Sadhvi Rupeshwari Bharti Ji, with the grace of His Holiness Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, Founder and Head of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS), elucidated the truth that it is possible to hold on to dharma even under adverse circumstances. She was addressing a big gathering at Shahkot, Punjab. Sadhvi Ji did so through the narration of Shri Krishna Katha. The audience heard her in rapt attention. The Katha was organized by DJJS from 1st to 5th November, 2017.

Holding Dharma in Distress: Shri Krishna Katha at Shahkot, Punjab

Today, said Sadhvi Ji, Shri Krishna is often criticized for employing dubious means to destroy evil people of his time directly and indirectly. Debaters cite the incident of Shri Krishna convincing Yudhishthir during the battle of Kurukshetra to lie to his teacher Dronacharya about the death of the latter’s son Ashwathama so as to bring about the annihilation of Dronacharya. Sadhvi Ji said that though Shri Krishna was capable of wiping out evil on his own, he was bound by the law of the temporal world. The law prescribes that all living beings must do actions out of their own choices. In this case too, Shri Krishna did not force Yudhishthir. He suggested that sometimes for winning over evil, one should act prudently in case physical prowess fails to achieve victory.

Holding Dharma in Distress: Shri Krishna Katha at Shahkot, Punjab

Sadhvi Ji pointed out that this incident is indicative of the fact that not all teachers (such as Dronacharya) are to be blindly followed. Dronacharya had misused the tradition of guru dakshina (payment to be given to the teacher upon completion of education) when he asked Ekalavya who did not belong to the warrior class to give his right hand’s thumb as guru dakshina so that he would never be able to become a great archer. Sadhvi Ji said that a true teacher does not limit the impartation of his knowledge to a select few. A true teacher, asserted Sadhvi Ji, is the one who is spiritually enlightened and he/she will not succumb to worldly vices, such as, thirst for name and fame; a thirst that makes people perform harmful actions. Hence, a spiritually enlightened teacher is the only one to be followed. In Kurukshetra war Shri Krishna being the enlightened soul performed the task of imparting prudence/wisdom in the moments of frailty to the Pandavs alone for it was they who chose Shri Krishna as their war counsel. Shri Krishna attained enlightenment through the grace of his Spiritual Master Sandeepani Muni. Sadhvi Ji explained that enlightenment can only be achieved with the grace of a Guru. A True Enlightened Guru is the one who can awaken the eternal name/rhythm/sound within the seeker wherever and whenever he/she ardently wishes to attain the eternal knowledge. But a seeker has to seek the Guru first. Sadhvi Ji concluded the Katha by extending invitation to the audience to begin their spiritual journey by seeking a Guru. However, if the search turns fruitless then they are most welcome to attain the Eternal Knowledge (Brahm Gyan) from His Holiness Ashutosh Maharaj Ji.

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