Friday, 29 July 2011

The Story of Our Life


Debadrita Chakraborty writes:

I have a father called religion... a mother called country... and somewhere deep down I have a frightened 'me' that craves to be a nobody!!!

The Vedic understanding is that: Dharma is our father and Earth is our mother. The Dharma is performance of yajna, which causes the rain to fall and then the crops emerge from the seeds under the fertile Earth and thus sustains our life.

annād bhavanti bhūtāni
parjanyād anna-sambhavaḥ
yajñād bhavati parjanyo
yajñaḥ karma-samudbhavaḥ

All living bodies subsist on food grains, which are produced from rains. Rains are produced by performance of yajña [sacrifice], and yajña is born of prescribed duties.(http://vedabase.net/bg/3/14/en)

 It is just like the procreation process.

Another analogy is that of a bull and a cow. A bull ploughs the Earth and thus provides sustenance; and a cow gives us milk, which nourishes us. So, they are also our parents.

The frightened self is the living entity entrapped in the step-motherly Samsara. She makes us work hard and gives us little in return. As soon as we are incapable to serve her, she tortures us with hellish conditions. Therefore, there is an identity crisis and the soul begins to think that it is nobody (sunya) or everything is illusion (maya). It struggles to escape the clutches of the step-mother, but falls back again and again.

Although we take the shelter of our mundane parents (Dharma-Earth), the step-mother (Samsara) dominates and we continue to suffer for life-times. Then one fine day: our real father appears and reveals our true identity:

brahmanda bhramite kona bhagyavan jiva
guru-krishna-prasade paya bhakti-lata-bija

According to their karma, all living entities are wandering throughout the entire universe. Some of them are being elevated to the upper planetary systems, and some are going down into the lower planetary systems. Out of many millions of wandering living entities, one who is very fortunate gets an opportunity to associate with a bona fide spiritual master by the grace of Krishna. By the mercy of both Krishna and the spiritual master, such a person receives the seed of the creeper of devotional service. (http://vedabase.net/cc/madhya/19/151/en1)

He instructs us:

man-mana bhava mad-bhakto
mad-yaji mam namaskuru
mam evaishyasi satyam te
pratijane priyo 'si me

sarva-dharman parityajya
mam ekam saranam vraja
aham tvam sarva-papebhyo
mokshayishyami ma sucah

Always think of Me, become My devotee, worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend. Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear.(http://vedabase.net/bg/18/66/en1 and http://vedabase.net/bg/18/65/en1)

Only then, we reach our real home, to our real parents, who kindly appear as young cowherd teenage boy and girl, so that we can engage in their eternal blissful passtimes, free from all mundane qualifications and passive salvation (sunya or eka).

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