In the previous episode, we had witnessed how we can still evade the “Karma” cycle in this Kali Yuga and attain “Moksha”. The only solution for this is to exhibit complete surrender towards Bhagawan’s divine lotus feet. We as normal “Jeevatmas” do not have the power and capacity to “force ourselves” out of this Karma cycle. However, it doesn’t mean that we are completely doomed. Bhagawan Krishna clearly explains in His Bhagawad Gita that if His divine grace intervenes in the middle, it can pull us out of the Karma cycle and can ultimately channelize us towards “Moksha”. Moreover, this point is not only true for the Dwaapara Yuga. This point made by Bhagawan Krishna in the Bhagawad Gita is true for all Yugas. Hence, there is no excuse from our end to not exhibit complete surrender towards Bhagawan. We should have faith first. Only if we have the faith towards Bhagawan, we would be able to exhibit surrender and leave the result of our actions for Him to decide.
This is exactly what Bhagawan Krishna explains in His Bhagawad Gita in one of the most important slokas. We might all know this sloka very well. Bhagawan Krishna says thus,
“Sarva dharmaan parithyajjya maam ekam sharanam vraja!
Aham tvaa sarva paapebhyo moksha ishyaami maashuchaha!!”
Here, Bhagawan Krishna clearly explains thus, “Oh Arjuna! Have faith in me and I’m the only one who can bring you out of all your “Karma”. I’m the person who destroys the ill-effects of your Karma and ultimately grants Moksha! So please do not worry! Surrender to my feet! I shall take care of you!” If Bhagawan Himself declares so, isn’t it bound to be true? So let us think and decide for ourselves individually and act!
Moving on thus, as Sage Paraashara is narrating how this Kali Yuga is going to be from here on, he recalls a very interesting conversation between Sage Vyaasa and a few Maharishis. Once upon a time, Sage Vyaasa comes to the Ganga River to take a holy dip. As Sage Vyaasa arrives on the banks of River Ganges, there was a group of Maharishis who came to pay their oblations and respects to the great sage. As they do so, these Maharishis had three questions to ask Sage Vyaasa. Thus, as Sage Vyaasa finishes his customary dip in the river, he turns towards them and utters three responses. These responses were exactly the answers for the three questions that these sages were about to ask him. We should note here that the sages haven’t asked even a single question yet. However, Sage Vyaasa was so powerful with his penance that he understood that these were the questions that the sages were about to ask him. His answers were very simple and uttered three important points here. Sage Vyaasa says thus, “Oh Maharishis! Please understand! From here on, three elements in this world are going to be of high respect. First one is the “Shudras”! Second one is “Women” and the third is “Kali”! Thus, Sage Vyaasa says this and quickly leaves the place in a hurry!
We must ponder over an important point here. Let us wait till the next episode to commence an important discussion on this. Stay tuned! 🙂