Thursday, January 29, 2015

Are we working on any plan simultaneously for next life?


Political parties and their leaders are fighting to change the fortune of the so called unfortunate people in Delhi assembly election. All are promising that if voted to power they will make all the powerless people powerful enough to decide their destiny.  Food, clothing, shelter, jobs, water, electricity, security and what not are being promised. And the gullible masses are hoping that their dreams would materialize soon.  Looking for a good life isn’t wrong. In fact we all should always try to improve our life. Because it is only us who have been gifted with the ability and intelligence to choose and improve our future. Animals do not have this creative faculty. Have we ever seen a bird decorating their nest so that it looks better than the earlier one? Or looking for food which tastes better? Never. Other than humans no other specifies ever try to ameliorate their life. They just exist to live.  

For a better tomorrow we humans strategize and invest our time and energy. Our approach is to have ample amount of luxury and assurance of security.  This we assume will help us to be happy in this world.  But what about our happiness beyond this world and body?  We all know that we do not have a permanent visa to be in this world. And one day we would be asked to leave our body and march towards next destination.  Are we working on any plan simultaneously for next life?  If not then aren’t we putting our future at great risk? Animals don’t have the intelligence to think beyond satisfying their senses but we humans do. This is why revered scriptures continuously prods us that while being in this world we should also prepare ourselves for life after death. In fact scriptures inform us that we can even get an opportunity to enter into the kingdom of God where there is no misery and no death. We can live there forever.

In Gita 8.21, Krishna informs — That which the Vedantists describe as unmanifest and infallible, that which is known as the supreme destination, that place from which, having attained it, one never returns – that is My supreme abode.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Krishna is the original source of all happiness


Happiness manifests when our heart stops hankering for the things of this temporary world and stops lamenting for worldly possessions which we failed to achieve in our life’s journey, when our mind gives up its mindless obsession for material positions and accepts the position of a humble servant of Krishna, when our eyes crave for a glimpse of Krishna, ears longs to hear the names of Krishna, tongue continuously sing the glories of Krishna and heart gets saturated with the thoughts of Krishna.

Since the time we come out of our mother’s womb we start looking for happiness everywhere and it is quite natural because as a soul we are pleasure seekers – ananda mayo bhyasat.  However our effort will go in vain if we search in the wrong direction and at a wrong place.

A bulb will not illuminate by merely switching it on but it will lit only if it is properly connected to the main supply line of the house which in turn is connected to the powerhouse where electricity is generated. Similarly happiness will elude us unless and until we connect ourselves to the source of all the pleasure in this world. Scriptures say that Krishna, the Supreme Lord, is the origin of all happiness in this world. This is why Krishna is also called as Govinda; one of the meanings of Govinda is one who gives pleasure to the senses.  The moment we connect ourselves to Krishna our heart starts getting flooded with transcendental pleasure; Krishna’s presence fills our life with colours.

History is filled with examples of transcendentalists who wilfully gave up their promising materialistic career and future and absorbed themselves in devotion of the Supreme Lord because this world failed to impress them and they found supreme satisfaction only at the Lords’ feet. As one gets closer to God one feels divine bliss and one’s love for the Lord increases manifold. A lover of the Lord continuously chants the names of the Lord and joyfully share the message and wonderful activities of the Lord with all. Haridas Thakura, a 15th century cave dwelling saint, used to chant thousands of names of Krishna daily, he joyfully chanted day and night without any fatigue, and always preached about Krishna to others.  

Krishna too confirms in Gita 10.9, “The thoughts of My pure devotees dwell in Me, their lives are fully devoted to My service, and they derive great satisfaction and bliss from always enlightening one another and conversing about Me.”

Monday, January 5, 2015

With teary eyes parents allow their child to become food of the crocodile



A boat carrying passengers was calmly crossing the Ganges. All were enjoying the ride. As the boat reached deep water the boatman sounded a precautionary warning: “Keep your hands off the river. The place is filled with crocodiles.” Everyone obliged but a child. And soon a ferocious crocodile grabbed the hand of the child. His parents and the co passengers immediately tried to pull back the child but did not succeed. The grip of the giant water monster was tightening and the child was getting pulled in the river. Desperate mother, devastated father and others were trying their best to save the child; they were pulling hard to free the little child from the crocodile’s clutches. But in the water the water animal is extremely powerful more than even an elephant. Due to the melee soon the boat started losing balance. The boatman shouted that if we do not do something soon then the boat will sink.  The passengers looked in the eyes of the frightened parents. The unspoken message was: “Leave the child else we will die.”  The parents looked in the eyes of their beloved child for the last time. And finally seeing no other option they loosened the grip and soon the kid was dragged away in the deep water by the cruel crocodile.

The scripture says padam padam yad vipadam -there is danger at every step in this world (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.14.58). What may happen to us the next moment we do not know. Were the passengers of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 while saying goodbye to their dear ones ever thought that their meeting is going to be the last meeting? No. Because none of us know the future. Uncertainty is the characteristic of this world. In fact we are so helpless in this world that no one can save us. Even a mother cannot guarantee the life of a child. Krishna in Gita informs us that this world is full of miseries (Bhagavad Gita 8.15). This is why he asks us to return back to the spiritual world which is our original home. If Krishna, the Supreme God, has given us a better option then why not to avail it then to rot in this rotten world. He even assures us that once we reach to his kingdom then we would never return again to this temporary world (Bhagavad Gita 8.15).