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Why is meditation called the highest form of activity and also list its benefits?

Why is meditation called the highest form of activity and also list its benefits?


An individual Yogi perceives self (total personality with which we identify ourselves) in the self (soul) with the help of meditation. This also goes to show that through meditation, self can attain a sort of power through which he/she can perceive ‘higher Self’ of not only individual self but also others too. Meaning knowing self means knowing everything that is knowable – self realization is of paramount. Knowing self means no false ego can delude us in any way. Maya of the world cannot touch us when we become friend with our own ‘self’. Diving deeper into the superconsciousness, we would be able to attain self realization.

Meditation is focusing/reflection on a thought at hand. It is based on twofold philosophy: Firstly, we focus on an activity for ensuring better result from that activity by switching off our mind totally. Here the mind and its senses have no role. The second is total mindfulness; with singing of hymens from religious scriptures and praying or chanting of some mantras or listening to some discourses or participating in religious satsang (religious congregation). Meditation /prayer/contemplation may be for ensuring reduced stress level or to induce relaxation or with higher aims and objectives of connecting with Transdental Brahman. With how much devotion we meditate brings us dividends.

Meditation is the self regulating practices which are religiously and consciously undertaken to ensure overall growth besides keeping our mind under tight sheath. Our mind wanders from one thought to another – being restive in nature. Its five senses: sense of vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch allure us and we are unable to concentrate on a single entity. For example, while observing the beauty of serene flow of river water, our mind is allured by other event or thought. We always run after mirages. This way, we neither enjoy and appreciate serenity of water flow nor the other object of attraction. This incessant yearning or lust for some ‘other object of attraction’ continues. This way, we are neither here nor there. Meditation is the path by which we practice to train our senses to be in our control and not let these off the hook.


Dhyanenatmani pasyanti kecidatmanamaatmana. BG


Some comprehend the God within themselves through meditation, some through Yoga of naturalism and others through sincere Karmic actions. Those who devote their time and energy for meeting others’ needs without accrual of any personal gains to them too serve God and also gain connectivity with Him.

In my opinion, service to humanity is more than what we can accomplish through meditation or prayers. To serve humanity is next to serving God. For example, if a doctor cures his patients without any pecuniary benefits or expectation of any reward, he/she earns goodwill not only from the person concerned but also graces of our CREATOR and that is accomplishment  of highest order. Service to humanity is one of the best form of activities which is loved by our God.


TWO PATHS ACTIVITIES CONTACTING WITH HIM.

 There are the people who do not have much knowledge about methodology of meditation but start knowing about Supreme Being from different sources – listening others, observing others in different ways and imbibing all those good ideas/ideals in their own lives for spiritual upliftment. These people too gain connectivity with Him – provided they make sincere efforts. These venerable ones help spread fragrance of  positivity whereinsoever they move about.

We are constrained to work for our living. Working for a living is a natural phenomenon but working all the time, we will become mechanical and may lose touch with the main purpose of our being on this planet. Reasoning about ‘duty first’ for our wellbeing is a good thought but besides our duties for our own self, we’ve the   special duty towards others including our Creator!

The atheists may put forth their viewpoints based on their own thoughts and reason out why they do not meditative activities. It is not that when we meditate sincerely, we lose touch with other things in our lives. When we meditate, our concentration increases, work stamina increases, our focus increases and then there is positive change in our outlook. In other words, when we focus on our Creator, whatever we do, we do everything for Him. We work, eat, walk talk etc for Him only. While we do everything for our Lord then we shall be sincere in our work, happy in our disposition, we shall be in total control of our mind and five senses. Thus by doing so, we shall have total control over our thoughts and actions. This way, we shall be KARMA YOGI in true sense of terms.

Yogi gets rid of all unreasonable desires by  a total focus. The Yogi (a person who is totally immersed in religious activities) should lose his thoughts about unreasonable attachments for possessions during meditation. One who has total control over his mind and for whom worldly possessions has lost much of relevance and is hugely satisfied by what he/she is earning is a self realized person.

The process of meditation is described in the Bhagwad Gita as follows:

  • Seating at a clean with pure surrounds.
  • Purity in thoughts and actions thus ensuring purification of self.
  • The body posture should be comfortable which helps in total concentration/focus.
  • Gazing at the tip of nose without closing the eyes.
  • Then focus attention between the eyebrows. No distraction should disturb his/her attention.
  • Control the mind slowly but surely but striving hard to attain this activity and after sometimes, it becomes an automatic activity.
  • In all the above, total FAITH in what we do is important for meditation to be purposeful.

 


Some may reason out that the time devoted in meditative activity is a waste of precious time but in atual practice, it is not! The sincere meditation /prolonged meditation is so empowering, so intoxicating that we can do it hours together without an iota of tiredness or boredom felt  and after our persistence in meditation delivers rich dividends, we attain what for we are born – for liberation (moksh) and merging with our God.


When we are engaged in meditative activities, our other jobs are done in mysterious ways even surprising us in the bargain. All the doubts shrouding us just evaporate in the thin air. As our senses and habits are in our total control, we tend to have enduring happiness, delusion does not touch us. Sense temptations do not affect us at all.

Following are the benefits which we find:-

Benefits of meditation:-

  1. Inculcates peace with which we can develop reservoir of compassion leading to forgiveness and all the positive traits which are required for our day to day activities. We can ensure contemplative zeal for ensure better job performance.
  2. Continuous focus increases the working of our memory leading to all round development of personality.
  3. Buddhist philosophy opines that meditation is a step forward in our eternal salvation.
  4. Meditation and breathing control ensure cohesion between body, mind and soul.
  5. Ensures stress control, relaxation besides bringing about all round improvement in our actions.
  6. Meditation leads to removal of darkness of ignorance and takes us to enlightenment through knowledge base (gyan).
  7. When self is our friend, it will save us from any misfortune. Knowing self means no false ego can delude us in any task we undertake. Maya of the world cannot touch us when we become friend with our own ‘self’. Diving deeper into the superconsciousness we would be able to attain self realization.
  8. Sense temptations cannot enthrall us always when we are intoxicated by His happiness.
  9. Negativity such as anger, greed, jealousy, rancor, ill-will etc can hardly touch us when we are engrossed in meditative activities.

          10.Our mind is not mislead by anything – material possessions or any other attractions because we’re pre- occupied with positive activities with focused attention.

  1. I have myself observed how much endurance / patience and tolerance one can gain while pursuing meditative activities.
  2. When we are in communication with Him, every other thing does not matter to us.
  3. The barrier of any kind imposed by our relationships with others is not a limiting factor while we are in commune with Him.
  4. More the communication with Him, more the compassion we gain for others, more wisdom in our mind, with active mind and we shall be more successful in any endeavour we make.
  5. The gift of reason gives us the power to explore deeper in our own self and finding in the process God within and free us off the delusive urges that we nurture. If we let reason being won by our false habits or issues based on ego then again happiness will elude us. So, how and what could be directed towards His connectivity and not towards powers that material possessions may bestows us because that power will be a transitory one.

Viewing the above, we can deduce that meditative activity is one of the pioneers for our life and total focus leads to positive passive activism which is beneficial for our onward march.

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Posted by on September 27, 2015 in Inner Thoughts

 

HEARTIEST FELICITATIONS ON BAKR-EID – Thoughts on Eid-al-Adha / Eid-ul-Zuha / Bakr-Eid

 

 

Thoughts on Eid-al-Adha / Eid-ul-Zuha / Bakr-Eid

HEARTIEST FELICITATIONS ON BAKR-EID 

Thoughts on Eid-al-Adha / Eid-ul-Zuha / Bakr-Eid

 

We may call this festival Eid-Al-Adha

Or Eid-Ul-Adha

Eid-Ul-Zuha

Or Bakr-Eid simply

Makes little difference on the intent side

Factually it is a festival of sacrifice

The festival of giving something

Most precious that one has for giving

The custom that started

When most venerable Abrahim offered

His only son named Ismail

At the command of Allaha

Without even a slightest demur of any sort

A reality check or test

Which God wanted

From devout Abraham

And also his son Ismail

Lo and behold!

After actually offering

Supreme sacrifice

Surprise of surprises

Found a slaughtered lamb!

Meaning benevolent God

Tested the love and resolve of Abraham

For Him – the benevolent One

While Abrahim was obeying

The commandments of God

Satan made attempts to dissuade Abraham

Not to sacrifice his only son

But he did not care to listen satan

Instead obeyed the commands of Allaha

And left for us all,

An enduring message

God loves those who obeys Him

And are ready to sacrifice anything

On His bidding

May this day brings a feeling of self sacrifice

So that needs of all are met engendering love amongst masses.

 

Thoughts on Eid-al-Adha / Eid-ul-Zuha / Bakr-Eid

 

Holy Quran mentions about this day as ‘solemn festival’.

Eid means festival and Eid-au-Adha means Festival of sacrifice or it is termed as Bakr-Eid meaning celebration with the sacrifice of a goat. This festival is celebrated with great solemnity and reverence across the world as a tribute to Prophet Ibrahim’s rock solid belief in God. He willingly agreed to sacrifice his beloved son Abraham as ordained by God.

Here, Abraham’s love and reverence is of prime importance. Legend has it that Abraham agreed without even a slightest demur to sacrifice his only promised son named Ismail on the express command of God. God wanted to test the love of Abraham for the general masses. Subsequently, before it could be done, Allaha intervened and instead provided Abraham a lamb for sacrifice that is why this day of sacrifice is also termed as Bakr’Eid. At that time the age of Abraham was 99 years and his son only 13 years.

This was also a test of Ismail’s maturity and faith in Allah. He himself offered to be sacrificed. When his father mentioned about his (son’s) impending sacrifice, without any reservation the son offered himself. All this is evident that it was not merely father Abraham but also Ismail were having faith in Allaha commandments. It was really unprecedented. Willingness on the part of both father and son to accept the will of God is dear to both besides being dear to our     God.

It goes to show that the will of Allaha prevailed and His grace was evident while He provided a lamb for sacrifice in place of Abraham. It also goes to show that our benevolent God tests our sacrificing spirit even the precious of all our only son, in real sense of terms.

Besides, remaining steadfast to the will of our God too was under test. In the meanwhile, the Satan intervenes to pollute the mind of Abraham and exhorts him for not obeying the commandments of beloved God. But Abraham remained committed to the will of God and that is why this day is remembered as a day of sacrifice.

Devout visit Mecca to offer prayers on this day.

Apart from prayers, offering sacrifice (Qurbani) is also undertaken. Then the meat of the sacrificed goat, a healthy one, is distributed amongst family, friends and also given to the needy ones. May this day engender in the general masses a spirit of self sacrifice for others’ welfare.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2015 in Inner Thoughts

 

LORD GANESHA – FELICITATION FOR GANESHA CHATURITHI

LORD GANESHA

 

Known as Ganapati or Vinayaka

One who is powerful deities of all

He is most easily identified

With elephant head

Ganesha is born out of the dirt

Rubbed out of the being of Adi Shakti

Goes to show that what comes out of

Even from dirt is boundless power

A Maya of all encompassing one

The one who is the first deities to be venerated.

 

When a new venture has to see the light of the day

He is also worshipped for getting power and pelf

For the whole family and for self

For getting good health and good days ahead.

 

Ganesha has two consorts

Named Ridhi and Sidhi

Ridhi is for prosperity that is required

Sidhi is for getting spiritual movement upward

Including increasing positive thoughts into actionable results.

 

Lord Ganesha is also worshipped

For bestowing protection

And increasing the power of recreation

Whilst removing obstacles from ones path

Because Lord Ganesha

Is considered as the patron

Of sagacity and intellect in abundance.

 

Ganesha Chaturithi – The Birth Day Of Veghana-Harta (Obstacle-Averter) & Vegana-Karta (Obstacle-Creator For Evil Doers)

Before delving on as to why we celebrate Ganesh Chatruti, it is essential that we should know the circumstances and how life was infused in a lifeless creation by Lordess Parvti.

Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayak Chaturthi is celebrated on the birthday of Lord Ganesha, which falls between 19th August to 20th September He is the most loved son of Lord Shiva and Lordess Parvati. The devotees’ firm belief is that on this day, he bestows his supreme blessings on us with his presence and showers his bounties (shuvta) on us as he is the Lord of prosperity, unlimited wisdom, and a trouble shooter to the core.

The Ganesha’s birthday is celebrated according to the Hindu Calendar month of Bhaadrapada starting with the Shukla Chaturthi – 4th day of the waxing moon period till 14th day of waxing of moon. There is a celebration of ten days for which exhaustive preparations are made before hand. This includes; procuring of lovely idol of Lord Ganesha, preparation of eatable, especially modaks for friends and relatives, some install Ganesha Idol on this day. This festival is celebrated in almost all the parts of India. Even in foreign countries like Canada, USA, UK etc where Indians are there, this festival is celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm. It has special relevance in Maharashtra.

How the Birthday of Lord Ganesha came about?

Legend has it that Lordess Parvati created Ganesha out of sandalwood paste which was applied on Her body before taking bath. She was impressed by her own creation which ignited her curiosity of breathing / infusing life into that creation. Low and behold, the creation of Maan Parvati came to life!

Subsequently, She told him to guard the entrance of the bathroom and ordered him not to allow anybody enter it while she took bath. All this transpired when Shiva had gone somewhere. When He returned back, Ganesha, standing guard, did not allow Him to enter. On asking who he was. Ganesha replied that he was Ganesha the son of Maa Parvati.
Lord Shiva sent His Ganas to teach the child first lesson in mannerism. As Ganesha was created by Shakti, he was very powerful besides being obedient to the core. Indira and his army of demigods too used their power to overpower Ganesha but in vain.
Now it was the turn of Narda with Saptarishis came for persuading the child for allowing Lord Shiva but it was also a futile exercise. All this infuriated Lord Shiva still further. Out of anger, He severed the head of Ganesha. When Maan Parvati came out after Her bath, she found the severed head from the body of her creation. This scene enraged her immensely. Observing her state, Lord Shiva promised to bring back to life their son. For this purpose, the demigods went in search of the person facing north. They could not find any humans. They could find only bring the elephant’s head which was fixed on the headless body. Ganesha came back to life instantly through the supernatural powers of Lord Shiva.

Modhak (dumpling made out of grinded rice, mixed with sugar, jugglery, fruits etc) is the choicest eatable of Lord Ganesha.

WHY GANESH CHATURATHI IS CELEBRATED?

Previously, only Hindus used to participate in the festivities but presently there is a community participation in this festival. There is enactment of concerts; discourses based on intellectual/spirituality related topics, skits, folk dances etc. Dahi Handi competition is another interesting and much awaited by the participants. Here prizes are also given. People of all castes, religions and colour participate in these festivities and this becomes a fertile ground for national integration and engenders understanding between different communities. All these activities have twofold benefit. Firstly, it enhances unity in diversity and secondly it ensures completive fervor between people.

As Lord Ganesh is embodiment of good tidings, people start their new businesses on this auspicious day so as to have His blessings for the success.

From the above, it is evident that this auspicious day of Ganesh Chatruthi is celebrated for ensuring cohesion / unity between all the communities, encourage non-discriminatory ideas/ideals besides getting opportunity to celebrate the auspicious occasion imbibing spiritual onward march and finally to get Lord Ganesh’s bounties of unlimited intelligence and wisdom.

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2015 in Inner Thoughts

 

What is your state of mind when we are falsely implicated and also does destiny play a role in this?

What is your state of mind when we are falsely implicated and also does destiny play a role in this?


Sadly speaking, our predicament skyrockets when we are implicated in a innuendo in which we are not even remotely connected. Lack of any perceptible evidence but still some unscrupulous element presses for holding the other person responsible compounds matters. Sometimes an incident may not taken place at all yet still heartless individual adamantly sticking to the guns makes the matter worst. It goes to show when there is bad time then such things could happen which seemingly are unnatural. What a state of mind of such person who is blamed for doing nothing!

At our home, we must have witnessed the tussle between husband and wife one accusing other with infidelity sometimes may be heresy. If one is actually deceiving other then it sounds plausible reason for discord but when accusation is hurled/flaunted on your face on the basis of specious ground then a trust deficit is created – which many a times takes a worst dimension of separation for good thus leaving the children to fend for themselves.

What happens when somebody implicates you in some heinous crime and produces even false evidence which the Hon’ble Court believes to be correct. The effected person is incarcerated simply on concocted ground and fictitious evidence! The state of that person is like a fish in drying pond. He has got no alternative but to fight on for justice. If justice comes after 15 years then he has to face the hostile environment everywhere. If he is the sole bread winner then his family gets ruined.Such is the bad effect of false implication!. You must have come across such cases and gauged their state of mind.

In our offices too, there are the people who do not lose opportunity to insinuate others irrespective of the fact that you are responsible for it or not. Their main motto is to pull you down at the in front of others. This happened with me. My boss gave me an important paper on which some important improvement was to be undertaken. I did whatever I could and gave the paper back for further disposal. Next day, he asked for the paper again! All my persuasion. I was really dumb founded; I felt as though the earth underneath my feet had given way and I was to be sucked by that. Knowing well that losing paper of most sensitive nature having fare reaching implications. My pleadings had no effect on my boss. He told me that there would be thorough inquiry and I will have to face the music for this. I again beseeched him that even a person who has to be hanged is given one chance. I requested him to check his own cupboard. He threw his keys on the table and ordered me to do it. At that time, I offered my sincere prayers to my Creator because the future of my family and of my own was very delicately poised. I opened the cupboard. Sorted out the papers and found to my relief that that paper too was there! I did not utter even a single word to my boss but again thanked Lord for saving me and my honour; which if lost everything gets lost. This incident happened 25 years ago; whenever I reminisce this incident a shutter goes through my whole body – even now!

Conflict started when it was decided to put Pandu’s son to throne. This was opposed vehementally. Then treachery started. The evil design of Shakuni and Duryodhana made the matter more complex. These conflicting incidents lead to a war between Kauravas and Pandavas which Dhritarashtra all his 100 son got killed. This proves that insinuations and counter insinuations could spell doom..

Then there is destiny or quirk of fate which sometimes plays hide and seek with our life puts us in quandary. We can call it bolt from blues. Against this backdrop of destiny there is no option but to accept which has been destined because you can blame none nobody except your destiny. There is a story connected with a most prolific and compassionate king – King Harish Chandra. His name and fame for generosity was known to everybody. This was also hugely appreciated his compassionate nature. In order to test this, God appeared in person and asked for his kingdom along with everything that is in it. Without batting even an eye, he donated everything. Thus he left his prosperous kingdom with his wife and his son. They met with a lot of pain and penury during their exile. King and the queen had to do menial jobs in order to eke out a living for their existence. There are so many stories wherein they had to undergo one hardship after another including thievery. Then he was employed on the cremation ground for burning the dead bodies wherein he used to charge some money. As though all this was not sufficient, his son died of a snake bite. His wife came for the cremat6ion of her son. He asked for money. His wife had none. She tore apart her left out saree. All this noble gesture of the two made the God appear in persona and restored them the kingdom. It is evident that those who challenges even destinies come out unscathed ultimately.

 

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2015 in Inner Thoughts

 

KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI (Wishing you all Krishna Janamashtami on 5th September 2015)

KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI (Wishing you all Krishna Janamashtami)

May Lord Krishna’s blessings be showered on all of us

NEED OF  INCARNATION

Lord Krishna Himself has enunciated in Bhagwad Gita that whenever there is excessive evil/sin in the society; when there is prominence of repressive and regressive forces besides prevalence of irreligious practices, He appears on this planet to eliminate or minimize the scourge of evil from the society besides protecting the pious and righteous people. His form may be different in different ages but He takes birth or incarnates and shows the right course to the people at large with His thoughts and actions.

 

Lord Vishnu is the cause of creation and He incarnated as Krishna to eliminate demonic forces prevalent in the society at large. It has rightly been said that God is omnipotent and omniscient besides He possesses innumerable names: Lord-Allaha-Rama-Krishna-Jehova-Budha-Akalpurakh but truth prevails; He is the ONE. He has personal and impersonal aspects. To exemplify this; a drop of water has the same chemical and physical properties as water from huge reservoir of water. One or Many hardly makes any difference. Our body which we love the most is impermanent. Our soul and the Super Soul are permanent. God incarnations and saints lives which have been enumerated in different scriptures have made it amply clear about the importance of God Consciousness through their discourses and other mystic actions which remain inspiring us. Such is the importance of incarnation of Lord Vishnu as Krishna.

 KRISHNA JANAMASHTAMI

Krishna Janmashtami has been variously described as: Krishnashtami, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Shrikrishna Jayanti, Sri Jayanti, Krishna Janma, Gokulashtami, Sri Krishna Jayanti, etc.

 

The birthday of Sri Krishna is celebrated every year. As per the astrological calculations and scriptural details, the date of Krishna’s birth, which is known as Janamashtami is 18 July 3228 BCE. Lord Krishna lived upto 18th February 3102 BCE. He is the 8th Avtar of Lord Vishnu. This festival is celebrated on the 8th day of Krishna Paksha (dark night) between the months of August – September every year.

 

Krishna belonged to the Yadu dynasty descending from Soma. He was the 8th son of Princess Devaki and Vasudeva (son of Surasena). Krishna Carried Across the River Yamuna by Vasudeva

 

After the marriage ceremonies, while Kamsa was taking his sister Devaki and brother-in-law Vasudeva in the cheriat, he felt very happy. There is a custom of brother accompaning the married sister to her in-laws home. The procession was passing merrily while Kamsa was driving the chariot. The atmosphere was surcharged with joy.

As ill luck would have it, there was a prophecy from the sky: “Kamsa, you are such a fool! You are driving the chariot of your sister and your brother-in-law, but you do not know that the 8th child of your sister will kill you. “. Kamsa was dumbfounded and could not control his anger and therefore wanted to kill Devaki (the daughter of Devaka) but Vasudeva intervened and promised that they will give all their newborn children to Kamsa after their births and agreed to stay in his jail cell. They were thus imprisoned under the supervision of guards. Vasudeva also commented that Kamsa being a greatest warrior and should not kill his own sister. He also told Kamsa that we are dying every moment that passes and death is evitable for the one who is born. Thus he pacified Kamsa through his (Vasudeva’s) flattery.

 

Afterwards, Kamsa imprisoned his own father (Ugrasena) and declared himself as the King besides usurping the power of King Surasena (Vasudeva’s father). He expanded his power to other parts too through his prowess.

 

There afterwards, first six children of Devaki and Vasudeva were killed by King Kamsa sooner they were born. While his relatives and friends tried to dissuade him from doing so but he did not listen to them.    Then there was a news of miscarriage of seventh child but actually seventh child was transferred to Rohini as Balarama – just secretly.

When Krishna was born, there was an atmosphere of peace, auspicious stars were visible in the sky besides there were all positive signs. The demigods were very pleased and began to shower flowers. Then Lord Vishnu appeared before Devaki and she felt very elated. Vasudeva was very happy after seeing the shine on the face of the newborn – such opulence and effulgence. The demigods had already informed them that Supreme Personality of Godhead would be born from the womb of Devaki. He was really convinced that the newborn was the Godhead Himself. He began to offer prayers. He was of the firm belief that now Kamsa will get justice for his sinful acts. He thus prayed and requested Him to save them from the hands of Kamsa. Devaki requested Him to take the form of an ordinary child so that no harm is done to him.

Afterwards, a mystic thing happened, all the prison locks got opened, all the guards slept and there was a heavy rain. On the birth of eighth child, Lord Vishnu ordained that the child be taken to Gokula to Nanda and Yashoda. There upon, Vasudeva took infant Krishna with him, crossed the river Yamuna and reached Gokul. After leaving infant child at Gokula, he brought back Yashoda’s daughter named Yogmaya back to his prison cell. Due to the grace of Lord Vishnu, nothing went amiss. The birth of Krishna, and activities are all transcendental and one who understands it is spiritually rich person. His birth is according to His time and place besides the need of such an eventuality. Even the planetary systems were adjusted auspiciously at the time of Krishna’s birth.

 

Foster father Nanda Baba and mother Yashoda of Lord Krishna were very happy while they were celebrating the birth of their newborn son with great pump and show. There was an atmosphere of joy everywhere. Yashoda always thought Krishna as her dear son and not anything else – they all enjoyed the childhood pastimes of Krishna thereafter.

 

The news of the 8th child was given to Kamsa. While Kansa was about to kill Yogmaya, she vanished from his hands and thundered that his killer was in Gokul and warned about his looming death. Thereupon Kamsa sent his various ferocious demons to kill Krishna.

 

KAMSA’S PERSECUTION STARTS

Kamsa comes to know about the birth of 8th child and further information that he is being taken to Gokula made him furious. He got exasperated and lamented; now the cruel death will not be far. Yet he wanted to do everything in order to eliminate the child.

 

  • Kamsa sent Putana who was known for killing small children by her sinful methods, to kill child Krishna. Krishna killed her after suckling her breast.
  • King Kamsa sent demon names Trnavarta with mystic power. He was eliminated by Krishna without much difficulty.
  • A demon named Bakasura attacked him and his cowherd friends. Krishna killed him.
  • Serpent Aghasura was killed after playful acts of Krishna and his friends with him.
  • Dhenukasura attacked Krishna and his gops. He killed the demon.
  • Demon Pralambasura sent by King Kamsa was killed by Lord Krishna.
  • Demon Kesi in the form of a horse was killed by Krishna.
  • While visting Mathura, Lord Krishna killed the wrestler named Canura by hurling him to the ground while wrestling.
  • Finally Lord Krishna dragged the demoniac King Kamsa and threw him on the ground, struck im with His fist repeatedly and killed him. That was the end of the evil along with Demon King Kansa.

 

Devout fast on this day and remain awake till midnight at the time when Krishna was believed to have born. The image of Krishna as an infant is kept on the cradle or swing both in homes and temples and everyone having dharshan makes the swing to move. This is considered an auspicious thing.

 

Devotees sing songs and make merry besides exchanging gifts and flowers. In temples satsang and puja is also held.

 

Janamashtmi is celebrated differently In different parts of India. In Maharashtra, Dehihandi is celebrated where buttermilk is kept in a pot and kept at a convenient height. Different parties try to break this earthen pot so as to win this contest. This event is undertaken to remember the event of stealing of buttermilk by Krishna in his childhood from Gopi’s homes. The participants in this event are called Govindas.

 

In Mathura (the birth place of Krishana), Gokul and Vrindavan the festival is celebrated with great fervor and enthusiasm. People gather in large number and offer their prayers to Him. Even in Dwarka in Gujarat where Krishna established his kingdom, people visit Dwarkadish temple. Bhagavata Purana, the part dealing with the pastimes of Krishna are recited besides offerings of betel, fruits, flowers etc done by the devotees.

Gokulashtami is celebrated with great fervor in South India too. In Tamil Nadu, the people decorate the floor with kolams (decorative pattern drawn with rice batter).

Besides Lord Krishna’s mysticism and Leelas are always enjoyed by the devotees.

 

  • Lord Krishana dance upon the heads of the serpent Kaliya thereafter Kaliya realized his mistake.
  • Protected the people from the heavy rains on the village Vrindavan by lifting Govardhan hill on his little finger.
  • Rassa Lila (Dance) with gopis at Vrindavana to the tune of the flute.

It is opined in Bhaghwad Gita that those who know about the birth, His appearance and all activities of Lord Krishna become eligible to be transferred to spiritual world. JAI SHRI KRISHNA.

 

LORD KRISHNA

When sin is in excess,

When there is sharp decline in religious practices,

When  irreligious people rule the roost,

Our Beloved Lord descends from His Abode,

On the earth to deliver the pious ones,

And to annihilate the evil doers,

As well as to re-establish the principles,

Of religion and fairplay all around.

Born in the midnight,

To mother Devaki & Vasudeva in the confinement,

Of Damon king Kamsa,

On 8th Day of the  dark half of the month of Sravana,

Took place the birth of Lord Krishna,

The holiest month of the year,

Of traditional Hindu calendar,

The ferocious guards remained in deep slumber,

Oblivious what transpired in the guarded dungeon just near,

Whilst heavy downpour made the Yamuna fully swollen,

With Sheshnag providing a shelter from rain,

Yamuna swelled still further,

Ready to touch the feet of the Supreme Lord,

Lord offered His Divine Feet for Her touch,

What a TOUCH this DIVINE TOUCH must have been!

Watched with curiosity by Gods & Demi-gods from Heavens,

Then Yamuna water receded to its minimal,

Making the passage of Vasudeva easier to Gokula,

Thence He did His Divine Leela in Vrindavana,

Nandagram, Mathura and finally Dwaraka,

He mesmerized Gopis with His flute musical best,

Attracting even the cows herds in hoards,

Gayatri Mantra was initiated to the Lord by Guru Gargamuni,

And Vedic arts and sciences by Guru Sandipanimuni,

At Mathura killed many a demonic kings,

To ward off the demons threats,

Thus stopping threat looming large,

Of many a ferocious demons.

During His life time,

He married many a queens,

Rukimni being the most beautiful ones,

Love of Radha & Krishna is etched in folklore’s,

Will ever remain in our memories,

As the pious Love of Divines.

Acted as a Charioteer of Arjuna,

The greatest dhanushdhari of all times,

Was the role of His in the Kurukshtra war!

Where Lord Krishna displayed His stupendous Universal Form,

When Arjuna was in doubt to fight war,

Against kiths and kins of his own,

Then the Supreme Lord delivered His famed Bhagavad Gita,

“The Song of God”,

Containing essence of Jnana,

All encompassing knowledge – Gyana.

In the war that ensued,

Demons were destroyed,

And with them the wickedness that pervaded,

A victory of good over evil was ensured,

A sweet lessons for us mortals to follow indeed.

HARBANS KHAJURIA

 

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Posted by on September 3, 2015 in Inner Thoughts