Category Archives: Krishna

When He turns priority

Source : The Hindu

Krishna captures the wide range of human aspirations synoptically in the seventh chapter when He tells Arjuna about how people generally strive to achieve and attain what they think is close to their hearts. All these people have faith in God and seek His help to fulfil their aims. Some seek relief from distress, some seek wealth and worldly possessions and some wish to master empirical knowledge and so on.

But it is very rare that one seeks God for His sake and shelves aside all other desires, says Krishna. A jivatma would do well to fix his goal in life, pointed out Swami Mitrananda in a lecture.

No matter how one has spent his life, if at some point he realises that his goal is to seek God, and henceforth lives his life fixed on this goal, it would make him strong for the rest of his life. Even death, which is often dreaded and feared, becomes acceptable as a matter of fact occurrence; for the most intense thoughts sustained while living will surge at the time of death.

Worldly goals immerse us in a temporary delight and joy. At times, one even feels sad missing out on any of these.

But eventually, one realises that even after successful accomplishment, one is still restless and continues to want something which is difficult to identify. Sincere search for one’s real yearning, will lead one to seek God.

When God becomes the priority in one’s life and entire being, the whole perspective changes; one is filled with a sense of relief because worldly goals are no longer desirable. There is no need to seek anything from God except living life to attain God. Only the experience of meeting the divine is uppermost.

One now begins to feel restless and sad, not for missing worldly enjoyments, but because of missing God. This is the hallmark of a mumukshu.

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Bhagavad Gita Verse 42, Chapter 18

Qualities of Brahmin varna (not caste, not hierarchical, not determined by birth)

A simple, modern translation and explanation of the Bhagavad Gita with shloka (verse) meaning

shamo damastapaha shaucham kshaantiraaarjameva cha |
jnyaanam vijnyaanamaastikyam brahmakarma svabhaajavam || 42 ||

 
Restraint of mind and sense organs, penance, purity, forgiveness, and also, knowledge, wisdom and faith, these are the natural duties of a braahman.
 
shamaha : mental restraint
damaha : sensual restraint
tapaha : penance
shaucham : purity
kshaantihi : forgiveness
aaarjam : straightforwardness
eva : also
cha : and
jnyaanam : knowledge
vijnyaanam : wisdom
aastikyam : faith
brahmakarma : duties of a braahman
svabhaajavam : natural
 
Sant Raidas was a cobbler. Sant Tukaram was a farmer. Mirabai was a princess. Sant Namdev came from a family of tailors. Swami Vivekananda was born into an aristocratic family. Sant Chokhamela came from a family that was treated as untouchable. Although all these saints came from different occupations and externally imposed castes, their mental makeup, was that of a braahman. Shri Krishna says that one who…

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Jishnu and Trishnu

Source : The Hindu

The Krishna Yajur Veda praises the Supreme One as Jishnu — the One who is always triumphant and cannot be vanquished. He demonstrated His invincibility in every avatara. He is yutkaara, says the Veda, meaning He is a great warrior. In the Rama avatara, He helped the sages in the forest by getting rid of the demons who disturbed them. He kicked aside Dundubhi’s skeleton with His toe. With a single arrow, He pierced seven trees. Ravana and his army of demons were no match for Him. No wonder Vedanta Desika, in his Raghuveera Gadyam, eulogises Rama as Mahaveera — the unmatched warrior.

The Supreme One is duschyavana. That means there is no escape from Him. And what a positive trait this is where those who surrender to Him are concerned! Even if they were to err after they surrender at His feet, He still holds on to them tightly and does not let go, said V.S. Karunakarachariar in a discourse. In other words, moksha for them is assured. So it is clear that Lord Narayana is duschyavana.

He is Trishnu — the fearless One. Why should He fear anyone when He controls everything? Even if all the worlds were to oppose Him, He will not forsake one who has surrendered to Him. He pours down His blessings on His devotees like a moisture laden cloud.

But what of a person who resorts to Saranagati (complete surrender to Him), but still continues to wage war against his senses, not being able to control temptations? Such a person does not have to worry. His senses may lead him astray, but he will have the last laugh, because no matter what the senses do, they cannot stop him from attaining moksha, which the Lord has guaranteed to the person who surrenders. He can, therefore, boldly mock the senses, because the senses will be the losers in this battle.