Krishna – The Eternal Romantic

The Great Lord, The Avatar, The Supreme Consciousness…

Krishna – An Avatar born to demonstrate the depth of Divine Love to the world. An avatar born to preserve the dharma of eternal love. An avatar born to spread the fragrance of unconditional love. What an avatar!!! When man crosses the boundaries of duality, there is nothing but unity, bliss and divine love. The essence of bliss is love. Unconditional love. Lord Krishna represented that state of beingness, Being in Love with everything around oneself, because everything around is essentially oneself. When overflowing emotions turn into devotion, bliss happens. The devotee and the Lord become one. There is no separation anymore. There is no God without his devotee and there is no devotee without the God that he worships. It is a relative existence. When the thin line of duality melts in devotion, eternal romance takes place. The true Ras Leela happens here. It is romance between the supreme consciousness and the limited consciousness aspiring to melt into the supreme consciousness.

The Unconditional Love of the Lord flows eternally…

The Non-Duality in Bhakti

Poonthanam – A Devotee Par Excellence..

In the small state of Kerala, located at the southern tip of India, between 1547-1640AD , lived a great Krishna devotee. His family name was Poonthanam. People called him by his family name. He lost his only child in an accident and this intense sorrow brought him into devotion towards the supreme – Lord Krishna as Guruvayoorappan. When the physical world around us falls apart through death and destruction, we spontaneously gravitate towards God. Krishna transformed his sorrow into Bhakti. He used to say: “When the eternal Lord,  “my little Krishna”, is always playing in my mind, why do I need other children?” Poonthanam was a simple man, brahmin by birth (caste), a pure vegetarian and a humble, poor man. He used to spend his time chanting the manthras of Krishna at the Guruvayoor Temple, dissolving in Krishna Consciousness. The deity of Guruvayoor temple is Lord Krishna as of 8 years of age, in other words, it is “Little Krishna” indeed.

The Amazingly Beautiful Lord of Guruvayoor!

Guru (Brihaspati) and Vayu (Air) installed the idol of Lord Krishna, says the tradition. Since Guru and Vayu together installed the idol, the deity is called Guruvayoorappan. That means, the Lord of the land of Guru and Vayu. This place is also called “Bhooloka Vaikunta” or the Vaikunta (Lord Vishnu’s abode) of earth. It is also said that this is the same idol that Vasudeva, Lord Krishna’s father used to worship.

Coming back to our story, Poonthanam’s bhakti (devotion) was silent, but highly potent. Since he was quite unassuming at all times, wearing simple clothes and keeping to himself, people generally ignored him. Out of overflowing love for the Lord, he wrote in his native Malayalam language verses about the shallowness of our mundane existence, as well as praising the Lord. His work is called “Njanappana”.

There was another great Krishna Bhakta who used to visit the temple often. His name was Melpathoor Narayana Bhattathiri. He was a great scholar. Poonthanam approached the scholarly Bhattathiri to correct the mistakes of his simple work. Bhattathiri, being a great Sanskrit scholar, looked down upon the simple brahmin’s colloquial work and discarded it unceremoniously. The story goes that soon Bhattathiri was hit by paralysis and he prayed to Lord Krishna to cure him. Then he heard a voice from nowhere telling him: “I Love Poonthanam’s simple and pure Bhakti much more than your knowledge.” Bhattahiri repented, immediately called for Poonthanam, took his work in his own hands and corrected it the best he could. He thus got cured of the disease.

Narayana Bhattathiri author of Narayaneeyam. Bhakti (Devotion)Always is holier than the Knowledge and associated ego.

Another version of the same story says that, the night after he rejected the work of Poonthanam, while he sat to read out his own Narayaneeyam verses on Lord Guruvayoorappan, a little boy appeared at his house. A beautiful boy. Bhattathiri allowed him to sit next to him and started chanting. In the first stanza itself, there were mistakes. As he proceeded to the second and third, the little boy pointed out more mistakes. Bhattathiri realized that this is no ordinary boy and it must be Lord Guruvayoorappan. Immediately, he got up and prostrated at the feet of the boy. When he got up, there was none around. The little boy had disappeared!!! At that point in time, he heard the boy’s voice: “I like Poonthanam’s purity and devotion much more than your knowledge and associated ego.” Bhattathiri repented and immediately organised himself to correct the work of Poonthanam – which is called Njanappana or The Song of Wisdom.

Poonthanam wished to go to Vaikunth (The abode of Lord Vishnu) in his physical body, at the time of his death. Krishna granted him that wish. Then he requested Lord Krishna that he should also be permitted to take those who are close to him, to accompany him to the abode of Lord Vishnu. Every Guru and God melts at the requests of any true and sincere devotee. Krishna being the Guru of the Universe, could not deny the wish of a sincere and innocent bhakta. He agreed. Poonthanam knew the exact time of his demise. He told his near and dear about the time of his death and informed them that if any of them want to join him in his final journey to Vaikunth, to live at the feet of the Supreme Lord and enjoy his bliss (Vishnu Consciousness) and blessing for ever, he could indeed arrange for their journey in their physical body too.

Vaikunt, The Abode of Lord Vishnu..

Skeptical, intellectual, logical, egoistic and analytical as people are, everybody started mocking him. They said that he has gone insane. Some laughed at him as if he was joking about such a serious matter. One man asked him: “My brother, first of all, gross body belongs to the earth. At the time of death, subtle body leaves the gross and travels on its own. We burn or bury the gross and thus offer it back to earth. Only subtle body can travel upwards as it is not bound by gravitation. Moreover, in order to enter the realms of Lord Vishnu, which is even more subtler than the subtlety of our soul, even our soul is incapacitated to enter; or even our soul needs further purification to enter Vishnu loka. And you are saying that you will go there in your gross body!!! Are you crazy?” Poonthanam said “My brother, I do not have knowledge about these matters such as subtlety of soul etc. I know only one thing. I love Krishna. I trust Krishna. I have full faith in Krishna and he promised to take me with my body to His abode. And I am going. You are welcome too.” Everyone thought that he has indeed gone insane. Nobody took him seriously except his old house maid. She believed that Poonthanam is sane and is talking truth. She asked him ” Swami, will you take me?” Innocent Poonthanam said spontaneously: “Why not, all are welcome.” At the appointed time, as previously announced by Poonthanam, both himself and his old maid disappeared from where they were standing. Krishna kept his promise to His bhakta. Poonthanam carved a golden message in history, that nothing is impossible for a true devotee and also thus proved the depth of his devotion. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE for a true BHAKTA (Devotee). The Lord makes sure that a true devotee’s  minutest wish is carefully fulfilled!!!

All Beings big and small are part of the Lord.

What else can you give except Love to the world, when we need nothing from the world and our very existence itself is based on compassion? When there is no expectation, that space in mind gets filled with unconditional love. Expectation is the biggest treason for all mortals. It alienates one from the other. An Avatar of the stature of Krishna always existed only in the realms of Unconditional Love. “Me and my devotee are ONE!!!”

When we were born, the distance between us and our self was very short. We were very close to our soul. As we grew older, we traveled through the paths of karma far and wide. We even lost our way home or got caught up in the world of sensory pleasures outside. We even picked up habits and addictions which we cannot live without, and thus bound ourselves into immobility too! We forgot or ignored our real home, as we were too fascinated with the world external. We forgot our mother, our soul, waiting at home for us. We even forgot to recognize her existence, far away. But, all this while, we possessed the power to get back home in an instant, if we wanted to. But, with the entertainment outside, the winning and losing outside, the taste of terrestrial romance kept us occupied in the world of illusions and kept us busy.

When we come back home and connect to our own mother, our own Guru – our very soul, we see that we are one with the soul that makes the Lord too. We are one with the consciousness that is Krishna. Holding the safe hand of the mother, our soul, we could dissolve into the consciousness of Krishna and be one with that supreme consciousness always.

How can words explain the Love of the Lord?

I remember a story in this regard. Once a few Yadavas felt a deep urge to see Krishna who was living at the other side of the river Yamuna. They prepared tasty and colorful sweets out of cow’s milk which Krishna loved. They packed everything and walked towards the river Yamuna to cross over to see Krishna. When they reached the bank of the river, their hearts sank as they found that the river was quite swollen and overflowing. Yamuna was flooding. There was no boatman willing to take them to the other side. They were terribly disappointed. They assembled under a tree and discussed their next action. They all decided to go back home as there was no other option to cross the river. There was nothing else they could possibly do, with the current state of Yamuna, as the flood could possibly continue for more days. As they took a few steps, they saw a saint sitting and meditating under a big banyan tree. They decided to pay respects to the saint. They silently approached the saint, so as not to disturb his penance and gently sat in front of him, waiting for him to open his eyes.

About an hour later, the sage opened his eyes. It was Sage Vyasa. Vyasa looked at the people assembled in front of him and asked why they have come there. They explained their plan and their predicament. Vyasa asked “What is in this big bag that you are carrying?” They explained that these are sweets that Krishna loved. He told them to open it and show the sweets to him. When they showed him, he started eating them. The Yadava travelers could not object to it, because they knew that he is a powerful saint and they did not want to upset him. Finally, Vyasa, who seemed to be very hungry, consumed half of what they had brought for Krishna. Vyasa said, “I will help you to cross the river. Pack the balance and give it to Krishna.” Yadavas obeyed the saint.

Vyasa walked with them until the bank of the river and shouted: “If I have not eaten anything, let the river part.” Immediately the river parted and the travelers crossed to the other side. They were quite amazed with this miracle. A few minutes after reaching the other shore of Yamuna, they saw Krishna resting in a garden chair. They approached him and exchanged greetings. Then they apologetically offered the remaining part of the sweets that Vyasa had consumed, to Krishna. Krishna said “I cannot eat even one piece of it!!. Just now, I filled my stomach with the same stuff.”  Then the Yadavas realized the meaning of what Vyasa had uttered. “If “I” have not eaten anything, let the river part”. “I” is the egocentric entity. Vyasa is one with Krishna in consciousness. He did not take ownership of anything. He did not have “I” ness. So, when he ate, it was actually Krishna who was consuming, as they were one consciousness. The whole epic Mahabharatha is Vyasa’s work. When our consciousness merges, there is no duality in existence. There is only a pure and Divine Unity. The Yadavas realized that Vyasa positioned himself under the tree just to aid them, who are sincere devotees of Krishna, to reach Krishna. Everything was part of the Divine Leela!!!

Devotion is the highest of romance. A true devotee’s unconditional romance is equal to the highest cosmic romance. It has no comparison to the expectation-based terrestrial romance. Faith is the rope of steel that holds a devotee to the Lord. It is unshakable. Divine Romance is unshakable. If we can cross over from terrestrial romance to divine romance, our whole world will be filled with the sweet fragrance of pure love. We will not be bound or dependent on uncertain human relationships, which are always conditional and emotion-based. When we cross from this realm of emotions into the realm of supreme devotion, we will be purpose-bound and not expectation-bound.

Romance is universal. All saints are eternal romantics. When you cross into the realms of true bhakti, there will only be romance in our heart. We can only see God in every being and we romance the God in every being. Every object is God. We will love every object as representation of God. This is the truth too.

A Great Devotee in an Elephant’s Body – Guruvayoor Kesavan

The romance of Lord Krishna knows no boundaries. He is a complete avatar. Several beings took birth as birds and animals to be close to the Lord, when He existed in His body. Many beings take birth to be close to the Lord even now. The story of a devotee in the body of an elephant is quite an example. (Many devotees offer cows, rabbits, birds and elephants to Lord Krishna at Guruvayoor, as a demonstration of their devotion.) The name of this famous elephant was Guruvayoor Kesavan. He was donated to Guruvayoor temple by the Nilambur Royal Family in 1916. He served the Lord in the temple for all processions, festivals and ceremonies until his death in 1976. Even his death was on the auspicious day of Guruvayoor Ekadasi, the day when devotees observe fasting, (refrain from eating food) for the sake of attaining Moksha or Liberation from the birth – death cycle. The elephant also observed fast that day and turning towards the temple, looking at the temple, with his trunk raised as if saluting the Lord, he left his body and attained his Moksha. It does not matter if it is human being or an elephant. Love conquers all. Eternal love unmistakably flows from the Lord to all beings, who are receptive to it.

Love is eternal. Love is Divine, when it is unconditional.

Live Love. Breathe Love. Exist in Love. Remain in Love Always

Love YOU

M

All Divine Beings are Eternal Romantics. When Love Overflows, You see your own reflection everywhere!! HARI OM

Aum Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevayah


Kaayena Vaacha Manasendriyaivah

Buddhyatmanavat Prakrthe Swabhavat

Karomi Yadyat Sakalam Parasmai

Shree Narayanayeti Samarpayaami

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Avatar and the Shift

An Avatar is a Dharmic Existence

Q: What is the difference between a true Avatar and a normal birth?

A: The difference is in Dharma and Karma. An Avatar takes a physical birth for a dharmic purpose. A normal birth is a birth for a karmic purpose. Liberated souls thus take human form for upholding the Dharma (duty and truth) without any karmic binding. They wait and choose the right wombs at the right time. Higher souls happen as mothers and fathers to bring forth such an Avatar to earth. Many liberated souls take birth to aid the Avatar in accomplishing His task. The very life of an Avatar becomes the message for generations to come. An Avatar operates on pure consciousness, without emotions or attachments. He or She just goes about doing the appointed purpose, objectively, without inhibitions. Liberated souls come back only for the higher purpose of upholding Dharma, or imparting wisdom which will in turn help uphold Dharma.

Life of a Siddha is Incomprehensible

Q: The death of an Avatar means?

A: When an Avatar leaves the body, it just means a shift from limitedness to unlimitedness. It means He need not operate from a limited body state anymore,  but will operate from that of unlimited super conscious state. Physical death is only a shift. It has no further value. Physical body is a severe limitation to a liberated soul. It is like a bird inside a cage. Even if the cage is made of Gold, a cage is a cage and the imprisoned bird has no value for the material out of which the cage is made. It stays to operate because it has appeared for a purpose. It must stay on, until the mission is accomplished. It does. And it leaves as effortlessly as it arrived, smiling and without any attachments.

The Divine Comedy called LIFE

Q: Attachments make a being karmic?

A: Emotions related to Attachments make a being karmic. When an Avatar operates, it is  impossible for emotions to creep in. An Avatar does not slip from dharmic to karmic existence. He always operates dharmically and for a higher purpose. He operates in perfect equanimity. He is purpose-bound and can never deviate from it. Emotions are displayed because the human frame cannot be insensitive. However, emotions do not bind an Avatar. Effortlessness is a symbol of their stature. Handling hardships with a smile unintentionally displays their true stature.

Eyes Catch Glitter. Heart Recognizes the TRUTH – Shirdi Sai Baba As a Young Avadhoota, original photo

Q: How can we recognize a higher soul?

A: Primarily through His expressions. You can know Him and understand Him, only if He chooses to display Himself. Many high souls walk the Earth, hidden from the Human ken. That is why many liberated Masters remain invisible. They are indeed performing their higher Dharma, relentlessely, without expectations, away from the public eye. This is also perfection in their sadhana ( spiritual practice ). This selfless service is the ultimate spiritual practice for them.

The Shift is in Human Consciousness

Q: What exactly is The Shift?

A: Shift in human consciousness.

Shift is Afoot

Q: Is the shift bound to happen?

A: It is already happening. Look at the pace of your own life now. You are moving so fast, the time for procrastination has reduced tremendously. The time to think or brood is very less. Dis-illusionment is more because many cannot cope with the pace of our existence. Existence is pushing us to be in the present, in the NOW. Our earlier generation had much more space and time and were not compelled to make as many “reports” as we do now. Look at the difference in attitudes. Either you are pushed to operate emotionally (and that means react constantly), or you are pushed to go within. You have only two choices in today’s world; either to play or get out of the ground. Those who have the eligibility, the will to hold on to the ladder and move higher up, can withstand the time. Those who cannot, will fall and get sucked by the whirlpool. They may not come back to the same place. Whirlpools always leave the matter elsewhere. Matter is bound to be re born; yet, at a different location and a different time. Those who can catch the vibrations well will operate in the present and get elevated to higher consciousness based on simplicity, purity and truth. Their awareness level will increase. The grosser will perish. The subtler will survive. This is the shift of consciousness.

Expression of Divine Consciousness is Unconditional LOVE

Q: In simple terms, what is higher and lower consciousness?

A: One who perpetually operates from the realms of Unconditional Love, possesses higher consciousness. He is selfless, kind, truthful and unattached to his actions. One who perpetually operates in the realms of selfishness, “I” ness, possessiveness, ownership, Greed, Fear, etc. operates from the lower consciousness. The operating levels declare the stature of the being.

Supreme Consciousness is Boundless Joy

Q: When does the True Love blossom in the heart of a seeker?

A: When detachment happens. Love will be for the sake of love. Love will become truly unconditional. True beauty of existence can be witnessed only through the divine sight or through the third eye. The more you operate through your third eye, you can only witness the grandeur and beauty of the creation and the Creator. You cannot see imperfection. The eyes that witness imperfection are the regular eyes, combined with regular mind. A being of higher awareness can only see perfection in the whole universe. “That what is beyond, is perfect. This, the limited, is perfect. When limitedness gets dissolved, only the grand perfection remains in its unlimited form.”

Q: Who makes do’s and don’t?

A: Limited mind.

Q: What creates Samskaaras?

A: Habits. Usually, habits are emotional in nature. Repetitive action creates attachment to action.

Q: What is ego?

A: Do er ship. The feeling that you are the “doer”.

Q: What creates attachment?

A: Everything. Any thought, word, action along with emotion creates binding and attachment.

Your True Friend is Your own SELF

Q: Who is our real friend; true friend?

A: Your Self; Your own Soul. Nobody is more closer to you than your soul.

Only YOU can defeat yourself. No one else can.

Q: Who is our worst enemy?

A: Yourself. Nobody can destroy you as much as you yourself can do. You can be “defeated” and “killed” only if you choose to. You can be liberated from everything if you choose to. It depends on what you choose. Your worst enemy and best friend is yourself. All others are secondary. So, how can we blame others for our weakness, or our fall?

Celibacy is a State...Marriage has nothing to do with it.

Q: What is celibacy?

A: It is a state of mind. It is a level of awareness. It is detachment in action.

Escapism only postpones an inevitable action to a later date.

Q: Can sex deter from the path of liberation?

A: No. Need to have sex, is a deep-rooted samskaara. Avoiding it is escapism. Over indulgence is attachment. Attachment is bondage.  Equanimity in sex will never deter liberation. Even amrut (celestial nectar) in excess can work as a poison to its consumer. Escapism only postpones an inevitable action to a later date. It never eradicates the seed of that action. It is more appropriate to go through the action, if you have to, rather than keeping it suppressed, what ever the action is. Every thought, word and action has the potential to create your destiny. Hence, everything that you experience today, has been voluntarily created by yourself at some point of your multiple existence. There is no point in comparing, complaining or postponing. Acceptance and ownership, in that aspect, will reduce your agony. Postponement will only harbor heaviness due to non-action. This is not only about sex, but everything related to life. A society-bound man, fearing a tarnished reputation, often lives in pretension. This only brings him back again and again to this terrestrial existence. At least one day of unpretentious living is much more important than a life time of pretentious existence.

Liberation is Possible - RIGHT NOW

Q: Can liberation be a reality?

A: Indeed, but that depends on the seeker’s attitude. You get what you deserve. Guru appears at the right moment, when the disciple is ripe and ready for him. You detach from a true Guru when expectations creep in. True Gurus consistently destroy the tendency of expectation in their disciples. Unripe disciples fall. They get dis illusioned and walk away to more predictable Masters. True Gurus are unpredictable. They do not conform to the regular expected norms of the society. Expectation is the biggest treason. All are prone to its lure. Expectations alienate minds. They build boundaries, create traffic jams and road blocks. Expectations create calamities. They shrinks the heart chakra and the ability to express your true nature, which is to love without expectations. Expectations make love conditional. Expectations take away the real flavor of life. Expectations even destroy, at times. So, liberation depends on the seeker’s attitude and ability to move from moment to moment without expectations, as a gliding fluid, completely present in the present, operating through the vehicle of unconditional love, selflessly, and with commitment to the truth, until he/she realizes that there is no distance between the seeker and the sought. The seeker then merges with the sought.

Experience is Golden. Words are Burden.

Q: Can you recommend me some books for this purpose?

A: Books cannot take you to liberation. Reading also amounts to doing. Through doing, none can get enlightened. Only through beingness can one get enlightened. Beingness is a perpetual state. Beingness is existence in awareness. This cannot be achieved through books. Books can explain you what beingness could be, as an intellectual understanding. It can also limit you, because you will start expecting similar results, in your own spiritual practice. Expectation binds and takes away the beauty of experience, especially if your perception or expectation of a result does not match the reality. There should be deliberate attempt to limit doingness and shift to beingness. It can be achieved effortlessly, by just deciding to operate in the present always. By deliberately bringing your mind to every thought, word and action. By having presence of mind, along with sincere practice of expressing unconditional love and gratitude, against all odds. This will lead to beingness. Perpetual beingness will necessarily lead to liberation.

There are some books that help your clarity and awareness. Some of them are: The Bhagawad Gita, Autobiography of a Yogi, Sai Satcharitha, Chidakasha Gita, etc. Too much knowledge is heaviness. It also deepens your ego emotion. When knowledge becomes a burden, it slows down your spiritual progress. Less luggage, more comfort. This is the fundamental truth of existence.

Remain Childlike. Remain Innocent. Remain in LOVE

Q: What is the least I can do to remain spiritual?

A: Love Unconditionally. Serve Unconditionally. Let all your relationships be beyond conditions and expectations.

Q: What is right and what is wrong in spirituality?

A: Nothing. Everything just is.

Q:  Do you agree with the way the world goes now?

A: I agree. What more can an individual do, against the mighty collective consciousness of a generation? I am far too small to create a mighty wave of change. Man gets what he deserves. So, I agree. Resistance means agony. So, I agree.

We Walk together, as long as Karma Takes us. No worries. No Regrets

Q: Why do friends part?

A: When combined karmic agenda ends, people part. When it begins, people meet or come together. The same applies to marriage, partnerships, love affairs, etc. People need common karmic agenda to be together. It can never happen otherwise.

Q: Mohanji, I am having sleepless nights.

A: Dylan, Me too. I have not “slept” since ages. Why do we need sleep? Sleep from what? There is only one reality, one Truth. Lets rather remain awake to that reality or truth. I believe you are on the right track.

I always Call. Who actually takes my call???

Q: Why didn’t you call me? Why didn’t you wake me up?

A: I have always called you, since generations. How come you never heard my call? Well – Who has actually listened to my calls? I tried to wake you up many times, but, you chose to sleep. I respect your choice. I am available. Using me is your discretion. I bring light to you. Choosing light or darkness is your discretion. Your decision does not affect the light nor does it affect the darkness. Those who witness light in darkness, remain in light always.

Q: Will I ever be blessed?

A: Have faith. You will be blessed.

Remain Blessed.

LOVE YOU…

M

What More can I do with Words, than I can perform with my Silence???

Krishna – The Lord Almighty

The Playful Lord

“Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum” A leader, A master par excellence, A supreme Avatar, A lover, A King, A true friend, A Child, A husband, A politician, You name it – Krishna is it. We can hardly see an Avatar so versatile and so powerful. He also represented the eternal principles of dharma like the previous avatars of Lord Vishnu, and carried out His mission in a style and flair that stunned the entire universe. Krishna inspired generations and keeps inspiring generations even now. His life has been so versatile, that everyone interpreted it the way he/ she could understand and the fact remains that most mis understood and mis – interpreted.

Great Expressions of an Avatar

This “vaasudeva” represented the Supreme Lord, Parabrahma. He said “those who leave off everything and surrender to me, I will take care of them”. He has always been speaking on behalf of the Supreme Lord. He said – “Before the sun was, I am”. He was never representing the finite form called Krishna. He was the supreme soul, reflecting through the rather limited and tangible form of Krishna. The body called Krishna was only a medium. A powerful medium at that. The Supreme soul, Lord Vishnu, the omnipresent, was absorbed in the Divine play, as blissfully and as authoritatively as the Almighty can ever express itself. “The whole universe is filled with nothing but  the energy of Vaasudeva. I bow to the Vaasudeva in all beings” – Sage Vyasa said.

The Child

As with all the great Masters, Krishna’s life itself was His teaching. Innocence and absolute awareness. It goes hand in hand. All children are innocent and at that level, they operate always in the present. They do not have any anxieties or fears until the adults give it to them. Innocence needs awareness. Awareness brings innocence, as ego gets diluted drastically. Krishna had a turbulent childhood, as his maternal uncle Kamsa  constantly tried to kill Krishna, fearing his own death at the hands of his nephew Krishna, due to a prophecy. Nothing worked. Krishna remained invincible. Destiny had its own plan as the world was reeling in adharma, or decay in dharma, and the world badly needed an Avatar. An Avatar was inevitable, “to rescue dharma from decay and eradicate adharma”. No ordinary mortals could have achieved such a mighty task. Hence the Divine Himself came to earth to put things straight.

No parent will want a child like Krishna, if they fathom the troubles this child was going through during His childhood. Who will want so many threats to his child’s life? Kamsa repeatedly sent ferocious demons to put Krishna to death. He survived it all. It is fascinating to note that a tiny little Krishna handled and despatched mighty demons many times his size and walked away as if nothing ever took place. Krishna’s childhood was full of pranks and it created annoyance to many. Being an Avatar, He liberated many by His presence, words, and sometimes actions. Someone who died at His hands, immediately got moksha or liberation.

He was born in a prison. He lived all his childhood away from his biological parents. His foster parents loved Him equally. They provided for Him and made sure He was well “protected”. Who can understand an Avatar in flesh and blood? Human mind has not developed to that level. One should be operating from higher consciousness to understand an Avatar and actually feel his presence as well as enjoy and be benefited from it. In fact, His presence was protecting everyone else. Once, as a small, inquisitive child, he ate soil from the ground. Mother Yasoda asked him to open his mouth to verify. He opened His mouth and Yasoda saw the whole universe in that mouth. She could not believe what she saw. Her son was indeed extra ordinary. Because of pranks and complaints from neighbors, she even tied him to an object. He moved with the object and liberated two cursed souls, standing there as trees. Thus, bound or unbound, He went ahead with His mission.

The Youth

Even as a child, He was the center of attraction of all the villagers. He was dark, as clouds before the rain. He was charming and great energy flowed from Him. He smelled of sandalwood and divine flowers when ever He came close. He grazed cattle and played flute. Cattle stopped grazing and stood around Him, listening to His flute, the whole day. Many liberated souls chose another birth as cattle to be near the Lord. When an Avatar takes place, many beings choose terrestrial births to aid the Avatar or just be in His energy presence. One touch or look from Him can elevate a soul to the highest possible heights of bliss or  ‘sat chit ananda’.

The Lord versus Ego

One of the most interesting incidents that happened in Krishna’s youth was the surrendering of the mighty serpent Kaliya, who was poisoning the river, contaminating the water. Krishna jumped on Kaliya’s various heads and danced. Finally, out of fatigue and pain, the serpent vomitted poison which burnt the grass and trees around him. Later, his wives pleaded and begged Krishna for forgiveness and to spare their husband. Out of pain and fatigue, Kaliya also surrendered at the feet of the Lord. Kaliya represents ourselves. His thousand heads represents our multi-faceted ego. Krishna’s dance represents the beatings that we receive on our ego, time and again, to ground us and bring us closer to the Almighty. Ego is one of the biggest barriers that alienate us from divinity. In everyone’s life, destiny deflates it time after time, through compelling and unavoidable tragic situations. Some get it many times in life, which depends entirely on one’s track. If one’s track is spiritual, then it happens more. Destiny annihilates all attachments consistently, if the person is in the track of liberation. Destiny strips him and makes him naked. Whatever  one’s track is, nobody can avoid ego bashing of destiny. Nobody is immune to it. When this happens through someone whom we cannot avoid, we spit venom. We lose cool. We blame and shout. This is our nature. Out of helplessness, we run to the feet of God. We remember God at that time at least.

When ego is hurt, at first, we become violent, venom comes out through our senses and mind. It can even burn all things, including the people and relationships around us. There is nothing more harmful than a hurt ego. Finally, when all the venom is exhausted, and mind gets famished after all the venom has been spit out, we surrender to the will of the Almighty. When ego is gone, we experience the love of God. Thus, Krishna taught the world a beautiful lesson on human constitution and the significance of ego bashing. Kaliya Mardana (the defeat of Kaliya) means ego bashing. When Kaliya, the serpent, surrendered to Krishna, He graciously allowed him to exist there with his wife and children, without harming other life and without polluting the water any further. This was also part of his dharma which contributed to his purpose of visit – the preservation of dharma. Now many commercial Kaliyas are contaminating the rivers of the world these days. Dharma of the nature will eradicate them too, sooner or later.

Raas Leela

Everyone loves Love. Everyone Loves to receive Love. Everyone Loves to feel and express Love. Everyone loves those who love everyone. Even plants, birds and animals respond positively to love. Love is powerful. Love is universal. Love transforms. Love conquers. Love establishes faith. Faith establishes love. Love is the bottom-line. Everyone loved Krishna, because Krishna expressed love unconditionally. His energy was so pure and powerful that men, women, birds and animals sought his proximity always and would give anything to be near Him. When he played the flute, men, women and children, birds, animals, trees and plants, rejoiced in the divinity of His music and the ultimate silence behind His music. It lifted all beings to metaphysical realms. People danced and sang. They rejoiced life, existence and the rare presence of an Avatar amongst them. No signs were needed. The supreme energy that flowed out of Him was unmistakable. The ecstasy that he created by His sheer presence is the actual Raas Leela. Readers may kindly note that, unlike the pictures that we have traditionally seen, it was not only beautiful maidens, but also,  old Gopikas, men and children, people of all age and gender that used to rush towards Krishna when ever they heard his flute. Divine energy is so addictive. It is so liberating. The very sight of an Avatar can liberate beings from terrestrial births and deaths. So, every soul that felt the energy and power of Krishna, came to Him. Souls were in bodies of many kinds, which included, men, women, children, birds and animals. The bathing of individual soul in the divine energy of the supreme soul is the actual raas leela. Kindly do not interpret/reduce this beautiful union to just physical love making. That would amount to degrading the stature of the real Krishna, the supreme Parabrahma. The experience could have been orgasmic. That is the experience one receives when he/she experiences the bliss of cosmic consciousness, a prolonged orgasmic bliss which is eternal and genuine.

His Wives

Krishna is blamed of marrying too many – 16008 Wives, to be precise. Who can manage so many? Who would dare? Jokes apart, the reality is something else. He conquered a kingdom run by a selfish, dictatorial king (name is not important here, which will only deviate our thoughts from the real subject). Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. So, Krishna whose mission was to set the dharma right, went about conquering this kingdom. After the conquest, he freed all the prisoners. There were many men, women and even children in prisons. He told them all ” You are free now. Go back to your families and live peacefully. If you have any problem, or if anyone bothers you, please let me know. I would do what I can, to help you.” All of them left for their homes. Men managed to survive. Even now, in our society, men who make money are respected, irrespective of how they make it. Women always get a different treatment in any society. So,  their society being as conservative as always and not willing to accept ex convicts in their homes, they feared that this would picture them in the wrong light in the eyes of the society. It could also affect alliances and relationships with other families. So, the relatives of the ex convicts politely refused to accept them in their houses. They had nowhere to go. They went back to Krishna and told him, “Oh lord, you liberated us. Now we are in deeper problem. In the prison, we used to get three meals a day. Now, we are starving. Please put us back in the prison and allow us to complete this life in peace. We do not want to live as a burden or disturbance to our relatives.” Krishna immediately called his ministers and ordered to get all the women who came back to him – counting 16008, the status of his “Royal Wives”.  The status of “Raja Patni” automatically gave them many privileges, including a fixed allowance from the palace, a house and many other things. This gave all the ex convicts respectability in the society. They got much respect and even some men were ready to marry the younger ones among them. Thus, Krishna uplifted the standards of all those women who might have otherwise perished inside the prison or in the more ruthless society. This was a great deed. The world has not seen anything so magnanimous and benevolent before or after the time of Krishna. Still we accuse him of being a womanizer or a marrying man. Is it our mind that is tripping? Are we projecting the womanizer within us on Krishna, who conveniently is everything that we make him of? All images suit Him. All seasons suit Him. He is a complete Avatar. If you want to experience His presence and power, the Guruvayoor temple in Thrissur district in Kerala must be visited. The power and glory of the Lord is so tangible there. Then, of course, Mathura and Vrindavan. We can feel Krishna, if you can escape the greed of  “pandas”, the priestly class of Vrindavan. I always felt deeply connected with Guruvayoor, where thousands worship each day.

Lord Krishna as Guruvayoorappan. A tangible God.

The Politician

Krishna was the architect of the great war of Mahabharatha. Being omnipresent, he knew what to do and when. Just imagine the state of the inadequate Pandavas without the support of Krishna!!! Krishna gave away the substantial yaadava army to Kauravas and stayed unarmed with Paandavas, with a vow that He will not use arms ever, during the war. Many people accuse him of compromising truth during war. He was delivering the higher dharma. He had a clear mission of annihilating dictatorial monarchy and establishing rule based on dharma. So, He was doing His job, the purpose of His incarnation. In the middle of the battlefield, He conveyed the eternal principles of existence, the sum total of all scriptures, in the form of Gita. Arjuna who was depressed by the thought that He would eventually have to kill his own kin, was rejuvenated by Krishna, through his words and His showing His actual form, a kind of enlightenment experience, which altered Arjuna’s state of consciousness, made him more objective and ready for the fight. Krishna weaved the fabric of annihilation of selfishness and re installed the dharmic life on earth. He said, “Whenever dharma is in decay, I HAPPEN again and again”. An avatar is a happening. Avatar happens only for a certain purpose and exits as easily as it appeared. As Sri Rama, He had killed Bali, hidden behind a tree. This is against dharma. While resting in a forest, a hunter who was Bali’s rebirth, mistaking the feet of Krishna for a deer, sent an arrow which hit Krishna. Krishna thus compensated for his action of killing Bali, as Rama. Karma definitely comes around. This is an important lesson. It was perhaps not that arrow that killed Krishna. His mission was accomplished and He was leaving anyway. Yet, He put this matter also straight, before He left His body. He even got the selfish and warring Yadava army annihilated before He left. We can write pages and pages about Krishna, who is a complete Avatar. Maybe we will talk more at some other time.

I wish all of you the CONSCIOUSNESS of KRISHNA

Love YOU

M

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