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Kathalaya: Bhajagovindam Stories‑5

Bha­jagovin­dam was com­posed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya. In this com­po­si­tion, Adi Sankaracharya talks about the impor­tance of devo­tion to God and how it can make our lives hap­py and ful­fill­ing. In this series we would be explain­ing the mean­ing of each slo­ka through a sto­ry. This month we high­light the impor­tance of devo­tion and how it can make a dif­fer­ence in our lives.

Slo­ka 2:“

भगवद्गीता किञ्चिदधीता

गङ्गाजललवकणिका पीता ।

सकृदपि येन मुरारिसमर्चा

क्रियते तस्य यमेन न चर्चा ॥ २०॥

“Bha­gavad Gita Kin­chi­ta Dhi­ta Gan­ga Jalala­va Kani­ka Pita Sahrdapi yena Murari Samar­ca Kriy­ate Tasya Yame­na na car­ca”Trans­la­tion Those who study the Gita, drink the water of the Ganges and wor­ship Murari(destroyer of demon Mura), will not be approached by Yama (the god of death).”

It would not be fair to write a com­men­tary on the Gan­ga and ask you to taste the waters by mere­ly read­ing it. It is a request that each one of you go and take a holy dip in the Gan­ga. Right from her source, Gomukh, Ma flows in dif­fer­ent moods. She is a baby, an enlight­ened baby in the Himalayas and then she becomes a fero­cious con­quer­ess down in the plains.

Now, let us look at a sto­ry illus­trat­ing the sec­ond half of this slo­ka. There are dif­fer­ent ver­sions of this sto­ry but the essence remains the same.

Once Lord Krish­na goes to meet Bheema (of the pan­cha pan­davas in the Mahab­hara­ta). He tells Bheema that he wish­es to take a bath before dis­cussing strate­gies of the war and asks Bheema to boil water in a ves­sel. Bheema, being very strong, takes a large ves­sel and dips it in the riv­er. He puts the ves­sel on the fire and goes away for a while. He comes back to check if the water has boiled but it is cold. So he goes away, think­ing that he will come back after a while. After a few min­utes, when he comes back, the water is still cold. He tries to blow on the fire so that it will burn hot­ter. He checks again after some­time, but is sur­prised to find that the water is still cold! Now he is angry, ter­ri­bly angry. But it also occurs to him that since Krish­na is here, this could very well be his leela. He asks Krish­na what was hap­pen­ing and Krish­na asks Bheema to take a look inside the ves­sel. When Bheema care­ful­ly looks inside, he finds a tiny frog in the ves­sel!

Krish­na explains to Bheema that as soon as he had put the ves­sel in the riv­er, the frog had got­ten into it and had prayed, “Oh Krish­na! Save me!” Krish­na says that he con­sid­ered it his duty to save any being that asked for help and that is why he had pre­vent­ed the water from boil­ing.

A sim­ple sto­ry yet it says so much about Bhak­ti towards the Lord. Sim­ply take His name and mis­ery will just van­ish. Adi Shankara says that death will not come to those who chant His name. Does it mean that we would live in the body for­ev­er if we chant His name? Well folks, think about it and we shall get back to you in the next slo­ka!

Trans­la­tion: Those who study the Gita, drink the water of the Ganges and wor­ship Murari(destroyer of demon Mura), will not be approached by Yama (the god of death).

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