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Raksha Bandhan!

Raksha Bandhan is a day on which sisters tie the sacred thread (rakhi) on the wrist of their brothers. A sense of responsibility, well-being, bonding between family members, sharing, etc is inculcated into the family members through the ritual of raksha-bandhan. The ritual denotes not only prayers for protection, health and long life for the brother, but it also represents the brother’s commitment to protect the dignity and respect of the sister.

 However, in its larger perspective, it is known as “Raksha Sutra”. The raksha-thread is first placed at the altar of the Lord, and then tied round the wrist of the person. Basically, it is to invoke the Lord’s blessings for protection from all dangers, harms, calamities etc. Normally after offering it to the Lord, either the priest or the eldest in the family ties it round the wrist of the individual. The sacred thread is also tied round the wrist when an individual makes a sankalpa or undertakes a vow. In this case it is called ‘kankana’. The individual is ‘kankana-badha’, meaning committed to his sankalpa or vow. When the sankalpa or vow is fulfilled, the ‘kankana-visarjana’ (removing the thread round the wrist) is carried out. The colour (red, yellow etc) of the thread depends upon the sankalpa. Undertaking a sankalpa or vow demands discipline and earnest self-effort on the part of the individual. The thread or sutra or kankana itself represents the VOW. It is a TAPAS, whether undertaken for one’s own self or for someone else. 

Two stories associated with Raksha Bandhan:

Goddess Lakshmi ties Rakhi to Bali : During the Vamana Avatar, Lord Vishnu made Bali Chakravarthi, the king of the lower world, and promised to remain there as his security. However the devatas wanted the Lord to return back to Vaikunta. All the devatas requested Goddess Lakshmi to help them. Lakshmi in the guise of an ordinary woman reached Bali Chakravarthi’s kingdom and sought protection and shelter from him stating that her husband had left her. Bali gave the Goddess shelter. Pleased with his hospitality, on the full-moon day of the month of Shravan, Lakshmi tied a raksha-sutra on Bali’s wrist seeking the blessings of the Lord for him. Bali was very pleased and and told her to ask whatever she wanted and he would grant it. Lakshmi asked Bali to relieve her husband from the security work he was doing. Bali was surprised and asked her who was her husband. Then, Goddess Lakshmi and Sri Hari appeared in their true form and gave darshan to Bali. The Lord and his consort went back to Vaikunta with an assurance to visit Bali’s kingdom every year.  Hence the tradition of women tying the raksha-sutra not only to brothers but to all well-wishers wishing them all goodness, plenty and prosperity, and they in turn promise to protect the dignity and respect of their mothers, sisters and daughters.

Lord Krishna and Draupadi : During the Rajasuya Yaga in Indraprastha, Yudhisthira decided to perform the agra-puja to Lord Krishna. The evil-minded Sisupala who hated Krishna insulted and abused Krishna in the royal assembly. When he crossed all limits and still continued to abuse the Lord, Krishna invoked his mighty and powerful Sudarshan Chakra. It came at tremendous speed, struck Sisupala down and with the same speed went back to settle on Krishna’s finger. Krishna’s finger got injured and started bleeding because of the chakra’s sharp edges. Everyone ran around trying to find something to bandage his finger. Draupadi who was standing there immediately tore a part of her saree and wrapped it around Krishna’s finger and to keep it in its place wound it round his wrist. The Lord was very pleased with her devotion and spontaneity and told her that he was indeed indebted to her for all his life. Considering her as his own sister, he told her that whenever and wherever she needed him, he would be there to protect her and this little act of tying a small piece of her garment round his finger would one day become “akshaya”. Later on, during the game of dice, when the Pandavas lost everything to the Kauravas, Dushasana dragged Draupadi into the assembly and tried to disrobe her. She invoked Krishna at that time and the Lord protected her from the humiliation – miraculously the saree she was wearing became “akshaya” and protected her. Raksha Bandhan therefore represents the Lord protecting his sister, Draupadi.

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Akshaya Paatra

When the Pandavas went into exile to the forest for twelve years, the eldest of them, Yudhisthira invoked and prayed to Lord Surya Narayana. Pleased with his prayers, the Lord bestowed on them a vessel, AKSHAYA PAATRA – the “Inexhaustible Vessel” – which would yield not only all varieties of food, but also any amount of food all through the day. But there was a condition associated with it. The miraculous vessel would yield food only so long as Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas had not eaten. Once she had taken her food, the vessel would cease to yield anymore food for that day.

Duryodhana, the Kaurava Prince heard of the ‘Akshayapaatra’. Overcome with extreme jealousy, he wanted to harm the Pandavas and was waiting for an opportunity. Around that time, Sage Durvasa came to Hastinapur. Duryodhana and his brothers waited upon and looked after the guest with great respect. Pleased with their hospitality, Durvasa told Duryodhana to ask whatever he wanted and it would be granted. The evil-minded Duryodhana pretended to be very good and told Durvasa that he was very happy to receive the grace and blessings of the Sage, and he wished for the same blessings for his cousins, the Pandavas. Late in the evening, when Duryodhana was sure that Draupadi would have finished her meal for the day, he requested Durvasa to go along with his hundred and odd disciples to meet the Pandavas in the forest. Durvasa agreed and went along with his disciples to the forest. When Yudhishthira received the news of the Sage, he went forward and very respectfully received the guests, asked them to have their bath in the nearby river and come for their meal. Yudhisthira informed Draupadi about the guests and told her to arrange for their food. She was shocked. She told him that her meal was over, and the Akshaya Paatra would not yield any more food for the day.

Not knowing what to do, in sheer helplessness, Draupadi invoked Lord Krishna. The All-compassionate Lord immediately came and without even allowing her to talk, he told her that he was very hungry and wanted food before any talk. She explained her helplessness and told him that there was no food for anyone including Krishna! He was not satisfied with her answer and asked for the Akshaya Paatra. She brought it and gave it to Him. Lo! there, in one corner of the vessel was a small grain of food-particle sticking to the vessel. Draupadi was embarrassed that she had not cleaned the vessel thoroughly. The Lord gleefully collected the tiny particle, put it in His mouth and with a heave of satisfaction said that His stomach was now full! He asked Yudhisthira to go and bring the guests. When Yudhisthira went to bring back Durvasa and his disciples to his humble dwelling, what he witnessed was nothing short of a miracle. All of them, including Sage Durvasa were suddenly feeling as though they had just then finished their meals, and were also feeling absolutely and completely full! Sage Durvasa knew what had transpired. He prostrated to the Lord and left with his disciples after bestowing his blessings on the Pandavas!


Significance: Draupadi along with the Akshaya Paatra represents the “mind with infinite possibilities”. But one should not pamper and misuse the mind, it is to be used with discipline. This is represented by the vessel yielding “food, but with conditions”. When the mind is empty of worldly thoughts, it gets filled up with the Lord’s Presence — empty, yet full! The sage and his retinue represent various desires in us. The mind does not know how to handle them, because a little bit of the ego (food-particle) is still sticking to the mind-vessel. At this point of time, when the devoted mind invokes the Guru (Krishna), he comes and asks us to surrender our ego unto him. When the ego (food-particle) is offered to the Guru or Lord, as our GURUDAKSHINA, one experiences the ‘STATE beyond desires’ — the State of Absolute FULLNESS within and without!!

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Vidura’s wife : Her Devotional Offering!

The Pandavas along with their wife Draupadi returned back to Hastinapur after their twelve years of exile and one year incognito. They claimed Indraprastha back, but Duryodhana was very adamant and was unwilling to let go of Indraprastha even if it meant a war with his own cousins. Yudhisthira, who was an embodiment of Dharma was not in favour of a war. He requested Lord Krishna to go to Hastinapur on their behalf as an ambassador of peace and the Lord agreed.

Many leaders extended an invitation to Krishna to accept their hospitality. Even Duryodhana sent his royal invitation and arranged a lavish feast for Krishna. The Lord knew that Duryodhana’s intention was to win His favours and have the Lord on his side. Vidura, the great devotee of the Lord also waited for the Lord’s auspicious arrival. He humbly and silently placed himself, his life and all his possessions at the Lord’s disposal. The Lord alone is the Sole Giver and Protector of everything, and therefore, everything ultimately belongs to the Lord.

After reaching Hastinapur, Krishna went straight to Vidura’s house and announced His arrival loudly. Vidura was not at home. Vidura’s wife heard the Lord. She ran to receive the Lord, the divine guest! She saw the Lord smiling sweetly at the door and overwhelmed with joy, prostrated at His feet. All these years she had heard of the divine glories and pastimes of the Lord. Like a Gopi, she silently adored Him in her heart, all the time longing to have His darshan. And now the Lord was at her doorstep! One who comes without prior appointment (thithi) is known as “Athithi”. And “Athithi” who comes to one’s house is the Lord Himself. Here Lord Krishna Himself had come as the Divine Athithi!” 

Vidura’s wife was totally lost in her intense devotion for the Lord. Krishna walked into the house and she followed Him – revelling in His wonderful lilas which she had heard of. Krishna seated Himself comfortably on an asana and told Vidura’s wife that He was hungry. She immediately ran into the kitchen. She had not cooked anything. When she looked around she saw a bunch of bananas lying there. She brought them and sat down below His asana. She picked up a banana, peeled the skin and instead of giving the fruit to Krishna, she gave the banana peel to Krishna to eat and threw away the fruit. She was totally beyond her body consciousness and the surroundings. Krishna who relishes bhakti, and bhakti only, very happily accepted the peel and ate it relishing it all the time. She continued to give the Lord peel after peel and the Lord continued partaking it. 

By this time, Vidura got the information that Lord Krishna had reached his house. Taking leave of the royal assembly, he rushed to his house. He walked in and was shocked and stunned to see his wife sitting and feeding Krishna with the peels of the bananas and Krishna was happily relishing them all! She was absolutely oblivion of what she was doing in her devotion to Krishna. 

Vidura raised his voice and reprimanded his wife. When she heard her husband’s voice, she came to her senses. She saw all the fruit lying there and the peels had all been consumed by the Lord. She felt very embarassed and ashamed. This time with all her attention on the fruit, she peeled one more fruit, threw away the peel and offered the fruit to the Lord. The Lord accepted it, but He nodded his head in dissatisfaction. He asked Vidura why he had interfered in this “divine offering of devotion” which was going on. The Lord said that the banana peel which was offered with total and absolute devotion was extremely sweet whereas the fruit offered with diverted mental attention was tasteless!

Vidura understood what the Lord implied. The Lord who is an embodiment of LOVE seeks love, and nothing but love from His devotees. 
“Whatever is offered to Me, whether it is a leaf, flower, fruit or a drop of water, if it is offered with devotion, I accept it totally” ~ Verse 26, Chapter 9 – Bhagavad Geeta. 

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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..
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Chaturmasya – Its Significance

CHATURMASYA is a four months period from the middle of Ashada to the middle of the month of Kartika. It is a very auspicious time period wherein everyone irrespective of their state and stage of life (varna-ashrama dharma) undertake various vratas (vows) and upasanas. Most of the important festivals are during the chaturmasya period. Any religious activities undertaken during this period bestows immense benefits and merits on the individual.

Our one year constitutes a day for the devatas. Uttarayana, the six bright months of the year which represents the day-time for the devatas was coming to a close, and Dakshinayana, the six dark months of the year which represents the night-time for the devatas was about to start. All the devatas came to the peak of Meru where Lord Varaha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu was residing. They assembled there to take leave of the Lord and then retire during their night time. When all the devatas were offering their prostrations to the Lord, a celestial woman, dark in complexion and dressed in white came forward to offer her salutations to the Lord. She was looking very sad. The Lord enquired what the matter was. She said, “O Lord, I am RATRI DEVI, the presiding deity of Dakshinayana. I am feeling very sad because nobody likes me. All the devatas go to sleep during my regime. And there in Bhuloka, no one conducts any auspicious functions like marriage, gruhapravesha etc during Dakshinayana. Everyone considers me as inauspicious and I feel terribly neglected and dejected and do not wish to live anymore”.

The other devatas heard her plea and requested Lord Varaha to solve her problem. The All-compassionate Lord consoled her and said, “Devi, do not worry. During Dakshinayana, the four months starting from the second half of Ashada, the whole of Shravana and Bhadrapada, Aswayuja and first half of Kartika will be especially dear to me and whoever performs any noble activity whether it is snana (ablution), vrata (vows), tapa (austerity), japa (chanting the Lord’s name), dana (charity), homa (rituals) will earn immense merit. This merit will increase day by day and therefore the fourth month of Kartika will bestow maximum benefit to a person who performs meritorious deeds and hence Kartika maasa will be very special and dear to me. The merit earned during these four months will be many times more than that earned during the other months.” Hearing this, Ratri Devi was very happy. She offered her prostrations to the Lord and went away totally satisfied.

The Lord is worshipped as Vasudeva, Sankarshana, Pradyumna and Aniruddha in the same order during these four months. Symbolically, the four months represent our inner spiritual journey and they stand for: Vyakulatha (intense urge to know of the Higher Truth), Sravana (Listening), Manana (Reflection) and Nidhidhyasana (Contemplation). Amongst the vratas (vows) undertaken during the Chaturmasya, “Anna Dana”(ANNA represents both ‘food’ and ‘knowledge’) is very important and is of immense benefit. Masters, Sages and Saints do not travel during the rainy season since it is not safe to cross through forests, mountains and valleys during this period because of landslides, flooded rivers, etc. Also the rainy season is the breeding season for animals and hence it is not safe to encounter the aggressive and wild animals enroute. Therefore, the Masters give up travelling during these four months and stay in one place and give discourses to the people of the village or town on the sacred scriptures.

When the Sun moves from Northern solstices to Southern solstices, there are lot of changes happening in Nature. There are significant changes due to the influence of the sun and moon on the earth and its produce which are not easily perceptible to us. Similarly there are significant changes that happen in our physical, emotional and intellectual constitution. There are marked changes in the functioning of the digestive system, metabolic activities etc. What we take in as ‘food’ at the physical level plays a significant role in our mental constitution. This being the rainy season, vegetables, fruits and pulses become breeding ground for a variety of worms and insects outside and inside. Dairy products like milk etc are not suitable for consumption because it is the breeding season for cows. And the bacteria responsible for processing the milk into curds in this season is not suitable for our constitution. Hence four important vratas are prescribed during these four months. They pertain to our food habits. They are: shaka vrata (vegetables and some fruits are prohibited in the first month of chaturmasya), dadhi vrata (curds is prohibited during the second month), ksheera vrata (milk and milk products are prohibited during the third month) and dvidala vrata (pulses consisting of two segments are prohibited during the last and fourth month). These vratas help us largely to remain sattvic and healthy at all levels of our personality: physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual.

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