Sakshi Gopal 3

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Radhekrishna!! Worldly people can never understand Bhagavan’s sankalpa. True bhakthas understand Bhagavan’s intentions in the right way. A rich brahmin was living near Kalyana Brahmachari’s house. His family consisted of his wife, one son and daughter. He had riches, a big house and other luxuries. His wife and son lived life for the comfort of their bodies only. The rich man’s daughter was very much devoted to Krishna. The old brahmin wanted to go for a pilgrimage. Visiting holy places where there are Bhagavan’s temples and taking bath in holy rivers destroy our accumulated sins. In Bhatarha desam plenty of such holy places are there. The old man asked his wife and son to accompany him. But they refused as they had no interest in that. He hesitated to take his daughter with him as her safety and comforts cannot be guaranteed. But his desire for the pilgrimage became severe. He firmly believed that God will show some way for him. We should have firm belief that Bhagavan will fulfill our desire some day. Patience is necessary for bhakthi. When a seed is planted it takes time to grow into a sapling, plant, tree, then flower and fruit. Do not we wait patiently till then? God also will shower His grace upon us. Don’t imagine that things should happen the way you want. Let Bhagavan take the charge. Gajendra, when caught by the crocodile cried out ‘Bhagavan save me!.’ He never gave instructions to Bhagavan as to how to save him. Did not Bhagavancome to his rescue? Draupathi in the Kaurava court while being humiliated rose both her hands up and cried out ‘Govinda! Pundarikaksha! Raksha mam saranagatham!’. She did not ask Him to kill Dussasana and save her. Actually Bhagavan could have carried her away from the court and saved her or even could have appeared on the spot and killed all the sinners. Draupathi did not ask any of these. She only wanted Him to save her. Bhagavan provided her with unending clothes. Nobody else dared to do so with her again. So we should also do our duties and keep praying leaving our responsibilities to Bhagavan. The old brahmin also with full faith in Bhagavan kept waiting. Radhekrishna !


One day the old brahmin saw his neighbour, Kalyana Brahmachari standing outside his house. Then it struck him to seek the youth’s help for the pilgrimage. He prayed to Bhagavan and then asked the youth whether he could do him a favour. It is only proper to pray before talking with anybody. Antharyami will guide us and we will definitely win. We should always keep Him by our side. Kalyana Brahmachari with folded hands replied he would do whatever he could to help the old brahmin. He had clear idea of his strength and weakness. The old brahmin then told him his desire of a pilgrimage and that he wanted the brahmachari to accompany him. Hearing these words Kalyana Brahchari was moved with emotions and started shedding tears. In his heart he thought: ‘Oh Krishna! now I understand why you made me wait this long for my Brindavan yathra. You are aware of the reasons behind every action.’ He had the desire but did not have the money , while the brahmin had the money but needed a help to take him. Bhagavan co ordinated these two in His beautaiful way. This is the secret of life. If we understand this there will never be sorrow for us. The old brahmin’s family also agreed to this and a date was fixed for their travel. Both of them prayed Bhagavan before starting for the pilgrimage. Radhekrishna ! They visited many pilgrimage centres and holy rivers. They enjoyed good darsan and prasadams. Both of them had many things regarding Bhagavan and bhakthi to share with each other. Both of them chanted the divine nama together. At last they reached the holy place of Sri Brindavan.It was their life’s dream. This is where Lord Krishna enacts his various divine leelas. Irrespective of caste, creed, age or status everybody in this place keep chanting the nama Radhe Radhe. The whole place is flooded with prema bhakthi. This is the holiest place in the whole world. Andal in her Nachiyar thiurmozhi has sung 10 pasurams in praise of Brindavan. There are many great men who have experienced Krishna’s presence in Brindavan. One should have the desire to experience Krishna leelas. Along with effort, guru kripa and namajapam they can definitely achieve their aim. Periyazhvar also in his Divya prabandham describes Krishna’s ‘venugana leela’. The cows of Brindavan are in ecstacy when they hear His flute. Being an animal the cow is very fortunate to have some connection with Krishna. He tended to its needs of food and also happiness. He enjoyed grazing the cows. Isnt he the best shepherd? It is said that even now daily Bhagavan plays there with his friends and cows in Brindavan.

It was here that Dhruva and Ambarisha realised Sri Hari by doing penance. It was here that Indra’s ego was subdued by Krishna, and he did Govinda pattabhishekam to Bhagavan.It was here that maha papis like Aghasura, Bakasura, Vathsasura, Dhenukasura got moksha. It was here that the brahmana pathnis got their long cherished desire of Krishna darsanam. It was here that the gopis enjoyed the great rasakreeda with Krishna. Here we can find plenty of peacocks, parrots, monkeys, and Koels. Even a minute spent there is worthy. They did not have much time to spend there. But the old brahmin suddenly fell ill there and they had to prolong their stay. The brahmachari took this as Krishna sankallpa and took care of the brahmin very well. The old man was immensely pleased with the service he did and wanted to compensate him in some way. As he knew kanya dana (giving a girl as gift) is the greatest of all danas he decided to give his daughter in marriage to this young man who had great Krishna bhakthi. For him that was a good enough qualaity. But brahmachari was more practical and was aware of the ways of the world. He declined the offer saying that the brahmin was rich and he was a poor orphan. He also told the brahmin that old man’s family would never accept this proposal. He advised him to drop the idea then itself, for if the brahmin made a promise here he would be later forced to forgo that and that would turn out to be a sin. But the brahmin in his mood of happiness would not listen to any of his words and made a promise in front of a deity in a temple that if at all he forgets the promise Gopala would come and stand as a witness for the brahmachari. Brahmachari took everything as Bhagavan’s wish only and accepted it. They spent some more days in Brindavan and then returned to Vidyanagaram. Radhekrishna !

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