Sunday, September 22, 2019

Desire is responsible for shrouding our power of discrimination - a meaningful allegorical story

Lord Shree Krishna is extending his loving hand but we neglect Him in the process of sipping honey.......

We are not able to think of God and hold onto Him who is the best support during our times of trouble. This is how we are leading our life in samsara, lost in the pleasures of the world!!! Read this allegorical story which teaches us this eye opener lesson.

A man used to take his evening walk by the side of a forest. 

One evening, he decided to walk in the forest instead. When he had walked a couple of miles, the sun began setting and the light started fading. He turned around to walk out of the forest, but to his dismay he found that animals had gathered on the other side. These ferocious animals started chasing him and to escape from them, he ran deeper into the forest. While running, he found a witch standing in front of him with open arms to embrace him. To escape her, he turned direction and ran perpendicular to the animals and the witch. 

By then, it had become dark. Unable to see much, he ran over a ditch that was covered by vine hanging from a tree. He fell headlong, but his feet became entangled in the vine. As a result, he began hanging upside down above the ditch. 

After a few moments he came to his senses and saw a snake sitting at the bottom of the ditch, waiting to bite him if he fell down. In the meantime, two mice appeared—one white and one black—and started nibbling at the branch from which the vine was hanging. To confound his problems, some wasps gathered and began stinging him on his face. In this precarious situation, it was found that the man was smiling. 

Philosophers gathered to ponder how he could smile in such a dire strait. They looked upwards and found a beehive, from which honey was dripping onto his tongue. He was licking the honey and thinking how pleasurable it was; he had forgotten the animals, the witch, the snake, the mice, and the wasps.

The person in the story may seem insane to us. However, this tale depicts the condition of all humans under the influence of desire. 

The forest in which the man was walking represents the material world in which we live, where there is danger at every step. The animals that chased him represent diseases that begin to appear in life, and continue harassing us until death. The witch represented old age that is waiting to embrace us with the passage of time. The snake at the bottom of the pit is like the inevitable death that awaits us all. The white and black mice that were nibbling on the branch represent day and night, which are steadily reducing our life and bringing us closer to death. The wasps that were stinging the face are like the innumerable desires that arise in the mind and agitate it, causing us pain and distress. Honey represents the sensual enjoyment we experience in the world, which clouds the discrimination of our intellect. 

Hence, forgetting our precarious position, we remain absorbed in enjoying the temporary delights of the senses. Shree Krishna states that it is this type of lustful desire that is responsible for shrouding our power of discrimination.

-An excerpt from Bhagavad Gita (3.38)
The Song of God
Commentary by Swami Mukundananda

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Grab the chance to stroll with the Almighty Lord!

Bal Mukund kids can celebrate Rath Yatra at home:

Ratha Yatra is a great day for the devotees of Shree Krishna as the Lord himself comes out of the temple to give darshan to His devotees.

It may be difficult for many to reach the place and have the Divine Darshan. Don’t get disheartened! You can celebrate the Rath Yatra at your home.

Invite all your friends to join in the service of Lord Jagannathaji.

Make a small chariot of cardboard or wood with the help of your parents or elders. Decorate the chariot with fresh and colorful flowers. Put a small Dhwaja on it. You can also decorate the chariot with colorful lights. Spread a velvet cloth (red carpet) on it and make an asan for the Lord to sit. Sprinkle some perfume with a divine fragrance of chandan and rose. Spread rose petals near the asan of Lord to welcome Him. Tie long ropes or sticks to the chariot to pull it.

Now decorate the deities with new clothes, crown, beautiful necklaces, and garland of roses and other flowers. Put the deities of Lord Jagannathaji, Balaramaji, and Subhadraji in it with great reverence. Offer Them prasadam as bhog. You can offer fresh fruits, laddus (small sweet balls), or even chocolates. Try your best to offer home-made varieties to the Lord.

You can also sing Naam Sankirtan of Shree Krishna and Radhaji. Blow the counch. Ring the bells. Beat the drums. Use as many musical instruments to please the Lord. Pull the Chariot. Be gentle, avoid jerks. Distribute the prasadam of the Lord. Try to distribute it as much as possible.

Don’t forget to remember the Lord during the whole Rath Yatra. “Oh Lord! Grant me Your service... may my heart be engaged in Your service forever! Kindly bless me!”

Grab the chance to stroll with the Almighty Lord and His Siblings!