Ram Katha London Day 3: 14/8/17

Bapu told the story of Madhava, a great maestro of music but a man of very bitter tongue. He was exiled by the ruler of his own kingdom and went to another kingdom where the ruler was enjoying a musical session. Madhav was not admitted to the palace but he was allowed to sit on the doorstep and listen to the music from outside. He found the tabla playing defective and asked the king to get it corrected. He refused to stay in that kingdom and ultimately, he was sent to Vikram Adhitya with a note to say that he is very out spoken though he is a great maestro of music. Vikram admitted to his Court in spite of his   short comings. While telling this story Bapu advised us to keep on learning new things all throughout our life so that we are able to improve our svabhava. Bapu quoted Rumi who said that I’m ready to wait until God breaks his silence to me and until he admits me in his circle of beloved. There is no time limit for patiently waiting, not only for this life but for many lives thereafter. Secondly Bapu said that we should always appreciate the art without bothering about the limitations of the artist. Bapu mentioned that pushpadanta has noted the repulsive paraphernalia of Shiva and yet with all his defects, Shiva is to be praised because he helps people to overcome their difficulties and dangers of life. The artist should not be arrogant but he can be reasonably proud of his achievements. In this connection Bapu observed that it is the so-called religions have altered the beauty of spiritualism.

Picking up the threads from the previous day Bapu said we have discussed the mahima of satsanga and sadhu. The third mahima is that of naam. Bapu said that Ganesh was the first to understand the mahima of naam and that is why he gets precedence on every auspicious occasion. Meditation was the main activity in Satya yug, yagnas were very popular in Treta, ceremonials and worship (pooja) of gods prevailed in Dwapar, but all these are not possible in Kalyug. Naam is the only thing which can save us and therefore naam is the best sadhana in the age in which we are living. Naam is so important that out of billions of Ramayana, Shiva retained only two words – Ram. Naam gives us everything in this world and even in the spiritual world. Name of Rama is wish fulfilling tree – kalpataru.

In response to a question, Bapu narrated many autobiographical details about his life, when he was young and poor. He has done numerous, assorted types of jobs including that of daily labour. Bapu described that all his achievements are due to Ram naam and therefore mahima of Ram naam is unparalleled.

Then the mahima of Durga was described in Ramcharita manas. In this connection Bapu referred to many stutis of different mother gods. Durga or Parvati has been described in manas in two different stages. As Sati, she is born of Daksha, the embodiment of logical intellect and cleverness which very often is the denial of faith – vishvas. Her rebirth as Parvati the daughter of Himalaya, who is the embodiment of shruddha that is united with Shiva. Bapu said that out of all the 27 mahimas in Ramcharita manas, mahima of Ram and Shiva is most extensively described.

Before turning to the narration of Ram katha, Bapu picked up another question which he replied at length. The question was whether Marich became a gold mruga or whether he was a kapat mruga. Bapu raised the question, why did Ravana ask Marich to become a deer rather than any other animal. This can be explained in two or three different ways. The first explanation is that the deer in Indian languages is known as haran and abduction of Sita is also Sita haran. Secondly there is musk in the navel of the deer and there was nectar in the navel of Ravana. The third explanation was that Marich was a prem mruga. Love is very similar to gold, as eternal as gold and as shining as gold. Ram ran after prem because God always follows his bhaktas. Bapu said that all the qualities of love are very similar to the qualities of the deer. Bapu then turned to the narration of katha and picked up the story from where he had left on Saturday and brought the story down to Yagyavakya, starting his narration of Ram katha by referring to Shiva visiting Agastya.

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