Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Feet and Hands

On Krishna's feet are 19 symbols of Lord Narayana and Lord Vishnu.
On Krishna's right hand are the

  1. flag, 
  2. chakra, 
  3. club, 
  4. tree, 
  5. goad, 
  6. dagger and 
  7. sword. 

On His left hand is a

  1. lotus, 
  2. umbrella, 
  3. swastika, 
  4. an unstrung bow, 
  5. plow, 
  6. fish, 
  7. column and 
  8. a crescent moon shape. 

On Krishna's right foot are a

  1. lotus, 
  2. flag, 
  3. chakra, 
  4. umbrella, 
  5. four swastikas, 
  6. Uddhava Rekha, 
  7. barley corn, 
  8. goad, 
  9. astakon, 
  10. four jaman fruits, and 
  11. vajra. 

On Krishna's left foot are

  1. four water pots, 
  2. a conch, 
  3. an unstrung bow, 
  4. cow's hoof, 
  5. fish, 
  6. crescent moon, 
  7. akash, and 
  8. a triangle.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Birth of the unborn

Although I am unborn and My transcendental body never deteriorates, and although I am the Lord of all sentient beings, I still appear in every millennium in My original transcendental form. (Bhagavad Gita 4.6).
As the world heralds another Janmashtami, Sri Krishna Himself sets the tone for His appearance on Earth. “Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious values, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion — at that juncture I descend Myself.”
Sri Krishna, like the sun, exists before He becomes visible on Earth, and, again, like the sun, Sri Krishna manifests Himself to our vision on schedule. Sri Krishna’s body is aja, (unborn) and avyaya (without deterioration). His birth, unlike ours, is not forced upon Him by pious and impious karma. He is the Ishvara, the controller of the laws of karma, and He appears by His internal prakrti (prakrtim svam), not by His external, material energy.
In the Srimad Bhagavatam, it is mentioned that all incarnations of godhead listed are either plenary extensions or parts of the plenary extensions of the supreme godhead, but Krishna is the supreme personality of godhead Himself” — Bhagavan Svayam.
According to Vaishnava saint, poet Srila Jiva Goswami: “Lord Krishna is the source of all other incarnations. All insignias of the Supreme Truth are present in the person of Lord Sri Krishna, and in the Bhagavad Gita the Lord emphatically declares that there is no truth greater than or equal to Himself. Lord Krishna has no other source than Himself.”
Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura, a Gaudiya Vaishnava Acharya, says a devotee who knows the transcendental nature of Krishna’s leela becomes free from matter even before leaving his body.
Therefore, to understand Krishna in principle we have to go beyond comics, TV serials and bedtime stories, for that’s true liberation even in this very world of imprisonment by the senses.
On this Janmashtami, let’s resolve to take guidance from of authoritative scriptures, bona fide saintly personalities and spiritual masters to cleanse our consciousness so that Krishna can manifest in our hearts. That is truly Janmashtami — the birth of the unborn in our lives.

Six Opulences

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Raasa Leela

‘Raasleela’ is the Cosmic Dance in which featured Krishna and Gopis.
It is very clearly stated in the Scriptures that:‘Raasleela paanch bhoutik shareer ke tyaag ke baad hee hui hai’, it means that the ‘Enchanting Drama’ was performed, (by) beyond the physical body.Spiritual lover’s logic: The Gopis felt separate from God before the Rasleela.Since ‘to be separated’ from the Lord is ‘Fire’.Therefore the physical body consisting of 5 elements was burnt out (and so there was nothing physical in the Rasleela.This was no mundane sexual desire and its fulfillment.

Let me tell you a story before we enter ‘The Rasleela’ Once Kaamdev (The God of Passionate Sexual desire) came to Krishna.Krishna said to him: “Don’t you remember that you were defeated by Shivji?” Kaamdev said: “When I had gone to grapple with Him, He was meditating upon the Almighty and hence I was burnt”.Sri Krishna reminded Kaamdev that the latter had been defeated by Sri Ram!Kaamdev admitted that he could not tempt the Lord when He had incarnated as Shri Ram as He was devoted to only Seeta, and was a perfect follower of principles. (Maryaada Purshottam)Krishna asked Kaamdev: “What is your desire now?” Kaamdev said: “This incarnation You are not bound by any conditionings, and you freely prance with the Gopis; I shall release my arrow, if you do not succumb to it, I shall consider you God. If however you are defeated, then I shall be God.I shall release my arrow on a full moon night!Krishna said: “If this is your desire, so be it!” Kaamdev at the end of Raas leela proclaims that he who wants to conquer over sexual desire/obsession should read the ‘Rasleela ‘chapter in the Shrimad Bhaagvad! and then Kaamdev Surrenders to Krishna

How The Raasleela took place!


Saturday, July 5, 2014

ABCD in consciousness

  1. Associating with Krishna devotees
  2. Book Reading of Krishna Literature
  3. Chanting Krishna Holy Name
  4. Distributing Krishna Books

A - Association with devotees 
B - Bonding relation with devotees
C - Chanting Mahamantra
D - Dancing on the tune of Mahamantra
E - Eating only Krishna Prasad - feasting
F - Fasting on Ekadashi
G - Give and take dadati prati grahnati
H - Hare Krishna mahamantra
I - International society for Krishna consciousness
J - Jay sri guru and gaurang
K - Krishna the supreme personality of godhead
L - Love and devotion
M- Madhuryalila Srimati Radharani
N - Namrata cultivate humbleness trinadapi sunichena
O - Opulence Krishna consciousness is opulent
P - Preaching is essence
R - Reading Srila Prabhupad books - books are the basis
S - Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad
T - Teachings of Lord Chaitanya
U - Understanding Srimad Bhagvatam
V - Vande guru sri charanarvind
W - Worldwide preaching Krishna consciousness
X - X effect shown by Srila Prabhupad by his magnanimity
Y - Yatra to dham
Z - Zeal (enthusiastic) to preach.

Saturday, June 21, 2014



Janardana, the foremost of mighty persons, in enjoyment of excellent health,

  1. having heard the auspicious, sacred-sounding and sweet words of gratified Brahmanas, like Vasava himself hearing the adorations of the (celestial) Rishis,--and 
  2. having also gone through the customary acts and rites of the morning, purified himself by a bath, and 
  3. decked his person with unguents and ornaments, 
  4. worshipped both the Sun and Fire. And 
  5. having touched the tail of a bull and reverently bowed to the Brahmanas, 
  6. walked round the sacred fire, and 
  7. cast his eyes on the (usual) auspicious articles placed in view, 

Janardana recollected Yudhishthira's word and addressed Sini's grandson Satyaki, seated near, saying,

'Let my car be made ready and let my conch and discus along with my mace, and quivers and darts and all kinds of weapons, offensive and defensive, be placed on it, for Duryodhana and Karna and Suvala's son are all of wicked souls, and foes, however contemptible, should never be disregarded by even a powerful person.

Understanding the wishes of Kesava, the wielder of the discus and the mace, his attendants immediately addressed themselves to yoke his car. And

  1. that car resembled in effulgence the fire that shows itself at the time of the universal dissolution, and
  2. itself in speed. And 
  3. it was provided with two wheels that resembled the sun and the moon in lustre. And 
  4. it bore emblazonments of moons, both crescent and full, and of fishes, animals, and birds and it was adorned with garlands of diverse flowers and with pearls and gems of various kinds all around. And 
  5. endued with the splendour of the rising sun, it was large and handsome. And 
  6. variegated with gems and gold, it was furnished with an excellent flag-staff bearing beautiful pennons. And 
  7. well-supplied with every necessary article, and incapable of being resisted by the foe, it was covered with tiger-skins, and capable of robbing the fame of every foe, it enhanced the joy of the Yadavas. And 
  8. they yoked unto it those excellent steeds named 
    1. Saivya and 
    2. Sugriva and 
    3. Meghapushpa and 
    4. Valahaka, after these had been bathed and attired in beautiful harness. And 
  9. enhancing the dignity of Krishna still further, Garuda, the lord of the feathery creation, came and perched on the flag-staff of that car producing a terrible rattle. And 
  10. Saurin then mounted on that car, high as the summit of the Meru, and producing a rattle, deep and loud as the sound of the kettle-drum or the clouds and which resembled the celestial car coursing at the will of the rider. 

And taking Satyaki also upon it, that best of male beings set out, filling the earth and the welkin with the rattle of his chariot-wheels. And the sky became cloudless, and auspicious winds began to blow around, and the atmosphere freed from the dust became pure.

Indeed, as Vasudeva set out,

  1. auspicious animals and birds, whirling by the right side, began to follow him, and 
  2. cranes and peacocks and swans all followed the slayer of Madhu, uttering cries of good omens. 
  3. The very fire, fed with Homa libations in accompaniment with Mantras, freed from smoke blazed up cheerfully, sending forth its flames towards the right. 
  4. And 
    1. Vasishtha and 
    2. Vamadeva, and 
    3. Bhuridyumna and 
    4. Gaya, and 
    5. Kratha and 
    6. Sukra and 
    7. Kusika and 
    8. Bhrigu, and other Brahmarshis and celestial Rishis united together, all stood on the right side of Krishna, that delighter of the Yadavas, that younger brother of Vasava. And thus worshipped by those and other illustrious Rishis and holy men, Krishna set out for the residence of the Kurus. 
And while Krishna was proceeding, Yudhishthira, the son of Kunti, followed him, as also Bhima and Arjuna and those other Pandavas, viz., the twin sons of Madri. And the valiant Chekitana and Dhrishtaketu, the ruler of the Chedis, and Drupada and the king of Kasi and that mighty car-warrior Sikhandin, and Dhrishtadyumna, and Virata with his sons, and the princes of Kekaya also,--all these Kshatriyas followed that bull of the Kshatriya race to honour him.



1.    Chariot: Sarira (physical body),  the instrument through which the Self, intellect, mind, and senses operate. 
2.    Charioteer: Atma (Self, Higher Intellect or Buddhi), is supposed to be the wise giver of instructions to the mind. 
3.    Passenger: Jivi (Individual Soul, the embodied Atma, the pure centre of consciousness), is always the neutral witness.
4.    Horses: Indriyas (Senses, such as eyes-vision, ears-hearing, nose-smell, tongue-taste, skin-touch), through which we relate to the external world by perception and action.  
5.    Reins:  Manas (Mind), through which the senses receive their instructions to act and perceive.
6.    Roads: The countless objects of senses and desires in the world and our memory
7.    Wheels of the Chariot: Right effort
8.    Destination: “Perfection” or “Self Realization”
9.    Kurukshetra Battlefield: It’s the inner battlefield, the only place where one can confront, do battle with, and vanquish the Inner Demons.
10.    Two Armies:  Kauravas (Demonic nature) and Pandavas (Divine nature) 
11.    Who's driving your chariot? Mostly we don’t let the charioteer on duty. The reins (mind) are flapping around freely without the proper inner guidance and not giving instruction to the horses (senses). Hence they wander freely down any road they feel like in response to their past memories (Chitta). The chariot (body) takes a beating, the horses (senses) get tired, the reins (mind)) get worn, and the charioteer (Intelligence) gets lazy. The passenger is completely ignored. 
12.    Put the charioteer back on the job: The solution to the problem is to retrain the charioteer (Intelligence) to pick up the reins (mind) and start giving some direction to the horses (senses). This training is called sadhana (spiritual practice).  It means training all of the levels of ourselves so that we might experience the still, silent, eternal center. 
13.    Allow the charioteer to serve the passenger: As the charioteer (Intelligence) becomes more stabilized in being back on the job, there is an ever increasing awareness of the fact the entire purpose of the chariot, horses, reins, and charioteer, are to serve as instruments for the passenger, the true Self.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Fight with Banasura

Shaivi Version
Vaishnav Version


Bheem and Hanuman

When Banasur refused to marry his daughter off to the Yadav prince, the war started, and soon got intensified. Banasur was also a great warrior – so in order to cut the long story short, Krishna threw his Chakra at him. Banasur was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva, so he beseeched the lord to come and rescue him. Lord Shiva came and stopped the Chakra with his trident. Now these were both Vajras, and when they engaged themselves with each other, terrible heat was released and the two spit fire everywhere while they remained engaged up in the sky.
The heat and fire started taking their toll on the living beings on the ground. The common people requested Gods to intervene. But the rule was that only a Vajra can touch Vajras that are engaged in a battle. The search was launched for that kind of Vajra that could go to the sky and deal with the Chakra and the trident. Someone suggested taking help from Hanuman, the son of the Wind god and Anjani, because he had a body of Vajra. When approached, Hanuman agreed. He had in the past, made great leaps – towards the Sun in his childhood and then to Lanka. However, Hanuman said that one problem had to be solved yet. If Hanuman leapt to the sky and disengaged the two embattled Vajras, the might for which he had, he still needed to land on the earth. Now, the earth could not have tolerated three vajras falling from the sky, so if Hanuman landed without another Vajra, then the Chakra, the Trident and Hanuman –all would go to the Paataal – the underbelly of the earth from which there is no return.
Now someone suggested that Bheem, one of the five Paandav brothers, had half his body that was Vajra. So Bheem was also brought on the scene. Bheem now lay on the ground side-ways such that the Vajra side of his body faced the sky. Then Hanuman jumped and with all his might disengaged the two embattled Vajras, held them reverently and requested their destructive forces to be calm and landed on Bheem’s body.
At that moment three and a half Vajras joined together and Bansur Became Enlightened