Divine Love

A while ago, I did a skit based on a story about Krishna. I loved this story because I’m really captivated by grand, soul-stirring love stories in general. I’ve been trying to look it up online, to find out where it came from, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere. The story goes something like this (from what I can remember of it):

One day, Narada(celestial disciple) asks Krishna “who loves you the most?”. Narada, being such a devout disciple expects him to say his name. However, Krishna says, “Radha loves me the most.” Narada cannot believe this since Radha is just a milkmaid, not even his wife or worshipper of Krishna.

Some time later, Narada goes to Krishna’s home to visit him. He finds Krishna lying down in pain due to a headache. Narada can’t bear to see him in that way and asks him what he can do to help. Krishna smiles and says there is nothing he can do for him. He must bear the pain himself. However, Narada keeps insisting, so finally Krishna says, “fine, the only way you can relieve my pain is by wiping the dust from your feet and rubbing it on my forehead”. This shocks Narada because he knows it’s a grave sin to disrespect Krishna and there is no way he can do that, as it would lead to karmic retribution. Later on Krishna’s wife Rukmini comes to him in deep sadness for his pain and tells him she would do anything to alleviate it. Krishna tells her the only way is to take the dirt from her feet and rub it on his forehead. She also cannot do that, Krishna being not only a god but also her own husband. It would be considered highly disrespectful. Then, Sathyabhama comes over and she also faces the same dilemma. Finally Radha comes to see Krishna and he tells her the same thing. Radha, without hesitating, takes the dust from her feet to rub on his forehead. Krishna is instantly relieved and cured. Krishna looks at Narada and says “you see, it is Radha who loves me the most!”.

Basically, the story goes to show that Narada being a disciple of Krishna, expects some kind spiritual growth when worshipping him. Whether its material wealth or spiritual wealth, whenever we pray we want or expect something from god.

Whereas Radha’s love for Krishna is so unconditional and pure that she didn’t care even for her own spiritual destruction or karma. She loves him so wholly and selflessly that she expects nothing from him. Although she does not explicitly worship or pray to him, her heart is filled with so much of love for him that her every breath and action becomes a prayer. For that, she has a permanent place in Krishna’s heart.

This story really touched me and I remembered it again after a long time today. In the skit, I played one of his wives… Rukmini I think. ūüėÖ

However I can’t seem to trace it from anywhere! Does anybody know what the original source of this story is or the right version?

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Letting Go

Dimpled cheeks,

rosy lips,

curly hair,

very fair,

Like the nursery rhyme,

Innocence was carved on his face

 

A knight in shining armour,

A grizzly bear,

Thor’s hammer,

and Poseidon’s hair,

Thunder met lightning

                  As he lifted her in the air

 

He swept her off her feet,

   He placed her on a crag,

      high above the clouds,

         Where no one could find them,

      Not even the crows he avowed

 

As he held her hand,

He whispered, ‘don’t let go’,

But she took a step back,

And they both fell hard,

Into the abyss below

 

 

 

The Madness

I wrote this in a fit of frustration a while back last year..

I have recently read an article on CNN about ISIS (the Islamic State of Iran and Syria). It really saddens me to read about everything going on there. It opened my eyes as to what religion is capable of doing to the minds of wayward extremists. People being led by blind ideologies and hatred are spreading it all around the world. In the name of their religion they are justifying their heinous actions. That makes me wonder, about countries where there are no religions, countries where religions are banned in comparison to what is happening in countries where religion is taken to the extreme: is it actually better in any way? On one side there is North Korea which admonishes religion and any form of worship and is instead grossly violating all human rights in the name of power by a few people. There is endless amount of exploitation along with a cult like worship of its rulers. On the other side, there is Iran and Syria, where there is a mindless, unquestionable following of extremist religion, where all horrors are committed in the name of some teaching which is supposed to be imposed by a higher power.

Religion and atheism are both bad in their own way. Neither of them are bringing any peace in this world filled with strife. The hatred, prejudice and all other kinds of evils are becoming more prominent in this world. Where do we turn to find peace? where can we turn to find love? where can we turn to find compassion?

Although I have cited ISIS and North Korea’s dictatorship at the moment, there is so much injustice happening all around this world. In almost every corner of it, some evil is lurking. Much of it is based on religion or lack of values. This seems to be increasing day to day. As a young person it makes me wonder, where is this world headed? what have we come to? These thoughts scare me. As a young person. I want to do something. I can not stand by watching on the sidelines. There is an ever-growing restlessness inside me to do something about it. The article I read spoke about how those who were interested in joining ISIS have specific instructions on how to join and specific instructions as to how they can contribute to their cause. That makes me wonder, what can I do to support the cause of peace? What can I do to support the cause that is humanity? What can I do to support love and brotherhood and compassion and unity? Where do I sign up for that?

Now is the time we can do something about it. We don’t need fame or a recognition via a Nobel Peace prize like Malala to wake up and finally do something.

“Arise! Awake! Stop not till the ideal is achieved!” said Swami Vivekananda.

Let us not lower ourselves into a pit of ignorance, indifference and bigotry. Let us slowly dig this world out of the ditch that its in; grain by grain, pebble by pebble, stone by stone, let us dig this world out of its trench. We are constantly worried about what the Kardashians are up to or what Lady Gaga wore, which boyfriend Taylor Swift is on or how many followers JB has. As a world united, as human beings let us step aside from our narrow vision of what we consider important or what we consider to be our reality and take a look at the big picture of what is happening in this wold and what we can do to help.

Helping doesn’t¬†mean, we fight and kill the others whom we deem our enemies. It doesn’t have to mean going on marches, rallies and protests either.¬†This is what I have come to understand through spirituality. Praying for humanity really works. In the midst of chaos and noise;¬†destruction and¬†doom, maintaining the solitude of inner silence and peace, that is the greatest triumph of humanity that I can ever visualize. When we look inwards and not outwards, we begin¬†to see humanity in its purest form, stripped down. naked. without barriers of any kind, realizing that all of us, deep down are one and the same, whether Muslim, Christian, Jewish, atheist, young, old, rich poor whatever. Just a couple of people praying together can create a substantial positive field of energy to charge the very atmosphere. Now imagine millions of people doing this, Millions of youth. It would be the the penultimate stance, the penultimate response to stand up against cruelty, injustice and hatred.

I pray that this world will know peace soon.