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Shiva and Parvati listen to Bhagavatam!

Poonthanam

Poonthaanam (1547-1640) was a great devotee of Sri Guruvayoorappan (Lord Krishna). His devotion filled works in Sanskrit and Malayalam are very well known. People loved him for his beautiful Bhagavatam discourses. Once he happened to visit the Kottiyoor Shiva temple which is kept open only for a few days in a year. Rest of the time the temple is closed. On reaching the temple, Poonthaanam bathed in the holy waters there and worshipped the Lord. He decided to stay there for a few days.

Every day he recited Bhagavatam in front of the deity and the devotees who gathered there to listen to his devotional discourses. He was rendering the 10th Canto of Bhagavatam which recounts the glorious leelas of Lord Krishna. He came to the 60th chapter wherein there is a beautiful conversation between Lord Krishna and Rukmini:

“Krishna playfully and teasingly asks Rukmini why she wanted to marry Him, a simple rustic who grew up looking after cows and was no match for her when compared to the other suitors. She definitely had better choices like King Sisupala, Salva, Jarasandha, etc. Hearing these harsh words, Rukmini gets totally upset and faints. The Lord then consoles her saying He knows her devotion to Him but only wanted to test her. This is the gist of the chapter.”

After finishing the recitation, Poonthaanam placed a bookmark at the end of the chapter, so that next day he can start with the next chapter. Next day, to his utter surprise, he found the bookmark at the beginning of the same 60th chapter. Nevertheless, Poonthaanam read the same chapter for the second time and again kept the bookmark at the end of the chapter. But again the following day also, the bookmark was back at the beginning of the 60th chapter. This kept repeating for the rest of the days. He did not know what was happening. It was the last day to close the temple for the year. Poonthaanam finished the discourse again on the 60th chapter and was returning from the temple when he realized that he had left the Bhagavatam book in the temple. He hurried back; crossed the river and reached the entrance to the temple, which was closed. He was all alone.

Wonder of wonders! He heard someone reciting the same 60th chapter from inside the temple. He could not enter the temple since it was closed. He then looked through the keyhole and saw Lord Shiva Himself sitting inside the temple and reading from Poonthaanam’s Bhagavatam book! Mother Parvati and Shiva’s attendants were sitting and keenly listening to it with their eyes filled with tears of devotion. Poonthaanam was wonderstruck! He stood there and heard the recitation. After concluding the chapter, Lord Shiva asked Parvati Devi how His narration was. Parvati smiled and replied that His narration was good, but it was not as good as Poonthaanam’s! Nothing to compare his rendering.

Lord Shiva acknowledged and endorsed her saying that it was very true, and further added that He also reveled in Poonthaanam’s rendering of the Bhagavatham. He told Parvati that He also liked to hear the Bhagavatam from Poonthaanam, and especially this ‘Krishna and Rukmini’ episode. That was the reason why He placed the bookmark again and again at the beginning of the same topic every day! Hearing this, Poonthaanam, who was standing outside was totally overwhelmed and in an ecstatic mood of sheer bliss uttered the divine name of Krishna loudly. When he looked back again, Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati had disappeared.

Poonthaanam left the temple feeling extremely blessed and fortunate to have had the darshan of Lord Shiva and Parvati, and also that the Lord had listened daily to his rendering of the Bhagavatham.

Krishna! Krishna! Mukunda! Janaardana! Krishna! Govinda! Naarayana! Hare!
Achyuthaananda! Govinda! Maadhava! Sachidaananda! Naarayana! Hare!
                       [From Jnanappana by Poonthaanam  Nambudiri]

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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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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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Ganesha and Kubera!

Ganesha and Kubera

Kubera is the treasurer of the heavens and he was very proud of his immense wealth. And he was a miser too! Yet to showcase his wealth and richness, he decided to organize a grand event just once, and invited all the devatas to his golden palace. All the gods who visited Kubera’s palace had a sumptuous meal and glorified Kubera and his hospitality. However, he was not satisfied. He somehow wanted Lord Shiva to visit him and appreciate his wealth and riches.

With this in mind Kubera visited Kailash and requested Lord Shiva to accept his invitation for a meal. Lord Shiva was aware of Kubera’s pride and his extreme attachment to his wealth and decided to teach him a lesson. He accepted the invitation, but said that he will also be accompanied by all his attendants. That was a huge number to feed! Kubera pleaded with the Lord saying that he wanted the Lord alone so that he can attend to him exclusively. The Lord refused saying that if he came, his attendants would also accompany him. Kubera was disappointed. Seeing Kubera’s crest fallen face, Lord Shiva said that instead of all of them he was willing to send his son, Ganesha as a substitute. Kubera immediately became happy! Only one person to feed and that too a child! He couldn’t bargain for more than this! As Kubera was leaving along with Ganesha, the Lord warned Kubera that Ganesha was a voracious eater. Kubera confidently told Shiva that he can handle Ganesha’s appetite.

Having reached the palace, Kubera took Ganesha around so that he could see the beauty and grandeur of his palace. However, Ganesha told Kubera that he was very hungry and went straight to the dining place and sat down to have his food. Kubera immediately ordered his attendants to bring food. The food was brought in a beautiful golden plate, with varieties of dishes and sweets. No sooner the food was placed before him, within a fraction of a second, Ganesha had consumed it. More food was brought and served, but again it immediately disappeared into Ganesha’s mouth.

It is customary to feed a person till he says enough. Hence, Kubera kept on ordering, the food kept on coming from inside, Ganesha kept consuming, and finally the kitchen was totally empty. Kubera told Ganesha that not even a morsel of food was available. Ganesha got angry that Kubera could not feed him and satisfy his hunger as promised. He started consuming whatever he could lay his hands on. The golden utensils, the beautiful furniture, and even the pillars of the palace that Kubera was boasting of, disappeared into Ganesha’s mouth. Kubera pleaded, but all that Ganesha demanded was more food and this time he threatened to eat Kubera himself.

Kubera was terrified. He now realized his mistake and ran to Kailash with Ganesha running behind him. On reaching Kailash, Kubera humbly fell at Lord Shiva’s feet. He begged the Lord to forgive him for his arrogance and save him from Ganesha’s anger. The Lord turned to Ganesha and lovingly gave him a handful of roasted rice flakes to eat. Immediately Ganesha’s hunger was satisfied.

The Lord advised Kubera that wealth has its place in the scheme of things, but wealth alone cannot fulfill all our needs. Wealth is not to be hoarded and kept, but should be intelligently used and shared. Only then Wealth is a blessing!

Some have money, others are loaded with money, some use money, others employ money--- but the most miserable are those who carry money, bury them and sit to guard it all time. They have----but they know not how to make it work for them and for others. - Swami Chinmayananda

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Arjuna and Duryodhana meet Krishna

ArjunaKrishna The Pandavas had finished their 12 years of exile and 1 year of incognito (staying in disguise). When the Pandavas arrived to reclaim back their kingdom, Duryodhana refused to return back Indraprastha. A war between the Pandavas and Kauravas was inevitable. They both started mobilizing their army and forces, seeking help from different kings who were on their side. Finally, both Duryodhana and Arjuna decided to meet Krishna to seek His help. They both arrived at Dwaraka. Duryodhana was the first to arrive and when he went to meet Krishna, Krishna was sleeping on His beautiful couch. There were asanas (seats) on either side along the length of the couch. Duryodhana who was so full of ego did not want to sit near the Lord’s feet. He opted for the seat near the head of the couch and settled himself there. A few minutes later, Arjuna arrived. He saw Krishna resting, and though there was a seat at the foot of the couch, he preferred to stand near the Lord’s feet. With folded hands, he too waited patiently for the Lord to wake up. When Krishna opened his eyes, He first saw Arjuna who was standing near His feet and asked the purpose of his visit. Before Arjuna could say anything, Duryodhana claimed that he was the first to arrive and Krishna should hear him first. Krishna was well aware that both of them had arrived to seek His help for the war. Krishna told Duryadhana that since He had seen Arjuna first and as he was younger than Duryodhana, he would get the first chance. Krishna placed two options before them and they had to choose one of them. On one side would be Krishna’s Narayani army consisting of 10,00,000 mighty warriors who would engage themselves in war, and on the other side would be Krishna Himself who would neither fight nor pick up any weapon. Since Arjuna was given the first choice, he chose the Lord to be on his side. Duryodhana was very happy and thought Arjuna was foolish to have rejected such a huge and strong army. He asked for Krishna’s Narayani army and the Lord agreed. Duryodhana got what he wanted and very happily left Krishna’s palace. Krishna then turned to Arjuna and asked him why he had chosen Him who would not engage Himself in the war and not the powerful Narayani army. Arjuna offered his devoted prostrations to the Lord and said that the mere presence of Lord Krishna on his side was enough for the Pandavas to win the battle. He humbly requested the Lord to be his charioteer and guide him along the path to success and victory. Lord Krishna smilingly assured him! Arjuna indeed had made the right choice!! Since the Lord was the SARATHI (Charioteer) of PARTHA (Arjuna), he became known as PARTHASARATHI.
In and through life's flow 'see' His Grace flooding all around you and His unseen hand ever supporting you. Make your life a celebration of His Presence.Let Him be the Parthasarathy of your life. - Swami Chinmayananda
[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

Boon to Sleep : Kumbhakarna

Kumbhakarna

Kumbhakarna was the younger brother of Ravana, and the elder brother of  Vibhishana. He was born huge and had a great appetite. He grew up to be a gigantic, powerful and strong Asura, but was very wise, of good character and a great warrior. Due to all these unique qualities, Indra and the other devatas in Devaloka were worried as Kumbhakarna would indeed be an undisputed winner if he waged a war against Indra.

All the three brothers wanted to acquire boons from Lord Brahma and become powerful. Hence for many years they meditated on Lord Brahma. Being pleased with their penance, Lord Brahma appeared and asked what they wished for. Indra was terrified at the very thought of Kumbhakarna asking boons. He knew that Kumbhakarna would be unconquerable if he received powers from the Lord. He prayed to Goddess Saraswati who is not only the giver of knowledge but also the bestower of  speech. Indra prayed to Saraswati to manipulate Kumbhararna’s speech while asking for a boon from Lord Brahma.

Kumbhakarna wanted to ask for Indrasana (throne of Indra) but ended up asking for Nidrasana (state of sleep), and instead of asking for Nirdevatvam (non-existence of Devatas), he asked for Nidraavatvam (continuous sleep)! The boon was granted. It was then that Kumbhakarna realized his mistake and requested Lord Brahma to undo the boon. But once granted, the boon could not be reversed. Hence, Kumbhakarna slept for six months and when he woke up, he would eat to his full for a day and again go back to sleep for the next six months.

During the fierce battle between Lord Rama and Ravana, Ravana’s army suffered great loss. At that time, Ravana decided to wake up Kumbhakarna. It is said that a thousand elephants were required to wake him up. When Kumbhakarna realized that Ravana had captured Rama’s wife Sita, he tried to convince Ravana to return Sita back to Rama. But Ravana was stubborn and refused. Kumbhakarna finally went to the battle field and after a fierce battle between him and Rama, Kumbakarna was finally killed by Lord Rama.

We are 'asleep' to the Great and Divine Presence in our bosom; the Wise-man never 'sleeps' like us!! - Swami Chinmayananda

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