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The Essence of all Wisdom (Cont.)
Part - 1

Moreover the words mean, “Surrender to Me alone,” but Shankaracharya interprets one word as Brahm - “Seek shelter in Brahm.”  And since the soul is Brahm this would mean, “Seek shelter in yourself.” What a wonderful interpretation! I could tell you of many more explanations of his different verses like this, but I do not wish to waste your time. If I had met Shankaracharya I would have taken him to task. But you need to understand clearly that this verse of the Gita: mamekam sharamvraja is the most important. It is an unfailing remedy for souls.  

You see, there is no one in the world who can follow the path of karma or the path of jnana or the path of devotion properly. I strongly feel that out of six billion people, there may not even be six who are genuine karmis, genuine jnanis or genuine bhaktas. These are very, very rare to find. For the general aspirant, the most direct path is the most beneficial. It is risky to walk on a crooked and thorny path that meanders through rivers and canals. The foolhardy may follow such a path just to prove how bold they are, but why should we not follow the safest and surest path? And that path is the path of self-surrender. Surrender gives one the biggest claim on God. God and the Saints give more importance to the surrendered soul than they do to even their own father, mother, brother and son. I will tell you a historical incident to illustrate this point.

Once there was a realised Sage by the name of Gaalav. One day he was making offerings to the Sun. A gandharva (celestial being) by the name of Chitrasen was travelling in the sky at the same time, and inadvertently spat into the water that Gaalav Muni was offering, while reciting a Vedic verse. Gaalav was beside himself with rage. He immediately went to Shri Krishna and said, “Maharaj! The gods that you appoint are very insolent. Look how Chitrasen has misbehaved.” Seeing Gaalav’s anger, Shri Krishna pacified him by saying, “Chitrasen has indeed committed a grave mistake. I vow to kill him within twenty-four hours.” Such a harsh punishment for an offence that was committed accidentally! Yes, for the sake of Gaalav Muni, who is very special!  


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
© Radha Govind Samiti
Part - 2

In the meantime, Narada Muni heard what had transpired and felt compassion towards Chitrasen, who was going to be killed without any good reason. Narada Ji thought to himself, “I cannot sort things out with either Gaalav or with Shri Krishna. Gaalav is insisting that Chitrasen should be punished, and Shri Krishna has taken a vow to kill him within twenty-four hours.” Anyway, Narada Ji went to Chitrasen who pleaded, “Lord, please save me.” Narada Ji said, “I give you my word, I will protect you.” What can Narada Ji do now that Shri Krishna has taken a vow to kill Chitrasen? He cannot ask Shri Krishna to take back His vow. What to do?  Should he approach Gaalav?  No, if he does that Gaalav may destroy him too. 

So Narada Ji approached Subhadra, Shri Krishna’s sister and Arjuna’s wife. He said to her, “Tomorrow is a very auspicious day. Go for a bath in the Yamuna early in the morning, and if you hear some pleading voice asking for a boon, do grant him what he wishes. By doing so, you will gain unlimited merit.” Subhadra said, “Narada Ji, I will do as you instruct me.” In the meantime, Narada Ji said to Chitrasen, “Tomorrow morning, go to the riverbank. There, start crying bitterly, begging for help. If a woman approaches you and asks what trouble you are in, first extract a promise from her to help you, and only then tell her your story. After she promises to help you, tell her that Shri Krishna has taken a vow to kill you. That is all you have to do.”  

The following morning Subhadra went to the Yamuna to bathe. There she was approached by Chitrasen who extracted a promise for help from her. Chitrasen said, “Your brother has vowed to kill me.” Subhadra promised him, “Regardless of what vow my brother has taken, I will give you my protection.” At home, Subhadra said to Arjuna, “As my husband, you must honour the word I have given.”  Arjuna said, “Very well.  It does not matter right now that Shri Krishna is my friend, or even that He is God and I, His servant.” Now there was a Mahabharata battle right at home. Who could sort things out when such great personalities were involved?

Shri Krishna took up His sudarshan chakra ready to sever Chitrasen’s head. He warned Arjuna, “Go and sit at home; your gandiv bow is useless in front of my chakra.” Arjuna said, “I know that, but perhaps You do not know that I have another weapon that I did not use during the Mahabharata, and that weapon is the pashupatastra. Shankara Ji had given me this weapon which can bring about the annihilation of the entire universe. Be warned; I am about to release this mighty weapon.” Both the weapons, chakra and pashupatastra are unfailing and if both were released simultaneously, the entire universe would be wiped out, with the exception of Arjuna and Shri Krishna.


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
© Radha Govind Samiti

Part - 3

Shri Krishna and Arjuna started reciting their respective mantras for invoking their weapons. As the weapons were released, the entire world fell into a state of chaos. Lord Shankara renounced his samadhi and came immediately from Shivlok. Standing between the two weapons, He asked, “What are you two doing?” Shri Krishna’s weapon, the sudarshan chakra said, “I am going to cut off Arjuna’s head.” Shankara Ji’s weapon, the pashupatastra said, “I am going to sever the head of Shri Krishna.”  

Shankara Ji pleaded with both the weapons, “Do not carry out your plan. Everyone knows that neither Arjuna nor Shri Krishna will die. But the entire world will be destroyed. It is not time for the final dissolution of the world.” With these words Shankara Ji pacified both weapons. But now Gaalav’s purpose was frustrated. He was furious and thought, “Shri Krishna, Subhadra and Arjuna are brother, sister and brother-in-law. They have joined forces. And Chitrasen has not been punished for his offence. Fine!  I will reduce all four to ashes.” He took up some water in his hand and started reciting a mantra. Just then, Subhadra came and stood in front of Gaalav. She also took some water in her hand and said, “I will render the power of your mantra useless with this water.” The mighty power possessed by Subhadra was the power of self-surrender. And with this power she rendered the power of Gaalav Muni’s asceticism absolutely ineffective. Consequently, the water did not leave Gaalav’s hand. He kept trying to offer it, but it would not fall.  

Here I am merely pointing out that self-surrender is so great that nothing and no one is greater than it. Not mother, not father, not brother; no one. This is why God has called the instruction to surrender to Him as the most confidential knowledge. However, even after countless lives we have not yet surrendered to God. This is the reason we do not have faith in God or Guru. These are the two personalities to whom we must surrender. “Worship Guru in the same way as you worship God.” (Shvetashvatara Upanishad) Considering both to be equal, we must keep the same sentiments towards God and Guru. But we have not managed to do this yet. The reason being that we are not yet surrendered. We do not have faith. To have faith in a personality means to always think favourably of him. That is all. Only favourable thoughts.  


An English translation of a discourse delivered in Hindi by:
Jagadguru Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj
© Radha Govind Samiti


to be continued next week...
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