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Sri Krishna and Parijatha

Lord Krishna

Sage Narada once visited Amaravati, Lord Indra’s kingdom. There in the heavenly garden called Nandanavana, he spotted a tree with tiny beautiful flowers with an orange stalk and pure white petals amidst the green leaves. They were looking like stars and they were spreading a divine fragrance all around. They were Parijatha flowers. 

When the devatas and the rakshasas together churned the milk ocean for “amruta”,  many rare and unique things, plants, animals and beings emerged out of the milk ocean. Parijatha Vriksha was one amongst them. Not only the flowers are beautiful and have an unearthly fragrance, but the flowers also have great medicinal value. Indra, the king of the gods took the tree with him as a gift to his wife Sachidevi and planted it in his garden.

Narada asked Indra if he could take a few flowers with him and Indra agreed. Narada collected a few Parijatha flowers and reached Dwaraka. He met the Lord and gave the heavenly flowers to him. Narada told Krishna to give it to anyone of his queens whom he thought worthy of the flowers and added that whoever adorned themselves with these flowers would be immensely benefited. They would become more beautiful, keep good health and endear themselves to one and all. Krishna immediately gave it to Rukmini.

Narada was mighty pleased. He then went to the palace of Satyabhama, another consort of Krishna. He narrated the whole parijatha incident that had happened, and told her that though Krishna talked about Satyabhama being his favourite queen, in truth it was actually Rukmini who was his favourite, because the Lord had given her the flowers. Satyabhama became extremely angry with Krishna and even refused to meet him when he came to her palace. However, Krishna managed to console Satyabhama and told her that he would get the entire tree for her. She was very happy and decided to accompany Krishna to Indraloka. 

Krishna and Satyabhama went to Indraloka and asked for the tree. The arrogant Indra refused to part with it, even though the Lord himself asked for the tree. To teach Indra a lesson, Krishna plucked the tree by its roots, placed it on Garuda’s back and was about to start from there when Indra stood against the Lord ready to fight with him. Krishna and Indra fought but Indra was defeated. He then realized his mistake and sought forgiveness from the Lord for waging a battle against him. The Lord forgave him. Krishna brought the Parijatha tree and planted it in the courtyard of Satyabhama as per her wishes. 

Parijatha flowers

Satyabhama went to Rukmini and boasted about the Parijatha tree in her courtyard and how the Lord had fought with Indra for the same. Rukmini smiled and very calmly told Satyabhama that she did not desire or long for anything when the Lord of all the worlds was her constant companion. However Satyabhama walked off, still revelling in the priceless gift that she had just then obtained. At night, the flowers bloomed, but the wind (Vayu) carried all the fragrance to Rukmini’s courtyard. And in the morning when Satyabhama went to the courtyard, she saw all the flowers fallen over the compound wall into Rukmini’s courtyard. Krishna had planted the tree in such a way that the tree was in Satyabhama garden but the flowers fell into the courtyard of Rukmini. She now realized that the Lord was teaching her a lesson and completely rid of pride and arrogance, with utmost devotion Satyabhama prostrated to Lord Krishna and Rukmini.

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Bhagyada Lakshmi – 2

[This is in continuation of the previous post covering the remaining 3 stanzas of Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma . Link for Post 1: https://naadopaasana.co.in/2020/08/06/bhagyada-lakshmi-1/ ]

Goddess Lakshmi

Verse 3: ” attittagalade bhaktara maneyali nitya mahOtsava nitya sumangaLa
satyava tOruva sAdhu sajjanara cittadi hoLeyuvA puttaLi bombe”

“O most Effulgent One, you are always enshrined in the hearts of the great saints and seers. Do not go hither and thither, but take up your permanent abode in the house of your devotees wherein your auspicious presence is daily invoked.”
Lakshmi is supposed to be ‘chanchala’ – never stays in one place for a long time. But the great devotee of Guruvayoorappan, Sri Narayana Bhattathiri says, “O Mother of the Universe, Goddess Lakshmi, you are not ‘chanchala’ at all. Your permanent abode is where Lord Hari resides. When ignorant people get attached to sheer materialistic wealth, you quietly leave them in search of the abode where Hari resides”. Therefore the prayer to Goddess Lakshmi not to go anywhere else but to take up her permanent abode where there is nitya Hari smarana.


Verse 4: “sankhye illAda bhAgyava koTTu kankaNa kaiya tiruvuta bAre
kunkumAnkite pankaja lOcane venkaTaramaNana binkada rANI”

“Adorned with the sacred and auspicious red kumkum, O Beloved Consort of Lord Venkataramana, you are a personification of modesty. You have taken up the vow (kankana-badha) of protecting the devotees of Sri Hari. Bestow and shower your countless blessings on your devotees.”
Sri Lakshmi dwells in the heart of Lord Venkataramana and therefore she resides only in a heart and home where her Lord is invoked. She is kankana-badha (has taken a vow) to protect her devotees, yet it is not easy to win her favours. To receive her grace, Lakshmi has to be ardently courted and devotedly worshipped. She is an embodiment of modesty, she is shy and therefore very slowly she enters our lives only after making sure that Lord Hari is there in our hearts! 
Very often Lakshmi is depicted in red attire. Red signifies activity. She is also glorified as not only adorned with the sacred red kumkum but haldi or turmeric as well. And kumkum is made from haldi. In any puja, we first offer or use haldi and only then the kumkum. Yellow colour (haldi) represents Knowledge or Jnana, and the red colour (kumkum) represents Activity or Karma. The significance is that with the help of the right knowledge (Jnana), when we put forth the required self-effort (Karma) in any undertaking, material or spiritual, we can surely gain the countless blessings of Goddess Lakshmi.  

Verse 5: “sakkare tuppada kAluve harisi shukravAradha pUjaya vELage
akkareyuLLa aLagiri rangana chokka purandara viTtalana rANI”

“O Beloved Consort of Ranganatha, the Queen of Lord Vittala, as I invoke you on the auspicious shukravara (friday), shower your grace and blessings and let them flow into my life like sugar and ghee!”
Ranganatha is the Supreme Parabrahma, who is the Lord (Natha) of the colourful drama of life (Ranga). The Lord represents the Spirit (Purusha) and Lakshmi is his Shakti (Prakriti). Traditionally, Lakshmi-vara (Lakshmi’s day) is Guru-vara (thursday). Guru-vara represents ‘standard of life’. Shukra-vara (friday) represents ‘standard of living’. First, one must take care of one’s own ‘standard of life’ (values, knowledge). Only then the ‘standard of living’ (enjoyment, pleasures, life’s experiences) will become aligned to dharma. Hence Guru-vara comes before Shukra-vara! Only when we invoke Lakshmi to take care of both, our ‘standard of life’ and ‘standard of living’, our life becomes meaningful and full.

Sugar and Ghee are two of the five ingredients which constitute Panchamruta, the other three being milk, curds and honey. They all have medicinal properties. When these ingredients are used for abhishekam, they easily absorb the divine vibrations of the deity and transfer it to us when we receive the panchamruta as prasad. Sugar is the end product of the processing of sugar-cane juice, and similarly, ghee is the end product of milk-processing. Therefore, both sugar and ghee represent the end product or “fruits of our activities” – Karmaphala. Sugar denotes Happiness or Bliss. Ghee denotes the Light of Knowledge. By putting forth the right effort (Karma), we seek the grace of Goddess Lakshmi to bestow upon us the sacred Spiritual Knowledge which ultimately leads us to the State of Eternal Bliss.

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Sri Krishna Janmashtami – Significance

Lord Krishna’s birth

Mathura represents the State of Bliss which is our own inner inherent Nature. Devaki represents the mind with divine and noble traits and Vasudeva represents the intellect which is the master of the sense-organs. Though well-integrated, the mind and intelllect are in the prison of their own bondages in their own Kingdom of Bliss. The reason is the ruling tyrant called Kamsa, the ego. Kamsa: Kah Sah – represents “one who questions the principles of the Higher Reality”. Every child born to this couple represents spiritual sadhana which the ego immediately destroys for its own survival. 

It was midnight on the ashtami day (the middle day) of the dark fortnight of the dark month of Shravan during the six dark months of the year, the Dakshinayana Punyakala. The whole of Mathura was asleep. Only Mother Nature was awake and was sending down showers of joy in the form of rain heralding the birth of Lord Krishna. In the thickest of this darkness, Lord Krishna was born. The darkness represents the spiritual ignorance with which the whole world of things and beings is enveloped. The birth of Lord Krishna represents the “birth of spirituality” in an individual. Lord Krishna represents the ‘Light of Knowledge’ which alone can dispel the ‘darkness of spiritual ignorance’ and lead the seeker towards liberation. When an individual chooses to walk the path of righteousness, he is automatically aligned to the laws of Nature and Mother Nature in turn reciprocates back. This is indicated by the joyous showers! The month of Shravana represents ‘sravan’ or ‘listening’ (to scriptural texts). Krishna is born under the Rohini Nakshatra. Rohini means to move upwards (higher). Rohini is the consort of Lord Chandra (Moon) who is the presiding deity of our mind. Therefore ‘rohini’ represents the noble spiritual desires in a pure mind. Ashtami is very significant. On this day, the moon has the least influence on the oceanic waters. Moon being the lord of our mind, on the ashtami day, the mind is least disturbed by the agitation of thoughts. When do we start our spiritual journey? Today! What about the auspicious time? Right now! Hence when Krishna was born all the planets were in their most favourable positions!

Krishna has to be protected from Kamsa and therefore he is taken to Gokula. In the initial stages of our spiritual journey, our mind which is pursuing the spiritual sadhana has to be protected from our own ego and therefore has to be protected and strengthened all around by noble and virtuous thoughts. This is represented by Krishna growing up amidst the Gopis, the Gopas and the cows in Gokula. They represent sattvic and divine thoughts. ‘Go’ means ‘knowledge or virtues’ and ‘kula’ means ‘family’. Gokula represents the perfect conducive environment for our spiritual growth. Therefore, ‘Krishna Janmotsava’ represents the birth of spirituality within oneself. Krishna stands for Sachidananda, the GOAL to be reached, and all His divine leelas represent the PATH to be pursued by the seeker.

On the auspicious occasion of Krishnashtami, little foot-prints are drawn starting from the main door upto the altar of Krishna in the puja room. They represent little Krishna’s foot-prints. We invoke the Lord to enter our house and sanctify our home with His auspicious presence. The house represents our body and the puja-rooom represents our heart or the innermost core of our being. The foot-prints starting from the main door upto the puja-room represents a mind turned “within” in devotion unto the Lord or a mind in contemplation upon the Higher Reality. Therefore, this little ritual signifies the Lord entering into our heart and making it His permanent abode. It also signifies the merger of the mind with the Higher to reach the State of Enlightenment.

“Sri Krishna Govinda Hare Murari! Hey Natha Narayana Vasudeva!”
“Sri Krishna Saranam Mama!”

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Vallabha’s victory at Vijayanagara

Birth of Vallabha

Vallabhacharya (1479–1531 CE), also known as Vallabha, was one of greatest Indian Philosopher born to a telugu couple who were living in Varanasi.

Birth of Vallabacharya: During the birth of Vallabhacharya, most of the northern and central India was in unrest due to Muslim invaders. People had to flee to escape religious persecution and conversion by invaders. On one such occasion, Vallabha’s parents Lakshmana Bhatta and his pregnant wife Illammagaru had to flee Varanasi. Due to the prevailing terror and travel, she gave birth to a child two months in advance. The premature child did not show any sign of life. Totally heartbroken, they both placed the lifeless child under a tree wrapped in a piece of cloth. That night, Lord Krishna appeared in their dream and signified that He himself had taken birth as a child. Shocked and surprised, they both rushed to the spot where they had left the child. They were amazed to find the baby alive and also protected by a circle of divine fire. This divine child was named Vallabha meaning “Dear One” in Sanskrit.

Education: The young Vallabha began his education when he was seven. He mastered the Vedas, the philosophies of Adi Sankaracharya, Madhvacharya, Ramanujacharya, Nimbaraka and also Jain and Buddhist philosophies. By the age of eleven, he had completed his studies and reached Vrindavan. He was well known for his knowledge and was now being applauded by the public as “Bala Saraswathi”.

Victory at Vijayanagara: The vast kingdom of Vijayanagara was ruled by the illustrious king Krishnadevaraya. He had summoned all learned pundits and vidwans to discuss the various aspects of the philosophies enshrined in the Scriptures. There were numerous debates and discussions. Krishnadevaraya who himself was a great scholar found the arguments and the explanations given by the scholars assembled there unsatisfactory.

It is at that time that Vallabha reached Vijayanagara. He was called for the discussions and debates. After seven days of continuous debates, Vallabha won all the arguments and was able to convince the king with his profound and vast knowledge. Krishnadevaraya was so pleased and impressed by the knowledge and clarity of thought of this young vidwan. Vallabha was gifted 7,000 gold coins by Krishnadevaraya. Vallabha politely declined to accept them and requested the king to distributed them among the poor brahmanas and the learned. After a lot of loving insistence Vallabha accepted seven gold coins which he said would be used for making ornaments for Sri Vittalanatha in Pandharpur. The king and all the assembled pundits unanimously gave Vallabha the title: “Acharya.” From then onwards Vallabha came to be known as Vallabhacharya.

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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..
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

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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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books you can contact For orders please whatsapp : 9739003467 Email: naadopaasana18@gmail.com