Episode # 133 – Kamsa’s DEATH-KNELL sounded – Tries to kill Devaki!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed a small clarification on the point wherein Bhagawan Krishna’s birthplace was seemingly being disputed. However, since the discussion between Bhagawan Vishnu and the Devas happened at this place called “Thiru-Koshtiyur” near to the city of Madurai in the southern part of India, Swami Periyaalwar concluded that the birthplace of Bhagawan Krishna should be this very place. This place is considered very important since the “thought process” of Bhagawan Vishnu to incarnate as Bhagawan Krishna at Mathura was born here. Thus, eventually we’ve started to witness the key happenings that conspired, which ultimately led to Bhagawan Krishna to incarnate. There was a Raakshasa by name “Kamsa”, whose sister, Devaki, was getting married to Vasudeva. We’ve witnessed the history of Devaki and Vasudeva previously, and hence we shall move on from this point. 

As the marriage got over in a grand style, Kamsa decides to escort Devaki and Vasudeva in his own chariot to Vasudeva’s place. A lot of grandeur followed and the couple got into the chariot and commenced the long journey from Mathura city. Kamsa was himself driving the chariot. After a few miles into the journey, there was a sudden sound of loud thunder rattling above the sky. A huge sheet of lightning engulfed as well, and with that, a heavy-sounding voice caught everybody’s attention. It was a voice from above the sky along with the rapturous thunder and lightning that sounded in a very fearful tone, which was like impounding the death knell on Kamsa’s head. The voice spoke thus, 

“Yaametaam vahase mooda saha bharthraa rathehsthithaam!

Astyaasta bhaasthamo garthaha praanaan apaharishyati!!”

Thus, the voice thundered towards Kamsa, “Oh Mooda! Oh fool! You aren’t realizing that your death is going to come very soon, and it is going to be from the child that is going to be born to this very couple you’re having in your chariot right now! The son who’s going to be born to Devaki and Vasudeva is going to sound the death knell to you very soon! There’s no way that you can protect yourself from this great danger. If you’re even trying to stop this from happening, try it for yourself! Thus, no matter what you do to stop this from happening, that son would be born to this couple and you can do nothing about it!” Upon hearing thus from the rapturous thunderous voice from above the sky, Kamsa was shell-shocked! He couldn’t believe what he just heard! On one hand, his affection towards his sister was trying to take him over. On the other hand, the fear of death is trying to take him over! What would poor Kamsa do now? Rather than thinking for a moment and calming himself down, he immediately pulled out his sharp sword and was about to fling it towards his sister, Devaki! 

Kamsa’s thought process was very simple here – The danger to his life is only from the son to be born to Devaki, isn’t it? So, if he kills Devaki on the spot, his life would be saved, because the son wouldn’t be born at all! With this in mind, Kamsa is about to fling the sword over Devaki’s head straightaway! The world is looking at this incident with shock, fear and uncertainty! Nobody knows what is going to happen next! On one hand, Kamsa’s atrocities are well-known to the world, and he would never be afraid of killing anyone for his own benefit! Whereas, on the other hand, Bhagawan has to incarnate only through this Devaki-Vasudeva duo! 

As Kamsa is ready to fling his treacherous sword towards his wife, Vasudeva immediately falls on Kamsa’s feet and starts begging for mercy. Vasudeva beggs thus, “Oh Kamsa! What are you going to achieve by killing a lady? By doing thus, you would enter into three important sins – Firstly, you’re about to commit one of the greatest sins of killing a woman, for no fault of hers. Secondly, you’re trying to kill a woman on the very day of her marriage. This is an even treacherous sin. Thirdly, Devaki is your own sister. Killing your own sibling is another sin that you’re about to enter. Hence, stop this killing right away, and think of other ways of handling this mystery!”

As Vasudeva explains thus, Kamsa started to think for a while. Using this opportunity, Vasuedeva is now trying to do another “Gita-Upadesha”, just like how his son is going to do much later! 🙂 What was the advice that Vasudeva is going to give Kamsa? Let’s wait till the next episode to witness! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 132 – Where exactly did Bhagawan Krishna incarnate? A special note!!!

We’re at an important juncture wherein Bhagawan Vishnu is deciding and taking upon Himself that it is time for Him to incarnate once more – For the ninth time in this world. As per the two requests made by the Devas led by Indra and Co., and also as per the request made by Goddess Bhoomadevi, Bhagawan Vishnu decides to go ahead with His ninth incarnation. All of us know that Bhagawan Vishnu incarnated as Little Krishna in the city of Mathura in North India. Readers might remember that we had concluded yesterday’s episode with a seemingly controversial argument – Swami Periyaalwar (One of the twelve important Alwars – Ardent devotees of Bhagawan Vishnu) explains in His “Divya-Prabhandham” text that Bhagawan Krishna incarnated at a place called “Thiru-Koshtiyur” – A “Divyadesha” temple-town near the city of Madurai in southern India. We might wonder how can this be true? How can Bhagawan Krishna incarnate at the same time in both places? Moreover, even if He had done so, (Bhagawan is capable of incarnating at many places at the same time), why hasn’t it been talked about either by Sage Paraashara or by Sage Sukhaachaarya or any other Sage for that reason? If we look at Shri Vishnu Puraana or Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana, which talk about Bhagawan Krishna at length, there’s no mention of this place called “Thiru-Koshtiyur ” at all! So what is the significance of this place and why is Swami Periyaalwar stressing upon this point with a lot of emphasis? Let’s understand today! 

As we’ve seen earlier, this place called “Thiru-Koshtiyur” is one amongst the 108 “Divyadeshas” of Bhagawan Vishnu, as per the “Shri Vaishnava Sampradhaaya” (The Vaishnava Tradition). This place is located around 50-60 kilometers north-east of the temple town of Madurai in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. As the name suggests – “Thiru-KOSHTIYUR” – “Koshti” in Tamil means, “Group”! In other words, there was a big “Group discussion” at this place! 🙂 Now who were the constituents of this group? It was none other than the Devas, led by Indra and Co., and Goddess Bhoomadevi. It is thus believed that all these people together approached Bhagawan Vishnu at this very place, as a “Koshti” (Group). The presiding deity of the temple at “Thiru-Koshtiyur” is referred to as “Soumya-Narayana”. It is only to this Bhagawan “Soumya-Narayana” did all the Devas and Goddess Bhoomadevi come and cry to, with all their problems. The discussion began at this very place, and this is why Swami Periyaalwar established that Bhagawan Krishna’s incarnation process started at this very place! It is only after the detailed discussion and thought process that happened at this “Thiru-Koshtiyur”, did Bhagawan Krishna incarnate in the north Indian city of Mathura. Given this fact, now we ourselves can decide where Bhagawan Krishna’s incarnation commenced! 

Hence, such is the significance of this “Divyadesha” called “Thiru-Koshtiyur”. Thus, if readers get an opportunity, please do visit this place without fail. The temple is one of the most beautiful ones of Bhagawan Vishnu, who is worshipped here as Bhagawan Soumya-Narayana. Moving on thus, Sage Paraashara now explains in the fifth “Amsa” as to what was happening meanwhile in the “Bhoolokha”. On one hand, we’ve seen that the discussion between Bhagawan Soumya-Narayana and the Devas + Goddess Bhoomadevi happened at Thiru-Koshtiyur”, and on the other hand, we’re now going to witness what are the atrocities that Raakshasa Kamsa was performing in this world. As Sage Maithreya requests Sage Paraashara to describe at length about all these events, Sage Paraashara begins his long accord. 

We’ve already seen the background of Vasudeva and Devaki (To whom Bhagawan Krishna was born) as part of the Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana itself. It is the same accord that Sage Paraashara is starting with, here also, and since we’ve already witnessed this, I’m hurrying up a bit at this stage. However, just for the sake of readers’ recollection, Kamsa and Devaki were siblings. We’ve witnessed the “Charitras” about Aahuka, Devaka and Ugrasena and how many children these people had. Vasudeva was the son born to Shoora. This Shoora gets married to a woman by the name Maareesha, and it is to this couple did Vasudeva take birth as their son. Vasudeva also had a sister by name “Prutha”, who is none other than Kunthi Devi, who is the mother of the Paandava brothers. Thus, we can see here how Udishtra and Co. are directly related to Bhagawan Krishna as paternal cousins. It is also for this reason that Bhagawan Krishna often refers Arjuna as “Paartha” in the Bhagawad Gita. It is because Arjuna was born to this Prutha or Kunthi Devi, and since he is the son of Prutha, his name is “Paartha”. 

Now coming back to the storyline here – This Devaki and Vasudeva get married and Devaki’s brother, Kamsa is responsible for the grand marriage that took place at Mathura city. As the marriage comes to a close, Kamsa escorts the couple on to his chariot, so that he can drive both of them to Vasudeva’s place. The procession commences and Kamsa is driving the chariot, along with Devaki and Vasudeva behind him. It was at this time something strange happened, which neither Kamsa nor Devaki nor Vasudeva expected! So what was this strange happening? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 131 – Circumstances that led Bhagawan Vishnu to reincarnate as Bhagawan Krishna!!!

We’re gradually moving into a section of the Shri Vishnu Puraana, which is about to give us a wonderful and an unmatched spiritual experience altogether, which is nothing but a detailed accord of Sage Paraashara on Bhagawan Krishna’s incarnation in this world. Sage Paraashara is going to narrate event after event that took place during Bhagawan Krishna’s tenure in this world. As we move into this, we’ve witnessed in the yesterday’s episode, the significance of few places where Bhagawan Krishna’s divine lotus feet had touched Mother Earth – Mathura-Patna (Mathura City), Gokula and Vrindavan. Of course there are many more places like Dwaraka where Bhagawan Krishna went during His later years, but these three places have truckloads of significance as Bhagawan Krishna spent all of His childhood days here. If we remember Bhagawan Krishna, everytime we would first remember “Bala-Krishna” (Little Krishna) and only then all the Bhagawad Gita, being the King of Dwaraka (Dwaraka-Deesha), etc. would surface. Thus, the places where Bhagawan Krishna spent His childhood days are very important for us to experience, and to visit too. If we get an opportunity to visit Mathura, Gokula, Vrindavan, etc. we should never miss it. Of course, we can read and write a lot about all these places, but the real experience of enjoying Bhagawan’s presence would occur only if we visit these holy places atleast once in our lifetime. Can anyone enjoy the taste of ghee from a paper wherein the word “Ghee” is written? We can’t, isn’t it? Similarly, we cannot enjoy the taste of Bhagawan’s compassion and the “Bhakti-Maarga” just on paper. We should take the effort to go and visit these places, so as to understand all what we’re saying right now. 

With this, we now move into the events that conspired, which gradually led to Bhagawan Krishna taking birth in this world. This is a fascinating and absorbing section from now, and readers should focus their full attention to this, to get the real essence of what Sage Paraashara is trying to explain here. As we go into this beautiful “Charitra”, we’ve to understand the requirement of Bhagawan Krishna’s divine presence in this world. What was the dire need all of a sudden for Bhagawan to incarnate? Who was responsible for this? What was Bhagawan’s response? Let us start witnessing all of this today. 

As the “Dvaapara Yuga” was coming to a close, multiple forms of “Adharma” started to lift their ugly faces in the world. On one hand, a Raakshasa by name “Kamsa” was wreaking havoc in the world. On the other hand, unlike the “Tretha Yuga”, wherein there were “dedicated” Raakshasas like Ravana, Kumbakarna, etc., in the “Dvaapara Yuga” things started changing – Normal human beings too started becoming epitomes of various forms of “Adharma”. This is where we have the likes of the Kaurava sons such as Duryodhana, Ducchaasana, etc. We should note here that Duryodhana was not a Raakshasa by himself, but a normal human being who had all the characteristics of a Raakshasa in him. As this population started to increase, Goddess Bhoomadevi (Mother Earth) started feeling way too heavy to accommodate such crooks. She was very patient until a certain point, but when things started going out of control, she couldn’t take it any more! Thus, Goddess Bhoomadevi runs to her husband, Bhagawan Vishnu with tears of sorrow in her eyes. This is precisely the same time wherein the Devas (Celestial Beings) headed by Indra was present at Bhagawan Vishnu’s divine abode as well. Thus, the Devas, along with Goddess Bhoomadevi met Bhagawan Vishnu together to talk about the problems that were going on. The Devas had two requests: Firstly, they requested Bhagawan Vishnu’s divine intervention to put an end to Kamsa and to free them from his wrath. Secondly, the Devas were having a long-term wish – To spend quality time with Bhagawan without any disturbance from anybody. They wanted to spend a one-on-one with Bhagawan, and Indra represented this wish too. 

On the other hand, Goddess Bhoomadevi on her part, represented the problems that she was facing in the world. Listening to all of this, Bhagawan Vishnu decided and came to a conclusion that it is time for Him to incarnate in this world one more time to set things right. He wanted to fulfill the two requests of the Devas, as well as that of His divine consortium – Goddess Bhoomadevi. Of course, the first wish of the Devas, that is, the killing of Kamsa is something that all of us know how it happened. Goddess Bhoomadevi’s wish too wasn’t a big task for Bhagawan to fulfill. All of us know that as well. However, we might be wondering how did Bhagawan Vishnu fulfill the second wish of the Devas, that is, spending one-to-one private time with them. We shall have this question in our minds for now, but I shall reveal the answer to this question in the episodes to come! 🙂 

Discussing thus with the Devas and Goddess Bhoomadevi, Bhagawan Vishnu decides that He has had enough with these Raakshasas and Duryodhana and Co. He thus decides to incarnate at a place called “Mathura”, in the Northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. This is according to Sage Paraashara.

However, if we take the “Divyaprabhandham” texts of the south, we would find a mention of this important place called “Thiru-Koshtiyur”, which is one of the 108 Divyadeshams of Bhagawan Vishnu even today. This place is some 50-60 kilometers northeast of Madurai in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Swami Periyaalwar (One of the twelve Alwars) explains clearly in his work that Bhagawan Krishna incarnated at this very place called “Thiru-Koshtiyur”. We might have another question here. Just now Shri Vishnu Puraana explained that Bhagawan Krishna was born at Mathura city in the Northern Part of India. But here, Periyaalwar is explaining that Bhagawan Krishna incarnated in the southern part of India. Isn’t it controversial in nature? How can Bhagawan Krishna incarnate in two different places at the same time? The answer lies in the next episode! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 130 – Mathura, Gokula & Vrindavan – Holy places of Bhagawan Krishna’s childhood!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed a beautiful accord of Sage Paraashara describing the meaning of the divine name “Krishna”. Bhagawan is referred to as Krishna as He is the only “Savior” of this entire world. We’ve witnessed in due course as to whom Bhagawan Krishna is going to protect. We might have heard that Bhagawan destroyed so many people in due course of His 120-year incarnation in this world. Of course, yes, He had to destroy those who did not fall into the path of “Dharma”. This is a long list, and in due course we’re going to witness this as well. But more than this, the number of living beings that Bhagawan Krishna protected and took to “Vaikunta” is far higher than the number which He destroyed. Right from a fruit seller to the greatest of Kshatrya princes, Bhagawan Krishna treated all His divine children equally and took all of them to “Vaikunta” along with Him. This shows how Bhagawan is so compassionate towards His ardent devotees. We had witnessed during our Ramayana project too, as to how Bhagawan Rama was so compassionate that when He descended to Vaikunta, He did not leave even a single person back in Ayodhya. All Ayodhya citizens had that beautiful opportunity to transcend to Vaikunta, and this is how compassionate Bhagawan Rama was. In fact, we’ve also seen how Bhagawan Rama specially invited Hanuman to Vaikunta, and how Hanuman declined that offer, only to chant the “Rama-Nama” and spread it in this world far and wide! 

Having said thus, we understand here that Bhagawan is the ultimate savior of this world, but how does He protect the world? He does that through His compassion and love. Thus, we can say that Bhagawan Krishna is our “compassionate savior”. Thus, it is now our pleasure to start witnessing how this “Compassionate savior” incarnated in this world as “Little Krishna”. This is going to be an absorbing story and of course, most of us might be knowing it. Yet, it is always a pleasure to experience Little Krishna isn’t it? In fact, by now, we’ve also written around 1300 episodes as part of this blog, and our readers might be knowing most of the stories and events by now. However, why are we witnessing them again and again? The more we experience Bhagawan, the more we get closer to Him, and in turn our Bhakti towards Bhagawan increases. Moreover, the more we experience Bhagawan, the more we would get an opportunity to understand His significance better. The more we understand His significance, the more we would be able to think of Him as our Savior. The more we start thinking about Him, the more deeper our “Bhakti-Maarga” would become. Deeper our “Bhakti-Maarga”, easier it is to attain Bhagawan! This is like a chain process, isn’t it? We can in fact, draw a beautiful flow chart or a block diagram with this data. Thus, the underlying point here is that, we’re witnessing Bhagawan Krishna’s incarnation, not just because we already know it, but to experience Bhagawan in the form of a little child, a teenager, an adult, a “Spiritual Master” and finally as Bhagawan Himself. Thus, Bhagawan Krishna’s incarnation offers a complete package of divine experience to all His devotees. 

Thus, when we say that Bhagawan Krishna was born, it was in the holy city called Mathura, in Western Uttar Pradesh – An Indian state. Mathura is around 50 kilometers away from the National Capital, Delhi and even today, we have many instances and places around, which would narrate stories after stories of Bhagawan Krishna’s childhood. There is a place called “Vrindavan”, which is the place where Bhagawan Krishna spent time with the “Gopikas”. This is a remarkably beautiful place. On the other side of the river Yamuna that flows across the city, there is this village called “Gokula”, which we can worship even today. This is the place where Bhagawan Krishna spent almost ten years of His childhood as Little Krishna or Bala-Krishna. Near the Gokula village, there is the “Govardhana Giri”, wherein Bhagawan Krishna protected the entire Gokula village from the evil wrath of Indra and Varuna. Similarly, there are umpteen number of places wherein Bhagawan Krishna’s childhood stories galore! In fact, there are instances wherein, after Bhagawan Krishna proceeded to Dwaraka many years after His childhood, He still used to think and remember all those beautiful days that He spent at Gokula and used to weep immensely with tears! He used to think of the time He spent with the divine Radha, His childhood friends, Gopikas, etc. and used to cry profusely, missing all of them! If Bhagawan had to think about all of them, who were ardent devotees and cry, we might understand how much of Bhakti these people would have showered on Bhagawan Krishna! So, isn’t Bhagawan Krishna the real compassionate savior for all of us?

Thus, today we’ve witnessed the significance of the places wherein Bhagawan Krishna’s childhood days were spent. From the next episode, we shall straightaway enter into the events that conspired, paving the way for the divine incarnation of Bhagawan Krishna in this world. An interesting and absorbing set of episodes await us for the next few days and months from now! Stay tuned! 🙂 

“THE INDIAN DHARMA” blog crosses 1.2 Lakh views from 120 countries worldwide!!!

Dear Esteemed Readers,

It is indeed my pleasure to announce to all our esteemed readers that with the divine grace of Bhagawan, we’ve reached a significant milestone in terms of number of episodes and viewership across the world – A staggering 1.20 Lakh views from around 120 countries worldwide! This year alone, we’ve crossed over 10,000 views recently within just 2 months.

It has been a 4-year-long journey so far and as of today, (15’th March, 2021), we’ve reached 1290 episodes of Vaalmiki Ramayana, Vidura Neeti, Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana and Shri Vishnu Puraana put together. This has been a tremendous and a remarkable journey so far and I sincerely extend my hearty thanks to all our readers who are spending their valuable time in going through, enjoying it and providing their valuable feedbacks for further improvement.

We are currently amidst the “Shri Krishna Avatara” description of Sage Paraashara, as part of the Shri Vishnu Puraana and thus we’re witnessing some interesting anecdotes, some important life / management / leadership lessons all along the way. I wish to continue this journey further with all your love and support!

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Episode # 129 – Meaning of the words “KRISHNA” and “KANNA” – Bhagawan’s two divine names!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed how Bhagawan Vishnu ensures that He incarnates in this world with not just one agenda, but with multiple agendas put together. We’ve seen instances wherein Bhagawan Rama and Bhagawan Krishna had fulfilled multiple roles during their incarnations in this world and have established many principles of “Dharma” with so many people around. In this case of Bhagawan Krishna, many of us might be knowing how Little Krishna was a darling child to His parents, Devaki and Vasudeva / Yashoda and Nandagopa. He was a “gangster” among His friends at Gokula. He played His role to perfection in killing Kamsa, and many other Raakshasas during that time. He played a role of a great spiritual master to His close mate, Arjuna, and with that, the entire Bhagawad Gita was born. He served as a perfect guide to the Paandavas by using them as instruments to establish Dharma in this world. Thus, Bhagawan Krishna had played multiple roles during His incarnation, and this is what we’re going to start witnessing one after the other in the elaborate narrative of Sage Paraashara about Bhagawan Krishna. 

Thus, Bhagawan Krishna’s incarnation was the ninth one in the prominent list of incarnations, and this happened in the previously concluded “Dvaapara Yuga”. Bhagawan was referred to as “Krishna” in Sanskrit and “Kannan” in Tamil. In Sanskrit, the Shabdha called “Krishnaha” can be expanded as follows: 

“Krishir bhoovaachaha shabdhaha nascha nirvrithi vaachakaha!”

Here, we see the word called “Krish” in the above expansion, isn’t it? This word called “Krish” indicates the “Bhoomi” or “World”. The fourth word of this expansion is “Naha”, which means “Happiness”. Thus, we can describe Bhagawan Krishna as the one who gives immense happiness to Goddess Bhoomaadevi, who is none other than Mother Earth. Similarly, we describe Bhagawan Krishna as “Kanna” in Tamil, isn’t it? So what does this mean? “Kan” means “Gnyaana” or deep spiritual knowledge. Thus, Bhagawan Kanna means that the person who has given us the spiritual enlightenment and knowledge through the revered and sacred text called Bhagawad Gita, in which Bhagawan Krishna has explained all the important aspects of “Dharma”, which we might not even be able to find in any other Sanaatana Dharma literature. 

In fact, we can have another meaning for the word “Kanna” in Tamil. “Kan” has another meaning called “The Savior” or the “Protector”. Whom is Bhagawan Krishna going to protect here? He’s going to protect all of us, ardent devotees and is going to take all of us to the Vaikunta, isn’t it? Thus, Bhagawan Kanna is also referred to as the “Savior” – Savior from all the worldly pleasures and attachments, which ultimately is going to guide us to reach Moksha. Moreover, when we look at Bhagawan Kanna as the “Savior”, we can also say that Bhagawan Krishna is the only “Savior” in this world. If we think that our parents might be our saviors in this birth, alas! They’re going to attain Moksha even before we do, isn’t it? Similarly, if our relatives or family members or friends are going to help us attain “Moksha”, there also we’re going wrong. Most of the people on this earth are going to be extremely selfish in nature, and they’re not going to be of any help in any way, especially in attaining “Moksha”! Hence, Bhagawan Kanna (Krishna) can be the only savior for us in this world, who can guide us effectively through His Bhagawad Gita in the path of attaining “Moksha”. 

Thus, we can see here that Bhagawan Krishna is the only solace for us in this world and who kept this beautiful name of “Krishna” for “Little Bhagawan” who took birth? It was none other than Sage Gargaachaarya. So for today, let us understand these important points associated with Bhaagwan Krishna’s divine name and let us wait till the next episode eagerly to start witnessing what are the events that conspired, which led to Bhagawan Krishna’s incarnation in this world! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 128 – Bhagawan Vishnu incarnates in this world every time with several “agendas”!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed an important discussion wherein we emphasized how we should not get overwhelmed and carried away by the problems or challenges that we might face in our life. Just because we face some problems here and there, we shouldn’t immediately take our horoscope and start running to the astrologer’s doorstep. We should realize that in life, everybody have problems and every human being goes through several challenges at different times. This doesn’t mean that our life is completely doomed and the only way to recoup from the challenges is to perform some listless “Parihaaras” that are “prescribed” by some equally listless and selfish astrologers who prey on such weak-minded and spineless people. Thus, the point here is that I’m not against astrology of any sorts. But unethical practices like this, which would potentially mislead innocent people are what I’m against of. We in turn as common people should realize that there’s no better “Parihaara” than surrendering ourselves on to Bhagawan’s feet. There can be no medicine or a solace equal to this in our life, for any problem or challenge. Hence, instead of getting carried away by problems, let us make up our mind to face them with courage and take them head-on! In the process, let us exhibit our “Sharanaagati” Dharma towards Bhagawan and leave everything to His lotus feet. 

Saying thus, we shall thus move forward with a brief introduction of Bhagawan Krishna’s incarnation. As mentioned earlier as well, any incarnation of Bhagawan in this world would be with a definitive purpose. In fact, to be more specific, Bhagawan incarnates in this world with not just one sole agenda, but with multiple agendas together. We can see this phenomenon coming true in every “Avatara” of Bhagawan – For instance, during the “Rama – Avatara”, Bhagawan Rama’s sole agenda was not just to kill Ravana and go back to Vaikunta. He played multiple roles during His incarnation, isn’t it? First, He illustrated to the world how a son should obey his father’s words. Secondly, as a brother, Bhagawan Rama illustrated how the younger brothers should obey the words of the elder brother, and how should the elder brother behave in such a way that he is a role model for the younger ones to follow. Similarly, Bhagawan Rama also showed to the world how a husband-wife relationship should be nurtured and respected. In these lines, Bhagawan Rama set high standards as to how friends are to be treated, how should a king behave towards his subjects, how should a “Guru” (Spiritual Master) take care of his “Daasas” (Disciples), etc. Thus, apart from killing Ravana, which might still be considered as the main event in the Ramayana story, Bhagawan Rama was an epitome in all the above-mentioned points. Thus, the “Rama-Avatara” proved to fulfill multiple agendas within the lifespan of Bhagawan’s incarnation in this world. 

Similarly, the “Shri Krishna Avatara” is no less an epitome as well. Apart from just killing Raakshasas like Kamsa, Jaraasandha, Sishupala, Duryodhana, etc. Bhagawan Krishna proves as a perfect launchpad for all those people who want to surrender to His lotus feet and attain Vaikunta. He has been instrumental in directly sending many ardent devotees to Vaikunta then and there, irrespective of who that person is – Whether he / she is a fruit seller or a crorepati. Moreover, Bhagawan Krishna gives us a unique experience of seeing Him as a little child, which no other incarnation of Bhagawan provides, isn’t it? We can see how Bhagawan Krishna played with all His friends, performed so many “Leelas” with all His little friends during His childhood days. In fact, this is the uniqueness that Bhagawan Krishna brings to the table as compared to other incarnations of Bhagawan Vishnu. 

So for today, we shall realize the important point that Bhagawan’s incarnation in this world is not solely for one particular purpose, but He combines so many other agendas too in His incarnation. In other words, Bhagawan offers us a complete “package” of wonderful experiences to cherish, so that we can also involve with Him and attain “Moksha” quite easily. We shall wait till the next episode to continue with this important point of discussion forward. Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 127 – How do modern-day “ASTROLOGERS” trap us to make money from our ignorance? An important accord!!!

We’re amidst an important discussion wherein we’re seeing why we shouldn’t get carried away too much with looking into “Auspicious days”, “Auspicious times” and also too much into Astrology for everyday aspects of life. Of course, these are important if we perform some important spiritual practices and other key life events. However, if we’ve to start looking for such things for our regular routine works and our job-related things, we’re simply trying to shrug off responsibility, and in turn, we’re getting more and more scared to face challenges in life. We’ve to understand that at whatever “auspicious” time and day we commence doing something, challenges are inevitable, and we’ve to live through tough phases in life. It is a wrong concept that prevails in some echelons of the society that if we start something at an auspicious time and day, only then will things be successful. These are some wrong pieces of information that are constantly being fed by some so-called “famous astrologers”, who mint money by taking advantage of our ignorance and weakness. 

In regards to this as well, we’ve witnessed during our previous episode itself as to how some astrologers take common people for a ride, misguide them and make money out of it. In fact, in our “Sanaatana Dharma”, there is nothing called “Parihaara” for any adverse planetary positions that we might have. Today too, I’m going to reiterate this point in a different way, and let us see in due course how these so-called “astrologers” exploit the weakness and ignorance of common people. If for instance, we as common people who have zero knowledge in astrology go to an astrologer, what would happen? That astrologer, if he / she has the sole agenda of making money, would nicely start brainwashing us that our planetary positions are pathetic and we’re staring at a great danger in our near future! This would serve as an emotional blackmail and we would automatically tend to get scared. As we get scared, the astrologer would use this fear to drive his / her agenda. 

Now what would be this “agenda” for the astrologer that we’re talking about here? The astrologer would start explaining the “bad” planetary positions and that the only way that we can escape the dangers that it can cause is by doing an expansive “Parihaara”. The astrologer would then “prescribe” some temple wherein he / she would have a few connections and contacts. In fact, the modus operandi of these people is like that of a mafia gang. If we happen to ask the astrologer that if we can go to any other temple to perform the “Parihaara”, the astrologer would immediately negate it and “explain” to us that we’ve to go only to this particular temple, and do the “Parihaara” as per the set of people whom this astrologer asks us to go and meet. Now when it comes to the payment, we’ve to pay a hefty amount of money to the astrologer, as well as to the entire gang of people in that temple as well. Ultimately after the so-called “Parihaara” is performed, do we see any sort of improvement in our day-to-day life? Unfortunately the answer in most of the cases would be a big “No”! All that happens is that we waste our hard-earned money and lavishly spend them on useless things like these. 

As readers are going through this, some might be shocked, and some might think that I’m anti-astrology. I’m not anti-astrology in any sense. I respect astrology as a science, but the problem comes when we start using it for our own convenience by flexing it as per our own requirement. This is something wrong and unethical. Of course, many astrologers might be angry with me for the fact that I’m exposing their “tricks” to earn easy money, but there’s no option. Earning money through unethical means is equivalent to “Adharma”. There is no mention in the “Vedas” that a “Parihaara” can solve planetary-related ill-effects. If such is the case, why mislead people and make money out of their problems? This is where, we as common people should be extremely careful. Just because we face problems in life, it doesn’t mean that we would run to an astrologer with our horoscope. Instead, we should learn how to face the problem and move up the ladder. We should understand that doing “Parihaaras” are never the solution for any problem in life. If such was the case, then all those people doing “Parihaaras” should be totally devoid of all problems in life, isn’t it? Is this ever happening in the world? Can we point out to one person in this world who doesn’t have problems and challenges? It’s totally impossible isn’t it? If such is the case, why going behind something that’s not going bare fruit in any way, and instead only going to drain out all our money? 

Thus, this is also the time we realize that we’re the sole cause for all sufferings that we’re undergoing. It is only our previous “Karma” that makes us experience all that we experience today. If we do the right things today, we’re going to have a brighter future tomorrow, isn’t it? So instead of worrying about our past and what has gone by, let us surrender to Bhagawan, invoke His blessings by seeking forgiveness to whatever we’ve done in the past and seek a better future in such a way that we ultimately walk the path towards attaining “Moksha”. This should be our prime focus, rather than going to listless astrologers for petty things in life. So for today, let us understand this important point and let’s wait till the next episode to commence Sage Paraashara’s discussion on Bhagawan Krishna’s incarnation! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 126 – Exhibiting “Sharanaagata” (Surrender) towards Bhagawan can solve what a so-called “Parihaara” cannot!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed an important discussion as to why it is a myth that we’ve to look for an auspicious day to do something or to start something new. We’ve been witnessing this discussion as part of the important point that Bhagawan Krishna incarnated in this world on an “Ashtami” day, which is considered primarily as an “inauspicious” day by many people. This is where we had discussed that there is nothing called an “auspicious” or an “inauspicious” day in this world. Every day is the same, and every day is a good day for us to do something productive. In fact, if Bhagawan Krishna Himself decides to start His incarnation on an “Ashtami” day, it means that it is one of the most auspicious days ever! Similarly, when Bhagawan Rama Himself decides to commence His incarnation on a “Navami” day, (Again, Navami is also considered to be inauspicious), it should again be the most auspicious day without even a question! Hence, the point here is that, every day is auspicious and we should not keep cribbing about a “good day” or a “bad day”. 

Of course, as readers go through these two episodes, some of you might get a bit offended that I’m taking an extreme stance in this regard. This is obviously a common practice in our society and I’m trying to negate it by terming it as a complete myth. Nevertheless, it of course makes sense to look for auspicious days for performing some important spiritual practices and other events like marriages, etc. But the problem comes when some people have the calendar tied around their neck every time! Even for sitting at one place, standing up, breathing, etc. if we’ve to start looking at auspicious dates, there’s no end to it. In fact, by postponing something important just on the pretext of “not being an auspicious day”, has two implications according to me – One is, we’re extremely lazy and procrastinating by nature, and we like to shrug responsibility. We’re just trying to use this excuse called “auspicious / inauspicious day” to not perform our duty. Secondly, by doing all this, we’re trying to be defensive in nature. In other words, we’re not ready to face problems and challenges that come by. If we’ve to take up a mission, it is obvious that we’ve to face whatever is thrown at us. This doesn’t have any connection with the starting date and starting time! According to me, irrespective of the start date and time, challenges would galore, and this is the norm of life. We’ve to get along with it, rather than postponing things. 

Another important thing that I’ve observed in day-to-day life is that many people are so obsessed with astrology! Of course with due respect, “Astrology” is a science that is widely discussed in the Vedas and Upanishads at various occasions. It signifies the various planetary positions and how these positions influence a person’s life events. Of course, it has excellent meaning and deeper significances attached to it, without any doubts. However, if we’ve to hang on to our planetary positions for anything and everything that happens in our regular day-to-day affairs, this, according to me is mere foolishness, and it clearly shows that we’re trying to run away from problems. To aid such people, there are few “astrologers” who take up the role of a “medical practitioner” these days! Just like how we go to a doctor if we have some physical illness and like how the doctor prescribes some medicines for the same, some people go to an astrologer even for small problems that they face in life. The astrologer, who is smart in nature, typically uses this “weakness” of these people to face problems head on, “prescribes” some “Parihaara”, giving “false assurances” that if this “Parihaara” is fulfilled properly, all the problems would come to an end! 

Let me tell something very clearly here – Our planetary positions upon which we take birth (Janana-Kaala-Jaataga) is purely according to our “Karma” that we’ve accumulated over the past births. No astrologer can come in the middle and try changing all these. Similarly, the ill effects of planetary positions can never be eradicated by doing all these stupid “Parihaaras”. If one has to undergo the “aftereffects” of our “Prarabdha-Karma”, we’ve to go through it. There’s no other option! Otherwise, there can only be one option, if we still need to get over the effects of “Karma” – Surrendering to Bhagawan’s divine lotus feet (“Sharanaagatha Dharma”). We’ve spoken about this before too, that if we surrender to Bhagawan, it becomes His responsibility to take us to Vaikunta, by washing off all our “Karma”. Thus, a “Sharanaagatha Dharma” can achieve what a “Parihaara” can never achieve! 

Hence, the point here is we should understand how to use “Astrology” and how not to use it. Unfortunately there are many so-called astrologers who grossly mislead people on the pretext of “Parihaaras”, and this is a totally unethical and a wrong practice. At no point in the Vedas is it mentioned that any effect of any planet can be overcome by performing a simple “Parihara”. Aftereffects of “Karma” are not as simple as we think it to be! Thus for today, let us understand these important points and let us wait for the next episode to witness the continuation of this interesting and important discussion further! There are many more myths and tricks that the so-called astrologers employ to cheat people, and I’m going to systematically expose each of them in the coming days to come! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 125 – Every day is auspicious – Bhagawan Krishna incarnates on an “ASHTAMI” day!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed the continuation of the introductory part of Bhagawan Krishna’s divine incarnation. In these lines, we had witnessed firstly as to why Bhagawan’s Avataras are very important, and why do we consider the “Top-10” of them as extremely significant. Obviously Bhagawan’s incarnations come with definitive purposes behind each of them, and as we’ve seen yesterday, the main agenda for every “Avatara” is to re-establish the “Dharma” in this world, by destroying the “Adharma” that is causing the downfall of “Dharma”. This is not a one-down process, but is a one that keeps recurring every Yuga. In that way, in due course of our current Shri Vishnu Puraana and the previous Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana projects, we’ve witnessed the significance of some of Bhagawan Vishnu’s incarnations, such as Bhagawan Narasimha, Bhagawan Varaaha, Bhagawan Vaamana, etc. and in that way, with Bhagawan’s divine grace, we’ve also got the opportunity to experience each of the “Avataras” in great detail. Obviously, we’ve also witnessed Bhagawan Rama’s incarnation in minute detail during our first Ramayana project as well. Now with this, we’re now moving into Bhagawan Krishna’s incarnation. 

We’ve already witnessed Bhagawan Krishna’s incarnation during our Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana project as well, however, it is worth it to have a revisit again according to how Sage Paraashara is going to narrate it. Even though it’s almost the same, this is one unique incarnation of Bhagawan Vishnu, wherein we can have the divine opportunity to experience Bhagawan as a little child, a little boy, a youth and an adult – In other words, we can experience Bhagawan in all walks and stages of life, which we might not be able to in other incarnations. For instance, we’ve seen Bhagawan Rama’s incarnation in great detail, however, there is literally no mention about Bhagawan Rama’s childhood days. Hence, we do not even know what Bhagawan Rama did when He was a child. However, this is not the same with Bhagawan Krishna, isn’t it? All the divine “Krishna-Leelas” have happened when Bhagawan Krishna was a child. Perhaps, this is also one reason why even today we keep names like “Bala-Krishna”. We see many people having names like “Balakrishnan”, isn’t it? However, nobody keeps a name as “Bala-Raman”, because nobody knows what Bhagawan Rama did during His childhood days! Thus, Bhagawan Krishna’s “Avatara” is unique in many ways like this. 

As we move on further, many of us might know that Bhagawan Krishna incarnated during the month of “Avani” (July-August in the english calendar) and on the “Ashtami” (Eighth day of the month) and on the day when the “Rohini” star falls. This is the day when we celebrate grandly as “Shri Krishna Jayanti” all over the world even today. Now here comes an important discussion – As we’re seeing here that Bhagawan Krishna was born on an “Ashtami” day, many of us might have a doubt. Why is Bhagawan incarnating on an “inauspicious” day? Generally it is a superstition that the days of “Ashtami” and “Navami” are not auspicious days in a month, and if we’ve to commence anything new, we tend to avoid these two days for it. In fact, the practice of selecting an “auspicious day” for doing something good is totally a false belief. Every day is a good day and it is only in our mindset and our willpower to face any challenge that comes by. 

This is a huge myth that exists in our society and I still keep wondering the reason behind this! Of course I’m not saying that we should avoid this practice completely. We shall obviously look into auspicious days for performing some important things like marriage, “Upanayana”, and any such religious functions at home. However, if we’ve to start looking into auspicious days for anything and everything in life, we’re only going to waste time and days by not doing anything. We can look at this in two ways – Firstly, if we’re looking into these kinds of things, it only conveys a message that we’re very defensive and trying to run away from problems and challenges. Irrespective of whatever time and day we commence any activity, there would definitely be challenges along our path, and we do not have any option but to face them to be successful. Secondly, we can see here too that if Bhagawan Himself is incarnating on an “Ashtami” day, does that mean that Bhagawan Krishna failed in His mission? Similarly we can see that Bhagawan Rama too had incarnated on a “Navami” day, which is what we widely celebrate as “Ram-Navami”. Thus, can we say that just because Bhagawan Rama had incarnated on a so-called “inauspicious day”, His mission in this world had failed? In fact, it is only to bust these unwanted myths that we have, Bhagawan took it upon Himself to incarnate specifically on an “Ashtami” and a “Navami” day. 

Hence, the point here is that every day is an auspicious day and we can always commence anything good with the divine grace of Bhagawan. All what is important here is our faith in Bhagawan and with the confidence that He would stand by us at any adverse situation. It is also important that we’re putting in our right effort towards achieving success, and there’s no point blaming the day or time if we encounter failure. So for today, let us understand this point very clearly and we shall wait till the next episode to continue this discussion further. Stay tuned! 🙂