Salutations to Sri Krishna, the Lord of Gopis, the charioteer of Arjuna, the destroyer of sins, the teacher of mankind, Lord of Lakshmi, beloved of Rukmini, Radha and Satyabhama, who is an embodiment of Bliss, who is the Universe itself and who bore the Govardhana hill on the tip of His little finger.
Making continuous endeavours to spread spiritual enlightenment in the world, Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS) is paving the path of bhakti to people. Recently, DJJS under the divine mentorship of Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji (Head & Founder, DJJS) organized 7 days Bhagwat Katha at Shimla, H.P. from 26th May to 01st June 2017. People in large numbers gathered to attend the spiritual event. The devotional songs filled everyone’s hearts with joy and devotion.
The Katha Orator, Sadhvi Vaishnavi Bharti Ji, disciple of Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji beautifully narrated entire katha along with the hidden valuable teachings. She said that “Bhagavata Purana is a practical guide for all. It teaches that God-realization alone can give salvation for man, and shows the ways to attain God-consciousness. It teaches that God-realization is the be-all and end-all of life. It teaches us to realize God everywhere, always and in every situation of life. It is a great treasure for man.”
The orator further stated that “Lord Krishna has played various parts during His stay in this world. He drove the chariot of Arjuna. He was an unparalleled statesman. He was a master musician. The music of His flute thrilled the hearts of the Gopis and of all. Gopis’ love for Krishna was not physical passion. It was supreme love. For them Lord Krishna was the living God. He was the moving image of the Supreme Lord. Their faith was intense. When they thought of Lord Krishna they forgot their worldly activities. They were merged in the love of Krishna. Krishna was a cowherd in Nandgaon and Gokul. He killed many Rakshasas. He showed Visvaroopa to His mother. He taught the supreme truths of Yoga, Bhakti and Vedanta to Arjuna and Uddhava. He had mastery over the sixty-four arts an as such He is regarded as an Avatara with sixteen Kalas or powers.
You can even count the stars and the particles of sand in the seashore but it is not possible to count the marvelous and heroic deeds and glorious actions of Sri Krishna, the Lord of the three worlds. Sri Krishna’s political insight and wise statesmanship were admired by the ablest rulers of his time. His wise counsel was sought by kings and rulers. Every word of Lord Krishna’s teachings and every act of His is full of sublime and grand object-lessons of momentous import to humanity in a variety of ways.
Avatara is a descent of God for the ascent of man. The work done by the Avataras and their teachings produce a benign spiritual influence on human beings and help them in their upward divine unfoldment and Self-realization. The Avatara comes to reveal the divine nature in man and makes him rise above the petty materialistic life of passion and egoism.
The katha orator explained that “every man in this world devotes his energies for obtaining pleasure and avoiding pain. But in his endeavour, he always finds pain and toil while the much longed for pleasure is evanescent or illusory. He struggles hard to possess objects for himself, his wife and children; with the objects, his toils and responsibilities increase while the pleasure is only temporary or evanescent. One cannot get real lasting happiness from wealth. It brings always troubles, afflictions and miseries. There is no happiness in the possession of houses, children, friends and relatives and cattle which are all transient. The real happiness can only be attained by realization of God who resides in heart of every individual being.
Just as fire exists in the wood as latent heat, which through vigorous friction manifests as a spark with the help of the wind, then as small flame and finally as a big blaze through oblation of ghee, similarly God can be attained only through the blessings of a True Spiritual Mentor, A Purna Guru, who has the power and authority to reveal that invisible God within us through the Vedic spiritual technique of Spiritual enlightenment (Brahm Gyan). It is only after this that the path of bhakti begins for a devotee to reach the divine and assimilate in him thus attaining his true self. It is for this reason that our scriptures sing the glory of a “True Spiritual Mentor – A Purna Guru”.
Except by devotion that is acquired through the association of Guru, there is hardly any other way for salvation. With the axe of knowledge sharpened by the one-pointed devotion acquired by the service and worship of the Guru, do thou calmly and steadily cut asunder this tree of Samsara and on attaining Paramatman do thou lay down thy weapon i.e., stop your endeavour to attain Self-realization.
Just as gold blown in the fire loses its impurities and regains its own real form, so also the mind shakes off its impurities and its tendencies of Karma and desire for work by means of the divine art of meditation, regains its own true form and attains the Lord of Universe.