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Shri Krishna Says

Whether to choose heartful or powerful

You have often faced the dilemma of choosing between a heartfelt person (embodying intellect, compassion, creativity, and maturity) and a powerful one (possessing money, power, personality, and social status). Arjuna faced this very choice during the preparations for the war of Mahabharata.

When given the option, Duryodhana chose the Narayani Sena, the army of well-equipped warriors trained under Lord Krishna’s leadership, valuing their worldly power. Arjuna, on the other hand, chose the unarmed Lord Krishna, valuing his divine wisdom and guidance.

The heart of a person who seeks God’s strength is truly strong because divine strength is real. Conversely, the heart of a person who seeks worldly power is weak because worldly strength is ultimately an illusion.

So, whom will you choose?

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An ardent devotee

Arjuna asked: My Lord! Which are the better devotees who worship you, those who try to know you as a Personal God, or those who worship you as Impersonal and Indestructible?

Lord Shri Krishna replied: Those who keep their minds fixed on Me, who worship Me always with unwavering faith and concentration; these are the very best.

Those who worship Me as the Indestructible, the Undefinable, the Omnipresent, the Unthinkable, the Primeval, the Immutable and the Eternal, Subduing their senses, viewing all conditions of life with the same eye, and working for the welfare of all beings, assuredly they come to Me.

But they who thus fix their attention on the Absolute and Impersonal encounter greater hardships, for it is difficult for those who possess a body to realise Me as without one. Verily, those who surrender their actions to Me, who muses on Me, worship Me and meditate on Me alone, with no thought save of Me, O Arjuna! I rescue them from the ocean of life and death, for their minds are fixed on Me.

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Where there is faith, there exists the god

A boy had to travel long distance alone for his study. He had to cross forest and get scared sometime. One day he narrated his fear to the mother.

Mother said – “You need not feel afraid, my son. Whenever you feel scared, you may call your brother Kanha (lord Krishna’s popular child name), who herds the cattle in the forest and comes to the help of anyone who wants it.”

The boy nodded his head convincingly. The next day, while crossing the forest, he started feeling scared. He remembered his mother’s advice and shouted, “Kanha…Kanha… please give me company. I am feeling scared…”

Soon, Kanha appeared and consoled the boy: “Hello friend, I am Kanha. You should not feel scared now; I am with you.” The Lord Krishna travelled with the boy until the end of the forest. The boy felt safe and calm.

After some time, his mother inquired about his fear. The boy said that every day, Kanha gives him company to cross the forest, and his fear is no more. His mother became curious, and the next day, she followed the path to the forest, hiding behind her son, and found it to be true. The mother realised Lord Krisha helped her son because of his unwavering faith.

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Despair and self-pity is unworthy of you (Bhagavad Gita Ch.2.1-2)

Arjuna tells his confusions, doubts, and despondency to Krishna. Seeing Arjuna overwhelmed with pity, grief-stricken, and eyes full of tears, Shree Krishna displayed his discomfort saying, “On the path of liberation how have you fallen to despair and self-pity which is not a worthy of you?”

God Krishna uses the word anarya (unworthy). It’s a common find these days to see people boast of their profit, pleasure, and prestige at all times.

However, when the same person is approached for any social or economical favor, they will start cribbing about their inability citing many excuses.

We have stopped looking inward and instead of focusing on our inner qualities, we signify ourselves with the two legs, colored hair, and expensive attire. For all such pretenders of wealthy possession,

God Krishna wants to tell, “Don’t lock the door of the heavenly kingdom by refusing to eliminate your ego, self-will, and separateness. Get rid of these as they have no place when I live in your hearts.”

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A true prayer is never directed for the welfare of one but for all

In the battlefield of Mahabharata, Arjuna asks Sri Krishna to take his chariot in the middle of the war-field.

Arjuna fell into the despondency which is the premise on which Krishna mentors Arjuna to prepare for his duty which is known to us as “Bhagavad Gita.”

Frustrated with the wait for war to begin, Duryodhana quizzes Bhishma Pitamaha, “What are they doing in the middle of the war-field?”

Bhishma Replies, “Whatever they may be doing, wait for sometime for destruction to begin.”

Duryodhana says with arrogance, “They must be discussing the way to run away from the war-field feeling afraid of loosing the war.”

Bhishma replies, “Why you’re always eager to show of your arrogance?” And continues, “I never prayed for anything for myself in my whole life. Today, wholeheartedly, I wish to pray for a favour for myself; I wish the wind blows in such a way that I’d hear the divine words pouring out from Krishna’s lips may fall on my ears.”

Hinduism does not advocate for praying for the self but, for the holistic well-being of the entire universe.

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः सर्वे सन्तु निरामया। सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु मा कश्चित् दुःखभाग् भवेत्।।

(सभी सुखी होवें, सभी रोगमुक्त रहें, सभी मंगलमय घटनाओं के साक्षी बनें और किसी को भी दुःख का भागी न बनना पड़े।)

May all be filled with happiness, may all be free from all form of sickness, may all have the eye to see the goodness, and may none suffer from any form of misery.

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Desire is of yours, but Destiny is of God

You are constantly creating desires, both good ones and bad ones. Your mind is always busy making all sorts of desires. The creation of desire is the mind’s sole prerogative. 

Do they all get fulfilled? In the world, you’ll never find even one person who can claim that all his desires were fulfilled. 

After the war of Mahabharat, Shri Krishna and Pandava visit their grandfather Bhishma, who is sleeping on his deathbed and can depart for the heavenly pastures anytime.

Seeing Shri Krishna, Bhishma requests him to answer his question. He asked, “Hey Govinda when Narayani Sena and I were selected to fight with Duryodhana, a tiny smile appeared on your face. Since then, I have been curious to know why you smiled at that moment.”

God Krishna answered, “Pitamah, you are granted the wish to die on your own desire, and you have full right to desire whatever you want to. But, I have total control over creating the situation around you through which you will start wishing for whatever I want. Like your current status, even if you desire to live, laden with the wounds and pains, you are not in a livable condition.”

Exercise: Stop creating excessive and unwanted desires in your mind. Shri Krishna is the sole creator, keeper, and destroyer of your desires. Oh man, don’t live in a depression just because your desires are not getting fulfilled. Drop everything and take solace in his supreme feet.

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Should you forget the goodness of the past if someone harmed later

Sometimes, you break up the relationships because you think another person has done some sort of injustice or act of harm to you.

However, ideally, we should not forget the kind of good act. I want to tell you about an incident. When Shishupal was born, he was cursed to be killed by God Krishna.

His mother came to know this at the time of Shishupal’s birth itself. She prayed to Shri Krishna and pleaded with him not to kill her son.

Krishna agreed with the condition, “I would forgive his 100 mistakes, but after that, I can’t tolerate them.”

Shishupal started abusing Krishna, and God was smiling.

Once the 100 count was over, God Krishna killed him with his Sudarshan Chakra.

Krishna’s finger got hurt, and noticing this, Draupadi instantly took a piece of her sari and tied Krishna’s finger.

When Dussasan made an attempt to strip Draupadi’s clothes, Sri Krishna came as her saviour, and she reciprocated his kindness.

Shri Krishna said, “When I was hurt during the Shishupal killing, you tied your sari thread to save me. By safeguarding you here, I have only paid the instalment of your good deed.”

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बुद्धिमान व्यक्ति विषयों के संयोग से होने वाले सुख या दुख में मन नहीं रमाते

श्रीकृष्ण कहते हैं: “इंद्रियों और विषयों के संयोग से पैदा होनेवाला सुख आदि अंत वाले और दुःखके कारण हैं। अत: बुद्धिमान पुरुष उनमें मन नहीं रमाते।”

आँख, कान, नाक, जिह्वा, त्वचा और मन ये छह इंद्रियाँ सतत ही विषयों का भोग मिले इसके लिए लालायित रहते हैं बिलकुल मोबाइल फ़ोन के अंटेना की तरह बल्कि उससे भी तीव्र। अगर विज्ञान की भाषा से देखें तो इनकी ग्रहण शक्ति बाक़ी सारे अंटेनाओं से काफ़ी ज़्यादा हैं। आँख देखने के लिए, कान मधुर वचन सुनने के लिए, नाक सुगंध के लिए, जिह्वा स्वादपूर्ण भोजन के लिए, त्वचा स्पर्श के लिए तो मन भोग विलास मय विचारों में  लीन रहने के लिए।

ज़रा सोचिए — आपको रसगुल्ला खाने की इच्छा है, सामने रसगुल्लों से भरा प्लेट आ जाए। आप को ५ १० रसगुल्ले तो बड़े अच्छे लगेंगे लेकिन आपसे १०० रसगुल्ले खाने को कहा जाए तो वह सुख देने वाला होगा या दुःख? इसी तरह, आपका प्रेमी आपसे एक दो बार “आई लव यू” कहने की जगह हार २ मिनट में “आई लव यू कहना शुरू करदे तो आप तो पागल ही जो जाओगे ना। 

इसीलिए श्रीकृष्ण यहाँ चेताते हैं की बुद्धिमान पुरुष इंद्रियों और विषयों के भोग से प्राप्त होने वाले स्थिति में मन नहीं रमाते। आप क्या कर रहे हैं? सोचिएगा।

बुद्धिमान व्यक्ति विषयों के संयोग से होने वाले सुख या दुख में मन नहीं रमाते Read More »

It is a desire. Yes, it is desire, Arjuna

Arjuna to Shri Krishna: “No man wants to commit sin. Even so, Krishna, he does evil again and again. What is it that drives him so? “.

“It is a desire. Yes, it is desire, Arjuna “. God Krishna replies.

“Born of the activating attribute of Nature, it is desire, it is anger—full of unappeasable craving and great evil: know this to be the foulest enemy here on earth.

As fire is obscured by smoke, as a looking glass by dust, as an embryo is enveloped by the womb, so wisdom is covered by this desire. “

— Bhagavad Gita Ch.2.37-38

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What if you’ve closed eyes in the World full of possibilities

What if you’ve closed eyes in the World full of possibilities
Anonymous asked, “As soon as I wake up, I see so many problems everywhere. People are suffering from abnormalities, hunger, injustice, and suffering. I don’t know whether the idea of a sunshine day is just a myth.”

I responded, “The World is full of beautiful possibilities everywhere every moment. It’s you who’s stopped by yourself. To make opportunities possible, you need to make a choice and take steps to transform the prospects into real results. It’s time you come out of your fear and impatience to truly go forward, discovering your true potential and all the possibilities.

You have framed yourself inside a wall that only allows you to see the negativity, doubt, and suspicion. It’s like you have caught up with the fever—food served to you is delicious, but it tastes bitter to you because of illness.
Discover your goals. Commit yourself to your goals visually, emotionally, financially, and functionally. Trust the statement of God Krishna, “सर्वधर्मान्परित्यज्य मामेकं शरणं व्रज । अहं त्वा सर्वपापेभ्यो मोक्षयिष्यामि मा शुचः ॥
Drop everything and just surrender unto me.”

You will become confident, clear, and ready to see the possibilities and convert it to achieve your life goals.

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