Episode # 23 – “Worldly attachments keep pegging us away from Dharma in Kali Yuga” – Sage Pauranika’s warning!!!

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In the previous episode, we had witnessed the continuation of Sage Pauraanika’s reply on why should we visit “Punya-Kshetras”. The benefits of doing so are enormous and this is one of the most important ways in which we can stay focused in the path of Dharma in this Kali Yuga. As we’ve witnessed over the past few episodes, this Kali Yuga has all the ingredients to pull us away from Bhakti and from Bhagawan. So it is up to us to follow the advice given by Sage Pauraanika, so as to escape those ingredients that might hamper our spiritual progress. As Sage Pauraanika talks about the “Punya-Kshetras”, many of us are aware that our Bhaarata Desha is a hub of these important places. Across the entire length and breadth of the country, we have innumerable places of worship that are extremely holy and sacred. These “Punya-Kshetras” not only comprises of temples, but also of many other aspects. We have sacred rivers (Like River Ganges, Yamuna, Narmada, Godavari, Cauvery, etc.), sacred forests (Like Naimisharanya), sacred cities (Like Ayodhya, Dwaraka, Varanasi, Gaya, etc.), sacred sea coasts (Like Rameshwaram, Tiruchendur, etc.), sacred bridge (Ram-Sethu), etc. All of these put together comprise of the “Punya-Kshetras”.

Now we would have an important question here – How do we say that our sins would be washed away if we visit these Punya-Kshetras? The answer is simple – This assurance of our sins being washed away upon visiting Punya-Kshetras is directly given by Bhagawan Himself. If Bhagawan has said something, how can that become false? For instance, during the Ramayana project we had witnessed how Bhagawan Rama Himself made sure that the Ram-Sethu bridge that was built by the Vaanara army to cross over to the Sri Lankan side is highlighted in a big way to all people. As Bhagawan Rama, along with Mother Sita, Vibhishana, etc. take to the “Pushpaka Vimaana” and cross over this bridge, Bhagawan Rama shows this particular bridge to Mother Sita and says thus, “Oh Sita! This is the bridge that I had built along with Sugriva and Co. to cross over into Lanka. This bridge in future, is going to be a very important place of worship, wherein thousands and thousands of people would come to this place and take bath. By doing so, all of their sins would completely be washed away and this is my assurance to all my devotees! So Sita, please have a closer look at this bridge and bless it with your merciful eyes!” Hearing that from her husband, Mother Sita looks at the bridge and blesses it with her beautiful look and from that point onwards, this place called “Rameshwaram” in the south-Indian state of Tamil Nadu has become an important place of worship for people from all over the country. It is believed even today that if one takes bath in the Rameshwaram beach, all our sins are completely washed away at that instant itself. Similar to that of Rameshwaram, every other “Punya-Kshetra” has the same effect and this is why Sage Pauraanika gives this point as a valuable advice during the advent of the Kali Yuga.

Moreover, if we look at it from the “awareness” angle, the more we visit temples of holy significance, the more is the opportunity for us to learn about Bhagawan. Every “Punya-Kshetra” has its own association with Bhagawan and there would have been something extremely significant and miraculous that would have taken place at that point. Hence, if we visit these places and try to learn all of these significances by sitting at that place, our level of Bhakti would automatically start increasing. Our spiritual growth is directly proportional to the increase of Bhakti. Hence for all these reasons, we should make it a point that we spend some time of ours in visiting these important places, so that our spiritual growth is taken care of.

Now moving on further with Sage Pauraanika’s reply, he talks about detachment of our mind.

“Yevam Prasanna manasaha bhagawath bhakti yogataha!

Bhagawath tathva vignyaanam mukta sangasya jaayate!!”

Here Sage Pauraanika talks about something that we struggle to achieve every day! He says thus, “In this Kali Yuga, people would get attached to so many unwanted things that would pull and repel them away from Bhagawan and Bhakti! Because of this attachment, people would start going behind those things and start craving for them. This would eventually go into such an extent that they would even forget Bhagawan in the process!”

As Sage Pauraanika issues this warning, we need to ponder over – In what all ways is my mind getting attached? It might be attachment towards our family, attachment towards our physical and mental desires, attachment towards food items, etc. The list goes on and on! However, the deeper question that needs to be asked here is, how do we come out of these worldly attachments? The only way is to focus our mind on Bhagawan. It is easier said than done, of course! But we do not have an option here! We should somehow by hook or crook, try and tame our mind that runs like a mad monkey here and there, and make it focus on Bhagawan. Once we’re able to slowly do it over time, our spiritual maturity increases, which in turn aids us to inch closer and closer to Bhagawan.

So for today, let us start pondering over this point on attachments pegging us back on our pursuit towards Dharma. We shall continue this important discussion in the next episode also and witness few more important aspects of it. Stay tuned! 😊

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Kerala, India. A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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