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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2012, 05:03:21 PM »
Dear Nagaraj,

Nice. Sri Bhagavan did all the work, cooked food and wrote poems with the power within. He had no mind, no vasanas, no ego
and His body was in a state of effulgence. Major Chadwick stays that His body emitted a light fragrance, though He never
used scented soaps. Another devotee said that He had some heat emanating from His body if one goes near Him. 

Arunachala Siva. 

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« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2012, 09:50:32 AM »
Do not trust the senses

Though thought can no doubt thus reveal the hollowness and stupidity
of physical attraction, the reflective man should not keep the company of
women or of others who are enslaved by women. For the mind gets
agitated when the senses and their objects come into mutual juxta-position,
not otherwise. Mind cannot have any attraction for objects that have never
been seen of heard of. The mind of a man who never allows his senses to
dally with their objects, becomes gradually controlled and calm. So you
should not have physical contact with women or men who are "women's men".
For, even men of discrimination should not put too much trust in the senses
and their objects, believing in their capacity to stand their onslaught. Much
less should ignorant people like us do so.

(purUravas [aila] a famous emperor after he recovered from the terribly
distracted state of mind into which he fell on account of separation from
urvashi, became possessed of an intense spirit of dispassion and
expressed his feeling in a poem)

(XI, 26, 22-24)

(Picture: rAjA ravi varmA's painting on purUravas and urvashi)




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« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2012, 08:57:43 PM »
Birth of Sri Krishna

Now came the most auspicious and favourable time when the star rOhini was in the ascendant and all the other stars and panets were in a very beneficial disposition. Peaceful silence reigned in all the quarters. The stars shone clear in the sky. All the villages, cowherd settlements and mining quarries saw the dawn of a prosperous era.

The rivers flowed with pellucid water. The tanks were full of lotus-blossoms. The woodlands were resonant with the chirping of fluttering birds and the buzzing of bees from the trees and creepers heavy-laden with flowers.Soft blew the breeze, dust-free and fragrant, and gently glowed the fires in the sacrificial hearths of the holy. Excepting the minds of evil ones like kamsA, the minds of all good men felt peace within. In the heavens the kettle-drums) of the celestials sounded announcing the imminent birth of the Lord, who has no birth.

The kinnarAs and gAndharvAs sang; sidDhAs and chAnarAs hymmed; the vidyAdharAs with apsarAs joyously danced. The Munis together with dEvAs showered flowers with delightl and the clouds roared gently in tune with the ocean. At such a time, in the pitch darkness of midnight, mahAvishnu, the resident in the hearts of all, was born of all, was born of the divinely beautiful dEvakI, like the full moon rising on the eastern horizon.

Lotus-eyed, four-armed, sporting the conch, mace and other weapons; with the luminous srivatsa mark on the chest and the shining kaustubhA on the neck; wearing a yellow cloth; possessed of the majecty and grace of a heavy rain cloud; with locks gleaming with the lustre of the diadem and ear-rings studded with precious stones; bedecked with splendorous ornaments like bracelets, armlets and waist girdle - such was the luminous form of the unique child that greeted vAsudEvA's vision. Looking with eyes wide-open with wonder at the form of hari born as his child, vAsudevA in the excitement of festivity of kRushnA's birth mentally gifted ten thousan cows to brAhmanAs. Realising the child to be none other than the Supreme Being and recognising his intellect purified and mind free from fear, saluted and prostrated himself before him who was illumining the whole of that lying-in room with his divine luster, and began to praise him with a hymn!

<--- This picture is supposedly the very place, jail (doors closed) It is here that dEvaki and vAsudEvA were jailed and Sri Krishna was born here.


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« Reply #18 on: October 31, 2012, 05:51:20 PM »
       
One day yashOdA, sitting in her house with the child in her lap,
applied him to her breast, from which milk was overflowing
because of uncontrollable affection. As the mother was
watching the face of the child wreathed in smiles at the end of
the feeding, he yawned, and lo! the mother saw in it the whole
universe. The sky, the earth and the heaven, the celestial
luminaries, the quarters, sun, moon, fire, air, oceans, continents
and many other things, moving and unmoving, the mother saw
in the baby's mouth with awe and wonder on seeing the whole
universe in a trice and to shield herself closed her eyes.


(X, 8, 34-37)






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« Reply #19 on: October 31, 2012, 06:40:16 PM »
Dear Nagaraj,

Self is all. It contains everything, the worlds, people, living beings, non living beings etc.,

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Pearls from the bhAgavatA
« Reply #20 on: November 01, 2012, 08:07:35 AM »
Krishnas pranks

O' Mother! He comes and releases the calves before milking time. If anyone scolds him for this, he laughs at them. Then he makes arrangements for thieving milk products and consumes all he milk and curds he gets that way, and distributing good quantities of it among the monkeys that follow him. When he does no consume their contents, he breaks the containers. If he eats nothing in any place. he goes away in anger, pinching the little children there and making them cry. When he cannot reach the receptacles of milk products with his hands, he devises a stand with stools and mortars. Knowing as he does which pot contains milk and which butter or curds, he makes holes in the mud pots kept in slings, and drains off their contents. Where the slings are in darkness, the brilliance of his bedecked body provides, the brilliance of his bedecked body provides sufficient light for him. All this he does when the Gopis are very busily attending to their household duties.

If questioned about his misconduct, he gives impudent replies, and answers calls of nature in the courtyards of the houses. Now look at him! He stands there, a picture of innocence after having done so much mischief! The Gopis presented all this to Yashoda, looking now and then at the face of Krishna that was all the more beautiful because of the signs of pretended fright at the charges brought against him. The only response of Yashoda was to laugh away the whole thing. She could no bring herself to scold her darling by any means.

(X, 8, 29-31)




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« Reply #21 on: November 01, 2012, 11:15:23 PM »
Kishna Eating Mud

One day, while Krishna was playing in the company of Rama and other cowherd boys, some of them went to his mother and complained that Krishna had eaten mud. In the interest of his health, the mother caught hold of Krishna by his hand and scolded him while he stood with his eyes tremulous with fright. She said to him: 'O mischievous fellow! Why did you eat mud stealthily? your friends and even your bother testify to it.' Child Krishna protested: 'Mother! I have not done so. They are telling a lie. If you think they are telling the truth, please examine my mouth my mouth in their presence.' The mother said: 'All right, open your mouth.' And Sri Hari, who had become a human child out of sport without any loss of his divine powers, now showed his mouth to her.

She saw within it the whole universe of moving and unmoving entities - the sky and the quarters; the earth with its mountains and oceans, including the spheres of wind called PravAha and of lightning called fire; and the moon and the stars and all the other worlds. Besides, she saw the whole heaven with its luminaries, the surrounding girdle of the categories of water, fire, air and sky; the deities presiding over the IndriyAs (senses) and the Indriyas (sense powers) themselves; and the mind, the elements forming the objects of senses, and the gUnAS of prakRuti. She saw within her child the whole universe with all its diversities and distinctions caused by the jivA, Time (change), swabhAvA (nature), the impressions caused by karmA and the mind. What was more, she was filled with worry and doubts to see within his open mouth even that land of vrajA  with her self in it.

She then thought: What can this be? Is it a dream or the Lord's mAyA o the work of my deranged brain? or can this be due to some extraordinary powers natural to my boy? I salute that supremely mysterious Being by whom, out of whom, and on whose support, this world has its existence a world which stands as a puzzle to all the efforts of man to understand it through his intellect, mind, action and words. My only support is He by whose mAyA I have come to think perversely - 'I am yashOdA; nandA is my husband; this is my son; I am heir to all the wealth of this chief of cowherds; all these gOpAs and gOpis and cows are under my command!'

The Lord thereupon cast the spell of vishnu's mAyA of parental affection on his mother who had come to glimpse the Truth. At once yashOdA lost even the memory of the experience she had, and she gathered up her son in her lap, overcome by intense affection fr him as before. He whom the followers of th vEdic karmakAndA speak of as Indra and other Deities, whom the vEdAntins call brahman, whom the sAnkhyAs speak of as purushA, whom yOgins call the Atmans, and whom the devotees call the Bhagavan - that Hari was considered as her own son by yashOdA!

(X, 8, 32-45)




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« Reply #22 on: November 04, 2012, 03:20:44 PM »
kRushNA breaking the Milk Pot

   Once yashodA, the wife of nandA, had set her assisting housemaids to various items of household work, and was herself engaged in churning the curds. While churning, she kept on remembering and singing songs on the childhood plays of kRushNA that have been described heretofore. A silken cloth round her heavy hips encircles by a girdle; her breasts tremulous and shedding milk out of her overflowing affection for her child; her bracelets and ear ornaments moving with her exertion in churning; her face revealing drops of perspiration on itl her tresses shedding jasmine flowers - such was the picture of handsome yashOdA as she sat churdning.

Thirsty for milk, hari approached the mother engaged in churning, and stopped her churning operation by arresting the churning rod, thereby filling the mother's heart with great joy. Seating him on her lap, she suckled him with the abundant flow of milk that her intense affection was generating, watching all the while the charming face of her boy with waves of smile playing upon it. Just then she noticed that the milk kept on the fire for boiling was overflowing. She ran towards it, keeping oh the floow her child, who had still not had his full feed.

Angry at this, child kRuShNa's eyes became red, and his lips trembled and he began to bite his lips. He then took a stone roller, broke the churning pot and let go all its contents. With make-believe stage-tears in his eyes, he repaired to a solitary place in the interior of the house, where he sat eating a lump of butter that he took from the store. After taking down the boiled milk from the oven, yashOdA returned only to see the broken curd pot and the curd all split. She understood that this was her son's work, but only laughed at it. That boy, however, was not to be seen anywhere near. Soon she caught sight of him, sitting on an upturned rice-husking mortar and throwing lumps of butter stolen from the sling to monkeys. Occasionally, with the fear of discovery of his theft writ large in his eyes, he was glancing hither and thither. yashOdA approached him slowly from behins.
(X, 9, 1-8)




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« Reply #23 on: November 04, 2012, 04:46:13 PM »
kRuShNA tied to the Mortar

On seeing the mother approach stick in hand, he got up in great haste, and ran away as if in mighty fear. The mother also followed him - Him whom even a yOgI's mind, well-prepared by practice and austerity, fails to reach with out His grace. Her pursuit of him was slowed by the heaviness of her hips, and in the course of the effort she put into the task, she was found to be followed by the numerous flowers that fell from her loosened tresses. Weeping from a sense of guilt, rubbing his collyrium-painted eyes with the hand, and looking now and then at the mother's face with terror-stricken eyes, he was caught by yashOdA by the hand and threatened and scolded.

As she saw her son frightened, she there away the stick (giving up the idea of beating him), and without any inkling of his powers, decided to tie him up to the husking mortar. He who has neither inside nor outside, who is yet the 'before' and the 'after', the 'inside' and the 'outside' of the whole universe, nay, who is the universe itself - Him, the Unmanifest and the Supreme sporting a human form, the master of the senses - Him, the gOpI, taking for her child, tried to fasten to the mortar. In tying her guilty child to the mortar, she found that the string in her hand was short by about two inches to complete the round. So she attached another string to it. When she found that even that was short by two inches, she attached another with the same result., Whatever attachment she made, it was all found to be short by two inches. yashOdA thus exhausted all the strings in her house, but still there was the shortage of two inches to complete the round. The gOpIs who were watching all this standing round her, began to laugh at yashOdA's predicament; and she too burst into laughter in utter astonishment. Finally, seeing his mother perspiring, with her hair dishevelled and flower falling from it, kRuShNA felt pity for her exertions, and allowed himself to be tied up out of kindness to her.

(X, 9, 9-18)





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« Reply #24 on: November 04, 2012, 04:52:12 PM »
Dear Nagaraj,

Why Krishna could not be tied to the pounding stone, with a rope around His waist. Anna Subramanya Iyer, in his commentary
said, the Self cannot be bound by any means, unless Self Itself comes around to be tied, because of bhakti and surrender.

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« Reply #25 on: November 09, 2012, 10:47:54 AM »
shrI hari has thus shown how He subordinates Himself to His devotees, although He is eternally free and is the master of all the worlds and their guardian deities. Neither brahmA nor shivA nor even shrI who always clings to Him, could attain this measure of grace from kRuShNA, the bestower of liberation, as this gOpi did. The worshipful Lord, embodied as the son of the gOpi, is not as easy of approach to persons whose spiritual practices are based on body-consciousness, nor even to the jnyAnIs who have given up body-consciousness and who have become Atman-consciousness, as He is to devotees possessed of bhakti

After the incident, kRuShNA's mother was again busily engaged in her household duties. And kRuShNA, tied to the mortar, found nearby a pair of arjunA trees - formarly two guhyakAs, sons of kubErA, now become trees under a curse. They were formerly known as nala-kubErA and maNigrIvA, well-known and prosperous. They were cursed to become trees by nAradA to curb their pride and audacity.

(X, 9, 19-23)

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The picture above, claims to be the grinder to which kRuShNA was tied (Source:http://www.krishnafiles.com)

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« Reply #26 on: November 16, 2012, 04:04:28 PM »
About Death

In the Srimad Bhagavatam, Krishna said to Uddhava thus about death:

The mind combined with 5 indriyas and tendencies derived from Karma which constitute the linga sharira (Subtle Body) transmigrates from one body to another. The Atman though different from the Linga Sharira, also seems to follow it because of the absolute superimposition between them.

The mind of the dying man, swayed by his own actions and their impressions, thinks intensely on experiences he had in life, on what he had seen, heard and passed through. Consequently he feels that he has entered a new body that has manifested by its intense thought, and left the old one. With the coming of the consciousness of the new body, there is complete oblivion of the old body, its history in the world.

On account of the intensity of attraction felt for the new body for whatever reason, the memory of the of one is completely effaced.

Death means this complete forgetfulness of the old body and its affairs by the Jiva.

The acceptance of the new body by the Jiva and his complete identification with it is called birth. How this happens is found in the examples of dreams and reveries. As in these states, the Jiva becomes completely oblivious of the old body and gets identified with the new one. The Identification is absolute that the Jiva forgets its pre-existence and comes to believe that he has come into being with a new body.

When Jada Bharatha saw the infant deer without its mother, he became its caretaker by becoming its mother. then when he realized his mistake, he left the old body as a mother - caretaker and also the infant deer and was born again as a pios Brahmana and attained the lord.




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« Reply #27 on: December 20, 2012, 10:27:19 AM »
I always wonder about the inimitable power of Maya when I read about Jada Bharatha in Bhagavatham. Look at Jada Bharata. He left everything and came to the secluded life in forests. He left family, children, his own kingdom, his people everything - but a simple deer was enough to pull him back into deep attachment. How well and so detailed is the explanation in prose in Bhagavatham about this explaining power of Maya. No wonder Lord said "Mama Maya Durathyaya".

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« Reply #28 on: August 10, 2013, 12:02:52 PM »
"Let there be the salutation of the original appearance of Him, Vâsudeva, the Fortunate One, from whom, being present here and in the beyond, for the purpose of recollection and full independence, the Vedic knowledge was imparted in the heart of the first created being [Lord Brahmâ]. About Him the enlightened [as surely also the ordinary] souls are, like with a mirage of water to the [fire of the] sun, in a state of illusion wherein, through the action and reaction of the modes of material nature, there is the [apparent] certainty of the factual. I meditate upon Him who is always self-sufficient, the transcendental [supreme and absolute] truth and the negation free from illusion."
[Canto 1, Chapter 1, Verse 1]

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