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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - The Oppression of Evil to Abstain from worldly desire to be Consistent with Dharma.


Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - The Oppression of Evil to Abstain from worldly desire to be Consistent with Dharma. - Srimad Bhagavata Mahatmya RSS Feed  IMAGES, GIF, ANIMATED GIF, WALLPAPER, STICKER FOR WHATSAPP & FACEBOOK
Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you.Following the dharma of all dharmas or the religion of all religions, let’s continue to take a look at the divine path of singing the names of the Lord describing his attributes by Goddess Bhoo Devi. By doing so, the compassionate Lord would bless us too with such attributes to our capacity in our journey of Yoga to be in sync with him. सत्यं शौचं दया त्याग​: सन्तोष आर्जवम् ।शमो दमस्तपः साम्यं तितिक्षोपरतिः श्रुतम् ॥ २६॥दम or dama or Oppress. When we observe our sensory organs, they are absolutely not under our control. Many times they are rebellious, wild, and wants to rave causing our downfallLord Sri Krishna says to Arjuna thatप्रकृतेर्गुणसम्मूढाः सज्जन्ते गुणकर्मसु ।तानकृत्स्नविदो मन्दान्कृत्स्नविन्न विचालयेत् || BG-3-29||The Indrias or Sensory organs generated from Prakriti are engrossed and stuck with actions. Hence, the knowledgeable ones who know this should not mislead the others. The sensory organs include the Eyes, Ears, Nose, Tongue, Skin, Hands, Legs, Speech, Excretory and Reproductive organs. Also, manas or mind and buddhi or intellect. इन्द्रियस्येन्द्रियस्यार्थे रागद्वेषौ व्यवस्थितौ ।तयोर्न वशमागच्छेत्तौ ह्यस्य परिपन्थिनौ ॥ BG 3-34॥Each of the sensory organs has likes and dislikes. Hence, they are associated with Kama or Desire, Krodha or Anger, Lobha or Greed, Moha or Attachment, Mada or Pride, and Matsarya or Jealousy or Arishadvargas. These likes and dislikes are impediments to one’s progress and hence should not get subjugated to these organs. Or in other words, they are vulnerable to the attack of evil Kali, Viprachitti, Narakasura, Kalanemi, Madhu-Kaitabha, and all their evil associates causing Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha, Mada, and Matsarya.The Sensory organs in the Lord are not like that of a Jiva or Atma. It is full of Knowledge and bliss and not different from him. There is no difference among himself, his forms, and various parts of him. Though his parts of the body are indistinguishable, yet as a special presentation, his sensory organs are स्वादीन ​or under only his full control; स्वतन्त्र​ or Independent; स्ववश​ or Self-control; and hence he remains absolute oppressing the evil associates of Kali!We also understood that,धर्मः स्वनुष्ठितः पुंसां विष्वक्सेनकथासु यः ।नोत्पादयेद्यदि रतिं श्रम एव हि केवलम् ॥ ८॥Any practise, even spiritual! Which does not generate delight for hearing the glory of Lord is just a labour and of no use.The Lord Vishvaksena has his army in every nook and corner of the creation. He controls, commands, and oppresses those who go against him. So too, in Kshetra or body. The Lord along with Goddess Lakshmi being in the Lotus of Heart, has God Sun in the Eyes, God Moon in the Ears, God Vayu in the Nose, God Varuna in the Tongue, God Agni in the Mouth, God Indra in Hands, God Jayanta in Legs and so on. This way He has his army in the whole body to oppress and control.By worshipping such Lord, doing yoga with this attribute of dama or oppression of evil, or by contemplating his acts as the indweller of God Yama doing justice by oppressing the evil and punishing them to the lower regions of Hell, or singing the below verse of Vishnu Sahasranama,विष्णुं जिष्णुं महाविष्णुं प्रभविष्णुं महेश्वरम् ।अनेकरूपदैत्यांतं नमामि पुरुषोत्तमम् ॥मरीचिर्दमनो हंसः सुपर्णो भुजगोत्तमः ।हिरण्यनाभः सुतपाः पद्मनाभः प्रजापति: ॥Lord will bless us too with this attribute of dama or oppression of evil to our ability to become Jitendra.सत्यं शौचं दया त्याग​: सन्तोष आर्जवम् ।शमो दमस्तपः साम्यं तितिक्षोपरतिः श्रुतम् ॥ २६॥Tapa or Asceticism or Abstinence from worldly desire, vague thoughts, mind chattering, and contemplating or thinking through to accomplish Tattva Jnana or Axiom or the first principles.In the first verses of prayer of this Srimad Bhagavata or Mangalacharan continued, i.e.जन्माद्यस्य यतोऽन्वयादितरतश्चार्थेष्वभिज्ञः स्वराट्तेने ब्रह्महृदा य आदिकवये मुह्यन्ति यत्सूरयः । तेजोवारिमृदां यथा विनिमयो यत्र त्रिसर्गोऽमृषा धाम्ना स्वेन सदा निरस्तकुहकं सत्यं परं धीमहि ॥ १॥,Elaborating on Tene Brahma hrudyaya adi kavaye we noted that Lord Purushottama, from whose navel sprang Akshara or indestructible Goddess Lakshmi in the form of Lotus and gave birth to first kshara or destructible life, God Brahma. He was initiated into Vedas and with blessings of knowledge required for creation. Hence, God Brahma is Adi Kavi or the first to sing Vedas among kshara Jivis or destructible beings. So it is the Lord who is Sarvagna or all-knowing and only out of his blessings one would get knowledge including God Brahma. In Bhakti in Lord Tattva, we heard Sri Sutacharya saysवदन्ति तत्तत्त्वविदस्तत्त्वं यज्ज्ञानमद्वयम् ।ब्रह्मेति परमात्मेति भगवानिति शब्द्यते ॥सत्तामात्रं तु यत्किञ्चित् सदसच्चाविशेषणम्।उभाभ्यां भाष्यते साक्षाद् भगवान् केवलः स्मृतः॥The Lord who is unchanged from past, present and in future has his form as knowledge and bliss. There is no one equivalent to him or surpassing Him. He has the complete knowledge for creation, sustenance, destruction, etc., of the universe. He is also well known as Brahman, Paramatma, and Bhagavan. Hence, the Philosophers call him Tattva.The Saints who have extreme faith and devotion in the Lord do the Jnana Yagna or Sacrifice of studying Srimad Bhagavatam with dispassion to worldly matters. This consolidates their knowledge of Lord and is able to see him in their Lotus of Heart.The Lord is Sat-chit-Ananda. He is ज्ञानस्वरूप or his form is knowledge and परिपूर्ण​​ or paripoorna or complete by himself. He is युक्तिज्ञ or having knowledge through reasoning. He has the highest ability of reasoning and knowledge or understanding thereof.By worshipping him this way, doing yoga with his attribute of Tapa or Asceticism, one would be blessed with the clean and purest knowledge of Shastra or indoctrination required for the purushartha objectivesसाम्यं or Consistent with Dharma or the indoctrination set forth by Lord. Being Bhagavat Nishtata with Spiritual discipline. Being the indweller in each and every living being, he sees everyone the same. He is consistent with his response. He, his form, or his attributes are the same and consistent. Worshipping him as Saamya or doing yoga with this attribute of consistency, Lord will bless us with यथार्थ or accurate knowledge.तितिक्षा or forbearance to provocation or offense or even attack. The Goddess of the earth is the most tolerant and well known for her forbearance to a serious offense, abuse, and attacks we make on her.  The Lord exceeds this attribute of enormous forbearance expressed by mother earth. He extends a long rope to one and all, he takes the abuse and the attack by his stride at every moment we make against the dharma or the indoctrination he has set forth. Hence, accomplished Yogis have been singing this attribute as भक्त अपराध सहिष्णु or Bhakta apradha sahishnu or forbearance to the offenses or crimes of his dear devotes.The Dasa Sahitya is the Vedanta written or told in the common people’s colloquial language. It has the most nuanced aspects of Bhakti Yoga to accomplish the Lord. The saints of the Bhakti movement had an astute mind in understanding the common men and brought about reforms by introducing Bhagavata dharma through their literary works including compositions of songs. Gopala Dasaru too was a prominent saint in the Bhakti Movement between 1721 – 1769 has composed several songs in the Kannada language.Though we had already seen the English translation of “Hayange madali Krishna, hogutidde Ayushya…” i.e “What do I do Krishna? I am expanding my lifespan…” is one of the songs that leaves a deep imprint on the minds of the common man and has the ability to sink into the subconscious of individuals.Let’s refresh the same in English translation at this junctureHyange maadalayya Krishna pogutide aayushyamangalanga bhavabhanga bidisi ninna dingarigana maado ananga janaka||pa||What do I do Krishna? I am expending my lifespanThe auspicious one! Shear my emotional attachment with the worldly existence and make me be your servant. Oh, my impalpable father!yesu janumada sukrutada phalavo taanu janisalagibhoosuradehada janumavu enage sambhavisideyagi|modateertha mata chihnitanagade doshake olagagileshasadhanava kanade duhsahavasadindale dina dina kalede||1||The good merits accumulated over several births has caused me this birthI am blessed with this Noble birthWithout wearing the divine marks of Gopi-chandana tilika, chakra, Shanka, Gadha, Padma, mudra, I have been sinningWithout even a slightest practice and the company of wicked, I am expending day after day.shashimukha kanakada aashege beretu vasupati ninnadiyahasanagi ninna neneyade krupeya galisade kettenayya|nishehagalu sthiravendu tanuvanu poshisalashisi jeeyakusuride nelavo sarvakala nin odetanavembuva bageyanu ariyade||2||The desire for beautiful faced women, and wealth has made me stoop to their feetLaughing away your gifts of life and not gaining your mercy, I have sinned, my Lord!Believing the permanency of day and night for ever, I have been nourishing my body, my Lord!Without realizing the permanency of your Lordship, I plummeted on the floor, my Lord!Nerenambide paavatigalu ella saridu hodavallamarali e pariya janumavu baruva bharavaseyantu illa|Paripari vishayada aasheyu enage kiridu aayitallahariye jagadi neenobbanallade porevarinnaru illavalla||3||All those whom I belived have become helpless,I have no belief that I could get another chance to have a birth like thisThe worldly desire has caused me a narrow pathNo one else other than you could help me, Oh my Lord!Avani olage punyakshetra charisuva havanike enagillapavanaatmaka guru madhwa shastrada pravachana kelalilla|tavakadinda guru hiriyara sevisi avara olisalillaravinandana kelidara uttara kode vivarasaraku ondaadaru illa||4||Oh my Lord! I had no itching desire to take up piligrimage to holy placesNor I heard the purifying proponents of Acharya MadhvaNor had I the eagerness to please the Gurus and ScholorsOh Lord! I don’t have a single reason to give to God Yama, the son of God Sun.Bhagavatarodagudi upavasa jagara ondudina maadalillaraagadi shukamuni pelda harikathe samyogavembodilla|neeguvanta bhava bhayava bhakuti vairagyavembodillayogivandya gopalavithala.... gopalavithala; vithala vithala gopalavithalayogivandya gopalavithala tale bhaagi ninnanne bedikombe||5||Neither I fasted, nor did I stay awake through the night with your other devouteesNor did I sway to the verses of Srimad Bhagavata composed by ShukamuniNor I have Jnana, Bhakti, and Vairagya that has the ability to shear the emotional attachment with worldly pleasureYogivandya Gopalavithala; Gopalavithala; Vithala Vithala GopalavithalaYogivandya Gopalavithala, bowing my head https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfdTcmwj4ZgLet’s pray to Sri Hari, Vayu, and Gurus for their continued blessings for our understanding of the other attributes of the Lord sung by Goddess Bhoo Devi. || Hari Om || || Sri Krishnarpanamastu ||   [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - The Virtues of Sacrifice, Happiness, Congruence, and Equanimity


Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - The Virtues of Sacrifice, Happiness, Congruence, and Equanimity  - Srimad Bhagavata Mahatmya RSS Feed  IMAGES, GIF, ANIMATED GIF, WALLPAPER, STICKER FOR WHATSAPP & FACEBOOK
Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you.सत्यं शौचं दया त्याग​: सन्तोष आर्जवम् ।शमो दमस्तपः साम्यं तितिक्षोपरतिः श्रुतम् ॥ २६॥Tyagah or Sacrifice. The main reason for our sorrow is our wrongful understanding that is contrary to reality. Particularly our claim of ownership or exclusive right over physical, or intellectual property. However, the Lord does not do so. He does not claim any ownership that does not belong to him. He is the greatest Sacrificer. Hence, there is not a speck of sorrow in him. He is always engrossed in stainless bliss. In The Fame of Lord Krishna (Continued) and understanding the below verse, we noted that भुङ्क्ते भूतेषु तद्गुणान्.असौ गुणमयैर्भावैर्भूतसूक्ष्मेन्द्रियात्मभिः ।स्वनिर्मितेषु निर्विष्टो भुङ्क्ते भूतेषु तद्गुणान् ॥In all, he is there. Having निर्विष्टो entered all of this with full of bliss भूतेषु being in this body भुङ्क्ते eats or accepts तद्गुणान् outcome of those expressions with only good attributes.In fact, the Lord has accepted everything. Those could be bad, polluted, contaminated, adulterated, tainted, poisonous, or even excretion. So too in the acts of vice with sins leading to hell. In everything that is living Chetana or nonliving Achetana, the Lord is present. He is to the letter, omnipresent.  With the attribute of Sarvagna or All-Knowing including smell and taste. Lord eats. For example, if he doesn't inhale bad smell then he has no knowledge of that. In bad smell, he has entered and controls the bad smell. Hence, he accepts without feeling bad or sorrow. Even in sorrow, he is present with that name, he experiences sorrow but being uninfluenced with it.Hence, in Vishnu Sahasranama he is calledउदीर्णः सर्वतश्चक्षुरनीशः शाश्वतस्थिरः ।भूशयो भूषणो भूतिर्वि अशोकः शोकनाशनः ॥ ६७॥He is just not Ashoka or having no sorrow but also the destroyer of sorrow having full knowledge of it and engrossed in bliss. As a sport, he accepts everything being engrossed in the bliss. The reason being his attribute of sacrifice.However, we feel bad and sorrow when we smell bad or touch hot, see ugly, and for more. Also, we feel bad and sorrow when someone blames us, or accuses us, or insults us. The reason is our undue sense of possessing the body and hence the ego arising out the same. For this, Lord Sri Krishna advises Arjuna through verse 14, the second chapter of Bhagavad Gita as,मात्रास्पर्शास्तु कौन्तेय शीतोष्णसुखदु: खदा: ।आगमापायिनोऽनित्यास्तांस्तितिक्षस्व भारत ॥ BG-2-14॥     Oh, son of Kunti! The contact between the senses and the sense objects gives rise to the momentary feeling of heat or cold or happiness or sorrow. These are not permanent to stay. They come and go. Hence, Oh, Bharat! One must learn to tolerate it. Also, Lord Sri Krishna says,देहिनोऽस्मिन् यथा देहे कौमारं यौवनं जरा।तथा देहान्तरप्राप्तिर्धीरस्तत्र न मुह्यति॥BG-2-13||A baby takes birth, becomes Kumara or child, youth, and takes-up old age. Similarly, the jiva or the soul indwelling in the body passes into another body after death. The accomplished jiva or soul foregoing the undue sense of possession of the body is not worried about such changes to come into the grips of sorrow.The Upanishads are also telling that in this tree called body there are two birds. One is Atma and the other is Paramatma i.e. Jiva and Para Brahman. Jiva experiences everything through the body. The Para Brahman or the Lord will not experience. He is a great sacrifice! He does not consider the body made of Prakriti as himself or belongs to him. However, the Jiva is unable to distinguish itself from the body and experience sorrow and happiness.The Lord has no sorrow from immeasurable time in the past and shall not have in the infinite time in the future. The Lord is Omniscience at all times, he does not have an illusionary or false sense of possession on that object or subject that does not belong to him. The all-knowing Lord makes a clear distinction of the following:·         The distinction between each inanimate matter of Prakriti presents as primordial from immeasurable time in the past.·         The distinction between the inanimate matter and living soul or jiva.  ·         The distinction between each living soul or jiva present from immeasurable time in the past.·         The distinction between the inanimate matter and himself is made of happiness and knowledge.·         Also, the distinction between each living soul and himself, the supreme Lord.By worshipping the Lord as a distinguisher taking ownership or credit of only his acts and deeds, sacrificing or foregoing the rest; doing Yoga or synchronization with him for this attribute of Tyaga or Sacrifice, Lord would bless us with this attribute to forego. By foregoing the false sense of possession on all inanimate objects or subjects; actions, or knowledge, or the happiness of other jiva or soul, and that of Lord, the sorrows and the repetition of the same in us will start disappearing.    The other attribute of Lord sung by Bhoo Devi is Santosha or Happiness. Being engrossed in the internal happiness present as a unique character innate to Jiva or Atma. Our Lord is Sat-Chit-Ananda. He is of true consciousness of happiness. This happiness is immeasurable, inexhaustible, and independent. He does not desire more, or of others' source, or outside him. Hence, the yogis of past have been singing his attribute as स्वरूपानंद​ तृप्त or Swaroopananda Trupta or satiated by the internal happiness, स्वरमण or Swaramana or self-pleasing, अत्मकम​ or Atmakama or Loving himself, परिपूर्ण​​ or Paripoorna or complete by himself.By worshipping the Lord as Sat-Chit-Ananda, he is of true consciousness of happiness, doing yoga or synchronization with him for this attribute of happiness, self-pleasing, loving oneself, and complete by himself would be blessed to access one’s inner happiness, enjoy, and be satisfied. The illusion that external objects like expensive dress, car, house, exotic place of travel, celebrity, etc., would bring happiness or subject matter like claiming one’s greatness versus others would disappear. The desire to look for the happiness outside will disappear making one be engrossed in internal happiness. The other attribute of Lord sung by Bhoo Devi is Arjavam or Congruence.  Congruence in a person means what he thinks, so he says and does. There is no inconsistency in his thinking, saying, and bringing the same to action. Whatever is his ideal self, so is his actual experience.Lord is ऋजु or straight and perfect. He does not come into delusion, nor is a hypocrite being humbug to show-off, nor treacherous having intention to mislead. He has the attribute of Arjavam or Congruence in his thought, speech, and action. By worshipping such attribute of the Lord being ऋजु or perfectly straight having the attribute of आर्जवम् or absolute Congruence, Lord would bless us too with this attribute of Congruence leading to Self-actualization. This is the highest level of psychological development blooming to the full individual potential of Jiva or Atma.Praising the Lord as having the full attribute of Arjavam or absolute Congruence, Bhoo Devi said, Dharma Purusha! The Lord was ruju, he never thought one, told another and did something else. He was Congruent. Now people think that this land is mine, I have this property registered in my name and so on. But the Lord without such an illusion would walk over me. He would be engrossed in immeasurable and nonexhaustive happiness and was compassionate, giving, and would share his happiness with one and all. But such Lord has disappeared, regretted Bhoo Devi. The goddess of land felt sad.  We understood above the reason for the Lord had no sorrow. His immeasurable attribute of Tyagah or Sacrifice. He does not claim any ownership that does not belong to him as the greatest Sacrificer. Hence, there is not a speck of sorrow in him. He is always engrossed in stainless bliss.The attribute of शम or Shama or Equanimity in Lord explains the reason for his happiness. He is equanimous towards all likes and dislikes. However, we feel happy when our likes are fulfilled and sorrow when dislike happens. We make unproportionate efforts to have those we like. And failure to accomplish will bring us sorrow. Also, having to accept those we dislike brings sorrow. However, this is not so for the Lord. He is परिपूर्ण​​ or Paripoorna or complete by himself. He is स्वरूपानंद​ तृप्त or Swaroopananda Trupta or satiated by the internal happiness, स्वरमण or Swaramana or self-pleasing, अत्मकम​ or Atmakama or Loving himself. Hence, he has immeasurable peace without being muddled with the thoughts of likes and dislikes.As a practitioner of yoga, we too should forego the likes and the dislikes brought about by sensory organs. The sensory organs of taste feed us with taste and the mind discriminates as good taste, not so good, or bad taste comparing it with its memory; Sight feeds us with good looks, or not so good, or bad; so too the touch, sound, and smell. They long for only the good and try to accomplish by hook or crook. The Lord through shastras or indoctrination including Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavata, has told what he likes and what makes him happy. Our liking or disliking should be the same as that of Lord to propitiate him.  Let’s take a look at the 12th Chapter, of Bhagavad Gita, wherein Lord Sri Krishna answering Arjuna says,  अद्वेष्टा सर्वभूतानां मैत्र: करुण एव च ।निर्ममो निरहङ्कार: समदु:खसुख: क्षमी ॥BG-12-13॥सन्तुष्ट: सततं योगी यतात्मा दृढनिश्चय: ।मय्यर्पितमनोबुद्धिर्यो मद्भक्त: स मे प्रिय: ॥BG-12-14॥My devotees who have no enmity against any living creature; lives friendly with everyone; is compassionate to others difficulty; do not see only his own benefit in everything; has no ego; who has accomplished equanimity in all worldly activities causing happiness and sorrows; one who is forgiving; satisfied; engrossed in their activity of meditation; having full control of the mind; has understood the axiom of philosophy; one who has surrendered his mind and intellect to me, is dear to me.यस्मान्नोद्विजते लोको लोकान्नोद्विजते च य: ।हर्षामर्षभयोद्वेगैर्मुक्तो य: स च मे प्रिय: ॥ BG-12-15॥My devotees who do not cause any unrest in this world; nor distress to anyone; nor is anxious feeling agitated; such devotees not being inflicted with the feelings of superiority, anger, vengeance, scare, and anxious is dear to me.अनपेक्ष: शुचिर्दक्ष उदासीनो गतव्यथ: ।सर्वारम्भपरित्यागी यो मद्भक्त: स मे प्रिय: ॥ BG-12-16॥My devotees who have foregone greed; has disciplined his thoughts, intellect, and actions internally as well as externally; is skillful and smart in his duty; doesn’t get bogged down or struck with any particular issue; who doesn’t get overwhelmed;  nor does acts disliked by me; and submits all the acts to me are dear to me.यो न हृष्यति न द्वेष्टि न शोचति न काङ् क्षति ।शुभाशुभपरित्यागी भक्तिमान्य: स मे प्रिय: ॥ BG-12-17॥My devotees who are not over-enthusiastic or excited about worldly acts, nor take up enmity without reason, nor cribs with complaints; nor mourn for loss; nor are greedy, nor longs for gains are dear to me.सम: शत्रौ च मित्रे च तथा मानापमानयो: ।शीतोष्णसुखदु:खेषु सम: सङ्गविवर्जित: ॥ BG-12-18॥तुल्यनिन्दास्तुतिर्मौनी सन्तुष्टो येन केनचित् ।अनिकेत: स्थिरमतिर्भक्तिमान्मे प्रियो नर: ॥BG-12-19॥The one who is equanimous and undisturbed with friend or enemy; when complimented or insulted; feeling hot or cold; who does actions without any expectations; who is thoughtful; always satisfied; not fixed or dependent to one place; always calm and composed with an awareness of me, and having devotion towards me is dear to me.     ये तु धर्म्यामृतमिदं यथोक्तं पर्युपासते ।श्रद्दधाना मत्परमा भक्तास्तेऽतीव मे प्रिया: ॥BG-12-20॥The above behaviors are the means of worship to accomplish liberation. Those who believe in me as the Supreme Lord and worship me with full faith through the above means are the dearest to me, says Lord Sri Krishna. Goddess Bhoo Devi answering Dharma Purusha followed the divine path of singing the names of Lord describing his attributes. All the virtuous too should follow this path and please the Lord. By doing so, Lord would bless us with such attributes to our capacity in our journey of Yoga to accomplish him. This is the dharma of all dharmas or the religion of all religions. Let’s pray to Sri Hari, Vayu, and Gurus for their continued blessings for our understanding of the other attributes of the Lord sung by Goddess Bhoo Devi. || Hari Om || || Sri Krishnarpanamastu ||   [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - The Virtues of Cleanliness and Charity


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Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you.किं नु बालेषु शूरेण कलिना धीरभीरुणा । अप्रमत्तः प्रमत्तेषु यो वृको नृषु वर्तते ॥ या याः कथा भगवतः कथनीयोरुकर्मणः । गुणकर्माश्रयाः पुम्भिः संसेव्यास्ता बुभूषुभिः ॥   “The Kali is like a cunning wolf. He survives in the ignorance of being smart. Though the wolf attacks the children and the weak, they are scared of the strong and powerful. Similarly, the Kali Purusha is careful in only taking control of those who blunder being stupid and careless. Hence, those who wish to become strong with valor, fight for moral worth and dignity, seek auspiciousness, and prosperity should fight Kali. For them Srimad Bhagavata gives refuge. The story of Parikshid raja administering the evil Kali in Srimad Bhagavata that I am going to narrate is worthy to sing and is surprisingly beneficial to them. This is soaked to saturation by the auspicious attributes of Lord Sri Krishna, his greatness, and his sports charm.” Had said Sri Sutacharya   In this story of Parikshid raja administering the evil Kali, we hear the conversation between Goddess Bhoo Devi and God Dharma Raja in the form of Cow and bullock respectively. From the conversations, we noted that Kali attacks dharma and the holy place that supports dharma. God Dharma stands on four legs, Viz. Tapas or asceticism, Saucha or cleanliness, Daya or compassion, and Satya or truthfulness. Of this, Asceticism, Cleanliness, and Compassion had been broken badly by Kali. The only truthfulness was surviving. The three injured legs had made the fourth leg also drag conveying that though the truthfulness survived but was very fragile. We have also noted that the same God Dharma Raja, in his form of King Yudhishthira, had asked his grandfather Bheeshmacharya, किमेकं दैवतं लोके किं वाप्येकं परायणम् । स्तुवन्तः कं कमर्चन्तः प्राप्नुयुर्मानवाः शुभम् ॥ ८॥ को धर्मः सर्वधर्माणां भवतः परमो मतः । किं जपन्मुच्यते जन्तुर्जन्मसंसारबन्धनात् ॥ ९॥ Who is that utmost God to whom all Shastras or Indoctrination are praising? Who is that last resort, in whom one can take refuge? Who is that in whom propitiating by praising and singing glory would cause auspiciousness leading to peace & prosperity? In your opinion, which is that dharma that is most superior? And doing which Japa, a person can be relieved from the confinement of birth and death? Repliying to his grandson Sri Bheeshmacharya had said, जगत्प्रभुं देवदेवमनन्तं पुरुषोत्तमम् । स्तुवन् नामसहस्रेण पुरुषः सततोत्थितः ॥ १०॥ तमेव चार्चयन्नित्यं  भक्त्या पुरुषमव्ययम् । ध्यायन् स्तुवन् नमस्यंश्च यजमानस्तमेव च ॥ ११॥ अनादिनिधनं विष्णुं सर्वलोकमहेश्वरम् । लोकाध्यक्षं स्तुवन्नित्यं सर्वदुःखातिगो भवेत् ॥ १२॥ ब्रह्मण्यं सर्वधर्मज्ञं लोकानां कीर्तिवर्धनम् । लोकनाथं महद्भूतं सर्वभूतभवोद्भवम् ॥ १३॥ “The महेश्वर having the entire universe as his wealth is the Supreme Lord, Vishnu. He is the निधनं, the prime cause of all this existence since अनादि or immeasurable time in past, and till अनन्तं or immeasurable time in future. He is देवदेवम्, God of Gods. For सर्वलोक, he is जगत्प्रभुं, He only has the Lordship of the entire Universe. He is eternal without destruction and presents everywhere. Only he is पुरुषोत्तमम्, the best and the utmost without being surpassed by anyone. A practicing devotee, being cautious without an iota of doubt should propitiate this very Lord by repeatedly singing his thousand names that describe his attributes, worship him with these names wondering his glories, and have thoughts only of him. He is the last and the only refuge that one can take. Doing so is the supreme dharma of all dharma. All the sins causing sorrow will disappear leading to auspiciousness bringing peace & prosperity. Also, Sri Bheeshmachary had said to his grandson King Yudhishthira, यानि नामानि गौणानि विख्यातानि महात्मनः । ऋषिभिर्परिगीतानि तानि वक्ष्यामि भूतये॥ The ancient seers have been meditating and worshipping Lord by singing the hymns having the names of the Lord that describes the attributes. I will reveal the far-famed names of the great Lord for the benefit of everyone. Saying so, Sri Bheeshmachary sang the Vishnu Sahasaranam. This way the divine plan was revealed to the righteous. Taking a human birth for virtuous is to please the Lord by singing his fame, and his names describing his attributes. By doing so, Lord blesses us with such attributes to our capacity in our journey of Yoga to accomplish him. Following this divine path, Goddess Bhoo Devi too sang the names of Lord describing his attributes as, सत्यं शौचं दया त्याग​: सन्तोष आर्जवम् ।शमो दमस्तपः साम्यं तितिक्षोपरतिः श्रुतम् ॥ २६॥ In our last blog, we discussed how the Lord is Satyam or Authentic. We realized his authenticity from him being of divine bliss engrossed in stainless happiness, and complete with all attributes. The other attribute of Lord that Bhoo Devi mentions is Saucha or Cleanliness. The reason for uncleanliness is Prakriti. Even the best of the beings become influenced by Prakriti to be unclean. However, Lord controls by superseding Prakriti and controls without being influenced by Prakriti. He is sat-chit-Ananda.  His form consists of complete Jnana and Ananda. His Forms are Nitya from Anadi and Anantha. Hence, he is the cleanest. Our outer body can be cleaned by the soap, or shampoo and water. However, the mind cannot be cleaned. The uncleanliness and stains on our mind can be cleaned by forgoing the attachment with the subject or the object causing the same. This happens by worshipping the Lord, doing Yoga or synchronization with him as being: ·         Pure and Clean consciousness, ·         His form is of Pure Knowledge and Happiness, ·         Prakriti having Satvo, Rajo, and Thamo Guns cannot influence him. When pleased, the Lord would break the concealments of Prakriti on our Soul. He would break the bind of Prakriti with our soul that keeps us attached with worldly pleasures otherwise. Our desire for glamour or movie, or tour & travel to exotic places, dress, attraction, and desire for other’s attention would reduce. The influence of ego boosters like wine, wealth, and women would reduce and one day even disappears. By worshipping the Lord as Saucha or clean, the mind would become crystal clear and be unsullied.  Such Lord Krishna complete with the attribute of Saucha or Cleanliness used to walk on me, said Goddess Bhoo Devi. Every step of his would bring goosebumps to me and make me pure, clean, and worthy. His disappearance has saddened me now, regretted Goddess Bhoo Devi.  Lord is full of Daya or Compassion. He melts down to other's distress caused by physical, or mental, or emotional difficulties.  The form of our Lord is complete with an immeasurable attribute of Compassion filled with grace, elegance, and is balanced. The kind-hearted Lord is helpful at all times and never has a disassociation with this attribute of compassion. By worshipping such compassionate Lord, doing Yoga or synchronization with him for this attribute of compassion, Lord would bless us with a kind heart towards the people affected with physical, mental, or emotional difficulties.  The contempt towards those virtuous who are not as wealthy as me or not as intelligent as myself, or not as qualified as myself, or not in a similar position as myself, or not as spiritual as myself will reduce and disappear one day. Contempt or looking down others arises from ego bringing sin. Also, the Danam or The charity that Lord does is immeasurable and unsurpassed. This is the act of giving to a devotee of Vishnu. At the beginning of the 17thchapter in Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna asks Lord Sri Krishna, “What do you call those devotees worshipping you with great faith having no understanding of the Shastras or the Indoctrinations? Who cannot differentiate Satvika, Rajasika, or Thamasika Charity?” Answering this question, Lord Sri Krishna says दातव्यमिति यद्दानं दीयतेऽनुपकारिणे । देशे काले च पात्रे च तद्दानं सात्त्विकं स्मृतम् ॥BG-17-20॥ Doing charity as a duty in the right place, at the right time, to the most eligible without any expectations in return are Satvika Dana or True & Pure charity. यत्तु प्रत्युपकारार्थं फलमुद्दिश्य वा पुनः । दीयते च परिक्लिष्टं तद्दानं राजसं स्मृतम् ॥BG-17-21॥ Doing charity with pain and expectations in return is Rajasaka Dana or Unclean & Emotional charity. अदेशकाले यद्दानमपात्रेभ्यश्च दीयते । असत्कृतमवज्ञातं तत्तामसमुदाहृतम् ॥BG-17-22॥ Doing charity without reasons at an inappropriate place, time, to those not eligible with ignorance is Tamasika Dana or Foul & Wicked charity. अश्रद्धया हुतं दत्तं तपस्तप्तं कृतं च यत् । असदित्युच्यते पार्थ न च तत्प्रेत्य नो इह ॥BG-17-28॥ Doing Fire Sacrifice, or Charity, or Austerity, or any committed Actions without trust and faith is called असत् or wrong! It is neither beneficial here during living or after death. says Lord Sri KrishnaLord has created this a vast universe with all comforts for existence to each being. For those who are good and worship him, he bestows merits letting them into the higher regions of heaven. For those who are mediocre, worshiping him sometimes for needs and ignoring him the rest of the time, he blesses them with both merit and sins. Lord shunts the mediocre between earth, higher regions of heaven, and lower regions of hell. But for the evils who hate him, he blesses only sins to shun them to the lower world of hell. In other words, the charitable Lord blesses each one based on their desire emanating from the character of their soul. The evil Kamsa challenged death by not accepting Sri Krishna’s Lordship. Though Lord could have ignored him and killed him without presenting himself with a fight. However, the charitable Lord Sri Krishna came down to earth, engaged him in a wrestling fight, and killed him. He sent him to Hell to face immeasurable suffering. He is charitable. He does give. However, for the mediocre in Yadhu clan, he created hatred among themselves with which they had killed each other. He moved them among three worlds of Heaven, Earth, and Hell to face the cycle of death and birth having happiness and sorrow. But for devout Gopikas, Sudhama, Pandavas, and others who worshipped him accepted his Lordship, Lord poured his mercy of moksha or release from the cycle of death and birth. He sent them to Heaven having immeasurable happiness. He is charitable. He does give. So too should each living individual. The charity can reform an individual, bring about progress, lead to betterment, and consequently closer to Lord. In “The First Principlesof Bhakti Yoga by Narada Rishi” we heard Narada Rishi saying, नैष्कर्म्यमप्यच्युतभाववर्जितंन शोभते ज्ञानमलं निरञ्जनम् । कुतः पुनः शश्वदभद्रमीश्वरे न चार्पितं कर्म यदप्यकारणम् ॥ १२॥ Though from ज्ञानं or Knowledge is अमलं or stainless निरञ्जनं purity i.e. One could remove all defects and also avoid it with Knowledge. One could be an expert in all indoctrinations of Philosophy including Amarakosha or Thesaurus, Grammer, all Vedas, Vedantas, Mahabarata, Ramayana, and so on. But if he has no devotion or Bhakti towards Lord Achyutha or अच्युतभाववर्जितं, then न शोभते or he is not fit or of any use is what Narada Rishi is saying. कुतः पुनः or If that is the status of Knowledge, which is on higher-order, then what could be told about actions. All actions should be done to propitiate the Lord and please him with नैष्कर्म्य or abstinence of bragging about the act including seeking merit for the act. That is possible only when done with Bhakti. Hence, whatever action one might have undertaken including the best of charity like establishing Educational Institution or Hospitals or old age Homes or construction of Lakes or Ponds for water, or any best act but न चार्पितं कर्म or if not submitted to the Indweller, the Lord then it is अभद्र or inauspicious.  Also, it is important to do charity only to those who are eligible. We see many individuals and organizations having wealth being egoistic and self-centered. Under the pretext of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities, corporates promote their business, or grab land, or destroy the environment. So too individual politicians or others take-up charity for self-promotion and satisfy their ego. However, such charity done with ulterior motive or to satisfy one's own ego or done to those having no Vishnu Bhakti, or to undeserving would not give any merits. It is a mere waste! Therefore, by worshipping the Lord as charitable, doing Yoga, or synchronization with him for this attribute of charity. By worshipping him as charitable doing charity to three types of people in three different ways as we saw above. He gives moksha having complete knowledge and happiness to the good. He gives a cycle of happiness & sorrow to the mediocre. And he gives only sorrow to the evil. The Lord would bless us with a kind heart to do charity to only those eligible. He would also bless us with awareness to submit back to him as Sri Krishnarpanamastu and forget the deed without bragging. After having done the charity, he will bless the merit of Jnana, Bhakti, and Vairagya.   Sri Purandara Dasaru (1484-1564), is believed to be the अंश or part of Narada Rishi. A staunch devotee sensitizing the common man to take-up the divine path of bhakti. Sri Purandara dasaru has composed the below song for a devotee who takes refuge in the Lotus feet of Lord. And teach him how to worship the Lord and seek his Compassion. Let's take look at it with English translation in an Italic font:    innu daya bArade dAsana mele pannaga shayana Sri parama purusha, When are you showing your compassion on your bonded slave? Oh, Sri Supreme Lord! Lying on Pannaga, the thousand hooded snake. nAna deshagallali nAna kAlagallai nAna yOnigallali nelidu hutti nAnu nannadu yemba naraka dolage biddu nEne gathi yendu nambida dAsana mEle Taking birth after births in different countries, at different times, and in different species, I am just hanging on. Having fallen in the hell of self-obsession, I have taken refuge in you as your bonded slave. So, when are you showing your compassion on your bonded slave? manova kAyadinda mAdida karmagallela dAnavantaka ninage dAna vitte yEnu mAdidarenu prAna ninnadu swami SrinAtha Puranadara Vittala naa dAsa na mEle The destroyer of evil! I have given away all my actions done mentally or physically to you as Charity. Whatever I may do, oh my Lord! My life is itself yours. For Srinatha Purandara Vittala’s bonded slave, when are you showing your compassion? For sound bites, may wish to follow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPM3oQV-I94  Let’s pray to Sri Hari, Vayu, and Gurus for their continued blessings for our understanding of the other attributes of the Lord sung by Goddess Bhoo Devi. || Hari Om || || Sri Krishnarpanamastu ||   [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - Worshiping The Authenticity of Lord brings Happiness


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Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you.After the disappearance of Lord Sri Krishna and the ascent of Pandavas to heaven, Kali was aggressively seizing control on all walks of life and on all non-living substances. His first attack was on the three legs of dharma or righteousness. He broke the leg of Austerity. Hence the spiritual practices of the people of Kali Yuga declined to make most of us lazy and indifferent. Subsequently, he attacked the cleanliness and compassion. This made the fourth attribute of truthfulness fragile and delicate in the people of Kali Yuga. As a prelude to Vishnu Sahasranamam, Sri Bheeshmacharya answering his grandson King Yudhishthira says, यानि नामानि गौणानि विख्यातानि महात्मनः । ऋषिभिर्परिगीतानि तानि वक्ष्यामि भूतये॥ The ancient seers have been meditating and worshipping Lord by singing the hymns having the names of the Lord that describes his attributes. I will reveal the far-famed names of the great Lord for the benefit of everyone. Saying so, Sri Bheeshmachary sang the Vishnu Sahasaranam. This story of Parikshid raja having the fame of administering the evil Kali in Srimad Bhagavata is surprisingly beneficial and is soaked to saturation with the auspicious attributes of Lord Sri Krishna, his greatness, and his sports charm. By singing his names describing his attributes, Lord blesses us with such attributes to our capacity in our journey of Yoga to accomplish him.  In this section, we are blessed to contemplate the attributes of the Lord narrated by Goddess Bhoo Devi that yields benefits. Those benefits have also been discussed here. The Goddess of village deity, the mother earth says, धरण्युवाचभवान् भवान् हि वेद तत्सर्वं यन्मां धर्मानुपृच्छसि । चतुर्भिर्वर्तसे येन पादैर्लोकसुखावहैः ॥ २५॥ God Dharma! You should have been living in abundance with all your four legs hale and hearty. You know all that is happening. You are aware of the reasons for the injury of your three legs that have brought you sadness and made you handicap. And the same reason has brought me sadness too. However, separation from the Lord has brought about the highest level of sadness. He was exhibiting his attributes that brought happiness to one and all. In him are the immeasurable and vast attributes that never reduce. The best of beings, Bhagavatas, the saints take up rigorous austerity to please the Lord and be blessed with such attributes in themselves too. They propitiate the Lord. They worship him over several births to receive his Prasada or gracious gift. And such compassionate Lord Srinivasa has disappeared from this earth, says Goddess Bhoo Devi. At this juncture, it is important for us to have the right perspective on the presence of the Lord. We came across how Arjuna was saddened, Dharma raja had slipped into melancholy filled with sadness, and now from our last blog, we are discussing the Goddess of Earth engulfed in sadness after the departure of Lord Sri Krishna from this earth. Though the other forms of Lord Veda Vyasa, Parshuram continued to appear during that early period of Kali Yuga. Also, Lord Sri Krishna is present by himself in the various temples of him. He is present in Srimad Bhagavata, Bhagavad Gita, and so on. Also, the fact that this earth is existing supporting various living beings means that the omnipresent Lord is present and supporting. Though, the Lord is present all over, why does Goddess Bhoo Devi feel separation from the Lord and is crying? This is a question we need to have an answer. The fact is that the Lord is Omnipresent. In the Forms and The Fame of Lord Bhagavan, we read Sri Sutacharya narrating जगृहे पौरुषं रूपं भगवान् महदादिभिः। सम्भूतं षोडशकलमादौ लोकसिसृक्षया ॥1॥ In the beginning, the Lord intended to create the universe. Hence, from Prakriti having Satvika, Rajasika, and Thamasika Guna he created Mahat-Tattva. From Mahat-Tattva he created Ahankara Tattva from which he created sixteen elements consisting of five Jnana Indriya, five Karma Indriya, One Manas, and five Tanmatra. He accepted the form of Purusha including these sixteen elements. यस्याम्भसि शयानस्य योगनिद्रां वितन्वतः । नाभिह्रदाम्बुजादासीद्ब्रह्मा विश्वसृजां पतिः ॥2॥ After the creation of Brahmanda or the Universe including the cosmic ocean, The Lord Purusha entered the universe. He took a sleeping posture on the primordial water and with Yoga Nidra gulped the darkness appearing as Purusha. From his naval sprang a lotus giving birth to God Brahma. यस्यावयवसंस्थानैः कल्पितो लोकविस्तरः । तद्वै भगवतो रूपं विशुद्धं सत्त्वमूर्जितम् ॥3॥ From the body and the limbs of Lord Purusha who has the Virat Roopa of omniform, all the fourteen Lokas or regions were formed. This way the entire universe is a shape and form of Lord Bhagavan who is Virtuous, full of good attributes, knowledge, strength, and a foundation for all beings. This pure and Satvika form of Lord is very Auspicious, Supreme, and Excellent. पश्यन्त्यदो रूपमदभ्रचक्षुषा सहस्रपादोरुभुजाननाद्भुतम् । सहस्रमूर्धश्रवणाक्षिनासिकं सहस्रमौल्यम्बरकुण्डलोल्लसत् ॥ The God Brahma sees the entire Universe with the divine vision as the form of Lord Vasudeva. Baffled, he sings the Lord’s fame and glory through Purusha Sukta. This way the one Lord appeared to him surprisingly wonderful with millions of feet, thighs, arms, face, ears, eyes, nose, and dazzling Ornaments as Virat Purusha being in omniform. Also, God Brahma gazing at this Sports Charm of the Lord is brimming with bliss and knowledge. Wondering on this omnipresent aspect of Lord, we went through the translation of the song in Forms and The Fame of Lord Bhagavan composed by Kanaka Dasaru in which he is wondering if “Is the sweetness inside the sugar or the sugar is in sweetness!; Or is sweetness and sugar in our taste of the tongue!; Or is taste in our thoughts or the thoughts in the taste!; Or is our taste, thoughts with you, Krishna” While the Lord is present everywhere, in the dress we wear, the food we eat, the water we drink, the idol we worship, the house we stay in, the road we walk, but we do not worship him in all those. However, we worship the idol in which he is or the Saligrama Shila in which he is, or the photograph in which he is, or even the scripture like Vishnu Sahasranama, Bhagavad Gita, or Srimad Bhagavata. We worship in all those he is present in a significant way. Being with different forms, in different objects, carrying out different acts, Lord blesses each being. Like being in poison, with a name as Poison, he would take away life when consumed; as a stone from Gandaki river, he accepts the Shodashopachara or the sixteen types of offerings by a devotee including Invitation; Seat to sit; Washing of the feet; Drinking water; Purification of the host by repeating the various names of the guest;  Bath with scented water; Clothes & Sacred thread to wear; Sandalwood paste as a perfume; Flowers & Ornaments to wear; Incense to fill the surrounding with aroma; the light of the lamp as decoration; Food as naivedyam; Betel leaf with areca nut to eat after having food; Auspicious arati or showing the beautiful flame of the fire to the Lord to please him, and the farewell being in a Saligrama Shila. He is in the words we speak and the song we sing. But being in each, he does different acts.  His ubiquity would not invoke devotion in all objects of sight, sound, or the air. While we walk over a stone, we place the Saligrama stone or a stone idol of the Lord over a pedestal and do Aradhana or worship his omnipresence. Also, the Lord in each form blesses differently. And hence, the Bhoo Devi in the form of a cow, the mother earth was feeling saddened due to the separation of Lord Sri Krishna. Remembering this the tears rolled down from her eyes. She had enormous gratitude towards the Lord Sri Krishna. He had appeared exclusively to her, to reduce the weight of sin and the sinners on her. That very Lord Sri Krishna had disappeared and hence she was weeping. So too Arjuna, for him Lord Veda Vyasa was a grandfather and a teacher. However, Lord Sri Krishna was a dear friend and hence his disappearance and loss of friendship brought sadness to him and other Pandavas. While Lord Budha appeared after Lord Sri Krishna, he only led those who misused Vedas, away from Vedas. But, the form of Lord Sri Krishna led the mother earth and the people therein to Kali Yuga. So for us, the people of Kali Yuga, the form of Lord Sri Krishna is more near and the most worshipable. Since that particular form of Lord had disappeared, Goddess Bhoo Devi was engulfed in the sadness of separation. The Goddess of village deity, the mother earth responding to God Dharma starts singing the attributes of Lord saying, सत्यं शौचं दया क्षान्तिस्त्यागः सन्तोष आर्जवम् । शमो दमस्तपः साम्यं तितिक्षोपरतिः श्रुतम् ॥ २६॥ Satyam or Authentic is the attribute of the Lord. We briefly saw this attribute of Lord in Mangalacharan or the verse of prayer wherein Lord is ascribed as Satyam-Param-Dhimahi. He is authentic because he is of divine bliss engrossed in stainless happiness, and complete with all attributes. To understand this aspect, let’s take an analogy of the house where we live. When can one cherish the house? Or hold it as dear? Or become adorable? Could it be when it is the most expensive? Or when done with the best minds of an architect having beautiful facades or well layout plans or making it stunning with razor-sharp corners, glass, and stainless steel? However, we see the most expensive house becoming haunted or people in it keep fighting or are most jealous making them anxious about distrustful, or there could be a suicide or divorce and so on in the house. These are undesirable and the house too gets blamed. Hence, the most adorable house would be the house where the residents are peaceful, happy, and satisfied. Hence, the Bhoo Devi starts with the attribute of Satyam or Authenticity of the Lord. As he is stainless, complete with attributes, and full of happiness! His happiness is not a pretense nor hypocrisy. It is a stainless, pure, clean, divine, immeasurable, and unsurpassed happiness without any volatility. That very Lord Sri Krishna who is Satyam or Authentic is engrossed in divine bliss. He would walk over me. When he did so, the divine marks including Lotus, Conch, Mace, Elephant, Goad, Disc, Umbrella, on his feet would imprint on me. He walked on me as a small child, a cowherd boy, as a youth, as middle-aged, as a killer of sinners to reduce weight on me, as a lover of Gopikas, as a husband of 16000 wives, as a father, friend, and more. He would talk only pleasing words with the virtuous. For every step of that very Lord Krishna on me having the attribute of Satyam, I would ooze with happiness, I would have goosebumps all over me said, Bhoo Devi. This is the happiness each one of us has to experience. This is the first attribute of the Lord that every practitioner of Bhakti Yoga needs to worship. For that, we need to do Yoga or synchronization by worshipping the Lord as having no sorrow and has only stainless, immeasurable, permanent, and perfect happiness. And worship Lord as soft-spoken with pleasing words bringing delight to the virtuous. Doing so the compassionate Lord would bless us with such attributes of divine happiness, eloquence, and pleasant speech to the fullest of our individual capacity.  The modern-day psychology, it's understanding of the subconscious mind, the metaphysical and new age literature coming out of it is at the nascent stage. This not only just cause more entanglement with the cycle of death and birth but has the potential to increase manifold to push the individual to hell. However, we see how Srimad Bhagavata is imbibing attributes of divine happiness, eloquence, and pleasant speech within the subconscious mind for the betterment of social values in the society leading to the Purushartha or objectives of life. Let’s pray to Sri Hari, Vayu, and Gurus for their continued blessings for our understanding of the other attributes of the Lord sung by Goddess Bhoo Devi. || Hari Om || || Sri Krishnarpanamastu ||   [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - Attack of Kali on Spiritual Practice, Cleanliness, and Compassion


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Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you.सूत उवाच Sri Sutacharya says, किं नु बालेषु शूरेण कलिना धीरभीरुणा । अप्रमत्तः प्रमत्तेषु यो वृको नृषु वर्तते ॥ या याः कथा भगवतः कथनीयोरुकर्मणः । गुणकर्माश्रयाः पुम्भिः संसेव्यास्ता बुभूषुभिः ॥ The Kali is like a cunning wolf. He survives in the ignorance of being smart. Though the wolf attacks the children and the weak, are scared of strong and powerful. Similarly, the Kali Purusha is careful in only taking control of those who blunder being stupid and careless. Hence, those who wish to become strong with valor, fight for moral worth and dignity, seek auspiciousness, and prosperity should fight Kali. For them Srimad Bhagavata gives refuge. The story Parikshid raja administering the evil Kali in Srimad Bhagavata that I am going to narrate is worthy to sing is surprisingly beneficial to them. This is soaked to saturation by the auspicious attributes of Lord Sri Krishna, his greatness, and his sports charm.    Let’s hear that, says Sri Sutacharya, यदा परीक्षित्कुरुजाङ्गलेऽशृणोत्कलिं प्रविष्टं निजचक्रवर्तिते । निशम्य वार्तामनतिप्रियां ततः शरासनं संयुगशौण्डिराददे ॥ १०॥ Sri Shaunaka! King Parikshit was ruling the entire earth from his capital Hastinapura. During his emperorship, he was informed that Kali had ascended to Earth from the lower world. He often received reports of his misdeeds. While this had brought him sorrow, he reconciled to an opportunity to fight Kali and conquer over him. He took up the arms and decided to fight out, Kali. स्वलङ्कृतं श्यामतुरङ्गयोजितं रथं मृगेन्द्रध्वजमाश्रितः पुरात् । वृतो रथाश्वद्विपपत्तियुक्तया स्वसेनया दिग्विजयाय निर्गतः ॥ ११॥ He boarded the chariot that was well decorated and had a flag carrying the symbol of the Lion. The chariot was pulled by horses that were black, beautiful, and agile. He decided to go to war with Kali accompanied by the army that had divisions of war elephants, chariots, cavalry, and infantry against Kali. भद्राश्वं केतुमालं च भारतं चोत्तरान् कुरून् । किम्पुरुषादीनि वर्षाणि विजित्य जगृहे बलिम् ॥ १२॥ King Parikshid took up Digvijay or assertion of being victorious in all the directions, he passed through various regions including Bhadraashwa, Ketumala, Bharata, Uttara Kuru, and Kimpurushavarsha. He collected the taxes from the Kings there. तत्र तत्रोपशृण्वानः स्वपूर्वेषां महात्मनाम् । प्रगीयमाणं च यशः कृष्णमाहात्म्यसूचकम् ॥ १३॥ During his short stay in each of the kingdom, King Parikshid was told about the fame of his ancestors. As in the fame of his ancestors was the story of the Glory of Lord Sri Krishna, his thoughts were grounded in the Lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna.    आत्मानं च परित्रातमश्वत्थाम्नोऽस्त्रतेजसः । स्नेहं च वृष्णिपार्थानां तेषां भक्तिं च केशवे ॥ १४॥ Also, he heard how he is true to his name Parikshid i.e. being protected by Lord. He was protected from the splendor of Brahmashirshastra during his stay in his mother's womb by Lord Sri Krishna. These stories narrated by the people he met reminded him of the enormous devotion his ancestors had in the Lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna and the intimacy between Pandavas and the Yadhu clan. तेभ्यः परमसन्तुष्टः प्रीत्युज्जृम्भितलोचनः । महाधनानि वासांसि ददौ हारान् महामनाः ॥ १५॥ King Parikshid felt pleased hearing the stories of his grandparents and Lord Sri Krishna. His eyes would blossom wide like fully bloomed Lotus flower to hear with the utmost attention. Also, his Lotus of heart would blossom flowing the nectar of intimacy towards those narrating. As a token of this love, the extremely generous and kind-hearted Parikshid would present them with exclusive gifts including the precious jewelry he wore. सारथ्यपारषदसेवनसख्यदौत्यवीरासनानुगमनस्तवनप्रणामान् । स्निग्धेषु पाण्डुषु जगत्प्रणतिं च विष्णोः भक्तिं करोति नृपतिश्चरणारविन्दे ॥ १६॥ Lord Bhaktavatsala to whom the devotee is dearer than himself. Sri Krishna had showered his choicest blessings on Pandavas. He became a charioteer to Arjuna, a member of the governing assembly, dear friend, a guide, a messenger, and he would do any work that Pandavas wanted. In fact, when Pandavas went out for excursions, Sri Krishna would hold a sword and guard the camp throughout the night and had made the Pandavas the Emperor. Such stories were told to Parikshid Raja when he traveled from one Kingdom to another. Hearing such stories, King Parikshit’s devolution in the Lotus feet of Lord only increased. तस्यैवं वर्तमानस्य पूर्वेषां वृत्तिमन्वहम् । नातिदूरे किलाश्चर्यं यदासीत्तन्निबोध मे ॥ १७॥ Following the traditions set forth by his grandparents, ascertaining his Emperrorship, hearing the fame of his grandparents, the protection he received from Lord during his birth, and the immeasurable compassion showed by the Lord he traveled. One day, a shocking incident happened close to the Parikshid camp. I shall narrate that to you all, said Sri Sutacharya धर्मः पदैकेन चरन् विच्छायामुपलभ्य गाम् । पृच्छति स्माश्रुवदनां विवत्सामिव मातरम् ॥ १८॥ Shaunaka Rishi! God Dharma had taken the form of a bullock and had his three legs broken. He met the village deity who had taken the form of Cow. Seeing the Cow crying like it has lost its calf, the bullock asked thus, From the metaphysical standpoint, Kali attacks dharma and the holy place that supports dharma. This was the message that the village deity and God Dharma wanted to convey through King Parikshid to all of us. God Dharma stands on four legs, Viz. Tapas or Austerity conferring disciplined spiritual practices, Saucha or cleanliness, Daya or compassion, and Satya or truthfulness. Of this, Asceticism, Cleanliness, and Compassion had been broken badly by Kali. The only truthfulness was surviving. The injured three legs had made the fourth leg also drag conveying that though the truthfulness survived but was very fragile. God Dharma says, धर्म उवाच कच्चिद्भद्रेऽनामयमात्मनस्ते विच्छायासि म्लायतेषन्मुखेन । आलक्षये भवतीमन्तराधिं दूरे बन्धुं शोचसि कञ्चनाम्ब ॥ १९॥ The auspicious one! Your face has turned dim. You are carrying a heavy heart. Something is bothering you. Has any of your relative or friend has traveled to far off land? Are you worried about him? पादैर्न्यूनं शोचसि मैकपादमात्मानं वा वृषलैर्भोक्ष्यमाणम् । आहो सुरादीन् हृतयज्ञभागान् प्रजा उत स्विन्मघवत्यवर्षति ॥ २०॥ Or, hope you are not worried about me looking at my handicap! Having three legs broken, are you thinking that how I am managing with only one leg? Or, are you worried that the wicked are ruling over me, the righteous? Or, are you worried about the Gods as they are unable to receive their substance offered in the fire sacrifice? Or, are you worried about the common men as they are struggling to grow their crops due to untimely rains?  अरक्ष्यमाणाः स्त्रिय उर्वि बालान् शोचस्यथो पुरुषादैरिवार्तान् । वाचं देवीं ब्रह्मकुले कुकर्मण्यब्रह्मण्ये राजकुले कुलाग्र्यान् ॥ २१॥ Or, are you bothered about women folk as they who are vulnerable to the strong and the wicked? Or are you worried about the weak children being exploited by powerful? Or, are you worried about Goddess of Knowledge being stuck with the wicked Brahmins? Or, are you worried that the Brahmins are serving the Kings who have lost their faith in religion? Though the religion holds people falling to hell! किं क्षत्रबन्धून् कलिनोपसृष्टान् राष्ट्राणि वा तैरवरोपितानि । इतस्ततो वाशनपानवासः स्नानव्यवायोन्मुखजीवलोकम् ॥२२॥ Devi! Are you worried that Kali has made a firm place in all Kshatriyas? Nowadays, the Kings are there only for the namesake. Instead of carrying out the welfare of their subjects, they are busy filling their personal coffers by exploiting them. Is this what worrying you? Or there is a decline in moral values, people eat food that is being sold, drink liquor, wear an inappropriate dress, or take a bath at their own wish. They don’t follow the ways prescribed in Shastras or the indoctrinations. Are you worried about them? यद्वाम्ब ते भूरिभरावतारकृतावतारस्य हरेर्धरित्रि । अन्तर्हितस्य स्मरती विसृष्टा कर्माणि निर्वाणविलम्बितानि ॥ २३॥ Or Devi! Have you appeared to recollect & remember the glory of Lord Sri Krishna, praise his fame, and recollect his compassion shown towards you? He appeared on this earth only to reduce the weight of Sin in each village and the whole earth. Are you sad that he has disappeared now?  इदं ममाचक्ष्व तवाधिमूलं वसुन्धरे येन विकर्शितासि । कालेन वा ते बलिनां बलीयसा सुरार्चितं किं हृतमम्ब सौभगम् ॥ २४॥ Goddess! You bear an enormous wealth of metals & minerals, Gems & stones in you. You are superior to many Gods and Goddesses! Why are you engulfed in sadness? As the Kali Yuga has started, the evil Kali is having his influence on everything. Are you saddened that in his time of Kali Yuga he is taking away all your auspiciousness? Please tell me, Devi! I wait for your reply, says God Dharma. Let’s pray to Sri Hari, Vayu, and Gurus for their continued blessing to hear the complete story of Parikshid raja administering the evil Kali in Srimad Bhagavata that is surprisingly beneficial and is soaked to saturation with the auspicious attributes of Lord Sri Krishna, his greatness, and his sports charm. || Hari Om |||| Sri Krishnarpanamastu || [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - Winning Over The Futility of Life


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Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you.सूत उवाच, Sri Sutacharya saya, ततः परीक्षिद्द्विजवर्यशिक्षया महीं महाभागवतः शशास ह । यथा हि सूत्यामभिजातकोविदाःसमादिशन् विप्र महद्गुणस्तथा ॥ १॥ Sri Shaunaka! Subsequent to the Pandavas ascent to Heaven, the best of Bhagavata, Parikshit having enormous devotion in the Lotus feet of Lord ruled the Kingdom considering the advice of the learned scholars. In The Future Predictions ofBaby Parakshid, we had read the astrologers saying, पार्थ प्रजाविता साक्षादिक्ष्वाकुरिव मानवः । ब्रह्मण्यः सत्यसन्धश्च रामो दाशरथिर्यथा ॥ १९॥ Partha! The son of Kunti! Don't worry. This boy will protect subjects like King Ikshvaku, the son of Manu, the foremost of the solar dynasty. He will worship the priests and keep his words, like the son of Dasharatha, Lord Sri Rama. He will be Satyasandha like Lord Sri Rama. This and other predictions of learned Astrologers did unfold and turned true.  स उत्तरस्य तनयामुपयेम इरावतीम् । जनमेजयादींश्चतुरस्तस्यामुत्पादयत्सुतान् ॥ २॥ He got married to Iraavatee. She was the daughter of his uncle, Uttara Kumara. They had four sons and had named them, Janamejaya, Bhimasena, Ugrasena, and Srutasena.  आजहाराश्वमेधांस्त्रीन् गङ्गायां भूरिदक्षिणान् । शारद्वतं गुरुं कृत्वा देवा यत्राक्षिगोचराः ॥ ३॥ The King Parikshit, under the guidance of Kripacharya, carried out three Ashwamedha Yagnas on the banks of river Ganga. Priests of enormous perfection and impeccability were invited to perform the Yagna. As they performed Yagna, offered the substance as a sacrifice in the fire to each God’s announcing their names as inscribed in the Vedic verses, the specific Gods themselves showed up descending from heaven. They appeared in their physical form in the fire and received the offerings from the devout & pious King Parikshit. After the sacrifice, the King Parikshit made large donations to these priests and the learned scholars. निजग्राहौजसा वीरः कलिं दिग्विजये क्वचित् । नृपलिङ्गधरं शूद्रं घ्नन्तं गोमिथुनं पदा ॥ ४॥ When King Parikshit was traveling with Dijvijaya or victory in all the directions, the kings he encountered were accepting his emperorship. One day he encountered Kali.  Though appeared like a person of working-class serving the society as a farmer or a smith, Kali had dressed in the royal robes fit only for the Kings. King Parikshid saw the Kali kicking the legs of an innocent couple, a cow, and a bullock. Hence, he hurried towards Kali and ordered him with punishment. The last fame of controlling the Kali is held only by Parikshit. Filled with reverence and folded hand, Sri Shaunaka rishi said, शौनक उवाच कस्य हेतोर्निजग्राह कलिं दिग्विजये नृपः । नृदेवचिह्नधृक् शूद्रः कोऽसौ गां यः पदाहनत् । तत्कथ्यतां महाभाग यदि कृष्णकथाश्रयम् ॥ ५॥ अथवास्य पदाम्भोजमकरन्दलिहां सताम् । किमन्यैरसदालापैरायुषो यदसद्व्ययः ॥ ६॥ Sri Suta Puranika! Why did King Parikshit leave Kali unkilled? Even for a King, kicking the innocent and a holy cow is a heinous crime exhibiting disgrace! Should there be The glory of Lord, or narration of his sports charm, or even have the story of his beloved devotees who relish the nectar from the Lotus feet of Lord, please continue with this story. Else, what is the point of chit-chatting on worldly issues, or hearing the story of Kali, or his associates? All of these can only take away our lifespan?    क्षुद्रायुषां नृणामङ्ग मर्त्यानामृतमिच्छताम् । इहोपहूतो भगवान् मृत्युः शामित्रकर्मणि ॥ ७॥ Revered Puranika! Though there are those desirous and focussed to break the cycle of death and birth through Prasada or the gift of Lord, they come with a short lifespan. They succumb to death before even starting any serious practice of Yoga. Therefore, the priests carrying out sacrifice regularly have invited the God of death – Yama; Mrityunjaya – God Shiva, who has won the death over Yama and causes death even to the King Yama, God Indra during pralaya; Mukya Prana – who causes death to even to Mrityunjaya; and मृत्योऱ मृत्युं – Lord Narasimha, who is the cause of death to the one who causes death to Mrityunjaya. They have them here in शामित्रकर्म of a friendly act for thousands of years till The Spiritual Gathering of Naimisharanya is completed.     न कश्चिन्म्रियते तावद्यावदास्त इहान्तकः । एतदर्थं हि भगवानाहूतः परमर्षिभिः । अहो नृलोके पीयेत हरिलीलामृतं वचः ॥ ८॥ As long as we are engaged in this spiritual gathering of hearing, recollecting, analyzing to understand Srimad Bhagavata and implement its proponents, death would not occur. Even those of us who have a short life span can relish the taste of the nectar called Srimad Bhagavata. Therefore, priests have invited Gods, Yama, Shiva, and Mukya Prana here. And also their Lord Narsimha. मन्दस्य मन्दप्रज्ञस्य वयो मन्दायुषश्च वै । निद्रया ह्रियते नक्तं दिवा च व्यर्थकर्मभिः ॥ ९॥ The lifespan of the people of Kali Yuga is very short. It is just 120 years. And those people cannot even complete their span as they carry the sin of अल्पायुस् or short life. Together with being shortlived, they are dull too. Hence, the people of Kali Yuga waste most of their time in sleep, day to day activities of life including worldly affairs, and time to earn materialistic happiness said Sri Shaunaka filled with concern towards us, the people of Kaili Yuga. The saints of the Bhakti movement had an astute mind in understanding the common men and brought about reforms by introducing Bhagavata dharma through their literary works including compositions of songs. Gopala Dasaru too was a prominent saint in the Bhakti Movement between 1721 – 1769 has composed several songs in the Kannada language.  This “Hyange maadalayya Krishna pogutide aayushya…” i.e “What do I do Krishna? I am expending my lifespan…,” is one such song that leaves a deep imprint on the minds of the common man and has the ability to sink quickly into the subconscious of the individual. Let’s take a look at the same with English translation Hyange maadalayya Krishna pogutide aayushya mangalanga bhavabhanga bidisi ninna dingarigana maado ananga janaka||pa|| What do I do Krishna? I am expending my lifespan The auspicious one! Shear my emotional attachment with the worldly existence and make me be your servant. Oh, my impalpable father! yesu janumada sukrutada phalavo taanu janisalagi bhoosuradehada janumavu enage sambhavisideyagi| modateertha mata chinhiitanagade doshake olagagi leshasadhanava kanade duhsahavasadindale dina dina kalede||1|| The good merits accumulated over several births has caused me this birth I am blessed with this Nobel birth Without wearing the divine marks of Gopi-Chandana tilaka, chakra, Shanka, Gadha, Padma, mudra, I have been sinning Without even the slightest practice and the company of wicked, I am expending day after day. shashimukha kanakada aashege beretu vasupati ninnadiya hasanagi ninna neneyade krupeya galisade kettenayya| nishehagalu sthiravendu tanuvanu poshisalashisi jeeya kusuride nelavo sarvakala nin odetanavembuva bageyanu ariyade||2|| The desire for beautiful faced women, and wealth has made me stoop to their feet Laughing away your gifts of life and not gaining your mercy, I have sinned, my Lord! Believing the permanency of day and night forever, I have been nourishing my body, my Lord! Without realizing the permanency of your Lordship, I plummeted on the floor, my Lord! Nerenambide paavatigalu ella saridu hodavalla marali e pariya janumavu baruva bharavaseyantu illa| Paripari vishayada aasheyu enage kiridu aayitalla hariye jagadi neenobbanallade porevarinnaru illavalla||3|| All those whom I believe have become helpless, I have no belief that I could get another chance to have a birth like this The worldly desire has caused me a narrow path No one else other than you could help me, Oh my Lord! Avani olage punyakshetra charisuva havanike enagilla pavanaatmaka guru madhwa shastrada pravachana kelalilla| tavakadinda guru hiriyara sevisi avara olisalilla ravinandana kelidara uttara kode vivarasaraku ondaadaru illa||4|| Oh my Lord! I had no itching desire to take up a pilgrimage to holy places Nor I heard the purifying proponents of Acharya Madhva Nor had I the eagerness to please the Gurus and Scholars Oh, Lord! I don’t have a single reason to give to God Yama, the son of God Sun. Bhagavatarodagudi upavasa jagara ondudina maadalilla raagadi shukamuni pelda harikathe samyogavembodilla| neeguvanta bhava bhayava bhakuti vairagyavembodilla yogivandya gopalavithala.... gopalavithala; vithala vithala gopalavithala yogivandya gopalavithala tale bhaagi ninnanne bedikombe||5|| Neither I fasted, nor did I stay awake through the night with your other devotees Nor did I sway to the verses of melodious Srimad Bhagavata composed by Shukamuni Nor I have Jnana, Bhakti, and Vairagya that has the ability to shear the emotional attachment with worldly pleasure The one revered to saints, Gopalavithala; Gopalavithala; Vithala Vithala Gopalavithala The one revered to saints, Yogivandya Gopalavithala, bowing my head I plead you. For sound bites of the above song, sung by the famous Ananta Kulkarni, checkout at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5L9A4DJPqw.|| Hari Om |||| Sri Krishnarpanamastu || [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - The Story of Pandavas ascent to Heaven


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Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you.In “Prosperity, In the Rule of Dharma Raja,” we noted thatकामं ववर्ष पर्जन्यः सर्वकामदुघा मही ।सिषिचुः स्म व्रजान् गावः पयसोधस्वतीर्मुदा ॥ ४॥Yudhishthira’s kingdom had abundant food supplies. There was peace and prosperity everywhere. The rain gods were very supportive of the needs of farmers and made enough water available to plants, animals, and human requirements. The mother earth made sufficient minerals available for the material required for life. Also, people were frugal and satisfied without causing an environmental imbalance. The cows had their udders full of milk and would drop it on earth without being able to hold.नद्यः समुद्रा गिरयः सवनस्पतिवीरुधः ।फलन्त्योषधयः सर्वाः काममन्वृतु तस्य वै ॥ ५॥The rivers, sea, mountains, plants & creepers bearing spices, all yielded their riches sufficiently in all seasons in the righteous kingdom of Yudhishthira.In all, the kingdom & its people had gained the favor of Sridevi, the Goddess of abundance.Sri Sutacharya continues to say,ययाहरद्भुवो भारं तां तनुं विजहावजः ।कण्टकं कण्टकेनेव द्वयं चापीशितुः समम् ॥ ३२॥पृथाप्यनुश्रुत्य धनञ्जयोदितं नाशं यदूनां भगवद्गतिं च ताम् ।एकान्तभक्त्या भगवत्यधोक्षजे निवेशितात्मोपरराम संसृतेः ॥ ३३॥निशम्य भगवन्मार्गं संस्थां यदुकुलस्य च ।स्वःपथाय मतिं चक्रे निभृतात्मा युधिष्ठिरः ॥ ३४॥Sri Shaunaka! Like removing a thorn stuck in bare feet with another thorn, the unchanging Lord Tattva without death and birth had made use of Yadhu clan to kill all the wicked and scandalous Kings. Thus reducing the weight of Sin on mother earth. Like, after plucking out a thorn from bare feet with another thorn and throwing both away, Lord had created hatred among the Yadhu clan making them kill themselves. Lord had done so maintaining equanimity between virtuous and evil.After hearing that the incidence from Arjuna that Lord Sri Krishna had left to his abode in Vaikunta and the near & dear relatives of Yadhu clan had died, King Yudhishthira became निभृतात्मा, sated with all his desires including to establish a righteous world. So, he decided to give up his kingship and ascend to heaven.   It is noteworthy that the Pandavas had committed to one and only, Lord Sri Krishna. They were resolute that they would be on this earth as long as Lord Sri Krishna appeared.  They had no desire in ruling the kingdom, nor enjoy the perks, nor had they attachment with any worldly pleasure. The moment they heard the departure of Lord Sri Krishna to Vaikunta, they too decided to give up everything on this earth and go to heaven. King Yudhishthira represents our adherence to righteousness;Bheemasena represents Bhakti or Devotion, Jnana or Knowledge, Vairagya or Dispassion, Pragna or Prudence, Medha, or the Mental Power, Dhruti, or being Resolute, Sthiti or Perseverance, Yoga, or Synchronization with the Axiom, Prana, or the Life Force and Bala or strength in us.Arjuna represents spiritual practice through hearing and study.Nakula & Sahadeva represents Charitra or conduct & Vinaya or humilityAs a practitioner of yoga, the five Pandavas representing the five good qualities are required in us. They would be present in us as long as we remember Lord Sri Krishna, sing his names that describe his attributes, praises his fame, and glory.   Considering our body as the land of a dwelling of Lord Si Krishna, stopping to propitiate him is like the Lord disappearing from this earth. And hence, the five Pandavas would decide and leave this earth to heaven.यथा मत्स्यादिरूपाणि धत्ते जह्याद्यथा नटः ।भूभारः क्षपितो येन जहौ तच्च कलेवरम् ॥ ३५॥Like the various forms of Matsya, Kurma, Vamana, and so on taken by the divine protector, Lord had taken the form of Sri Krishna in the Yadu clan. He made that form of Sri Krishna disappear from the earth to go to his abode of Vaikunta. यदा मुकुन्दो भगवानिमां महीं जहौ स्वतन्वा श्रवणीयसत्कथः ।तदा हरेवाप्रतिबुद्धचेतसामधर्महेतुः कलिरन्ववर्तत ॥ ३६॥The form of Lord Sri Krishna is worthy of being worshiped. Through which he exhibited his sport’s charm, he brought delight, divinity, and auspiciousness in this world. The moment he disappeared, the Kali Yuga causing wickedness and entanglement of the innocents and discriminates with worldly pleasure had started.In the metaphysical sense, Srimad Bhagavata says clearly that Kali will step into those minds at the time where there is no remembrance of Lord Sri Hari and in the hearts having no devotions to Lord Sri Hari.युधिष्ठिरस्तत्परिसर्पणं बुधः पुरे च राष्ट्रे च गृहे तथाऽऽत्मनि ।विभाव्य लोभानृतजिह्महिंसनाद्यधर्मचक्रं गमनाय पर्यधात् ॥ ३७॥The intelligent and smart king, Yudhishthira noticed the aggression with which Kali operated the cycle of greed, lies, hypocrisy, violence, wickedness, and doing unjust by entering into the minds of people living in each house in his capital city, towns, and villages. Hence, King Yudhishthira, the symbol of righteousness understood that his time of departure had come. He decided to take up the journey to heaven. स्वराट् पौत्रं विनयिनमात्मनः सुसमं गुणैः ।तोयनीव्याः पतिं भूमेरभ्यषिञ्चद्गजाह्वये ॥ ३८॥King Yudhishthira, the emperor of the planet earth wrapped by the sea of water as its robes announced that he will relinquish from the lordship. He considered a humble and well mannered Parikshid was equal to him, as his successor for the throne of Hastinapura.He coronated his grandson as King of Hastinapura.मथुरायां तथा वज्रं शूरसेनपतिं ततः ।प्राजापत्यां निरूप्येष्टिमग्नीनपिबदीश्वरः ॥ ३९॥Lord in his form of Anirudha had ruled the Kingdom of Shoorasena at Mathura. He too coronated his son Vajranabhi as the King in Mathura. Meanwhile, King Yudhishthira carried out the death ceremony of all his near and dear including those who had died in Dwarka.We had noted that Lord Sri Krishna had taken another form of Pradyumna as his son. Also, he had taken the form of Anirudha, the son of Pradyumna. The sons of Krita Verma and Satyaki were coronated as the Kings of Indraprastha.After coronating Parikshid as emperor, King Yudhishthira handed over Parikshid raja to Kripacharya requesting him to be his Guru. Then, King Yudhishthira announced to the common public in the capital that he will take-up Maha Prastana to proceed to his place of origin.विसृज्य तत्र तत्सर्वं दुकूलवलयादिकम् ।निर्ममो निरहङ्कारः सच्छिन्नाशेषबन्धनः ॥ ४०॥King Yudhishthira removed the exclusive royal dresses of the king he was wearing. He removed the ornaments including his crown, bracelets, necklaces, and wristband. Shedding all his pride and prestige and without having a trace of feeling sadness, he gave-up all that caused materialistic pleasure and bound the soul with a cycle of death and birth.वाचं जुहाव मनसि तत्प्राण इतरे च तम् ।धृत्या ह्यपानं सोत्सर्गं तं पञ्चत्वे ह्यजोहवीत् ॥ ४१॥त्रित्वे हुत्वा च पञ्चत्वं तच्चैकत्वेऽजुहोन्मुनिः ।सर्वमात्मन्यजुहवीद्ब्रह्मण्यात्मानमव्यये ॥ ४२॥King Yudhishthira meditated on Gods on the lower hierarchy dissolving into those of higher. Like the Gods responsible to influence Indriyas or sensory organs into their Lord, Indra. The dissolution of God Indra into Goddess Parvati.King Yudhishthira knew that the speech has its birth in the mind. Hence, he meditated, वाचं जुहाव मनसि i.e. the dissolution of Goddess Parvati Devi influencing speech, into God, Shiva responsible to influence the mind.God Shiva has his origin in Prana Vayu, the provider of life force. Prana is in his five forms of Prana, Vyana, Udana, Samana, and Apana. So, the God Shiva तत्प्राण would dissolve in the Prana form of five Vayus.    इतरे च तम् i.e. Vyana would dissolve into Prana. And, धृत्या ह्यपानं i.e Apana would dissolve into Prana having Vyana within. Then, त्रित्वे हुत्वा च पञ्चत्वं i.e Udana & Samana dissolves into the Prana with Vyana and Apana. These, पञ्चत्वं forms of Prana, Vyana, Udana, Samana, and Apana dissolve in their basic and primary form of तच्चैकत्वे i.e Mukya Prana.The Mukya Prana too dissolves into the सर्वमात्म or the indweller Lord in each of the beings. And that very Lord is ब्रह्मण्यात्मानं or no different from the omnipresent and अव्यय​ or imperishable Lord. This was the order of Meditation done by the Pandavas under the leadership of King Yudhishthira. And is the same order of dissolution of this whole universe.This is called Brahma Yagna. The confinement of a being in a cycle of sorrow-stricken death & birth is released by doing this Yagna at the time of death. चीरवासा निराहारो बद्धवाङ्मुक्तमूर्धजः ।दर्शयन्नात्मनो रूपं जडोन्मत्तपिशाचवत् ॥ ४३॥Subsequently, Pandavas wrapped themselves with ordinary clothes, gave up food & water to take up the vow of silence. They had completely lost an attachment to their individual body. They had realized that the body was made by processing non-living substances like water, earth, fire, air, and either. Hence, treating so, the Pandavas appeared in disarray. Their hair was scattered, clothes were unkempt, and they appeared like ghosts and goblins.अनवेक्षमाणो निरगादशृण्वन् बधिरो यथा ।उदीचीं प्रविवेशाशां गतपूर्वां महात्मभिः ।हृदि ब्रह्म परं ध्यायन् नावर्तेत यतो गतः ॥ ४४॥The Pandavas had earned a lot of love and affection from the ministers, priests, attendants, administration staff, and from all the subjects of the kingdom through their righteous rule. Hence, the people of the kingdom became dejected and sorrow-stricken hearing the announcement of King Yudhishthira to take up Maha Prastana of proceeding to his place of origin in heaven.However, the Pandavas were sucked in a meditative state. Only the Lord, his names, his attributes, his glory, his fame had occupied them.  Hence, being strong-hearted and resolute they left towards the Himalayas in the North like a blind seeing nothing and a deaf hearing nothing.सर्वे तमनुनिर्जग्मुर्भ्रातरः कृतनिश्चयाः ।कलिनाधर्ममित्रेण दृष्ट्वा स्पृष्टाः प्रजा भुवि ॥ ४५॥ते साधुकृतसर्वार्था ज्ञात्वात्यन्तिकमात्मनः ।मनसा धारयामासुर्वैकुण्ठचरणाम्बुजम् ॥ ४६॥Bheemasena, Arjuna, Nakula, and Sahadeva saw the advent of immorality, wickedness, jealousy, greed, and so on in the people by the aid of Kali. Realizing that they too had very little space in the mind and consciousness of people, followed King Yudhishthira going towards the Himalayas in the North with their mind occupied in the lotus feet of the Lord. तद्ध्यानोद्रिक्तया भक्त्या विशुद्धधिषणाः परे ।तस्मिन् नारायणपदे एकान्तमतयो गतिम् ॥ ४७॥अवापुर्दुरवापां ते असद्भिर्विषयात्मभिः ।विधूतकल्मषा स्थानं विरजेनात्मनैव हि ॥ ४८॥As the Pandavas meditated the lotus feet of Lord in their heart, they reached the highest pinnacle of devotion. Hence, their mind got completely purified with crystal clear and continuous thoughts of the supreme Lord.  As our mind is desirous of various current topics that are muddled with different thoughts can never achieve progress, such progress was achieved by Pandavas. They realized pure consciousness.द्रौपदी च तदाज्ञाय पतीनामनपेक्षताम् ।वासुदेवे भगवति ह्येकान्तमतिराप तम् ॥ ४९॥Observing that the Pandavas had achieved the highest state of serenity, Draupadi too accomplished the highest state of serenity by completely submitting herself to the Lotus feet of Lord as was done by Pandavas. With the enormous yogic power, they had gained by the blessings of Lord Sri Krishna, the Pandavas disassociated themselves with their body and shed it on earth to travel to heaven.  They merged with their original forms in heaven.  We had noted in Mahabharata the Book of Seekers that the oldest tradition of Sanatana Hindu scriptures outlines the process to understand the axioms of the fundamental nature of reality. These realities have been depicted by the omnipotent Lord himself, with his dearest, and devout Gods by showing up on this earth. Though the Lord can "ईच्छा मात्र जगत् सृष्टि" i.e create the entire universe by wishing so, however expressing his compassion towards you and me to understand the Metaphysics, the fundamental realities he came down to earth. In fact, Sri Krishna was there in the present place of Mathura. And the war did happen in Kurukshetra. Also, the same has been recorded by Lord Veda Vyasa in the form of stories.Hence, our body including the sensory organs, mind, and intellect too is the form of mother earth in the metaphysics observing the fundamental nature of reality. Like Lord Sri Krishna had shown up in Dvapara yuga, so too, the omnipresent Lord Sri Krishna will be exhibiting his sports charm in us when we remember him, his Lordship, sing his names having a description of his attributes, fame, and his glory. Therefore, as long as the sensory organs, mind, and intellect do the service of Lord, the body becomes the dwelling place for Lord, till such time does exist Dharmaraja in one of his forms supporting and aiding us towards adherence to righteousness. Else, Lord would be dormant in his Yoga Nidra making King Yudhishthira to walk away to his place of origin. Hence, in other words, in those Jiva who have no thoughts of Lord, nor they sing and propitiate Lord, or those who are distant from Lord have no dharma. In The Subject, Eligibility, and Fruit, we had extensively understood dharma including its definition as one that holds us from falling down.The life force to a being is provided by Mukya Prana. His form is Bheemasena representing Bhakti or Devotion, Jnana or Knowledge, Vairagya or Dispassion, Pragna or Prudence, Medha, or the Mental Power, Dhruti or being Resolute, Sthiti or Perseverance, Yoga, or Synchronization with the Axiom, Prana, or the Life Force and Bala or Strength. In him and only through his support of bhakti, jnana, vairagya, and so on could we accomplish Lord Sri Krishna. As we do so, Lord Sri Krishna and Dharmaraja start dwelling in us. So, as long as Bheemasena providing the life force bestows Bhakti, Jnana, Vairagya, Pragna, and so on, Lord Sri Krishna will be actively exhibiting his sports charm in us. Also, Dharmaraja dwells in us, so does exist a practitioner like Arjuna accomplishing perfection and target through the spiritual practice of hearing and study.  The outcome of the practice of Arjuna gives birth to Nakula & Sahadeva representing Charitra or conduct & Vinaya or humility in us.Sri Sutacharya says,यः श्रद्धयैतद्भगवत्प्रियाणां पाण्डोः सुतानामिति सम्प्रयाणम् ।शृणोत्यलं स्वस्त्ययनं पवित्रं लब्ध्वा हरौ भक्तिमुपैति सिद्धिम् ॥ ५१॥Sri Shaunaka! Hearing this divine, auspicious, and the purest story of the Pandava's journey to heaven with full faith, attention, and devotion; the story of the journey of the devout and dear friends of Lord Sri Krishna would yield Bhakti in the lotus feet of Lord. The Bhakti inturn yields Mukti shearing the bind of the cycle of death and birth. इति श्रीमद्भागवते महापुराणे पारमहंस्यां संहितायां प्रथमस्कन्धे पाण्डवस्वर्गारोहणं नाम पञ्चदशोऽध्यायः ॥ १५॥With this, we complete "The Story of Pandavas ascent to Heaven” the fifteenth Adhyaya, of Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1.|| Hari Om ||ArghyaKeraya neeranu kerege chelli, Like pouring back the water from the lake,Varava padedavarante kaaniro,Be seen as blessed.Hariya karunadolaada bhagyava,The accomplishments happening due to Lord Hari's grace,Hari samarpane maadi badukiro,Credit back to Lord Hari.Sri Purandara Vithala raayana Charana kamalava nambi badukiro.Live to have trust in the Lotus feet of Lord Sri Purandara Vithala.|| Sri Krishnarpanamastu || [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - The Bhakti Yoga of Arjuna


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Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you.We have noted the underlying message of Mahabharata that one has to take refuge in the Lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna for abundance, victory, prosperity, and righteousness. Only devotion or bhakti in Lord and jnana or knowledge of him would redeem our sins that have entangled us with Prakriti.In the 23rd verse of the second chapter of Bhagavad Gita, Lord Sri Krishna says,नैनं छिन्दन्ति शस्त्राणि नैनं दहति पावकः।न चैनं क्लेदयन्त्यापो न शोषयति मारुतः॥ BG 2-23 i.e. Bhagavad Gita, 2nd Adhyaya, 23rd Shloka॥Arjuna! There is no weapon that can injure the Jivatma or a Soul, nor there a fire that can burn it. Also, the Soul remains unwetted by any liquid, or is there the air that can dry it up. Yet we experience joy and happiness or sadness and sorrow. This is because our Atma is wrapped in the following seven concealments causing ignorance:1.   Bhagavat Iccha; 2.   Prakriti; 3.   Lingadeha; 4.   The Kama; 5.   Karma; 6.   Jeevachadika; and 7.   Paramachadika.It is Bhagavad Iccha or the Lord’s wish to create the entire universe, including our body and sensory organs, mind, and intellect with Prakriti. The Prakriti is Jada or non-living substance having three characteristics or Gunas. This is Satvika, Rajasika, and Thamasika Gunas. This has been the raw material to create the Universe.In, The Influence of Arishadvarga and Gunas for Bhakti, for a better understanding and to have clarity, we had taken the help of the shlokas in Bhagavad Gita:सत्त्वं रजस्तम इति गुणाः प्रकृतिसम्भवाः ।निबध्नन्ति महाबाहो देहे देहिनमव्ययम् || BG 14-5 ||तत्र सत्त्वं निर्मलत्वात्प्रकाशकमनामयम् ।सुखसङ्गेन बध्नाति ज्ञानसङ्गेन चानघ ॥ BG 14-6॥रजो रागात्मकं विद्धि तृष्णासङ्गसमुद्भवम् ।तन्निबध्नाति कौन्तेय कर्मसङ्गेन देहिनम् ॥ BG 14-7॥तमस्त्वज्ञानजं विद्धि मोहनं सर्वदेहिनाम् ।प्रमादालस्यनिद्राभिस्तन्निबध्नाति भारत ॥ BG 14-8॥The Prakriti constitutes Jada or non-living substance with three Gunas of viz. Satvika, Rajasika, and Thamasika. They would bind over the Soul or the Jiva or the being tightly who is not destructible. The Chaitanya or living Prakriti, Goddess Mahalakshmi will take three forms of Goddess Sridevi, Bhoodevi, and Durgadevi who are responsible for Satvika, Rajasik, and Tamasic Guna respectively during the creation.Of this, Satvika Guna influenced by Goddess Sridevi is stainless and the reason for acquiring knowledge, curing the defects of diseased and binds the being to the Lord and Gods through a desire for happiness and knowledge.Rajasika Guna influenced by Goddess Bhudevi is the reason for entertainment and would bind the being with action. The action to satisfy the desire. The desire for objects or subjects or issues.The reason for Ignorance or wrongful knowledge is Thamasika Guna influenced by Goddess Durgadevi. This causes negligence, dissolution, laziness, and sleepiness. The extreme of this is the expressions in Lord of Kali and his evil associates.प्रकृतेर्गुणसम्मूढाः सज्जन्ते गुणकर्मसु ।तानकृत्स्नविदो मन्दान्कृत्स्नविन्न विचालयेत् || BG 3-29 ||Lord Sri Krishna says to Arjuna that the sensory organs generated from Prakriti get engrossed and stuck with actions. Hence, the knowledgeable ones who know this should not mislead the others.The sensory organs include the Eyes, Ears, Nose, Tongue, and Skin. Also, manas or mind and buddhi or intellect.To Arjuna’s question that though an individual doesn’t want to commit Sins, due to some pressure he does. Who motivates this?Lord Sri Krishna says, इन्द्रियस्येन्द्रियस्यार्थे रागद्वेषौ व्यवस्थितौ ।तयोर्न वशमागच्छेत्तौ ह्यस्य परिपन्थिनौ ॥ BG 3-34॥Each of the sensory organs has likes and dislikes. Hence, they associate with Kama or Desire, Krodha or Anger, Lobha or Greed, Moha or Attachment, Mada or Pride, and Matsarya or Jealousy or Arishadvargas. These likes and dislikes are impediments to one’s progress and hence should not get subjugated to these organs.काम एष क्रोध एष रजोगुणसमुद्भवः ।महाशनो महापाप्मा विद्ध्येनमिह वैरिणम् ॥ BG 3-37॥The one who instigates Sin is the evil Kalanemi through his power to create DESIRE. And so too KRODHA or RAGE.These two manifest from Rajasika Guna. No amount would satisfy the wants. The dissatisfaction would lead to Anger. These are the reasons for committing Sins. The want is the cruelest enemy impending progress.Of all six Arishadvargas, Kama or Desire is the most powerful one as it is a cause for the other five viz. Anger, Greed, Attachment, Pride, and Jealousy. Hence, one should make all efforts to control wants.In “The Pursuit to hone Bhakti” we had understood that,यदनुध्यायिनो युक्ताः कर्मग्रन्थिनिबन्धनम् ।छिन्दन्ति कोविदास्तस्य को न कुर्यात् कथारतिम् ॥The thread of actions of life getting bunched up and tangled results in tight knots. These knots get tangled over several births with further knots. A thoughtful and introspective person with a sword called Meditation of Lord would shear these knots.Wouldn’t the wise love to hear such stories of the Lord which help us to meditate! कर्मग्रन्थिनिबन्धनम् – The materialistic world attracts making us do more and more Karma or Actions by tying down to samsara or the cycle of death and birth. We encounter difficulties and have to put up a fight!Sri Suthacharya has told that all those कोविदा or learned by यदनुध्यायिनो propitiating the Lord through hearing, singing and meditation on the attributes and glory of him tie up their minds to him or practice The Yoga of Mind will छिन्दन्ति or sheer these knots and tangle that has wrapped our Soul.Lord Sri Krishna says to Arjuna,मात्रास्पर्शास्तुकौन्तेय शीतोष्णसुखदुःखदाः।आगमापायिनोऽनित्यास्तांस्तितिक्षस्व भारत॥BG 2-14॥“The Son of Kunti! The likes and dislikes of sensory organs with sense objects are the cause of happiness and sorrow. However, these are constituted of Prakriti which is Jada or non-living substance having no feelings of joy or sorrow for touching heat or cold. “Like, coming together of the gas, burner, and the fire or their disassociation, when switched off, would not lead to a feeling of joy or sorrow to Gas, burner, or the fire. When God Hanuman had been to Lanka, his tail was tied with clothes and lit a fire. However, he remained unaffected by the fire.Arjuna! It is the Jiva or the soul that feels happiness and sorrow. However,नैनं छिन्दन्ति शस्त्राणि नैनं दहति पावकः।न चैनं क्लेदयन्त्यापो न शोषयति मारुतः॥ BG 2.23॥Arjuna! There is no weapon that can injure a being or a Soul, nor there a fire that can burn it. Also, the Soul remains unwetted by any liquid, or there the air that can dry it up.But the ignorance of the same or the belief that Prakriti or sense organs are a part of the individual is causing joy or sorrow.ऊर्ध्वं गच्छन्ति सत्त्वस्था मध्ये तिष्ठन्ति राजसाः ।जघन्यगुणवृत्तिस्थाअधो गच्छन्ति तामसाः ॥ BG 14-18॥Those of Satvika Guna, with the power of Knowledge accomplished by Prasada or blessing of Lord, go to the higher worlds of Jana Loka and beyond. Those of Rajasika Guna, satisfying the desire for sensory organs will move in the middle worlds of Heaven and Earth. The ones with Thamasika Guna filled with ignorance and carrying out bad deeds go to the lower worlds of Hell and beyond. We have studied in Bhakti in Lord Tattvathat:वदन्ति तत्तत्त्वविदस्तत्त्वं यज्ज्ञानमद्वयम् ।ब्रह्मेति परमात्मेति भगवानिति शब्द्यते ॥सत्तामात्रं तु यत्किञ्चित् सदसच्चाविशेषणम्।उभाभ्यां भाष्यते साक्षाद् भगवान् केवलः स्मृतः॥The Lord who is unchanged from past, present, and in the future has his form as knowledge and bliss. There is no one equivalent to him or surpassing Him. He has the complete knowledge for creation, sustenance, destruction,etc., of the universe. He is also well known as Brahman, Paramatma, Bhagavan. Hence, the Philosophers call him Tattva.The Saints who have extreme faith and devotion in the Lord do the Jnana Yagna or Sacrifice of studying Srimad Bhagavatam with dispassion to worldly matters. This consolidates their knowledge of the Lord and is able to see him in their Lotus of Heart.Therefore, Kunti Devi In Bhakti Yoga of Uttara Devi and Kunti Devi is saying to Lord Sri Krishna,मायाजवनिकाच्छन्नमज्ञाधोक्षजमव्ययम् ।न लक्ष्यसे मूढदृशा नटो नाट्यधरो यथा ॥ १९॥To understand you, I should understand me. With the concealment of Jeevachadika, I do not have the ability to look into myself as my Indriya or the sensory organs are always looking only outwards for happiness. Also, the veil of Paramachadika between you and I is obstructing me to know you. Though I am born with a human body that diseases & decays, I have been caught in the grips of your Vishnu Maya causing illusions and chasing the mirage of happiness outwards.Whenever I close my eyes and sit down to meditate your form & fame, I only see darkness & short-lived contemplation of your fame though you are present in me as my indweller. Omniscient Lord Adhokshaja! You know everything and have surpassed the knowledge & happiness that come from Indriya. You are a supreme actor playing immeasurable roles with several acts and unique outfits. How can a dull and ignorant person like me recognize you? Only your blessings will bestow the knowledge of myself, you, and the happiness therein.Sir Sutacharya continuing the narration says,वासुदेवाङ्घ्र्यनुध्यानपरिबृंहितरंहसा ।भक्त्या निर्मथिताशेषकषायधिषणोऽर्जुनः ॥ २९॥Sri Shaunaka! Arjuna had developed a deep devotion in the Lotus feet of Lord by remembering, thinking, and meditating on it. He had toiled day & night causing churn in his heart with its centrifugal forces separating & draining malady, perversion & all behavioral disorders. This had allowed the devotion to occupy quite deep within him.गीतं भगवता ज्ञानं यत्तत्सङ्ग्राममूर्धनि ।कालकर्मतमोरुद्धंपुनरध्यगमत्प्रभुः॥ ३०॥At the beginning of the war of Kurukshetra, Lord Sri Krishna had initiated Arjuna into Tattva Jnana of Bhagavad Gita. But he had forgotten for the reasons of inadequate knowledge, time, duty, actions, and the influence of Prakriti having characteristics Thamo Guna and Rajo Guna.Subsequently, as Arjuna had toiled day and night, the brightness of knowledge had regained its brilliance in his mind. His Indweller, the Lord blessed him his sight to cause the Aproksha Jnana or Atma Jnana. Also, known as Brahma Jnana.In The Axiom of Yoga continued, we had noted that,  भिद्यते हृदयग्रन्थिश्छिद्यन्ते सर्वसंशयाः ।क्षीयन्ते चास्य कर्माणि दृष्ट एवाऽत्मनीश्वरे॥As the Indweller reveals himself in the Lotus of Heart, the thread of actions tied and entangled with the soul will break and all the doubts will disappear.दृष्ट एवाऽत्मनीश्वरे, with the sight of the Lord who is brilliant and is the cause for the brightness of Moon and Sun, full of Knowledge and bliss in the Lotus of Heart, भिद्यते breaks the ग्रन्थि or knot tying हृदय or Lingadeha.The Shastra is saying that there are two minds. One which is made of nature or the exterior and the other with Swaroopa or in Jivatma. Similarly, eyes for seeing, ears for hearing, nose for smelling, tongue for taste, and skin for touch.  All Sensory organs that are seen in the exterior, the same is in swaroopa or Jivatma including cause for thought and intellect. The ones that are exterior are prone to get the disease.  However, those in Jivatma is not destructible. The exterior sensory organs are the cause of samsara or death and birth. These exterior sensory organs are made of Prakriti having a guna of Sattvika, Rajasik and Tamasik, and reason for Arishadvarga. These external sensory organs are tied to हृदय or Lingadeha with ग्रन्थि  or Knot.Sri Sutacharya continues to say,विशोको ब्रह्मसम्पत्त्या संच्छिन्नद्वैतसंशयः ।लीनप्रकृतिनैर्गुण्यादलिङ्गत्वादसम्भवः ॥ ३१॥Sri Shaunaka! The ब्रह्म सम्पत्ति, the wealth of Brahma jnana blessed by the Lord, had destroyed the concealments of Jeevachadika. Arjuna had self-realization. He got the ability to take a look at himself. And by the destruction of Paramachadika, Lord had revealed himself and he was able to see his Indweller at his will.  As Lord Sri Krishna had said to him in the 37th verse of fourth Adhyaya,यथैधांसि समिद्धोऽग्निर्भस्मसात्कुरुतेऽर्जुन।ज्ञानाग्निः सर्वकर्माणि भस्मसात्कुरुते तथा॥MG 4-37॥Arjun! Like the way fire turns a piece of wood into ashes, so too the fire of Knowledge will turn the karma or the actions into ashes.The compassionate Lord had blessed Arjuna by revealing himself and showering the Aproksha Jnana that destroyed all the Sanchita Karma of the Jiva.Arjuna was left with only traces of Lingadeha, Kama, Karma, Prakriti, and Bhagavad Iccha as an identity for the rest of his existence in Vaikunta.  संच्छिन्नद्वैतसंशयः or श्छिद्यन्ते सर्वसंशयाः, All the doubts including the relationship with the Lord, his Lordship on Gods, or on the Creation, on an individual, Or about oneself had disappeared giving crystal clear knowledge. Hence, Arjuna was able to see the brilliant Lord with the divine sight of Jivatma.Arjuna had realized that the concealments of Prakriti causing ignorance was only a blessing of the Lord to enable the Jivatma to experience happiness and sorrow. He had also realized that the happiness and sorrow had guided the soul to come to the Axiom, blossoming himself to his fullest potential.  In “The Pursuit to hone Bhakti” we had understood that,शृण्वतां स्वकथाः कृष्णः पुण्यश्रवणकीर्तनः ।हृद्यन्तःस्थो ह्यभद्राणि विधुनोति सुहृत् सताम् ॥The most attractive, Lord Krishna in his dark skin like the color of monsoon cloud, standing in हृद्यन्तःस्थो, the Lotus of Heart like a सुहृत्, friend. A dear friend for the सताम् or virtuous waiting with great patience as if he has nothing else to do except for ह्यभद्राणि विधुनोति, destroying all our Sins that cause inauspiciousness and ready to pour his mercy. He is waiting for us to श्रवणकीर्तनः, to hear, and sing his Glory. So that he could pour पुण्य, the mercy, and high merit. Like he did to Kuchela, with a torn dress and made him Sudhama, having in abundance just for three fists of beaten rice. The rice field with Love, brimming with devotion through hearing and singing the Glory of Lord. So too, he came as if he was at the beck and call of Prahlada! Also, in a form only dedicated to him! The same Lord had now blessed Arjuna with moksha breaking the cycle of death and birth. The Sins had disappeared.1.    Sanchita Karma or the sins accumulated over several births had completely disappeared at the sight of the Lord. 2.    A very little traces of Prarabdha Karma required for life after moksha had not disappeared. This had absolutely no ability to cause sorrow nor make Arjuna sad. 3.    And the Agami Karma or the sin which was yet to be experienced by Arjuna had got drastically reduced after aparoksha jnana and had no impact on his future life.|| Hari Om || || Sri Krishnarpanamastu || [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - Mahabharata the Book of Seekers


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Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you.After remembering the glory and fame he accomplished with the blessings of Lord Sri Krishna, Arjuna started regretting some of his conduct. Arjuna says,सौत्ये वृतः कुमतिनाऽऽत्मद ईश्वरो मे यत्पादपद्ममभवाय भजन्ति भव्याः ।मां श्रान्तवाहमरयो रथिनो भुविष्ठं न प्राहरन् यदनुभावनिरस्तचित्ताः ॥ १७॥King Yudhishthira! I am a mean-minded one. Those Sanyasis who have renounced the materialistic life including their blood relations and have submitted themselves to the Lord and the larger good of the society have taken refuge in the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna. That Lord Sri Krishna who surrenders himself to such devout Sanyasis by arranging all their day to day needs, by always being with them, and available at their beck and call have won the title as Bhaktavatsala. But I had वृतः or preferred him as सौत्य or the charioteer.My Brother! While the whole world भजन्ति, propitiate him, including भव्याः, the best of beings like God Brahma and God Vayu. They take refuge in his lotus feet. However, with my mean mindedness, I had requested Lord Sri Krishna to drive my chariot in the war of Kurukshetra. I used him for trivial purposes.Yet Lord Vasudeva never expressed any ill-feelings towards me, nor for carrying out any work. He would drive the chariot to the place I wanted. When the horses got tired in the middle of the battle, I would get down from the chariot. Lord Sri Krishna would dislodge the horses from the chariot, take them to the water, stroke them at the side of their body while they drank water, and recovered from the tiredness. After drinking water, he would rub their necks, shoulders, head, and ears to fill them with enthusiasm and energy. He would give them food.Also, in the battlefield, as Sri Krishna, the Lord of time drove the chariot, he would beat down the will power of my enemies and took away their lifespan only through a glance. It was only his blessings that bestowed me the fame of killing the great warriors in the enemy line. While he treated me as a friend, I was mean-minded towards him and used him to drive my chariot.नर्माण्युदाररुचिरस्मितशोभितानिहे पार्थ हेऽर्जुन सखे कुरुनन्दनेति ।सञ्जल्पितानि नरदेव हृदिस्पृशानि स्मर्तुर्लुठन्ति हृदयं मम माधवस्य ॥ १८॥My brother! Though being the Lord of the whole universe, he had extended us friendship and played with us during our childhood. Lord Sri Krishna would call me with an open heart, charming smile, and with a sweet voice as Partha! Arjuna! Friend! Kuru Nandana! His charming face and the sweet voice has been imprinted on my memory. His disappearance from this earth has pushed me into a deep depression causing low spirits in me.My brother! You know the amount of dejection we feel when an ordinary being or a close relative passes away. Then what would be the dejection when Madhupati, who had appeared in the family of Madhu bringing fame to Yadhu clan; my Madhava who is propounded in the seven great scripture of the ancient Sanatana dharma that includes Rig-Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda, Atharvana Veda, Ramayana, Mahabarata, and the Purana disappear from this earth? शय्यासनाटनविकत्थनभोजनादिष्वैक्याद्वयस्य ऋतवानिति विप्रलब्धः ।सख्युः सखेव पितृवत्तनयस्य सर्वं सेहे महान् महितया कुमतेरघं मे ॥ १९॥In our childhood, I remember when we went to sleep, or just sit & talk, or while we took a walk, or while bragging or boasting, or while having food together, I had talked to Lord Sri Krishna in disdain. For being friendly, I would forget about his lordship, call like another friend, and would also take a jibe against him calling “You are a big man”.But, brother! He is महान् महितया, an extremely great one, worthy of being worshiped. Like a father pardons his son and a friend pardons, the compassionate Lord would never take my mistakes seriously and always pardoned me.Such friendly Lord Sri Krishna has disappeared from this earth.सोऽहं नृपेन्द्र रहितः पुरुषोत्तमेन सख्या प्रियेण सुहृदा हृदयेन शून्यः ।अध्वन्युरुक्रमपरिग्रहमङ्ग रक्षन् गोपैरसद्भिरबलेव विनिर्जितोऽस्मि ॥ २०॥Rajendra! After losing a dear, kind-hearted, and a great friend, I became void. As informed by Daruka, the charioteer of Lord Sri Krishna, I was bringing the wives of Lord Sri Krishna carefully. However, on the way, the uncultured and barbaric mlecchas attacked me and defeated me as an ordinary soldier. I failed in protecting the womenfolk. I could not respond with my Gandiva, nor the powerful arrows I had in my quiver or could remember the powerful Astras that were bestowed to me. तद्वै धनुस्त इषवः स रथो हयास्ते सोऽहं रथी नृपतयो यत आनमन्ति ।सर्वं क्षणेन तदभूदसदीशरिक्तं भस्मन् हुतं कुहकराद्धमिवोप्तमूष्याम् ॥ २१॥I am the same Arjuna in front of whom even the great kings bowed their heads. I hold the same powerful Gandiva, the same arrows, the same chariot, and also horses. However, after the disappearance of Lord Sri Krishna, I have become like a substance of the fire sacrifice offered into ashes, or like a help offered to one satisfied, or like a seed sowed in the desert.King Yudhishthira had enquired Arjuna about their relatives at Dwarka. He had asked,कच्चिदानर्तपुर्यां नः स्वजनाः सुखमासते ।मधुभोजदशार्हार्हसात्वतान्धकवृष्णयः ॥ २५॥“Are all our relatives and friends fine at Dwarka? Are Madhus, Bojas, Dasarhas, and Satvatas – the grandsons of Yadhus, and their grandsons and sons - Andhakas, and Vrishnis fine?”Recollecting these questions, Arjuna says,राजंस्त्वयानुपृष्टानां सुहृदां नः सुहृत्पुरे ।विप्रशापविमूढानां निघ्नतां मुष्टिभिर्मिथः ॥ २२॥वारुणीं मदिरां पीत्वा मदोन्मथितचेतसाम् ।अजानतामिवान्योन्यं चतुःपञ्चावशेषिताः ॥ २३॥Maharaj! You had asked me about the well being of our relatives at Dwarka. With विप्रशाप, the curse of Brahmins, they have become विमूढ and have lost their senses. Being confused, they have resorted to मदिरां or liquor named वारुणीं or Vaarunim. Also, behaving as strangers with each other, they have taken-up enmity and have killed themselves. Hardly, four or five of them have survived. प्रायेणैतद्भगवत ईश्वरस्य विचेष्टितम् ।मिथो निघ्नन्ति भूतानि भावयन्ति च यन्मिथः ॥ २४॥Various living beings in this universe cooperating and collaborating with each other. Only coming together of two beings give birth to the third one. However, we also see one overpowering the other and killing each other. These contrary behaviors of being on the opposite side of the spectrum seems strange to us, but are the true sport's charm of omnipotent Lord himself. He does this as an indweller of each living being.   जलौकसां जले यद्वन्महान्तोऽदन्त्यणीयसः ।दुर्बलान् बलिनो राजन् महान्तो बलिनो मिथः ॥ २५॥एवं बलिष्ठैर्यदुभिर्महद्भिरितरान् विभुः ।यदून् यदुभिरन्योन्यं भूभारान् सञ्जहार ह ॥ २६॥Like the bigger fish eats the smaller ones in the water bodies, the same way the powerful ones overpowers the fragile and weaker ones in human beings too. In the case of two equally powerful humans, they fight with each other and die. By bestowing power to the Yadhu clan, Lord Sri Krishna ensured that all the wicked and scandalous Kings were killed.Subsequently, by instilling hatred in the members of Yadhu clan, the Lord ensured the loathing Yadhus kill each other and die. Else, the entry of Kali in those strong Yadu clans would have increased the weight of sin on mother earth causing destruction. Thus, by bestowing strength sometimes, instilling hatred sometimes, the omnipotent Lord ensured that the weight of Sin on mother earth was brought under control and sustained its sinking into primordial water. This way the Lord upheld dharma.  देशकालार्थयुक्तानि हृत्तापोपशमानि च ।हरन्ति स्मरतश्चित्तं गोविन्दाभिहितानि मे ॥ २७॥As Arjuna started remembering his interactions with the Lord Sri Krishna, the Tattva Jnana he had received through a narration of Bhagavad Gita at an appropriate circumstance including time, place, and purpose started appearing in his mind.Arjuna says, King Yudhishthira! This made me pleasant. The agitation and distress in my heart have disappeared. I have regained my consciousness.After narrating the conversations between King Yudhishthira and Arjuna, Sri Sutacharya says,सूत उवाचएवं चिन्तयतो जिष्णोः कृष्णपादसरोरुहम् ।सौहार्देनातिगाढेन शान्ताऽऽसीद्विमला मतिः ॥ २८॥Sri Shaunaka! The beaten down Arjuna was befuddled. However, as he recollected various incidents remembering Lord Sri Krishna including the Tattva Jnana of Bhagavad Gita he initiated, his various other encounters with Lord Sri Krishna, his mind started becoming clear, and coherent. His deep devotion in the Lotus feet of Lord sprang from his heart recollecting the imprinted memories on his mind that he cherished and his Lotus of heart blossomed gushing with serenity into him.वासुदेवाङ्घ्र्यनुध्यानपरिबृंहितरंहसा ।भक्त्या निर्मथिताशेषकषायधिषणोऽर्जुनः ॥ २९॥Arjuna had developed a deep devotion in the Lotus feet of Lord by remembering, thinking, and meditating on it. He had toiled day & night causing churn in his heart with its centrifugal forces separating & draining malady, perversion & all behavioral disorders. This had allowed the devotion to occupy quite deep within him. In the whole of Mahabharata, it is Bheemasena who never comes under the control of illusion or ignorance, nor he loses his stability and becomes worried. He represents the original attributes of a Sattvic Jiva Atma or the soul. He stands for the attributes of Bhakti or Devotion, Jnana or Knowledge, Vairagya or Dispassion, Pragna or Prudence, Medha or the Mental Power, Dhruti or being Resolute, Sthiti or Perseverance, Yoga or Synchronization with the Axiom, Prana or the Life Force and Bala or Strength. His peer is Duryodhana. He is a thamasic Jiva, the Lord of evil, the counterpart of Bheemasena representing the ego, the I, wanting to have all the wealth, kingdom even if through gambling and being wicked. He represents our attachment and deep love towards the materialistic world.In this journey of Srimad Bhagavata, we studied the story of Dharma Raja. We saw in  Dharmaraja’s Dilemma on Dharma  that Yama Dharmaraja did not accept the words of Lord in both his forms of Sri Krishna and Veda Vyasa. He continued to remain in an illusion that he was the cause for the killing of thousands of people in the war of Kurukshetra. No amount of persuasion by his brothers Bheemasena & Arjuna, the family priest Dhaumya rishi, the other brahmins could make him understand that the war of Kurukshetra was a war between right & wrong, he stood by the side of right and was the wish of Lord to establish righteousness on the earth. He could come out of his ignorance only when he was initiated into Tattva Jnana by his great grandfather and the legendary Sri Bheeshmacharya including the famous Bheeshma Stuti, & Vishnu Sahasranama. So too, the Arjuna, the form of Indra, the Lord of Heaven. Except for Bheemasena & Draupadi, Balarama & his wife Varuni Devi, Ashwathama Acharya among various Gods who had come down to earth to serve Lord Sri Krishna, Arjuna was superior. Yet he too was deluded. He put down his bow Gandiva as if he would be the cause for killing his relatives, friends, near and dear. He came under the control of ego forgetting that the cause of everything is Lord. In the Soul Searching by Ashwathaamacharya, we saw how Ashwathama acharya was punished by Lord Sri Krishna and banished from the place of human dwellings for thousand years for having supported Duryodhana, the lord of Kali. King Dhritarashtra was also not an ordinary human being. We saw his accomplishments in Bhakti, Blazed The Fire of Yoga. But, he too had fallen into illusion, he had loved his son Duryodhana beyond measure.Mahabharata has been composed to understand from the metaphysical standpoint, the nature of mind, and its understanding of reality. It is a story of each individual, beginning from the time of his first birth. It includes the deep passions he has towards the materialistic world without propitiating the Lord through Jnana & Bhakti. The fun that distances him from the Lord he wishes to have without realizing its viciousness. The fight he puts up to accomplish the fun even if it takes to be wicked, only to realize its futility after several cycles of rebirths, and accomplish vairagya or dispassion towards materialism. Also, it narrates the struggle he has to make to shear the cycle of death and birth. This fight and the struggle to make the individual swing between ignorance and knowledge to achieve the axiom is what has been captured in Mahabharata. As Bheemasena represents the sattvic soul has no ambiguity. However, Dharma raja, Arjuna, Nakula, and Sahadeva flicker and even take long swings. Dharma raja represents our conduct towards righteousness. Arjuna represents our practice of indoctrination of Axiom. And they enact us when we are distant from Lord without sankeertana, singing his glory or propitiating the Lord without jnana or bhakti towards him and dispassion or vairagya towards the materialistic world. Also, it is not just enactment but actual history that happened.              Hence, the debate between the people or religion of the book and those without is the fundamental approach between two philosophies to approach the Axiom. Mahabharata narrates the stories of seekers like Bheeshmaacharya, Kunti Devi, Dhritarashtra, Vidura, Dharma raja, Arjuna, and so on to help understand Axiom. However, those with a book seek faith or belief that has been written. || Hari Om || || Sri Krishnarpanamastu || [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - Refuge in Lotus feet of Lord yields unending Abundance, Victory, Prosperity, and Righteousness


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Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you.We did note that Sri Sutacharya had said, Sri Shaunaka! Arjuna was engulfed in the fire of separation from his dearest friend, Lord Sri Krishna. He had become weak and tired. Fatigue had taken over him! King Yudhishthira second-guessing Arjuna had fired a series of questions on him.Due to sorrows, and fatigue, Arjuna’s face and the lotus of heart had wilted! As his mind space was fully occupied about the separation with his dearest friend Sri Krishna, he could not reply to King Yudhishthira.He was the same Arjuna who was initiated into Tattva Jnana of Bhagavad Gita by Lord Sri Krishna in the middle of the battlefield. Seeing and hearing the same through a divine eye, Sanjaya has said,यत्र योगेश्वर: कृष्णो यत्र पार्थो धनुर्धर: ।तत्र श्रीर्विजयो भूतिध्रुवा नीतिर्मतिर्मम ॥When योग or synchronization is done with इश्वर: or The Lord; like done by पार्थ, Prince Arjuna, an expert in archery hitting the bull’s eye with precision; then there would be an unending abundance, victory, prosperity, and righteousness.Continuing the narration, Sri Sutacharya says, कृच्छ्रेण संस्तभ्य शुचः पाणिनाऽऽमृज्य नेत्रयोः ।परोक्षेण समुन्नद्धप्रणयौत्कण्ठ्यकातरः ॥ ३॥सख्यं मैत्रीं सौहृदं च सारथ्यादिषु संस्मरन् ।नृपमग्रजमित्याह बाष्पगद्गदया गिरा ॥ ४॥Sri Shaunaka! Arjuna had become subservient to the love and affection of Lord Sri Krishna. With that separation, the befuddled Arjuna was shocked and shaken. Trying to control the sorrow oozing out of his heart, wiping his tears, and remembering the way Lord Sri Krishna showed lenience to him, the love and affection while even being his coachman during the great war of Kurukshetra, Arjuna started responding to King Yudhishthira,अर्जुन उवाचवञ्चितोऽहं महाराज हरिणा बन्धुरूपिणा ।येन मेऽपहृतं तेजो देवविस्मापनं महत् ॥ ५॥Your highness! Lord Sri Hari who came as a relative of ours has deceived me! Even the greatest of Gods wondered seeing my splendor and the valor that I exhibited with the blessings of Lord Sri Krishna. However, now, he has taken away my splendor and the valor.  Arjuna says to King Yudhishthira, वञ्चितोऽहं, I have been deceived! However, this is not to be treated as fault or accusation against Lord Krishna, but separation from Lord Sri Krishna. While Arjuna had the awareness of the presence of Lord as his indweller, he mentions हरिणा बन्धुरूपिणा i.e Separation with Lord who was appearing as his relative and a dear friend. यस्य क्षणवियोगेन लोको ह्यप्रियदर्शनः ।उक्थेन रहितो ह्येष मृतकः प्रोच्यते यथा ॥ ६॥Brother! The moment उक्थेन रहित or without the presence of lifeforce i.e. when God Prana abandons, the body of even the near and dear becomes aversion and we address it as dead body or corpse. So too this body of mine has lost the splendor and the valor. Also, the earth has become averse to me after the separation of Lord Sri Krishna.यत्संश्रयाद्द्रुपदगेहमुपागतानां राज्ञां स्वयंवरमुखे स्मरदुर्मदानाम् ।तेजो हृतं खलु मयाभिहतश्च मत्स्यः सज्जीकृतेन धनुषाधिगता च कृष्णा ॥ ७॥A lot of kings with their splendor and valor had come to the Swayamvara that was organized by King Drupada. They included Jarasandha, Duryodhana, Karna, Shalya, and all of these Kings were resolute. They were admirably purposeful to win Draupadi. However, I took away their splendor and the valor successfully by being on the target of a fish-shaped device spot on. And was able to get married to Draupadi.Brother! Remember, after escaping from the wax house that was lit with fire to kill us, we took shelter in the forest and subsequently the guise of Brahmins. As we entered the Swayamvara, my sight fell on Lord Sri Krishna who had come along with his brother Balram. Only on seeing him, I was filled with zeal and zest. I took refuge in his Lotus feet. I was successful to target the fish-shaped device spot on only because of his blessings.However, the one who had bestowed me such success, that very Lord, Sri Krishna has deceived me. He is no more here to bless me with that splendor and valor. Now, I have become dead and inauspicious.  Arjuna addressing King Yudhishthira says,यत्सन्निधावहमु खाण्डवमग्नयेऽदामिन्द्रं च सामरगणं तरसा विजित्य ।लब्धा सभा मयकृताद्भुतशिल्पमाया दिग्भ्योऽहरन् नृपतयो बलिमध्वरे ते ॥ ८॥My brother! Let alone winning the Kings on the earth during Swayamvara, I even defeated God Indra, the King of heaven during the Khandava Vana incident. Every time when God Agni started burning the forest, God Indra would order his favorite clouds Pushkala and Avartaka to douse the fire.Hence, God Agni had come to me in the form of a Brahmin seeking my help. He wanted the Khandava forest to be burnt to satiate his hunger. I had agreed to support him with the blessing of Lord Sri Krishna. When the clouds Pushkala and Avartaka started pouring, I held the rain with a series of arrows not permitting the water to douse the fire in the Khandava forest.However, Maya, the architect of Asuras present in the same forest sought my refuge and hence was saved from the fire. The same Maya helped us to build our palace where you carried out several Ashvamedha Yagnas. During these Yagnas, various kings offered their wealth and treasure at your feet, Rajan! However, that very Lord, Sri Krishna who had blessed me to win over God Indra has deceived me. He is no more to be seen on this earth to bless me with that splendor and the valor.यत्तेजसा नृपशिरोऽङ्घ्रिमहन् मखार्थमार्योऽनुजस्तव गजायुतसत्त्ववीर्यः ।तेनाहृताः प्रमथनाथमखाय भूपा यन्मोचितास्तदनयन् बलिमध्वरे ते ॥ ९॥Seeing Bheemasena, Arjuna says to King Yudhishthira, Rajan! Though you desired to carry out Rajasuya Yagna, you refrained because of Jarasandha. Also, the evil Jarasandha had captured 21,000 kings as prisoners and had decided to offer their heads as a sacrifice in the Bhairava Yagna.  Knowing this, Lord Sri Krishna took Bheemasena and me for a battle with him and killed him. Bheemasena having the power of 10,000 elephants killed Jarasandha and freed all the Kings who were the prisoners. These very Kings offered their wealth and treasure at your feet, King Yudhishthira, at the time of Yagna.However, that very Lord, Sri Krishna is no more to be seen on this earth.पत्न्यास्तवाधिमखकॢप्तमहाभिषेकश्लाघिष्ठचारुकबरं कितवैः सभायाम् ।स्पृष्टं विकीर्य पदयोः पतिताश्रुमुख्या यस्तत्स्त्रियोऽकृतहतेशविमुक्तकेशाः ॥ १०॥Brother! Those who are small and weak would gain enormous power and strength, by taking refuge in the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna. Though Draupadi’s hair was soaked by the divine water of Kalasha during the Rajasuya Yagna, the evil ones held her by the hair and dragged her into the royal assembly! They barred the Pandavas and sent them to exile!The poor Draupadi wept and took refuge in the Lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna. During the period of exile, one day, Lord Sri Krishna reached there to enquire about their safety and well being. The moment Draupadi saw the Lord, she ran to grab his feet and held it tightly. She started weeping and flooding his feet with tears. As the tears flowed relentlessly, she remembered the most embarrassing incidence of her life and it was only that lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna had come to her rescue. During the same incident, Lord Sri Krishna had said that those who had caused her embarrassment and made them live in the forest, he would ensure that each one of them is beaten to death by Bheemasena. Pandavas would be reinstated to the throne. Also, he would show her their wives crying with scattered hair and holding the dead bodies.Subsequently, the time came. Lord Sri Krishna holding the hands of Draupadi, took her into the sea of dead bodies. Lord Sri Krishna moved through the scattered limbs, trunk, heads, and other parts of dead bodies to show Draupadi how the wicked had died to the heavy strokes of Bheemasena. He pointed towards the body of Durmukha, an evil faced, then towards Dussalan, Jalagandha, Sama, Saha, Vindha, Anuvindha, Durmukha, Chitrasena, Durdarsha, Durmarsha, Dussaha, Durmada, Vikarna, Dushkarna, Durdarsha, Vivinsati, Durdarsha, Durvishaha, Durvimochana, Durpradharsha, Durjaya, Jaitra, Bhurivala, Ravi, Jayatsena Siyata, Shratavan, Shrutanta, Jayat, Chitra, Upachitra, Charuchithra, Chitraksha, Sarasana, Chitrayudha, Chotravarman, Suvarma, Sudarshan.He reached near the body of Dhushasana, well known for his wicked governance. Lord Sri Krishna said “wasn’t this wicked who had pulled you by your hair to the assembly. See his chest! How Bheemasena has ripped the chest cage allowing the birds & animals to eat his flesh. Then he showed Duryodhana, his thighs that had been broken by Bheema. Showing the dead this way Lord Sri Krishna listed all the 100 children of blind Dhritarashtra and the blindfolded Gandhari. Draupadi saw the wives of the 100 sons of Dhritarashtra with scattered hairs, all the symbols of being married removed, chest-beating, and crying.Sri Krishna says, Draupadi! Bheemasena has not left a single soul that was involved in insulting you to go free. Each one's chest has been broken or the head has been dismembered. He has done justice. See the status of their women and the way the Law has been implemented to those who took the path of Adharma.Remembering the incident, Arjuna said to King Yudhishthira, Brother! When Draupadi’s tears touched the Lotus Feet of the Lord, when she took refuge in his lotus feet, justice was served. Such ‘True to his word” Lord Sri Krishna who executed what he said and always stands on the side of righteousness is no more to be seen on this earth.यो नो जुगोप वनमेत्य दुरन्तकृच्छ्राद्दुर्वाससोऽरिरचितादयुताग्रभुग् यः ।शाकान्नशिष्टमुपयुज्य यतस्त्रिलोकीं तृप्ताममंस्त सलिले विनिमग्नसङ्घः ॥ ११॥Sage Durvasa, the form of God Rudra motivated by Duryodhana along with his thousands of pupils made an untimely visit to us seeking guest service including lunch. Durvasa literally meant a difficult companion and is known for cursing. Hence, Draupadi was shocked and prayed to Lord Sri Krishna seeking his refuge.As Durvasa along with his pupil went towards the river to have a bath, Lord Sri Krishna appeared to save us from the curse of Durvasa. By the time Durvasa and his pupils finished their bath, Lord Sri Krishna sought the leftover food from the Akshaya Patra or the inexhaustible vessel. Consuming the leftover food, Lord Sri Krishna, the indweller of everyone satiated the hunger of all beings in this universe.Brother! King Yudhishthira! That very Lord, Sri Krishna who saved us from Sage Durvasa by satisfying his hunger is no more to be seen on this earth.यत्तेजसाथ भगवान् युधि शूलपाणिर्विस्मापितः सगिरिजोऽस्त्रमदान्निजं मे ।अन्येऽपि चाहममुनैव कलेवरेण प्राप्तो महेन्द्रभवने महदासनार्धम् ॥ १२॥Brother! As per the directions of Dwaipayana Krishna in the last years of our exile, I went to Himalaya to propitiate God Shiva and gain Pashupatastra. Only because of Lord Sri Krishna’s blessings did the Parvatipati, God Shiva, got pleased with me, blessed me with the great Pashupatastra. I could master the Astra only under his guidance in the form of Kirata. Also, all the attendant Gods of Shiva blessed me with their Astras too. This made me invincible as God Shiva himself stood with me in the form of Pashupatastra in the entire war of Kurukshetra.Also, God Indra shared his chair with me in the assembly of Gods in heaven.Brother! King Yudhishthira! That very Lord, Sri Krishna is no more to be seen on this earth.तत्रैव मे विहरतो भुजदण्डयुग्मंगाण्डीवलक्षणमरातिवधायदेवाः ।सेन्द्राः श्रिता यदनुभावितमाजमीढ तेनाहमद्य मुषितः पुरुषेण भूम्ना ॥ १३॥Brother! When I toured Heaven sporting my formidable Gandiva, I was surprised to see how the other Gods would come to me with folded hands seeking my help to kill the demons named Nivatakavachas.The cause of such fame to me was the blessings of Lord Sri Krishna. However, he is not to be seen on this earth.  यद्बान्धवः कुरुबलाब्धिमनन्तपारमेको रथेन ततरेऽहमतीर्यसत्त्वम् ।प्रत्याहृतं बहुधनं च मया परेषां तेजास्पदं मणिमयं च हृतं शिरोभ्यः ॥ १४॥I could cross the unwinnable and a sea of the army of Kauravas only being a relative of Lord Sri Krishna. Earlier, during the time of disguise, it was only the blessings of Lord Sri Krishna that helped me fight alongside King Virata and his son Prince Uttara and recover their wealth including the cows.However, that very Lord Sri Krishna is not to be seen on this earth anymore. यो भीष्मकर्णगुरुशल्यचमूष्वदभ्रराजन्यवर्यरथमण्डलमण्डितासु ।अग्रेचरो मम विभो रथयूथपानामायुर्मनांसि च दृशा सह ओज आर्च्छत् ॥ १५॥Rajendra! An innumerable number of kings in their chariot stood across the enemy line including the legendary Bheeshmacharya, Karna, Drona, Shalya, and other अतिरथ or great warriors and महारथ or the greater warriors in the war of Kurukshetra.  However, Lord Sri Krishna charioting in the battlefield of Kurukshetra took away their will power to fight and their lifespan just through a glance. Brother! That very Lord Krishna is not to be seen on this earth anymore.यद्दोःषु मा प्रणिहितं गुरुभीष्मकर्णनप्तृत्रिगर्तशलसैन्धवबाह्लिकाद्यैः ।अस्त्राण्यमोघमहिमानि निरूपितानिनोपस्पृशुर्नृहरिदासमिवासुराणि ॥ १६॥In that war of Kurukshetra, Acharya Drona, the great grandfather Bheeshma, Karna, Bhurishrava, Susharma, Shalya, Jayadratha, Balika Raja used the most lethal Astras on me. Like Prahlada who was under the assault of Hiranyakashipu was protected by Lord Narasimha, all those who propitiate Lord Narasimha cannot be touched by any ghosts nor goblins. Even the evil sight of the moving planets cannot influence the devotees of Lord Narasimha. These virtuous would remain untouched. The same way, no different from Lord Narasimha, Lord Sri Krishna protected me on the battlefield.However, that very protector, the Lord Vasudeva, the Saketa Purusha, has left to his abode of Vaikuntha. He cannot be seen anymore, my brother!What we read above is the detailed elaboration of the same last verse of Sanjaya in Bhagavad Gita:यत्र योगेश्वर: कृष्णो यत्र पार्थो धनुर्धर: ।तत्र श्रीर्विजयो भूतिध्रुवा नीतिर्मतिर्मम ॥In the metaphysical sense, the disappearance of Lord Sri Krishna is our distancing from the Lord by forgetting to remember his names without sankeertana, nor any propitiation to him, nor praying to him, nor the spiritual practice of yoga, nor practicing righteousness. And this becomes the cause us to be evil and wicked.And the effect is the situation of Arjuna after the disappearance of Lord Sri Krishna. That is a loss, decline, misfortunes, and poverty. However, going closer to Lord or Refuge in Lotus feet of Lord yields unending Abundance, Victory, Prosperity, and Righteousness as narrated above by Arjuna to King Yudhishthira during the presence of Lord Sri Krishna and the blessings he bestowed.Hence, let’s pray to Sri Hari - The husband of Goddess of abundance; Bharatipati Vayu – The husband of Goddess of intellect; and The Guru - The destroyer of ignorance to bless us with योग or synchronization with इश्वर:, the Lord of Wealth.|| Hari Om || || Sri Krishnarpanamastu || [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - King Yudhishthira second-guessing Arjuna


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Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you.Sri Sutacharya continued narrating the story in detail of how the five sons of Pandu departed from the earth and ascended to Heaven. Hearing this story of the dear devotees of Lord and a friend of him would give bhakti in the Lotus feet of Lord which in turn delivers Mukti or the release of confinement from the cycle of death and birth.The worried king Yudhishthira was narrating a series of bad omens that he was observing to his brother Bheemasena. During the same time, Arjuna returned from Dwarka. Arjuna seeing his two elder brothers Bheemasena and Yudhishthira prostrated at their feet offering his salutations.Arjuna appearing like never before was filled with melancholy. Unable to show his face, he hanged his head with sadness. His eyes were wet and tears were rolling down his cheeks. The befuddled king Yudhishthira asked,युधिष्ठिर उवाचकच्चिदानर्तपुर्यां नः स्वजनाः सुखमासते ।मधुभोजदशार्हार्हसात्वतान्धकवृष्णयः ॥ २५॥Arjuna! Are all our relatives and friends fine at Dwarka? Are Madhus, Bojas, Dasarhas, and Satvatas – the grandsons of Yadhus, and their grandsons and sons - Andhakas, and Vrishnis fine?शूरो मातामहः कच्चित्स्वस्त्यास्ते वाथ मारिषः ।मातुलः सानुजः कच्चित्कुशल्यानकदुन्दुभिः ॥ २६॥सप्त स्वसारस्तत्पत्न्यो मातुलान्यः सहात्मजाः ।आसते सस्नुषाः क्षेमं देवकीप्रमुखाः स्वयम् ॥ २७॥Is our grandfather, Shoorasena fine? Also, are our uncle Vasudeva, his brothers, our aunts, Devaki, and his other six wives along with their children fine? King Yudhishthira remembered each one of them.कच्चिद्राजाऽऽहुको जीवत्यसत्पुत्रोऽस्य चानुजः ।हृदीकः ससुतोऽक्रूरो जयन्तगदसारणाः ॥ २८॥आसते कुशलं कच्चिद्ये च शत्रुजिदादयः ।कच्चिदास्ते सुखं रामो भगवान् सात्वतां प्रभुः ॥ २९॥Is Ahuka fine? What about his sons, Ugrasena and Devaka? Ugrasena was already unhappy for having an evil son, Kamsa. Are Hrudika, his son Krataverma, Akrura, Jayanta, Gada, Sarana, Shutrajit, and others fine?Also, is the head of Yadavas, the divine God Balrama, doing well? प्रद्युम्नः सर्ववृष्णीनां सुखमास्ते महारथः ।गम्भीररयोऽनिरुद्धो वर्धते भगवानुत ॥ ३०॥Is Pradyumna, the very important person and a great warrior of the Yadhu Clan doing well? His speed and profoundness of actions on the war field are exemplary. Also, how about Anirudha? He is divine and worthy of being worshiped! Is he pleased and happy? Asked king Yudhishthira to the just arrived Arjuna.In the Forms and The Fame of Lord Bhagavan, we noted that,तृतीयं ऋषिसर्गं च देवर्षित्वमुपेत्य सः ।तन्त्रं सात्वतमाचष्ट नैष्कर्म्यं कर्मणां यतः ॥ ८॥In the third, Lord appears as Mahidasa connected to both Gods and Rishis and has been called Devarishi. As Mahidasa, Lord initiated Devarishi Narada with Pancharatra Samhita outlining nishkama karma or actions propitiating Lord without expectation as Satvika Technique or Tantra.एकोनविंशे विंशतिमे वृष्णिषु प्राप्य जन्मनी ।रामकृष्णाविति भुवो भगवानहरद्भरम् ॥ २३॥In his nineteenth and twentieth form, The Lord appeared as Balarama and Sri Krishna in the dynasty of Yadu to reduce the weight of Sin on mother earth. Like in Pritu Maharaja, Lord Shveta Kesha being white, with broad shoulders having four arms carrying Shanka, Chakra, Gadha and the Padma have his presence in a significant way in God Balarama. God Balarama is a form of God Sesha and has Lord Swetakesha as his indweller.The Pancharatras propounded by Lord Mahidasa describes the origin and development of the universe. Lord Sriman Narayana is present inside and outside of this universe. During the process of creation, he takes the four forms or chaturvyuha. As Vasudeva, he is Paramapurusha appearing in the Vaikunta, the supreme region of this universe. Vaikunta is his abode and an object to be accomplished by uttama jivas or the best types. He subsequently takes the form of Sankarshana for destruction, Pradyumna for Preservation, and Aniruddha for Creation.The Jivas or the soul are in the womb of Sriman Narayana during the period of maha pralaya. At the start of creation, the Jivas are transferred to the wombs of Pradyumna and Aniruddha where the soul is wrapped with Linga Deha and Sukshma Deha based on the karma or acts in the previous Kalpa and its merits and sins accounted thereof. Subsequently, through God Brahma, the Jiva reaches his parents and falls into the cycle of death and birth.In Dwapara Yuga too, Lord in all those four forms. Lord Vasudeva appeared as Sri Krishna. As Sankarshana or Swetakesha, he appeared as the indweller of God Balrama. And as Lord Pradyumna, appeared as the son of Sri Krishna and as Anirudha, he appeared as his grandson.सुषेणश्चारुदेष्णश्च साम्बो जाम्बवतीसुतः ।अन्ये च कार्ष्णिप्रवराः सपुत्रा ऋषभादयः ॥ ३१॥How about Sushena, Charudeshna, Samba - the son of Jambuvati, Rushaba, and other sons and grandsons of Lord Sri Krishna? Are they all fine?This way king Yudhishthira asked each of his near and dear ones with their name. He was very eager and concerned! As he took each one's name, the tears for Arjuna's eyes only increased and were profusely weeping.King Yudhishthira continued to ask Arjuna,तथैवानुचराः शौरेः श्रुतदेवोद्धवादयः ।सुनन्दनन्दशीर्षण्या ये चान्ये सात्वतर्षभाः ॥ ३२॥अपि स्वस्त्यासते सर्वे रामकृष्णभुजाश्रयाः ।अपि स्मरन्ति कुशलमस्माकं बद्धसौहृदाः ॥ ३३॥What about Lord Sri Krishna’s companions who are always at his service? How is Shrutadeva, Uddhava, and other important Yadavas? How about Nanda, Sunanda, and others? How are all the other people of Yadhu clan being protected by the physical strength of the divine God Balrama and Lord Sri Krishna?Do all of them have love and affection towards us? Are they in amity with us? Are they our well-wishers? Please tell Arjuna! Why have you fallen silent?भगवानपि गोविन्दो ब्रह्मण्यो भक्तवत्सलः ।कच्चित्पुरे सुधर्मायां सुखमास्ते सुहृद्वृतः ॥ ३४॥Only Vedas can explain our Lord, Sri Krishna. He is Govinda, the cause of Vedas & protector of the same. The Brahmins recite these Vedas and it propounds only him. Hence, he loves those Brahmins who practice recitation of Vedas beyond a measure. Does that Lord Krishna, the Bhagavan, who precedes the Vaikunta and carries out the administration with सुधर्मा or the fair and just law is pleased and happy among his near and dear?Is Lord blessing happiness to his near and dear?मङ्गलाय च लोकानां क्षेमाय च भवाय च ।आस्ते यदुकुलाम्भोधावाद्योऽनन्तसखः पुमान् ॥ ३५॥यद्बाहुदण्डगुप्तायां स्वपुर्यां यदवोऽर्चिताः ।क्रीडन्ति परमानन्दं महापौरुषिका इव ॥ ३६॥That only Primordial man; the source of the Universe; the Supreme Soul; The Indweller of all the being; along with God Balrama is appearing in the vast clan of Yadhus as Sri Krishna to only bring sacredness, auspiciousness, righteousness, safety, tranquillity on this earth, and bless moksha or release from the confinement of death and birth.Are the people of Dwarka happy and living only under the protection of Lord Sri Krishna and God Balrama?यत्पादशुश्रूषणमुख्यकर्मणा सत्यादयो द्व्यष्टसहस्रयोषितः ।निर्जित्य सङ्ख्ये त्रिदशांस्तदाशिषो हरन्ति वज्रायुधवल्लभोचिताः ॥ ३७॥For Satyabhama, and other sixteen thousand wives of Lord Sri Krishna, serving his lotus feet have become vital like a breath and goal of life. This has brought them the privilege and the possession of goddess Suchi Devi, the queen of heaven. Lord Sri Krishna has brought them the Parijatha flowering plant from heaven after defeating God Indra, the king of heaven in a battle.Hence, are Satyabhama and the other sixteen thousand wives of Lord Sri Krishna lost in ecstasy?यद्बाहुदण्डाभ्युदयानुजीविनोयदुप्रवीरा ह्यकुतोभया मुहुः ।अधिक्रमन्त्यङ्घ्रिभिराहृतां बलात्सभां सुधर्मां सुरसत्तमोचिताम् ॥ ३८॥So too, the valorous Yadhu clan are enjoying the privileges and the possessions of the Gods of heaven including सुधर्मा or the fair and just law of heaven on earth. They have been able to bring this to earth with the strength of Lord Sri Krishna. Are they all fine?This way king Yudhishthira enquired about Lord Sri Krishna, his glory, the grandeur he brought to Dwarka, and about his near & dear Yadhu clan. However, Arjuna was hit with several thoughts of his dear friend Sri Krishna. He continued weeping unable to speak a word, he stood with his head hanged in shameNoting this, king Yudhishthira asked,कच्चित्तेऽनामयं तात भ्रष्टतेजा विभासि मे ।अलब्धमानोऽवज्ञातः किं वा तात चिरोषितः ॥ ३९॥Arjuna! What has happened to you? Why are you appearing dull, losing the charm and the glow in your face?Did Yadavas insult you?कच्चिन्नाभिहतोऽभावैः शब्दादिभिरमङ्गलैः ।न दत्तमुक्तमर्थिभ्य आशया यत्प्रतिश्रुतम् ॥ ४०॥Has someone abused you with bad emotions, or caused any inauspiciousness, and pained you? Or were you unable to meet your promise given to someone desirous of something? Or had you promised to give someone something and unable to meet your promise? कच्चित्त्वं ब्राह्मणं बालं गां वृद्धं रोगिणं स्त्रियम् ।शरणोपसृतं सत्त्वं नात्याक्षीः शरणप्रदः ॥ ४१॥Arjuna! You would not let down those who take refuge in you. Could you not protect a Brahmin, or a Child, or a Cow, or an old one, or a Sick, or a fragile Women, or even an Animal who took your refuge? कच्चित्त्वं नागमोऽगम्यां गम्यां वाऽसत्कृतां स्त्रियम् ।पराजितो वाथ भवान् नोत्तमैर्नासमैः पथि ॥ ४२॥Have you had an illicit relationship with a woman of low social stature or even a dalliance? Or did you have a relationship with any of your honorable wife without religious observance and her consent?Or did you lose in a battle with someone weaker than you or even with someone of your strength?अपि स्वित्पर्यभुंक्थास्त्वं सम्भोज्यान् वृद्धबालकान् ।जुगुप्सितं कर्म किञ्चित्कृतवान् न यदक्षमम् ॥ ४३॥Else, Arjuna! By any chance, did you have food before kids had or the older ones? They should get the priority! I’m sure you wouldn’t have done that. Nor would you have carried out activities that are not to your stature! कच्चित्प्रेष्ठतमेनाथ हृदयेनात्मबन्धुना ।शून्योऽस्मि रहितो नित्यं मन्यसे तेऽन्यथा न रुक् ॥ ४४॥Or for having left behind the kind-hearted, compassionate and a dearest friend, Lord Sri Krishna in Dwarka, are you feeling as शून्यो or void and destitute? Has the fire of separation engulfed you?If these are not the reasons, what is the cause for your anguish? You are suffering from trauma! Please tell Arjuna! Pleaded King Yudhishthira.इति श्रीमद्भागवते महापुराणे पारमहंस्यां संहितायां प्रथमस्कन्धेयुधिष्ठिरवितर्को नाम चतुर्दशोऽध्यायः ॥ १४॥With this, we complete "King Yudhishthira second-guessing Arjuna” the fourteenth Adhyaya, of Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1. सूत उवाचएवं कृष्णसखः कृष्णो भ्रात्रा राज्ञा विकल्पितः ।नानाशङ्कास्पदं रूपं कृष्णविश्लेषकर्शितः ॥ १॥Sri Sutacharya says, Sri Shaunaka! Arjuna was engulfed in the fire of separation from his dearest friend Sri Krishna. He had become weak and tired. Fatigue had taken over him! King Yudhishthira second-guessing Arjuna had fired a series of questions on him.    शोकेन शुष्यद्वदनहृत्सरोजो हतप्रभः ।विभुं तमेवानुध्यायन्नाशक्नोत्प्रतिभाषितुम् ॥ २॥Due to sorrows and fatigue, Arjuna’s face and the lotus of heart had wilted! As his mind space was fully occupied about his separation with his dearest friend Sri Krishna, he could not reply to King Yudhishthira.यः श्रद्धयैतद्भगवत्प्रियाणां पाण्डोः सुतानामिति सम्प्रयाणम् ।शृणोत्यलं स्वस्त्ययनं पवित्रं लब्ध्वा हरौ भक्तिमुपैति सिद्धिम् ॥Sri Shaunaka! Hearing this divine, auspicious, and the purest story of the Pandava's journey to heaven with full faith, attention, and devotion; the story of the journey of the devout and dear friends of Lord Sri Krishna would yield Bhakti in the lotus feet of Lord. The Bhakti in turn yields Mukti shearing the bind of the cycle of death and birth.Hence, let's pray to Lord Hari, God Vayu, and Guru Sri Raghvendra for their continued blessings to hear the remaining detailed story of how the sons of Pandu ascended to heaven. || Hari Om || || Sri Krishnarpanamastu || [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - Omens at the dawn of Kali Yuga


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Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you.Life is inauspicious without remembering the divine names of Lord is the subject of our discussions! The relations among various beings, their worldly activities, the feeling of happiness, or unhappiness, or sorrows is neither permanent nor predictable. However, the relations with the Lord yield permanent and predictable happiness and knowledge.Sri Sutacharya narrating Srimad Bhagavata to the spiritual gathering in Naimisharanya said,सूत उवाचसम्प्रस्थिते द्वारकायां जिष्णौ बन्धुदिदृक्षया ।ज्ञातुं च पुण्यश्लोकस्य कृष्णस्य च विचेष्टितम् ॥ १॥व्यतीताः कतिचिन्मासास्तदा नायात्ततोऽर्जुनः ।ददर्श घोररूपाणि निमित्तानि भृगुद्वहः ॥ २॥Sri Shaunaka Rishi! You are born in the famous Bhrugu gotra. I shall tell you the detailed story of how the sons of Pandu departed from the earth that you want to hear from me. I shall narrate that story. Please hear me with full attention.   It had been quite some time since Lord Sri Krishna was appearing on earth. He had appeared to reduce the weight of sins on mother earth. When he appeared on this earth, the other Gods like Vayu as Bheema, Indra as Arjuna, and Yama Dharmaraja as Yudhishthira appeared as Pandavas to continue their uninterrupted service of Lord. Even God Sesha had appeared as Balarama in the Yadhu clan. Lord Sri Krishna had completed the important activity of killing evil. Starting from Putani, who breastfed poison to Sri Krishna to Duryodhana, all were killed.   Arjuna had left for Dwarka, to check the well being of relatives and friends there. More importantly, he wanted to see the activities of his dear friend and his Lord, Sri Krishna having the divine name. The name which repeated would yield merits. However, he had not returned for some timeHence, King Yudhishthira had become perturbed. He was receiving inauspicious and unfortunate signals through bad omens. The anxiety and the intense yearning to know the situations at Dwarka had engulfed King Yudhishthira. It was several months since Arjuna had left Hastinapura and had not returned.कालस्य च गतिं रौद्रां विपर्यस्तर्तुधर्मिणः ।पापीयसीं नृणां वार्तां क्रोधलोभानृतात्मनाम् ॥ ३॥King Yudhishthira also noticed that there was a sudden change in patterns of seasons and the moral values of people in general. The fear among the virtuous had raised. The ethics of the people had sharply declined. Filled with anger, greed, lies, and so on, the people made transactions filled with sins to carry on with their livelihood. जिह्मप्रायं व्यवहृतं शाठ्यमिश्रं च सौहृदम् ।पितृमातृसुहृद्भ्रातृदम्पतीनां च कल्कनम् ॥ ४॥King Yudhishthira was perplexed to see fraud and roguery had become the cause for coming together and social status in the society. However, Parents, relatives, brothers, spouses, were fighting among themselves. Peace and tranquillity had taken a big toll on society.  निमित्तान्यत्यरिष्टानि काले त्वनुगते नृणाम् ।लोभाद्यधर्मप्रकृतिं दृष्ट्वोवाचानुजं नृपः ॥ ५॥With the advent of Kali Yuga, desire, deceit, or destroy had become natural behavior among the people. Seeing even nature was boding misfortune, King Yudhishthira told Bheemasena,   युधिष्ठिर उवाचसम्प्रेषितो द्वारकायां जिष्णुर्बन्धुदिदृक्षया ।ज्ञातुं च पुण्यश्लोकस्य कृष्णस्य च विचेष्टितम् ॥ ६॥Bheemasena! We had sent Arjuna to Dwarka to check the well being of our relatives and friends there. Also, to see for himself the sport's charm of Lord. Repeating his name as Sri Krishna would yield high merits.गताः सप्ताधुना मासा भीमसेन तवानुजः ।नायाति कस्य वा हेतोर्नाहं वेदेदमञ्जसा ॥ ७॥It would take seven days to go to Dwarka and return. However, I am feeling as if seven months have passed since he has left for Dwarka. I am unable to understand why he has not yet returned? Asked King Yudhishthira to express his frustration.अपि देवर्षिणाऽऽदिष्टः स कालोऽयमुपस्थितः ।यदात्मनोऽङ्गमाक्रीडं भगवानुत्सिसृक्षति ॥ ८॥Remember, Narada Rishi was mentioning that Lord Sri Krishna would stop exhibiting his sports charm to the people on earth appearing as another man. Has that time of his disappearance already come? Asked King Yudhishthira.यस्मान्नः सम्पदो राज्यं दाराः प्राणाः कुलं प्रजाः ।आसन् सपत्नविजयो लोकाश्च यदनुग्रहात् ॥ ९॥I have the wealth, kingdom, wife, life, clan, subjects, and have accomplished success of winning over the enemy with only the blessings of Lord Sri Krishna.  Has the time of disappearance of that form of Lord Sri Krishna from this earth has come! Wondered King Yudhishthira.पश्योत्पातान् नरव्याघ्र दिव्यान् भौमान् सदैहिकान् ।दारुणान् शंसतोऽदूराद्भयं नो बुद्धिमोहनम् ॥ १०॥The best among beings! Bheemasena! As the dust and debris raining down from outer space into the earth atmosphere as meteors or the falling stars in the sky; the earthquakes, tsunami; and other calamities in the sky, earth, and body infested with diseases and disorder are the bad omens that are staring at our face. This is indicating that something major untoward incidence is going to happen. ऊर्वक्षिबाहवो मह्यं स्फुरन्त्यङ्ग पुनः पुनः ।वेपथुश्चापि हृदये आराद्दास्यन्ति विप्रियम् ॥ ११॥Dear Bheemasena! My left eyes, left thigh, left shoulder are all shivering. So also my heart. I am feeling scared. All are indicating that something untoward is happening. We should expect a piece of bad news at any time. शिवैषोद्यन्तमादित्यमभिरौत्यनलानना ।मामङ्ग सारमेयोऽयमभिरेभत्यभीरुवत् ॥ १२॥Bheemasena! Look at the foxes. In the early morning, they are screaming seeing the rising Sun. It is appearing as if they are vomiting fire from their mouth.  Look! They are just not scared of us. They are barking at us. शस्ताः कुर्वन्ति मां सव्यं दक्षिणं पशवोऽपरे ।वाहांश्च पुरुषव्याघ्र लक्षये रुदतो मम ॥ १३॥Bheemasena! Look at these auspicious animals like cows and others. They are having me on their left side too causing an anti-clockwise rotation. And, those inauspicious like donkeys are having me on their right side instead of the left side. Seeing this, my horses that pull my chariot too are filled with sorrow and are shedding tears.    मृत्युदूतः कपोतोऽयमुलूकः कम्पयन् मनः ।प्रत्युलूकश्च कुह्वानैरनिद्रौ शून्यमिच्छतः ॥ १४॥Bheemasena! The pigeons, sparrows, and their enemy crows are making sharp noises of grunting, chirping and Kaw kawing in the nights. They have been expressing their anxiety. This is causing the disturbance in sleep to all the people and making them scared.They are appearing to me as the messengers of death.धूम्रा दिशः परिधयः कम्पते भूः सहाद्रिभिः ।निर्घातश्च महांस्तात साकं च स्तनयित्नुभिः ॥ १५॥All the surrounding directions are appearing brownish and as if filled with smoke. Time and again circles are appearing around Sun and Moon. The earth crust along with mountains are shaking, clouds are clashing with each other causing lightning, thunders and even thunderbolts.           वायुर्वाति खरस्पर्शो रजसा विसृजंस्तमः ।असृग्वर्षन्ति जलदा बीभत्समिव सर्वतः ॥ १६॥The strong, dusty, and gusty wind having high speeds are hitting as if they are fiercely eager to shear the skin. The whole place is appearing scary with thick, dark clouds hovering at a low level and pouring red.        सूर्यं हतप्रभं पश्य ग्रहमर्दं मिथो दिवि ।ससङ्कुलैर्भूतगणैर्ज्वलिते इव रोदसी ॥१७॥The Sunrays and that of the moon have become dim. The planets are all coming together in one zodiac house as if hitting each other. It is appearing as if all the ghosts and spirits are crowding together and lit the earth and the sky with fire.नद्यो नदाश्च क्षुभिताः सरांसि च मनांसि च ।न ज्वलत्यग्निराज्येन कालोऽयं किं विधास्यति ॥ १८॥The lakes, rivers, and great rivers are becoming turbulent and getting polluted. Also, the minds of people have become polluted causing turbulence and disturbance. All have lost their peace and tranquillity with their muddled mind. Even with the continuous flow of ghee into the fire sacrifice is not causing the fire to glow.With all these inauspiciousness having bad omens, future times are threatening!न पिबन्ति स्तनं वत्सा न दुह्यन्ति च मातरः ।रुदन्त्यश्रुमुखा गावो न हृष्यन्त्यृषभा व्रजे ॥ १९॥The calves are not drinking milk. The cows are not giving milk to their young ones. The cows are shedding tears in the Goshalas. The bullocks are also not happy in their shelter houses.दैवतानि रुदन्तीव स्विद्यन्ति ह्युच्चलन्ति च ।इमे जनपदा ग्रामाः पुरोद्यानाकराश्रमाः ।भ्रष्टश्रियो निरानन्दाः किमघं दर्शयन्ति नः ॥ २०॥The Gods are appearing as if they are sweating and tired from working hard. They appeared as if they are crying. The charm of the capitals, cities, towns, gardens, villages, mines, ashramas, are all on the decline. All of these omens are indicating as if there is trouble ahead and an untoward incidence is ahead of us.मन्य एतैर्महोत्पातैर्नूनं भगवतः पदैः ।अनन्यपुरुषश्रीभिर्हीना भूर्हतसौभगा ॥ २१॥Being witness to so many strange omens, it appears as if the Goddess Bhudevi has lost all her fortunes and has taken refuge at the lotus feet of the Lord.Narada rishi had informed King Yudhishthira that his blind uncle Dhritarashtra, aunt Gandari, and his mother Kunti had left this earth and had accomplished a higher world. Also, he had said that Lord Sri Krishna was in the last leg of his incarnation appearing to the common man on this earth.Sri Suthacharya continuing the narration said to Shaunaka and his fellow Rishis,इति चिन्तयतस्तस्य दृष्टारिष्टेन चेतसा ।राज्ञः प्रत्यागमद्ब्रह्मन् यदुपुर्याः कपिध्वजः ॥ २२॥तं पादयोर्निपतितमयथापूर्वमातुरम् ।अधोवदनमब्बिन्दून् सृजन्तं नयनाब्जयोः ॥ २३॥विलोक्योद्विग्नहृदयो विच्छायमनुजं नृपः ।पृच्छति स्म सुहृन्मध्ये संस्मरन् नारदेरितम् ॥ २४॥Sri Shaunaka! The worried king Yudhishthira was narrating the series of bad omens that he was observing to Bheemasna. During that time Arjuna returned from his visit to Dwarka. Seeing his two elder brothers Bheemasena and Yudhishthira, Arjun prostrated at their feet offering his salutations. Filled with melancholy, Arjuna too appeared like never before. Observing Arjuna’s eyes being wet and tears rolling down his cheeks, King Yudhishthira became further worried. Narada rishi’s words were flashing in his mind and the King Yudhishthira appeared befuddled.In the metaphysical sense, the time span during the appearance of Lord Sri Krishna on this earth is the remembrance of the divine name of Lord that describes his glory and singing it or namasankeertana. Doing so yields success, prosperity, peace, and tranquility like it yielded to the Pandavas during Lord Sri Krishna’s appearance.However, living a life without the remembrance of Lord is like the bad "Omens at the dawn of Kali Yuga" encountered by King Yudhishthira immediately after the disappearance of the Lord indicating the advent of miseries, sorrows, and sadness in one’s life.यः श्रद्धयैतद्भगवत्प्रियाणां पाण्डोः सुतानामिति सम्प्रयाणम् ।शृणोत्यलं स्वस्त्ययनं पवित्रं लब्ध्वा हरौ भक्तिमुपैति सिद्धिम् ॥Hearing the divine, auspicious, and purest story of the Pandava's journey to heaven. The journey of the devout and dear friend of Lord Sri Krishna would yield Bhakti in the lotus feet of Lord and also mukti that would shear the bind of the cycle of death and birth.Hence, let's pray to Lord Hari, God Vayu, and Guru Sri Raghvendra for their continued blessings to hear the detailed story of how the sons of Pandu departed from the earth. || Hari Om || || Sri Krishnarpanamastu || [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - Bhakti, Blazed The Fire of Yoga


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Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you.यथा क्रीडोपस्कराणां संयोगविगमाविह ।इच्छया क्रीडितुः स्यातां तथैवेशेच्छया नृणाम् ॥ ४२॥When a child wishes to play, It pulls out some toys and brings them together for play. After some time, the child plays with another set of toys. We are like the toys in the hand of the Lord. Our coming together or going apart is not our choice.यन्मन्यसे ध्रुवं लोकमध्रुवं वा न चोभयम् ।सर्वथा न हि शोच्यास्ते स्नेहादन्यत्र मोहजात् ॥ ४३॥Hence, our stay here, on this earth is not permanent. It is not permanent with this body, nor with other forms. Nor as a Soul, our stay on this earth is permanent. Even the physical universe gets destroyed during the pralaya or end of the universe.Hence, don’t feel attached to anything or any individual. Nor feel sorrow for any departure or disassociations, said Narada Rishi to King Yudhishthira.Continuing the response to King Yudhishthira, Narada Rishi says,तस्माज्जह्यङ्ग वैक्लव्यमज्ञानकृतमात्मनः ।कथं त्वनाथाः कृपणा वर्तेरंस्ते च मां विना ॥ ४४॥Also, Dharmaraja! Do not be under the impression that how can my blind uncle and aunt stay without me? Or how can my mom stay without me? These thoughts are coming only out of your ignorance.कालकर्मगुणाधीनो देहोऽयं पाञ्चभौतिकः ।कथमन्यांस्तु गोपायेत्सर्पग्रस्तो यथा परम् ॥ ४५॥Everybody, including yourself, are under the control of Lord Time, including your karma or actions of duty, and guna or the characteristics of the substance that has been wrapped around the soul. When every being itself is like a frog in the mouth of the snake or a human in the mouth of a Python named Time and ready to be engulfed at any moment, how can one say that I can protect the other? Asks Narada Rishi.अहस्तानि सहस्तानामपदानि चतुष्पदाम् ।फल्गूनि तत्र महतां जीवो जीवस्य जीवनम् ॥ ४६॥On this earth, we see how a being without hands becomes food to a being with hands. Similarly, the one with four legs eats the ones without legs and the bigger ones eat the smaller ones. Even the seed, grains, gram, pulses, and nuts grow when sown. Hence, one's life is a life for another life on this earth. One cannot live without eating another.तदिदं भगवान् राजन्नेक आत्माऽऽत्मनां स्वदृक् ।अन्तरोऽनन्तरो भाति पश्य तं माययोरुधा ॥ ४७॥Dharmaraja! Inside all beings and also outside, the one and only one, who is self glowing, independent, and happy in himself is the Lord Bhagavan. He is the supreme soul reflecting on all the souls. With his power of Maya causing illusion, he appears differently in different people. You should look only at him, says Narada Rishi.सोऽयमद्य महाराज भगवान् भूतभावनः ।कालरूपोऽवतीर्णोऽस्यामभावाय सुरद्विषाम् ॥ ४८॥Maharaja! The Great King! This very Lord, who is also the form of Time and eating away the lifespan of each being is the creator of this vast universe. He has given birth to all the beings whom we see and is the protector of all the beings too.Presently he is appearing as Lord Sri Krishna on this earth and is destroying all those who have deceived those who are good and the Gods, says Narada Rishi.निष्पादितं देवकृत्यमवशेषं प्रतीक्षते ।तावद्यूयमवेक्षध्वं भवेद्यावदिहेश्वरः ॥ ४९॥He has completed most of his objectives on this earth for helping the good and the Gods. He shall appear for some more time. For such time, you too stay here spending time and looking forward to his disappearance.   धृतराष्ट्रः सह भ्रात्रा गान्धार्या च स्वभार्यया ।दक्षिणेन हिमवत ऋषीणामाश्रमं गतः ॥ ५०॥स्रोतोभिः सप्तभिर्या वै स्वर्धुनी सप्तधा व्यधात् ।सप्तानां प्रीतये नाना सप्तस्रोतः प्रचक्षते ॥ ५१॥After Drithrastra, his brother Vidura, Gandhari and Kunti left Hastinapura, they reached the river Ganga. To show respect and please Sapta Rishis, she splits herself into seven streams and the place is called Saptasroth. They had reached that very auspicious place and lived in a hermitage.स्नात्वानुसवनं तस्मिन् हुत्वा चाग्नीन् यथाविधि ।अब्भक्ष उपशान्तात्मा स आस्ते विगतैषणः ॥ ५२॥Drithrastra lived there. Taking bath three times a day, daily he did fire sacrifices as prescribed in the dharma Shastras. He had given up eating food and lived by only drinking water. Later he gave up even drinking water and lived just breathing air. He had no materialistic desires, his mind had become calm and was feeling tranquil.जितासनो जितश्वासः प्रत्याहृतषडिन्द्रियः ।हरिभावनया ध्वस्तरजःसत्त्वतमोमलः ॥ ५३॥Also, Drithrastra had accomplished perfection in yoga asana. Sitting hours together in yogic postures, he had perfected the inhalation or Puraka; retention of air in the lungs or Kumbhaka or; and exhalation or Rechaka. Doing so, he even perfected the kevala Kumbhaka & Shunyak and would stop breathing with full air in the lungs or without for hours together as he wished. Thus he had accomplished the full blessings of Prana Vayu or the vital force or the life force.Doing kevala Kumbhaka & Shunyak, he would pull back all his five sensory organs, including his mind and make them look towards the Indweller. By seeing the Indweller in his Lotus of Heart, he wore the form of the Indweller or Lord Parmatma on the mind and did dharna yoga. This made the pollutants of Rajo Guna and Thamoguna evaporate and disappeared.विज्ञानात्मनि संयोज्य क्षेत्रज्ञे प्रविलाप्य तम् ।ब्रह्मण्यात्मानमाधारे घटाम्बरमिवाम्बरे ॥ ५४॥ध्वस्तमायागुणोदर्को निरुद्धकरणाशयः ।निवर्तिताखिलाहार आस्ते स्थाणुरिवाचलः ।तस्यान्तरायो मैवाभूः संन्न्यस्ताखिलकर्मणः ॥ ५५॥Like during the pralaya, wherein the Gods on the lower scale get laya or destroyed or dissolved into those on higher and the king of gods, Indra destroys all the gods on the lower scale. Doing Rudra Tandava or roaring and dancing fiercely, God Shiva destroys even Indra. Subsequently, God Prana destroys even Garuda, Sesha, and Rudra. Finally, Lord in his form of Narasimha destroys God Prana and Braham in whom they dissolve culminating the pralaya. By then, all the material substances would have been destroyed as and when their respective Gods responsible to influence those materials have been destroyed. The whole substance thus destroyed becomes dissolved and achieves its subtle form. At this time, Goddess Durga Devi swallows all the light & luminous objects to appear as darkness; Goddess Sri Devi takes the form of Pralayodhaka or the subtle water of the dissolved substances; the Goddess Bhudevi takes the form of pupil leaf floating on the Pralayodhaka or the water. On that pupil leaf, lies Lord Vatapatrashai being Purna or complete or self-content having no desire as Swaramana or engrossed in extreme bliss of happiness and full of knowledge.Narada Rishi says to King Yudhishthira that same way as during the Pralaya, Drithrastra having the knowledge that the formation of Pindanda or the Microcosm is the same as that of Brahmanda or Cosmos or The Universe, through the meditation, contemplated the same order of laya or destruction or dissolution of Gods into those on their higher hierarchy. He summarizes that all those with ego including Gods influencing the five Karmendriya i.e Mouth, Feet, Hands, Anus, and Genitals responsible for reproduction; the five Jnanedriyas or sensory organs including the Eyes, Ears, Nose, Tongue and the Skin up to their Lord, God Indra is dissolved by God Rudra, the highest having ego and responsible to influence the mind. The mind then gets dissolved into Intellect. This way through Yoga, Drithrastra had pulled back all the faculties including the intellect towards his Indweller or Lord present in Prana Vayu and became like the trunk of a tree.स वा अद्यतनाद्राजन् परतः पञ्चमेऽहनि ।कलेवरं हास्यति स्वं तच्च भस्मीभविष्यति ॥ ५६॥Yoga AgniNarada Rishi says, that पञ्चमेऽहनि i.e. for five days Drithrastra did meditation of the Lord residing in his Lous of Heart. On the fifth day of the meditation, he generated the Yoga Agni or Fire to burn his physical body himself and turn it to भस्म or ashes. As he left in his subtle form as Atma with the help of Prana Vayu to the higher world.दह्यमानेऽग्निभिर्देहे पत्युः पत्नी सहोटजे ।बहिः स्थिता पतिं साध्वी तमग्निमनुवेक्ष्यति ॥ ५७॥Drithrastra through "Bhakti, blazed The Fire of Yoga" which spread. The whole thatched hermitage caught fire and subsequently the forest. In that very fire, Gandhari too immolated her body followed by Kunti Devi, says Narada Rishi. विदुरस्तु तदाश्चर्यं निशाम्य कुरुनन्दन ।हर्षशोकयुतस्तस्माद्गन्ता तीर्थनिषेवकः ॥ ५८॥Vidura, who knew that his lifespan was coming to an end, had taken up pilgrimage at the start of the war of Kurukshetra itself. He later merged with his other form of Yama Dharma Raja, King Yudhishthira. इत्युक्त्वाथारुहत्स्वर्गं नारदः सहतुम्बुरुः ।युधिष्ठिरो वचस्तस्य हृदि कृत्वाजहाच्छुचः ॥ ५९॥So, death is inevitable! Said Narada Rishi to King Yudhishthira. However, for whom you are feeling sad are themselves happy in their respective higher world. Saying so, always traveling and singing the praises of Lord, Narada Rishi left the palace playing his string instrument.Hearing this, King Yudhishthira forgoes his sorrows and carries out the last rites of the departed souls.इति श्रीमद्भागवते महापुराणे पारमहंस्यां संहितायां प्रथमस्कन्धेनैमिषीयोपाख्याने त्रयोदशोऽध्यायः ॥ १३॥With this, we complete the Thirteenth Adhyaya, of Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1.Summarizing this, we saw the cause for the refraining to worldly pleasure and development of dispassion is in three ways. One is the difficulties that we encounter over the number of births which keeps us away from messing up life; second, being the external source; the third being the spiritual path of Bhakti Yoga.The dispassion leads to equanimity during the ups & downs of life. Repeating the below verses of Bhagavad Gita:समः शत्रौ च मित्रे च तथा मानापमानयोः ।शीतोष्णसुखदुःखेषु समः सङ्गविवर्जितः ॥१२- १८॥तुल्यनिन्दास्तुतिर्मौनी सन्तुष्टो येन केनचित् ।अनिकेतः स्थिरमतिर्भक्तिमान्मे प्रियो नरः ॥१२- १९॥The devotee who is equanimous towards his friend or a foe; or while receiving compliments or being insulted; also who is equanimous during hot & cold, comfort & dis-comfort; the one who has sheared the bind of fruit for every action; is equanimous when being flattered or abused; Intelectual; is satisfied & happy for all what he has; is not stuck to one place; such perfectly equanimous devotee is extremely dear to me says, Lord Sri Krishna.Let’s offer these words as beautiful flowers to the lotus feet of Lord Sri KrishnaWe could do so only with the grace of Gurus including Sri Raghavendra and his philosophical associates including Sri Saunaka & his fellow Rishis, Sri Sutacahrya, Sri Sukachary, God Vayu, and Sri Hari as their Jnana Prasada. Let's pray for their continued blessings.|| Hari Om |||| Sri Krishnarpanamastu || [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - Dispassion and Equanimity in Bhakti Yoga


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Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you.We understood that even as Dhritarashtra was at the tail end of his life, his expectations of materialistic happiness had not diminished. Nor the lessons from his life had awakened wisdom to him. Hence, the best of being, and second only to God Brahma took on himself to awaken wisdom. Though Dhritarashtra felt that the acts of Bheemasena were rude, even his brother Vidura endorsed the acts. Hence, Dhritarashtra after the counseling of Vidura and the blessings of Bheemasena realized the righteous path. He recalled each of his misdeeds and saw the mistakes he had done. With this, his anger towards Bheemasena transformed into love and devotion.Though Dhritarashtra was physically blind, his overlove or obsession towards his hundred sons and especially Duryodhana had blinded his awareness including the ability to distinguish the righteous path.We noted that Sri Sutacharya narrating to the spiritual gathering had said,एवं राजा विदुरेणानुजेन प्रज्ञाचक्षुर्बोधित आजमीढः ।छित्त्वा स्वेषु स्नेहपाशान् द्रढिम्नो निश्चक्राम भ्रातृसन्दर्शिताध्वा ॥ २८॥Hearing his brother’s words, Dhritarashtra got awakened and came to his real senses. Giving up all worldly luxuries and becoming detached with the relationship, he took up the path suggested by his brother Vidura.Bheemasena, the form of God Prana and the best in a being had now blessed him प्रज्ञाचक्षु or the divine eye of awareness. He became आजमीढः i.e आज is knowledge & awareness and मीढः soaked. As Dhritarashtra got soaked with awareness, he became guilty. He started realizing that though his brother Pandu had won several kingdoms and filled his treasury, he had ill-treated his children. Yet the Pandavas respected him and transformed him. The guilt of committing sins had engulfed him.Knowing that there are only three ways of redemptions, 1. Yagna or Sacrifice. This is done by submitting substance or knowledge or jnana in our possession to Gods through fire or time; 2. Dhana or donation in a righteous way to the righteous people; and 3. Thapas or Punish the body. Hence, Dhritarashtra chooses to take up the third and take up Vanaprastha ashrama.To understand the subsequent sequence of events, let us draw the consistency among the story narrated in Mahabharata and Srimad Bhagavatam by Lord Veda Vyasa. In the war of Kurukshetra, Duryodhana and his cronies had died. After the war, Yudhishthira ascended to the throne of Hastinapura. Though the war was of upholding Justice and as per the wish of Lord, Yudhishthira had felt guilty of killing several relatives and relations. As this was against the wish of Lord, to redeem the sins Pandavas took up fifteen (15) years of Yagna or sacrifices.Subsequently, Vidura, Dhritarashtra, Gandhari, Kunti Sanjaya, left to Himalaya to take up Vanaprastha ashrama. Pandavas too visit Himalayan Mountains to see them. During that visit, Vidura the form of Yama Dharma Raja joins and merges himself with King Yudhishthira Who too was another form of Yama Dharma raja. Hence, after the disappearance of Yama Dharma Raja as Vidura, Pandavas have ruled about 21 years during which Lord Sri Krishna was also present.During the fag end of Pandava’s rule of 36 years, Lord Sri Krishna disappears. After the disappearance of Lord Sri Krishna, Pandavas handed over the kingdom to their grandson, Parikshid and walked away. They reached the Himalayan Mountains from where they ascended to heaven. Meantime, Dhritarashtra, Gandhari, and Kuniti to end their life.The current events in Srimad Bhagavata are when Dhritarashtra, Gandhari, and Kuniti end their life. In fact, after the departure of Vidura, Dhritarashtra, Gandhari, Kunti, Sanjaya, to the forest after the due consent of King Yudhishthira, he made a practice of the following;अजातशत्रुः कृतमैत्रो हुताग्निर्विप्रान् नत्वा तिलगोभूमिरुक्मैः ।गृहं प्रविष्टो गुरुवन्दनाय न चापश्यत्पितरौ सौबलीं च ॥ ३०॥King Yudhishthira having no enemy would get up early morning to carry out his daily routines, including the sandhyavandanam or the prayers to Goddess Gayatri, giving Surya argya, Agnihotra or the fire sacrifice and so on. He followed it up with greetings to Brahmins, including the donation of Cow, Gold, and Land. Later, he would proceed to the palace where Dhritarashtra, Gandhari, Kunti, and Vidura stayed to pay his remote respects intuitively.One day as he was doing so, a surprise awaited him. He could not find them through his sixth sense and gets perturbed.After the disappearance of Dhritarashtra, Gandhari, Kunti, Sanjaya returns to Hastinapura. Sri Sutacharya narrating this incidence says,सूत उवाचकृपया स्नेहवैक्लव्यात्सूतो विरहकर्शितः ।आत्मेश्वरमचक्षाणो न प्रत्याहातिपीडितः ॥ ३४॥Sri Shaunaka Rishi! After the return of Sanjaya from the forest, he could not respond to King Yudhishthira to any of his questions! He was engulfed in sorrow and was weeping profusely.विमृज्याश्रूणि पाणिभ्यां विष्टभ्यात्मानमात्मना ।अजातशत्रुं प्रत्यूचे प्रभोः पादावनुस्मरन् ॥ ३५॥Unable to control his sorrows, Sanjaya was weeping. He subsequently came to terms and wiped his tears. Remembering the lotus feet of his Lord Dhritarashtra, Sanjaya told thus to King YudhishthiraSanjaya said, सञ्जय उवाचनाहं वेद व्यवसितं पित्रोर्वः कुलनन्दन ।गान्धार्या वा महाबाहो मुषितोऽस्मि महात्मभिः ॥ ३६॥Yudhishthira! The one born in the great Kuru clan! I am not sure of the wish of your uncle, aunt and your mother Kunti! Nor the decision they took!The one with heavy shoulders! All I realized is that they left me without telling anything. I am feeling deceived.Sri Sutacharya continues the narration saying,अथाजगाम भगवान् नारदः सह तुम्बुरुः ।प्रत्युत्थायाभिवाद्याह सानुजोऽभ्यर्चयन्निव ॥ ३७॥As the conversation was happening between King Yudhishthira and Sanjaya, the God Narada appeared. He held his musical string instrument named Tumbura and was singing the praises of Lord in a very melodious voice. Seeing him, King Yudhishthira and brothers immediately got up to pay respects. Subsequently, with the folded hands King Yudhishthira said to Narada Rishi,युधिष्ठिर उवाचनाहं वेद गतिं पित्रोर्भगवन् क्व गतावितः ।अम्बा वा हतपुत्रार्ता क्व गता च तपस्विनी ॥ ३८॥The holy one! I am bewildered. A sense of loss of my uncle, aunt, and my mother has taken over me. My ascetic aunt was grieving for the loss of her 100 children. I am unable to understand as to where did they go? What did they accomplish after death?  कर्णधार इवापारे भगवान् पारदर्शकः ।अथाबभाषे भगवान्नारदो मुनिसत्तमः ॥ ३९॥A Great Saint! You have appeared like a boat appearing at the shore while waiting to cross a wide and vast river. We are fortunate to have you hear.Hearing this, Narada Rishi responded thus,मा कञ्चन शुचो राजन् यदीश्वरवशं जगत् ।लोकाः सपाला यस्येमे वहन्ति बलिमीशितुः ।स संयुनक्ति भूतानि स एव वियुनक्ति च ॥ ४०॥Dharmaraja! You should not feel sorrow for any of the happenings in this world. Not even at the time of death of near and dear. Your understanding that all the happenings here are as per the wish of Lord should not go dormant. It should always be active in your mind and thought. The awareness of the Lord and his lordship over every act is important.The protectors of all the regions in this vast universe and being in all directions carry out acts as per the wish of the Lord. It is he who endows all living beings and forsakes based on their deeds.यथा गावो नसि प्रोतास्तन्त्यां बद्धाश्च दामभिः ।वाक्तन्त्यां नामभिर्बद्धा वहन्ति बलिमीशितुः ॥ ४१॥When the powerful bull is tied with a nose string and the one who holds the reins tied to the nose string is under full control. Like the powerful bulls come under the control of the one who is holding the reins, so to the Lord. The Lord has tied all the beings with a nose string called Vedas. He takes control of us or our actions through the reins called rules of his constitution or dharma.Hence, like the powerful bulls being under the controls of its master doing actions as he commands through the reins and serves him, so too, all living beings need to obey the command of Lord and serve him being equanimous.People run scared when a wild bull without a nose string enters human dwelling and is chased away. Similarly, those not following the command of the Lord are kept away from society. Hence, we have to remain bound by the rules of Vedas, follow dharma, and not cry for the acts happening as per the wish of Lord.This is the same as told by Lord Sri Krishna to Arjuna in the middle of the battlefield, when Arjuna refuses to fight the War of Kurukshetra. The excerpt of the same from chapter 12 is recalled here appreciating the consistency in Sanathana or the oldest dharma.Lord Sri Krishna says, मय्यावेश्य मनो ये मां नित्ययुक्ता उपासते ।श्रद्धया परयोपेतास्ते मे युक्ततमा मताः॥१२- २॥Those who fix their thoughts and serve me by doing Karma Yoga, Dhyana Yoga with supreme faith to propitiate me are the best practicing Yogis, in my opinion.मय्येव मन आधत्स्वमयि बुद्धिं निवेशय ।निवसिष्यसि मय्येव अत ऊर्ध्वं न संशयः ॥१२- ८॥Fix your mind on me, with intellect, make your thoughts flow towards me. With that, there shall be no doubt of living with me and living in me.अभ्यासेऽप्यसमर्थोऽसि मत्कर्मपरमो भव ।मदर्थमपि कर्माणि कुर्वन्सिद्धिमवाप्स्यसि ॥१२- १०॥If you find this impossible, do activities to please me. With that, you shall accomplish perfection.श्रेयो हि ज्ञानमभ्यासाज्ज्ञानाद्ध्यानं विशिष्यते ।ध्यानात्कर्मफलत्यागस्त्यागाच्छान्तिरनन्तरम् ॥१२- १२॥Better than activities or actions to please me is Knowledge. Better than knowing me through Knowledge is Meditation. Better than Meditating on me is foregoing expectations or fruits of activities or actions. Nishkama dhyana or foregoing expectations or fruits of meditation leads to Moksha.अद्वेष्टा सर्वभूतानां मैत्रः करुण एव च ।निर्ममो निरहंकारः समदुःखसुखः क्षमी ॥१२- १३॥सन्तुष्टः सततं योगी यतात्मा दृढनिश्चयः ।मय्यर्पितमनोबुद्धिर्यो मद्भक्तः स मे प्रियः ॥ ॥१२- १४॥One who has no enemy is friendly, is compassionate to others trouble or issues, has no attachment with any being, nor has an ego, sees the worldly happiness and sorrow in balanced emotions, is forgiving, is always satisfied, engaged in Karma Yoga & Dhyana Yoga, has full control over mind, has clarity on the axiom of philosophy, and has submitted his mind and intellect in me is a devotee of me or Bhakta.       यस्मान्नोद्विजते लोको लोकान्नोद्विजते च यः ।हर्षामर्षभयोद्वेगैर्मुक्तो यः स च मे प्रियः ॥१२- १५॥With whom the world does not become distressed and he doesn't get distressed by the world, such devoted or bhakta not becoming distressed, nor is getting angry, nor revengeful, nor scared dear to me, says Lord Sri Krishna.  अनपेक्षः शुचिर्दक्ष उदासीनो गतव्यथः ।सर्वारम्भपरित्यागी यो मद्भक्तः स मे प्रियः ॥१२- १६॥The devotee who is free from desires, congruent with inside feelings and outside expressions, committed to his duty, without being attached, stable, who has given up the desire for the fruit of his action, and has given up all that is not liked by the Lord is dear to me, says Lord Sri Krishna.यो न हृष्यति न द्वेष्टि न शोचति न काङ्क्षति ।शुभाशुभपरित्यागी भक्तिमान्यः स मे प्रियः ॥१२- १७॥The devotee who is not excited with the worldly happiness, nor hates anyone, nor craves for that he doesn't have, or desires anything, nor becomes attached with good or bad is dear to me, says Lord Sri Krishna.समः शत्रौ च मित्रे च तथा मानापमानयोः ।शीतोष्णसुखदुःखेषु समः सङ्गविवर्जितः ॥१२- १८॥तुल्यनिन्दास्तुतिर्मौनी सन्तुष्टो येन केनचित् ।अनिकेतः स्थिरमतिर्भक्तिमान्मे प्रियो नरः ॥१२- १९॥The devotee who equanimous towards his friend or a foe; or while receiving compliments or being insulted; also who is equanimous during hot & cold, comfort & dis-comfort; the one who has sheared the bind of fruit for every action; is equanimous when being flattered or abused; Intelectual; is satisfied & happy for all what he has; is not stuck to one pace; And such perfectly equanimous devotee is extremely dear to me says, Lord Sri Krishna. || Hari Om |||| Sri Krishnarpanamastu || [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - The Divine Eye Blessed by Bheemasena to Dhritarashtra


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Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you.King Yudhishthira had established righteousness in his kingdom. Every village had at least five houses of Brahmins who helped the administration to understand the Dharma Shastra and cleared all the doubt. They directed the administration in implementing the acts of righteousness.However, Vidura noticed that his brother Dhritarashtra was not following the righteous acts as per his age and position. Though Dhritarashtra had to take up Vanaprastha ashrama he was still attached to the family life and luxuries. In the first fifteen years, the Pandavas under the leadership of Yudhishthira conducted major Yagnas or Sacrifices. This had increased the spiritual energy of the people in the kingdom and had brought high merit to them.In the fifteen years of Yagna or sacrifices, Dhritarashtra too had gained merit. Yet Dhritarashtra had not taken-up the acts consistent with his original form of Atma and was fully under the control of Prakriti. Hence, the compassionate Bheemasena had taken on himself to transform Dhritarashtra. Dhritarashtra had his first serious issue inherited during the incidence of his birth.In Mahabharata, we have heard that Shantanu, the elder brother of Bahlika was throned as King of Hastinapura. Shantanu had married the beautiful Ganga with a vow. However, he broke the vow when he stopped drowning their child in the water seeking reason. This child was named Devavrata. A celestial being taken birth on earth and was one among the eight Vasu named Dyu. He became the famous Sri Bheeshmacharya.Later, Shantanu married Satyavati and had two children named Chitraangada and Vichitravirya. Chitraangada inherits the throne of Hastinapura. However, he gets killed in a battle. After the sudden demise of Chitraangada, Vichitravirya was crowned as King of Hastinapura by his half brother, the son of Ganga, Sri Bheeshmacharya though he was just a child.  Later, King Vichitravirya got married to Ambika and Ambalika, the beautiful daughters of King of Kasi.Unfortunately, due to illness, even King Vichitravirya too died childlessly. To save the kingdom of Kuru and have her grandchild be the inheritor of Kuru Kingdom, Satyavati approached Lord Veda Vyasa who recommended that Ambika & Ambalika take up a vow of rigorous austerity for a period of one year to have a child. But like any other being caught-up in the cycle of death & birth, they disagreed to make a vow, walk the difficult and narrow path of Bhakti Yoga. Hence, Lord Veda Vyasa suggested an alternative that he would appear in a horrific form during the process of Levirate or Niyoga. Hence, Lord Veda Vyasa appeared as dark and with frightening looks to Ambika. The moment Ambika saw him, she got scared and closed her eyes.Hence, Ambika gave birth to Dhritarashtra, who was born blind by birth conveying a message that he was unable to see the Lord, though was present in the form of Veda Vyasa, Sri Krishna and Parshurama appearing to all his near and dear who took the path of righteousness. Hence, the act of Ambika also made Dhritarashtra live life blind to righteousness and spiritualism. Though he had the ability to distinguish right and wrong, he never stood firm on the path of righteousness nor directed his mind towards the Lord present in him as his Indweller. In the metaphysical sense, the story of Mahabaratha is happening in each of us. While the Pandavas are the Merits, blessing us virtues and making us walk on the righteous path. While, Kauravas are Sins, making us gullible and take up evil acts leading towards hell. Hence, the war of Kurukshetra is happening continuously in us. The establishment of righteousness should happen only in oneself. But the question arises who is Dhritarashtra in the metaphysical sense of Mahabharata.On a closer examination, Dhritarashtra represents a Satvika Jiva or a soul. From birth, we lead a life like Dhritarashtra. The act of our parents and act of us as parents are all towards the materialistic world. Though the whole creation is of the Lord, we strongly believe that we are taking care of ourselves. Not to blame the parents, we carry such destiny from our previous births. Our long education is silent and blind towards spiritualism, Lord, and exposes a superficial understanding of his lordship. In fact, the science we learn reduces the Lord’s most dear act of creation with a big bang theory. We learn that the creation was accidental and has no creator.Like Dhritarashtra, we too hardly find time to pray and propitiate the Lord. At good times, finding even ten minutes in the mornings is too tight or to visit a temple. At most, during exams, or for an interview, or during annual promotion time, we could make a quick visit to God Ganesha or Hanuman. Else, during ill health of children or for raise in incomes. However, the ill health of parents or grandparents is a pain and time to curse our fate & destiny. The other time we would visit the Hanuman temple is during the seven and half years of Saturn. Visiting Shiv-Parvati Ji or Lakshmi-Narayana Ji temple is for getting married or for the marriage of daughter or sisters. Else, it should be for an easy settlement of divorce without any liabilities. However, most of the time we are busy earning money, planning for weekend outings or partying. The least weekend shopping. And always finding good times.Dhritarashtra too was enjoying life. He had several attendants including Sanjaya. Every morning, he was woken up by Vandimagada singing his praises. The water for his bath was prepared by boiling herbs for its herbal values, unique & rich fragrances. For the bath, attendants would apply special oils and massage him. Special breakfast and lunch were arranged every day and served in Gold and Silverware. The chef would prepare exotic delicacies of Dhritarashtra’s wish. For his pastime, programs of music or dance or drama were organized. Also, the royal chariots were organized to take him to gardens, parks, and lakes, riverside, to enjoy outings.         Hence, Bheemasena, the form of God Prana, the best of beings at the same hierarchy of God Brahma and only second among the equals, takes on himself to reform Dhritarashtra knowing the magnitude of sins committed by him. The compassionate Bheemasena thought, should Dhritarashtra continue to live in the materialistic world full of desire seeking wealth, good clothes, luxurious house, furniture, & vehicles, servants & attendants at every step, tour & travel to exotic places would be vicious. Without taking up rigorous austerity or tapas in the forests, the vicious cycle would spiral him down to Hell.  Seeing the lifestyle of Dhritarashtra, Bheemasena started responding to his uncle by countering his instructions.  Bheemasena would stop the attendants to follow the instructions of Dhritarashtra. When Dhritarashtra asked for hot water with fragrance, Bheemasena would reduce him and instruct the attendants that he had to take a cold water bath. Similarly no food of Dhritarashtra’s choice was provided. Nor his choice of clothes or Jewelry were provided. In fact, everyday Bheemaseana would taunt and take a jibe against Dhritarashtra. Bheemaseana would brag about his valor to Nakula & Sahadeva in such a voice that Dhritarashtra hears him. Every day, Bheemaseana would brag about his shoulders, the strength in it, the way he killed each of the hundred sons of Dhritarashtra in the battlefield of Kurukshetra. Bheemasena would say that though this old man’s hundred children had learned various marshal acts all their life, he dismembered their arms or legs and had beaten up to a pulp. Bheemasena would explain how Dhritarashtra’s each of the sons would cry for help when they had fallen helplessly on the battlefield and their flesh had become food for dogs and wolves.       While everyone, including King Yudhishthira, Arjuna, Nakula, Sahadeva, Draupadi, and Uttara Devi would take special care of Dhritarashtra, but not Bheemasena. Hence, Dhritarashtra was damn angry against Bheemasena. But was helpless for the sake of luxury that he enjoyed in the palace. The heckle of Bheemasena and his helplessness made him embarrassed. Staying in the house of Pandavas to whom he had ill-treated, Dhritarashtra helplessly remembered the death of his hundred children.A strong feeling of disapproval and revulsion towards life aroused in him. Dhritarashtra started understanding that no amount of glamour or luxury would bring self-esteem and permanency to happiness. This way, bringing in aversion towards life, Bheemasena blessed the blind Dhritarashtra with a divine eye to look inwards. During the same time, Vidura too advised him to take up vanaprastha or life in the forest to propitiate the Lord that we saw in our last blog.The dispassion towards life or Vairagya is an important milestone in the spiritual journey of mumukshu seeking release from the confinement of death & birth. We had seen the accomplishment of Kunti Devi in Bhakti Yoga of Uttara Devi and Kunti Devi through Kunti Stuti seeking difficulties in life to Lord through these verses:विपदः सन्तु नः शश्वत्तत्र तत्र जगद्गुरो ।भवतो दर्शनं यत्स्यादपुनर्भवदर्शनम् ॥ २५॥जन्मैश्वर्यश्रुतश्रीभिरेधमानमदः पुमान् ।नैवार्हत्यभिधातुं वै त्वामकिञ्चनगोचरम् ॥ २६॥नमोऽकिञ्चनवित्ताय निवृत्तगुणवृत्तये ।आत्मारामाय शान्ताय कैवल्यपतये नमः ॥ २७॥Jagadguru! The teacher of the Universe, give me difficulties all the time, in all my activities that I take-up while being in this cycle of death & birth. Let there be obstructions coming more frequently. So, during all my difficult times, compassionate Lord! You will stand with me blessing with thoughts of you making your sight definitive. The sight of you would break the cycle of death & birth with Moksha.You will bless with the sight of your presence to only those who have nothing of their own. Those being utterly poor and destitute. Then, how can the brags intoxicated with the pride of the clan or the class or authority or for being famous or wealthy and so on would even get the thoughts to singing your names? How can they become even eligible?Hence, Lord Krishna! Please bless me without any of those yielding intoxications.You are a treasure for all those who have nothing of their own and yet propitiating you without expectations. You surpass the three Gunas of Prakriti including their effects. Being engrossed in yourself and having no expectations from anyone else, you are Atmarama. You are serene and the only Lord to bestow Moksha having eternal bliss.My salutations to you.Sri Sutacharya continuing the narration to the spiritual gathering says, एवं राजा विदुरेणानुजेन प्रज्ञाचक्षुर्बोधित आजमीढः ।छित्त्वा स्वेषु स्नेहपाशान् द्रढिम्नो निश्चक्राम भ्रातृसन्दर्शिताध्वा ॥ २८॥Hearing his brother’s words, Dhritarashtra got awakened and came to his real senses. Giving up all worldly luxuries and becoming detached with the relationship, he took up the path suggested by his brother Vidura.पतिं प्रयान्तं सुबलस्य पुत्री पतिव्रता चानुजगाम साध्वी ।हिमालयं न्यस्तदण्डप्रहर्षं मनस्विनामिव सत्सम्प्रहारः ॥ २९॥Like a soldier in a battle taking the blow of an enemy with courage and the valor gets overwhelmed with happiness, so too the devout wives of Dhritarashtra see their husband taken-up Sanysaashram and traveling towards Himalaya. Subala, Nandani, and Gandhari too followed their husband said Sri Sutacharya to the gathering hearing Srimad BhagavataContinuing the narration, Sri Sutacharya says,अजातशत्रुः कृतमैत्रो हुताग्निर्विप्रान् नत्वा तिलगोभूमिरुक्मैः ।गृहं प्रविष्टो गुरुवन्दनाय न चापश्यत्पितरौ सौबलीं च ॥ ३०॥The next day, King Yudhishthira having no enemy got up early in the morning and carried out his daily routine, including the Sandhya Vandanam or the prayers to Goddess Gayatri, giving Surya Arghya, Agnihotra or the fire sacrifice and so on. He followed it up with greetings to Brahmins, including the donation of Cow, Gold, and Land. Later, when he proceeded to the palace of Dhritarashtra, Gandaree, Kunti, and Vidura to pay respects to the Gurus and elders of the family, a surprise awaited him. He could not find them there.  तत्र सञ्जयमासीनं पप्रच्छो द्विग्नमानसः ।गावल्गणे क्व नस्तातो वृद्धो हीनश्च नेत्रयोः ॥ ३१॥Seeing Sanjaya, the attendant of Dhritarashtra sitting clueless on the floor, the perturbed King Yudhishthira asked him, where are my old and blind uncles and aunts?अम्बा च हतपुत्रार्ता पितृव्यः क्व गतः सुहृत् ।अपि मय्यकृतप्रज्ञे हतबन्धुः स भार्यया ।आशंसमानः शमलं गङ्गायां दुःखितोपतत् ॥ ३२॥My aunt, Gandhari is depressed with the loss of her hundred children. My uncle Vidura too is exhausted traveling to various places. My uncle Dhritarashtra might have misunderstood me and have all decided to jump into the river Ganga!पितर्युपरते पाण्डौ सर्वान् नः सुहृदः शिशून् ।अरक्षतां व्यसनतः पितृव्यौ क्व गतावितः ॥ ३३॥When we were still children, my father Pandu passed away. Since then, we have been brought by uncles Dhritarashtra and Vidura. They protected us from various difficulties and took care with full affection! Now their dis-appearance has made me anxious! Said King Yudhishthira to Sanjaya.|| Hari Om |||| Sri Krishnarpanamastu || [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - The Spiritual Acclaim of Sri Vidura


Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - The Spiritual Acclaim of Sri Vidura  - Srimad Bhagavata Mahatmya RSS Feed  IMAGES, GIF, ANIMATED GIF, WALLPAPER, STICKER FOR WHATSAPP & FACEBOOK
Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you.Vidura had returned from a pilgrimage. After a tiring journey, he took a bath, had food and was relaxing. At that time, King Yudhishthira holding him in high esteem and filled with humility addressed Vidura and asked questions to him with a voice audible to all assembled.युधिष्ठिर उवाचअपि स्मरथ नो युष्मत्पक्षच्छायासमेधितान् ।विपद्गणाद्विषाग्न्यादेर्मोचिता यत्समातृकाः ॥ ८॥King Yudhishthira, full of humility, said to Vidura, Uncle! Do you remember all of us? Those incidences wherein you protected us like the bird protecting its eggs and offspring from the predators? Also, like the birds covering its eggs with the feathers, share its warmth, and enable its offspring in the egg to grow. Do you remember sharing your warmth with us?We have grown up in your shadow. You protected us when we were poisoned. Also, when we were housed in a wax house and lit the fire. At every attempt of Duryodhana to annihilate us, you have protected us, says King Yudhishthira expressing the most important Bhagavata dharma of having everlasting gratitude for all the help.     कया वृत्त्या वर्तितं वश्चरद्भिः क्षितिमण्डलम् ।तीर्थानि क्षेत्रमुख्यानि सेवितानीह भूतले ॥ ९॥Continuing, King Yudhishthira asked Vidura, Uncle! You were on pilgrimage traveling from one place to another. How did you feel your life, then? Which were that important pilgrimage you undertook? Which were those divine places you traveled preceded by Lord himself in a significant way?भवद्विधा भागवतास्तीर्थभूताः स्वयं विभो ।तीर्थीकुर्वन्ति तीर्थानि स्वान्तःस्थेन गदाभृता ॥ १०॥The Honorable one! You, yourself is a great devotee of the Lord with his presence in you as indweller in a significant way. The presence of the four-armed Lord holding the mace named Kaumodaki has made you divine, bestowed an ability to you to make the holy place holier, and bring greatness to those places of pilgrimage which you undertook.Vidurashwatha is a holy place and about 85 KM from Bangalore dedicated to the name of Vidura. Here there is a Pupil tree planted by Vidura and is a famous place of worship.अपि नः सुहृदस्तात बान्धवाः कृष्णदेवताः ।दृष्टाः श्रुता वा यदवः स्वपुर्यां सुखमासते ॥ ११॥Uncle! As you undertook pilgrimage, I’m sure you would have visited Dwarka too. There, I trust, our dear relatives, a friend, Lord Sri Krishna, the only one celebrated is fine!Even if you have not visited Dwarka, I’m sure you have updated news on him. Please tell us. We are eager to hear that, says King Yudhishthira who had always remained focused on the Lord.  इत्युक्तो धर्मराजेन सर्वं तत्समवर्णयत् ।यथानुभूतं क्रमशो विना यदुकुलक्षयम् ॥ १२॥नन्वप्रियं दुर्विषहं नृणां स्वयमुपस्थितम् ।नावेदयत्सकरुणो दुःखितान् द्रष्टुमक्षमः ॥ १३॥Sri Sutacharya continuing to narrate the episode on arrival of Vidura said to Sri Shaunaka that Vidura answered all the questions that were sought by King Yudhishthira. Sri Vidura answered as he had understood seeing, or hearing, or as he had experienced in a chronological and systematic way. But, he remained silent not saying anything about the destruction of the Yadu clan in the near future.The compassionate Vidura did not give a clue on the destruction of the Yadu dynasty in the near future. He was worried that by sharing the inauspicious news, the peace and tranquillity of Pandavas could be destroyed. Vidura did not want to see Pandavas sad.Hence, even the present Indian Astrology, practicing righteous path would not predict the death of any individual nor an unhappy incidence having no remedy.कञ्चित्कालमथावात्सीत्सत्कृतो देववत्सुखम् ।भ्रातुर्ज्येष्ठस्य श्रेयस्कृत्सर्वेषां प्रीतिमावहन् ॥ १४॥The Pandavas took care of Vidura with all respect, state honor, and love. They admired their uncle Vidura’s knowledge and experience. Vidura stayed back in Hastinapura for while with an objective of bringing benefit to his elder brother, Dhritarashtra. Vidura wanted Dhritarashtra to course correct to the righteous path.One could note an exemplary behavior in the character of Vidura. When everyone heard that Vidura would stay back in Hastinapura for some time, they jumped for joy.अबिभ्रदर्यमा दण्डं यथावदघकारिषु ।यावद्दधार शूद्रत्वं शापाद्वर्षशतं यमः ॥ १५॥Vidura was by himself is Yama Dharmaraja. We have heard the story of Yama Dharmaraja being cursed by Manduka muni to be born for hundred years as Shudra in chaturvarna or the four varnas of Kshatriya, Vaishya, Shudra, and Brahmana. Vidura is an incarnation of Yama Dharmaraja and was a dasiputra or the son to the maid of Ambika and Ambalika through Lord Veda Vyasa.During those hundred years, Yama Dharmaraja’s activities as the King of Hell, passing judgment, and ordering punishments to the sinners were carried out by his father, God Sun.In the Tattva Jnana or the Axiom of Knowledge, there are two types of जिव Jivas or beings. One is निरंश जिव or one who can only appear as one or in one body or form, and at an only place at a given point of time. However, the second types are सांश जिव or those who could appear in one form or different, in one or different bodies, and at different locations at the same point of time.Yama Dharmaraja is a सांश जिव with the ability to appear in different forms, and at different locations at the same point of time. In one form, being the King of Hell, he runs the administration. Also, he has taken birth as Vidura and subsequently as Yudhishthira. Also, he is in various forms in all beings as a witness to each one's action.   King Yudhishthira too was the form of Yama Dharmaraja appearing along with Vidura. Hence, in Mahabharata, Vidura concluded his form by merging with King Yudhishthira.युधिष्ठिरो लब्धराज्यो दृष्ट्वा पौत्रं कुलन्धरम् ।भ्रातृभिर्लोकपालाभैर्मुमुदे परया श्रिया ॥ १६॥It was about fifteen years since King Yudhishthira had taken reins of the kingdom along with his brothers. He had recuperated and established righteousness in every walk of life. Parikshid was also about fifteen years old. Seeing him as the spiritual seeker growing under their guidance, the guidance of Kripacharya and building-up a personality filled with good character, Pandavas were overjoyed. They admired the offspring of their Pandu dynasty, their heir, and the inheritor of the Kuru Kingdom would live up to their family values. Pandavas were delighted to see the unfolding of predictions of the astrologers who had predicted about Parikshid at the time of his birth.During the same time, after completion of all Yagna or Sacrifice for fifteen years, Lord Sri Krishna along with Uddava and Satyaki returned to Dwarka.एवं गृहेषु सक्तानां प्रमत्तानां तदीहया ।अत्यक्रामदविज्ञातः कालः परमदुस्तरः ॥ १७॥Vidura observed all this. He saw each of the Pandavas implementing the righteous way in the kingdom supporting King Yudhishthira, the accumulation of wealth in the kingdom, and the happiness among the people. Also, the way, the Pandavas lead a happy life.Vidura also observed that his elder brother, Dhritarashtra had got lost in the family life enjoying the worldly pleasures, overindulging in luxury, and the extraordinary treatment of Pandavas. However, the Time with aggression afflicted with inauspiciousness had a fast approach. Dhritarashtra had exhausted most of his lifespan and Vidura saw the time of death of his brother was fast approaching.विदुरस्तदभिप्रेत्य धृतराष्ट्रमभाषत ।राजन् निर्गम्यतां शीघ्रं पश्येदं भयमागतम् ॥ १८॥Hence, Vidura after examining the acts of Time told his brother, Maharaja! The Time with aggression afflicted with inauspiciousness has approached. The Time causing death is hovering over our heads. Hence, we should leave this city immediately! प्रतिक्रिया न यस्येह कुतश्चित्कर्हिचित्प्रभो ।स एव भगवान् कालः सर्वेषां नः समागतः ॥ १९॥My Lord! Time is supreme and invincible. No being has the strength to dare and endure him. I too have to die and so do you. The earth on which we live has to die and also this whole vast universe. The best and the most superior being, God Brahma who has created the fourteen regions in this vast universe has to succumb to death brought by Time. At no moment in this immeasurable past history has one prevailed over death. Lord himself is Time, said Vidura to his brother Dhritarashtra. येन चैवाभिपन्नोऽयं प्राणैः प्रियतमैरपि ।जनः सद्यो वियुज्येत किमुतान्यैर्धनादिभिः ॥ २०॥The most intimate to a being is living in a body. However, when it comes to death, he becomes helpless and gives up his life. Then what could be told about wealth, relations, and other things?  Vidura questions as an affirmation to his brother Dhritarashtra. पितृभ्रातृसुहृत्पुत्रा हतास्ते विगतं वयः ।आत्मा च जरया ग्रस्तः परगेहमुपाससे ॥ २१॥Our grandfather, Bheshmacharya died! So also our father, Vichitravirya, Brother Pandu, Balika raja, his son Somadutta, our friends, so many of our near and dear have died. Also, your own hundred sons died in the war of Kurukshetra.  Look at yourself, you have become जरया ग्रस्तः or old. But you are परगेहमुपाससे or staying in another's house. In fact, the house of those who killed your hundred children and won the whole kingdom. You are staying in the house against whom you had harbored enmity and hatred.  अहो महीयसी जन्तोर्जीविताशा यथा भवान् ।भीमापवर्जितं पिण्डमादत्ते गृहपालवत् ॥ २२॥The animal greed to live life is shocking! Enjoyment of the worldly pleasure makes a person stoop down to any level. Just to have a good life, enjoy, eat, drink, and make merry, one would do anything! The pets of the house await the master to give food. Same way, you look forward daily to eat the food served by Bheemasena, says Vidura.अग्निर्निसृष्टो दत्तश्च गरो दाराश्च दूषिताः ।हृतं क्षेत्रं धनं येषां तद्दत्तैरसुभिः कियत् ॥ २३॥Dhritarashtra! Remember during your rule, attempts were made to kill the Pandavas by burning down their house and poisoning them. Also, by pulling the robes of their wife Draupadi, you insulted them and grabbed their land and kingdom through illegal ways. Will a person with self-esteem have food in those very peoples' houses? Will that bring respect to you? Questioned Vidura.तस्यापि तव देहोऽयं कृपणस्य जिजीविषोः ।परैत्यनिच्छतो जीर्णो जरया वाससी इव ॥ २४॥Yet, you want to live a life of fun and luxury. Your ignorance has exceeded that of the Himalayan Mountains. Which of the desire could satisfy you? Without wishing, like an old, faded, shabby worn dress, your body has become old.गतस्वार्थमिमं देहं विरक्तो मुक्तबन्धनः ।अविज्ञातगतिर्जह्यात्स वै धीर उदाहृतः ॥ २५॥Now, with this body, you cannot accomplish any of your selfish desires. Hence, don’t be deceived by trying to nourish this old body. Give-up the attachment with the body.A resolute one shall be dissociating with the worldly pleasure and mundane relationship without letting others know. And gives-up the body is a smart way.   यः स्वकात्परतो वेह जातनिर्वेद आत्मवान् ।हृदि कृत्वा हरिं गेहात्प्रव्रजेत्स नरोत्तमः ॥ २६॥My Brother! You want to be called as नरोत्तमः or the best by the Vandimagada or the attendants of the royal family. Just by being praised one will not become great.Those, with their own knowledge or by the guidance of others, understand that the cycle of death & birth, though appearing glamorous sometimes is filled with misery and sorrow. Therefore, being resolute, developing dispassion to worldly matters, get the conscious purified, and always try to focus on the form of Lord in the lotus of heart would renounce the house, or even the palace and the luxuries in it.  Also, giving-up family life is called grihastha ashrama to take-up sannyasa ashrama or become Ascetic. Such are classified as नरोत्तमः or the better types.अथोदीचीं दिशं यातु स्वैरज्ञातगतिर्भवान् ।इतोऽर्वाक् प्रायशः कालः पुंसां गुणविकर्षणः ॥ २७॥Dhritarashtra! The time has come to leave the palace and take-up Vanaprastha. Remember the way our forefathers lived during their old age. King Bharata ruled the entire earth. But during his old age, he renounced the palace and took up Vanaprastha. Even our own elder brother, King Pandu, handed over the kingdom to you and went to the forest knowing his death had neared. However, worldly pleasures have made your mind too, blind.My Brother! If you hang on, the time afflicted with aggression and inauspiciousness will conceive you. Lord Krishna and Pandavas would have left this earth. There will be no one to fight and control the afflicted time, says Vidura.एवं राजा विदुरेणानुजेन प्रज्ञाचक्षुर्बोधित आजमीढः ।छित्त्वा स्वेषु स्नेहपाशान् द्रढिम्नो निश्चक्राम भ्रातृसन्दर्शिताध्वा ॥ २८॥Hearing his brother’s words, Dhritarashtra got awakened and came to his real senses. Giving up all worldly luxuries and becoming detached with the relationship, he took up the path suggested by his brother Vidura.पतिं प्रयान्तं सुबलस्य पुत्री पतिव्रता चानुजगाम साध्वी ।हिमालयं न्यस्तदण्डप्रहर्षं मनस्विनामिव सत्सम्प्रहारः ॥ २९॥Like a soldier in a battle takes the blow of enemy with courage and the valor, overwhelms him with happiness, so too the devout wives of Dhritarashtra seeing their husband taken-up Sanyas Ashram and traveling towards Himalaya, Subala, Nandani, and Gandhari too followed their husband.|| Hari Om |||| Sri Krishnarpanamastu || [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - The Impassionate Dasi Putra, Vidura


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Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you.The interest in worldly issues and topics is the cause of taking rebirth on earth. When we are able to refrain from involving in any worldly issues or topics or things, we will become eligible for moksha. The cause for the refraining could be several reasons. One is the difficulties that we have encountered over the number of births which keeps us away from messing up life.Some would not get inspired to lie or use bad words. For some, being patient and refraining from anger would be natural. Some would refrain from corruption and hoarding illegal money. There are a large number of people who are happy and content, though having money sufficient for just two square meals. Similarly for dress & jewelry, while some are fond of fashionable dress and some are not so passionate. Thus, avoiding restlessness, intolerance, or anxiety. These virtues or winning over weakness to worldly issues or topics or things have happened over several births. But those who have accomplished dispassion over all worldly issues or topics or things are eligible for moksha.The other cause of dispassion is of an external source. The example could be parents teaching their children to refrain from bad company, or substance abuse. So too, teachers, elders, or even spouses may advise or government rules or social stigma may keep us away from misdeeds having bind with the worldly matter. All these are of the external type. As the reason is external. However, when a jiva takes a spiritual path, accomplish spiritual progress through Bhakti yoga, by hearing the Lord's glories, singing & meditating his attributes or Dhyana yoga, wearing his form on the memory or Dhaarana yoga, worshipping him, going on pilgrimage, and so on. Then the purification of consciousness takes place causing dispassion towards worldly matters naturally or Sahaja yoga.Even after having lost 100 sons, and the kingdom to the Pandavas, King Dhritarashtra would have come to terms with life. Being the oldest of the Kuru dynasty, the Pandavas treat him admirably well with all royal luxuries. Hence, King Dhritarashtra remains attached to the day to day activities of life forgetting the objectives of Purushartha. In this part of Srimad Bhagavata, Lord Veda Vyasa gives the example of his story from Mahabharata to teach one of the important Bhagavata Dharma of Vairagya or dispassion. Let’s take a look at that.     Sri Sutacharya says,सूत उवाचविदुरस्तीर्थयात्रायां मैत्रेयादात्मनो गतिम् ।ज्ञात्वागाद्धास्तिनपुरं तयावाप्तविवित्सितः ॥ १॥Sri Shaunaka! The great Vidura during his pilgrimage had met Maitreya Rishi. He was a great philosopher. From him, Vidura had gained the spiritual knowledge on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death. All that he had to know was explained by Maitreya Rishi and also all his doubts were clarified. With such enlightenment, one day, Vidura returned to Hastinapura.  यावतः कृतवान् प्रश्नान् क्षत्ता कौषारवाग्रतः ।जातैकभक्तिर्गोविन्दे तेभ्यश्चोपरराम ह ॥ २॥Vidura had enormous bhakti or devotion towards the Lord. Having all his doubts clarified, he had accomplished all that he had to accomplish. The divine peace had dawned on Vidura.तं बन्धुमागतं दृष्ट्वा धर्मपुत्रः सहानुजः ।धृतराष्ट्रो युयुत्सुश्च सूतः शारद्वतः पृथा ॥ ३॥गान्धारी द्रौपदी ब्रह्मन् सुभद्रा चोत्तरा कृपी ।अन्याश्च जामयः पाण्डोर्ज्ञातयः ससुताः स्त्रियः ॥ ४॥प्रत्युज्जग्मुः प्रहर्षेण प्राणं तन्व इवागतम् ।अभिसङ्गम्य विधिवत्परिष्वङ्गाभिवादनैः ॥ ५॥मुमुचुः प्रेमबाष्पौघं विरहौत्कण्ठ्यकातराः । राजा तमर्हयांचक्रे कृतासनपरिग्रहम् ॥ ६॥Sri Shaunaka! Seeing the arrival of the uncle Vidura, King Yudhishthira along with his brothers, Dhritarashtra, Yuyutsu - The only leftover son of Dhritarashtra born to the maid of Gandhari, Sanjaya – The charioteer of  Dhritarashtra and who gave a live commentary of the great war of Kurukshetra to Dhritarashtra, Kripacharya, Kunti, Gandhari, Draupadi, Subhadra, Uttara, Kripi, along with other men and women members of the family along with their children. received. They did so with their heart filled with zest. With this, Vidura who was tired because of the long travel regained his energy. His transformation appeared like a dead body coming live. Each one of them who came to receive him paid respects by offering salutations expressed their love and welcomed Vidura. The sadness of separation with Vidura for a long time had disappeared among everyone and the tears of joy had rolled down without giving a clue. In fact, it was only after some time they realized and started wiping their cheeks. King Yudhishthira offered Vidura a seat and paid reverence.     तं भुक्तवन्तं विश्रान्तमासीनं सुखमासने ।प्रश्रयावनतो राजा प्राह तेषां च शृण्वताम् ॥ ७॥After Vidura took bath, had food, and was relaxing, King Yudhishthira holding him in high esteem and filled with humility addressed Vidura and asked questions to him with a voice audible to all assembled.We have heard the story of Yama Dharmaraja being cursed by Manduka muni to be born as Shudra in chaturvarna or the four varnas of Kshatriya, Vaishya, Shudra, and Brahmana. Vidura is an incarnation of Yama Dharmaraja and was a Dasiputra or the son to the maid of Ambika and Ambalika through Lord Veda Vyasa. Vidura literarily means wise, intelligent and a skilled one.While self-esteem is great, but supremacy or a passion towards a particular caste is not a tenet of Sanatana Dharma. Mahabarata illustrates that though Vidura was of Shudra varna, Lord Sri Krishna was pleased with him, stayed in his house, and had blessed him with Aparoksha or Atma Jnana.Vadiraja Tirtharu (1480 – 1600), was a great saint and he is believed to be the next God Vayu in the coming Kalpa. To bust the myth and prejudice of caste system, he has composed the song “Ava kulavo Ranga”praising Lord Sri Krishna and his supremacy, the indweller of one and all. Let’s take a look at English lyrics and translation of “Ava kulavo Ranga” Ava kulavo Ranga, ariyalagadu ||Ava kulavendariyalagadu govakaivagollanthe ||Devalokada Parijatha hoovu satige tandanante ||Of which caste are you, Ranga? I am ignorantI am ignorant of the caste of a cowherd taking care of the cowsAnd the one who brought the celestial flowers of Parijatha to his wifeGokuladalli Puttidanante govugallannu kaydaanante |Kolalanudi mruga pakshigala maralu madidanante ||Taralatanadi orala nigaahi marava muridu matte hari |Tereda bayolageerelu lokava irisi taayige tordanante || Seems, you took birth in Gokula to take care of cowsPlayed the flute to mesmerize the animals and birds Also, it’s told that being mischievous used the wooden mortar and felled the twin treesKeeping this vast universe in your mouth opened it to show the rest six and seven regions.Of which caste are you, Ranga? I am ignorantGollatiyara maneya pokku kallatanava maddananteBallida putani vishavanundu mellane Trunana kondanantePakshi tanna vaahanavante haavu tanna haasigeyante||Mukkanna tanna mommaganante muddu mukhada chelvananteSeems, you entered the house of fellow cowherds to stealConsuming the poison that evil Putani breastfed, killed even the evil Trunavarta easilyAlso, it’s told that the Bird, God Garuda is your vehicle and the snake, Sesha is your bedThe three-eyed God Rudra is your grandson, yet you have a beautiful, charming baby face Of which caste are you, Ranga? I am ignorantKaradimagala tandanante Sharadhimagalu madadiyanteDharaniyannu bedidanante Irelu lokada Odeyanante||Hadaginindali bandanante kadala dadeyali nindanante |Odane Madhvarigolidanante Odeya Hayavadanante||Seems, you brought the daughter of the bear Jambavanta and made the daughter of Yamuna as your wifeAlso, it’s told that you begged for three-foot steps of Land from Bali, though being Lord of this whole universeTraveling in a ship seems you arrived and stood at the shores of Udupi. And was immediately pleased with Acharya Madhva and it seems you are the Lord Hayavadana.Of which caste are you, Ranga? I am ignorantFor Sound bites, may wish to follow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqxfSbFAux0   || Hari Om |||| Sri Krishnarpanamastu || [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - The Immortal Characters of Hindu Mythology


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Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you.स एष लोके विख्यातः परीक्षिदिति यत्प्रभुः ।गर्भे दृष्टमनुध्यायन् परीक्षेत नरेष्विह ॥ ३०॥Immediately after the birth, as proclaimed by priests, King Yudhisthira named his grandson as Vishnuratha. The one protected by Maha Vishnu.We had seen पर्ये or परितः is surrounding and अक्षत is Uninjured. However, परीक्षा also means to examine or look for. Hence, Parakshid is one who looks for or a seeker.Hence, being uninjured from any surrounding directions, always wondering even starting before birth that who is protecting him  led a life to always please the Lord and as a seeker of the indweller, the Lord. Eager to know the Lord, see him, time and again, seeking the Lord to reveal himself. Hence, became famous as a seeker of the Lord or Parakshid.स राजपुत्रो ववृधे आशु शुक्ल इवोडुपः ।आपूर्यमाणः पितृभिः काष्ठाभिरिव सोऽन्वहम् ॥ ३१॥This way being protected by the Lord, blessed by Lord, loved by King Yudhishthira & other Pandavas, blessed by the priests, the baby Parakshid grew, like the waxing moon. As the goddesses of directions bring light to the waxing moon making it grow by every night, Parakshid grew as a young man under the auspices of Pandavas.यक्ष्यमाणोऽश्वमेधेन ज्ञातिद्रोहजिहासया ।राजालब्धधनो दध्यावन्यत्र करदण्डयोः ॥ ३२॥Though the war of Kurukshetra, was a war of Justice, and the righteous had prevailed over the injustice as wished by the Lord, yet King Yudhisthara had felt dejected and sympathized for the losers and injustice. Hence, he was a sinner. Therefore, King Yudhisthara thought of taking up sacrifices or Yagna to redeem his sins. For which he wanted money.King Yudhishthira started worrying about how he could meet the expenses for carrying out sacrifices. He did not want to spend the treasure of the kingdom, nor increase the tax, nor increase the penalty of the misdeeds of his subjects.तदभिप्रेतमालक्ष्य भ्रातरोऽच्युतचोदिताःधनं प्रहीणमाजह्रुरुदीच्यां दिशि भूरिशः ॥ ३३॥Knowing the worry of King Yudhishthira, the omniscient Lord directed him to bring the wealth from Himalaya. He reminded the incidence of King Maruta who ruled the entire earth in the medieval age. He had carried out more than 1000 Yagna surpassing even King Indra, the Lord of heaven. After the sacrifice or Yagnas, King Maruta had disposed of huge golden vessels towards the north in the Himalaya. Also, the priests assembled to carry out Yagna had received enormous wealth from King Marutaas as gifts and had left behind in Himalayan Mountains were unable to carry back.The Pandavas went to the Himalayan Mountains and carried back the huge wealth that was leftover.तेन सम्भृतसम्भारो धर्मपुत्रो युधिष्ठिरः ।वाजिमेधैस्त्रिभिर्भीतो यज्ञैः समयजद्धरिम् ॥ ३४॥King Yudhishthira arranged to buy all substances to carry out the Yagna from the wealth they brought from Himalaya. He carried out three big Ashwamedha Yagnas in an excellent way. He did so following the same procedure as followed by God Brahma, Lord in his form of Parshurama and his form as Sri Rama followed earlier. This way King Yudhisthara propitiates the Lord.आहूतो भगवान् राज्ञा याजयित्वा द्विजैर्नृपम् ।उवास कतिचिन्मासान् सुहृदां प्रियकाम्यया ॥ ३५॥King Yudhishthira carried out the three sacrifices uninterruptedly over a period of fifteen years. During that divine period, Lord Sri Krishna remained in the capital city of Hastinapur and later for a few months.ततो राज्ञाभ्यनुज्ञातः कृष्णया सहबन्धुभिः ।ययौ द्वारवतीं ब्रह्मन् सार्जुनो यदुभिर्वृतः ॥ ३६॥Shaunaka! Later Lord Sri Krishna left to his capital city of Dwarka along with his family, the members of his clan, Yadhus, and Arjuna, says Sri Sutacharya narrating the exceptional birth story of Parikshit raja during the beginning of this Kali Yuga.इति श्रीमद्भागवते महापुराणे पारमहंस्यां संहितायां प्रथमस्कन्धेपरीक्षिज्जन्माद्युत्कर्षो नाम द्वादशोऽध्यायः ॥ १२॥With this, we complete "The Exceptional Birth Story of Parikshit Raja” the twelfth Adhyaya, of Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1. We could do so only because of the continued blessings of Hari, Vayu, and Gurus.In this Srimad Bhagavata, composed by Lord himself in his form of Veda Vyasa, after the Mangalacharna or the verses of prayers, we saw Lord endorsing the holiness of Naimisharanya, saying,नैमिषेनिमिषक्षेत्रे ऋषयः शौनकादयः ।सत्रं स्वर्गाय लोकाय सहस्रसममासत ||Naimishye Nimisha Kshetra. The Naimisharanya is very dear to Gods and are present there in a significant way. A spiritual gathering was conducted that lasted for over a Thousand-Year. Akhyana or stories of long Penance was narrated. The objective was to accomplish Swarga, the place where the Lord is absorbed in his bliss or Vaikunta. त एकदा तु मुनयः प्रातर्हुतहुताशनाः।सत्कृतं सूतमासीनं पप्रच्छुरिदमादृताः॥One day having completed all the daily Yagna of fire with substance early in the morning, all the Rishis arrived for Jnana Yagna. They welcomed Sri Sutacharya, offered him arghya and padya paid respects, honor & gratitude. Sri Shaunaka Rishi, who on behalf of all rishis praised him for having arrived as bright Sun and says this:Oh! Stainless Sutacharya, you are well versed in all eighteen Puranas; Ithihasa or History including Mahabharata & Ramayana; Pancharatra. You have done an in-depth study of the Dharma Shastras. Also, you keep narrating these to the learned and wise.As the long stories of penance continued, we heard Sri Saunaka Rishi saying,अभिमन्युसुतं सूत प्राहुर्भागवतोत्तमम् ।तस्य जन्म महाश्चर्यं कर्माणि च गृणीहि नः ॥ ९॥Sri Sutha Puranika, we have heard that the son of Abhimanyu, Parikshit Raja was the best of Bhagavata following Bhagavata dharma to letter and spirit. His birth itself was a wonder. Please tell us the extraordinary story of his birth and all his outstanding activities.स सम्राट् कस्य वा हेतोः पाण्डूनां मानवर्धनः ।प्रायोपविष्टो गङ्गायामनादृत्याधिराट् श्रियम् ॥ १०॥Also, he brought fame to the family of Pandu and was an able Emperor. The Emperor of all the seven islands of this earth. Though had the responsibility of administering as per the dharma set-up by his grandfather Yudhishthira, for what reason did he abandoned the Empire and its wealth? What made him reach the bank of Ganges and take the vow of Prayopavistam by fasting until death?   नमन्ति यत्पादनिकेतमात्मनः शिवाय हानीय धनानि शत्रवः ।कथं स वीरः श्रियमङ्ग दुस्त्यजां युवैषतोत्स्रष्टुमहो सहासुभिः ॥ ११॥             The enemy Kings would bring their tax money of their kingdom to the Emperor and place it at the footrest of Parikshit Raja without failure. Yet, why the young Parikshit Raja did abandon the Empire and its complete wealth? What made him decide so?शिवाय लोकस्य भवाय भूतये य उत्तमश्लोकपरायणा जनाः ।जीवन्ति नात्मार्थमसौ पराश्रयं मुमोच निर्विद्य कुतः कलेवरम् ॥ १२॥One who has complete trust & belief in the Lord and work for the auspiciousness, welfare, prosperity, happiness of virtuous? They are not selfish. This way, having benevolence and doing selfless charity, how did Parikshit raja bring in dispassion towards his clean body and decided to give up?To these questions, we heard the birth story of Parikshit raja. Sri Sutacharya had to answer about Vairagya or dispassion of Parikshit raja towards the materialistic world, including foregoing his body. Hence, as an introduction to Vairagya, Lord Veda Vyasa introduces the relevant part of Mahabharata. He introduces Vidura, one of the central characters of Mahabharata. And an uncle of Pandavas and Kauravas. Unlike Bheeshmacharya, Vidura had no obligation to participate in the war of Kurukshetra and had taken up pilgrimage visiting various holy places of this Spiritual Land, Jambudweep. It is worthy of noting that Sri Shaunaka and his fellow rishis are of a very high order. They are very dear to the Lord. They carried out the Spiritual gathering for over a thousand years to ensure that the seventeen Puranas, Srimad Bhagavatam, Mahabharata, Ramayana, and its essence is percolated to every nook and corner of this Spiritual Land of Jambudweep. Hence, in any corner of this country, one would have some sense of these scriptures including the characters or their moral value. Therefore, the various characters of Hindu Mythology is immortal and never dies. Reimagining or retelling with the same names, some times consistent with characters, places, incidents, or the time of occurrences and sometimes otherwise with the compositions of Lord Veda Vyasa or camouflaging to distort the objectives of the Lord’s message as Hindu Mythology are a disservice.Let’s seek the continued blessings of Hari, Vayu, and Gurus to take a look at the thirteenth adhyaya of Srimad Bhagavata, Skanda one. || Hari Om |||| Sri Krishnarpanamastu || [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - The Future Predictions of Baby Parakshid


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Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you.We had noted that Parakshid is true to the sense as पर्ये or परितः is surrounding and अक्षत is uninjured as he is protected all around and remained uninjured. Also, seeing the Lord protecting him, dousing the heat, and making the surrounding pleasant while being in his mother's womb, the yet to be born baby had started wondering who is that!This way wondering about Lord even before his birth, Parakshid was true Vaishnava. Let's take a look at what the assembled priests well versed in astrology have to predict the future even as Parakshid was newborn.हिरण्यं गां महीं ग्रामान् हस्त्यश्वान् नृपतिर्वरान् ।प्रादात्स्वन्नं च विप्रेभ्यः प्रजातीर्थे स तीर्थवित् ॥ १४॥King Yudhishthira was well versed in the appropriate time for giving away charity. Knowing that the time of birth, before cutting the umbilical cord is Parva Kala or auspicious time as the passing away forefathers will be delighted at such time. Hence for the prosperity of Kuru kula, King Yudhisthira gave away Gold, Cows, Land, Villages, Elephants, and Horses as a charity to priests and arranged food for them. He did this before cutting the umbilical cord or the सूतक or start of impure time.The pleased priest, seeing the humility of the King Yudhishthira said thus:तमूचुर्ब्राह्मणास्तुष्टा राजानं प्रश्रयान्वितम् ।एष ह्यस्मिन् प्रजातन्तौ पुरूणां पौरवर्षभ ॥ १५॥दैवेनाप्रतिघातेन शुक्ले संस्थामुपेयुषि ।रातो वोऽनुग्रहार्थाय विष्णुना प्रभविष्णुना ॥ १६॥The Jewel of the Kuru dynasty! Killing was happening on both sides, everything had gone out of control, and though it was impossible to save the continuity of Kuru dynasty, the omnipotent Lord Maha Vishnu poured his mercy. He protected the baby in the womb of Uttara Devi and as well after immediately taking birth तस्मान्नाम्ना विष्णुरात इति लोके बृहच्छ्रवाः ।भविष्यति न सन्देहो महाभागवतो महान् ॥ १७॥Hence, the name of this baby would become Vishnuratha or the one protected by Maha Vishnu. Without an iota of doubt, he will become famously successful, a devout Vaishnava, and a great man.  Addressing the assembled priests, King Yudhishthira asked thus: युधिष्ठिर उवाचअप्येष वंश्यान् राजर्षीन् पुण्यश्लोकान् महात्मनः ।अनुवर्तिता स्विद्यशसा साधुवादेन सत्तमाः ॥ १८॥“The divine priests! Will this boy grow-up to bring fame as brought by our forefathers? They are पुण्यश्लोक:. Merits will accrue by just remembering and repeating the names of my forefathers. Will this boy too, accomplish similar heights as of Kuru, Ganga, Dushyant, Bharata, Pradeepa, Balika, Shantanu, and Bheeshma? Also, will he follow the family traditions? Will he present himself among the virtuous? Will he be able to talk among the virtuous?”    The assembled priests replied saying,ब्राह्मणा ऊचुःपार्थ प्रजाविता साक्षादिक्ष्वाकुरिव मानवः ।ब्रह्मण्यः सत्यसन्धश्च रामो दाशरथिर्यथा ॥ १९॥Partha! The son of Kunti! Don't worry. This boy will protect the subjects like King Ikshvaku, the son of Manu, the foremost of the solar dynasty. He will worship the priests and keep his words, like the son of Dasharatha, Lord Sri Rama. He will be Satyasandha like Lord Sri Rama.Though such examples are cited commonly by Lord Veda Vyasa, one should not try to equate Parakshid raja to Lord Sri Rama. This is similar to the example of a construction of cobweb being cited to the construction of the entire universe. Here, the objective is to communicate that like the spider from its stomach vomits a silk thread to construct the web, Lord Sriman Padhmanabha from his stomach brings out substance to construct the whole universe. Like the Spider and the Lord is incomparable in their individual ability, nor is their output of cobweb and the entire unimaginably vast universe. So too is Parakshid raja and Lord Sri Rama. Therefore, the ability of Lord Sri Rama being Satyasandha or his truthfulness is immeasurable. And that of Parakshid raja is full and complete to his capacity. This is similar to a 250 ml. bowl full of 250 ml. milk. While another bowl of 1 liter is full of 1-liter milk. While both the bowels are full of milk, each has a different quantity of milk. एष दाता शरण्यश्च यथा ह्यौशीनरः शिबिः ।यशो वितनिता स्वानां दौष्यन्तिरिव यज्वनाम् ॥ २०॥In giving away charity, he shall accomplish the fame of Shibi, the son of Ushinara. He will take keen interest and love all those who take refuge in him. In carrying out yagna or fire sacrifice, he shall accomplish the fame of Bharata, the son of Dushyant. This way, he will be famous and spread the fame of the Kuru dynasty.धन्विनामग्रणीरेष तुल्यश्चार्जुनयोर्द्वयोः ।हुताश इव दुर्धर्षः समुद्र इव दुस्तरः ॥ २१॥In archery, Parakshid would accomplish mastery like that of Kartavirya Arjuna, the King of Haihayas and like that of his grandfather Arjuna. His brilliance and power would be like that of a fire, impossible to take on. Also, he would be unconquerable like a sea. As no one would dare stand on the beach, say that I will swim and cross the sea. No one would dare to take on Parakshid, said the assembled priests.मृगेन्द्र इव विक्रान्तो निषेव्यो हिमवानिव ।तितिक्षुर्वसुधेवासौ सहिष्णुः पितराविव ॥ २२॥His courage and valor would be like that of Lion. Whichever part of the forest does the Lion go, there it would establish its lordship. And so shall be Parakshid raja. He would give protection like the Himalayan Mountains. His forbearance will be like that of mother earth taking all the abuse, pains, insults, and yet be extremely forgiving.पितामहसमः साम्ये प्रसादे गिरिशोपमः ।आश्रयः सर्वभूतानां यथा देवो रमाश्रयः ॥ २३॥In equability, justice, and sympathy, he would be like God Brahma. However, when it comes to working with state employees and the subjects, he would be like Girisha. The large-hearted God Shiva is known for favoring with boons. In giving shelter, he would be like Lord Lakshmipati who has created the entire universe giving shelter to everyone. The priests continue to say King Yudhistharaसर्वसद्गुणमाहात्म्ये एष कृष्णमनुव्रतः ।रन्तिदेव इवोदारो ययातिरिव धार्मिकः ॥ २४॥Rajan! The son of Kunti! Your grandson is a treasure house of virtues. For his attributes, he shall follow the footsteps of Lord, Sri Krishna himself. Like God Ranti, he would be large-hearted. Also, like King Yayati, he would follow the righteous path of dharma.धृत्या बलिसमः कृष्णे प्रह्लाद इव सद्ग्रहः ।आहर्तैषोऽश्वमेधानां वृद्धानां पर्युपासकः ॥ २५॥In courage, Parakshid would become like the emperor Bali. In the devotion towards the lotus feet of Lord, he shall be like Bhakta Prahalada.Also, he would carry out several Ashwamedha Yagna. He would serve the feet of his teachers and elders with great faith.राजर्षीणां जनयिता शास्ता चोत्पथगामिनाम् ।निग्रहीता कलेरेष भुवो धर्मस्य कारणात् ॥ २६॥In the family of this baby, there would be Raja rishis ruling the kingdom as a service to the lotus feet of Lord, establishing the righteous path of dharma, and punishing those deviating. Parakshid would follow the same path and rule over Kali in his yuga and ensure that righteousness would prevail. तक्षकादात्मनो मृत्युं द्विजपुत्रोपसर्जितात् ।प्रपत्स्यत उपश्रुत्य मुक्तसङ्गः पदं हरेः ॥ २७॥At the end of his life, he will be cursed by the son of a rishi that he shall die due to the bite of a snake named Takshaka. Knowing the arrival of his death, he gives up everything of this materialistic world including kingship and takes the refuge of the lotus feet of the Lord.जिज्ञासितात्मयाथात्म्यो मुनेर्व्याससुतादसौ ।हित्वेदं नृप गङ्गायां यास्यत्यद्धाकुतोभयम् ॥ २८॥At the end of his life, he will receive the spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance from Sri Sukacharya the son of Lord Veda Vyasa. With that knowledge of transcendental philosophy, on the banks of river Ganga, he will leave the body to join the lotus feet of the Lord in Vaikunta. He would accomplish moksha, says the learned priests.इति राज्ञ उपादिश्य विप्रा जातककोविदाः ।लब्धापचितयः सर्वे प्रतिजग्मुः स्वकान् गृहान् ॥ २९॥The priests who had assembled were well versed in astrology and were expert. They predict the future happenings of Parakshid raja. King Yudhishthira and the assembled relatives were very pleased to hear. Predicting the future of the baby Parakshid, receive the honor, return gifts, the priests return to their respective houses.  || Hari Om |||| Sri Krishnarpanamastu || [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - The Birth of Parakshid


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Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you. By hearing the stories of Bhagavatas or the devout Vaishnavas, though very narrow and difficult path, we will be blessed and motivated to walk on the righteous path leading towards the lotus feet of the Lord. As taken by Pandavas, Kunti Devi, Subadhra, and Uttara Devi. Also, let the Bhakti sprout in each of us, a devout Vaishnava like Parakshid raja be born in each of our families as happened in Pandu family and bring solace to all our forefathers.Sri Shaunaka Rishi representing thousands of rishis assembled for a spiritual gathering in Naimisharanya says to Sri Sutacharyaशौनक उवाचअश्वत्थाम्नोपसृष्टेन ब्रह्मशीर्ष्णोरुतेजसा ।उत्तराया हतो गर्भ ईशेनाजीवितः पुनः ॥ १॥तस्य जन्म महाबुद्धेः कर्माणि च महात्मनः ।निधनं च यथैवासीत्स प्रेत्य गतवान् यथा ॥ २॥तदिदं श्रोतुमिच्छामो गदितुं यदि मन्यसे ।ब्रूहि नः श्रद्दधानानां यस्य ज्ञानमदाच्छुकः ॥ ३॥Sri Sutacharya! We are fortunate to hear from you the stories narrating the glories of the Lord and his devotees. Also, various misperceptions of the Lord prevalent in the society have been clarified by you. We are free from the illusion and believe that the Lord is not a warmonger nor is crazy about women. Your clarifications have not only increased our faith in the Lord but also continues to rise.As per the assurance is given to Duryodhana, we had heard that Ashwathamaacharya had executed the bright Brahmashirsastra that had attacked the womb of Uttara Devi. However, Lord Sri Krishna protected the womb from which an intellectual with high valor, courage, and a great soul, Parakshid raja was born. Shuka muni initiated the knowledge of Bhagavata to this great soul, Parakshid raja. If it is okay to you, please narrate the stories of birth, actions, death and subsequent accomplishments by Parakshid raja. We wish to hear his story of whom Sri Shukacharya initiated the knowledge of bhakti,. We are keen to hear with complete trust and faith, said Shaunaka rishi.Sri Sutacharya says,अपीपलद्धर्मराजः पितृवद्रञ्जयन् प्रजाः ।निःस्पृहः सर्वकामेभ्यः कृष्णपादाब्जसेवया ॥ ४॥Sri Shaunaka! Dharmaraja Yudhistira was always at the service of the Lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna. Like the business of honey bee, he would sting the lotus feet of Lord to drink only honey. For the rest, he had given-up covetousness. He took care of the subjects of his kingdom as his own Seeing the Lord protecting him, dousing the heat, and making the surrounding pleasant, the yet to be born baby started wondering who is that!Hence, Parakshid is true to the sense as पर्ये or परितः is surrounding and अक्षत is Uninjured as he is protected all around and remained uninjured.  सम्पदः क्रतवो लोका महिषी भ्रातरो मही ।जम्बूद्वीपाधिपत्यं च यशश्च त्रिदिवं गतम् ॥ ५॥While Dharmarja was the king of Hastinapura, he was an emperor of Jambudweepa. The other kings of Jambudweep sought security from Dharmaraja and paid taxes to him. His kingdom was the wealthiest. He spent this wealth for conducting large sacrifices or Yagna. The queens and his brothers cooperated with Yudhistira in all activities he took-up. His name and fame had reached the higher worlds of heaven. The Gods in the higher world discussed the greatness of Dharmaraja’s rule. They wondered that there is not a single non-Vaishnava, nor those telling lies, nor cheats. All were devout Vaishnava. Farmers were receiving rains when they wished and grew what they desired in any season. However, Dharmaraja was unmoved. किं ते कामाः सुरस्पार्हा मुकुन्दमनसो द्विजाः ।अधिजह्रुर्मुदं राज्ञः क्षुधितस्य यथेतरे ॥ ६॥All the luxuries possessed by the Gods in heaven were available to King Yudhishthira. However, like a hungry man who seeks only food to satiate his hunger, King Yudhistra sought only the nectar in the lotus feet of the Lord to quench his spiritual thirst.मातुर्गर्भगतो वीरस्स तदा भृगुनन्दन ।ददर्श पुरुषं कञ्चिद्दह्यमानोऽस्त्रतेजसा ॥ ७॥Sri Shaunaka! You always seek divinity. One day, when the delivery time had approached, the missile shot by Ashwathama, burning red hot engulfed the heavily pregnant, Uttara Devi. The brightness and heat of the missile were eating into Parakshid raja growing in Uttara Devi’s womb. The Lord too had appeared shining bright at the same time. अङ्गुष्ठमात्रममलं स्फुरत्पुरटमौलिनम् ।अपीच्यदर्शनं श्यामं तडिद्वाससमच्युतम् ॥ ८॥श्रीमद्दीर्घचतुर्बाहुं तप्तकाञ्चनकुण्डलम् ।क्षतजाक्षं गदापाणिमात्मनः सर्वतो दिशम् ।परिभ्रमन्तमुल्काभां भ्रामयन्तं गदां मुहुः ॥ ९॥The Lord had appeared surprisingly wonderful, stainless, and as bright dazzling light in the size of a thumb to Parakshid raja. He was in his beautiful dark color body, wearing yellow robes that glittered like lightning. So too the crown he wore. The gold of his crown glittered and the gems in it, dazzled. The unchanging Lord, never subjected to the process of aging had appeared as if sixteen years old and had four beautiful arms. His earrings had the hue as in the pour of molten gold. His eyes appeared crimson red. Holding a spiked steel mace, the lord was swinging it 360-degree rotation and was moving all around Parakshid raja.The above description of the Lord also appears in Vishnu Sahasranama. It has been provided as dhyana sloka for meditation.सशङ्खचक्रं सकिरीट कुण्डलं सपीतवस्त्रं सरसीरूहेक्षणं ।सहार वक्ष स्तलम् शोभि  कौस्तुभं नमामि विष्णुं शिरसा  चतुर्भुजम् ॥ शोHolding conch & disc is a blessing and bestowing boons. Having a lotus-like eye, the Lord is wearing the glittering crown, earring having a hue as in the pour of molten gold, and yellow robes glittering like lightning. His chest is adorned with garland having Kaustabha gem. My salutations to such four-armed Lord Vishnu.Through stories in Srimad Bhagavata, Lord Veda Vyasa is helping even women & children to take baby steps in the maze of yoga. अस्त्रतेजः स्वगदया नीहारमिव गोपतिः ।विधमन्तं सन्निकर्षे पर्यैक्षत क इत्यसौ ॥ १०॥Like Sun God raising every morning beating down the fog by its heat, so too the lord swinging the mace with 360-degree rotation had doused the burning flame and the heat of Brahmashirsastra. Seeing the Lord protecting him, dousing the heat, and making the surrounding pleasant, the yet to be born baby started wondering, who is it!Hence, Parakshid is true to the sense as पर्ये or परितः is surrounding and अक्षत is Uninjured as he is protected all around by Lord and remained uninjured.सूत उवाच विधूय तदमेयात्मा भगवान् धर्मगुब्विभुः ।मिषतो दशमास्यस्य तत्रैवान्तर्दधे हरिः ॥ ११॥Even as the baby in the womb of Uttara Devi wondered, Lord Sri Krishna extinguished the heat and flame of Brahmashirsastra. By extinguishing the heat and brightness of the weapon Lord Sri Krishna protected dharma or righteousness. As Uttara Devi entered the tenth month of her pregnancy, Lord disappeared from her womb.We had heard in the Protection of Uttara Devi’s Womb from Brahmashirshastra, Sri Sutacharya narrating,अन्तःस्थः सर्वभूतानामात्मा योगेश्वरो हरिः ।स्वमाययावृणोद्गर्भं वैराट्याः कुरुतन्तवे ॥ १४॥यद्यप्यस्त्रं ब्रह्मशिरस्त्वमोघं चाप्रतिक्रियम् ।वैष्णवं तेज आसाद्य समशाम्यद्भृगूद्वह ॥ १५॥मा मंस्था ह्येतदाश्चर्यं सर्वाश्चर्यमयेऽच्युते ।य इदं मायया देव्या सृजत्यवति हन्त्यजः ॥ १६॥The Indweller in all the lives of this universe, the Lord of Yoga, Sri Hari entered the womb of Uttara Devi with one of his forms wearing a secretive armor to protect the offspring of the Pandu dynasty.     With emphasis, Sri Sutacharya says, “Shaunaka and all the Rishis! It is true that Brahmashirsastras is only one of a kind. It will never go in vain. And there is no anti-missile to neutralize this. Even then, it became calm seeing वैष्णवं तेज or the brilliance of the Lord.This is an amazing act of Lord that made Shaunaka & assembled Rishis hearing Srimad Bhagavatam bewildered. The Astra that attacked the womb of Uttara Devi, Lord Sri Krishna did not destroy it. But he entered the Uttara Devi's womb in one of his forms and protected from destruction by being an Armour protecting the baby. While the Astra continued to attack. Therefore, the Brahmashirsastra rendered by Gayatri or energized by Lord himself for the attack and also himself opposing as Armor in Uttara Devi's womb is opposite acts that are astonishing.One need not be astonished by this, says Sri Sutacharya. Our Lord is awesome. He is the most amazing one. He is Achyutha, having no decline. The unchanging Lord without birth nor death having immeasurable power using Prakriti creates, sustains, destroys, and regulates the whole universe. He is Paramatma or Supreme Atma to confine other Atmas' to death & birth. Subsequently, releasing them with Moksha. In other words, the Lord is Satya Sankalpa or Truthfully Resolute to bind us with confinement only to release with Moksha. This is the Axiom and is being taught by Srimad Bhagavatam. However, as Uttara Devi entered the tenth month of her pregnancy, Lord had disappeared from her womb. As soon as Uttara Devi delivered, the Brahmashirshastr did its job. The baby died. Incidentally, Lord Sri Krishna had visited Hastinapura on the invitation of Dharmaraj who was carrying out Ahwamedhayagna. Kunti Devi carrying the dead baby calls for Sri Krishna’s help.ततः सर्वगुणोदर्के सानुकूलग्रहोदये ।जज्ञे वंशधरः पाण्डोर्भूयः पाण्डुरिवौजसा ॥ १२॥At the same time, the planets had taken an auspicious combination for the birth of a good charactered virtuous baby. At that auspicious moment, Lord Sri Krishna takes the baby in his palm, and the birth to Parakshid happens. The Pandavas also arrive to see the baby with the brightness of Pandu and as if Pandu had born once again.  The Lord did so because Dharmaraja led a righteous kingdom. So too, the Pandavas, Kunti Devi, Subadhra, and Uttara Devi. All followed the righteous path. The progeny of the Pandu lineage was saved and protected by Lord Sri Krishna. Hence, they trumped over Duryodhana, the form of Kali and all his cronies.    तस्य प्रीतमना राजा विप्रैर्धौम्यकृपादिभिः ।जातकं कारयामास वाचयित्वा च मङ्गलम् ॥ १३॥Hearing the news on the birth of a child to Uttaradevi, King Yudhishthira was overwhelmed. He called the family priest Dhaumya Rishi, Krupacharya and other important priests. The auspicious divine sounds like the blow of couch were made in the baby’s ears and the naming ceremony was carried out. || Hari Om |||| Sri Krishnarpanamastu || [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - Is Lord Sri Krishna unduly fond of War and Women?


Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - Is Lord Sri Krishna unduly fond of War and Women? - Srimad Bhagavata Mahatmya RSS Feed  IMAGES, GIF, ANIMATED GIF, WALLPAPER, STICKER FOR WHATSAPP & FACEBOOK
Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you. Lord Sri Krishna who freed 16,108 women held captive by Bhaumaasura in the jail, gave refuge and married them. We shall take a look at the amount of grace he bestowed to these women. Also, the accusation of Lord Sri Krishna as a warmonger, having undue fondness towards women, and being under the control of women is discussed here to have an accurate perspective.Sri Sutacharya continuing the narration on the return of Lord Sri Krishna from Hastinapur to Dwarka, says,प्रविष्टस्तु गृहं पित्रोः परिष्वक्तः स्वमातृभिः ।ववन्दे शिरसा सप्त देवकीप्रमुखा मुदा ॥ २८॥ताः पुत्रमङ्कमारोप्य स्नेहस्नुतपयोधराः ।हर्षविह्वलितात्मानः सिषिचुर्नेत्रजैर्जलैः ॥ २९॥At first, Lord Sri Krishna went to the palace of his parents Devaki - Vasudeva. He prostrated to each of his six step-mothers and Devaki touching his head to the ground. Each of them hugged him with great love and affection. They made him sit close to them and enquired about his well being. In fact, they were overwhelmed seeing Lord Sri Krishna and tears of joy rolled down.After enquiring about the well being of each of his mothers, taking their permission, Lord Sri Krishna left to his palace.अथाविशत् स्वभवनं सर्वकाममनुत्तमम्।प्रासादा यत्र पत्नीनां सहस्राणि च षोडश।शतमष्टोत्तरं चैव वज्रवैडूर्यमण्डिताः ॥ ३०॥Lord Sri Krishna entered his palace. His palace was complete with all the luxuries and the best on the earth. His large palace had several residences. These were constructed of gold and silver. Decorated by gems and jewels brought from the higher world of heaven. Each of his 16,108 wives lived in a separate residence of their own in his palace.पत्न्यः पतिं प्रोष्य गृहानुपागतं विलोक्य सञ्जातमनोमहोत्सवाः ।उत्तस्थुरारात्सहसासनाशयात्साकंव्रतैर्व्रीडितलोचनाननाः ॥ ३१॥The Lord had returned home after a very long time. The boundless lord appeared on the main door of each resident of his wives in so many forms. The long await of looking forward to his arrival had suddenly disappeared. Seeing him, each of his wives was overjoyed. They were extremely happy and stood-up abandoning all their activities. Seeing the stunningly handsome Lord, each of them became spellbound. They immediately gave up the vow of being plain dressed, disorder, and without make-up for the reasons of separation of their husband and rushed to decorate themselves with makeup. They wore new and special dresses that they had got done in anticipation of the occasion of arrival. As they came decked-up in front of him, Lord Sri Krishna mischievously saw the excitement through their eyes, which made their shyness to conquer them. Having shiver in the heart, goosebumps all over the body, and the feeling of joy mixed with a fear of the possibility of losing him, become embarrassingly self-conscious. Like the honey bee sting without harming the flower to drink nectar, the same way his wives fill their heart with nectar called the love and devotion through the sting called eyes.तमात्मजैर्दृष्टिभिरन्तरात्मना दुरन्तभावाः परिरेभिरे पतिम् ।निरुद्धमप्यास्रवदम्बुनेत्रयोर्विलज्जतीनांभृगुवर्य वैक्लवात् ॥ ३२॥Their feelings towards Lord Sri Krishna was deep, profound, and heartfelt. Also, they heard their children towards the Lord saying them that their father had returned. The ten sons and a daughter of each of these wives were excited to see their father back at home. Initially thinking, subsequently due to the meeting of eyes, and later for reasons of happiness brought by children, they embraced the beloved Lord Krishna. They were overwhelmed.Sutacharya says, “Shaunaka! By then, their irresistible emotions had filled the eyes with tears and were profusely weeping with a choked voice in the arms of Lord Sri Krishna. Their love and devotion in Lord was endless. More than they loved themselves.”Remember, the one million children from the Gopis of Vajra mandala had fought on the side of Duryodhana and had died in the Great War of Kurukshetra. Subsequently, after the loss of 100 children, Gandhari had cursed Lord Sri Krishna without continuity of his lineage and had called the death of all his children. Also, Lord Sri Krishna had married Ashta Mahishi viz. Rukmani, Jambavati, Satyabhama, Kalindi, Mitravinda, Nagnajiti, Bhadra, and Lakshana, the mothers of Pradyumna, Charu Deshna, Samba, and others.यद्यप्यसौ पार्श्वगतो रहोगतस्तथापि तस्याङ्घ्रियुगं नवं नवम् ।पदे पदे का विरमेत तत्पदाच्चलापि यच्छ्रीर्न जहाति कर्हिचित् ॥ ३३॥While the Lord is present everywhere having immeasurable power, is invisible. Though the Lord was physically available to his wives with touch and feel at all times, they saw him new and fresh at his every step. The Goddess Maha Lakshmi influencing wealth bestows fickle and extreme inconsistency to the wealth. However, when it comes to herself, she has made the Lord’s heart itself as her abode without fickle, nor inconsistency, nor departing with him for a second. Such being the status of Maha Lakshmi, what could be said about his 16108 wives? Asks Sri Sutacharya.एवं नृपाणां क्षितिभारजन्मनामक्षौहिणीभिः परिवृत्ततेजसाम् ।विधाय वैरं श्वसनो यथानलं मिथो वधेनोपरतो निरायुधः ॥ ३४॥Causing the war of Kurukshetra wherein eighteen akshohini with seven on the side of Pandava and eleven on the side of the Kauravas fought, he killed all these warriors without even using a weapon. This way, appearing on earth, causing the death of sinners, the Lord reduced the weight of sin on mother earth. Releasing several thousands of beautiful women from jail, built beautiful residences to them with silver and gold, decorated with gems & jewels, marrying them gave refuge, played with them and the Lord lived with them like a husband of an ordinary household. He did all of this effortlessly unfolding the sport's charm.स एष नरलोकेऽस्मिन्नवतीर्णः स्वमायया ।रेमे स्त्रीरत्नकूटस्थो भगवान् प्राकृतो यथा ॥ ३५॥The very Lord, apparently through his sports charm, appeared on this earth. He lived among thousands of exceptionally pretty women, who were like a stunning jewel. He exhibited living like another member of a household through his sport’s charm.  उद्दामभावपिशुनामलवल्गुहासव्रीडावलोकनिहतो मदनोऽपि यासाम् ।सम्मुह्य तापमजहात्प्रमदोत्तमास्ता यस्येन्द्रियं विमथितुं कुहकैर्न शेकुः ॥ ३६॥तमयं मन्यते लोको ह्यसङ्गमपि सङ्गिनम् ।आत्मौपम्येन मनुजं व्यापृण्वानं यतोऽबुधः ॥ ३७॥Even the most charming women appearing in deep thoughts, or gently serious, could infatuate any men with their shyness, smile, and a view through their edge of the eye. Also, the God of Love, Manmatha, having the five arrows of love, failed to pierce the heart of these stunningly beautiful women and infatuate them. He had to drop his bow and arrow that could cause love. The cupid sat down helpless. Even such beauties could not influence nor distort the stability of Lord Sri Krishna. Thinking that such untouched Lord is living like a human or an ordinary householder like themselves if foolish. There are allegations blaming Lord Sri Krishna as,1.    He is a warmonger. Though he could have stopped the great war of Kurukshetra and saved several people from death, he chose not to do so.However, Lord in the form of Sri Krishna, himself went to broker a peace between the warring cousins. Also, in his form of Veda Vyasa, Lord advised Kauravas, not to take-up war. Yet, Duryodhana decided to go ahead with the war. He did not compromise even for one issue. So, how could Lord Sri Krishna be blamed? The other options were to let go of all the misdeeds of Duryodhana and his cronies. In that case, who would have upheld the justice and the virtuous? He would have still been blamed for not upholding dharma.2.    After killing several people in the war, he returned to Dwarka and lived with his thousands of wives. He was स्त्रीलौल्य, or fond of women; स्त्रैण or always being among women and doing as told by them. Similarly, it is a general thought among devotees or others that during calamities, accidents, war, and so on, thousands of people die, tragedies happen in families or in an individual’s life. Why do Lord Sri Krishna not protect? These are only accusations having no substance. While the entire universe has been created by Lord for the individual lives, but we live without accepting this or his lordship during our normal times. Also, in our happiness, we do not remember him. Only when something goes wrong, we make it a big issue without taking any responsibility. Hence, in the rule and the governance of the Lord, there are no happenings without rhyme or reason. There is nothing accidental. Behind every misfortune, there is a sin. Unless we fall in line with the rules of governance of Lord, unintended or untoward will continue to happen.3.    At the next level, the question arises that why as an indweller and the prime mover for all happenings, Lord did not stop at the time of committing sin itself? Had he stopped, then the accusation towards Lord would have been that he has not given individual choice. Hence, this direction of argument and counter-argument continues to propagate the futility of this creation.Moreover, the Lord would be accused of not supporting those having counter happenings. During happiness and delight, those individuals proclaim that they have a deep longing to live and enjoy life. A desire to tour and travel exotic places of this wonderful universe created by the same Lord.Therefore, the fundamental reasons for this creation includes the will power of the Lord, his desire for creation, the desire of Goddess Mahalakshmi to see the majesty of Lord in the whole creation, the desire of Gods and the entanglement of individual being with karma or actions that they desire to take-up.          एतदीशनमीशस्य प्रकृतिस्थोऽपि तद्गुणैः ।न युज्यते सदाऽऽत्मस्थैर्यथा बुद्धिस्तदाश्रया ॥ ३८॥Though being in the Prakriti, remaining uninfluenced or untouched by its characteristic makes Sri Krishna the best and stand above all. This ability gives him Lordship on absolutely everything including the universe. This is his strength. His greatness.Let alone the Lord, even any beings from God Brahma to a blade of grass would become uninfluenced and untouched by Prakriti in themselves through the mercy or Prasada of Lord.      तं मेनिरेऽबला मूढाः स्त्रैणं चानुव्रतं रहः ।अप्रमाणविदो भर्तुरीश्वरं मतयो यथा ॥ ३९॥It is impossible for the mind to understand Lord who stands beyond its comprehension. Similarly, the 16,108 wives unable to understand his divinity and Lordship, were under the belief that their husband, Sri Krishna was like any other human being and husband under their control.Hence, answering that the accusation of Lord Sri Krishna as स्त्रीलौल्य, or fond of women; स्त्रैण or always being among women and doing as told by them is a delusion and the opposite side of reality.इति श्रीमद्भागवते महापुराणे पारमहंस्यां संहितायां प्रथमस्कन्धेनैमिषीयोपाख्याने श्रीकृष्णद्वारकाप्रवेशो नामैकादशोऽध्यायः ॥ ११॥With this, we complete "The arrival of Lord Sri Krishna to his Kingdom of Dwarka” the eleventh Adhyaya, of Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1.  || Hari Om |||| Sri Krishnarpanamastu || [...]

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Kali Yuga & The Divine Plan - The Birth of Kali


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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - Reception of Lord Sri Krishna at Dwarka


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Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you. मधुभोजदशार्हार्हकुकुरान्धकवृष्णिभिः ।आत्मतुल्यबलैर्गुप्तां नागैर्भोगवतीमिव ॥ ११॥The people of various divisions of Yadava clan including Madu, Bhoja, Dashahra, Arha, Kukura, Andaka, and Vrishni were the citizens and protected the kingdom of Dwarka like the Nagas protect the city of Bhogavati, the capital for the region of Nagaloka in Patala.सर्वर्तुसर्वविभवपुण्यवृक्षलताश्रमैः ।उद्यानोपवनारामैर्वृतपद्माकरश्रियम् ॥ १२॥The trees, creepers & shrubs in the City of Dwarka flowered all the seasons. There were ornamental flowers, shrubs with colorful leaves throughout the year bringing grandeur. There were fruit gardens, flower gardens, and parks with, play gardens, water bodies, and fountains. Also, the large auspicious pupil trees and ashrams for people to sit and relax were spotted. All this made the city a splendid with Goddess of abundance dancing off to her glory.Seeing all this, the always satisfied Lord Sri Krishna expressing happiness from his vast bliss walked through the city of Dwarka.गोपुरद्वारमार्गेषु कृतकौतुकतोरणाम् ।चित्रध्वजपताकाग्रैरन्तः प्रतिहतातपाम् ॥ १३॥For the reception of Lord, the large ornamented gateways leading to the main VIP roads broad enough for the movement of royal carriages were cleaned and decorated. Also, the arches leading to crossroads were festooned. The large trees overarched the roads offering shade. However, the canopies of green natural coconut palm thatch were erected along the road to avoid scorching sun of the mid-noon. Fresh flags symbolizing the diverse interests fluttered the skylines of Dwarka bringing grandeur.सम्मार्जितमहामार्गरथ्यापणकचत्वराम् ।सिक्तां गन्धजलैरुप्तां फलपुष्पाक्षताङ्कुरैः ॥ १४॥All the roads of Dwarka including the VIP roads for royal, crossroads, and market roads were swept and cleaned. The intersections of two roads, the entrances of each house, entrances shop, all were washed and decorated with rangoli. Flower garlands were tied to the doors, entrances and canopy columns. The scent was sprayed and incense sticks were lit all over.On the roads which Lord Sri Krishna had taken were scattered with the leftover flowers, its petals, fruits and colored grains of rice. Also, the pots filled with curds and plates full of fruits offered to Lord Sri Krishna was spotted all over. द्वारि द्वारि गृहाणां च दध्यक्षतफलेक्षुभिः ।अलङ्कृतां पूर्णकुम्भैर्बलिभिर्धूपदीपकैः ॥ १५॥Each and every one had decorated their entrance door by tying banana plants, bunches of fruits, sugar canes, etc. Also, they had kept the Akshata or the colored rice, Kalasha or the decorated picture filled with holy water stuck with mango lives and the mouth covered with a decorated coconut, gifts, Deepa or oil lamps, and other Pooja items in front of their houses.  निशम्य प्रेष्ठमायान्तं वसुदेवो महामनाः ।अक्रूरश्चोग्रसेनश्च रामश्चाद्भुतविक्रमः ॥ १६॥प्रद्युम्नश्चारुदेष्णश्च साम्बो जाम्बवतीसुतः ।प्रहर्षवेगोच्छ्वसितशयनासनभोजनाः ॥ १७॥वारणेन्द्रं पुरस्कृत्य ब्राह्मणैः ससुमङ्गलैः ।शङ्खतूर्यनिनादेन ब्रह्मघोषेण चादृताः ।प्रत्युज्जग्मू रथैर्हृष्टाः प्रणयागतसाध्वसाः ॥ १८॥Immediately upon hearing the message of the arrival of Lord Sri Krishna, Vasudeva, Akrura, Uggrasena, the valorous Balarama, Pradyumna, Charu Deshna, Samba the son of Jambavati, were all excited. All of them abandoned their job on hand, also, their regular routines to welcome Lord Sri Krishna. They got their elephants, horses ready to lead them. Also, the dogs in the houses of kshatriyas followed them. The Brahmins carried all divine and auspicious material including paste of sandalwood, flowers, fruits, colored grains, Deepa, and Kalasha. Also, they assembled orchestra and played auspicious music with instruments like mridangam, conch, veena, dhol, drums, kahle, kombu, and so on. As the Brahmins blew the conch and recited the auspicious Veda mantra. The complete troop climbed the chariot and rushed to the main entrance gate and the arch of the palace area to receive Lord Sri Krishna.The dharma was accepting kshatriyas to have dogs then as they accompanied them for hunting. However, it was prohibited for Brahmins and Vishya. वारमुख्याश्च शतशो यानैस्तद्दर्शनोत्सुकाः ।लसत्कुण्डलनिर्भातकपोलवदनश्रियः ॥ १९॥Similarly, thousands of women from the palace sporting curly hair, beautiful earrings, with complete make-up appeared stunningly beautiful were boarding the beautifully carved and decorated individual Pallaki or the wooden plank carried by humans to welcome Lord Sri Krishna.नटनर्तकगन्धर्वाः सूतमागधवन्दिनः ।गायन्ति चोत्तमश्लोकचरितान्यद्भुतानि च ॥ २०॥The expert performers of rasa abhinaya arousing various emotions in the audience through art including actors, dancers, singers, narrators of mythology & historic stories from the various communities of Suta and Vandi-Magda had assembled at the main entrance gate. They were performing their respective art through which they praised the glories of the Lord in separate groups and moved ahead as Lord walked towards the palace. भगवांस्तत्र बन्धूनां पौराणामनुवर्तिनाम् ।यथाविध्युपसङ्गम्य सर्वेषां मानमादधे ॥ २१॥प्रह्वाभिवादनाश्लेषकरस्पर्शस्मितेक्षणैः ।आश्वास्य चाश्वपाकेभ्यो वरैश्चाभिमतैर्विभुः ॥ २२॥स्वयं च गुरुभिर्विप्रैः सदारैः स्थविरैरपि ।आशीर्भिर्युज्यमानोऽन्यैर्वन्दिभिश्चाविशत्पुरम् ॥ २३॥Lord Sri Krishna responded to everyone. He responded to his near & dear relatives, administrative staff, common public, elephants, horses, dogs, and even chandalas individually and exclusively based on the gradation of their esteem and stature. He congratulated them.To some, Lord Sri Krishna responded by bowing his head. For a few others, he responded through words by talking to them. To some others, he gave a warm hug, for some he shook hands, for some others he responded by smiling, and to some, he responded through his eyes. He patted each of the elephants, horses, and dogs. And to everyone, he blessed them boon fulfilling their desire. This way satisfying everyone including the community of chandalas. Lord received blessings from gurus, old Brahmin couples, and other senior citizens. Hearing his praises in the chanting of Vedas by Brahmins, Sutas, and Vandi-Magdas, Lord Sri Krishna entered Dwarka.After narration on the happenings of Lord Sri Krishna entering Dwarka, Sri Sutacharya continued saying on the reception of Lord Sri Krishna from the entrance of his palace. Sri Sutacharya, says,राजमार्गं गते कृष्णे द्वारकायाः कुलस्त्रियः ।हर्म्याण्यारुरुहुर्विप्राः तदीक्षणमहोत्सवाः ॥ २४॥नित्यं निरीक्षमाणानां यदपि द्वारकौकसाम् ।न वितृप्यन्ति हि दृशः श्रियो धामाङ्गमच्युतम् ॥ २५॥श्रियो निवासो यस्योरः पानपात्रं मुखं दृशाम् ।बाहवो लोकपालानां सारङ्गाणां पदाम्बुजम् ॥ २६॥Shaunaka! The women from various Yadava clan including Madu, Bhoja, Dashahra, Arha, Kukura, Andaka, and Vrishni had climbed terraces and some stood in front of their houses waiting to see Lord Sri Krishna. His coming to the King’s road brought happiness to those women. The Lord’s reception was like a celebration of the festival to them. All had climbed the terraces of their respective houses to get a glimpse of the Lord.What could one say about the auspicious and divine-personality of splendor, of Lord! Wonders Sri Sutacharya. Let alone him visiting after a gap staying in Vajra mandala, his attraction is Achutha without decline or be satisfied even if one is seeing him continuously. He is a treasure house of charm and beauty.Even, Goddess Soundarya Lakshmi who is the most beautiful causing beauty is attracted to the Lord. Unable to part even for a second, has made the place of his heart as her abode. His lotus face is a vessel of the nectar of beauty for the consumption of her eyes. His beauty surpasses that of Goddess Soundarya Lakshmi. The strength in the Lord’s shoulders are sung as praises by the soldiers seeking its refuge. The best of beings, God Brahma, Vayu, their wives, Goddess Saraswati, Bharati; the best of Vaishnavas, Garuda, Sesha & Rudra including their wives Sauparni, Varuni and Parvati; the King of Gods, Indra and his wife Shachi; and all Gods and their wives are like सारङ्ग or bees attracted only to the Lotus feet of Lord to consume the nectar.  सितातपत्रव्यजनैरुपस्कृतःप्रसूनवर्षैरभिवर्षितः पथि ।पिशङ्गवासा वनमालया बभौ घनो यथार्कोडुपचापवैद्युतैः ॥ २७॥As Lord Sri Krishna took the road, a large white decorated umbrella was held above him. On either side, handheld fans made with a silver handle and yak hair was swung. At his every step, flowers and flower petals were showered.His yellow robes dazzled with the brightness of lightning. He was wearing Vanamala, the garland made of exotic flowers from deep forests. Its distinct fragrance stood out from the other fragrance that the people of Dwarka had applied. This way, the dark-colored decked-up Lord shined with the brilliance surpassing the sky when lit-up by Sun, Full Moon, Rainbow, Lightening. All at the same time.    || Hari Om |||| Sri Krishnarpanamastu || [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1 - Praises of Lord Krishna on his return to Dwarka


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Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Hare Srinivasaकल्यण अद्भुत गात्राय कामितार्थ प्रदयिने ।श्रीमद् वेन्कटनाथाय श्रीनिवासय ते नम: ॥Your benevolence for granting wishes is incredibly vast and unsurpassed. Divine Lord Venkateshwara! Destroyer of Sins! An abode of Mahalakshmi! Srinivasa! My salutations to you.भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well as being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You are the only cause of our success.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.दयादाक्षिण्यवैराग्यवाक्पाटवमुखाङिकतः ।शापानुृग्रहशक्तोऽन्यो राघवेन्द्रन्नविध्यते ॥ The face symbolizing Compassion; Modesty; Dispassion towards sensual pleasure; Eloquence; Power to remove curses is none else than you, Guru Raghavendra. My salutations to you. The war at Kurukshetra was over. Dharma had trumped, Dharmaraja was coronated as King of Hastinapur and the death of Duryodhana had marked the birth of Kali. Hence, the war of injustice, the fight of adharma against dharma continues unabated. Meantime, Ashwathama had fired a Brahmashirsastra directing to kill all the progeny of Pandavas and hence was attacking the womb of Uttara Devi. Answering Uttara Devi’s prayers, we noted below:अन्तःस्थः सर्वभूतानामात्मा योगेश्वरो हरिः ।स्वमाययावृणोद्गर्भं वैराट्याः कुरुतन्तवे ॥ १४॥Lord Sri Krishna, the indweller in all the lives of this universe, the Lord of Yoga, Sri Hari had entered the womb of Uttara Devi with one of his forms wearing a secretive armor to protect the offspring of the Pandu dynasty. For which, Sri Sutacharya had said, यद्यप्यस्त्रं ब्रह्मशिरस्त्वमोघं चाप्रतिक्रियम् ।वैष्णवं तेज आसाद्य समशाम्यद्भृगूद्वह ॥ १५॥“Shaunaka! It is true that Brahmashirsastras is only one of a kind. It will never go in vain. And there is no anti-missile to neutralize this. Even then, it became calm seeing वैष्णवं तेज or the brilliance of the Lord.”Subsequently, at the request of Uttara Devi, Kunti Devi, all Pandavas and to bring happiness to his sister Subhadra, Lord Sri Krishna stayed back for a long time in Hastinapura.  One day, Lord Sri Krishna left for Dwarka.For daily prayers, or hearing Lord’s stories that describe his glories, or sing his names that describe his attributes, we often lose attention or devotion. Sometimes, it even becomes a burden. Here, Sri Sutacharya narrating the zeal and enthusiasm of the people of Dwarka establishes the way to go about when it comes to Lord. He says,   कुरुजाङ्गलपाञ्चालान् शूरसेनान् सयामुनान् ।ब्रह्मावर्तं कुरुक्षेत्रं मत्स्यान् सारस्वतानथ ॥ ३४॥मरुधन्वमतिक्रम्य सौवीराभीरयोः परान् ।आनर्तान् भार्गवोपागाच्छ्रान्तवाहो मनाग् विभुः ॥ ३५॥Dear Shaunaka! After crossing the kingdoms of Kuru, Lord Sri Krishna had traveled through the various kingdoms of Panchala, Shoorasena, on the banks of the river The Yamuna. Also, he had traveled through Brahmavarta, Kurukshetra, Matsya, Saraswata, Marudanva, and had reached Anarta adjacent to Sauveera and Abhira kingdoms. By then, the horses had pulled the chariot and had covered a long distance. They were tired.  तत्र तत्र ह तत्रत्यैर्हरिः प्रत्युद्यतार्हणः ।सायं भेजे दिशं पश्चाद्गविष्ठो गां गतस्तदा ॥ ३६॥As the people in various towns and cities heard the news of Lord Sri Krishna’s travel plans, they assembled to welcome him, pay respects and offer him presents.  They were excited and happy. Hence, they had to stop at various places. The Lord seeing all of them, was pleased and had showered his blessings. However, it was dusk when he had reached Anarta, the border territory of his kingdom. The Sun that had raised from the sea for the day was setting into the sea. Hence, he got down from the chariot to carry out Sandyavandana. This was his daily routine.          इति श्रीमद्भागवते महापुराणे पारमहंस्यां संहितायां प्रथमस्कन्धेश्रीकृष्णद्वारकागमनं नाम दशमोऽध्यायः ॥ १०॥With this, we complete a part named "Arrival of Sri Krishna to Dwarka" of tenth Adhyaya, of Srimad Bhagavatam Skanda 1. We could do so only with the grace of Gurus including Sri Raghavendra and his philosophical associates including Sri Saunaka & his fellow Rishis, Sri Sutacahrya, Sri Sukachary, God Vayu, and Sri Hari as their Jnana Prasada. Let's pray for their continued blessings.सूत उवाच, Sri Sutacharya says,आनर्तान् स उपव्रज्य स्वृद्धाञ्जनपदान् स्वकान् ।दध्मौ दरवरं तेषां विषादं शमयन्निव ॥ १॥Shaunaka! Sri Krishna had reached the border territory of Anarta. All along his travels, he had noticed that the villages, towns, and cities were prosperous. Always satisfied Lord had also noticed that a sense of loss was growing from time to time due to his separation among the people of Dwarka. He blew his auspicious conch named Panchajanya. Hearing which, the citizens had lost their pain of missing Lord Sri Krishna, also, they gave up the solitude and became very happy.स उच्चकाशे धवलोदरो दरोऽप्युरुक्रमस्याधरशोणशोणिमा ।दाध्मायमानः करकञ्जसम्पुटे यथाब्जखण्डे कलहंस उत्स्वनः ॥ २॥The Panchajanya conch was pure white, glossy that reflected the pink color of the cheeks of Lord Sri Krishna. Hence, the conch appeared like the newly bloomed early morning lotus flower in the water body graciously dancing to the gentle flow of the air and like the melodious sound of King Swan.तमुपश्रुत्य निनदं जगद्भयभयावहम् ।प्रत्युद्ययुः प्रजाः सर्वा भर्तृदर्शनलालसाः ॥ ३॥The sound of Panchajanya is very scary to all the evils who cause fear. Also, the pregnant women of evil abort hearing this sound. However, the virtuous people of Anarta heard the same sound of Panchajanya as melodious. This brought enthusiasm in them looking forward to seeing their Lord, they rushed out of their city to receive Lord Sri Krishna.तत्रोपनीतबलयो रवेर्दीपमिवादृताः ।आत्मारामं पूर्णकामं निजलाभेन नित्यदा ॥ ४॥Sri Krishna's ArrivalThe devotees of Lord Surya Narayana offer oil lamps out of respect & devotion to God Sun, though himself is blazing. So too, the offer argyria, the water from the lake to God Sun. Similarly, the people of Dwarka brought gifts and welcomed Lord Sri Krishna who was always engrossed in himself as Atmarama. They brought pooja items that included garlands, sandalwood paste, jewelry, clothes, and so on. Also, they brought different types of fresh fruits and dry fruits to please the Lord. All these, they had arranged in silver plates and some in gold plates and were carrying these plates on their heads with a lot of care and devotions. As they reached the Lord Sri Krishna, they kept in front of him and offered prostration filling their hearts with love towards the Lord. In fact, Sri Krishna had received this symbolically and had returned the same making it manifold as blessing to the people of Anarta. प्रीत्युत्फुल्लमुखाः प्रोचुर्हर्षगद्गदया गिरा ।पितरं सर्वसुहृदमवितारमिवार्भकाः ॥ ५॥The people of Anarta had their faces lit-up. It bloomed like a lotus flower, bringing happiness and enthusiasm.  They had seen Stayaki, Uddhava, the chariot and the Lord Sri Krishna himself. Their voice was choking. As they sang and twittered like a little boy talking to his father. Submitting themselves including their words, deeds, mind, and soul, they sang the glory of the kind-hearted protector, Lord Sri Krishna. नताःस्म ते नाथ सदाङ्घ्रिपङ्कजं विरिञ्चवैरिञ्च्यसुरेन्द्रवन्दितम् ।परायणं क्षेममिहेच्छतां परं न यत्र कालः प्रभवेत्परः प्रभुः ॥ ६॥Lord! Our salutations are always to your divine lotus feet. The best of being, God Brahma, Vayu, the best of Vaishnavas Garuda, Sesha, Rudra, the King of Gods Indra all worship those divine lotus-like feet. Also, the children of Brahma including Sanat Kumaras, Narada, and the accomplished souls themselves seek refuge in your lotus feet. These very lotus-like feet have set-foot on the lordship of the universe. Those who seek auspicious benefits, to them, these divine lotus feet give refuge. Even the God of Time, Yamaraja cannot trouble them. As you are the Lord of Time and the indweller of Yamaraja.    भवाय नस्त्वं भव विश्वभावन त्वमेव माताथ सुहृत्पतिः पिता ।त्वं सद्गुरुर्नः परमं च दैवतं यस्यानुवृत्त्या कृतिनो बभूविम ॥ ७॥Vishwabhavana! From you, the whole universe has arisen. Suhrtpati! You are the mother, the father, you are the friend, as well as our teacher. Sadguru! It is you, who makes us walk on the right path. You are our lord, as well being worshipped. We are safe and successful by taking refuge in your lotus feet which are auspicious. Lord! You be the only cause to our success.अहो सनाथा भवता स्म यद्वयं त्रैविष्टपानामपि दूरदर्शनम् ।प्रेमस्मितस्निग्धनिरीक्षणाननं पश्येम रूपं तव सर्वसौभगम् ॥ ८॥Wow! Your beauty is the essence of all beautiful. The arrival of a handsome Lord like you is like an orphan unexpectedly receiving parents. The Gods have their King as Devendra. But for us, the people of Dwarka, you are our Lord. We are more fortunate than the Gods in Heaven. We are fortunate to see your lotus like a beautiful face filled with love, friendship, compassion, tight-lipped smile, always.यर्ह्यम्बुजाक्षापससार भो भवान् कुरून् मधून् वाथ सुहृद्दिदृक्षया ।तत्राब्दकोटिप्रतिमः क्षणो भवेद्रविं विनाक्ष्णोरिव नस्तवाच्युत ॥ ९॥The lotus-eyed Pundarikaksha! Achutha! You have no decline. However, when you had left to see your dear relatives in Hastinapura, Mathura in Vajra Mandala, our lives had become as if devoid of Sunlight. For us, every second was appearing as if thousands of years. When you are here now, the Pandavas and the people of Kuru would experience the same. Oh, Lord! It is very hard to live without you. We had really missed you.इति चोदीरिता वाचः प्रजानां भक्तवत्सलः ।शृण्वानोऽनुग्रहं दृष्ट्या वितन्वन् प्राविशत्पुरीम् ॥ १०॥ Lord Sri Krishna being bhaktavatsala, as devotees are most dear, heard the pleasing words of his devotees. He heard everyone and acknowledged each of them. With that view itself, filled with compassion, blessed them and entered Dwarka.|| Hari Om |||| Sri Krishnarpanamastu || [...]

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Srimad Bhagavatam cleanses kalimala or the pollutant of Kali, destroys sins, shows the indweller, the Lord, in oneself by bringing Vairagya towards the materialistic world, and gives pure devotion, crystal clear, and clean knowledge. || Hari Om ||Om Krishnaya Namahकृष्णाय वासुदेवाय देवकीनन्दनाय च ।नन्दगोपकुमाराय गोविन्दाय नमो नमः ॥Sri Krishna! Being a hope to the imprisoned Devaki & Vasudeva caused happiness by mesmerizing Nandagopa, Gopikas and even the Goddess of abundant beauty. Vasudeva! creation, sustenance, destruction and so on is a sports charm of you. Govinda! you are the cause & protector of Vedas.Krishna, Vasudeva, Devaki Nandana, Nanda Gopa Kumara, Govinda, My repeated salutations to you.नमः पङ्कजनाभाय नमः पङ्कजमालिने ।नमः पङ्कजनेत्राय नमस्ते पङ्कजाङ्घ्रये ॥My salutations to the Lotus of the navel. My salutations to the Lotus garlanded.My salutations to Lotus petal eye. My salutations to the Lotus feet.व्यासाय भव नाशाय श्रीशाय गुण राशऐ ।हृद्याय शुद्ध विद्याय मध्वायछ नमो नमः ॥Charming & the beloved Vyasa, the destroyer of emotional & behavioral disorders, the Lord of Goddess of abundance having heaps of attributes, bestower of clean knowledge, my repeated salutations to you and Acharya Madhwa.यः स्वानुभावमखिलश्रुतिसारमेकमध्यात्मदीपमतितितीर्षतां तमोऽन्धम् ।संसारिणां करुणयाह पुराणगुह्यं तं व्याससूनुमुपयामि गुरुं मुनीनाम् ॥This Srimad Bhagavatam gives the experience of the Lord and has the essence of all Vedas and Vedanta. It sheds spiritual light on the transcendental philosophy required to surpass the intense cycle of death and birth which is wrapped in ignorance. However, it is very secretive in nature. Hence, I pray to you Sri Shukacharya for your continued blessings.यद्भनौ यत्क्र्शानौ यदमृतकिरणे यद् ग्रहेषू दितेषुज्योतिर्यत्तारकासु प्रथितमणिषु यद्यच्च सौदामिनिषु ।सम्भूयौतत् समस्तं त्वदमितह्रदयाकाशनिर्यत्प्रकाशेधीर श्रीराघवेन्द्रव्रतिवरभजते हन्त खद्योतरीतिम् ॥The brightness of the Sun, Fire, Moon, Planets, Stars, Gems, Precious stones and Lightening put together is just like a firefly near the astonishing brilliance emanating from your lotus of Heart wherein the five forms of Lord Sri Rama, Sri Narasimha, Sri Veda Vyasa, Sri Krishna and Sriman Narayana are present in a significant way bestowing you the Brahmavarchas or the Sacred Knowledge.Gentle & Holy Sage, Sri Raghvendra, भजते, I worship you by surrendering myself.In that golden era of Pandava rule, all were devout Vaishnavas. Were they Kshatriyas taking care of borders or running the administrations or Brahmins doing priesthood or practicing Vedas or were they Shudras doing services like farming, or expert in skills of carpentry or forging gold & iron or they herded cattle and supported tradesmen, or were they Vaishyas doing trade or business or managing logistics all had their heart filled with bhakti towards Sri Krishna. So too, were young and old, men and women all had their heart dipped in bhakti.The Lord is supreme. The way one needs to remember the Lord always is illustrated in this Srimad Bhagavata by himself in his form of Veda Vyasa through the noble women of Hastinapura. As Lord greeted and moved forward towards chariot, Arjun was holding the white umbrella, Satyaki, and Uddhava were fanning, the play of orchestra was melodious.The noblewomen of Hastinapura had decorated their houses, they had drawn rangoli in front of their houses and stood all over to catch a glimpse of Lord. They bid farewell to Lord Sri Krishna known by the divine verses, and as the supreme Atma in all beings. These women had surrendered their hearts to the extremely charming Lord Manohara. They admired, praised and talked among themselves about their Lord saying,स वै किलायं पुरुषः पुरातनो य एक आसीदविशेष आत्मनि ।अग्रे गुणेभ्यो जगदात्मनीश्वरे निमीलितात्मन् निशि सुप्तशक्तिषु ॥ २१॥Friends! Isn’t he the earliest man? The supreme Lord? When the whole universe was destroyed, all the nonliving substance made of Prakriti was converted to its subtle form as Pralayodaka or water. The water that is indistinguishable as Satvika guna, Rajasika guna or Thamisika guna. When the Goddesses Sri, Bhu and Durga responsible to influence Prakriti had taken-up the form of water, pupil leaf, and darkness respectively becoming inactive. And all souls starting from God Brahma to a blade of grass had fallen asleep in their latent form. The supreme universal soul provided refuge to all the souls in his stomach and slept alone on the pupil leaf. Isn’t he the same Sriman Narayana?स एव भूयो निजवीर्यचोदितां स्वजीवमायां प्रकृतिं सिसृक्षतीम् ।अनामरूपात्मनि रूपनामनी विधित्समानोऽनुससार शास्त्रकृत् ॥ २२॥It is He who has founded and set forth the Vedas. With a desire to give name and form to Atma, it is He who is motivated with his astonishing vigor started creation using Prakriti. Goddess Mahalakshmi is the ‘Jiva Maya’ influences Prakriti and just by raising her eyebrows, she instructs even the best of being God Brahma who is more than keen to serve at her feet. Also God Garuda, Shesha, Shiva to even a blade of grass. Even in such a powerful Goddess, Mahalakshmi is the Lord as her Indweller.As ‘Jiva Maya’ having the three forms of Sri, Bhu, and Durga, Goddess Mahalakshmi ties all the three types of Jiva to Prakriti and confines them to death & birth. In her form of Sri influencing Satvika Guna, she confines uttama or the best who is capable to accomplish bliss & Vaikunta. As Bhu influencing Rajasika Guna, she confines the second type who is madyama or mediocre and would swing them between happiness and sorrow i.e. Heaven, Earth, and Hell. With her third form of Durga influencing Tamasika Guna, she binds the third type who is adhama or worse and who would work hard to accomplish only Hell.The other two forms of Goddess Mahalakshmi are ‘Atma Maya’ through which she is at the command of Lord as his Iccha Shakti or will power and executing the same; as ‘Guna Maya’ she influences all nonliving substances.The power to Goddess MahaLakshmi for creating delusion, bind the Jivas with Prakriti, and causing name & form is the blessings of Lord. Though He appears being अनाम or without popularity lacking name & fame, as all his deeds are not known to anyone; He appears as if he is working hard to accomplish the same through Goddess Mahalakshmi; Also, he is अरूपात्म, having no form made of Prakriti like God Brahma to a blade of grass, he has entered in all Jivas to be a part in them. He is the only authority standing untouched, moves the world forward and governs.स वा अयं यत्पदमत्र सूरयो जितेन्द्रिया निर्जितमातरिश्वनः ।पश्यन्ति भक्त्युत्कलितामलात्मना नन्वेष सत्त्वं परिमार्ष्टुमर्हति ॥ २३॥The yogis who do rigorous practice and get perfection in controlling their sense organs, gain knowledge through rigorous studies, develop a desire to hear and sing Lord’s names and fame. Hearing & singing the name and fame of Lord, they reach the crescendo to accomplish pure heart. In such, the lotus of heart blossoms flowing the nectar of bhakti. It is this very Lord, Paramatma whom we are seeing, says one to her fellow noblewomen. As she says, her eyes fill with tears of joy and fear. She pleads,“Oh my Lord! Please don’t let this knowledge in me of your Lordship, Supremacy, Compassion, Generosity, and so on, lessen. My Lord! Let this remain at all times and in each of my birth.”     In fact, it is only doing bhakti in this Lord would purify the consciousness of Jivas and not through any other methods of yoga. स वा अयं सख्यनुगीतसत्कथो वेदेषु गुह्येषु च गुह्यवादिभिः ।य एक ईशो जगदात्मलीलया सृजत्यवत्यत्ति न तत्र सज्जते ॥ २४॥Lord Veda Vyasa and the other devotees of high intellect have composed texts embedding secrets into Vedas and others scriptures praising & propounding the glory of this very Lord. Being only one and all being only his Ishwarya or wealth is Isha, the Lord. Being stainless and dazzling, He creates; protects; destroys; regulates; confines by bestowing knowledge & ignorance; and releases with moksha and stays uninfluenced by doing so. Friends! We are seeing that very Lord here said another noblewoman of Hastinapura.     यदा ह्यधर्मेण तमोधियो नृपा जीवन्ति तत्रैष हि सत्त्वतः किल ।धत्ते भगं सत्यमृतं दयां यशो भवाय रूपाणि दधद्युगे युगे ॥ २५॥The Kings and rulers of the country need to protect the subjects, ensure peace and enable prosperity. However, when the Kings themselves accept Tamasika Gun and walk the path of adharma including exploitation. Then the Lord appears from time to time. He accepts Satvika Guna to protect the virtuous as Dharma, Bhaga, Satya, Ruta, Eshas, and Daya.As Dharma, he upholds the one falling; As Bhaga, he has enormous wealth and makes it available to his devotees; Lord is full of bliss. As Satya, he brings happiness to his devotees; As Ruta, Lord composes scriptures including interpretations to bring knowledge to his devotees; In Vedas, Vedanta bhaasya, Ithihasa, and other scriptures, He is the protagonist. He has the highest fame as Eshas. And as Daya, he is Karunakara or the compassionate.Hence, the Lord protects the wealth, upholds truth & justice and brings fame through compassion.अहो अलं श्लाघ्यतमं यदोः कुलमहो अलं पुण्यतमं मधोर्वनम् ।यदेष पुंसामृषभः श्रियः पतिः स्वजन्मना चङ्क्रमणेन चाञ्चति ॥ २६॥Oh! Wonderful! How great is the clan of Yadhus! The Lord of abundance, Sripati has appeared in their clan of Yudhus bringing them respect and fame. Also, his appearance has made the Madhuravan, divine and auspicious. His walk and play as a child embellished Madhura. Madhura remains splendid.अहो बत स्वर्यशसस्तिरस्करी कुशस्थली पुण्ययशस्करी भुवः ।पश्यन्ति नित्यं यदनुग्रहेषितं स्मितावलोकं स्वपतिं स्म यत्प्रजाः ॥ २७॥Oh! Wonderful! Even the city of Dwarka has surpassed the fame of heaven. And has brought about significant fame to the region of the earth as pure, divine and auspicious. Also, the Lord has blessed the people of the city through his charming and tight-lipped smile. Hence, they receive the mercy and compassion of the Lord at all times. They are fortunate being blessed to have the view of Lord Sri Krishna.  नूनं व्रतस्नानहुतादिनेश्वरः समर्चितो ह्यस्य गृहीतपाणिभिः ।पिबन्ति याः सख्यधरामृतं मुहुर्व्रजस्त्रियः सम्मुमुहुर्यदाशयाः ॥ २८॥Friends! I wonder how many numbers of births, those respectable women have propitiated the Lord through the vow of austerity including bathing in divine rivers, visiting holy places, fasting, and so on to hold the hands of Lord. That could be the reason why the handsome Sri Krishna having every part of the body stunning shares an intimate friendship with the fortunate girls of Gokula. His captivating lips arouse a taste surpassing their most liked fruit. Hence, they hold him tight and kiss his lips to drink the sweet अमृतं or the nectar of अधर or lip. That too, मुहुर् continuously. And are lost in the ecstasy thinking of him.    या वीर्यशुल्केन हृताः स्वयंवरे प्रमथ्य चैद्यप्रमुखान् हि शुष्मिणः ।प्रद्युम्नसाम्बाम्बसुतादयोऽपरा याश्चाहृता भौमवधे सहस्रशः ॥ २९॥एताः परं स्त्रीत्वमपास्तपेशलं निरस्तशौचं बत साधु कुर्वते ।यासां गृहात्पुष्करलोचनः पतिर्न जात्वपैत्याहृतिभिर्हृदि स्पृशन् ॥ ३०॥Lord Sri Krishna killed the strong Shishupala and others to reduce the weight of sin on mother earth. In swayamvara, through his strength and talent, he got married to the Ashtamahishi, namely Rukmani, Jambavati, Satyabhama, Kalindi, Mitravinda, Nagnajiti, Bhadra, and Lakshana, the mothers of Pradyumna, Samba and others.He released thousands of women held illegally by Bhaumaasura in the jail after defeating and killing him. He gave refuge to these thousands of women by marrying them. Doing so, the Lord destroyed the superstitious belief that women are not of pure conscious, nor independent and eligible to take-up job of propitiating Lord. In fact, he brought high esteem to the brilliance of women folk.Whatever glory be described of these wives of Lord Sri Krishna by whomever! No matter, how much ever! But they have their Lord as Bhagavan Sri Krishna having the lotus-like beautiful eyes. Being naughty & playful, they receive the Parijata flower yielding trees from their Lord. Mischievously sometime, gently serious sometimes invoke the bliss of love without missing a second are always in his company! How fortunate are these wives of Lord? wondered the womenfolk of Hastinapura.एवंविधा गदन्तीनां स गिरः पुरयोषिताम् ।निरीक्षणेनाभिनन्दन् सस्मितेन ययौ हरिः ॥ ३१॥This way, as the women of Hastinapur, talked about the glory. The handsome Lord Sri Krishna with his tight-lipped smiled and expressed his love, affection, and goodwill through eyes. He conveyed his greetings appearing in each of those women’s lotus of the heart. He left them behind wonderstruck and spellbound.       अजातशत्रुः पृतनां गोपीथाय मधुद्विषः ।परेभ्यः शङ्कितः स्नेहात्प्रायुङ्क्त चतुरङ्गिणीम् ॥ ३२॥Sri Krishna was accompanied by chaturanga sena with four armed battalion constituting chariots, elephants, horses, and foot soldiers. The King Yudhitira, an ajatashatru having no enemies was extremely sensitive to the journey of his dear friend Sri Krishna. Hence, he had arranged battalion as protection during the journey.अथ दूरागतान् शौरिः कौरवान् विरहातुरान् ।सन्निवर्त्य दृढं स्निग्धान् प्रायात्स्वनगरीं प्रियैः ॥ ३३॥The separation with the dearest friend had overwhelmed Pandavas. Hence, they were following Sri Krishna. However, Sri Krishna insisted their return to Hastinapura and sped up along with Arjuna, Stayaki, and others as they had planned.  || Hari Om ||Surya ArghyaKeraya neeranu kerege chelli, Like pouring back the water from the lake,Varava padedavarante kaaniro, Be seen as blessed.Hariya karunadolaada bhagyava,The accomplishments happening due to Lord Hari's grace,Hari samarpane maadi badukiro, Credit back to Lord Hari.Sri Purandara Vithala raayana Charana kamalava nambi badukiro.Live to have trust in the Lotus feet of Lord Sri Purandara Vithala.|| Sri Krishnarpanamastu || [...]

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