Episode # 403 – Advent of Bhagawan Kalki towards the end of the Kali Yuga!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed the continuation on the discussion of how the Kali Yuga would span out after the ascent of Bhagawan Krishna. Sage Sukhaachaarya is giving a startling description of how the Kali Yuga would turn out to be and he’s step-wise describing what are the characteristics that people in the Kali Yuga would possess. He commenced by explaining how people’s lifespan would reduce to less than a hundred years and their height would reduce to around 6 feet on an average. He also explained how people’s sole focus would be money, name and fame and they would go to any extent to achieve it. People would be termed “intelligent” and “smart” only if they cheat others and dump them for their own personal growth. Over a period of time, governments would become the biggest thieves in this world, as they would burden the honest taxpayers with excessive taxes, only for looting all of the money into their pockets. People would get more and more poorer because the government policies would be in such a way that it would only keep grabbing money from the people, and nothing goes back to them. There would be no accountability from the government’s side to the people. Corruption would be rampant and this would be the order of the day amidst the government machineries.

Moreover, we’ve also witnessed how “Vidhwans” (Experts) in any form of arts, science, etc. would be measured only in terms of money and bogus output, rather than genuine contributions to the upliftment of the world. Sage Sukhaachaarya also explains how climatology would undergo a change for good – We’ve witnessed yesterday that in the Kali Yuga, there would be either excessive rains or no rains at all! There wouldn’t be an evenly distributed rainfall pattern. It would either be floods or droughts, and nothing in the middle. Finally, Sage Sukhaachaarya explains that people would forget the “Varnaashrama Dharma” completely and everybody would start doing everything, in the name of “equality”. Thus, the balance in the world would totally be lost with such mentalities of people.

It is at this time when the Kali Yuga reaches its peak, there would be a village by name “Sambalam”. In this village there would be a person by name Vishnu-Yashas. It is to this person, would Bhagawan Vishnu re-incarnate as Bhagawan Kalki. Sage Sukhaachaarya beautifully explains Bhagawan’s Kalki Avataar here, and we can see how foresighted our ancient Maharishis were. Sage Sukhaachaarya explains here how Bhagawan Kalki would look like – He would appear on top of a white horse and would possess a huge sword in His hands.

“Vicharan naasunaakshonyaam hayena ahprathimathdyutihi!

Drupalingahchayodasyun kotisho niha nishyati!!”

Sage Sukhaachaarya explains here that Bhagawna Kalki would be an extremely ferocious person by nature. By the time He incarnates, He would have seen enough and more in this world. He would ride on His white horse, slash His sword towards all those people who follow “Adharma”. Sage Sukhaachaarya explains here that Bhagawan Kalki’s targets would be all those who are “Adharmic” in nature – Those who cheat others, those who are terrorists, those who are trying to iniflict misery over good people, etc. and He would thus make sure that at the end of the day, all those people who walk the path of Adharma are totally rooted out of this world. At this point, Sage Sukhaachaarya explains that all of a sudden the entire population of the world would come down drastically. There would be mass deaths that would take place. The entire world would sink into an untold misery and this is how Bhagawan Kalki would re-establish the Dharma in this world.

It is not to be mistaken by the readers that Bhagawan Kalki would destroy the entire world as such. The world would still be there and it is only those who walk the path of Adharma who would be destroyed. We’ve already witnessed in the first and second “Skandhas”, as to when the world would be destroyed isn’t it? It is only when the “Bhoo-Lokha”, “Bhuvar-Lokha” and “Suvar-Lokha” gets destroyed, will ours get destroyed as well. Thus, readers shouldn’t confuse the point here – Bhagawan Kalki is not going to destroy the world. He’s only going to destroy the Adharma in this world.

So for today, let us understand these points clearly and let us wait for the next episode to witness the continuation of this absorbing discussion! Stay tuned! 🙂

Episode # 402 – “Kali-Yuga Dharma” – FLOODS & DROUGHTS would be a frequent affair in the world!!!

In the previous episode, we had continued the discussion on how the Kali Yuga is going to span out, according to Sage Sukhaachaarya. In these lines, we had witnessed an important point that in this Kali Yuga, as days and years roll by, the biggest thieves would be none other than the administrators of the kingdom / state / country. We’re witnessing this today as part of the present Kali Yuga happenings, how the government machinery is looting the common people’s wealth in the form of taxes, which directly goes into the hands of corrupt politicians, who do nothing significant in life, except looting money! As this inreases, it means that the Kali Yuga is getting more and more prominent. We’ve witnessed in the yesterday’s episode, an example of how the government loots money from people in the form of taxes. We witnessed how in India, common people pay exhorbitant taxes for essential products like petrol and diesel. For a 20 rupee commodity, we end up paying around 85 rupees per litre. This is how the common man today is looted, but without even his knowledge! This is how the Kali Yuga would be, and we’re witnessing today whatever Sage Sukhaachaarya has said, 5000 years ago!

Moving on thus, Sage Sukhaachaarya explains how the climatic patterns in the Kali Yuga would span out. He clearly explains here that if it rains, it would rain in excess in such a way that the entire place would be flooded with water everywhere. Whereas, if it doesn’t rain, it would never rain at all, which would result in extreme drought conditions. We’re witnessing this too today, isn’t it? How many times have we seen monsoon seasons fail and excessive. Very rarely we see nowadays that the rains are bountiful and are of the required quantity. Either it rains so much in excess that it floods out all the cities and towns, or it doesn’t rain at all in a way that the entire place goes totally dry and devoid of any possible traces of water. However in the previous Yugas, the rain was bountiful and very seasonal in nature. It wasn’t raining off the rainy season. However, in Kali Yuga, we’re also witnessing this – Rains occur even outside of the rainy season. We’re witnessing unseasonal rainfall quite often, which damage crops, vegetation, etc. and also affects the food chain of the living beings. We might attribute all of this to global warming and other factors, but Sage Sukhaachaarya clearly attributes this phenomenon to the characteristics of the Kali Yuga.

Emphasizing this point thus, Sage Sukhaachaarya explains further that in the Kali Yuga, Sanyasins would start living with families! How worse can that go to? A Sanyasin typically is a person who has renounced family bondings and life, and dedicates himself to the service to this world. This was the case in the three previous Yugas, wherein we’ve seen the advent of great Maharishis in the likes of Sage Vasishtaachaarya, Sage Vishwamitra, etc. However, in the Kali Yuga, this scenario would change and there would be no concept of “total renunciation”. Even Sanyasins would be no exceptions of getting into the world of “Maya” or “Illusion”. Ultimately, the people who are supposed to be Sanyasins, would never follow the “Sanyasa Dharma”.

Moreover, Sage Sukhaachaarya adds on that the four “Varnaashrama Dharma” categories would be totally forgotten in the Kali Yuga. In other words, “Brahmins” would do everything except performing the “Veda-Adhyayana”, “Kshatryas” would start doing anything and everything, except fighting and protecting the country, “Vaishyas” would start doing everything except business, or they would start doing business unethically for their own benefit, and finally the “Shudras” would start fighting for their “rights”, and pressing for so-called “equality”. It should be noted that I’m not saying thus, but it is Sage Sukhaachaarya who’s saying this! We’re witnessing this today too isn’t it? How many Brahmins today are opting for “Paatashaala” education, wherein they’re taught the intricacies of Vedas, Upanishads, etc.? Nowadays, it has become a norm that if one goes for the “Paatashaala” education, he is a dumb person and not intelligent by any means. The trend is now towards the “Western” style of education and only if one has good qualifications in this, he / she is being respected in the society. We’re witnessing this increasingly during the Kali Yuga. Similar explanations go by for the other three “Varnaashrama Dharma” categories as well. Thus, the point here is that, the Varnaashrama Dharma concept would be totally misunderstood in the Kali Yuga and nothing would be followed as per the norm.

As days, months and years roll by thus, Sage Sukhaachaarya explains the advent of Bhagawan Vishnu in this world as Bhagawan Kalki. Sage Sukhaachaarya is going to give a beautiful accord in the advent of Bhagawan Kalki, which we would be witnessing in the next episode! Stay tuned for yet another absorbing episode! 🙂

Episode # 401 – “Kali Yuga Dharma” – When the government becomes people’s “BIGGEST ROBBER”!!!

In the previous episode, we had continued on the discussion about how the Kali Yuga is going to span out, according to Sage Sukhaachaarya. It is extremely interesting since we’re able to relate almost all what is happening today in our day-to-day life. In that way, we’ve witnessed Sage Sukhaachaarya narrating yesterday that people would go beyond community, religion, etc. and get married. There wouldn’t be any importance to any “Varnaashrama Dharma” that the other three Yugas were following. People wouldn’t respect marriages, relationships, etc. and everything would be measured only in terms of money, name and fame. Similarly, people wouldn’t give importance to the beauty of the inner consciousness. External beauty would be of extreme prominence – especially for the hair. Hairstyling would largely decide on the beauty of a person and people would fall flat for that. Moreover, Sage Sukhaachaarya also explains that people who are successful, mostly do not taste success with their honesty and integrity. They taste success through all possible shortcuts and perverted intelligence. People would be branded “smart” only based on how well they cheat and outsmart others in the unethical way.

Moving on thus, we had cconcluded yesterday’s episode with the next point that as days and years roll by, administrators and kings would be the biggest thieves on earth! This is such a valid point that Sage Sukhaachaarya is discussing here, as today we’ve assigned a specific term for this – “Corruption”. We’re able to witness this corruption to be rampant in almost all government offices, isn’t it? More than government offices, all of know how our modern-day politicians are. Barring few, the main tagline that politicians carry with them is “corruption”. We’ve reached a stage wherein, if one has to be a successful politician, he / she should have a clinical expertise on various ways and means to be corrupt, manipulate court cases (which comes extremely handy with politicians today), deny justice to the genuine victims and with that, acquire name, fame and status. We’ve now started seeing instances wherein elections are being “fixed” by our unruly politicians by paying bribes to voters. Thus, corruption is becoming rampant at every level of the government machinery and of course, as Sage Sukhaachaarya explains, this would be the norm of the Kali Yuga, which we couldn’t really complain about! Rather, we’ve to live with all of these and be mute spectators!

Moreover, to continue with this point further, Sage Sukhaachaarya explains that administrators in the Kali Yuga would start imposing excessive taxes on the people, for unnecessary reasons. This also is rampant today, isn’t it? We’re seeing how much of money we’re paying on taxes today – be it for petrol, diesel, kerosene, LPG, etc. In actual terms, the real price of petrol in India, according to the crude oil price globally and with the US dollar exchange rate, should be around 20 rupees per litre. But instead, how much are we paying for a litre of petrol today? Rs. 85 on an average! It’s thus evident that India is paying 4 times more the price per litre of petrol to the government, which is a huge burden on the common man. Isn’t this an open and shut case of excessive taxation on fuel? This is where the government administrators obtain loads of money to swindle, on the pretext of coming up with so-called “welfare schemes”. Especially with this current CoVID-19 situation, sadly the government is “using” this situation as an “excuse” to swindle more and more money from the honest taxpayers, which is ethically and morally wrong. With many people losing jobs and their sources of income, how would the common man be able to afford excessive taxes on regular fuel consumption? This is again, the norm of the Kali Yuga, and unfortunately we’ve to live with this!

Here, Sage Sukhaachaarya explains that only one-sixth of a person’s total income should go as tax for the government. In other words, out of hundred rupees, only sixteen rupees can go as tax to the government in all forms put together. If the government is going to tax the people beyond this percentage, it simply means that Kali Yuga has started to take its shape nicely! Moreover, the government should come with a report card to the people, with regards to how it spends the tax money on people’s welfare schemes. Do we even have anything of that sorts today? This might be laughable for all of us, but unfortunately, we’ve to live with this hard reality!

So for today, let us understand this point very clearly and let us wait till the next episode to witness the continuation of Sage Sukhaachaarya’s absorbing discussion on the Kali Yuga! Stay tuned! 🙂

Episode # 400 – “Kali-Yuga Dharma” – People would invest more time in “beautifying” their hair, than the Atman!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed the commencement of the twelfth Skandha in our Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana project, wherein Sage Sukhaachaarya is explaining the nature of the world post Bhagawan Krishna’s tenure. In other words, we’ve to understand here that after Bhagawan Krishna left for Vaikunta, the Dwaapara Yuga comes to an end, and with that, the Kali Yuga commences. At this point, Sage Sukhaachaarya explains how this world would be in the Kali Yuga and what the “Kali-Yuga Dharma” is going to be. As King Parikshit listens on, Sage Sukhaachaarya commences his explanation by declaring that people’s height and life span would be the least in this Yuga, as compared to the other three Yugas that have just taken place. He continues explaining that in this Kali Yuga, people would be facing acute scarcity for key resources for living a life – Particularly water. He says that there would be enormous fights for water-sharing, which even today we’re witnessing in our day-to-day life as well.

Moreover, people would start commercializing everything possible in this world – Right from land, water, air, art forms, etc., everything in this world would be seen only in the outlook and context of money, name and fame. People would go to any extent to accomplish these three things in their lives. If someone tries to pin-point this “Adharma”, he / she would be neutralized through all sort of unethical means and justice for such crimes would never be given on time and correctly. Our Indian judicial system at present is the classical example for this, which is happening right under our nose! So for those who are fretting the quality of justice that we’re getting from our judiciary, we’ve to accept the hard fact that things would be this way only in this Kali Yuga, and move on with our lives!

Moving on thus, Sage Sukhaachaarya continues with the next point here. He now talks how marriages would happen in Kali Yuga. The level would go down to such an extent that if it is a boy and a girl, marriage would take place between them, irrespective of whichever clan, or Gothra, or religion or whatever. Gone are those days wherein people were emphasizing on these parameters for marrying their sons or daughters. Now in this Kali Yuga, nothing is going to matter. In fact, we’re witnessing this too in many places even in India – forget the western world or other countries. Moreover, Sage Sukhaachaarya adds another point in this regard – Where is the beauty of a human being going to rest upon in the Kali Yuga? It is primarily going to be on the hairstyle! People would invest a lot of time and money in beautifying their hair and it is with this, a person would be judged to be beautiful or handsome. Beauty is no more going to be measured with regards to the purity of the heart or soul. Only external beauty especially that of the hair is going to matter the most from now onwards! Even today, we’re witnessing how much of investment we’re making in grooming our hair and making it look “stylish” and “attractive” for the outside world! We now have enormous business markets for beauty hair stylists across the world isn’t it? This in itself has become a profession for many! Especially during the eve of some auspicious functions like marriage, parties, etc. people spend hours together, along with truckloads of money to “beautify” their hair! In fact, sometimes we might even think that these people were looking better before doing all this hairstyling! J Ultimately, we should understand that the beauty of the “Atman” is more important than the beauty of our “Shareera”. However, having said thus, this is going to be norm of the Kali Yuga and we’ve to live with it!

Moving ahead with the next important point thus, Sage Sukhaachaarya explains that in Kali Yuga, only those people who are “smart” in nature would be successful in both their personal and professional lives! In the previous Yugas, a person who was good and kind-hearted in nature was extremely successful in his / her life. However in the Kali Yuga, this is not going to bear any fruit! Only those who are smart and “pervertedly intelligent” would be able to taste success. In other words, those people who are able to cheat and outsmart others in terms of moral ethics and other important value systems in life, are going to taste success. Although we might keep complaining that this is unethical and unprofessional, etc. all of it would be turned down by deaf ears and this is the norm of the Kali Yuga!

As days, months, years and centuties roll by, gradually even kings and administrators would become thieves! I don’t need to even talk about this in today’s scenario, and we’ve witnessed this atleast for the past seventy years of indepenedent India. Prior to that too, we’ve witnessed in our history text books as to how the British, Mughals, etc. looted and plundered all the wealth of India. Again, we might fret about all of these, but whether we like it or not, this is how the Kali Yuga spans out to be! So again, no complaints!

So for today, let us understand these important points narrated by Sage Sukhaachaarya and with this, we understand how valid his narratives in today’s world that we see around us are! We’re going to continue this discussion in the next episode as well and we’re in for more “shockers”! Stay tuned! 🙂

Episode # 399 – Commencing the twelfth Skandha – Sage Sukhacharya’s “SHOCKERS” on the Kali Yuga!!!

The previous episode witnessed the conclusion of the eleventh Skandha of the Shrimad Bhaagwatha Puraana, which spanned across the entire “Keshava-Uddhava-Samvaadham”, wherein Bhagawan Krishna gives some important pieces of advice to Uddhava, as He prepares Himself to ascend back to Vaikunta. In fact, this section of the eleventh Skandha is a condensed version of Bhagawad Gita, which Bhagawan gave to Arjuna. It contains the essense of the entire 700-sloka-long Bhagawad Gita, wherein Bhagawan Krishna talks at length on detachment and how do we practice it in this world. In that, we also witnessed how Bhagawan Krishna talks at length about the three “Gunas” – The “Satva Guna”, “Rajo Guna” and “Tamo Guna” and how does He classify important essentialities of life into these three Gunas. Thus the message from this section is that, we should eliminate all of those which are high on the “Rajo Guna” and “Tamo Guna” and grasp only those that are high on “Satva Guna”. It is only then, Bhagawan Krishna’s heart gets pleased and happy with us, which would automatically guide us towards the path of “Moksha”.

Subsequently, we had also witnessed how Bhagawan Krishna ascended towards Vaikunta after His 125-year-long stint in this world. We also witnessed how the Yaadava community was totally destroyed, thanks to the curse of Sage Vishwaamitra. Eventually as Bhagawan Krishna ascended back to Vaikunta, the entire Dwaaraka city was taken back by the ocean waters, and the remains of which we can see even today, off the Gujarat coast in the western part of India. As Bhagawan Krishna ascends back, even the Paandavas lose their prowess with their valor, and with that, they too descend towards the Svarga Lokha. With this, the advent of the Kali Yuga commences in this world. Now, in this twelfth Skandha, Sage Sukhaachaarya is going to give us an accord on how the Kali Yuga will span out to be. Let’s commence this discussion how.

We might be wondering here that we ourselves know the salient features of this Kali Yuga, as we’re currently living in this Yuga only! Of course, we’ve to remember here that we’ve witnessed only 5,120 years of the Kali Yuga as yet, but Sage Sukhaachaarya has already written about how this Kali Yuga is going to be for 4,32,100 years! We should understand the foresighted approach by our ancient “Maharishis” here. Anyway, let us commence the discussion here. Sage Sukhaachaarya commences the discussion with the key aspects of “Dharma” in Kali Yuga.

Sage Sukhaachaarya begins here with a shocker! He explains that as the Kali Yuga commences, people’s physical height and life span would start coming down gradually! We’ve witnessed in the previous Skandhas of this text itself that in Krita Yuga, people were of 9-feet height. This gradually reduced to 8 feet in the Tretha Yuga. This subsequently reduced to 7 feet in the Dwaapara Yuga. In the beginning of the Kali Yuga, it was 6 feet. Here, Sage Sukhaachaarya explains that during the fag end of the Kali Yuga, people are going to be only of 4 feet height! We can see the gradual reduction here, isn’t it? From 9 feet to 4 feet, across the Krita, Tretha, Dwaapara and Kali Yugas – This is how our heights are reducing Yuga after Yuga.

Next, Sage Sukhaachaarya drops another bombshell here – People in the Kali Yuga would suffer from acute water scarcity! People would scamper here and there in search of portable and clean drinking water, and with this search, they would start fighting with each other too! In fact, we’re witnessing this today at many places, isn’t it? We’ve witnessed how different states in India fight for water sharing – All this was already documented by Sage Sukhaachaarya, 5000 years ago! Next, he explains, who is a “Vidhwan” (Expert) in Kali Yuga – Normally a “Vidhwan” is a person who is a veteran in any particular domain like arts, science, etc. But in Kali Yuga, this is all going to be measured in terms of money! A “Vidhwan” thus in Kali Yuga signifies a person who’s having truckloads of money! Again, we’re witnessing this in today’s world – How many of us are commercialising our knowledge and selling it for money? This is thus, the “Dharma” of Kali Yuga!

Subsequently, Sage Sukhaachaarya explains who is a good speaker in Kali Yuga – A person who talks a lot, with lot of force, raising his / her voice against another person, talking derogatory language and abusing others, would be considered as an excellent speaker or an orator! This too we’ve started witnessing, isn’t it? We nowadays talk about “assertiveness”! What is this assertiveness here? It is a capability to simply establish one’s points with lot of surety, irrespective of whether he / she is right or wrong! If someone is going to ask what is “Nyaaya” or “Dharma” in Kali Yuga, those who raise up their hand and threatens to hit or kill someone would be considered to be experts in “Nyaaya”. Gone are those days wherein reasoning was done in a meaningful way, so that the outcome would be justice to all parties. Now in this Kali Yuga, Sage Sukhaachaarya explains that justice would be gone for a toss! We’re witnessing this in our present judicial system in India itself, isn’t it? Who is getting timely justice today? Every case extends for minimum 20 years, and at the end, nobody gets anything! Those who are politically strong and influencial in the society would be able to manipulate the justice to their favor, even though they would be criminals by nature. We’re thus witnessing all of this today and this is the characteristic of the Kali Yuga!

So for today, let us digest this first section of “shockers” given by Sage Sukhaachaarya, and let us wait till the next episode for the next set of “shockers” that are on the way! Stay tuned! 😊

Episode # 398 – Bhagawan Krishna grants “Moksha” to all who read / write / recite “Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana” with ardent devotion!!!

The previous episode witnessed the grand finale of Bhagawan Krishna ascending back to Vaikunta, after a 125-year-stint in this world. As Bhagawan Himself proclaimed in His Bhagawad Gita, He had come down from Vaikunta to this world to protect “Saadhus” (Ardent devotees) and to destroy “Dushtas” (Raakshasas and the people who follow the path of Adharma). Within this stint, Bhagawan successfully established this single-pointed agenda and had returned back to His divine abode. Thus, we should recollect here that the Devas and Goddess Bhoomadevi had once requested Bhagawan Vishnu to incarnate in this world to reduce the “load” that this earth is taking up. When we say “load”, it refers mostly to those people who follow “Adharma” and how their population was ever-increasing, which resulted in Adharma becoming the order of the day! It is at this time Bhagawan Vishnu incarnated as Bhagawan Krishna and re-eatablished the Dharma in this world.

We’ve witnessed in the yesterday’s episode that as Bhagawan Krishna was making His way to Vaikunta, He was welcomed by all the Devas, Bhagawan Shiva and Devi Paarvati in unison and congratulated Him for His great feat! With this, Bhagawan Vishnu had accomplished what has to be accomplished as per the Dharma of the Dwaapara Yuga. After Bhagawan Krishna leaves this world, the Kali Yuga commences and till date, we’re all in this Kali Yuga, awaiting for Bhagawan’s return to this world eagerly! Having said thus, we now come to the all-important “Phalastuthi” of the Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana, which explains the innumerable benefits that the devotee would gain by reading through or chanting the slokas of this sacred text. Sage Sukhaachaarya explains to King Pariskhit thus,

“Ya yetaam praatharutthaaya krishnasya padavim paraam!

Tathah keerthayeth bhaktyaa taameva aapnotyanuthhamaam!!”

Sage Sukhaachaarya explains clearly thus, “Oh Parikshit! All those devotees who listen or read or recite this sacred text and especially this context wherein Bhagawan Krishna is ascending back to Vaikunta, would be granted “Moksha” immediately by Bhagawan, without any prejudice! The devotees’ level of Bhakti would increase manifold after this recital. With this high level of Bhakti, the devotee is being pulled by Bhagawan to His divine Vaikunta, and is never left stranded anywhere in any other Lokha!”

“Dhaaruko dvaarakaametya vasudeva upasenayoho!

Patithvaa charanaavastrair nyancheth krishnavicchutaha!!”

Sage Sukhaachaarya continues thus, “Those who listen to Bhagawan Krishna’s entire Charithra – Right from His incarnation as the son of Devaki and Vasudeva, to killing of Kamsa, to establishing of Dwaarakapuri, to playing an important role in helping out the Paandava brothers at Indraprastha, to preaching the Bhagawad Gita to this world, to protecting the Paandavas in the Kurukshetra war, to marrying Rukmini Devi and other important people, to blessing infinite number of devotees and finally the ascent of Bhagawan to Vaikunta – Would get a happy and peaceful life, both in this world as well as at Vaikunta! Those who worship this sacred text and read / write / listen to it everyday with ardent devotion, would be the most dearest people to Bhagawan Krishna, as He Himself had proclaimed that He resides in this Kali Yuga amidst this particular text! Thus, one can be rest-assured that he / she would be under constant protection of Bhagawan Krishna at all times, just like how Arjuna was. The devotee can be rest-assured that Bhagawan Krishna is executing all his / her Karma in this world without any blemish. The devotee can be rest-assured that all of his / her sins would be totally washed away by Bhagawan Krishna’s infinite grace, thus paving the way for attaining the highest Moksha!”

As Sage Sukhaachaarya explains thus, we come to the end of the eleventh “Skandha” of the Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana. In this “Skandha”, we’ve mainly witnessed Bhagawan Krishna’s important pieces of advice to Uddhava as He is preparing to ascend back to Vaikunta. These pieces of advice form the “Keshava-Uddhava-Samvaadham”, which is quite similar to what Bhagawan explained to Arjuna in the Bhagawad Gita. In fact, we shall infer that this “Keshava-Uddhava-Samvaadham” is a condensed version of the Shrimad Bhagawad Gita put together. Bhagawan Krishna has explained almost all the important points that He had covered in elaborate detail in the Bhagawad Gita. Thus, if we’re able to understand this eleventh Skanda here, it is almost equivalent of understanding the crux of the Bhagawad Gita. This is why, this eleventh Skandha is extremely significant.

With this, we now move on to witness the twelfth Skandha, wherein Sage Sukhaachaarya is going to explain the important characteristics of the Kali Yuga. We were waiting to witness this interesting segment for a few episodes now, and this topic forms the crux of the twelfth Skandha. Sage Sukhaachaarya gives a detailed accord of how the Kali Yuga would span out, post Bhagawan Krishna’s tenure in this world. We shall wait till the next episode to commence the twelfth Skandha and to also witness the all-interesting features of this Kali-Yuga! An absorbing episode awaits us tomorrow! Stay tuned! 🙂

Episode # 397 – Bhagawan Krishna’s five “FOLLOWERS” ascend to Vaikunta along with Him!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Bhagawan Krishna ascending towards Vaikunta. This is a landmark event in the entire Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana text, wherein all the Devas, Gandharvas, and ardent devotees of Bhagawan were waiting for His arrival at Vaikunta. They were showering flowers on Him endlessly and with all that, Bhagawan ascends back to Vaikunta. Sage Shukaachaarya explains this very beautifully, wherein he says that Bhagawan Krishna sits in an upright position, closes His eyes and thinks of a glance from the day one when He took His divine incarnation. Right from that day wherein He incarnated inside the prison of Kamsa, Bhagawan recollects all the incidents that He was directly and indirectly part of, wherein His divine grace made innumerable people reach the highest Moksha. He thinks of His family members, parents, His dearest Arjuna and Co., etc. and made sure that all of them are safe and secure wherever they are.

As Bhagawan gets immersed into these recollections, He slowly starts ascending to Vaikunta, with His entire physical body too. Normally, when we pass away from this world, we would not be able to ascend to any other Lokha with our physical body, isn’t it? But Bhagawan has His own unique ways of doing things – He makes sure that He ascends with His same physical body, back to Vaikunta. As Bhagawan ascends, He enters into this very text – The sacred Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana and assures all His devotees in this world that whoever chants, recites, reads or writes this text with ardent devotion, Bhagawan would always be by his / her side and protect that person at will! This is where this Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana text assumes so much of significance as compared to any other text in our Sanaatana Dharma. Of course, each text has its own significance – We’ve witnessed this already during our Ramayana and Vidura Neeti projects as well. However, as compared to all of those, this text assumes loads of significance because we can directly worship Bhagawan Krishna through this text! Thus, we should respect the text, pay our respects to Sage Sukhaachaarya who had authored this sacred text and worship both of them together!

We’ve concluded yesterday’s episode by saying that as Bhagawan Krishna ascended towards Vaikunta, there were few “followers” who went along with Him! Who were they? Let’s discuss today – The main followers of Bhagawan Krishna were not human beings, but virtues – Some important virtues that are to be remembered always as we progress through our life. They were, Satya, Dharma, Keerti, Dhruti and Shreehi! Few episodes ago, we had witnessed that nobody accompanied Bhagawan Krishna when He was ascending back to Vaikunta, but at that point, that reference was made to human beings. But here, we’re seeing that five main virtues are following Bhagawan Krishna! As they follow, they proclaim to the world thus, “As Bhagawan is leaving this world, we too do not have any more place here, however, if someone in this world calls us, we would come down again!” As we’re witnessing here, Satya means truth and honesty! All of us know what Dharma is. Shreehi means wealth and property. All of these virtues are also leaving this world once and forever as Bhagawan Krishna is ascending.

Thus, as Bhagawan Krishna ascended back, all the Devas, Bhagawan Shiva, Goddess Parvati, etc. were extremely happy of His return. The hunter who had hit Bhagawan Krishna with the arrow, also ascends to the Svarga Lokha with the divine blessings and grace of Bhagawan Krishna!

Such was the great incarnation of Bhagawan Krishna, and with this we come to the fag end of the Bhaagawatha Puraana text. In the next episode, we would commence the discussion on the important “Phalastuthi”, which means, the benefits a person would obtain by reading this text. Stay tuned for the important episode! 🙂

Episode # 396 – Bhagawan Krishna enters the Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana text – Ascends back to Vaikunta!!!

In the previous episode, we had emphasized on the important point that only with Bhagawan Krishna’s divine presence, other people including the Paandavas were powerful. However, once Bhagawan Krishna left for His divine abode, even the once invincible Arjuna became so powerless that he wasn’t able to handle a small gang of petty thieves. It is where Sage Veda Vyaasa highlights this important point that since Bhagawan Krishna had left for Vaikunta, it is also advisable that the Paandavas do not remain in this world any longer. Thus, during the yesterday’s episode, we had witnessed how the Paandavas ascended to the Svarga Lokha after coronating Parikshit as Yudhistra’s successor. Henceforth, we’ve to now witness in a bit of detail as to how Bhagawan Krishna left for Vaikunta, just for the continuation of the series of events that unfolded, and subsequently the salient features of the Kali Yuga.

Sage Sukhaachaarya narrates this important event to King Parikshit in a beautiful way thus:

“Athah tatraagamath brahma bhavaanyaacha samambhavaha!

Mahendrah pramukhaa devaa munayah svaprajeshwaraaha!!

Pitarah siddha gandharvaa vidyaadhara mahogaraaha!

Drashtukaama bhagawathaha divyaanam paramotsukhaaha!!”

Sage Sukhaachaarya explains this event beautifully wherein he says that all people including the Devas, etc. are flocking all around Him, eagerly awaiting His return back to Vaikunta. All the celestial beings, Maharishis, etc. were playing divine instruments and are showering flowers continuously on Bhagawan Krishna. It was a such a divine sight to watch through. It was as if Bhagawan was being carried away by all these divine flowers and music, all the way to Vaikunta.

“Bhagawan pitaamaham veekshya vibhoothiraatmano vibuhu!

Samyojyaatmanichaathmaanam pdmanetre nyameelayath!!”

As Bhagawan Krishna was sitting at the very place where the hunter had hit His foot, He slowly closes His eyes, for one last time in this world. He now thinks how He had incarnated 125 years ago, on the day when the Rohini star was dominant. He thus thinks of His mother Devaki and father Vasudeva. Subsequently, Bhagawan recollects all the events that He was part of in this world for the past 125 years. Right from His days at Gokula, He thinks of Mother Yashoda, father Nandagopa, all His childhood friends, how He killed all the Raakshasas there to save Gokula, the Kaaliya-Nardhana episode, the famous Govardhana episode, subsequently Bhagawan’s lovely time with Radha, etc. Subsequently, Bhaagwan Krishna thinks of how He and His brother Balarama together neutralized their treacherous uncle, Kamsa at Mathura. Henceforth, Bhaagwan Krishna thinks about His fights against Jaraasandha, how He ran all the way to Dwaaraka from Mathura, some events in the middle of that, etc. Then Bhagawan recollects how He spent loads of time with His favourite Arjuna and the Paandavas, His important role in the famous Kurukshetra war and how He singlehandedly made the Paandavas win the battle and how the entire Kaurava clan including Duryodhana were destroyed.

Then Bhagawan Krishna thinks about His favourite moments with His divine consortium Rukmini Devi, how He married others like Jaambhavati, Satyabhaama, etc. He also recollects His time with Kuchela, when he had come to meet Bhagawan at Dwaaraka after so many years. Thinking all of this thus, Bhagawan Krishna concludes His divine incarnation, as He decides that He would enter into this Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana text! In fact, Bhagawan Krishna didn’t want to leave back to Vaikunta just like that – He buried His heart and soul into this sacred text of Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana and only the remaining portion of His, left back to Vaikunta! From this, we can understand clearly, the significance of this sacred text! At that moment, Bhagawan Krishna declares to the world thus, “Henceforth, if anybody wants to have my divine darshan, they can have it through this very text! I’m omni-present at each and every “Skandha” and “Sloka” of this divine text and my ardent devotees can feel my presence as they read through or write about this sacred text!”

Saying thus, Bhagawan Krishna decides to descend back! As the Devas and all other ardent devotees were witnessing the divine event, Bhagawan Krishna leaves this world along with His physical body! Normal people like us cannot do that. If we’ve to ascend to Vaikunta or Svarga Lokha or wherever, we’ve to leave this physical body of ours in this world, assume a different form and thus ascend. But, this is not the case with Bhagawan – He ascends back to Vaikunta with the same physical body!

As Bhagawan Krishna ascends thus to Vaikunta, there are few who follow Him all the way! Who were those few who followed Bhagawan? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out! Stay tuned! 🙂

Episode # 395 – After Bhagawan Krishna, the Pandavas ascend towards the “Svarga Lokha”!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Bhagawan Krishna ascending back to Vaikunta after a 125-year-long stint in this world, which was to re-establish “Dharma” and to root out all the “Adharma” that was happening. As Bhagwan Krishna ascends back, there are lot of signs that confirm this important event. One such event is where Arjuna, who was once a prolific expert in employing the bow and arrow, suddenly was rendered powerless to defend his people even from a small and a petty ang of robbers. As Arjuna was reeling under this sudden powerlessness, Sage Veda Vyaasa appears before him and explains the situation. He drops an important hint to Arjuna that it is time for him to think of ways to reach the Svarga Lokha from here, as his powers were valid only until the point when Bhagawan Krishna was alive in this world. Upon Sage Vyaasa’s words, Arjuna was shell-shocked and asks him back as to what happened to Bhagawan. Sage Veda Vyaasa explains to Arjuna that Bhagawan Krishna’s divine incarnation is over and that, He had already ascended to Vaikunta. With this the Dwaapara Yuga comes to an end, and henceforth it is going to be the advent of the Kali Yuga.

It is to be noted that this Kali Yuga is going to span out a lifetime of 4,32,100 years and currently we’ve only crossed around 5,100 years. We’re still at the early stages of Kali Yuga and Sage Veda Vyaasa goes on in his accord to Arjuna to describe how is this Kali Yuga going to span out. Sage Vyaasa is narrating the characteristics of the Kali Yuga, how people in this Yuga would behave, what are the major landmark events that would take place in this Yuga, how would people react to them, etc. It’s a long discussion, but of course, we shall try and condense it into a shorter and an understandable form for our readers. But before we go into that discussion, we shall witness how the “Paandavas” attained Svarga Lokha.

As Sage Vyaasa explains thus, Arjuna understands the situation and he realizes that there’s no point in living in this world any further. He goes back to Yudishtra and explains the whole thing and all the five of them set out of Indraprastha. Yudishtra coronates Parikshit to be the next king of Indraprastha and with this, all five of them start off. The place where the five people ascended towards the Svarga Lokha is called “Satopanth” and we can worship this place even today. It’s a beautiful and a scenic place amidst the great Himalayan Mountain ranges in the north of India. Thus, one after the other attain Svarga Lokha and finally Yudishtra has a test of his life for one last time with the “Dharma Devata” taking the form of a dog and following him all the way up the mountains. As Yudishtra passes the test given by the “Dharma Devata”, he too attains the “Svarga Lokha” and with this, the Paandavas come to an end.

Thus, we can witness here that power, invincibility, etc. were with the Paandavas only when Bhagawan Krishna was around. Once He left the scene, all their powers were rendered useless. This clearly shows how Bhagawan Krishna utilised the Paandavas as His divine instruments to establish Dharma in this world. This is why we always emphasize that we’ve to surrender ourselves to Bhagawan completely. Yudishtra and Co. did that meticulously and we’re able to witness how Bhagawan used them for a noble cause that benefitted the whole world. We should always understand that all the actions that we perform in this world should be directed in some way or the other to benefit the world. For this, we might not be able to do it directly without the help of Bhagawan. Only if we surrender completely to Bhagawan’s lotus feet, will we be able to dedicate ourselves completely in the way Bhagawan wants us to perform.

So with this, we can clearly understand that if Bhagawan is present, everything is so powerful. But when Bhagawan is off, everything is off too! So for today, let us realize this important point and do the needful. In the next episode, we shall witness some minute details about how Bhagawan Krishna left for Vaikunta, before we enter into the discussion of the “Kali Yuga”! Stay tuned! 🙂

Episode # 394 – Arjuna is rendered totally powerless as Bhagawan Krishna descends back to Vaikunta!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Dhaaruka, Bhagawan Krishna’s charioteer hurring towards Dwaaraka city to evacuate the remaining people who were still living there. Dhaaruka undertook this assignment on the urgent instructions given by Bhagawan Krishna and he hurries his way to Dwaaraka. He brings out all the women and children who were there and takes them all the way to Indraprastha wherein Arjuna and the Paandavas were ruling the kingdom. Dhaaruka explains the scenario to Arjuna and entrusts all the women and children under Arjuna’s protection. In due course, we’ve also witnessed that as Dhaaruka drives away all people from Dwaaraka city, the sea starts slowly engulfing the entire land. As we sometimes see in the movies, as Dhaaruka’s chariot moves swiftly across the streets of Dwaaraka, the ocean waters follow him. This happens until Dhaaruka moves out of the city. Once all of them leave, Dwaaraka was totally destroyed by the ocean waters, and Bhagawan Krishna knew that this would happen. This is why He made sure that all the people are moved away before this happens.

Moving on thus, as Dhaaruka is driving all of them towards Indraprastha, he traverses through the entire north-western stretches of the country, through the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab. On the way, there were many thieves who blocked their way. As Arjuna was accompanying them through the way, he tried to attack the thieves with his “Gaandeepa” (Bow). However, he was so powerless suddenly that he wasn’t even able to lift his famed bow in his hands! Even if he had lifted his bow somehow, he wasn’t able to mount the arrow in it and shoot at the thieves! He felt so powerless that all the thieves were running away with all the ornaments, gold, etc. that these women were wearing. The entire wealth got stolen by, and Arjuna stood there helplessly! All of us know that Arjuna was once able to defeat the invincible Bhishmacharya and Guru Dhronacharya with his extraordinary skills of employing the bow and arrow, but now, this same Arjuna was not able to defeat these 10-11 thieves who were just like ants in front of a huge elephant!

After Arjuna was rendered powerless thus, he was so unhappy with what happened. In fact, more than being unhappy, he was ashamed that he couldn’t protect these women and children from afterall these petty thieves. As Arjuna is coming with his head down in shame and frustration, Sage Veda Vyaasa comes opposite to him. Sage Vyaasa asks Arjuna thus, “Oh Arjuna! I’ve never seen you this dull! What happened? Why are you speechless and crying? Is everything fine with you?” As Sage Vyasa asks thus, Arjuna narrates what had just happened and how he was rendered so powerless all of a sudden! It is then, Sage Vyaasa reveals the truth – “Oh Arjuna! Didn’t you realize? Bhagawan Krishna has already left for Vaikunta! He is no more in this world! As He left, your powers and strength have also come down! It is only when Bhagawan was alive in this world, did you have all the strength and stamina. Now that He has left, all your powers have been taken away by Him! So, it is time for all of you, including Yudishtra to make your way towards the Svarga Lokha. Please search for the ways and means to do the same, as early as possible!”

Saying thus, Sage Vyaasa continues further, “Oh Arjuna! Please realize that with the descent of Bhagawan Krishna, the Dwaapara Yuga has come to an end. Now the treacherous Kali Yuga has began and this is also one reason why all your powers have been neutralized. All your strength was valid only during the previous Yuga, and not for this Kali Yuga. Here, people are going to be different and the nature of the world is going to undergo a phenomenal transformation – From bad to worse!”

Upon hearing this from Sage Vyaasa, Arjuna did not understand what was going on! He has never seen such a transition before in all his life. He asks Sage Vyaasa to explain in a bit more detail as to how different is this Kali Yuga going to be from the previous Dwaapara Yuga and the Tretha Yuga. It is only then, Sage Vyaasa is going to give a detailed description of how the Kali Yuga is going to be – This is an extremely important section of the Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana and all of us can relate to many instances that are happening in the today’s scenario as well. It is quite amazing to see that our Maharishis have had such a long foresight that they’ve exactly predicted how this entire Kali Yuga would pan out to be! Of course, we are still at the early stages of the Kali Yuga and there’s a lot more to come!

So for today, let us stop at this point and let us wait till the next episode to have the detailed accord of how this Kali Yuga is going to be! Stay tuned for this interesting episode! 🙂