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Manduka Muni and the curse to Yamaraja

Manduka Muni in his hermitage, deep in meditation.

Muni: ‘Om, om,,,,,,,om……

Some police constables passing by.

Constable 1: This looks to be a safe place in an isolated area

Constable 2: Hmm; true. Let us go inside the hermitage in disguise. Maybe we will find the thieves here.

The constables go inside the hermitage and start searching. Meanwhile the thieves who have stolen large quantity of gold from a merchant’s house are removing their loot from their bag.

Thief 1: See, see this necklace, is so heavy, we will definitely earn a lot by selling this.

Thief 2: Look at this silver plate. This plate was used to offer bhoga to the Lord. He…he…he… now I suppose the Lord will have to eat in plantain leaf

Both burst into laughter.

Constable 1: What is this?…..In this serene place, I hear laughter (going further …trying to hear clearly)….Yes ….yes laughter..demoniac laughter….cultured people don’t laugh like this. Come let’s go in that direction.

They both follow the sound of the laughter.

The thieves meanwhile are counting the precious loot.

Constable 2: Got you. So you are hiding here, eh. And we got proof of your thievery too

Constables catch hold of the thieves and the loot and go towards the Muni

Constable 2: Hey Muni, so this is what your hermitage is for. To hide thieves and their loot.

Muni: Huh….what are you talking about?

Constable 1: Come with us to the magistrate and you will remember everything.

The constables drag the muni and the thieves to the magistrate.

Constable 2: My Lord, we caught hold of the thieves who stole the gold and other valuables at the merchants house. They were hiding in this Munis ashram

Muni: But…but….I don’t even know who they are.

Constable 1: Stop lying. These thieves were in your ashram and their loot was in your ashram. So how can you not know?

Muni: I am telling the truth. I was deep in meditation, how will I know who was living in my ashram

Magistrate: Because the thieves were found in your hermitage with the loot in their possession, you will be punished. Manduka Muni and your punishment is that you will be pierced with a lance.

Manduka Muni: But but…..

The news reaches the King when he learns that Manduka Muni is going to be pierced with a lance, He rushes to stop the punishment

King: Stop stop….Magistrate how can you punish such a great sage?

Falling at the feet of the sage

King: Forgive us Muni for such an offense

Muni: Mistakes happen King but you arrived at the right time…

So saying the sage leaves and goes to meet Yamaraja


Muni: My dear Sir, You keep track of all our good and bad deeds and accordingly award us with rewards and punishments. Pray tell me, what wrong I did to be awarded with piercing of a lance. My whole life I have spent in meditation and glorification of the holy name, then why was I subjected to such a fate

Yamaraja: True you are a great saint. But it so happened that when you were a small boy you had c aught hold of a small ant and tried to pierce it with a straw and so it was your turn today. Today you were about to be pierced with a lance.

Muni: But Sir, what I did was in my boyhood when I was an ignorant fool.

Yamaraja: Ignorance is no excuse Munivar. You have to reap what you sow

Muni: That is not fair.

Yamaraja: A law is a law and is equal to all.

Muni: I curse you…. I curse you Yamaraja, even though I did a mistake in my ignorance; you saw to it that I suffer ignoring all my good deeds. So I curse you for hundred years you will have to live in earth as a Shudra.

Yamaraja (Smiling): So be it

And that is how Yamaraj is born as Vidura, the brother of Dhritarashtra and Pandu. Because he was born from the womb of a maidservant, he becomes a Shudra, while his brothers are Kshatriyas.

Note;Adapted for children from the Shrimad Bhagavatam canto 1 Chapter 13 Text 1


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How to perform Bhakti?

Devotional service has to be accompanied with transcendental knowledge. Just devotional service may weaken you, you may get lost somewhere. So devotees should be engaged in hearing about Krishna…that is the beginning of practice.
But then hear from where? Hear from proper source. Knowledge from disciplic succession as it means that they pass on the original message of Krishna. No plus and no minus.
There are four sampradayas ; The Kumar sampradaya is the one in which the knowledge was given by the Supreme Lord to the four Kumaras (sons of Brahma). The Shree Sampradaya, the founder of which is Shree or Laxmi. The Rudra Sampradaya or the one which is led by Shiva and the Brahma Sampradaya or the Sampradaya led by Brahma. So Brahma was given knowledge by the Lord, then he gave it to Narada, from Narada it was passed on to Vyasadev and so on.
So when you have to hear, hear from someone who follows one of the sampradayas and not just anybody.
To understand the truth follow in the footsteps of Mahajanas. Speculations and arguments won’t bring any conclusion. Just don’t follow anyone.  Just the 12 mahaajan. Who are the Mahaajans. Mahaajans are the ideal devotees. Mahajan know the science of truth. Who are they? They are: Brahma, Narada,  Shambu,  Kumaras, Devahutis son  Kapila, the Manus, Prahlad,  Janak, Bhishhma,  Bali, Sukadev, Yamaraj. How to recognise Mahaajanas? They must come in parampara-disciplic succession.
This is the age of Sankirtan. So develop your bhakti, devotional service by sankirtan The power of bhakti  is such that it can transform anyone.

api ced asi papebhyah sarvebhyah papa-krttamah sarvam jnana-plavenaiva vrjinam santarisyasi (Bhagvad Gita 4.36)

Even if you are considered to be the most sinful of all sinners, when you are situated in the boat of transcendental knowledge, you will be able to cross over the ocean of miseries.

Remember every saint has a past, every sinner has a future.

Remember that Valmiki was previously a robber who became a saint just by chanting the holy name Rama. And then he Lord is merciful too. There were two sinners Jagai and Madhai who though born in a high-class family were fallen and had done all that is not to be done. But then Lord Caitanya at the insistence of Nityanand forgave them and they became first class devotees.
Devotion is so powerful. we just have to see how to awaken  that potency. Just by hearing one can attain perfection. But there should have absorption in hearing like Parikshit.  Parkishit sat listening for seven days without eating- sleeping. Shravanam(hearing),  kirtanam(reciting) and then smaranam(remembering). remembering will come naturally when you hear and recite. Srila Prabhupad says everything depends on attitude of devotees. So have the right attitude and you will succeed.
Material world is full of misery.  It is like a blazing forest fire. We can cross if we have a boat of transcendental knowledge.  If we have a boat we should have a captain. Who is captain ……our spiritual master.
Lastly remember that Knowledge is like water in a clay pot. If you don’t use it, it will dry up, the more you give, the more you get.
Excerpts from the lecture of His Holiness Bhakti Vighna Vinasa Narasimha Maharaj on 16th Janary 2015 at Bahrain

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Trying to be ‘priyah’

trinad api sunicena
taror api sahishnuna
amanina manadena
kirtaniyah sada harih
One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and should be ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly.

Krisnadas Kaviraj Goswami has written these lines in the Siksaastakam. Originally these lines have been composed by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.  It is not so easy. To reduce the I and me and just serve is no mean feat.

For me the journey towards a more humbler existence has been a massive journey of unlearning and learning.

I had this massive sense of independence which did not allow me to take the help of others and so suddenly when I faced darkness, it was difficult to accept help. Yes, even to take help from family was a problem and then financial dependence was the second thing which was difficult to accept.

Coming into spirituality and then discovering how ego clings on and how to return back to our true abode; one has to serve others, is something which I had to unlearn and learn, you may say why unlearn……as a child I refused to cheat or to let anyone see my notes. I do feel ashamed of my behaviour now but then my sole purpose then was that my friends should not take short cuts rather should try to be self-sufficient. Well that applies in spirituality too. You may guide someone to a particular path but then he/she has to take the rest of the steps by herself/himself.

You may say why these thoughts now. Well you see that the past few days have been a revelation.

I fell sick very badly. And though usually I stretch myself trying to make breakfast and then relax. This time I didn’t. I just woke up the better half and went back to sleep. You may say that I was selfish and where did my ‘seva bhav’ go? But I just couldn’t and for once decided to spare the others. Well what happens if I force myself I become grumpy and irritable. So instead I decided to be a little inconvenient but not spoil the atmosphere at home.

I also faced someones ire. I mean someone was jealous of me. Maybe still is. And the jealousy was written all over the face and it shook me. I also met someone who is autocratic and working with such a person is hell.

You may say that so what, you meet such people all the time. But there is a difference these are my godbrothers/ godsisters and we all are in the same path of bhakti.

It is not easy to be humbler than a straw in the street.

Our ego, our insecurities, weaknesses, all keep on raising their head and it is oh so difficult to strive on. How do you respect someone whose jealousy shines through. How do you respect someone who is so dominating that you feel stifled?? Not easy is it?

In the twelfth chapter of the Bhagvad gita from shlokas 13 to the 19th the Lord has listed some qualitites of a devotee like :

nirmama 9free from proprietorship)

free from false ego


non envious



self controlled.

And none of them are easy

I don’t even know whether I will be able to have at least one quality about the numerous listed but try….yes, I have to, not just to be a better person but also to be more beloved to the Lord.

How will I do that;

Again the ABCDs

Associate, Books (read), chant and do as much as devotional service as possible.

Hare Krishna to that.


The shlokas from 13th to 19th are

TEXT 13-14

advesta sarva-bhutanam
maitrah karuna eva ca
nirmamo nirahankarah
sama-duhkha-sukhah ksami

santustah satatam yogi
yatatma drdha-niscayah
mayy arpita-mano-buddhir
yo mad-bhaktah sa me priyah


One who is not envious but who is a kind friend to all living entities, who does not think himself a proprietor, who is free from false ego and equal both in happiness and distress, who is always satisfied and engaged in devotional service with determination and whose mind and intelligence are in agreement with Me–he is very dear to Me.


yasman nodvijate loko
lokan nodvijate ca yah
mukto yah sa ca me priyah


He for whom no one is put into difficulty and who is not disturbed by anxiety, who is steady in happiness and distress, is very dear to Me.


anapeksah sucir daksa
udasino gata-vyathah
yo mad-bhaktah sa me priyah


A devotee who is not dependent on the ordinary course of activities, who is pure, expert, without cares, free from all pains, and who does not strive for some result, is very dear to Me.


yo na hrsyati na dvesti
na socati na kanksati
bhaktiman yah sa me priyah


One who neither grasps pleasure or grief, who neither laments nor desires, and who renounces both auspicious and inauspicious things, is very dear to Me.

TEXT 18-19

samah satrau ca mitre ca
tatha manapamanayoh
samah sanga-vivarjitah

tulya-ninda-stutir mauni
santusto yena kenacit
aniketah sthira-matir
bhaktiman me priyo narah


One who is equal to friends and enemies, who is equipoised in honor and dishonor, heat and cold, happiness and distress, fame and infamy, who is always free from contamination, always silent and satisfied with anything, who doesn’t care for any residence, who is fixed in knowledge and engaged in devotional service, is very dear to Me.

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