In the previous episode, we had witnessed the continuation of Sage Paraashara’s explanation as to why Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is stealing butter from the Gokula residences and also a deeper significance behind why Bhagawan Bala-Krishna preferred to spend ample time with young women in Gokula, as well as the Gopikas at Vrindavan. We’ve witnessed how young women are unconditional in their approach towards Bhagawan, and this is what attracts Bhagawan towards them in turn. This of course doesn’t mean that older people, married women and men of all categories aren’t devotional to Bhagawan. For Bhagawan, all of us, living beings are the same. It is only up to us to make our mind to approach Bhagawan and surrender to His divine lotus feet. For all those who unconditionally surrender to Bhagawan, it is for all of us to witness how He makes sure that we reach the ultimate Moksha. Not only in this Krishna-Avatara – We’ve witnessed at “n” number of occasions in the past as to how Bhagawan immediately attends devotees’ fervent calls. We’ve seen how Prahlaada was attended to by Bhagawan Narasimha, we’ve seen how Vibhishana, Hanuman, etc. were attended to by Bhagawan Rama, and now we’re going to witness in the coming episodes as to how Bhagawan Krishna is going to attend to His ardent devotees one after the other. Hence, it is up to us to inculcate that faith in ourselves.
We might have this question at this point in time – We’re in the Kali Yuga at this point in time. We’ve never witnessed Bhagawan coming down to this earth till now. All these Prahlaada, Vibhishana examples happened in the previous “Yugas”. How does this apply to this present Kali Yuga that we’re living at the moment? Yes, it is a valid question, and we might encounter the same question from our children as we narrate all these stories to them. They might ask this question with all their innocence. How do we answer them? The answer to this question should always be that, “Bhagawan would definitely come down and help us attain Moksha, provided our Bhakti is sincere and ardent!” This has been true in various occasions as well – For instance, when the great music composer, Saint Thiyagaraja Swami was in his old age, he had the greatest fortune of obtaining the divine darshan of Bhagawan Rama, Lakshmana and Mother Sita in front of him as he attained Moksha then and there! Many of us might know, Saint Thiyagaraja was an ardent devotee of Bhagawan Rama and most of his compositions are on Bhagawan Rama, which are widely sung even today in all the Carnatic music concerts worldwide. In similar lines, many of us might have heard the tales of Meerabai – How Bhagawan Krishna ensured that He absorbs her into His divine form. There are innumerable tales at one of Bhagawan Krishna’s most auspicious places of “Pandarpur” (Bhagawan Panduranga) wherein at many occasions, Bhagawan Krishna had appeared in person during this Kali Yuga in front of His ardent devotees.
Thus, when our children innocently ask us this question, we should never discourage them by saying Bhagawan wouldn’t come down to this world during the Kali Yuga. If we say so, we would end up rupturing their ardent and innocent devotion towards Bhagawan. Their level of Bhakti would come down drastically as their minds would get shattered completely. Instead, we should always encourage them by saying that Bhagawan would definitely come and appear in front, provided we show the worthiness of it to Him. We should tell the children that they should first make themselves eligible for seeing Bhagawan in His divine form, and thereby, motivate them to follow the path of “Bhakti-Maarga”.
So for today, let us understand this important point and let us wait till the next episode to continue with Sage Paraashara’s accord on Bhagawan Bala-Krishna! Stay tuned! 🙂