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Yaksha Prashna – 3

[This post is in continuation of the post – Yaksha Prashna – 1 , 2 , where Lord Yama in the form of a yaksha asks questions to Yudhisthira (eldest among the Pandavas). In the 1st post 4 sets and in the 2nd post 7 sets of questions & answers were posted. In this post, 6 sets of questions & answers have been posted. The next post on Yaksha Prashna will be on next Wednesday. Link for Yaksha Prasna – 1: http://atomic-temporary-25401030.wpcomstaging.com/2020/06/03/yaksha-prashna-1/ , For post 2 : http://atomic-temporary-25401030.wpcomstaging.com/2020/06/09/yaksha-prashna-2/ ]

12] Yaksha Prashna: What traverses its path all alone? What is it that is born again after its birth? What is the antidote to hima (snow)? What is the most expansive field?

Yudhisthira Answers: The Sun traverses its path across the sky all alone. The moon is born again (moon waxes after waning) . Fire is the antidote to hima. Earth is the most expansive field.

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13] Yaksha Prashna: What is the highest dharma (law of living)? What represents fame/glory? What denotes the highest standard of life? What defines the state of happiness?

Yudhisthira Answers: The ultimate dharma is in realizing one’s own true nature. Real glory is in being charitable. Truth is the highest standard of life. Moral and ethical values define the state of happiness.

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14] Yaksha Prashna: Who represents one’s own identity? Who is the companion provided by the laws of karma (destiny)? What is the prime support of all life? What is the prime duty of a human being?

Yudhisthira Answers: Son (off-spring) represents one’s own identity. Wife is the companion bestowed by the law of karma (destiny). Rain (water) is the prime support for all life. Charity is the prime duty of a human being.

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15] Yaksha Prashna: What is the greatest fulfillment? What is the noblest wealth? What is the biggest gain? What denotes the state of supreme happiness?

Yudhisthira Answers: Being in the state of mindfulness is the greatest fulfillment. Knowledge of the scriptures is the noblest wealth. Good health is the biggest and most important gain. Contentment represents supreme happiness.

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16] Yaksha Prashna: What is the greatest virtue? What dharma yields good results? What is that by controlling which man never experiences misery? What is that bond which never breaks?

Yudhisthira Answers: Absence of cruelty is the greatest virtue. The practice of the injunctions of the sastras yields good results. Mind is the instrument by controlling which man never experiences misery. Bonding with the wise never breaks. 

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17] Yaksha Prashna: By the giving up of what does one become endearing? By giving up what does one become devoid of sorrow? By giving up what does one become more prosperous? By giving up what does one become contented?

Yudhisthira Answers: Absence of pride makes one more endearing. Absence of anger leads to a sorrowless state. Renunciation of desire leads to real prosperity and fullness. Absence of greed leads to contentment.

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Radha and Krishna’s Flute!

Once when Radha and Krishna were on the banks of the river Yamuna, Krishna told Radha that his stay in Vrindavan was almost coming to an end and he would have to proceed to Mathura. There was a greater role for him to play of protecting the good and annihilating the wicked – the purpose of Lord’s Avatar. Radha unable to bear the separation from her Lord was totally shattered. The Lord consoled her saying that he would get her a flute the next day, and also teach her how to play it. Whenever she wanted, at any given time, she could play the flute and invoke him.

Hearing this, Radha pointed out to the divine flute “Aakarshini” or “Aanandini” which Krishna had in his hand. Radha questioned Him as to why she could not learn playing the flute the very same day using the flute which Krishna had in his hand. Krishna smiled and said that when the empty and hollow reed in His hands allows His breath to flow through it, the divine music that emanates from His flute would not only stir and awaken the whole universe, but attract and draw to itself all his true bhaktas. Hence Radha could only play on a different flute which would invoke Krishna alone. Radha wondered as to who else could be more devoted to the Lord than herself, to get drawn to Him by the music of His flute. She considered herself as the greatest of His devotees, and no one could be compared to her when it came to devotion to the Lord. In her arrogance, she drew a line around Krishna and asked Him to play the flute.

Only those who were as devoted to Him as she was, could cross the line and come near Krishna, else they would get burnt. Krishna began to play his divine flute. The sweet music wafted around captivating and mesmerizing all – plants, animals and humans alike. All the gopis who were totally and unconditionally devoted to Krishna left the daily chores, lost their body-consciousness, and in a subtle form (subtle bodies) they reached Krishna’s Presence. To Radha’s surprise they even crossed the line drawn by her, and sat at the feet of the Lord – their beloved Lord Krishna. Radha felt humbled. Devotion in its highest and purest state is totally devoid of pride and vanity.

Krishna then told Radha that every Bhakta in this world who is truly devoted to the Lord is indeed Radha in another form. Radha herself is an embodiment of true Bhakti. Hence Bhakta and Bhagavan are inseparable!

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Yaksha Prashna – 2

[This post is in continuation of the post – Yaksha Prashna -1, where Lord Yama in the form of a yaksha asks questions to Yudhisthira (eldest among the Pandavas). In the 1st post 4 sets of questions & answers were posted. In this post, 7 sets of questions & answers have been posted. The next post on Yaksha Prashna will be on next wednesday. Link for Yaksha Prasna – 1: http://atomic-temporary-25401030.wpcomstaging.com/2020/06/03/yaksha-prashna-1/ ]

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5] Yaksha Prashna (Jnana & Karma) : What is the essence of Samaveda? What is the essence of Yajurveda?  What is the basis of Yagna and without which Yagna is not possible?

Yudhisthira Answers: Prana (Life-force or Knowledge) is the essence of Samaveda. Mind, the Doer (Karma) is the essence of Yajurveda. Knowledge is the basis of Yagna (Karma Yoga) without which Yagna is not possible.

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6] Yaksha Prashna (Agriculture, Dairy Farming & Family): What is most important for a farmer? What is the best asset of a farmer? What is the greatest wealth of those who seek prosperity? Which is of highest value to those who bring forth?

Yudhisthira Answers: Rain is the most important factor for the farmer. Seeds (for sowing) are the best asset for the farmer. Cattle is the greatest wealth for those seeking prosperity. Off-spring (children) is of the greatest value to those who bring forth.

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7] Yaksha Prashna (Yagna-Spirit) : Who is that person who though endowed with wisdom, rich in experience, enjoying all the comforts of the world, worshipped by the intellectuals, respected by all living beings is as good as dead (lives in vain)?

Yudhisthira Answers: That person who is ungrateful and does not respect and serve the Gods (Deva), the guests (Athithi), fellow beings (Bhuta), the ancestors (Pitr) and neglects his own (Atma) spiritual evolution, though living is as good as dead.

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8] Yaksha Prashna (Individual – Father, Mother, Mind & Thoughts) : What is heavier than earth? What is higher than sky? What moves faster than wind? What is more in abundance than grass?

Yudhisthira Answers: Mother is more heavier (most sacred & noble) than earth. Father is higher (best ideal) than the sky. Mind moves faster than the wind. Thoughts are more abundant than grass.

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9] Yaksha Prashna (Nature) : What is that which sleeps without closing the eyes? What is it that does not move after birth? What is that which has no heart? What increases by its own effort?

Yudhisthira Answers: Fish does not close its eyes while asleep. The egg does not move after birth. The stone has no heart. The river swells by its own force.

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10] Yaksha Prashna (Friend) : Who is the friend of one who is in exile? Who is the friend of a householder? Who is the friend of a sick person? Who is the friend of a dying one?

Yudhisthira Answers: To one in exile, he is his own friend. Wife is the friend of a householder. The physician is the friend of a sick person. Charity is the friend of a dying person.

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11] Yaksha Prashna ( Individual) : Who is the guest (comes & goes) for all living beings? What constitutes the right way of life? What is Amrita (Elixir of life)? And what constitutes this entire universe?

Yudhisthira Answers: Agni (warmth or life) is the guest of all living beings. Yagna (Cooperative Endeavour or Karma Yoga) is the right way of life. Jnana (Milk of Knowledge) is the elixir of life. Life-force (Energy or Vibrations) constitutes the entire universe.

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Krishna and Trivakra!

The king of Mathura, the evil-minded Kamsa found out that Lord Krishna who had manifested in this world to destroy him was growing up in Vrindavan. He organised a Dhanur Yaga (Bow Sacrifice) and sent the saintly Akrura with an invitation to Balrama and Krishna to attend the same. Akrura started for Vrindavan and as he reached there, he was overwhelmed to see the foot-prints of Sri Krishna in Vraja. He got down from his chariot and applied the sacred dust on his forehead. When he beheld Balarama and Krishna his joy knew no bounds. He accepted the hospitality of Nanda and next day morning started for Mathura with the  two young, divine boys, Balarama and Krishna. When they reached Mathura, both the brothers decided to go round the streets of Mathura.

As they were going around, they encountered Trivakra, an ugly, hunch-backed woman, who was bent or crooked at three places in her physical structure and hence the name Trivakra. She was one of Kamsa’s attendant who was in charge of preparing various types of sandal-paste for his daily use. Krishna smilingly asked her for the sandal-paste. Seeing the arresting divine beauty of Krishna, and without even thinking of the consequences of going to the king empty-handed, she lovingly and willingly offered it to the Lord. The Lord then stepped forward, placed His feet on her forefeet, and with His fingers lifted her chin up. Lo! She became straight, her crookedness was gone and her beauty came back to her! Endowed with the wealth of beauty and virtues by the mere touch of the Lord, Trivakra with sheer gratitude prostrated to the Lord and asked Him to grace her humble dwelling. The Lord promised her that He would soon come to her dwelling and accept her seva.

Spiritual Significance: Trivakra represents an individual conditioned by the three equipments – the body, mind and intellect. Kamsa is the ego (I and Mine) who is every moment catered to by our vasanas – the sandal-paste. At that point in our life, the Guru comes and asks us to completely surrender all our vasanas (karmas) to Him. Dropping the “I and Mine” – the ego, if we surrender totally unto our Guru, he connects us with the spiritual knowledge (represented by the touch of the Lord’s feet), raises our vision to something higher and noble (signified by the Lord lifting up her chin), helps us to straighten the crookedness in our life, drop our identification with our body, mind and intellect, and thereby reach the State of Total Beatitude – the State of Enlightenment!!

"Bhagavat Preeti" is the final goal of a devotee. He is ready to suffer, strive endlessly, struggle without rest and he feels himself completely rewarded if he only knows that the acts of self sacrifices from him have made his Lord graciously happy towards him. Any amount of tapas will be cheerfully undertaken, in the name of the Lord-of-the-heart, if the devotee can feel that his Beloved is happy by it. A smile from the blissful Lord-of-Smiles is ever a total reward and a complete fulfillment for any true devotee. - Swami Chinmayananda

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