In Woods of God - Realization Vol.6

In Woods of God - Realization Vol.6
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In Woods of God – Realization Volume 6 Swami Rama Tirtha Pratishthan Mysteries of Krishna ‘Lila’ Gist of a lecture delivered in Shanti Ashram, Mathura(India) in December 1901 Rama’s own self in the form of Audience, Strange are the incidents in Lord Krishna’s life. Outwardly they appear to be worldly miracles, but, if we reflect deeply, we can clearly understand their real significance. We can, then, claim to be His real devotees. By following the path of righteousness, as indicated by Lord Krishna, we can purify our inner faculties to help our evolution. We can also become His Gwalas, His companions or dear friends. It is very interesting to read or listen to His sports(Lilas). But the incidents and sports of His life have been described in allegorical form and these need clarification. It is only then that we can understand their real import as well as the moral and religious significance. If at all we are His real devotees, we must thoroughly understand the real meaning of theses sports and ‘lilas’, so that we may make continuous efforts to translate their teachings in action in our daily life, in order to become more progressive and evolutionary. Today in Mathura, the birth place of Lord Krishna, Rama will try to put up before you the essence of a few of the incidents of His life. One of them is in respect of ‘Kali-Dahan’ which is somewhat like this:- One day, while the child Krishna was playing with his companions on the banks of the river Yamuna, the ball fell into the river. The play was disturbed. All the Gwalas, His companions, were agitated and grieved at it, as if their entire happiness itself had been drowned. Since the ball fell into Yamuna by the mistake of Krishna who missed the target by chance, they held Him responsible for the disruption in their game. Therefore, with one voice they all said that it was the duty of Krishna to bring back the ball out of the river. But, when he did not come up for some time, His playmates were perturbed and feared that he was drowned. They, then, ran towards the village in a very disturbed condition. When the villagers received the sad news that their beloved Kanhaiya(Krishna) was drowned in the river, the entire village was pained and soaked in distressing grief. ‘Kanha’ as he was called, was not only dear to His parents, Nanda and Yashoda, but He was the most beloved child of the entire village. On hearing this heart-rendering news, they ran weeping and crying towards the spot where Krishna was supposed to have disappeared. The condition of Krishna’s parents was very precarious and shaky. Mother Yashoda fainted again and again. Although all of them were grief-stricken, yet none dared enter the river, because they were convinced that at that particular spot, the Yamuna water had become poisonous. A big black dragon lived there which was, badly polluting and poisoning the river water all around. On jumping into the river, Krishna dived deeper and deeper till He reached the bottom where the dragon lived. This dragon had a number of poisonous hoods. Without subduing this dragon, the Yamuna water could not have been made pure and free from its poisonous effects. In order to control this dragon, the child Krishna started playing his flute, on account of which the snake showed signs of being charmed. When Krishna noticed that it was being influenced by the tunes of His charming flute, He immediately jumped over to his hoods and began to dance and crush and smash them one by one under His heals. As his hoods were being destroyed, new ones appeared. But Krishna was not disheartened by this. He continued to play His artistic and charming tunes over His flute. At this, the dragon began to lose his consciousness. Just at this moment, bright and buoyant Krishna managed to pick and harness its main hood and, with His exquisite and hypnotic tunes, kept it spell bound. All the liveliness, animation and bright activity of the dragon was gone, when Krishna had harnessed it. It had been, as if, domesticated and brought under control. It was, thus, subdued by Krishna, who made it ascend to His measure. It was completely regulated under Krishna’s reins and eventually the dragon known as Kali was killed. While playing His marvelous tunes, Krishna was fearlessly dancing on its poisonous hoods. Its wives were paying respects to Krishna with folded hands and bent heads. They had completely surrendered themselves to the bewitching child, the master musician, Krishna. In this way, Krishna came up to the surface of the Yamuna river. Seeing Him, all His friends, companions and dear and near ones, began to dance with rapturous joy and blissful delight, because, just when they had lost all hopes, they got back, as if by some miracle, their beloved ’Kanha’. The happiness of father Nanda, mother Yashoda and brother Balram was immeasurable. All the inhabitants of Brij were mad with joy. This story has been described in an allegorical way. This inspires us to imbibe some useful instructions for our uplift and evolution. The poisonous dragon, with thousand hoods, represents our mind with evil thoughts, polluted notions, mean desires, passions, emotions, ect. The river Yamuna represents our fleeting life, which becomes painfully dismal and full of grief in the unhealthy atmosphere due to its toxic waters. Our peace is disturbed. The blissful happiness, which is natural to our Real Self, or Atman, is vanished, on account of our vices, depravity, spite, envy, partiality, desires, ect. The venomous black dragon, with a thousand hoods, represents our vicious desires brewing in our mind. It is on account of these vices that we lose our concentration and the mind becomes vagrant. The result of all this is that we are unable to make any progress worth the name. It is of prime importance for the man who wants to enter deep into his own mind for self-introspection, to identify and pick up all the hidden mean thoughts, debasing evils, shameful depravity, pernicious malevolence, obnoxious desires ect. These are the poisonous hoods, these must be uprooted and destroyed, one by one, with the charm of the Mantram, ‘OM’. These must be crushed and smashed under the heal of your will-force. At any rate, all these unhealthy desires, greedy yearnings should be brought under control, so that they may be properly disciplined. This is how the vagrancy of the mind can be controlled, as instructed in the Upanashads. The man, who becomes a slave to his mean mental desires, has to suffer a lot. Such a man, entangled in the temptations of his world, is led astray from the path of righteousness and , ultimately falls into the depth of both moral and spiritual degradation. The innumerable smaller desires represent the wives of the dragon. When the dragon of the mind itself has been disciplined, its wives, the smaller desires, will automatically surrender themselves to you and dance to your tune. Therefore, it is very necessary for the Sadhak to control the mind which harbors thousands of unwanted desires, the root cause of all troubles.
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