Thursday, June 27, 2013

Hathi Vesa of Lord Jagannath

Once a devotee of Ganesha, the demigod, named Ganapati Bhatta had come to Jagannath Puri to participate in Snana Yatra.  But when he saw that Lord Jagannath was not having an elephant head then he became very disappointed and left the place. Lord Jagannath being paramatma within everyone’s heart immediately understood the desire and the cause of dissatisfaction of Ganapati Bhatta. Lord Jagannath took the form of a brahmana and went to Ganapati Bhatta who had left the temple and was planning to leave Puri. As a brahmana, He convinced Ganapati Bhatta to again visit the temple. Ganapti Bhatta again visited the temple in the evening. When he took darsana of Lord Jagannath then he was pleasantly surprised to see Lord Jagannath having an elephant head. Just to please His devotee, Lord Jagannath had appeared in this specific form called the hathi vesa. This pastime of Lord Jagannath also illustrates that if one worships the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna or Lord Jagannath then there is no need to worship any demigod because Krishna is the source of all powers and all the demigods derive their power from Krishna only. During the Govardhan pastime also Lord Krishna had demonstrated that demigod worship is not required.

Rath Yatra, one of the most important festivals of the year, is on 10th July. Lord Jagannath is supremely merciful and magnanimous. Let us pray to Lord Jagannath to cleanse all the impurities from our heart and give us right intelligence and right desire, this will help us to lead a pure and happy life.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Let us not be the killer

Scriptures compare human body to a boat which should be used to cross over the ocean of material existence. Facilities given to the human bodies are like favourable breezes and scriptures and saintly people are like expert boatmen. All these help the boat to ply smoothly in the ocean of material existence.  If we are not utilizing these facilities then we are categorized as atma – ha, killer of the soul. And the killer of the soul has to live in abject misery always. So, let us not waste these precious opportunity which has been bestowed upon us in the form of a human body. We should utilize each and every moment of our life for self realization.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Reason behind Lord Jagannath’s unique form

Lord Krishna was residing in Dwarka with his 16,108 wives. For all his 16,108 wives there were separate palaces and Krishna had expanded himself into 16,108 forms and he used to be simultaneously present with all his wives. This can be possible only with Krishna and not with lesser mortals like us, so we should never try to imitate the esoteric pastimes of Krishna. All the queens of Dwarka were extremely happy and tried their best to please the Lord. But the queens often found that Krishna remained absorbed in the pastimes of Vrindavan. This intrigued the queen. They used to think, “What so great and special happened in Vrindavan that Krishna remains completed absorbed in his childhood pastimes?” A desire arose in their hearts to know about Krishna’s childhood days in Vrindavan.

 The queens approached Mother Rohini, who had witnessed the Vrindavan pastimes of the Lord. Mother Rohini agreed but warned that Krishna and Balaram should not hear about this pastime otherwise they will completely get captivated with emotions. So it was decided that Subhadra, Krishna and Balaram’s sister, would stand at the door and will immediately inform Rohini and the queens if Krishna and Balaram comes there. Mother Rohini started narrating the pastimes while Subhadra guarded the door. The pastimes were so wonderful that Mother Rohini, all the queens and Subhadra were enraptured. Meanwhile Krishna and Balarama understood that there is something special going on in the palace and so they immediately rushed to the hall where all had gathered. Subhadra who was completely engrossed in hearing the pastimes did not notice the presence of Krishna and Balaram. The pastimes were so sweet and nectarean that Krishna, Balarama and   Subhadra started developing Maha – Bhava. Their eyes dilated and became big, face widened, legs and hand shrunk in their bodies - these features were unique and never ever seen before. During the same time Narada Muni arrived at the scene and he saw that form which was unprecedented. Upon seeing Narada Muni, all the three came to their normal self. But Narada Muni pleaded the Lord that he should let others also witness these extremely unique and rare forms. Lord Krishna agreed and said that they will appear as Lord Jagannath, Lord Baladeva and Subhadra in Jagannath Puri in these forms for the pleasure of the devotees.

This is why Lord Jagannath, Lord Baladeva and Subhadra Devi have such a unique and beautiful form in Jagannath Puri.