Jul 4, 2007

Dharma

ॐ श्री गुरावे नमः !
ॐ नमः शिवाय!

"Yadaa Yadaa hi Dharmasya Glanirbhavati Bharata

Abhyuttanam Adharmasya Tadaatmaanam Srujamyaham

Paritranaya Sadhunaam Vinaashaya ch Dushkritaam

Dharmasansthapanarthaya Sambhavami Yuge Yuge",

Meaning; When ever Dharma (Law and Order in greater context) gets in trouble or meaningless, I am compelled to take birth or incarnate on this earth to re-estabilish Dharma (Law and Order), to protect saints and sages, to destroy evil from all levels.

There are ten instances of incarnations, Avatars of Lord Vishnu.

One such incarnation was Narasimha Swami- Half Lion Half Human, Ferocious form of Lord Vishnu.


The story starts with a Demon king named Hiranyakashipu, who tries to attain magical powers from Lord Brahma after a long penance, the boon he asks is:


I should not be killed by GOD, HUMAN, DEMON, ANIMAL

I should not be killed on Earth or Space

I should not be killed in Fire or Water

I should not be killed during Day or Night

I should not be killed outside or Inside

I should not be killed by any other Animate or Inanimate weapon.

Lord Brahma is pleased with his penance and grants the boon.

Hiranyakashipu, hated the gods and most especially Vishnu, the followers of whom he began to torture. Hiranyakashipu's son, Prahlada, was a very devoted follower of Vishnu. Hiranyakashipu fails to convince his son to join him against Vishnu, and tries to kill Prahlada, but Prahlada was protected by Vishnu.



When asked, Prahlada refuses to acknowledge his father as the supreme lord of the universe (though he had used his boon to conquer the entire world) instead he claimes that Vishnu was omnipresent.

After lot of techniques Hiranyakashipu is unable to change his son's faith in Lord Vishnu.

Hiranyakashipu asks Prahlad: Is your GOD in this wall, door, floor, ceiling.

Prahlad: He is present everywhere, he is omnipresent.

Hiranyakashipu: I am GOD,

Prahlad: No you are not,

Hiranyakashipu: Is he in this pillar,

Prahlad: Yes he is,

Hiranyakashipu: Kicks the Pillar,

Out comes Narashima Swami in his full glory and manifestation, Half Lion Half Human, during the twilight ( Neither day nor night), he places him on his thighs between Earth and Space on the threshold of the entrance to a courtyard (neither inside nor outside) and using his nails (neither animate nor inanimate) as weapons he tears apart Hiranyakashipu, there by releasing the land from his evil shadow.

This story is repeated many many times in a miniature version on this earth, but every time we fail to acknowledge the presence of the omnipresent energy, History has recorded many such fools who think they are powerful, what goes up is bound to come down, but how it will land depends on the individual, the landing could be a smooth one or it could be an ugly thud.

The root cause of these Hiranyakashipu's who keep raising their ugly heads is Greed, Ignorance and above all Insecurity.

Knowledge and humility is the Key :-)

ॐ श्री गुरावे नमः !
ॐ नमः शिवाय!

Sianala, Montreal, July 2007

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