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Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Srimad Bhagavatham - Skanda 1 - Chapter 8 (contd.) - (
(Source: Sri Sri Sri Velukudi Swmay's writings in recent Tamil Weekly Thuglak)
'A Rousing Welcome for  Krishna  in  Dwaraka' !   -   (Also)
Chapter 9  - ' The Birth Of Parikshith '

We saw the end of Kurushetra war and the beginning of 'Dharma Rajya' in Hastinapura when Krishna takes leave from there for his abode at Dwaraka. As Krishna enters Dwarakapuri, people sang in chorus in praise of Krishna:-

Bhavaaya Nastvam Bhava Viswa Paavana
Tvameve Maata  Athasuhrut Pati: Pitaa\
Tvam Satguru: Na Parmancha Daivatam
Yasyanu Vrutyaa Kritinopa Bhuvima \\

"He Kanna! Thou art our Father; Thou art our dear Mother; Thou art our illustrious Guru; You are our sole deity. It's  Impossible for us to live without you; Where were you all these days, not revealing your graceful eyes, beautiful eyebrows, impressive neck, broad chest and feet where all surrender in implicit faith?

Krishna was moved by the devotion of the people of Dwaraka and embraced all of them affectionately without any discrimination and inquired about their welfare. Krishna's action exhibited that all are equal before God and He shows no difference between the Jivatmas. When people gather at DWARAKA for worship, there are no separate queue for the rich or the poor. Krishna protects all as 'Govardana Giridhari'. But there is one difference - the women folk take the place in the front row and men behind them only. Kanna's preference is always first for women only because ' It is they  as the Gopikas, lived only for the sake of dear Gopala ! '

Sukacharya brings out beautifully in Bhagavatha Purana :- " The dark clouds in the sky spread all over is a treat to the eyes - The Moon or the sun at times stand as decoration to the sky - The rainbow adds to the beauty once in a way - The stars twinkle brilliantly in the night emitting cool rays  from the sky.  Lightning  when it strikes adds picturesque glitters to the  dark sky -  Krishna gave a similar appearance -' How apt it is that He himself shone in 'Neelamegha shyamala varna'. The White Umbrella which the devotees held over his head looked like the Sun. The fans used by them was akin to the cool and pleasant moon. The Tulsi garland around his neck along with other colorful flowers gave the semblance of a rainbow, The bunch of flowers which the Devas and Rishis showered sparkled like the twinkling stars. The silk garment around his shoulders appeared as lightning, spreading a glow on his face. Naked eyes of humans could not see all those - Deep meditation is the basic requirement to visualize these!

Kannan entered his Kingdom and embraced warmly the mothers and wives and showed his affection. People beheld Krishna as one of them which illustrates their love for him. A doubt may arise that when a brilliant precious Stone falls into mud, it might lose its luster - likewise when Krishna takes avatar like a man, will not the blemishes in the Earth affect him. Certainly not as His Avatar as a Human is not on account of Karma but it is his 'Sankalpa' or "Wish' on the premise of 'Sambhavami Yuge Yuge'. It becomes abundantly clear that Sri Krishna lived with the people in Dwaraka as one of them without losing his uniqueness and at the same time found happiness within him as well as in his fellow-beings

Chapter 9 - The Birth of Parikshith:-

Sounaka and other Rishis wished to know from Suta Pouranika the details about the Birth of Parikshith, his childhood and how he gained knowledge from the teachings of Sukacharya.and finally met his death by a snake bite.

Suta began the narration:- " Dharmaputra was ruling the country, praised by scholars as a golden era,  bringing prosperity and abundance to all. Uttara was in advanced  stage of pregnancy when the astra aimed by Aswathama  entered the womb to destroy the embryo. Krishna recognizing the grave and impending disaster shrunk his size equal to that of a thumb and entered the womb where Parikshith, the child was in a state of danger. Lord Krishna enveloped Parikshith with his graceful body and was circling inside and used his Sudharshana Chakra to counteract  the astra aimed by Aswathama. As the time of birth neared, the child was born lifeless as a tiny piece of  black wood. Krishna gave life to the child by stroking his foot over the child. The astrologers were in utter dismay after seeing the child becoming alive. Since the child was born out of the sheer Grace of Krishna and his life was saved by none other than Lord Vishnu, it earned the name as 'Visnuradhan'. People started wondering at the glow of the child and expressed loudly that it was Pandu reborn again as the child.

Parikshith as a Name was most appropriate to the child according to the Devas and Rishis:-

(1) Parith: + Ekshanam = Parikshith -Sanskrit meaning - paritha: means going around and round; Ekshanam means Protection - Bhagavan protected the child in the womb by going round and round.
(2) When the child was born, it went round and round to examine (Parikshith means to examine)  who had protected it to come alive.
The birth of Parikshith was considered significant from these angles.

Parikshith Maharaja ruled Hastinapura in an orderly manner. There was respect for every one under his rule. He performed many 'yajnas'. He was able to control even the 'Kalipurusha'.

It was unfortunate that Parikshith incurred the displeasure of a Rishi Kumara by name Sringi who cursed Parikshith that he would meet with his death within seven days by the bite of a deadly snake. But before it happened, Sukacharya whom Parikshith had not known or seen would preach Srimad Bhagavatha Purana to him within those seven (last) days of his life. This would benefit the whole world and its people - these predictions were made at the time of his birth by great Astrologers which proved to be true later and was witnessed as a reality !

Parikshith's hearing the Bhagavatha Purana in seven days happened and  we received  the sacred 'Srimad Bhagavatham'  as a special and never the less as an extraordinary gift.



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