Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Relationship – So valuable but now rarely valued

  • And finally he decided to send his old parents to the old age home. It was difficult for him to deal with them.
  • Both were good friends since school days. But now one of them is a business magnate and the other one is just having a simple job in an office. It became difficult to sustain the friendship. Now they rarely meet. It’s verily said that friendship is possible only among the equals.
  • 2 brothers lived together, played together and studied together. But now they are not living together. It’s practically impossible. As they have to realize their independent dreams, they live independently. Also today they cannot tolerate each other.

We might have heard or even witnessed these events in our lives many times. Relationship of this world does not last long. Unfortunately most of the relationship is based on the philosophy of “What is there for me in it?” Selfless relationship has become like an endangered species. Few years back love of a mother for her child was considered to be selfless. But this has also changed. Today’s mother does not hesitate to murder her child in her womb by undergoing abortion. And if somehow the child is born then some mother consider him to be a burden. Relationship between a husband and wife are more at physical level than at emotional level these days.

This is why today’s major diseases are loneliness and depression. In our journey we may achieve many things which are material. But these material things will not have much value. The most invaluable gift is the relationship. And the relationship can only be possible if it is centered on God. 

If we just have a glimpse of our rich Vedic heritage we will find innumerable examples of selfless love and loving relationship.

  • Shravan Kumar is championed as an ideal son who dedicated his life taking care of his old and blind parents.
  • Bharat had the opportunity to become king of Ayodhya. But he refused because he wanted his elder brother Lord Rama to be the king.
  • Lord Krishna and Sudama were great friends. Although Krishna had become the king of Dwarka but still he never forgot Sudama. The moment he heard that Sudama had come to his door, he rushed to meet him and embrace him.
  • Love of mother Yasoda for Krishna is well known. Such loving reciprocation between a mother and her child is even sung today.

Happiness is in sharing. Joy is in giving. Life is in loving. We can love all if we understand that every one of us is children of one Supreme Father, God. Let us try to rebuild our society based on the wisdom of Vedic literatures. It will open the door of endless love and never – ending happiness.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Damodar lila - Controlling the controller with the ropes of love

Krishna was hungry. He wanted milk and so he went to his mother. Mother Yasoda was churning butter at that time. When she saw Krishna, she immediately understood that he was hungry and so she started feeding him. Meanwhile a pot of milk which was getting boiled on the oven started overflowing. Mother Yasoda kept Krishna aside and rushed to attend the boiling milk on the oven. Seeing that Mother Yasoda had stopped feeding him the milk, Krishna became angry. He hit the pot of churning butter with a stone, broke it, and entered another room.

When Yasoda saw that the pot was broken she immediately understood that it’s the mischief of Krishna. In the room Krishna was standing on a mortar which he had put upside down. He was stealing butter and was also feeding it to the monkeys. When he saw his mother, he became afraid and started running away. Mother Yasoda became angry, she thought to punish Krishna.

She caught Krishna and decided to bind him with a rope. However, when she tried to put knot on the rope she found it short by 2 fingers. She took more ropes and tied the ropes together. But when she tried to put the knot it was again short by 2 fingers. She did it again and again but each time the rope was short by 2 fingers. She became tired, she started perspiring. Krishna saw her mother and felt great love for her. He could not bear her pain. So, he decided to get bound by her ropes.

Saints and sages meditate for millions of years yearning for a glimpse of the lord. But here mother Yasoda was so fortunate that she was constantly relishing the pastimes of the Lord and even was punishing Him. This is why Krishna is called Bhakta Vatsala. We too can get an opportunity to associate with Krishna. The only qualification required is our eagerness & our desire to associate with him. Krishna confirms, “As all surrender unto Me, I reward them accordingly” Bhagavad – Gita 4.11.

Let us also try to bind Krishna with the ropes of love.
(Reference: Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead by Srila Prabhupada)