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Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.
Today this morning I was reading the thirtieth chapter of the Muktiskanda or the eleventh skanda of Srimad Bhagavatam. Srimad Bhagavatam has twelve skandas. The eleventh skanda is completely devoted to in a way, narrate the last message Krishna gave, his life’s last message but it was to Uddhava and the purpose was to enable Uddhava to leave Dwaraka and Krishna just at that very time, not even waiting for a day. We know of Sri Rama asked by Kaikeyi to leave Ayodhya for a fourteen year forest exile and Sri Rama did not take even a moment to decide or say yes. Now here when Krishna asked Uddhava to leave for Badarikashrama, whatever be his level of attachment or associational clinging to Krishna, leave all that, leave also the clinging to his own bodily relations, property, family and all that. Uddhava was not able to do. But in the case of Sri Rama, he was simply ready to go.
Now the way I look at it is that, whatever Sri Rama had was a body. Inside the body to activate and animate the body there was a mind and there was an intelligence to give guidance to the mind. The same body, senses, mind and intelligence we also have. If Sri Rama could suddenly say, “Yes, I will have left Ayodhya before the sun set today.” that shows the potential, the power and the readiness of the mind. I would like you to understand that every one of us is carrying such a mind which has got as its potential and possibility this much. It can take a decision at any moment to do what is right and what is called for. If one is not able to take a decision it is only because he doesn’t like to do what is proper, he wants to cling to the improper. In fact we must always be buoyant in our mind to do what is right, not to do what is not right. The fervor, the enthusiasm, the perseverance, the resolve in this direction, the mind is capable of evolving to any extent.
Now in the case of Krishna and Uddhava the story is different. Krishna spoke to Arjuna for about 2 1/2 hours let us say, 700 Sanskrit verses are there whereas the conversation between Krishna and Uddhava was something like 1033 verses. Nearly you can say 1 1/2 times. So he must have spoken for about 3 1/2 hrs to Uddhava. Uddhava was very indecisive and he was not able to regenerate and muster the resolve required to leave Dwaraka and even Krishna. Krishna took up that crisis and he wanted to resolve it for Uddhava as Uddhava himself desired and the conversation started. At the end of the conversation we have two parallel instances. In Kurukshetra Krishna asks Arjuna, “Did you listen to me well? Have you understood what I said? Is your delusion gone and are matters clear for you?” Arjuna said, “Yes, my delusion is gone by your compassion, by your grace. I shall take up the bow and arrow and fight not one war but a dozen if necessary.” See this is how the writing becomes perfect. Arjuna sought instruction from Krishna. Krishna gave the instruction. At the end of it, he very affectionately asks, is the point clear, have you understood, is the delusion gone, have you got the necessary enlightenment. This all he asked. Then he said, yes and said I shall take up the bow and arrow and fight any number of wars.
Here the same way Krishna is asking Uddhava. He doesn’t stop with saying have you heard me. He said, “Have you, have you understood and assimilated what I have told you?” In the case of Arjuna it was more a hearing and knowing. It was an exposure you can say. Here it is not merely an exposure but also an assimilation. Why I say this? Because they were having a leisurely spell. There was nothing to be done in the way of an interaction. Here the question was merely leaving Dwaraka and Krishna and that leaving was forever. It was the final leaving. So the mind had to get ready to an even much deeper level, higher level and for an endless duration. Avadhāritam is the word he uses. “Have you assimilated is what I have said? Is the delusion is gone and where do you stand now?” Uddhava says, “I have understood, I have assimilated and I am going to leave.” And he just then left with a lot of tears asking Krishna only for one item. The sandals he was wearing. He put them on his head, started crying. Krishna’s feet were practically washed by his tears. He got up, circumambulated him and turning back, turning back, though unwillingly, he did leave.
I would like you to imagine this situation and take the message from it. Our mind can be persuaded, enlightened, led, guided, inspired practically to do anything. Only two items are there. Either you hold and want something or you leave and drop every desire. There Arjuna took up the bow and arrow. Here Uddhava leaves everything from the mind. There it was one of bold and involving action. Here it is one of disinvolvement, total, and that too instantaneous. Can you imagine Uddhava with a lot of fondness and that too after having heard? Can you imagine the air of dispassion that was surrounding both of them in Dwaraka? And Krishna also was leaving. In Krishna’s case it was more crucial and more traumatic you can say. Uddhava just left the place but Krishna had to ask all the people of Dwaraka to accompany him to Prabhaasatirtha, sending away the women to Shankhadwaara, and there he was a witness. All the men folk, they had got intoxicated with myreya and they lost their sense, they started fighting. The arrows, the bows, all of them broken, destroyed. They started fighting with their own hands, fists. Finally they started plucking the triangular strong grass and using it as a weapon they started beating Krishna and Balaraama when there, they started beating Krishna, fighting with him, he also fought back.
Now when I am reading all these things it evokes a great degree of imagination. Krishna had to bring about the destruction of his own clan. In the destruction he cannot just be a witness, he had to be a participant. If his clan was to be destroyed, he also had to be destroyed and become part of it. So he participates in the self destructive war and he started fighting with the others. They also fought back. Krishna returned the fight. Balarama at one point became disappointed, he went away. Seeing that the end has come, Krishna does not simply go away. He remains leaning against the peepul tree. At that time a hunter hits him with an arrow on his toe thinking that he was a bird. So he wanted to get himself destroyed by being hit. Just imagine. Now whether there was a Krishna or there was a Dwaraka or there was an Uddhava, all these things can be doubted. But the writing you cannot question. It is there before you. That means an author was there. This author was your own predecessor. What was in his mind to have written such a wonderful narration? So the author had a purpose and that purpose is to be met by the narration. So it derives factuality, truthfulness.
Our human mind, human intelligence has got these great and lofty dimensions. Just imagine, Krishna destroying the entire clan and in the destruction he participates, freely he was fought and he fought, then at the end of it, he gets hit. The hunter comes, says, “I have done a crime, you kill me.” “No, I will send you to the top most heaven.” A plane arrived, he was sent. And Krishna, because it is such a wonderful story they have grafted that Krishna went to swarga. It is called swargaarohana. Even in the case of Balarama they have said he sat in his yogic pose and then left.
Now what is that master mind which was able to pen this kind of a conclusion for the great Lord Krishna? There is nothing left by Krishna. We don’t have even a picture of this Krishna but we have all that he did and said particularly the message, the war field message Bhagavadgeeta and the Dwaraka message, the Uddhava Geeta. It is for all of us to think about Krishna as reflected in these two mirrors. I think when you become a devotee or a philosopher or a thinker all those narrations occupy your mind and various introspections can follow. Can you imagine a mind given to this kind of a dwelling? When I read, a lot of imagination sprouts in my mind and when I start getting involved in these I am not in the world at all. Physically the earth attracts my body and it remains there but mentally I go totally out of the world. Our thoughts and imaginations have great power. It is the thought process that activates the body and makes it cling to the world and relationships. It is the same mind that soars high in beautiful imaginations as a result of which you don’t know that you are even living with a body. Our mind is very powerful, very sublime, very lofty, very sweet, very delicious, very delightful, very ecstatic. And all these writings are to stimulate beautiful introspection and take your mind to very lofty dimensions and potential.
Harih Om Tat Sat. Jai Guru. Jai Guru.