Episode # 233 – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s “GURU-DAKSHINA” to Saandeepana!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama being sent to the “Gurukula” for formal education under the able leadership of Saandeepani. We’ve in due course of yesterday’s episode witnessed why Bhagawan Krishna, although He is Bhagawan Vishnu incarnate, should go for formal education. He is all-pervasive and all-knowing, and yet, He underwent the formal education under Saandeepani. This is just to set the tone for the world to follow His footsteps. Even though Bhagawan has incarnated in this world, He too has to follow certain norms of being a human being. He has to perform the “Nitya-Anushtaana”, “Sandyavandana”, undergo formal “Gurukula” education, etc. and only with this, the rest of the world would understand the significance of all these. If Bhagawan lets go of all these, then the world would start talking, “Oh! Bhagawan Himself didn’t do anything! So why should we do?” To avoid such talks and arguments, Bhagawan took it upon Himself to show the path. This is how leaders “walk the talk” with their actions, so that followers can follow suit. This is a very important concept in modern-day leadership and management. 

Moving on thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama make their way to Saandeepani’s hamlet to commence their formal education. The tenure of Bhagawan Krishna’s education was 64 days and within this time period, the children learnt all the important lessons that needed to be learnt as a “Kshatrya” prince. Along with the war art forms, Bhagawan Krishna also learnt other important things such as Vedas, Upanishads, etc. At the end of the 64’th day, Bhagawan Krishna and Balarama are ready with all the 64 different art forms and thorough with all their lessons. As per the tradition in our Sanaatana Dharma, every student should give the “Guru Dakshina” to the teacher who has taught the lessons. This is in a way to show respect to the “Aachaarya” who has taken efforts to impart the knowledge to us. Thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna too decides that He would follow all what is there in the tradition. He thus requests Saandeepana for the same. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna asks thus, “Oh Aachaarya! Now that I’ve learnt all the lessons from you, please tell me what is the “Dakshina” that I need to offer you!” 

As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna asks thus with a pure and innocent heart, Guru Saandeepana was moved to tears. Saandeepana knows that the person who is asking this to him is Bhagawan Vishnu Himself. So what can he ask Bhagawan Vishnu? The very opportunity to be Bhagawan Vishnu’s “Aachaarya” is itself something that is extremely high in nature. This is the biggest “Dakshina” that Saandeepana can get, isn’t it? Thinking all of this, Saandeepana replies back to Bhagawan Krishna thus, “Oh Krishna! You’ve given me the greatest “Dakshina” ever, by giving me an opportunity to be your “Aachaarya”! What more can I ask you for? Hence, I do not want anything else from you!” However, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was in no mood to relent from His stance. He wanted to offer something significant to Guru Saandeepana. As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna insisted repeatedly thus, Guru Saandeepana consults with his wife and asks Him thus, “Oh Krishna! Fine. Since you’re repeatedly asking me, I’m requesting you a favor – My son has been missing for over  a month now. We do not know his whereabouts. Since we’re in the midst of a dense forest, we fear that some animal might have preyed upon him. We’re scared about our son’s safety. So please, could you find out the whereabouts of our son? Let this be the “Dakshina” that you’re giving to your Guru. If you’re fine with it, then please do this favor for me!” 

As Guru Saandeepana says thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna readily accepted the favor. He went in pursuit of Saandeepana’s son, and after a long and a treacherous search, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was able to find him unscathed. Thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna reunited Saandepana’s family together along with their son, and with this, the formal education of Bhagawan Krishna comes to an end. So for today, let us enjoy this important experience of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s “Gurukula” days, and let us wait till the next episode to start the next event on how Jaraasandha started his vengeance against Bhagawan Krishna for killing Kamsa. Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 233 – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna enters “GURUKULA” education – Is it necessary for Him?

In the previous episode, we had witnessed how Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was an epitome of “Sousheelyam”, which is a very important characteristic of a leader. “Sousheelyam” is something wherein a leader comes down to the level of his / her followers, understands their needs, wants and grievances in person, tries to solve them and takes them along. Thus, a leader with high levels of “Sousheelyam” is a very considerate person, who ensures that he / she takes all of his followers along, not leaving anyone behind. Bhagawan Rama and Bhagawan Krishna are great epitomes of this quality called “Sousheelyam”. It is for all of us to see how both of them carried their devotees along with them and ultimately granted them the highest “Moksha”. We’ve seen many such instances in the past episodes as well. 

Moving on thus, as the union between Bhagawan Krishna, Balarama and their parents happened, it was time for some formal education for the children. The parents are very eager to send Bhagawan Krishna to the “Gurukula” education and Bhagawan Krishna too decides that it is time now to get educated. He has spent ten long years at Gokula, playing around with His friends and He hasn’t obtained any formal education as yet. It is now time for that to happen. Vasudeva thus sends both Bhagawan Krishna and Balarama to a teacher by name “Saandeepana”, who was an expert in teaching all different types of art forms, Vedas, Upanishads, etc. and their meanings. As Sage Paraashara was narrating thus, Sage Maithreya had a doubt in his mind. Readers should always keep this in mind – All these “Charithras” are being narrated by Sage Paraashara to Sage Maithreya, and this is the crux of the entire Vishnu Puraana. Thus, this entire text is nothing but the conversation between these two great sages. Here, as Sage Paraashara is narrating this section, Sage Maithreya asks a question thus, “Oh Sage Paraashara! Why should Bhagawan Krishna Himself go to a Gurukula for formal education? He is Bhagawan Vishnu incarnate, isn’t it? Bhagawan Vishnu, as we all know, is all pervasive and is beyond any sort of knowledge. He is the master of the Vedas, Upanishads, etc. isn’t it? Being thus, why should Bhagawan enter a Gurukula?” 

Now here is an important question asked by Sage Maithreya and Sage Paraashara is going to give an even more important answer to him. Sage Paraashara replies thus, “Oh Maithreya! You’ve asked a very important question. Even though Bhagawan is all pervasive and all-knowing, He has taken a human incarnation in this world. This world has certain norms and regulations that a child should undergo formal education at a certain age. Even though it is Bhagawan Himself, He cannot skip that norm. If He does so, the world would start taking this as a role model in future and everybody would start disowning the norm. By going for formal education thus, Bhagawan is teaching the world that it is a mandate for everyone to undergo formal education, no matter who and what we might be! This is something that you should understand. Thus, to maintain the norm of the world and to propagate it further, Bhagawan Krishna went to the Gurukula!”

This is an important lesson for us too. If Bhagawan does all these things correctly and shows, we would also follow Bhagawan’s footsteps. Had Bhagawan not done any of these, we would immediately start propagating thus, “Oh! Bhagawan Himself did not do it! Why should we do?” Also, all our “atheist friends” around would start twisting and turning stories as per their convenience and would start projecting Bhagawan to be faulty, isn’t it? Keeping in mind all these, Bhagawan decided to take it upon Himself, to show the path to the world by setting Himself as a role model. We can see a similar context in the Ramayana too. During our previous Ramayana project, we’ve seen Sage Vishwamitra taking Bhagawan Rama and Lakshmana to Mithilapuri and whenever they rest on the way for the night, Sage Vishwamitra made sure that the two children perform their “Nitya-Anushtaana” every morning at 4 AM during the “Brahma-Muhurta” time. Now we might ask a similar question here too – “Why should Bhagawan Himself do the “Nitya-Anushtana and Sandhyavandana? What is He going to gain by doing so?” 

The answer is very simple – Bhagawan is of course not going to gain anything by doing the Sandhyavandana. The reason behind this is that only if Bhagawan performs the Sandhyavandana properly, people like us would look at it and do today. If not, we would start talking, “Oh! Even Bhagawan Rama did not do the Sandhyavandana, isn’t it? Why should we do?” Bhagawan did not want to give any room for such talks and running away from our daily spiritual practices. Hence, He took it upon Himself to show the right direction to the world. 

So for today, let us understand this important point as to why Bhagawan Krishna Himself goes to the Gurukula for formal education, although He is all-knowing and all-pervasive in nature. We shall wait till the next episode to continue this discussion further, and how did Bhagawan Bala-Krishna undergo His formal education with Saandeepani. Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 232 – Bhagawan Krishna – An epitome of the leadership quality “SOUSHEELYAM”!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed how “Mahatmas” and “Sadgurus” (Spiritual Masters) employ the “Gnyaana Drishti” in today’s Kali Yuga, so as to protect the world in various ways from potential dangers to living beings. Of course, these spiritual masters do not use it for their own selfish needs – In fact, “Mahatmas” never have any selfish needs and they are beyond all this, thanks to their power of penance and high level of surrender to Bhagawan. Thus, the “Gnyaana Drishti” is used by “Mahatmas” to foresee any danger that is upcoming in a subtle way and to suggest remedies for the same. At times, normal people like us would not even be able to understand what these “Mahatmas” try to convey with regards to what they foresee in the future. In fact, “Mahatmas” have their own subtle way of communication when it comes to such things. They might not tell us things directly. Instead, they would tell in such a way that only if one is spiritually at a higher plane would be able to understand the real meaning of what they are trying to convey. It is upto us to grasp it in the right way and act accordingly. Thus, we’re seeing here that even though “Mahatmas” have the supreme power of “Gnyaana Drishti”, they wouldn’t be so open about it. They would use it in their own subtle way to send a meek warning, and it is we who’ve to be to that level to understand things. Such is the power of the “Gnyaana Drishti”. 

Moving on further thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna shows all what happened to Mother Devaki and Vasudeva during the past ten years at Gokula. Upon seeing all this, both the parents were in tears of joy! They couldn’t say anything, as their tears were blocking their throat. Both of them were extremely happy, at the same time, they were sad too. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna sensed that His mother was sad for some reason and asked her for the same. Mother Devaki calms herself down and replies to her son thus, “Oh Krishna! Even though you showed me all what happened at Gokula, I still have one unsatisfied wish – When you were a child, you had drank the mother’s milk from Mother Yashoda, isn’t it? She had obtained the divine opportunity to feed you, whereas, being your biological mother, I never had that opportunity! Now I feel that I should feed you with my milk. How do I do that?” 

Upon hearing this from Mother Devaki, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was overwhelmed with joy! He immediately wanted to fulfill His mother’s wish, which is a legitimate one of course. She hadn’t even had Bhagawan Bala-Krishna in her hands as a baby for five minutes after He incarnated! The moment Bhagawan Bala-Krishna took birth, Vasudeva made sure that he transports Him away from the Mathura jail, isn’t it? Hence, Mother Yashoda hadn’t even had the opportunity to have a look at the baby for five minutes together, forget feeding Him! Thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna decides to satisfy Mother Devaki’s wish and He now feeds on to His mother! As Bhagawan does this, Mother Devaki gets overwhelmed with love and affection towards her son, and she lovingly feeds Bhagawan with her milk! Bhagawan too was extremely happy and satisfied that He has more than compensated for what Mother Devaki has missed. 

We might wonder how this can happen? A ten-year-old boy feeding on his mother for breastmilk? How can this be possible? This is where we have the difference – The relationship between Bhagawan Krishna and Mother Devaki is of the highest spiritual level, wherein it is way beyond the normal mother-son relationship that we have. Because of the divinity factor and with Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s divine grace, anything in this world is possible. Moreover, this is another example as to how Bhagawan Krishna took care of each and every devotee of His in the utmost loving and caring manner. He was ready to go down to whatever level He had to, for His devotee. This quality is what we refer to as “Sousheelyam”. We’ve witnessed this in our earlier Ramayana episodes as well – Valmiki Bhagawan had said that Bhagawan Rama is an epitome of the “Kalyana Guna” called “Sousheelyam”, as He was ready to go down to any level to protect His ardent devotees. He accepted Guha as His brother, even though Guha was an ordinary hunter. He accepted Sugriva as His own brother, even though Sugriva was a “Vaanara” (Monkey). He accepted Hanuman as one of His most ardent devotees, even though Hanuman was a monkey. He accepted Vibhishana as His own brother, even though Vibhishana was a Raakshasa (Ravana’s brother). In all this contexts, we’re seeing how Bhagawan Rama, although being a great king and a leader, goes down the level of each of His devotees to accept them as they are. 

Similarly here too, we can see the same “Sousheelyam” applicable to Bhagawan Krishna too. In fact, this “Sousheelyam” is applicable to Bhagawan Krishna more than that of Bhagawan Rama. Yes, we’ve witnessed Bhagawan Rama going down to the level of all these above-mentioned people. But, aren’t these people leaders by themselves? Guha was the leader of all hunters in that locality. Sugriva was the king of the Vaanaras. Hanuman was one of the highly-realized spiritual souls and he could be considered as a “Mahatma”. Vibhishana was the king of Lanka after Ravana’s demise. Thus, in all these cases we’re witnessing that Bhagawan Rama exhibited “Sousheelyam” predominantly to leaders of some sort. However, Bhagawan Krishna doesn’t know all these. Whoever comes to Him with surrender, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is unconditionally accepting anybody and everybody, isn’t it? We’ve seen how Bhagawan Bala-Krishna had so much of love and affection even towards cows, animals, His little friends, Mother Yashoda, Nandagopa. The Gopikas, Mother Devaki and Vasudeva. All these people aren’t kings or leaders of any sorts, isn’t it? Thus, when it comes to “Sousheelyam”, we can see here that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is one step ahead of Bhagawan Rama! 🙂 Of course, this comparison is just to make all of us understand what “Sousheelyam” is and how Bhagawan practised it. There’s nothing to criticize Bhagawan Rama on this, as the purpose of every incarnation of Bhagawan is very different, and it is beyond comparison. Every incarnation of Bhagawan is special and we need to respect and learn from it. 

So for today, let us enjoy Mother Devaki’s divine experience with her son, and let us understand how Bhagawan Krishna practised this important “Kalyana-Guna” called “Sousheelyam”. We shall wait till the next episode to continue with this discussion forward. Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 230 – How do “Mahatmas” employ the “Gnyaana Drishti” for the welfare of the world? An important discussion!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed the continuation of the discussion on “Gnyaana Drishti” and what are some prerequisites that one should possess, in order to obtain it. We’ve seen how this “Gnyaana Drishti” is an indomitable spiritual quality that manifests in an individual as a result of constant “Tapas” with a pure heart. The individual should not have any selfish thoughts when it comes to using the “Gnyaana Drishti”. As it is the power that makes one see through the past and future clearly, this can easily be commercialized and used to gain money, name and fame. Our “Sanaatana Dharma” doesn’t give any room to all of this, when it comes to “Gnyaana Drishti”. Bhagawan doesn’t give us this spiritual power, because normal people like us are not mature enough to use it for the welfare of the world, rather than the welfare of ourselves. Secondly and most importantly, one should be totally devoid of the “Karthurthva Buddhi”, which simply implies the “I” attitude that we have within ourselves. In whatever actions that we perform, if we’re going to take sole credit for the fruit of the actions by forgetting Bhagawan’s invisible hand helping us all the time, this means that our “Karthruthva Buddhi” is on the higher side. This has to be mellowed down, if one has to obtain this “Gnyaana Drishti”. Thus, these are some important prerequisites that we had witnessed in yesterday’s episode with regards to this point. 

Moreover, we should also realize another important offshoot of this point here – We’ve earlier witnessed that “Mahatmas” or great Spiritual Masters possess this “Gnyaana Drishti”, isn’t it? But one important question would linger in our minds here – How do they use this “Gnyaana Drishti” for the welfare of the world? We’ve seen that this important quality shouldn’t be commercialized for name and fame. If that is the case, how else can it be employed? It’s a very important question and let us see an answer for this. Of course, I shall narrate my perspective on this, and at the same time, I’m sure that there might be multiple perspectives on this as well. I shall narrate my perspective in close lines with my experiences with my “Guru”. 

Normally, “Mahatmas” would never show it out obviously to the world that He / She has the “Gnyaana Drishti” imbibed within them. But yes, they would employ it in a very subtle way for the benefit of their disciples and of the world. As a disciple of a “Mahatma”, all we need to do is to completely surrender to Him / Her. If we do this wholeheartedly, the “Mahatma” would employ the “Gnyaana Drishti” to foresee our “Karma” and its effects and suggest remedies for us to overcome it. This is why we have the fundamental principle of the “Guruthva” in our “Sanaatana Dharma”, which clearly states that we should obey each and every word that our “Guru” tells us. It is because, our “Sanaatana Dharma” gives the highest priority to the “Guru” or the “Spiritual Master”, as this person is considered to be having the “Gnyaana Drishti” in him / her. Thus, if we obey the words of our “Guru” or the “Mahatma”, He / She would ensure that we would cross over the ocean of the birth-death cycle and ultimately attain “Moksha”. We’ve already seen this – One can attain “Moksha” only when our “Paapa Karma” and “Punya Karma” accounts come to zero. For this, it is the “Mahatma” or the “Guru” who ensures that this happens, through His / Her divine “Gnyaana Drishti”. The “Mahatma” thus foresees the happiness, problems and sufferings that we might face in the future, analyzes the happiness, problems and sufferings that we’ve undergone in the past and with all this in place, He / She suggests the best remedy forward. This is like a doctor prescribing medicines to a patient – Just like how a doctor analyzes the medical history of the patient, foresees how the symptoms of the present disease might lead to several other complications in the future, analyzes both and then gives medicines and suggests other treatment plans, the “Mahatma” analyzes our “Karma” and suggests remedies. Thus, we can say here that just like how the doctor is for the betterment of the physical body (“Deham”), the “Mahatma” is for the betterment of the “Atman”. The doctor gets this “Gnyaana Drishti” to foresee disease symptoms through relentless education, and the “Mahatma” obtains the “Gnyaana Drishti” to foresee our “Karma” through relentless and selfless “Bhakti” towards Bhagawan. This is the only difference. 

So for today, let us understand the important point as to how do “Mahatmas” employ the “Gnyaana Drishti” for the welfare of the world – They do not employ it for themselves to purify their “Karma” account. Instead, they employ it to purify our “Karma” accounts in a subtle way. Obviously, you shouldn’t ask a question here – Can we go and ask a “Mahatma” about what would happen to our future from here on? This is absurd, isn’t it? Instead, if we wholeheartedly surrender to the “Mahatma”, He / She would ensure that our future is in safe hands. So, let us realize this point today, and let us wait till the next episode to witness Bhagawan Krishna being crowned as the king of Mathura after Kamsa’s demise. Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 229 – Pre-requisites to obtain “Gnyaana-Drishti” – A discussion!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed an important spiritual concept called “Gnyaana Drishti” or the “Divine eyes”, through which the past, present and the future can clearly be seen by an individual. Of course, this “Gnyaana Drishti” cannot be obtained by anyone and everyone, and it requires extreme levels of spiritual intensity and practice. Also, if Bhagawan directly decides that such and such person requires the “Gnyaana Drishti” at any particular point in time, He would directly bless us with the same. It is in this way, Mother Devaki and Vasudeva were able to see Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s childhood days spent at Gokula for the past ten years, before Kamsa’s demise. It is the same way in which Arjuna was able to see the “Vishwaroopa Darshan” of Bhagawan Krishna in the middle of the battlefield. Before and after such important events, neither Mother Devaki nor Vasudeva nor Arjuna had such divine visions. It is only during the heat of the moment did they get it. However, if we look at “Mahatmas” and great Sages, they would have this “Gnyaana Drishti” imbibed into them throughout, as a result of the power obtained by constant and intense “Tapas” (Penance). 

As we’ve witnessed this much in yesterday’s episode, let us continue this discussion a bit further today and witness what are the “essential criteria” that one should possess / develop, so that he / she can obtain this ‘Gnyaana Drishti”. First and foremost, as we’ve always been mentioning time and again, our thoughts and intentions should be pure, and not selfish in nature. If our aim and intention is to employ the “Gnyaana Drishti” for fulfilling some selfish needs like foreseeing the future to avoid certain personal hiccups and problems, and to bypass the “Karma” effect, it would never work. Rather, the “Gnyaana Drishti” should be employed only when there is a broader application for the welfare of the entire world. For instance, if there is going to be a natural calamity wherein hundreds or thousands of people are going to be impacted, a “Mahatma” would employ the “Gnyaana Drishti”, foresee what was coming and send a warning to the global community to work towards saving the people. 

Thus, we can clearly understand here that the first criteria for obtaining this “Gnyaana Drishti” is deep and intense spiritual penance along with zero or pure thought processes. Secondly, the application of the “Gnyaana Drishti” should be for the welfare of the entire world, and not for fulfilling one’s selfish personal desires. Thirdly and most importantly, this “Gnyaana Drishti” would never work with a person who has the “Karthruthva Buddhi”. We’ve witnessed earlier too as to what is this “Karthruthva Buddhi”. It simply means that if we’re doing something, we would like to solely take credit for it, if the task ends in a success. Little would we realize that it was Bhagawan’s invisible divine hand that made us perform this action successfully. For instance, if we’re performing a music concert on the stage in front of an audience and if the audience is getting moved by our singing, they would naturally come to us and appreciate our singing, isn’t it? At that point, our ego level would go up several notches! We would immediately start thinking too much about ourselves – That it is only because of our hard work and dedication, this concert was successful! This is called “Karthruthva Buddhi”! If such an intention is within us, the “Gnyaana Drishti” would never work! For instance, if one tries to take credit by saying, “Oh! It is only because of my correct and exact prediction, the entire world was saved from a dangerous natural calamity! Else, thousands of lives would have been lost!” Such intentions are extremely dangerous and with this, the “Gnyaana Drishti” would get wiped off, even though we might have obtained it with a lot of spiritual intensity. In fact, one reason why modern day astrologers never succeed and face lot of problems in their lives is because of this reason. 

Thus, the point that we should understand from today’s episode is that, “Gnyaana Drishti” is something that is extremely difficult to obtain, and it requires tremendous amounts of perseverance in our spiritual practices. Our thought process should be pure and shouldn’t be directed towards selfish needs, and “Karthruthva Buddhi”. It is only because Mother Devaki and Vasudeva were pure-hearted and without the “Karthruthva Buddhi”, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna immediately blessed them with the “Gnyaana Drishti” to witness His childhood Gokula days. So for today, let us understand this important point, and let us wait to find out what happened to Bhagawan Bala-Krishna next! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 228 – The concept of “GNYAANA-DRISHTI” – Does it exist today???

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Bhagawan Bala-Krishna blessing Mother Devaki and Vasudeva with a pair of “divine eyes”, through which they were able to witness all what happened at Gokula for the past ten years. On this important occasion, we had witnessed the significance of the concept of “divine eyes”, also referred to as “Gnyaana Drishti” and how Bhagawan blesses few of His ardent devotees with them to view something extremely significant. We’ve witnessed in similar lines, various examples where this has happened. We’ve witnessed how Valmiki Bhagawan had also obtained a pair of divine eyes from Bhagawan Brahma, with which he was able to see each and every divine “Leela” that Bhagawan Rama performed. With this, Valmiki Bhagawan was able to compile the entire Ramayana text and we’ve witnessed this during our previous Ramayana project. 

Similarly, another big instance where the divine eyes played an important role is how Sanjaya narrated each and every instance of the Mahabharata (Kurukshetra) war to King Dhirdiraashtra. All of us know that King Dhirdiraashtra, father of Duryodhana and the other Kauravas was blind by nature. In order to make him understand what was happening in the battlefield, Sanjaya, his minister was blessed by Sage Veda Vyaasa with a pair of divine eyes, through which he can see a “live streaming” of the entire events that took place in the eighteen-day war at Kurukshetra. With this, Sanjaya was able to see even Bhagawan Krishna narrating the 700 slokas of the Bhagawad Gita to Arjuna. He was able to see clearly how Bhagawan Krishna motivated Arjuna to fight the war, rather than sulking down and running away from it. In similar lines, we’ve also witnessed in yesterday’s episode how Bhagawan Krishna gave a pair of divine eyes to Arjuna, so that He can show His “Vishwaroopa Darshan”. In the battlefield, amidst so many thousands of people around, it was only Arjuna who was able to see Bhagawan Vishnu in the fullest divine form. Nobody else was able to see it. 

Thus with this, we might have to address this question in detail today. We already saw this question in our previous episode, but today, let us have a detailed discussion on this. The question is very simple – Why aren’t we getting such divine eyes to see Bhagawan? Why isn’t anyone getting such a thing today? Who gets these divine eyes? Is it really possible to have such things in today’s context? Well.. The answer is certainly a “Yes”. If that is the case, then who can have it? This “Gnyaana Drishti” can be obtained with ultra-deep penance for a long long time. For those people who are at the highest level of spirituality with extremely intense “Tapo-Balam” (Power of Penance), “Gnyaana Drishti” comes automatically. With this, they would be able to see the future very clearly in front of their eyes, and to an extent, the past as well. Now the next question – Can we find such people in this Kali Yuga? Of course, we’ve spoken at length about various sages in the previous Yugas. But are there people today who can have this “Gnyaana Drishti”? 

Certainly, the answer is “Yes” in a resounding way! This “Gnyaana Drishti” is very well present, not within normal people like us, especially myself, but in “Mahatmas” who live today! We might have heard of “Siddhars”, who might be “wandering saints” roaming around here and there with a very simplesaffron  attire and appearance. However, their depth in “Tapo Balam” would give them this highest level of realization. Of course, by the very look of these people, we might not know it. In fact, such great “Mahatmas” and “Siddhars” wouldn’t show to the outside world that they have the power of “Gnyaana Drishti”. Only if we worship them with due devotion and respect, will they show us atleast a fraction of it with their divine guidance. They would use their “Gnyaana Drishti” only for highly spiritual reasons, and not simply to keep predicting the future happenings, like how modern day astrologers do. The reason why normal people like us do not have this power of “Gnyaana Drishti” is that, if we have it, we would automatically start using it for petty worldly reasons. These kinds of things are extremely precious and shouldn’t be employed for such silly affairs. This is perhaps the reason why Bhagawan gives it only for those who really deserve it. In other words, Bhagawan gifts it only to those people who pray selflessly for the benefit of the world, rather than people like us who pray selfishly for our own personal development. This is why “Mahatmas” (Spiritual Masters) have this in abundance. They are people who tirelessly and selflessly dedicate their lives for the benefit of the world, and not for themselves. Only if this selfishness goes away from us completely (which is never going to happen for people like us), would we become eligible to obtain such powers called “Gnyaana Drishti”. 

So for today, let us understand this concept of “Gnyaana Drishti” and let us realize its significance. We shall continue with this discussion tomorrow as well, and witness what are the “eligibility criteria” to possess this “Gnyaana Drishti”! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 227 – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna shows “HIGHLIGHTS” of His Gokula tales to Mother Devaki!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama immediately making their way to Mathura city jail to release their parents. Kamsa had been killed, and the very next moment, Bhagawan Krishna’s thoughts flew towards His parents, Devaki and Vasudeva. Thus, the children made their way to the jail where they were lodged, released them off their clutches and freed them. Upon seeing the children after ten long years, Devaki and Vasudeva were beyond words. Tears rolled down their eyes as their parental love and affection took over. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama immediately fell on their feet and seeked their blessings. Upon this, Vasudeva, who knew that his son is a “Paramatma” was shocked beyond words. How can he bless a “Paramatma”? It should be the other way, isn’t it? However, within a moment, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna induced the “Maya” into Vasudeva’s mind and with that, Bhagawan Krishna projected Himself as a normal child seeking his father’s blessings. 

As this was happening, Mother Devaki had a wish – As she had missed seeing her child’s divine plays ever since He took birth, she wanted to see a “flashback” of all of it. As she expressed this wish to Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, He was more than happy to oblige to His mother’s request. Of course, Bhagawan Krishna knows the magnitude of what Mother Devaki has missed in her life – She has sacrificed seven children prior to His divine incarnation and on top of it, she has been totally isolated in the jail and haven’t had any opportunity to witness His childhood “Leelas” till date, even though she had the greatest opportunity in the world to be His biological mother. Accordingly, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna makes sure that Mother Devaki makes up for all that she has lost. With this, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna creates a big “flashback” in front of Mother Devaki’s eyes. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna blesses Mother Devaki with a pair of divine eyes through which she can see through all what happened at Gokula from the day Bhagawan Bala-Krishna set foot there. 

This might be quite interesting for readers here – How can such things happen? Is it feasible? Why aren’t such things happening to all of us in this Kali Yuga? These are some questions that often plague our minds while we come across such interesting events, isn’t it? If we’ve to recollect our memories a bit, during our previous Ramayana project, we had seen how Bhagawan Brahma had blessed Valmiki Maharishi with a pair of divine eyes, wherein he could see through all of Bhagawan Rama’s divine tales one by one, with which, he was able to compile the Ramayana text. It should be remembered here that the Ramayana text was compiled by Valmiki Bhagawan only after Bhagawan Rama and Mother Sita were back from the forest after killing Ravana, and after getting crowned as the king of Ayodhya. Thus, with the divine “Sankalpa” of Bhagawan Rama and with the divine blessing of Bhagawan Brahma with the divine eyes, Valmiki Maharshi was able to witness each and every divine “Leela” that Bhagawan Rama performed from the day He incarnated till the day He was supposed to transcend back to Vaikunta. It should be noted here that Valmiki Bhagawan had even written down in the “Uttara Kanda” of the Ramayana text as to how Bhagawan Rama would be transcending to Vaikunta after He had completed all His agenda in this world. The divine eyes blessed by Brahma were able to witness this too, even though Bhagawan Rama was still ruling Ayodhya at the moment. 

Similarly here too, we’re witnessing how Bhagawan Bala-Krishna blesses His mother with the divine eyes through which she can witness all what happened at Gokula till that day. We might wonder how all this is possible! Aren’t we watching “highlights” of a sport on the television today? For instance, if there was a cricket match going on the previous day, we’re able to see the “extended highlights” of that match the next day, isn’t it? We’re able to see who hit a century, which bowler took wickets, etc. isn’t it? If that is possible today, can’t it be possible in the previous “Yugas” too? Moreover, this concept of having “Divine eyes” is for a highly spiritual reason of seeing Bhagawan in the forefront, and not for some other petty  worldly reasons. Valmiki Maharishi was blessed with the “Divine eyes” to compile the Ramayana text, which is one of the greatest contributions that he can make to our Sanaatana Dharma. Similarly here too, Mother Devaki witnessed how Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was transported from Mathura jail to Gokula by none other than His father, Vasudeva. Further, she witnessed how Bhagawan Bala-Krishna grew up at Gokula under Mother Yashoda and Nandagopa, how He neutralized various Raakshasas like Poothana, Pralambhaasura, Sakatasura, Kesi, etc. sent by Kamsa. Further, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna showed the divine “Kaaliya-Nardhana” event to His mother, as she was getting overwhelmed. In addition, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna also showed her the Govardhana episode too, wherein He lifted the Govardhana mountain single-handedly to save Gokula from the wrath of Indra. In this way, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna showed Mother Devaki  each and every moment that He spent at Gokula! In similar lines, we know how Arjuna obtained the “Divine eyes” to witness Bhagawan Krishna’s “Vishwaroopa Darshan” at Kurukshetra amidst the warfield. 

Such is the concept of the “Divine eyes”. We should understand here that these “divine eyes” are for a higher spiritual cause to understand Bhagawan deeply. So for today, let us also enjoy this “divine flashback” of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s Gokula tales, and let us wait for the next episode to move further! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 226 – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna frees Mother Devaki & Vasudeva from Mathura jail!!!

We’re at a landmark stage in Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s divine incarnation, wherein He has ticked one of the most important boxes in His agenda – He had to kill Kamsa, who was wreaking havoc with all his adharmic practices, which was leading to the downfall of “Dharma” eventually. Bhagawan Krishna had to restore the “Dharma” back in this world and the only way to do it is to kill those who practiced “Adharma”. Bhagawan Krishna was very particular in this, right from the start till the end. Whoever comes in front of Him with a lot of “Adharma ” in him / her, Bhagawan’s only job is to kill them and destroy the “Adharma ” then and there! Bhagawan Krishna practised this right from the second day of His divine incarnation, wherein we’ve seen Him killing “Poothana”, who came to Mother Yashoda’s place with the sole agenda of poisoning Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. Right from Poothana to Kesi, all the Raakshasas who came to Gokula to kill Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, were killed by Him. There was none left. This culminated now with the demise of Kamsa and in yesterday’s episode, we had witnessed how Bhagawan Bala-Krishna neutralized Kamsa, despite the fact that he wasn’t ready to give up so easily. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna took Kamsa head-on and at the end of a huge fight, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna finally overcame him. This marks one important landmark in Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s divine incarnation. 

With this, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna along with Balarama have other important duties associated with Kamsa’s demise. His first agenda now is to free His parents, Devaki and Vasudeva, who are languishing in the Mathura City jail – Thanks to Kamsa’s atrocities. The two children immediately left the palace and reached the jail complex where their parents were lodged. Upon seeing their children coming towards them, Devaki and Vasudeva are overwhelmed beyond words. Tears roll down Devaki’s eyes and Vasudeva is in all bliss, as they receive their son after ten long years! The long wait has finally come to an end for a desperate couple to see their child. Till that point, Vasudeva and Devaki did not even know that their eighth son was alive. We should remember that these are the parents who had given seven of their children to Kamsa’s treacherous hands, only to be killed by him mercilessly in front of their two eyes! As parents, Devaki and Vasudeva had gone through a lot in their married life, and Bhagawan Bala-Krishna knows this very well – The amount of sacrifice that the parents have made has been huge in this case. 

Thus, as Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama reach the cell in which they were lodged, the first thing that they did is to fall on their parents’ feet, seeking their blessings. We should remember here – A “Paramatma” falling on the feet of a “Jeevatma” to seek blessings! We can see how fortunate the couple were, isn’t it? All the trials and tribulations that they had to go through in their lives, have been duly rewarded with this golden moment! Thus with this, Bhagawan Krishna frees both His parents from the iron clutches to which they were tied. THus, Devaki and Vasudeva had been freed after so many years! They are in tears of joy and aren’t getting words to express their happiness and gratitude to their son. 

So for today, let us join hands with Devaki and Vasudeva to worship Bhagawan Bala-Krishna in this divine form and moment. Now we’re going to enter into a very interesting phase – Devaki is all upset because she hasn’t been able to witness her son’s childhood days. It was Mother Yashoda who was fortunate to witness Bhagawan Bala-Krishna as a baby and till He was ten years old. Thus, Devaki has this desire that she wanted to witness Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s childhood days somehow! She wants a recap of Bhagawan’s divine incarnation, right from day one till that present day. Accordingly she expresses her wish to Bhagawan. Now how is Bhagawan Bala-Krishna going to fulfill His mother’s wish? An interesting accord awaits us tomorrow! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 225 – The grand marquee fight – Kamsa vs. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama overcoming the second hurdle of Mushtika and Chaanura, the two “Mallyudha” experts arranged by Kamsa. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama proved to be too powerful for the two experts to handle, and finally they were killed with some lusty blows from the two children. With this, Kamsa was all alone and was left to fend for himself. The entire arrangement of Kamsa has completely backfired on him. He had invited the entire Mathura city to witness Bhagawan Bala-Krishna being killed in public. Instead, it was as if Kamsa has arranged the entire town to witness his downfall and demise, as compared to Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s! As the “Mallyudha” experts were defeated by the two children, the crowd turns up in anger against Kamsa. As the public anger gets more and more, Kamsa is now increasingly facing lot of pressure to handle the situation all by himself. He now decides that he has had enough with his lethal enemy, and it is time for him to face Bhagawan Bala-Krishna head on – For the first time. 

As Kamsa decides thus, he stands up from his throne and walks towards Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. For this “program”, Kamsa had applied some “cream” around his eyes, so that he looks as if he’s crying, when Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is being killed! Now this too has backfired very badly upon him! We would have seen even in today’s movies and some dramas that if actors have to show that they’re crying, they would have applied something around their eyes and with that, they would get “artificial tears” rolling down their eyes, when the sad scene comes. This is the same with Kamsa here too – He has applied some chemicals that would induce artificial tears, and he was ready to give an “act” as if he was crying, when Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was being beaten up. However, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna had other plans – He made sure that Kamsa was crying, not for Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, but for himself! 🙂 Now, as Kamsa stands powerless in front of the entire Mathura city, tears roll down Kamsa’s eyes – Thanks to that chemical that he had applied! 

As Kamsa gets up thus, it is time now for the marquee fight – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna vs. Kamsa. The entire set of “Devas” (Celestial Beings) headed by Indra, Sage Naarada, etc. were all eagerly waiting for this event to happen for ten long years. This was the culmination of all their waiting and requesting of Bhagawan Vishnu to act and restore the “Dharma” in the world. Thus, Bhagawan Krishna and Kamsa enter into a head-on fight with each other, and it continues for a long time. At one stage, Kamsa was way too weak as compared to a rampaging young Bhagawan Bala-Krishna, and eventually Kamsa had to surrender! He was blown away by Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s might and eventually Kamsa breathed his last. 

As Kamsa was about to fall on the ground dead, Bhagawan Krishna shows him who He really is. It should be remembered here that Kamsa was one amongst the Jaya-Vijaya brothers who were at Vaikunta as Bhagawan Vishnu’s security guards. It is to be remembered that these two people were cursed severely by Sage Sanaka and Sage Sanatkumara for not letting them inside to worship Bhagawan Vishnu at Vaikunta. We’ve seen this event before in our previous episodes. Now, because of this curse, Jaya and Vijaya took birth as Raakshasas thrice in three Yugas. Their first births were of Hiranyaksha and Hiranya Kashibu. Second set of births were Ravana and Kumbakarna. Third set of births is what is happening at the moment in the form of Kamsa and Sishupala. Now that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna is killing Kamsa here, he directly goes back to Vaikunta, with the divine grace of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna. With this, Jaya’s curse has got rectified completely. Now the other person – Vijaya is remaining, isn’t it? This Vijaya is none other than Sishupala, who was Bhagawan Bala-Krishna’s immediate cousin brother. We’re going to see in our later episodes how Sishupala is going to be killed by Bhagawan Krishna, when he goes to attend King Udhishtra’s swearing-in ceremony at Indraprastha. 

Thus, as Kamsa is being killed, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna shows His “Vishwaroopa Darshan” to him, who realizes in a flash, his real identity! He is none other than Jaya, who is an ardent devotee of Bhagawan Vishnu. Realising that Bhagawan Vishnu had incarnated just for releasing him back to Vaikunta, Jaya is extremely thankful to Bhagawan for His enormous divine grace. With this thanksgiving, Kamsa comes to an end! The entire world celebrates Kamsa’s demise, as Bhagawan Bala-Krishna has “partially” restored “Dharma” in this world. So for today, let us join hands with Bhagawan Bala-Krishna to celebrate this important victorious moment, and let us wait till the next episode to continue further with this accord! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 224 – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna & Balarama kill Mushtika and Chaanura – Leaves Kamsa to fend for himself!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama making a grand entry into Kamsa’s palace, by neutralising elephant Kuvalayapeetham. Kamsa was so confident that this elephant would somehow kill Bhagawan Bala-Krishna with all its might and power. But, Kamsa’s arithmetic miserably failed and back-fired at him very badly. Bhagawan Bala-Krishna neutralized such a huge elephant within just minutes, and thus sent shockwaves to Kamsa and co. Thus, the moment Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama entered into the palace, Kamsa was shell-shocked! He was beyond words! Kamsa was clearly outplayed here – By two small children, not even half of Kamsa’s age! Does Kamsa realize atleast now, the might of his enemy? Let us continue witnessing the further events that took place in today’s episode. 

As Bhagawan Bala-Krishna enters Kamsa’s palace, He pays His respects to the king and walks further inside. As witnessed earlier, Kamsa had other plans ready in place. He decides to further wait and watch if these children are able to tackle the “Mallyudha” experts (Kickboxing). To witness this fight, Kamsa had invited the entire population of Mathura city. For a moment, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama looked around and didn’t understand what was going on. It should be remembered that they were called to Mathura on the pretext of attending a “Dhanur Yaga”, but there wasn’t any “Dhanus” (Bow) or anything there! It was a jam-packed stadium-like setup wherein people were flocking to see what was going to happen! It is at this time that Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama were confronted by the two “Malyudha” experts – Mushtika and Chaanura. Kamsa was watching all this by sitting on his high throne, surrounded by all his ministers and other people. On one hand, Kamsa was feeling confident that Mushtika and Chaanura would be able to overcome Bhagawan Bala-Krishna successfully. However, on the other hand, a fear was starting to grip Kamsa thus, “Oh! What if this boy overcomes these two people? He has managed to kill all of my Raakshasa army and also the Kuvalayaapeetham! It is only these two people who are left in my kitty! Now what if these two are also neutralized? Will a situation come wherein I’ve to personally engage in a fight with my enemy?” 

Thinking thus, Kamsa was sitting thoughtfully on his throne and overseeing what was happening! Meanwhile, the people who had assembled there also were clueless as to what was happening! Little did they expect that they’re going to witness a fight between a child and a “Mallyudha” expert! Upon seeing this, the people started raising voices thus, “Oh! Isn’t this gross injustice to a ten-year-old child? How would he be able to take on these people?” We have a famous story in English too, isn’t it? The story of a fight between David and Golliath! It was a similar situation here too – Bhagawan Bala-Krishna was too small a child (seemingly by appearance) to take on two giants! However, it was the king’s order, and nobody had a say in it. Sadly enough, it was not a democracy in those days, as compared to what we have today! 🙂 

Thus, Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama had a huge examination in front of them – It was a test of strength! Kamsa orders the fight to begin, and Mushtika and Chaanura come charging in! They direct all their strength together to inflict a huge blow on both the children! However, this was not going to deter Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama! Thus, a huge fight erupted between the four of them. The people who were watching the fight, along with Kamsa, were astounded with the way the fight was progressing. They never expected a neck-to-neck fight in this way! The fight goes on for a few minutes and at one stage, Balarama started emerging too powerful in front of Mushtika. Even though Mushtika was trying to inflict heavy blows, Balarama somehow was able to escape from all of it, only to inflict equally heavy blows on Mushtika. This was the same case with Chaanura and Bhagawan Bala-Krishna too! Minute by minute, Kamsa’s anxiety was growing like never before! 

As moments passed by, both Mushtika and Chaanura weren’t able to live up to the immense strength of Bhagawan Bala-Krishna and Balarama! They were too hot to handle! Finally, the two “Mallyuddha” experts had to surrender and with this, with one last heavy blow, the two experts were blown away to death! Mushtika and Chaanura were history! As this happened, Kamsa automatically stood up from his throne with the highest level of fear and anxiety! On one hand, the entire Mathura city was cheering Bhagaawn Bala-Krishna’s and Balarama’s victory over the two Mallyudha experts! On the other hand, Kamsa was slowly seeming to lose his popularity due to his “goondaism” approach towards the two children! 

Now what is going to happen next? Is Kamsa ready to fight Bhagawan Bala-Krishna head to head? Of course, he doesn’t have any other option left, but to do so! An interesting accord awaits us tomorrow! Stay tuned! 🙂