In the previous episode, we had witnessed how Bhagawan Bala-Krishna granted the highest “Moksha” to an ordinary fruit vendor who had come knocking at His door for selling fruits. In exchange of the fruits, we had witnessed how Bhagawan Bala-Krishna brought some food grains in HIs tiny hands, to give the old woman. However, upon looking at Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s little palms, the old woman quickly realized whom she was talking with. She knew that this child standing in front of her was none other than Bhagawan Vishnu in the form of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, and hence she wasn’t interested anymore in these food grains or the fruits. She saw this opportunity and negotiated with Bhagawan whether He’s ready to grant her the highest “Moksha” in exchange with the fruits that she had in her basket! Impressed with her unconditional surrender and spiritual maturity, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna too granted her wish and straightaway, this old women fled off to Vaikunta! Thus, we had witnessed how an ordinary woman who doesn’t have any knowledge of our scriptures and spiritual austerities is also able to attain “Moksha” with ease.
So what is that we can learn from this particular segment of the “Krishna-Leela”? In fact, there are two important points that we need to discuss here, and let us carry forward this in today’s episode. Firstly, we should understand that for Bhagawan, all of us are equal. There is no difference between a highly learned scholar and an illiterate in Bhagawan’s eyes. All these differences are for the “Shareera” (Physical body) and not of the “Atman”. We’ve witnessed this point earlier as well, when we were discussing the narratives of Sage Jada-Bharata. This same point is now illustrated and shown to us by Bhagawan Krishna Himself. Thus, we should realize that there’s no point in comparing amongst ourselves – In terms of education, knowledge, richness, poorness, caste, color, creed, race, gender, etc. Also, there’s no point in complaining about others as well. If we’ve to attain Moksha, no matter who we are, we’ve to put our individual effort, as per our capacity. If we do so, Bhagawan is surely going to respond. How can a father stay quiet if His child is crying his heart out? We should have this faith firmly in our mind as we progress spiritually. Thus, the point here is that, irrespective of whoever we are, Bhagawan is going to grant us the highest “Moksha”, if our efforts and devotion are in the right direction.
Secondly, even if we’re channelizing our efforts to attain “Moksha”, how ready are we to take that “offer” from Bhagawan? We’ve witnessed in the fruit-vendor case that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna had granted her the “Moksha” immediately and she too was ready to accept it. We should imagine ourselves in the place of the fruit vendor for a moment and ask within ourselves thus, “Oh! If Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is going to appear in front of us at this very moment and is ready to grant us the “Moksha”, will we be ready to accept it at this moment itself and go off?” This is the real test here – If at all such a situation comes, what would our normal reaction be? We would immediately start negotiating with Bhagawan Bala-Krishna thus, “Oh Bhagawan! I still have various commitments to fulfill in this lifetime – I’ve to have kids, educate them, marry them off, set them in life, and maybe, at the end of this birth, please come in front of me again, and I shall take up your offer!” 🙂
This might be funny at the onset, but there’s definitely a deeper meaning to this – If we’re showing our readiness and willingness to immediately accept Bhagawan’s offer, it shows that we’re of the highest order of Bhakti! Whereas, if we’re trying to “beat around the bush” with Bhagawan, giving all sorts of reasons for not accepting His offer, it simply means that we’re getting carried away by the “Maya” (Worldly pleasures). So this is a check-point for all of us here. We should ask this question individually within each one of us to check how ready we are today, to attain “Moksha”, if Bhagawan is willing to offer it at this moment itself. The more we’re getting ready with an answer “Yes”, it means that we’re more and more getting detached towards worldly objects and pleasures. However, if our “No” answer is weighing more, it simply means that we’re engrossed into worldly attachments!
So for today, let us understand this important point and let us conduct a check for ourselves. We shall wait till the next episode to continue this discussion forward! Stay tuned! 🙂