In the previous episode we had continued upon an important discussion on how do we develop the sense of “detachment” in this world and how does Bhagawan Himself propagate this point in a big way. He has done so by walking the talk during the Ramayana time, and has stressed upon a lot during the Mahabharata time, as part of the Bhagawad Gita. Thus in this Kali Yuga, if we’ve to make a firm step forward towards Dharma, we need to cultivate this quality called “detachment”. The moment we start taking sides because of various reasons of attachment, we would start deviating from the path of Dharma.
This is not only applicable to the spiritual development of a human being, but also applicable in modern-day management and leadership too. If for instance, we’re a head of a big corporate company and if we’ve to take key decisions that might be very important for the company to propel forward with growth, many people around us might be in consensus and some people might be otherwise. Whatever might be the decision that we would want to implement, there would always be opposition from some quarters of employees. Just because there is an opposition or consensus, should both of these affect our decision-making? The answer is “never”! Of course, we should be considerate towards our employees and look into why some people are opposing the decision. We should use our discrimination capability to understand what is right or wrong at that point in time for the company. In other words, our decisions should be in the interest of the company moving forward, and not entirely as per the interest of the self as well as one particular group of employees. This is a very important point in corporate management and in leadership as well. If a leader takes sides, there might be huge repercussion of a revolt within the organization, isn’t it? As an effective leader thus, we should make sure that we take the neutral stance in any decision that we take. This art of taking a neutral stance in decision-making is what we call as “detachment”. Thus, “detachment” is extremely important in every walk of life – Be it personal, spiritual or professional! Hence, let us spare a thought to this important point again and again as we move into the next segment.
As mentioned in the previous episode, this conversation between Sage Pauraanika and his disciples set the tone for the commencement of Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana and its applicability to the Kali Yuga is immense! As we move into more of it, we shall witness two important stories that come as part of the “Paadma Puraana”, that talks about Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana and it’s significance. We shall witness the first story today and the next one tomorrow.
“Katham brahmam dheena mukhaha kuthas chintaataro bhavaan!
Tvaritham ramyate kutra kutascha aagamanam tava!!”
Once upon a time, the great Sage Naarada was roaming around the earth with a worried face! As Sage Naarada was passing through a place wherein a group of other Sages were sitting and discussing something, these Sages thought within themselves, “Oh! We’ve never seen Sage Naarada so sad and worried! Normally we are the ones who feel worried due to so many reasons! But what is the problem with him?” Thinking thus, these sages call Sage Naarada and ask him what was his problem! Upon which, Sage Naarada replies thus:
“Aham tu prithiveenyaataha nyaathvaa sarvotthamaa nithi!”
Sage Naarada explains his concern thus, “Oh Sages! You’ve asked an important question to me! I’m sad and worried because as I travel across the world, I never see even one place wherein Dharma has an upper hand! I even tried to visit some “Punya-Kshetras” across Bhaarata Desha, but in vein! As Bhagawan Krishna departed to Vaikunta, all the good happenings in this world have come down drastically! This is the reason why I’m sad!”
Listening to Sage Naarada thus, the other sages ask him back, “Oh Sage Naarada! It’s indeed a huge concern for all of us too! But tell us, which are those “Punya-Kshetras” you’ve visited so far in your journey?” Sage Naarada replies thus:
“Pushkaram cha prayaagam cha kaasheem godaavareem tathaa!
Harikshetram kurukshetram sree rangam sethu bandhanam!!
Yevamaadishu theerteshu bhramamaanamitastataha!”
We ourselves can infer which are all those “Punya-Kshetras” that Sage Naarada has visited! Those places include, Pushkar, Prayaag (Modern day Allahabad, or Prayagraj, wherein three rivers Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati meet. Also called “Triveni-Sangamam”), Varanasi, banks of river Godavari, Kurukshetra, Sri Rangam (Near Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu) and Rameshwaram (Abode of “Ram-Sethu”). Thus Sage Naarada explains to all the other sages that he has gone to all of these places, but did not find any Dharma that is happening anywhere!
Sage Naarada continues further thus, “As I was going along all these places, I came to the place called “Mathura” on the banks of river Yamuna. On one side I find Mathura, on the other side I find Gokulam! On the other side I find a beautiful place called Brindaavan and on the other side I find the scenic Govardhana mountain! These are the places wherein Bhagawan Krishna spent most of his childhood days!”
Now why is Sage Naarada stressing upon this particular place so much? We shall wait till the next episode to find out! Stay tuned! 😊