Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Chitra Sakhi's Dream

Radha is being bathed in the morning. All the sakhis and manjaris are around her, doing their different sevas. Someone is oiling her hair. Others are massaging different creams into her skin, some are putting perfumes in the water or preparing the clothes and ornaments that she will wear afterward.

Lalita comes to where Radha is sitting on a velvet covered bench and tells her that Chitra has had a very strange dream. "Wait till you hear it, it will really make you laugh!" And she starts to recount it to Radharani.

In the dream Chitra has suddenly found herself in a beautiful garden somewhere by the Yamuna, but she does not know where or how she got there. She is completely alone and is looking for Shyamasundar. But who can she ask? There is no one there.

She starts to go a little mad and starts asking the elements to help her find him. One by one, she asks the air, the ether, water, earth and fire to help, since they are all-pervading and will know where Krishna is. She asks the air, but there is no answer. No one answers.

After going through all the elements, she begins to  feel hopeless and abandoned because she still hasn't seen her Shyamsundar. But then she suddenly sees five effulgent devatas standing by the river ghat.

She asks them who they are and they tell her they are the respective gods of the elements. They say that they have heard her call and come to her for her darshan.

So Chitra says, "Never mind all that, just tell me where is Shyamasundar?"

And they say, "We don't know. We do not have the power to see him."

Chitra: "Well that is a fine help!"

"Ordinarily, we cannot even see you gopis, but since you have called us, we are here. If you give us the dust of your feet, we will smear it on our eyes and then maybe we can find him for you."

"How is that? I can't find him myself and somehow my dust is going to help you find him? Doesn't make sense."

She is confused and backs away, so they come and take the dust anyway and smear it over their eyes. Then they roll in the dust, so that Chitra thinks they are completely crazy. and a few minutes later they come back and say, "He is just now coming." Then they disappear.

And suddenly Shyamasundar appears with a big smile on his face. Chitra says, "Where on earth have you been? What's the deal, leaving me all alone here by my lonesome?"

Krishna answers, "I was at the temple of Tripura Sundari, doing puja."

"What did you go there for?"

It takes some cajoling, but finally Krishna starts to tell her.

“Yesterday, I was watching as you all dressed Radha and I began to think. Radha's body is so soft and delicate that even the weight of the flower garland must bruise it. The sharp corners of her sari must scratch her and irritate her where she is so tender. The jewels are also heavy and unpleasant, what to speak of all the unguents and mascara that must be such an annoyance. One by one, all these concerns began to trouble me.

“I know she does all this for me, just to give me pleasure, but it is not really necessary. In fact, these clothes and makeup and jewelry are only fulfilling their own existence by being placed on her body. She does not really need them to make herself more beautiful for me.

“If I were to tell her to stop putting all this stuff on, I know she will do it just because I ask. But then, if she starts going around naked, people will really think she has gone completely crazy! They will lock her away inside the house and then she will really be in trouble. She will go sick from separation and die very soon.
Tripura Sundari

“I fell into a quandary, wondering what can I do? I could not sleep all night, so this morning I went to Devi's temple and began to pray.

“Tripura Sundari kindly appeared to me and said, ‘What is the trouble Shyam?’

“So I asked her, ‘Bhagavati, what is the softest thing in the world?’

“And Bhagavati said, smiling, ‘Why Shyam, there is nothing softer or more delicate in the entire universe than you and Radha!’”

So Krishna started thinking, “Aha! If I could just enter into all the things that Radha puts on, if I become her mascara, if I become her blouse, her sari, the alta on her feet, then all those things will become soft and more bearable for her, and they will cease to cause her any suffering.”

So Krishna said to Tripura Sundari, "You told me that I was the softest thing, so now you have to give me the power to enter all the hard things so there is no disturbance for Radha."

Why did You Break My Pots

To Prevent Butter From Reaching Kamsa i Destroyed the Pots

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Seven Oceans

  1. Accepting the Lord's invincible semen, passionate and fortunate Viraja at once became pregnant.
  2. After a hundred celestial years of pregnancy, she gave birth to seven handsome sons from the Lord.
  3. In this way the Lord's eternal beloved became the mother of seven sons. She was very happy with her seven sons.
  4. One day, her heart filled with amorous desires, the saintly girl again enjoyed pastimes with Lord Hari in a secluded place in Vrndavana forest.
  5. Then, frightened by his brothers, her youngest son came there and went to his mother's lap.
  6. Seeing her son was afraid, she who was an ocean of kindness left Lord Hari and placed the boy on her lap. Then Krishna went to Radha's home.
  7. When she had comforted the boy she noticed that her beloved was no longer there. Her heart filled with unsatisfied desires, she lamented greatly.
  8. She angrily cursed her son: "You will become an ocean of salt-water. The living entities will never drink your water."
  9. Then she cursed all the boys: "Those fools will go to the earth! Fools, go to beautiful Jambudvipa on the earth!
  10. "They will not stay together in one place, but will stay each in his own place. They will stay happily around different islands.
  11. "They may enjoy pastimes with the rivers on these islands."
    In this way, because of his mother's curse, the youngest boy became an ocean of salt-water.
  12. The youngest then told the other boys about their mother's curse. Unhappy, all the boys went to their mother.
  13. After hearing their mother's words, they offered obeisances to her feet. Then, their necks bowed with devotion, they all went to the surface of the earth.
  14. O sage, they became seven oceans around the seven islands. From the youngest to the eldest, each ocean was twice as large as the preceding one.
  15. They became 
    1. oceans of salt-water, 
    2. sugarcane juice, 
    3. wine, 
    4. clarified butter, 
    5. yoghurt, 
    6. milk and 
    7. sweet water. Their liquid will be used to cultivate grains on the earth.
  16. In this way they became seven oceans around the seven islands of the earth. Unhappy in separation from their mother and brothers, all the boys wept.
  17. Tormented by separation from her sons, chaste Viraja wept again and again. She fainted out of grief she felt for her sons and husband.
  18. Understanding that she was drowning in an ocean of grief, Radha's master, His lotus face smiling, came to her again.
  19. When she saw Lord Hari she stopped weeping and lamenting. Gazing at her beloved, she became plunged in an ocean of bliss.
  20. Overcome with passion, she placed Lord Hari on her lap and enjoyed pastimes with Him. In this way, even though she had abandoned her sons, Lord Hari became pleased with her.
  21. His eyes and face filled with happiness, He gave her a benediction: "Beloved, I will always come to you.
  22. Like Radha you will be dear to Me. By the power of My blessing you will always protect your sons. 

The whole earth is divided into seven islands or dweepas. The name of these islands is

  1. Jambu, 
  2. Plaksha, 
  3. Varuni
  4. Shalmali, 
  5. Kraunch, 
  6. Shaaka and 
  7. Pushkar. 
All these islands are surrounded by such oceans on all sides. The content of each of these oceans is 
  1. Salt. 
  2. Sugarcane juice, 
  3. wine
  4. ghee, 
  5. milk, 
  6. curds and 
  7. honey respectively. 
Jambudweepa is also known as earth. It stretches from south of Himalaya to the north of ocean. The total area is about nine thousand yojans. It is further subdivided into
  1. nine land segments, 
  2. seven mountains, and 
  3. seven sacred rivers near the seven places of pilgrimage and many other rivers. 
  1. the 'Plaksha' island is surrounded by ocean of salt on all sides and spread up in the area of one thousand yojans. 
  2. The area of Shalmali island is twice as that of Plaksha island. It is surrounded by the ocean of honey. 
  3. The are of Kusha island is twice as that of Shalmali island and is surrounded by the ocean of ghee. 
  4. Similarly the Krauncha is surrounded by the ocean of curd and its area is thrice as that of Kusha island. 
  5. The area of Shaka island is twice as that of Kraucha island and is surrounded by the ocean of milk. 
  6. The ocean of sweet water surrounds the Pushkar island. Its total length is five thousand yojans and five lakh yojans respectively. 
The mountain Manas is situated in this island. The residents of these islands never attain old age. Lord Brahma resides in Mahaveet section of this island. The people living in this island get food without making any effort. 

Where are the seven oceans

The earth is balanced on the hood of Sheshnag. Lord Vishnu is the nurturer of this world. There are seven more worlds beneath the earth, which are

  1. Atala(Earth), 
  2. Vitala, 
  3. Sutala, 
  4. Rasatala, 
  5. Tala, 
  6. Talatala and 
  7. Patal. Each of these worlds is ten thousand yojans in length and twenty thousand yojans deep. 
All these worlds are full of invaluable and priceless diamonds. The residents of each of these worlds enjoy all the luxuries and pleasures of life. The demons and the Nagas reside in these worlds. Source

Uma Samhita of Siva Purana