Episode # 253 – Attaining “Moksha” in this Kali Yuga is easy! BUT…..

In the previous episode, we had witnessed the continuation of Sage Veda-Vyaasa’s accord on the three things that would gain extraordinary prominence during this Kali Yuga. One was Shudras, the second one being women and the tone being “Kali”. Sage Paraashara clearly explains how these three would gain prominence and how easy it would be to attain “Moksha” in this Kali Yuga. Of course, Sage Vyaasa did not offer any explanation beyond uttering these three words, but great Maharishis who came after him offered insightful explanations on this. We had witnessed one such detailed accord in the past two episodes and in yesterday’s episode, we had witnessed how “Kali” plays an important role here. It is evident from various descriptions in our Sanaatana Dharma literature as to how easy it is to gain “Punya” in this Kali Yuga, as compared to the other previous Yugas. In the Kali Yuga, whatever can be attained with strenuous efforts over a period of a year, can be attained within a single day. 

However, the catch point here is that, Kali Purusha would try and push us constantly into the “Maya”. Although it might sound very juicy that it is easy to attain “Moksha” in this Kali Yuga, we should make the right effort towards attaining it, isn’t it? This is where the Kali Purusha plays a very important role. If our mind is strongly focused and channelized towards Bhagawan, Kali Purusha wouldn’t disturb us. Whereas, if we’re going to wander here and there, Kali Purusha is only going to encourage us to wander more and more, thus ultimately pushing us away from Bhagawan every passing day. With this, we would never be able to reach Bhagawan, even though the path might sound very easy! This is where we need to be very careful. We should ensure that we do not deviate from the path. It is like walking on a “knife-edge”. It is very easy for us to fall apart too. So in this case, what do we do? The answer is very simple again – All we can do as normal people is to once again surrender to Bhagawan, in order to enable us to stay focused. It is because, it is only Bhagawan who is going to grant us “Moksha”. For that to happen, we’ve to stay focused. In order to stay focused and not deviate, we should again seek the help of none other than Bhagawan Himself! This is what we refer to in our Sanaatana Dharma literature as complete and total surrender towards Bhagawan. In other words, even to focus our mind towards Bhagawan, we need to seek His divine grace. It is only with His grace, we would be even able to think about Bhagawan! Hence, let us understand this point today very clearly. 

Thus, we can understand here that the Kali Yuga is very tricky. On one hand, it might sound very easy to attain “Moksha”, but on the other hand, it might become extremely tough to follow that easy path to attain “Moksha”. This is one explanation. There is another dimension to this as well. If we look at the “Karma Theory”, our “Paapa Karma” would constantly keep hindering our spiritual progress. This is where we’ve to be very careful. Everytime when we get distracted from our spiritual progress, we should remember that our “Paapa Karma” is coming in front of us. Thus, every time when we surrender to Bhagawan, our “Paapa Karma” would keep getting washed away, thereby enabling us to progress further in our spiritual pursuit. This is the reason why our ancestors have laid enormous emphasis on performing our “Nitya-Anushtaana” every day without fail. If we are from a Brahmin family, it is mandatory for us to perform the “Sandyavandana” thrice a day. As we keep performing the “Sandhyavandana” constantly, we would get rid of our “Paapa Karma” slowly, thereby our path becoming clearer towards Bhagawan. Performing our “Nitya-Anushtaana” is like clearing the pathway of all the unwanted bushes. Just like how we clear the road of all the dirt, our “Paapa Karma” is getting cleared with the help of the “Nitya-Anushtaana” that we perform every day. Once our path is cleared, all whatever Sage Veda-Vyaasa has said would start coming true. 

So for today, let us understand this point very clearly, and with this, we’ve officially come to the end of the Shri Vishnu Puraana project. We’ve shortened this project a bit, because I’m going to cover some untouched points in the next upcoming mega project which I will be unveiling within the next couple of days. We shall eagerly wait for that as well and for tomorrow, we shall witness the “Rukmini Kalyana” of Bhagawan Krishna to lend the final touches to our Shri Vishnu Puraana project. Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 252 – It is the easiest to attain “Moksha” during the Kali Yuga – Sage Veda-Vyasa explains!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed two out of the three things that would gain a lot of prominence in this Kali Yuga, as per Sage Veda-Vyaasa’s narrative. Sage Paraashara is explaining this to Sage Maithreya to highlight the characteristics of this Kali Yuga and how it is going to pan out in the future. In this regard, Sage Vyaasa had explained three important things that would be very prominent in this Kali Yuga, viz., “Shudras”, “Women” and “Kali”. We’ve seen how the “Shudras” and “Women” would be very significant elements in this Kali Yuga and how it is going to be very easy for these people to attain “Moksha” here. We’ve seen that the “Shudras” do not require to follow any strict austerities and spiritual practices to attain “Moksha”. By just merely chanting Bhagawan’s divine names, Shudras can attain “Moksha”. Similarly for women, Sage Vyaasa means that they too are not required to be involved in complex Veda-chanting and other Mantra-Chanting. They are not required to go out and earn, so as to protect the family. Instead, they can do simple things like cooking, and other allied “Kainkarya” with a noble heart and through this, they can easily attain “Moksha”. 

In the course of yesterday’s episode, we had witnessed a small offshoot discussion as to how the Vedas provide a lot of empowerment and respect to women. In the modern day we talk a lot about “women empowerment” and there is a big misconception that our Sanaatana Dharma doesn’t empower women as much as it does to men. In fact, this is a wrong talk. Our Sanaatana Dharma, in fact, provides the highest amount of respect and empowerment to women than any other religion in this world. We’re witnessing in few other religions today where women are treated as slaves and how they’re ill-treated by men for their own personal pleasure and satisfaction. Our Sanaatana Dharma doesn’t provide an inch of space for such improper conduct towards women. In fact, our Sanaatana Dharma only explains how easy it is for a woman to attain the highest “Moksha”, and this is exactly what Sage Veda-Vyaasa is talking about here too. 

Moving on further thus, the third important aspect that Sage Vyaasa talks about is the “Kali”. Now we might wonder why Kali is being celebrated here. In fact, we should understand an important point here – Whatever “Punya” that we can earn during the “”Krita Yuga” by performing good actions in a span of ten years can be earnt within a year in the “Tretha Yuga”. Whatever “Punya” that can be earned during the “Tretha Yuga” by performing good actions in a span of one year can be earnt within a month in the “Dwaapara Yuga”. Similarly, whatever “Punya” that can be earned during the “Dwaapara Yuga” by performing the same good deeds in a span of a month, can be earned within a day during this “Kali Yuga”. We can see the difference and complexities involved here in different Yugas, isn’t it? In other words, this present “Kali Yuga” gives us an opportunity to earn more and more “Punya” without much difficulty and time lag. But the “catch point” here is that, the Kali Purusha would try and evade us from doing any sort of good deeds by unleashing the “Maya” or “Illusion”. People would be driven away more and more by worldly pleasures and with this, the golden opportunities that Bhagawan is giving for people in this Kali Yuga would be hidden. It is only those who can unlock this “hidden secret” kept by Bhagawan, would be successful in this Kali Yuga in attaining “Moksha”. 

Thus, the point is very simple and straightforward here – The Kali Yuga presents us with a wide array of opportunities to attain “Moksha”, however, it is up to us to make use of the same. Of course, these opportunities would be hidden and it is only with our focus and resolve we can unlock them. This is exactly what Sage Veda-Vyaasa is trying to explain here, and for today, let us understand this important point and let us do the needful starting today itself. The more we delay, the more opportunities we lose. So let us remember this point very clearly and focus our actions on something good for us and for the world. We shall wait till the next episode to continue this discussion further! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 251 – Why are Shudras & women at an advantage during this Kali Yuga? Sage Vyaasa explains!!!

In the previous episode, we witnessed a very interesting conversation between a group of Maharishis and Sage Vyaasa with regards to the Kali Yuga and how is it going to pan out in the future. This conversation is being narrated by Sage Paraashara to Sage Maithreya, and Sage Vyaasa explains a very important point here. He clearly says that three things in this world would gain a lot of prominence in the coming Yuga – Shudras, Women and Kali. As Sage Vyaasa says thus, he quickly leaves that place and walks away. After he goes away, the Maharishis get together and discuss why did Sage Vyaasa say these three things and walk away without giving any further explanation. In fact, great Maharishis wouldn’t talk much like how we do today! They would answer the question to the point and leave it at that. They wouldn’t give any further explanations, until and unless we ask for it. Sometimes, even if we ask for it, they wouldn’t give the detailing. This is how Maharishis communicate, and to this, we have a famous proverb too – “Golden words shouldn’t be repeated more than once”! Perhaps this proverb was derived from the way in which Sage Vyaasa and other great Maharishis communicated during yesteryears! 

As we’re discussing this point throug, we might wonder why Sage Vyaasa is talking about these three things in particular. Now let us get into the details which this group of Maharishis are discussing right now. The first to gain prominence are the “Shudras”. Why “Shudras” and not “Brahmins”? We might all know that the “Brahmins” are the only sect of people as per the “Varnaashrama Dharma” to perform the “Veda-Adhyayana” and propagate the Vedas to the world. The “Brahmins” are the only people who are authorized to perform spiritual practices. If that is the case, why is Sage Vyaasa saying that the “Shudras” are more at advantage in this Kali Yuga as compared to the “Brahmins”? The reason is simple – “Brahmins” have to take a lot of strain and effort to focus constantly on spiritual practices and thereby attain “Moksha” through perfection. However, for the “Shudras”, this is never the case. If they merely chant Bhagawan’s divine names even without any austerity or rules, they would be able to attain “Moksha” quite easily without any strain. Thus, since the “Shudras” have this advantage, they are at a greater advantage as compared to the other sects of people. 

Second in this list are women. Why are women at an advantage more than men? It is men who have to be proficient in all the “Manthras”, “Yantras”, “Nitya-Anushtaana”, “Veda Adhyayana”, etc. Moreover, it is the men’s responsibility to go out, earn money and support the family. Women are at ease from all this, isn’t it? All women have to do is to ensure that Bhagawan is duly taken care of with adequate “Prasad”, and other related “Kainkarya” (Service to Bhagawan). Of course, in the modern day there are many questions that are being raised in the form of “Gender Equality”. People are asking why women shouldn’t chant Vedas? Why shouldn’t women perform any sort of “Nitya-Anushtana”? Moreover, why shoudn’t women go out and work? As per the Vedas, it doesn’t mean that women “shouldn’t” do all this. The Vedas explain that women “need not” do all this. There is a difference between the two sentences isn’t it? If I shouldn’t do something, it means that I do not have any right to vouch for something. Whereas, if I “need not” do something, it means that I can do it, but it is not a requirement. For instance, there is a ten-storeyed building and there are two ways to get to the tenth floor – One is through the staircase and the other one is through the lift or elevator. We can obviously use the staircase and climb ten floors, but I do not need to do that, do I? It is not necessary that I climb up the stairs to reach the tenth floor. Instead, I can always use the elevator to go up! Similarly, the Vedas have given women an “elevator track” to reach Moksha. However, men have to climb up the staircase to reach there! If such is the case, the question here is why should women climb the tough staircase, instead of taking the fast elevator? In fact, the Vedas doesn’t have any discrimination against men or women here. It is highly gender-neutral. It is we who wrongly interpret the Vedas by saying that it is biased towards men and not towards women. So let us think about it a bit deeper from now. 

So Shudras and women are at a higher advantage level as compared to others, according to Sage Veda-Vyaasa. There is yet another aspect that is also at this same advantageous level and that is nothing but “Kali”. Why is it so? Let us wait till the next episode to find out! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 250 – Three “revered” people in the Kali Yuga – Sage Vyaasa explains!!!

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! 🙂 

Episode # 249 – Getting out of the “Karma” cycle in this Kali Yuga – Is it possible?

In the previous episode, we had witnessed how Kali Yuga is advantageous, although it can be treacherous in many ways. We’ve of course witnessed how “Adharma” would be at its highest peak during the Kali Yuga and how Bhagawad Bhakti would get diminished dramatically with time. People would adopt wrong and illegal ways and means to earn money, name and fame and with this, Bhagawan would be totally forgotten. However, just like how an oasis beautifies a large desert, “Naama-Sankeerthanam” beautifies this treacherous Kali Yuga. We’ve also witnessed yesterday and in the past as to how many people have attained “Moksha” in this Kali Yuga too, with their exceptional levels of Bhakti exhibited through “Naama-Sankeerthanam”. Thus, to answer the important question whether one can attain “Moksha”, even though the Kali Yuga is filled with “Adharma” everywhere – It is very much possible. Hence, it is up to us to take that conscious effort and strive towards it. There is no point in blaming the Yuga for our lack of effort. If we’re not putting the right effort, no matter which Yuga we are in, we wouldn’t be able to attain Bhagawan. 

Thus, this is an important point for all of us to understand here. Irrespective of whichever Yuga we are in, there would always be constant “Adharma” that would be taking place somewhere or the other. This cannot be pointed out as an excuse for not following Bhagawan’s words. Just because someone is falling into a gutter, would we fall into it? The answer is a big “No”, isn’t it? Similarly, if there is some sort of an “Adharma” that is taking place right in front of our eyes, it doesn’t mean that we would also contribute to the same, just because someone is doing that. This is where our “Karma” would also play a role. If we have some “Paapa Karma” accumulated over time, it would try and push us to do a wrongful act. This is where we should use our discrimination to set our direction right. At some point in time, we’ll have to try and overcome that temptation. Many times we would fail, and this is quite natural. It can happen to any of us. In fact, Bhagawan Krishna explains this very clearly in His Bhagawad Gita. He says thus, “Oh Arjuna! It is virtually impossible for you to come out of this vast “Karma” cycle! You would keep doing what you’ve to do, over and over again, even though you might know that whatever you’re doing is wrong! Hence, there is no escape from this, as a normal human being!” 

As Arjuna hears this from Bhagawan Krishna, he immediately pats himself with a bit of happiness and replies back thus, “Oh Vasudeva! If that is the case, then why should I fight this war? Let me put down the bow and go to the forest and do penance! Anyways, nothing is going to change because of me, isn’t it? I’m not going to come out of this Karma cycle by myself. So why fight and kill so many thousands of innocent people for no fault of theirs?” Upon hearing this from Arjuna, Bhagawan Krishna gets angry! He replies to Arjuna thus, “Oh Arjuna! Please listen and interpret my words carefully! I told you that you do not have the power to come out of the Karma cycle. But I never said that you cannot get out of it completely. There is a way for you to get out – It is through my divine grace and blessings! If you’re completely surrendering to my feet, I shall make sure that you are pulled out of the Karma cycle, thereby enabling you to attain “Moksha”!” 

This is exactly what is applicable to all of us as well – If we’re doing any action (Karma) with a selfish motive by trying to take credit for what we’re doing, we’re in for some stick! There is always Bhagawan’s hand behind, which would stimulate our “Paapa Karma” to come to the forefront, thereby making us commit a mistake! Whereas, if we perform the same action with complete surrender to Bhagawan, He would ensure that the action attains success and ensures that this action would pave the way for us to attain “Moksha”. Killing thousands of human beings is one of the greatest sins that a person can commit. Yet, Arjuna is doing that with the divine instruction and grace of Bhagawan Krishna. Hence, even a sinful act gets converted into a “Punya Karma”, thereby elevating Arjuna to higher levels of spiritual progress, isn’t it? Similarly, if we surrender ourselves to Bhagawan and perform our Karma legitimately, we would definitely be able to come out of the “Karma” cycle, and would in turn be able to attain “Moksha”. 

So, this is the message for all of us today. From today, let us understand this point clearly and let us consciously surrender ourselves to Bhagawan’s divine lotus feet before performing any Karma. This would automatically ensure that the “Phalam” (Result) of the Karma gets taken care of by Bhagawan in the appropriate way, that we do not get affected in any way by it. We shall continue this discussion further in the next episode as well! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 248 – Is it possible for us to attain “Moksha” in this Kali Yuga? Sage Paraashara has an answer!!!

We’re in the midst of discussing the treacherous effects of the Kali Yuga as narrated by Sage Paraashara to Sage Maithreya. In fact, this the second accord that we’re seeing about how the Kali Yuga would pan out to be. We’ve earlier witnessed a similar accord that was equally scary, which was narrated by Sage Sukhaachaarya to King Parikshit in the Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana. Now we’re witnessing a similar narrative here too as part of the Shri Vishnu Puraana. We had thus witnessed how “Adharma” would rule the Kali Yuga to such an extent that the entire world would get impacted in an adverse way. Sage Paraashara also narrates how the water bodies in the world would start shrinking, both due to adverse reactions from Mother Nature, and also because of excessive human activity. Due to the reduction of water resources, there would be enormous water scarcity in many parts of the world and people would fight even for a litre of water. 

We might be wondering whether all of these have already come true, and we should remember here  that we are just 5000 years into the Kali Yuga. In our earlier episodes we had witnessed the time calculation for every Yuga, and in that, we witnessed that the total span of the Kali Yuga would be around 4,32,100 years and we’re just 5,000 years into it. So we can see here that we’re still at the early stages of the Kali Yuga. We might wonder here – All what Sage Paraashara and Sage Shukaachaarya have narrated in the Puraanas are coming true even within 5000 years, and what is going to be the state of the world when the Kali Yuga is going to progress further and further! We’ve to note that Bhagawan hasn’t incarnated yet. As Bhagawan Krishna has mentioned in the Gita, He would incarnate only at a time when the “Dharma” would reach its lowest point and when “Adharma” would reach the highest ever pinnacle. If Bhagawan hasn’t incarnated yet, we can be rest assured that “Dharma” still exists in this world! 🙂 This might be debatable, but let us not get into this any further at this point. We’re only witnessing what Sage Paraashara had narrated to Sage Maithreya. 

Moving on further, as Sage Paraashara describes the treacherous Kali Yuga point by point, he says that however, there is a ray of hope! This Kali Yuga has its own significance when it comes to spiritual progress. Even though people wouldn’t show interest in Bhagawan, there are ways and means to attain Him. This is never going to change. In the Kali Yuga, “Naama-Sankeerthana” is perhaps the best and easiest way to attain Bhagawan. “Naama-Sankeerthana” simply means, “Chanting the divine names of Bhagawan” with utmost devotion. In the previous Yugas, “Karma Yoga”, “Gnaana Yoga”, etc. were the means to attain Bhagawan, which aren’t very easy for normal people like us in this Kali Yuga. However, there is this “Bhakti Yoga” through which we can still attain Bhagawan, even though we might not be experts in the other two “Yogas”. Thus, if we can exhibit our devotion and focus towards Bhagawan by performing the “Naama-Sankeerthana” continuously, it is still possible for all of us to attain Bhagawan. This is the reason why we give a lot of emphasis on chanting our “Manthra”. We should take a conscious effort to approach a “Guru” or a “Spiritual Master” and take the “Manthra” from him / her as per the due procedure. This would go a long way in our spiritual progress. 

Although this sounds very juicy and attractive, this might be easier said than done in this Kali Yuga. We would encounter enormous disturbances and our “Paapa Karma” would come in the middle of everything to disturb our focus and concentration. This is where the check from Bhagawan lies. We should ensure that our focus never goes away from Him and should streamline our mind in such a way that we keep chanting our Mantra continuously by thinking about Him constantly in our minds. If we are able to succeed in doing this, we can still attain “Moksha” in this Kali Yuga. There are people who have succeeded in this pursuit. We’ve witnessed in our earlier episodes too as to how Saint Thiyagaraja attained “Moksha” through His unending devotion towards Bhagawan Rama. We’ve seen how Meerabai attained “Moksha” through her immense devotion towards Bhagawan Krishna. There are so many examples like these. Hence, we should realize that although the Kali Yuga is treacherous in its own way, there is a huge opportunity lying in front of us to attain “Moksha”, and this is nothing but “Naama-Sankeerthana”!

So for today, let us understand this important point and let us wait for the next episode to continue further! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 247 – People will run after money and fame during Kali Yuga – Sage Parashara thunders!!!

In the previous episode, we were amidst the description of the Kali Yuga, as narrated by Sage Paraashara to Sage Maithreya. Once Bhagawan Krishna leaves for Vaikunta, the Dwaapara Yuga comes to an end, and with this, the Kali Yuga takes over automatically. As the Kali Yuga commences, Sage Paraashara describes how this new Yuga is going to be. He gives a scary accord wherein he says how the “Varnaashrama Dharma” would be forgotten completely. Anybody would get married to anybody and there would be no norms, rules and regulations for marriages. Even if people get married, there wouldn’t be something called married life together. People would stray away from the marriage quite easily and would involve themselves into unwanted affairs. Moreover, if a person exhibits power in terms of words and physical strength, he / she would be branded as “powerful”. If a person has a loud voice, he / she would be considered to be “winners” in conversations and debates. If a person is able to speak harshly and with a high volume, he / she would be able to suppress the truth efficiently and establish the lie as a truth. 

As we’ve witnessed this yesterday, we shall continue with what Sage Paraashara is going to narrate with respect to the Kali Yuga. He continues thus, “Oh Maithreya! From now onwards, people will go behind money. They would be ready to do anything and everything for money. There would be a lot of theft, robbery, murders, etc. in the name of money. There wouldn’t be any sort of security for people. People would always be in some sort of a fear of their property being abducted by someone. On the pretext of wealth, people would beg, borrow, steal, cheat, etc. If people take a loan from someone, they wouldn’t repay it back. They would make others run behind them for their money. The entire world would start running in debts. Everybody would start taking debts and loans at ease and would never repay anything that they take. In the name of “repaying” the debt, people would aimlessly keep working to earn more and more money. Ultimately, Bhagawan’s significance would totally be forgotten. Bhagawan would never find a place in any of the homes in the Kali Yuga. 

As these kinds of “Adharma” prosper, the world would also undergo a lot of changes. As the Kali Yuga progresses further and further, the water bodies in the world would start shrinking. The levels at which spiritual offerings and oblations are offered would drastically come down. More and more houses would be built, but there would be no auspicious or spiritual offerings in any of the homes being built. Population would drastically increase and slowly the forests would be converted into cities. Animals would face a huge threat for existence as humans would try and dominate them in every way possible. There would largely be destruction of natural resources. People would plunder the world for their personal benefit. Politicians wouldn’t rule the country for the welfare of people. They would come to power at any cost to enable widespread corruption to happen. Taxes would be extremely high and people would end up paying more taxes than their income. This would render the people poorer than ever. Governments would flourish. Rulers would accumulate more and more wealth at the expense of the people. Rich would get richer and the poor would get poorer. 

Saying thus, Sage Maithreya gets shocked. I’m sure we’re also getting shocked as we’re reading through all of these. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Although the Kali Yuga has so much “Adharma” going around, there is one good aspect that is an important characteristic of this Kali Yuga. Just like how an oasis beautifies a dry desert, there is one aspect that beautifies the Kali Yuga and adds enormous significance to it. What is this aspect? Let us wait till the next episode to find out! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 246 – Advent of the “Kali Yuga” – Sage Parashara’s “scary” description!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Bhagawan Krishna descending back to Vaikunta after a 120-year-long incarnation in this world. We had witnessed the sequence of events that led to Bhagawan Krishna transcending back to Vaikunta. We’ve witnessed the two curses – One of Sage Vishwamitra on the Yaadava community, and the other of Mother Gaandhaari on Bhagawan Krishna Himself. Since, Bhagawan Krishna belonged to the Yaadava clan, He had to make sure that He falls for Sage Vishwamitra’s curse. Bhagawan Krishna ensures this because He wanted to prove to the world that curses from great Maharishis shouldn’t be taken for granted. These curses are bound to come true and even if it is the case of Bhagawan Himself, this should not create any sort of exception. Else, the world would say that since Bhagawan Krishna is arrogant, He made sure that He skipped the curse of Sage Vishwamitra, but since others aren’t as powerful as Him in this world, normal people are suffering the ill effects of them. 

Thus, Bhagawan Krishna executes Sage Vishwamitra’s curse to perfection and also takes that as a reason for descending back to Vaikunta. This marks the end of the Dwaapara Yuga, and with this, the advent of the Kali Yuga commences. As Bhagawan Krishna descends, the Yaadavas also fight amongst themselves and end their lives too. With this, the entire Dwaaraka city gets engulfed with the ocean and just before Bhagawan Krishna left for Vaikunta, He made sure that all the citizens of Dwaaraka city, including His beloved wife, Rukmini Devi were sent to safety. We might wonder here, where did Rukmini Devi come from all of a sudden! We’re going to witness the “Rukmini Kalyaana” event towards the end of this project and I’ve purposefully not touched this part as yet. 

Thus, with Bhagawan Krishna descending back, we also come to the end of the fifth “Amsa” of this “Shri Vishnu Puraana”. With this, we shall now go to the sixth “Amsa”, which is a very short one, unlike the fifth. Here, Sage Paraashara starts explaining how treacherous this Kali Yuga is. He explains how “Dharma” in the Kali Yuga would start deteriorating drastically. Firstly, the “Varnaashrama Dharma” that was segregated in the previous Yugas, would be wrongly understood and would eventually be forgotten completely. All people would start performing all jobs without any differentiation between the four “Varnaashrama Dharma” components. Secondly, for a marriage, nobody would check for the “Kula” (Clan), “Gothra”, etc. Anybody would marry anybody else in this world. There would be no norm or set process that would be followed for the same. Only the “desire” component would rule marriages. Even while getting married, nobody would offer the required oblations to Agni Bhagawan. Everybody would forget it completely. 

Moreover, Sage Paraashara continues to explain how powerful people in this Kali Yuga would be treated as “good people”, whereas those without any sort of power would be branded as “bad people”. When Sage Paraashara talks about “Power”, it means money power, physical body strength, political power and influence, etc. A person who talks with a loud voice would always win conversations and debates. Nobody would look into the content of what a person is talking about. If a person talks with a high volume and with a harsh voice, he / she would be considered winners! Those who cannot talk assertively and with a loud voice would be branded “losers”. 

Such is the intensity of “Adharma” in this Kali Yuga. So for today, let us think about all this and digest the fact that we’re living amidst all this. The list is not over yet! Sage Paraashara is going to continue with this long list of “Adharma” activities into the next episode as well! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 245 – Bhagawan Krishna descends back to Vaikunta – Courtesy, a hunter!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed two scenarios emerging – One with regards to the numerous small metallic pieces from the wooden plank being washed aside by the oceanic waves, and the second wherein a fish accidentally consumes one of the several metallic pieces that were floating in the sea water. This fish gets trapped by a fisherman, who takes off this metallic piece that it has consumed and gives it to a hunter. This hunter has tied this particular metallic piece on to his sharp arrow, which he would be using for his hunting purposes. Thus, on one hand, the Yaadavas were celebrating that they have somehow “got rid” of that wooden plank upon which Sage Vishwamitra had inflicted the curse, but on the other hand, this wooden plank is “reinventing itself” into these small metallic bits, which are going to prove fatal for the Yaadavas. 

As this was progressing, Bhagawan Krishna decides that He should leave back to Vaikunta from this place called “Praabhaasa Theertha”, just outside Dwaaraka city. We can worship this place even today when we go on the “Dwaakra Yaatra”. This is the very place from which Bhagawan Krishna descended back to Vaikunta, after finishing all His duties that He came with. Thus, Bhagawan Krishna reached this “Praabhaasa Kshetra” and was simply lying down with one leg on top of the other. We might even have this habit, isn’t it? When we lie down on bed, for our convenience, we would have one leg placed over the other. Similarly, Bhagawan Krishna too was tired after a long lifetime in this world and He was lying down in a similar position. This same hunter whom we had seen earlier, arrives at the scene now – The hunter who has this small metallic piece tied to his arrow. Upon coming closer to Bhagawan Krishna, he was able to see His legs from a distance, but His two feet seemed like the head of a deer. This hunter has come searching for his prey for the day, and with this, he too was hungry. With his hunger, he too wasn’t able to differentiate between a deer and Bhagawan Krishna’s feet. With that particular arrow tied with the metallic bit, the hunter hit Bhagawan Krishna’s feet, and with this, Bhagawan Krishna decided to end His divine incarnation. He left His physical body then and there and descended to Vaikunta. 

We might wonder here, how come Bhagawan Krishna was hurt by this one small arrow, whereas during all these episodes previously, we had seen Him fighting more treacherous enemies with ease! Bhagawan Krishna exhibited to the world that He was hurt by this particular arrow just to show that curses coming from the mouths of Maharishis shouldn’t go in vain. They should somehow come to reality. This is the amount of respect that Bhagawan Himself is giving to highly spiritually realized people. He even goes to the extent of sacrificing His life for the words of great Maharishis. Also, we should remember that Gaandhaari as a pained mother of losing hundred sons is also in this. Bhagawan Krishna, although being the orchestrator of the entire Mahabharata war, accepted the curse of Mother Gaandhaari out of deep compassion for her and King Dhirdiraashtra. Thus, this curse should also come true, isn’t it? Hence, Bhagawan Krishna used these two scenarios as reasons to descend back to Vaikunta. 

Moreover, another way of looking at this point is that, Bhagawan Krishna should have some valid reason to descend back to Vaikunta by ending this incarnation. Every action should have a valid reasoning, isn’t it? If something has to happen, there should be a cause. Thus, Bhagawan Krishna used this hunter’s arrow as a “cause” to descend back. This is a perfect example as to how Bhagawan Krishna implemented the “Cause-Effect relationship”, which forms the fundamental principle for all concepts in modern day science. 

Hence, to answer the query of ours – It is not that Bhagawan Krishna wasn’t powerful to kill the hunter for stinging arrows on His divine lotus feet. It is only that, Bhagawan Krishna wanted these two curses to come true, as a token of respect to Sage Vishwamitra and Mother Gaandhaari. Thus, as per the two curses, a huge internal war broke out between the Yaadavas over time, and with these same metallic pieces that were washed aside by the ocean waters, the Yaadavas fought amongst themselves and all of them were eventually killed. Thus, the entire Yaadava clan, including Bhagawan Krishna came to an end. 

So for today, let us understand this important point on why Bhagawan Krishna resisted the hunter’s arrow and descended back to Vaikunta. We shall wait till the next episode to continue further! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 244 – Small metallic pieces – Are these going to destroy the Yaadavas?

In the previous episode, we had witnessed a sequence of events that led to the destruction of the entire Yaadava community as Bhagawan Krishna prepares to leave for Vaikunta. There were multiple causes for this mass destruction, which started with Sage Vishwamitra cursing the Yaadavas for trying to fool him and insulting him and his power of penance. Secondly, adding fuel to the fire, Bhagawan Krishna Himself had a curse that was given by Gaandhaari, Mother of Duryodhana and Co. for being instrumental in destroying the entire Kaurava camp amidst the Kurukshetra Mahabharata war. Thus put together, the Yaadavas were staring at a major disaster. Meanwhile, we’ve also witnessed how the Yaadavas tried to play down Sage Vishwamitra’s curse by “destroying” the wooden plank which was supposed to be instrumental in bringing them down. They powdered it and threw it into the ocean, thinking that it is never going to come back and haunt them again. However, what happened in continuation was completely unexpected! 

Moving on further thus, the wooden part of the plank got washed away in the ocean waters, however, there were a few metal knobs that were used to hold the plank together, along with a few nails. Even now we would see this isn’t it? If we’ve to assemble a wooden chair or a table, we use some nails and some other small metal pieces to club the wood pieces together, isn’t it? Similarly, there were some metallic pieces that were used to fix the wooden plank together. These metallic pieces were washed ashore by the waves and weren’t getting dissolved as the Yaadavas thought! The wooden powder got completely dissolved and was taken care of by the water, however, the metallic pieces still remained! As days progressed, some of the metallic pieces were washed off ashore and eventually, since they had Sage Vishwamitra’s curse written all over them, they started growing as living shrubs off the shore! This is one side of the story and readers should carefully remember this. 

On the other hand, there was a fish which accidentally consumed one of the metal pieces that was floating on the water surface, thinking that it was its food. As the fish eats this metallic piece and tries to re-jump into the water, a fisherman catches hold of this fish and kills it. As the fish dies, the fisherman explores its body and finds this particular metallic piece. He gives it to a hunter, who sharpens it and fixes it to a chisel with which, he could kill animals easily. Thus, one metallic piece goes into the hunter’s arrow and chisel, and the other pieces are growing as shrubs, off the coast. 

Readers might get confused as to why am I giving so much stress to these small metallic pieces. There is a big accord that is waiting for us, wherein these metallic pieces are going to play a huge role in the destruction of the Yaadava community! How is this going to happen? Let us wait till the next episode to find out! Stay tuned! 🙂