As it Strikes Me

One can give comforts to our body by draping us in beautiful attires, or by anointing us with sandal and perfumes, or by decorating us with ornaments, or by giving a soothing massage. So also, one may inflict pain on our body by hitting or attacking us with sharp weapons.

One may help us to harmonize our breath, or may cause it to stop by troubling us. 

One may give happiness to the mind by speaking kind words or acting benevolently. On the other hand, the mind can be troubled by one's harsh words and deeds.

Our intellect too, can be enhanced by kindling it in the right direction or can be led astray into confusions by wrong guidance.

But, the Self alone always stands above all these dualities.

None can make the Self happy or sorrowful.

 Mahatmas say, as one chants Nama incessantly, his ignorance will be wiped away, and he will attain wisdom in his anthima kaala. We may question, if one chants incessantly, why should Bhagavan wait till his last breath to bestow wisdom? Why not during his lifetime?

 'Anthima kaala' mentioned here in this context is not 'death-bed'. When one takes to continuous chanting, there is a beginning phase of sadhana (spiritual practice), there is a mid phase wherein he delves into sadhana, and an end phase wherein he perfects sadhana. It is during this final stage, that God will bestow wisdom on him. Here, sadhana means continuously chanting Nama, and Nama alone!

 

 

Even today, poets when describing the gait of a woman, compare it to that of a ‘hamsa’ (swan). It has been centuries since the swan has become extinct from this world. It is not possible for poets of today’s world to have actually seen its beauty. The reference to its elegant movements is a mere replication of the thoughts of yesteryear poets who have actually seen it.
Likewise, when we describe the enchanting beauty of Bhagavan Sri Krishna, it is only a replication of the reference done in our scriptures and the Divine Works of Mahatmas who have directly seen Bhagavan in His Blissful Form. Bhagavan’s Majestic Form, His Endearing Smile, His Lotus Feet, have to be truly experienced by having His Divine Darshan, to be able to expound it. Else, it will remain a mere replication.

The story of Sage Vishvamitra is known to us all.

A king called Trishanku requested Vishvamitra to send him to heaven with the physical body. When the king told Sage Vishvamitra that even his Guru, Sage Vashista, said he could not send him to heaven with the physical body, Sage Vishvamitra immediately said he would fulfil his wish to go to heaven

Now Vishvamitra was least interested in sending Trishanku to heaven. He undertook to send him only because he wanted to show that he could accomplish something that even his Guru could not!

Likewise, a disciple or an aspirant in the spiritual path may face pitfalls like Vishvamitra because of lust (like how the sage lost his penance due to lust on Menaka), of anger (like the sage's encounter with Rambha), or because he wanted to exhibit his prowess (the sage trying to straighten a hunchback and losing all his penance).

The Vedas are the Lord’s word on how one should lead life in order to attain the highest state of realization.  The Upanishads describe the state of a Jnani – the highest state of realization.

Some may question if it is truly possible to follow the preaching of the Vedas and attain the highest state at all.

God came down to the world as Rama to show that a man can truly tread on the path shown by the Vedas, without the slightest deviation.  

Through Krishna Avatar, He showed to the world the prowess of a Jnani – who can do wonders effortlessly by performing various ‘lilas’ right from birth throughout the period of the Avatar.

Thus, through His own incarnations, the Lord shows that it is indeed possible to attain the highest state by treading on the path shown by the Vedas.

Even if one is wealthy and leads a comfortable life, if he fails to chant the Mahamantra, he is certain to suffer in the life after death!  If a Sanyasi follows the rigorous austerities laid down for him, he suffers in this birth but is happy in the life beyond. By being a householder, leading a righteous life and chanting the Mahamantra, one can enjoy this life as well as in the life beyond!

Is it not a blessing to be a householder?

Human mind is never still.  Like the flowing water it moves steadily and endlessly from one thought to another.

The mouth likes to talk, the tongue craves to taste, the eyes long to see, the legs desire to move.  Every sense organ looks outward to seek pleasure.

How is mind control achieved?  The water can be controlled by arresting its flow.

But this lasts only until the water is forceful enough to gush out.
The mind flows through the sense organs.  By shutting the doors of these sense organs, the mind can be brought under control, but only momentarily.

Is there an easier way?

Let the powerful rays of the sun shine on the water.  Drench your senses in the enchanting form of Krishna, His stories, His glory and His Divine Name.

The mind is effortlessly controlled!

The most compassionate mother is Bhoomadevi(Mother Earth). Every mother begets a child who is separated from her after a certain point in time. However, the plants that Mother Earth begets is inseparable from her throughout their lives and any attempt to do so proves to be fatal.

Generally, a person is blessed with the Darshan or association of a Mahatma, soon after he performs some virtuous deed. But, in the case of Parikshit, one might wonder how he got the association of Sri Suka despite placing a dead snake around Sage Sameeka’s neck!
But, the fact is that, Sage Sameeka never considered it as an offence against him, for he felt that it was quite natural for a king to feel annoyed when his request is not honoured. It was Sage Sameeka’s son, Shringi, who got offended and cursed Parikshit.

On the other hand, Sage Sameeka only felt compassion for King Parikshit that his son had cursed him severely for no reason, and wished that the King might find a way out. It was this compassion that sprung from the heart of Sage Sameeka that secured the grace of Sri Suka for Parikshit.