Let’s witness the reasons thus:
“Shrimad bhaagawathee vaarthaa suraanaamapi durlabhaa!
Menire bhagawathroopam shaastram bhaagawatham kalao!!”
Now let us witness the relevance here – As many of us might know, at the end of the Dwaapara Yuga, Bhagawan Krishna realizes that it is time for him to go back to Vaikunta and thus, after the descent of Bhagawan Krishna, the Kali Yuga commences officially. However, as Bhagawan Krishna leaves for Vaikunta, His disciples catch hold of His feet and beg him to stay on for some more years. Amongst all of them, there was a representative by name Uddhava, who was a great devotee of Bhagawan Krishna. Uddhava, on behalf of all his peers, request Bhagawan Krishna thus: “Oh Krishna! So far, we’ve been living under your divine guidance and under your umbrella’s shadow. Now if you suddenly leave us alone and go to Vaikunta, how will we live here without you? Till today, we’ve never realized that this day would come wherein we’ve to live without your divine presence! Now we’re totally incapable to live without your presence around us!”
Uddhava continues further thus: “Oh Krishna!! We feel that, either you shouldn’t have come to this world at all – Or you should live with us permanently! If you wouldn’t have come to this world, we would have lived our lives somehow, irrespective of whether we’re right or wrong! Now that you had come and lived along with us for these many years, and if you’ve to leave us abruptly like this, it is a real shocker for all of us! We cannot imagine a future without you! Thus, either you take us along with you, or you don’t go away from us! Please consider either one of these two options!”
Upon listening to this from Uddhava, Bhagawan Krishna himself moves to tears! He hasn’t witnessed this level of devotion and love from his people so far. He hugs Uddhava with him and gives a reply thus: “Oh Uddhava and Co.! I’m moved by your ardent and sincere devotion towards me! However, my time to go back to Vaikunta has come and nothing can stop me unfortunately. However, you don’t need to worry about my absence. You might not be able to feel my presence or see me in this Kali Yuga directly through your naked eyes. I cannot give you my physical “darshan” beyond this Dwaapara Yuga. However, even though I might not be in the physical form in this Kali Yuga until it’s end, I shall make one important arrangement for all of you – I shall enter into the text of Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana in an invisible form. Those of you who spend time on this text, can feel my presence here. You can either recite it, or listen to it from someone who is an expert in it, or write it, or do whatever possible with it! You can even think of the slokas in this Bhaagawatha Puraana in your mind, focus and meditate on me. You would still feel my presence in it! Thus, Uddhava! Please do not worry about my physical absence. You can still feel my divine presence through this sacred text!”
Saying thus, Bhagawan Krishna takes leave from this world and bids adieu to Uddhava and Co. and transcends to Vaikunta. Doing thus simultaneously, Bhagawan Krishna enters into this sacred text of Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana in the divine invisible form and as we read and go through the contents of this great text, we can feel Bhagawan Krishna’s divine presence amongst all of us! If Bhagawan Himself has given this assurance to all of us, what more assurance do we want? So let us focus our full attention to this text and let us take it episode after episode and through thus, invoke the divine presence of Bhagawan Krishna and His grace. We shall wait till the next episode to move ahead further. Stay tuned! 😊