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.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Vasudev - Devki Previous Birth / Curse / Relief

Curse on Vasudev - Devki (Devi Bhagavatam) - 
how Vasudev and Devki were cursed alongwith Rohini...

1. Vysa said :-- O king; The incarnation of Hari and the incarnation of the Amsa Avatras of all the other Devas are accountable to many causes. The chief cause being Karma; the minor causes being many.

2. Hear, now, the cause of the incarnations of Vasudeva (Krisna's father), Devki and Rohini in detail.

3. Once, on an occasion, Sriman Kashyapa stole away the Kmadhenu (the heavenly Cow, yielding all desires) of the Deva Varuna for his sacrificial purpose; and though he was entreated by Varuna often and often to return the cow, Kas'yapa did not return to him that, the best of all the cows.

4. Varuna became very sorry; he went to Brahma, the Lord of the creation and told him humbly all that had happened and about his sorrows.

5-6. "O Glorious One! Maharsi Kas'yapa is now almost infatuated with his sacrifice; and though I have tried all my means, he is not returning me my cow. I could not hear the pitiful cries and wailings of the calves or bereavement from their mother; and I cursed Kas'yapa saying 'You would go down and take birth in the human world as a cow-herd; and your two wives also are to go there as human mortals, suffering under the greatest difficulties and dangers.'"

7. O Brhmana! On seeing the distressed condition of the calves I cursed Aditi a second time that she would be put to prison, her children would be still born, and she would suffer lots of troubles.

8. O Janamejaya! Hearing this, the Lotus-born Brahm called Kas'yapa before him and asked.

9. O Fortunate One! Why have you stolen away all the cows of the Varuna Deva, the Guardian of a quarter of the world? And why have you committed an offence in not returning the cows to Him?

10. Bhagavn! You are intelligent, you know everything fully; knowing that it is a sin to steal other's property, why have you committed the unlawful act of stealing away the cows.

11. Oh! What is the wonderful influence of covetousness! Even those that are great are not free from the clutches of greed. Covetousness is the source of all sins, is unapproved by the Sages and leads to hell.

12. Lo! Maharsi Kas'yapa is not able to leave this vicious habit even now; what shall I do? I will hence count greed as more powerful than even Fate, the Ruler of all destinies.

13. Blessed are those saints that have devoted themselves wholly to the attainment of peace, who are tranquil-hearted, lead a hermit life and don't ask themselves of any thing from any body. Verily those are blessed.

14. This covetousness is a powerful enemy; it is always unholy and odious. See! Its influence has overpowered the Maharsi Kas'yapa and has tied him down to an ordinary affection and has urged him to commit a sinful act.

15-16. Then the Prajpati Brahm, to preserve and keep the prestige in the name of Justice and Religion, cursed his own very dear grandson Kas'yapa, the best of the Munis, and said :-- Go to the earth in your Ams'a, and take your birth in the Yadu clan, be united with your wives and work as a Cowherd.

17. Vysa said :-- O king! Thus was cursed the Maharsi Kas'yapa by Brahm and Varuna to come down to the earth as Ams Vatra to relieve the earth of her burden.

18. Diti, too, becoming grieved much with sorrows, cursed Aditi that seven of her sons would be killed consecutively after their births.
19. Janamejaya said :-- O best of Munis! Why was it that Diti so cruelly cursed his sister Aditi, the mother of Indra? Kindly explain to me the cause of this and oblige. I am sorry to hear of this curse.

20. Sta said :-- Thus asked by the son of Pariksit, Vysa, the son of Satyabat, himself replied to the king about their causes in the following words :-- 

21. Vysa said :-- Daksa Prajpati had two daughters, Diti and Aditi; these two, of high rank, were married to Kas'yapa; and they were his favourites.

22. Aditi gave birth to the very powerful Indra, the king of the Devas. Diti, too, asked for a son of the same strength, prowess, and splendour as those of Indra.

23. Diti, of beautiful dark blue eyes, entreated to her husband and said, "Give me a son, O giver of due respects to every body! who shall be a hero as strong as Indra, religious and of indomitable energy."

24. The Muni said to her :-- O Dear! Be peaceful; I advise you to take a vow, practise a rite, and when the period of your practice will be over, you will get a son like Indra.

25. Diti promised to act according to his word and took an oath; and when she practised the vow, Maharsi Kas'yapa impregnated the seed in her womb. Diti also bore the seed in her womb according to the usual rite.

26. The excellent fair complexioned Diti remained sacred, observed all the rules and, deeply intent on her vow, subsisted only on milk and slept or the ground.

27-28. Thus when the foetus was fully developed, Diti began to look white and full of splendour. On seeing her thus, Aditi became anxious and thought if there be born of Diti a son like the powerful Indra, then my son will no doubt be deprived of his brilliancy and splendour.

29. The proud Aditi, thinking thus, said to Indra :-- O Son! There, in the womb of Diti, is your powerful enemy.

30. O Beautiful One! Even now think out how you can kill your enemy. Before the child is born of the womb, try to destroy it.

31. Since the time I have looked, on my co-wife Diti, of beautiful eyes and proud, this is the one and only thought that troubles the peace in the innermost of my hearts.

32. The enemy, if he firmly gets hold like a fully developed consumption, cannot be killed; therefore the intelligent persons should destroy the enemies, when they are in their buds.

33. O S'atakratu! My heart is being pierced wholly by an iron spoke when I see the womb of Diti; kill it by any means you can!

34. O High minded One! If you like my welfare, then destroy the foetus, in the womb of Diti, by any of the existent means, Sma, Dna or strength and thus remove the cause of grief in my heart.

35. Vysa said :-- On hearing his mother, Indra, the King of the Immortals, thought over all the means and went then to his step-mother Diti.

36. That evil minded Indra bowed down at the foot of Diti with humility and addressed her with words, sweet but full of poison.

37. O mother! You have become very weak, lean and thin in the practise your vow. I have come to serve you; order me now what I can do for you.

38. O chaste one to your husband! I want to shampoo your feet. To serve one's Guru means to earn righteousness and immortality.

39. O mother! I swear, on oath, I don't make any difference between you and my mother Aditi. Saying thus, he touched her feet and began to shampoo her legs.

40. The beautiful eyed Diti, tired of the vow, lean and thin, thus being shampooed and having full faith in Indra's words, fell to deep sleep.

41-42. Seeing her asleep, Indra, with thunderbolt in his hand, took subtle form and by the influence of his yogic power, entered carefully into her womb quickly and cut asunder the foetus in the womb into seven parts.

43-44. The child in the womb, struck by the thunder bolt, cried out. Indra spoke to the child gently :-- "Do not cry," and in the mean while cut each of the seven parts into seven parts again. Thus, O king! The forty-nine Maruts were born.

45. When the good natured Diti awoke, she came to know that Indra has treacherously cut the foetus in her womb and became very sorry and angry.

46-47. Knowing that all these treacherous acts are really done under the advice of her sister, the truthful Diti; who was under the vow, cursed Aditi, and Indra, saying that as her son Indra has treacherously cut the foetus in her womb, Indra's kingdom over the three worlds would be destroyed.

48-49. And as the sinful Aditi has secretly caused the destruction of my son, her sons, too, would also die after their birth consecutively and she would dwell in the prison house in much trouble and anxiety and would also bear still born sons in her next birth.

50. Vysa said :-- O king! Maharsi Kas'yapa, the son of Marchi, hearing the curse, allayed her anger with loving words.

51. O Blessed One! Do not be angry. Your sons would all become very powerful and would be called Maruts. They would be companions and friends to Indra.

52. O Dear! Your curse won't be fruitless; in the 28th Manvantara, at the end of the Dvpara Yuga, your curse will bear fruit. Then Aditi, sinful for her jealousy and anger, will go down on earth to take the human birth through her Amsa (part) and suffer according to your curse.

53. Varuna, too, had become very grieved and cursed her. And, due to both these curses, this Aditi will be born as a woman.

54. O King! The fair complexioned Diti, thus consoled by her husband, became glad and did not utter any more unpleasant words.

55. O king! Thus I have narrated to you the cause of the previous curse. O best of kings! Thus Aditi was born as Devak out of her Ams'a.

Krishna Gives Relief (Srimad Bhagavatam)

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