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Mahabharat: Reason for which Pitamah Bhishma had to suffer on the Bed of Arrows

Dear Devotees, till date all the posts which I have made in rajeshhaldar.com, you have found that behind each situation or incident there was past karma involved of the concerned persons. Similarly when we will try to know for what reasons a true devotee of Krishna and respectable person Pitamah Bhishma had to suffer through the pain of thrones like arrows then we will see his past karma is responsible for this. During the war of Kurushetra when Bhishma was struck down by Arjuna with his arrows then he had fallen down from his chariot, as his whole body was pierced through many arrows so his body could not touch the ground, rather those pierced arrows became his bed on which his body was lying. Later when he requested Arjuna to arrange pillow so that he can rest his head then Arjuna made a support like pillow with help of arrows, even when Pitamah Bhishma asked for water then Arjuna struck one more arrow to the earth and Mata Ganga appeared with her cold water. He had the boon of dyeing at his own will, so he was lying on the bed of arrows till the moment the war did not end and he saw the Hastinapore in a safe hand. Later when Krishna went to meet him with all Pandavas then after offering pranama Bhishma asked him – “He Madhav, you say that Karmanye Vadhikaraste, Ma phaleshou kada chana, it means, this Mrityuloka or earth is the land of Karma and this is place where we receive the result or fruits of our past karmas. I know about all my past 17 births, but never I caused any pain to anyone, then why I have received so much pain through this bed of arrows?”, listening to this question Krishna smiled & asked him -“you do remember all your past 17 births? What about the 18th?”, then Pitamah said -“I don’t remember about my 18th birth”. Then Krishna told him that “in your 18th birth you were a prince and committed a sin by throwing off a snake with your arrow, when you had thrown it away then it had fallen upon a place which was full of thrones, many thrones got pierced through the body of that snake, it was causing great pain to him, later all family members of that snake tried to help him to get rid of those thrones, but they failed, then before dyeing the snake cursed you “He Rajan, I don’t know your identity, but the way you have caused me pain of thrones similarly one day you too will experience the same, you too will have a huge family, but no one will be able to uproot those thrones from your body and in this way you will die.”, then Krishna added more “as you followed the path of devotion in all your births so it was protecting you till date from the sin you committed, but as now you have fought from the side of Adharma (Duryodhan) so the dormant sin has ripened now.”. After listening to that Pitamah Bhishma was satisfied and he wished to die, then a divyajyoti (soul) came out of his body and found it’s place at the lotus feet of Shri Krishna.

mahabharat bhishma on the bed of arrowsLesson: So dear friends, never commit any sinful activity in life, always try to perform good karma and never boast about it. I have seen many of my friends who easily get frustrated to see dishonest people who are earning more and reaching the pinnacle of success very easily, but friends, never compare your condition with those who are dishonest in life, because you are not the Paramatma, so you have no idea about their previous lives and karmas, one thing you all just be rest assured, if something good or bad happens to you then your past karma is responsible for that, it’s not necessary to get the fruits of karma in the same birth itself, like in above incident you have already seen Pitamah Bhishma to suffer the pain of his karma which he did in his previous 18th birth. Just make sure that in this present birth you are causing no pain to others, not committing any injustice or any type of sinful activity. Because, you might think that no one is seeing you, but the Paramatma or Shri Krishna is present in every molecules of this universe, he is watching all our karmas at the same time he is also watching the demigods and their activities too, so we all are mere children of him, he counts all our activities and accordingly we get the fruit of the same. Regarding this I would like to share one small story with all of you.

A small story: Once upon a time there were 2 brothers, one was dishonest but very rich, he was living very happily as he had all the luxurious goods, but the other one was very poor and back to back 3 days he had no food to cook at home, he was surviving on mere alms, then the rich brother mocked upon him and told, “see, you follow the path of devotion and through out the day you do the bhajan only, this is the reason your god has given you no foods, and see me, I don’t do bhajan, but I am having everything. So better join me, work for me & I shall give you foods”, but the poor brother went on continuing his bhajan. One day the rich brother told the poor one to accompany him to a journey, then while walking the rich brother suddenly slipped off and fallen on ground, then he marked that place where he had fallen, when the poor brother asked him why did he mark that place then he said that whenever and wherever he falls on ground, on digging that place he gets a pot full of gold, then the poor brother said “okay” and continued to walk, after a certain time the poor brother slipped off and fallen on ground, but the place where he had fallen were full of thorns, he got wounded, to see this the rich brother again mocked upon him and said “see, where I fall on ground, I get the gold, but as you do the bhajan so you receive the thorns only on falling on ground”, listening to that the poor brother got hurt and started crying and asked god “why this is so? Why even after serving him through Bhajan he receives thorns only?”, then to see his condition god himself appeared in front of him and told “your brother is enjoying his luck because of his past karma, in his past birth he was a benevolent and used to do a lot of charity, this is the reason though he has become dishonest now or not doing any pious work, still enjoying everything and he will continue to enjoy it until his good karma of past life ends up, but Oh my dear devotee, you are dearest to me as you do the bhajan & living your life in ethical ways, actually you were to die when you had fallen, because of your devotion I have given you a new life and beaten your death with those thorns, nothing else”. In this way God blessed him with a happy and new life and disappeared.

So friends, hope you got your answers now why few people are earning more than you even after not following the honest path, don’t worry, once there good karma will end up then they too will start experiencing the misfortune. Just engage yourself in good karma with the feelings of duty and at the end of the day before going to sleep just pray to God and say “Oh My Lord, I am putting all my works and it’s fruits at your lotus feet, please don’t give me any Paap or Punya, just bless me with pure devotion and unconditional love at your lotus-feet so that I can serve you more efficiently & selflessly”, this is what I myself pray to god everyday, because Bhagwat Gita has taught me this which today I have shared with all of you. 🙂 Actually by not expecting or asking for any fruit of your karma you will remain free of any types of bondage and after death you can go back to Krishna, you need not to born again and die again, you will become free of this eternal cycle of birth & death. This is what Nishkam Karmayog is. May Krishna bless you all. Hare Krishna. 🙂

Karna – The Tragic Hero of Mahabharata or a Great Demon? Judge Yourself

The post which I am going to write on the great character of Karna, is a continuous effort of last 3 months or more than that, during this phase I was listening to Vagwat Mahapuran from different sages and Bhagwat preachers, but it was a single day when I discovered the actual fact of Karna from Devi ChitralekhaJi. So finally I am very happy to write the post and present the same in front of you all.

Before I tell you regarding the previous birth of Karna, let me tell you about the Nishkam Karmayog which was explained by Lord Krishna to Arjuna in the battlefield of Kurukshetra and you all will witness how this yog became the integral part of Karna’s life. So kindly follow the images attached bellow:

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Hope things are a bit clear to you now, if not then I’m explaining it further in a simple way-
What is Nishkam Karma Yog?
When one performs his duty without having any expectation in mind to achieve any goal or any result then it’s called Nishkam Karma or Nishkam Karma yog. And Yog is worship towards Krishna. If I am running this website with the expectation to earn fame and fortune then it will become Sakam Karma (Karma having desire or expectation from), so as a result of this desire this act of mine will lose it’s purity and become contaminated. But if I will keep on running the website without having any expectation of how many people will appreciate my work or how many Fb likes I will earn then I will remain free from earning the Pap (Sin) or Punya (Merit), but be it’s sin or merit, if the volume will be high enough for which this present birth is not sufficient to suffer or enjoy then because of this bondage I need to rebirth on this earth, so I will be losing the chance to meet salvation or mokshya. But the actual moto should be to utilize the present time in practicing the Krishna consciousness and return to the Lotus feet of Radha Madhav. It’s so simple. In future I will focus more on Bhagwat Gita Slokas through different posts. Now coming back to Karna’s topic.

The Past of Karna:
In his previous birth Karna was a demon naming as Dambhodbhav, according to few sages Dambhodbhav had one more name as Sahasrakabachi. By spliting this name we will get 2 different words as Sahasra (1000) & Kabachi (Protection), so one who is protected by 1000 Kabach Kundals, is known as Sahasrakabachi. In order to please Sun the demon did penace for many years, when finally Sun was pleased then he appeared before the Sahasrakabachi and asked him to partake a boon. Then the demon wished to become immortal, but Sun said as per the law of nature set by Lord Krishna is one who will take birth in this world must die after completing his allotted time span. So he should ask for alternate boon. Then after thinking for sometime what the demon asked was totally unique and extraordinary too in nature. He asked “Oh Lord Sun kindly give me a 1000 Kavach–Kundal that should not break for at least 1000 years and one who breaks it should die immediately.” The Sun granted this and disappeared. As usual after getting such a divine power the demon started misusing it and caused havoc to the world, and as the boon was such that the person who will break the Kabach will die immediately, so no one even tried to protest. So when everything started going beyond controll or tolerance then all the demigods along with sages approached the Lord Narayana in order to get rid of this problem.

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To save this world then Lord Narayana formed himself as 2 sages (Nara & Narayana) and they started fighting one by one. First Nara started fighting with SahasraKabchi and Narayana started meditating for 1000 years and gained a lot of power which is known as Mrit Sanjeevani Vidya. When after fighting for long 1000 years Nara was able to break the 1st kabach then immediately he died, then Narayana with his Mrit Sanjeevani power brought back Nara’s life and started fighting with the demon for next 1000 years, in between Nara also meditated and gained the same Mrit Sanjeevani vidya, when Narayana died after breaking the 2nd Kabach then Nara brought back his life. In this way the process went on and on for long 1000000 years and Nar-Narayana’s joint effort was able to break 999 Kabachs. When the demon realized that the divine and unbeatable power of both, then he escaped the battlefield and took shelter in the aura of Sun or Surya Mandal. Later in next birth the same demon re-birthed as Karna, he became the son of Mata Kunti and Sun. As this matter always been a very controversial topic in our society so I would take this opportunity to clear the matter, first of all Mata Kunti is as pure as Mata Ganga. By serving a lot Mata Kunti got a boon from the Sage Durvasa, the boon was nothing but a Mantra through which she can ask any God to meet with her anytime she want and get a child of him without loosing the virginity. To verify or to test this boon once Mata Kunti wished to meet the Suryadev and to her surprise Suryadev really appeared in front of her and gave a baby boy who was none other than the demon itself who completed his life cycle hiding behind the aura of Sun. Now please pay attention to this incident as I am going to relate it to Nishkam Karmayog of Gita. The penace of the demon was a Sakam Karma, but as the previous life was not sufficient for him to enjoy the boon so he did not get the salvation and after a long time he had to take rebirth to enjoy the remaining fruit of his past Karma. Hope I have been able to clear this point. 🙂

In my last FB post I told all of you that I will reveal the secret relation of 3 characters, Krishna, Arjuna & Karna, so by now you know Karna was the reincarnation of the demon and he birthed with his remaining 1 Kabach. The Nar & Narayana also reappeared as Arjuna and Krishna in order to break the remaining 1 Kabach, so this was the secret relation of them which I meant in my post. 🙂 However as the Kurukshetra war had to be lasted for 18 days so Krishna begged the Kabach back by Devraj Indra and you guys know the remaining story well, Arjuna defeated Karna with help of Narayana/Krishna.

But if I will focus only the negative part of Karna then it will be injustice to him, it is the known fact that he was a great beneficent (Daan Veer), when he was asked to give his Kabach Kundal as alms, he did not hesitate to give it though he knew well that Devraj Indra will be coming to him in disguise of a brahmin to get the Kabach Kundal, he also knew that he is the elder brother of Pandavas and this secret was revealed to him by Krishna only before the war began, however as he made a promise in his life to Duryodhana that he will always stand by him, so he kept his promise even after knowing well that Defeat will be the ultimate outcome to Kauravas. We know that he made a derogatory statement upon Doupadi, but later Karna admitted this great sin of him to Krishna and told that Droupadi is nothing but a real Sati (loyal wife {the 5 Pandavas was none other than the 5 different forms of a same Deity known as Pachomukhi Indra and Droupadi was the Sarga Laxmi, the wife of Panchamukhi Indra}) and he went on making negative statements on the day of Duyt Krira. So there is no doubt that he was a brave man. So this is what the actual story is behind the tragic hero of Karna.

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