Shri Babaji's message on Shri Krishna Janmashtami on 14 August 2009
Lord Shri Krishna's life and message is a very wide subject, where, simply, you cannot draw any conclusions. More you try to learn, it appears boundless. No wonder apart from Shri Rama, Shri Krishna has been the most popular Divine personality of all, who came on this earth in India. No wonder Indians in particular consider Shri Krishna as God Incarnation.
Many saints of bhakti movement have attained Liberation by being devoted to Shri Krishna consciousness. Bhakta Meera, Saint Soor Das to name a few, are the ones attaining Liberation by reaching the heights of Tapas through devotion. Like for Meera, Meera herself never existed in her consciousness, only Shri Krishna at all times. The most delightful Divine play of His childhood is very popular for devotional people around the world. Shri Krishna gave the ultimate knowledge and wisdom of Bhagavad Geeta. Through Bhagavad Geeta He has taught that people can choose any path, dhyana, devotion, karma etc. and by adopting proper methods one can achieve Yoga or Liberation from the bondage of Mind and its imaginations.
I have always considered Shri Krishna as one of my Gurus. I have always tried to learn a little bit by His great life. Among the three responsibilities of Dharma namely taking care of physical health which is easy to understand for anybody, secondly taking care of the health of mind - means purifying the mind to make it quiet and eligible to merge with the real Self, giving one Liberation from all illusions of the mind. For many this may be a bit difficult to understand and to adopt the methods to achieve through the path that they choose. However if one reads, listens to the teachings of Guru and practices sadhana. one may start understanding what has to happen in sadhana. But the most difficult is the third one to understand. This third one is the moral health. In the legends and history often people seem to have misunderstood and misinterpreted the moral values to suit their personal glories or have given wrong definitions of duty. Shri Krishna taught that when you try to uphold the moral values it should be based on a larger cause. The purpose for which you are acting upon is more important than which way one is acting.
Since childhood, I have always pondered over the act when Draupadi, wife of Pandavas, was about to be disrobed in the court of Kauravas in front of her own family people and other noble personalities who were present. Whatever I am writing here is my personal observance and opinion, certainly not to belittle any personality or hurt any one of the past or present. Just to understand the word Dharma. Dharma in my opinion is duty. Like, as I have told earlier, duty towards one's own physical health, mental health, moral health. All are connected to each other. Especially mental and moral health are so much connected to each other. If mind is healthier then it would uphold moral values in a better way. If it is unable to consider about a larger cause, about others, priority of justice etc. then such a mind is unhealthy. To keep this mind, healthier in this world so that eventually one can achieve Liberation, is why the spiritual practices are recommended.
Totally intoxicated with power, arrogance, cunningness, stupidity, they all played and gambled. If one was stupid, another was cunning. Rest it seemed did not know what to do. Pandava's elder brother, Yudhishtira, put everything at stake for that gamble, lost everything - kingdom, brothers and even his lawfully-wedded wife without her consent. Kaurava's elder brother Duryodhana ordered to bring the wife of Pandavas to the court to disrobe. They were intoxicated with power, lust, greed. When she was about to be disrobed, she went around to all elders asking for justice. Grandsire was helpless, he defined Dharma (duty) in a different way, according to his vow of obedience and loyality to the throne. Guru Drona defined it in the form of eating the salt of the King and therefore that it demanded his loyality. King himself had no discrimination power of justice and injustice due to the intoxication of attachment to his wicked son Duryodhana.
OK, Draupadi was a slave because her husband had lost her in gambling but nobody there thought that even a servant needs to be treated with dignity. They all kept quiet, helplessly not knowing what to do. All the younger brothers of Yudhishtira kept quiet because of their loyalty and devotion to elder brother and did not think it fit to consider her a woman first rather than anything else and protest and protect her from being disrobed and demand that an woman, though a servant, be treated with dignity. Yudhishtira also kept quiet in the name of Dharma, when he should have considered the point that she was a woman who needed help. He could have protested that there was no such contract that opposite party could do anything to the loser in that gamble. Only that loser needed to be winner's slave. It was Shri Krishna who showed the world never define the form of Dharma and put it in a box. At one place keeping quiet might be duty, at another place jumping in to action might be Dharma. They all forgot, it should have been their first Dharma to protect her. Shri Krishna came to her rescue.
Shri Krishna had taken a vow that He would not take up weapon and fight in the war of Mahabharata. But, in the beginning of the war, when Arjuna was repeatedly refusing to take up weapons and fight, annoyed, Shri Krishna went towards Bheeshma to fight by taking up the wheel of a chariot. When Arjuna reminded Krishna of His vow, Krishna said, "If I fight I shall lose personal glory and people will accuse that I did not keep up vow, but I would be happy that I fought for a larger cause of establishing Dharma (righteousness) in the society." Shri Krishna showed more than the personal glory Dharma needs to be defined by keeping in view of the larger cause of the welfare of society, country and world. Shri Krishna taught that injustice, cunningness, wickedness should not be tolerated.
In Bhagavad Geeta though Shri Krishna has taught that one can take up any path of spirituality like dhyana, bhakti, karma etc. He has emphasized on putting in self efforts of sadhana - constant practice. When Arjuna asked the question that it seems impossible to stop the mind, Shri Krishna answers that though it is difficult, it is not impossible, by constantly practicing one can stop. In another place of Bhagavad Geeta, Shri Krishna advises, before death shall claim thee, going and sitting at the Lotus Feet of the knower of Truth, by seeking permission in all humility, put such intelligent questions to know such Truth and by adopting such methods recommended by them, achieve, by constantly practicing.
May The Divine Guru bless us all.
With love and blessings,
Baba Shiva Rudra Balayogi,
14 August 2009