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Little Krishna and the fruit seller

Krishna and fruit seller

There was a poor lady in Vrindavan who was selling fruits. On a particular day, she could not sell a single fruit. Feeling helpless, she went house to house trying to sell them. Little Krishna was at home at that time. He heard the fruit-seller calling out to people to buy fruits.

With the intention of buying fruits, Lord Krishna (the Karma Phala Dhata, the Dispenser of Fruits-of-Action to all), ran inside, collected some food-grains in both his hands and came out to buy fruits in exchange for the food-grains. Alas! Most of the food-grains had slipped off  between his fingers and his hands were almost empty. He looked at her helplessly but lovingly and gave her the few little grains he had in his hands.

The fruit-seller was so pleased with his charming innocence, that she filled up both his hands with fruits with almost nothing in exchange for it. Her basket was empty. She put the few grains that Krishna had given her into the basket and walked back home with an inexplicable smile and total satisfaction. When she reached home and put the basket down, she was in for a surprise! The basket was full of PRECIOUS GEMS!!

The Lord had blessed the fruit-seller immensely for her unconditional and selfless Devotion!!

Significance:

The Fruit-seller represents an individual carrying the heavy burden of his Karma-phala upon himself, represented by the basket of fruits. With total devotion, when we unconditionally surrender all our activities and their results (Karma and Karma-phala) to the Lord, the Lord in turn grants us the inexhaustible and priceless Wealth of the Inner Kingdom (Moksha).

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Bhakti is developed by constantly trying to feel one's essential Oneness with Him --- without any distinctions such as creature and Creator, devotee and the Lord.... - Swami Chinmayananda

Greatness of Truth – King Aparajitha

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Aparajitha was a great king who loved his subjects. All were happy in his kingdom. One day when he was walking in the morning on the outskirts of his kingdom, he saw a young lady going out of his kingdom all alone.

The King stopped her and asked where she was going all alone. The lady replied that she was the Goddess of wealth and she would not stay at a single place for long and had to leave. The king bowed down to her and she left. After sometime another lady was passing along. On being questioned, the lady told the king that she was the Goddess of Virtue (Morals and Values). She said she always follows the Goddess of wealth. The King again bowed down to her and she left.

After sometime, the King met another woman who was leaving the kingdom. She was the Goddess of Justice. She said that she stays where Goddess of Virtue is and left.

Finally, the King met Goddess of Truth. She said that all her sisters had left and she would indeed stay where they all are. The King was immensely pained and fell at her feet. He said that he was not so much worried when the other three Goddess left, but if Goddess of Truth leaves, then the Kingdom would surely perish. Moved by the King’s words the Goddess of Truth decided to stay.

Since Truth stayed back, Goddess of Justice and Goddess of Virtue returned back. Goddess of Wealth also finally returned back and told the King that without Justice, Virtue and Truth, Wealth had no value and will only bring disaster.  The King was immensely happy and prostrated in front of them all. Indeed, it was the Greatness of Truth which made all of them return back!!

Moral: Satyameva Jayate – Victory lies where there is Truth

Shivaji Maharaj blessed by Lord Vitthala

Shivaji Tukaram

It was Ekadasi and Sant Tukaram had arrived at Vithoba temple in Pune. Devotees were glad that they could hear the bhajans sung by Sant Tukaram. Shivaji unexpectedly came to the temple to hear bhajans as he got to know the arrival of Sant Tukaram. Shivaji Maharaj considered Sant Tukaram as his guru like Samartha Ramadas.

It was not a safe place for Shivaji to stay at the temple as the enemy king was bent on capturing him. Having known Shivaji’s presence, the enemies thought that this was the right time to capture him at the temple. When the bhajans were going on, Shivaji’s bodyguard told him that it was not safe for him to stay there as the enemies had come to know of his presence at the temple.

Shivaji at once went to Tukaram to take leave, but Sant Tukaram unaware of the situation asked Shivaji to take Prasad after bhajan and then leave. Tukaram said that Lord Vittala would take care of everything. Shivaji decided that he would not disobey his Guru’s words and submitted himself completely at Lord Vitthala’s Feet. Tukaram continued singing bhajans with great devotion when one of his disciple came to him and said that they were surrounded by enemies eagerly waiting to capture Shivaji.

Realizing the gravity of the situation, heart overwhelming with devotion and eyes filled with tears, Tukaram invoked Lord Vitthala through four beautiful abhangs, asking the Lord to take care of the entire situation. It is said that at that time, the enemies who had surrounded the temple saw Shivaji on a horseback disappearing into the forest. The enemies at once went behind Shivaji. It was Lord Vitthala who had taken on the form of Shivaji who disappeared into the forests.

In the meantime, the real Shivaji after taking Prasad and blessings of Tukaram escaped. Tukaram who came to know about the situation shed tears in ecstasy thinking about the mercy of Lord Vitthala.

[Shivaji Maharaj was the greatest among the Maratha king warrior born in 1630]

Where there is unconditioned devotion and complete surrender, “I shall look after your Yoga-Kshema”, says Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Geeta.

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Lord Shiva – Why we use Bilva for worship

Bilva leaves are used to worship Lord Shiva and is considered to be very auspicious. This leaf is a trifoliate, meaning it is a group of 3 leaflets.  The bilva leaves having 3 leaflets represents:

  • The Creator, The Sustainer, The Annihilator
  • Father, Mother and Guru
  • The paths of Jnana, Bhakti and Karma
  • Our Past, Present and Future experiences
  • The 3 gunas:  namely Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas (3 moods of the mind)
  • The Waking, Dream and Deep sleep States
  • The powers of Knowledge, Motivation and Implementation
  • The three worlds (Swarga, Martya and Naraka)
  • Body, Mind and Intellect