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Ashwathama bargains for Sudarshana!

Dronacharya was the teacher of both the Kauravas and Pandavas. The Pandavas and the Kauravas learnt all forms of knowledge from their Guru. Amongst all the students, Arjuna indeed was the favourite student of Drona. The Pandavas and Kauravas specialized themselves in the art of warfare. Arjuna in archery, Bhima and Duryodhana in fighting with mace and so on.

Dronacharya had a son by name Ashwathama. When Ashwathama was born, he made sounds similar to that of a horse (ashwa). Hence he was named as Ashwathama. Drona always had a soft corner for his son. Dronacharya himself trained his son in archery and very soon, Ashwathama grew up to become one of the best archer and warrior.

Ashwathama knew that his father Drona had a soft corner for Arjuna, and therefore he disliked the Panadavas. He also knew that Krishna always favoured the Pandavas, because they were always on the side of righteousness. If at all there was a war between the Pandavas and Kauravas in future, he was sure that Krishna would definitely support the Pandavas.

Krishna had a very powerful weapon – the Sudarshana Chakra which is attributed only to Lord Narayana. In order to gain lordship over the Divine Disc, Ashwathama thought of going to Krishna and getting the Sudarshana Chakra for himself by bargaining with the most powerful weapon he had – the Brahma-astra. He immediately left for Dwaraka and met Krishna. He put forth his proposal in front of Krishna. He would give Krishna the most powerful weapon which he had which could kill anyone, in exchange for the Sudarshana Chakra. Krishna smiled and immediately invoked His divine weapon, the Sudarshana Chakra. It immediately appeared in front of Him in all its brilliant lustre. Krishna then asked Ashwathama to lift the Chakra and take with him if he could.

Ashwathama who was physically very strong was extremely happy. He was very confident that he could lift it up as easily as lifting up a feather! He came forward and tried to lift the Sudarshan, but he could not. Again and again he tried with all his might and strength, but the Chakra did not budge even a bit. Krishna smiled and then told Ashwathama who was not even capable of lifting the Sudarshana to be happy with whatever weapons he had, and use them in warfare. Ashwathama was embarrassed and ashamed and realized that true ability and strength has to be acquired by one’s own effort and cannot be exchanged in a barter system.

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Hanuman and the Pearl Necklace

The city of Ayodhya wore a festive look, and the people were all rejoicing on the occasion of Sri Rama Pattabhishekam. The Devatas and Sages also took part in this grand and divine celebration.

After the Pattabhishekam was over, the Gods presented to Sri Rama divine heavenly gifts. Lord Indra gave the Lord a beautiful pearl necklace. Sri Rama in turn gave it to Seeta and told her that she could give it to anyone whom she thought was deserving. Seeta looked around and there was Hanuman kneeling down below at His Lord’s feet lost in contemplation! She lovingly called him and gave the pearl necklace to Hanuman. Every one was silently thinking how fortunate Hanuman was to receive this divine gift from the Mother of the Universe Herself! Can there be a blessing greater than this!

Hanuman received the necklace with utmost devotion and in all humility. He walked away to a corner of the assembly with the necklace in his hands. After a few minutes what the assembly saw was shocking — they were horrified. Hanuman had broken the necklace. He was picking up each pearl, putting it in his mouth, biting into it, chewing it and spitting it out. 

Every one was now angry with him. Did he not know the worth of the priceless gift and that too when it came from Seeta? Sugreeva, the king of the monkeys almost charged at him, but Rama stopped him, and said that Hanuman never ever commits a mistake, and also never does anything without a reason. The Lord called Hanuman to His side and asked him to explain his actions which according to everyone there was unworthy of him. Full of devotion and eyes filled with tears, Hanuman said, “Lord, when anything comes from You or Janaki Mata, it is indeed very precious and special. I expected a glimpse of You in it. I LOOKED at the pearls very intensely but did not see you in them. I brought it to my ears but did not HEAR your name reverberating in them. I did not get a whiff of the FRAGRANCE of the tulasi and chandan that adorn you when I brought it to my nose. My fingers did not feel the SOFT TOUCH of your feet in the pearls. Lastly, I put each pearl in my mouth and chewed on them to see if I could experience the TASTE, the rasa or the essence of your sweet name, but was thoroughly disappointed. That which cannot bring to the five sense-organs anything related to You is useless to me however valuable it may be, and therefore I discarded them.”

The entire assembly was surprised to hear this. Sugreeva got up and asked Hanuman as to what made him think that he can find Rama in pearls which are but inert objects. Hanuman turned to him and said, “If Lord Rama and Seeta can take up their abode in this body made up of bones, flesh, blood and skin, why not in the beautiful priceless pearls!”

To endorse his statement, Hanuman then, with his hands tore open his chest and there in the inner kingdom of his heart, seated on the throne of devotion, everyone had a glimpse of Sri Rama and Seeta. This was the real Pattabhishekam! This was absolute fulfilment!! The whole assembly stood speechless. Lord Rama came up to Hanuman and told him that there was nothing in all the worlds that He could give to Hanuman in return for all his devotion and service. All that He could give was HIMSELF. And the Lord held Hanuman in a tight embrace — an embrace that defies plurality and leads one to the State of Absolute Oneness!!

[PS: I request all to please forward and share these value based stories rich in our culture and tradition to elders, youth and children]

I Am delighted to inform you all that I have authored a book of stories for children titled: ” Bharatiya Katha Vaibhava -1″.

The book was released for Deepavali. This book features 25 unique and popular short Stories with beautiful illustrations from our Epics, and from the life of our Saints, Sages and Rulers… This is indeed a wonderful gift for children especially to be given as a prize for competitions! You can order in bulk too. Orders are welcome for libraries, schools etc..
Please note that Ebook kindle versions and paperback version [B&W illustrations] can be bought online..Find the links..

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Note: To buy the full colour version book (paperback with colour illustrations) please contact the author , as they are only being printed on author’s request .Those who wish to avail of this offer, please contact/message me.(Especially if you want a full color version book, please inform at the earliest..)

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Adi Sankara invokes Goddess of Wealth

Adi Sankaracharya was one of the greatest Hindu philosophers of our country. Sankara at a tender age of eight took up Sanyas.

Everyday Sankara used to go out seeking bhiksha. One fine day he reached the house of a poor brahmin lady and sought bhiksha from her: “bhavati bhiksham dehi”. Seeing the young sanyasi whose face was glowing with divine aura at her doorstep, she went in and searched the entire house, but could not find anything to give him. Finally she found one dried amla (gooseberry) in the house. She was in dilemma. How could she offer a single amla, and that too a dried one for bhiksha? But to send away a brahmin boy, that too a sanyasi empty-handed is not right. Very hesitantly she came out and offered the boy the only food she had in her home – one dried amla (goose-berry)!

Sankara was overwhelmed by the love and affection, the kindness and selflessness of this poor lady. He spontaneously burst forth into poetry and sang twenty one verses in praise of Goddess Lakshmi – the Bestower of Wealth. Captivated by the sheer beauty of these devotional out-pourings, Goddess Lakshmi appeared before Sankara and asked him why he had invoked Her.

Sankara sought the grace and blessings of Sri Lakshmi upon the poor lady and asked the Mother of the Universe to bestow wealth upon her. Devi replied that she was suffering poverty due to her past karmas and it was her destiny to live in poverty in this life. Sankara requested Mother who had all the power to erase the ill-effects of her past karma to annul them and shower Her compassion upon this lady for her devotion and selflessness. In response to the prayers of Sankara, Sri Lakshmi, the Goddess of Compassion showered Her choicest blessings on the poor lady. There was a shower of golden goose-berries from the heavens!

This bouquet of twenty-one verses are known as “Kanakadhara Stotra” (Showers of Gold Stotra!). It is chanted to invoke the grace and blessings of Goddess Lakshmi for not only material wealth, but also for one’s spiritual well-being .

In the 9th sloka of this stotra, Sankara very beautifully invokes the “breeze of compassion in the Mother to send down showers of wealth!”

दद्याद् दयानुपवनो द्रविणाम्बुधाराम्

अस्मिन्नकिञ्चनविहङ्गशिशौ विषण्णे ।

दुष्कर्मघर्ममपनीय चिराय दूरं

नारायणप्रणयिनीनयनाम्बुवाहः ॥9

“O! Beloved consort of Narayana, with the breeze of your infinite compassion, shower your grace in the form of wealth upon me, and quench the thirst of this utterly helpless, parched Chataka bird who is looking up to you. Also be gracious and cast your loving glance upon me and remove once forever the burden of my past evil deeds which has been tormenting me.”

[PS: I request all to please forward and share these value based stories rich in our culture and tradition to elders, youth and children]

I Am delighted to inform you all that I have authored a book of stories for children titled: ” Bharatiya Katha Vaibhava -1″.

The book was released for Deepavali. This book features 25 unique and popular short Stories with beautiful illustrations from our Epics, and from the life of our Saints, Sages and Rulers… This is indeed a wonderful gift for children especially to be given as a prize for competitions! You can order in bulk too. Orders are welcome for libraries, schools etc..
Please note that Ebook kindle versions and paperback version [B&W illustrations] can be bought online..Find the links..

Zorba Store:- https://www.zorbabooks.com/…/bharatiya-katha-vaibhava…/

Amazon:- https://www.amazon.in/dp/9390011663?ref=myi_title_dp

Amazon (outside India) : https://www.amazon.com/Bharatiya-Katha-Vaibhava-SHREEDARSHAN-K-ebook/dp/B08N53PM3B/

Note: To buy the full colour version book (paperback with colour illustrations) please contact the author , as they are only being printed on author’s request .Those who wish to avail of this offer, please contact/message me.(Especially if you want a full color version book, please inform at the earliest..)

For bulk orders and discounts on B&W version and for colour version books you can contact.. For orders please whatsapp : 9739003467 Email: naadopaasana18@gmail.com

Sri Krishna Tulabhara!

Krishna Tulabhara

Rukmini and Satyabhama were the prime consorts of Sri Krishna. Rukmini was very devoted, dedicated and humble. Satyabhama on the other hand was very proud of her beauty, wealth and royal lineage. Yet she was unhappy because she thought Krishna was not giving her enough attention. She wanted Him all for herself and was jealous of Rukmini whom she thought was her arch rival.

Sage Narada happened to visit Dwaraka once and she complained to him about Krishna and sought his help to get Krishna’s undivided attention all to herself. Narada devised a plan to teach her a lesson. He told her to give away Krishna as “dana” (gift) to a brahmana. Then Krishna completely becomes his property. Afterwards she can pay a fat price and purchase Krishna back. Then He becomes exclusively her property and she can dictate terms to Him. Satyabhama readily and happily agreed to this. Narada warned her to check whether she had sufficient “wealth” to get Krishna back. Otherwise the Lord would become the brahmana’s property! She very confidently told Narada not to worry about the wealth part.

Satyabhama convinced Krishna and gave away Krishna as a “gift” to Narada – the best among the brahmanas. What a rare and unique fortune it was for the Sage to receive the Lord Himself as “dana!” Narada’s eyes were brimming with tears of devotion!!

Huge weighing scales were brought and assembled in the royal assembly. On one pan, Sri Krishna sat down. On the other pan Satyabhama piled all her wealth – gold, precious stones, jewellery etc., including the rare and precious Syamantaka jewel. The pan did not tilt even a bit. She looked at Narada questioningly. He then asked her as to what made her think she can weigh the Lord of all the worlds with her gold and jewellery. Her ego was totally crushed. She now realised her mistake and asked the Lord Himself what to do. He told her to approach Rukmini and ask for her help.

Satyabhama approached Rukmini and told her the entire story. Can the Lord who has all the fourteen worlds within Him ever be weighed by  wealth? Rukmini who was at that time praying to Mother Tulasi plucked a small leaf and came to the assembly hall with Satyabhama. With all devotion she invoked Lord Krishna in her heart, went around Him in pradakshina and placed the tiny little tulasi leaf on the empty pan. Lo! The scales tilted!  Satyabhama now understood the essence of true Bhakti. Only and only devotion can “move” Him. She humbly prostrated to both Lord Krishna and Rukmini and prayed for that unconditional and whole-hearted devotion that alone can bring about total fulfillment to the devotee.

I Am delighted to inform you all that I have authored a book of stories for children titled: ” Bharatiya Katha Vaibhava -1″.

The book was released for Deepavali. This book features 25 unique and popular short Stories with beautiful illustrations from our Epics, and from the life of our Saints, Sages and Rulers… This is indeed a wonderful gift for children especially to be given as a prize for competitions! You can order in bulk too. Orders are welcome for libraries, schools etc..
Please note that Ebook kindle versions and paperback version [B&W illustrations] can be bought online..Find the links..

Zorba Store:-  https://www.zorbabooks.com/store/children/bharatiya-katha-vaibhava-1-stories-for-children/

Amazon:- https://www.amazon.in/dp/9390011663?ref=myi_title_dp

Amazon (outside India) : https://www.amazon.com/Bharatiya-Katha-Vaibhava-SHREEDARSHAN-K-ebook/dp/B08N53PM3B/

Note: To buy the full colour version book (paperback with colour illustrations) please contact the author , as they are only being printed on author’s request .Those who wish to avail of this offer, please contact/message me.(Especially if you want a full color version book, please inform at the earliest..)

For bulk orders and discounts on B&W version and for colour version books you can contact For orders please whatsapp : 9739003467 Email: naadopaasana18@gmail.com