Canto 11: Ch20 Part7 – Srimad Bhagavatam

This satsang covers the discourse of Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 11 chapter 20 titled – Pure Devotional Service Surpasses Knowledge and Detachment by Spiritual Master KrsnaKnows.

 

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Happy ShreeKrsna Janmashtami 2017

ShreeKrsna Janmashtami

Monday, August 14th, 2017, is a day Shree will always remember in this life. Today marks the day of Krsna Janmashtami, and on the same day on August 14th, 2009, Rajashree became Shree, ‘Twice Born,’ the day I met my KrsnaGuru on Krsna Janmashtami. Eight years later my eighth birthday is on the same day of Krsna’s Janmashtami (Birthday).

This 8th birthday of mine is way too remarkable as Shree has crossed certain milestones in the world of Spirituality, Of which one of the most beautiful ones is that Shree completed her study of the scripture – The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Shree began this Scripture September, of 2009 and finished it August of 2017.

Shree was overwhelmed when she had to complete reading this scripture as she couldn’t part ways with Sri Ramakrishnaji who have been with her on her whirlwind journey always guiding and teaching some of the precious and priceless lessons of Love and Devotion to the Guru and God by teleporting her back-in time to Dakishneshwar or Kolkata through the divine vision. His last words to me were, ‘keep going ahead and find the treasure that awaits deep inside the forest and never stop.’ Shree is incredibly humbled with sincere, heartfelt gratitude which she can only feel within her heart.

Now to the birth of the unborn, on this wonderful day, Shree wishes you a very ‘HAPPY SHREEKRSNA JANMASHTAMI.’ With humble reverence, Shree thank Thee for gracing this land with Thy Lotus Feet, making it Pure and Divine once again. Thank you for bestowing Thy Grace upon Shree to be born with Thee Eternally for this Spectacular Performance in ‘Krsna Leelas.’ This journey is the equivalent of a full 70 mm Dolby Digital story. Romance, love, happiness, bitterness, villainy, anger, songs and a million shades of adult gray material too! This sport or play is what is called ‘Krsna Leela’ (The Lord’s Play) in which he so beautifully sports and enjoys every aspect of his sport as he is the Story Writer, Creator, Director, Cinematography and Actor/Actress in his Movie/Creation.

‘Krsna,’ whose nature is secretive and unknown, is not only ‘Sat-Chit-Anand’ (Truth Knowledge Bliss) but one who can never be fathomed, whose ways are inscrutable and indescribable. One who is the paragon of masculine beauty in whose charm this entire Universe is mesmerized. Krsna’s enchanting human ways bewilder even the great Sages and Saints. He loves to manifest in the human form to sport in his creation experiencing his OwnSelf. His ultimate goal is to expound about ‘Krsna’s Way of Life,’ the most esoteric knowledge of all Knowledge.

The Love incarnate manifests age after age in various garbs and lives incognito, creating delusions in the minds of the mortal beings making them believe that Krsna is an ordinary human being. One who play acts in his own ‘leelas’ to set an example for this world to follow. His sole purpose is to redeem the mortal beings from this birth-death cycle. One who is unattached in the world of duality, like the Lotus leaf in the water.

He is an actor par-excellence in every role that he plays, be it a teacher, father, mother, husband, friend, lover, brother, servant or King. You name it, and he becomes that for you! He is the ‘Uttama Purusha’ or ‘The Perfect Person’ amidst all imperfect situations unaffected and unperturbed. His sole purpose is to establish Dharma and Righteousness. He performs every duty of that human form to absolute perfection and sets an example for this world to follow in his footsteps.

Krsna is the Athangha Sagar (limitless Ocean), whose depth and breadth can never be measured, who can only give selflessly and yet is full of Himself. He is a perfect Celibate, even when surrounded by his ultimate dancing beauties or damsels, retaining his Spiritual Nobility. The Infallible Lord whose nature is something Shree would love to covet from Thee and live a life of Thy alone. Let Shree serve you selflessly and love you unconditionally and let her mind be attached to Thy Lotus Feet alone without which she hasn’t reached anywhere in this Spiritual World.

Shree offers her humble and heartfelt obeisance unto Thy Lotus Feet. Without the diamond cutter, the diamond is mere a stone. The lustre in the diamond is the reflection of who You Truly Are. Without Thee, Shree’s existence has no meaning. Shree is eternally indebted and ever grateful to Thee. Shree seeks Thy grace to attain Unreserved, Uninterrupted, and Favourable Devotional and Loving Service with absolute Faith and Complete Surrender Unto Thy Lotus Feet. Let Shree’s Tishnaghi grow beyond the sky, and Shree is always Adiyean to Thy Lotus Feet. Om Namo Bhagavade Vasudevaya.

Pandharpur Wari or Vari

Pandharpur Wari or Vari

Monsoon is one of my favorite seasons of the year. Just like the first showers of the rain awaken the spirit of the heart, or like the trees turn green, or how the face glows brightly on seeing one’s beloved. Similarly, this month is when all the Spiritual beings celebrate the most significant day known as ‘Guru Purnima’ is a festival devoted for the disciples/devotees to celebrate their Spiritual Master and pay respects and express gratitude to the Guru.

This year before the celebration of Guru Purnima, we decided to go on a pilgrimage to Gnangapur to pay our respects to the Param Guru (Supreme Master) – Dattatreya who had incarnated in the Avatar of Sri Narasimha Saraswati. Along the way, we visited few other places of spiritual significance, and one such was Pandharpur. I will now narrate a beautiful soul-stirring experience of the fulfillment of one of my Master’s disciple’s deepest desire of witnessing the Pandharpur Wari or Vari.

Let me first explain what Pandharpur Vari is? It is an annual pilgrimage made to Pandharpur in honor of the presiding deity Lord Vithoba. The Palakhis (palanquin) processions carry the Padukas (Footprints) of the great saints – most notably Jnaneshwar (incarnation of Lord Krsna) and Tukaram (incarnation of Saint Narada) from the Varkari, one who performs the Vari (sect) which venerates Lord Vithoba, are taken from their respective shrines to Pandharpur.

Pandharpur Wari or Vari

This tradition is carried forward by the Varkaris whose patron deity is Lord Vithoba. Jnaneshwar – 13th century and Tukaram – 17th century started this pilgrimage. They used to journey on barefoot to Pandharpur for 15 days, reaching Vithoba’s temple on the Ashadhi Ekadashi (11th day of the lunar month). This tradition is more than 700 to 800 years according to Wikipedia, and the ardent devotees of Lord Vithoba follow it even today.

Jnaneshwar’s palakhi leaves from Alandi, while Tukaram’s begins from Dehu; in Pune district of Maharashtra. These palakhis are accompanied by thousands of Varkaris who march barefoot from various locations in Maharastra to Vithoba Temple, a journey of 21 days and the Vari culminates at the Vithoba Temple on the Ashadi Ekadashi at Pandharpur.

We left for Pandharpur on July 4th on the auspicious day of Ashadha Ekadashi, totally unaware of the Vari. As we were approaching the temple, we hit a slow moving traffic and saw thousands of people swarming like bees irrespective of age, caste, creed, class, or community, walking barefoot singing the glories & praises of the Lord Vithoba and commemorating the great saints and their Mauli (Vithoba is called Mauli meaning Mother).

The devotees believe that Lord Vithoba is their Mother and very lovingly address Vithoba as ‘Mauli.’ Along with our Master, we walked to the temple barefoot with millions of devotees experiencing their unfathomable and unconditional Love and devotion for their Mauli. The fervor with which they sang the bhajans and were standing in the queue for more than 8 to 10 hours without food and water, just to get that one glimpse of their ‘Mauli’ is something which I cannot ever pen to words. The bhakti (devotion) which I am trying to express through words doesn’t do justice to what we have experienced. Tears of love flow profusely trying to describe that priceless moment which we witnessed, the Love for Mauli.

Pandharpur Wari or Vari

We were left speechless walking with our Master whose Lotus Feet gracing this holy land bestowing blessings to his millions of devotees for their single pointed devotion and selflessly serving the Varkaris throughout their journey of this pilgrimage. People were providing food, water, shelter, medical assistance, and especially making sure there are no stampede, accidents, thefts, and any disturbances or obstacles on their path. We were extremely impressed, how the traffic was controlled by the police officials while ensuring full protection and safety to the Varkaris.

Pandharpur Wari or Vari

I personally, for the first time experienced a strict traffic discipline on the road, while the same isn’t the case with the educated citizens or the high-class people living in the metros, who in fact behave and act in an uncivilized manner. My head automatically bowed in reverence for these millions of devotees who live and follow Krsna’s Way of Life. I took with me some of the most precious and priceless lessons from these beautiful beings and thanked my KrsnaGuru – Lord of the Universe with all humility, humbleness, and deep reverence.

Pandharpur Wari or Vari

The women devotees dressed up gorgeously adorning jewelry, bangles, anklets, and flowers as though they were going to get married or meet their beloved. The pilgrims throughout their journey played various musical instruments and performed a folk dance called ‘Fugdi’ with full gusto and enthusiasm and carrying saffron color flags in their hands and Tulsi plants on their heads presented a perfect picture of their unreserved, uninterrupted and favorable devotional and loving service for their Lord Vithobha.

Even though everyone couldn’t go into the temple shrine due to the unimaginably long queues, we were blessed to get one person to enter the temple through the VVIP entrance. In this way, my Master fulfilled his disciple’s desire of experiencing the Vari and blessed him to meet the Lord Vithoba along with his millions of devotees.

It took us six long hours to get out of the traffic, and this time was the most memorable one where we witnessed and enjoyed the nectarine bliss of the devotion for the divine Lord, which was graced even by the Gods/Saints/Sages of this Universe. Shree is incredibly grateful and offers sincere and heartfelt obeisance to our Mauli – KrnaGuru, for giving us this profound experience and taking us deeper into the Spiritual realm.

With the Grace of my Master-KrsnaGuru, I have been able to pen this most wonderful experience in a string of words. Thank you for reading and do watch out for my next write-up soon.

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