This audio tells you about - 1. Relationship between Bhagavan's name and his physical form 2. What is behind Ganga's power to purify 3. The power of the stories of his leelas.
What does Lila mean in Hinduism?
Anything done by a divinity playfully, joyfully, and without effort is called a Lila. Lord Rama destroyed Ravana and his Rakshasa-army effortlessly. Lord Krishna destroyed millions of Asuras in Naimisharanaya in a second. These are examples of Lilas.
Where can you find the stories of leelas of Sri Krishna?
Two main sources of Sri Krishna stories are 1. Tenth skandha of Srimad Bhagavatam 2. Garga Samhita.
Why is it important to listen to Sri Krishna leelas?
You can understand his greatness only after listening to his leelas. The stories of his leelas have got great power to spiritually uplift you.
What is the relationship between nama and rupa?
Name and physical form-nama and rupa-are two sides of the same coin. If you hear the name of a person or an object, the image of the physical form comes to mind. If you see the physical form, the name comes to mind.
How Ganga got the power to purify?
During Vamanavatara when the Lord was measuring the sky with his foot, his thumb pierced the top of the universe. Through that hole descended Ganga touching his thumb. That gave Ganga the power to purify all.
Suta, the narrator of Puranas had all the knowledge in him received from Sage Vyasa. Lomaharshana, father of the present Suta (Ugrashrava) was a direct disciple of Sage Vyasa. Lomharshana got killed by Lord Balarama while he was in Naimisharanya due to a misunderstanding. But Balarama transferred all the knowledge and qualities of Lomaharshana onto the body of his son Ugrashrava, once rishis made him realize his mistake. Ugrshrava continued in the place of his father. This we have seen. After havi....
Suta, the narrator of Puranas had all the knowledge in him received from Sage Vyasa.
Lomaharshana, father of the present Suta (Ugrashrava) was a direct disciple of Sage Vyasa.
Lomharshana got killed by Lord Balarama while he was in Naimisharanya due to a misunderstanding.
But Balarama transferred all the knowledge and qualities of Lomaharshana onto the body of his son Ugrashrava, once rishis made him realize his mistake.
Ugrshrava continued in the place of his father.
This we have seen.
After having heard all the Puranas, Rishis led by Sage Shaunaka are asking for their essence because during Kaliyuga which is coming up, nobody will have the interest or patience to listen to and understand everything.
Sage Shaunaka, having asked for the essence, goes on pre-empting any objection
Suta may have for telling the essence.
Suta may say: I don’t know any such essence.
For this, Sage Shaunaka said: you are the most favorite disciple of Sage Vyasa; he must have shared this secret with you.
Shaunaka Maharshi now tells Suta: you may say that, first you tell me what you have understood so far in the form of essence, then I will tell you, I will correct you if you are wrong.
Otherwise, let it be as it is.
If that is the case, then I have understood that Lord Krishna is the essence of everything.
He is Parabrahma; he is Paramatma.
Then you may ask; the Lord’s name or his form?
The two syllables which form his name kri-shna or his form with yellow clothes, holding the flute, his complexion like rain clouds, peacock feather on his hair?
The name or the form?
But then, the name and the form are not different from each other.
They are always together.
You can't separate them from each other.
If I hear the sound, the name Ugrashrava, the word Ugrashrava, then your physical form comes into my mind.
If I see your physical form in front of me then the sound, the name, Ugrashrava comes into my mind.
You can't separate them from each other.
If one is outside, the other is inside.
Or both are inside.
But I have also realized that the Lord is not limited to this name Krishna, and this form of his.
This is just a small part of the Lord.
He has crores and crores of names, crores and crores of forms.
But this Lord, this omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent god, we have heard that he has taken birth as the son of Devaki and Vasudeva on earth, in Vrindavana; it is about this Lord that we want to hear about.
What he has been doing, his leelas as the son of Devaki and Vasudeva; this is what I think is the essence of all shastras.
You should remember, this is happening towards the end of Dwapara yuga.
Lord Krishna is still there, in physical form.
We have seen, his brother Balarama had visited Naimisharanya.
The Lord is still there, in his present avatara.
So Shaunaka Maharshi is saying, this is what I have understood as the essence of shastras, what he has been doing in the present avatara, what he has been demonstrating to us, to learn from.
सकृत्स्मृतोऽपि गोविन्दो नृणां जन्मशतैः कृतम्।
पापराशिं दहत्याशु तूलराशिमिवानलः।
You take his name once; whatever sins you have committed, all the troubles arising out of those sins, take his name once, remember him once, those sins will be burned away like how fire burns a haystack.
Any trouble that you are facing today in your life is not arbitrary.
It has its roots in your own misdeeds of the previous births.
If you have harassed somebody in your previous birth; this birth, you will have a mother-in-law who will harass you without reason.
You be good to her still, she will harass you.
If you have paid bribe and got yourself something out of turn, in the previous birth, then this birth somebody will come and snatch away your business order from you just like that, without any reason.
You will not know why.
You are L1, you have the best product.
Still that order will not come to you because this is a result of your own past deed.
So any problem that you are facing today has come because of your own past deed.
You may not know, because it happened in the previous birth.
Still, in spite of all this, if you get an opportunity to remember his name or remember his form even once, all the misdeeds, the results of all those misdeeds that you have done in hundred previous births, they will just disappear like that.
That much power is there in his name, that much power is there in remembering his form.
But then if one name, one remembrance, that has got so much power, what about listening to all his leelas, all his greatness, all the great deeds that he has done, what about the power of all that, listening to that perpetually? the Sage is telling Suta.
You might ask, why are you so keen about listening to his stories?
But everybody is, not just us; every Rishi, every Muni, every Siddha-purusha, every Saint, all through the past thousands of years, they have been listening about his leelas only, his avataras only, talking about his leelas only.
So much is his greatness.
You just can't describe all of his greatness.
It is not possible.
Even something that has touched, the Lord Sri Hari has just touched, it becomes so great that seeing that object, touching that object, hearing about that object itself is a big punya.
Where do people go to wash away their sins, to purify themselves?
To Ganga matha.
Where does she get this power from?
How is she able to purify crores and crores of people of their sins?
You remember Gangaji, that itself is sufficient to purify yourselves, you take her name, that itself is sufficient.
Where does she get that power from?
She is the charanamrita of Sri Hari.
Not even his full feet.
When one of the thumbs of the feet of Sri Hari, when it pierced the Brahmanda, Ganga matha came out and spread in the three worlds: Swarga, Bhumi, and Pathala.
She is touched by one thumb of one of the feet Sri Hari.
That has given her so much greatness, so much power.
So don’t you think that we are justified that we would wish to listen to the stories of the greatness of the Lord?
Stories that purify and remove troubles from all three worlds.
Sage Shaunaka is saying all these to Suta.
Glory of Venkatesha
Story of Sri Yantra