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Sunday, July 26, 2009

About the Teacher!


How much has been said about him? And yet, how much remains unsaid? How many perspectives to this one man? How many faces? How many colours? How many different roles?

What we have undergone Krishna knows. What Krishna has undergone, none of us know!

He had been a fish!
He had been a tortoise!
He had been a boar!
He had been a lion!
He had been a man bound with anger and vengeance, as Parasurama!
He had been the Perfect Man, as Lord Rama!

He not only knows how it is to be a man. He also knows, how it is to be a woman!
He has subjected himself to pregnancy and has given birth to Swami Iyyappa!
He knows the pain and joy of being a mother!

If you are a teenager, fallen in love, you can look unto him. RadheShyam, knows how you feel!
If you are a lover who is seperated from your beloved, SitaRam knows your longing!
If you are dealing with your enemies, you can look unto him for strategies!
If you are an artist, you can look unto him for nuances!

He knows, how it is to worship. He knows, how it is to be worshipped.
He is a musician, a warrior, a philosopher, a ruler, a political strategist, a mystic, a cow herd and a charioteer.

What is in Krishna, you can find anywhere else.
But what is not in Krishna, you can't find anywhere else.

The Holy Gita is about transcending,
from the limited to the unlimited!
From transitory to the eternal!
From bondage to freedom!

It is not just about transcending. But also about enjoying the process!
It is not just about traveling from earth to heaven, but also about enjoying the journey!

And Krishna is a Master in this!

We are ordinary humans. We are bound by hunger, thirst, love, hate, anger, agreability, pain, pleasure, desire, aversion and much more.

Krishna is the supreme Lord. He has bounded himself in all these! And, he has transcended back to the unbound state, over and over again.

He knows how it is to be imprisoned in the body. And he knows how it is to feel free, in the cosmos at large!

He has bound himself a number of times and unbound himself as many times!

This is why I like to look upon God Almighty, as Krishna.

Krishna did not just create the universe and stay away from it, intervening only to give boons and punishments.

He participates in it! Shoulder to shoulder! Rolling up his sleeves and tucking in his shirt, he gets down to work with us. Gives us demonstration. He experiences our pleasure and pain. He sings and dances. He fights his enemies and romances women. He eats, sleeps and breathes like all of us. He performs and gets rewarded. He flaws and pays the price.

What ever he preaches to Arjuna as Krishna, he had practised with sincerety in his previous incarnation, as Rama. That is why Lord Rama, never performed any miracles except for the liberation of Ahalya. And even that happens without Lord Rama's conscious effort. Because as Lord Rama, he wanted to be a role model for men. He put himself in a state that is equal to that of a human being. And did all that is expected of a human being in his creation.

What we have undergone, Krishna knows. What Krishna has undergone, none of us know!

That is what makes him qualify, to be the teacher!

A respectable teacher, when you realise his experience!

A lovable teacher, when you realise that it is the God Almighty, who had subjected himself to such experiences, for the simple reason that he did not want to give something to us without tasting it first!


KParthasarathi said...

I am rendered speechless after reading this post.My eyes are moist.There is goose bumps all over the body.It will take a while for me to react to this wonderful post, Ramesh.I hope this is the harbinger of sweeter posts to come. May Lord Krishna bless you

shri ramesh sadasivam said...

Thank you sir!

Any appreciation to me, belongs to him! :)

Prerna231 Group said...

Jai Shri Krishna Ji... My God!!!
What a wonderful post... I am dumb struck... Deep meaning of each and every word here...

I bow my head to the praise of Almighty who has inspired you to put in your effort...


shri ramesh sadasivam said...

:) Hare Krishna!

manivannan said...

WOW! An awe-inspiring write up about Krishna anna. Wonderful! Keep posting often to intense our spiritual thirst :-)

Hare Krishna!

shri ramesh sadasivam said...

Sur Mani, Thanks

lakshmi said...

there is a beautiful clarity in the way you have put forth the meaning Ramesh.
Great one indeed

shri ramesh sadasivam said...

Dear Lakshmi,

Thanks for reading all the posts and sharing your views. I am glad you liked it.

Ayesha Parveen said...

Hi Ramesh!

This is really nice. Krishna never made a flaw..what came across as His flaw, (for example, the killing of Gandhari's sons, in the eyes of Gandhari) was actually part of His 'leela'. Krishna is 'Ach-chyutam'; He is the only one who is flawless. All others can aspire to be at the most, 'anagh' or washed of sins, but not flawless.

Hare Krishna!

shri ramesh sadasivam said...

Hi Ayesha,

When I say Krishna flaws, I meant the accumulation of negative karma. And I didn't mean only in this incarnation.

I'll give you an example. When he took the form of Vamana, he asked for a boon from Bali and used it in a way unexpected by Bali and took away his kingdom.

When he was Lord Rama, he payed the price.His step mother did the same thing to him.

This is the law of Karma. When you do something to others, you too will get the same in one way or other.

Krishna knows this. But owing to the upholding of Dharma, he accumulates such negative karma now and then, and he washes them off. Mostly by paying the price.

When you want to plant a seed, you know your hands will get muddy. You know you can wash it off once the job is done. Thats what, I said, Krishna does. He flaws and pays the price.

What you say is also right. He is 'Ach-chyutam'.

In that perspective, he never eats, never sleeps, never breathes. He was never born. Nor does he have a father or a mother.

This is sathsang. We can discuss this further, if you like.

கவிநயா said...

ரமேஷ்! நலமா? ரொம்ப நாளா காணலையே!

//What is in Krishna, you can find anywhere else.But what is not in Krishna, you can't find anywhere else.//

wonderfully said and excellently written post. thank you very much!

Ayesha Parveen said...

Hi Ramesh!

Krishna is beyond 'Karma' because He is Parmaatmaa. Karma is only for the Jeevaatmaas. I reiterate that it was His 'Leela', to convey a message.

shri ramesh sadasivam said...

Vanakkam. Konjam Busy- athaan vara mutiyala.

Thanks for your appreciation.


Krishna is beyond Karma. True. But while he takes an incarnation he subjects himself to Karma!. It is his play, but he plays by the rules. He doesn't keep the rules only for others.

A good ruler abides by the rules. Just because he is the law maker, he doesn't say these laws are not for me. He too abides by them. Thats is what Krishna is.Krishna is a genuine King. He doesn't have one law for the citizen and another law for himself.

He breaks the laws only while performing miracles. Other than those special instances, he always plays by the rules.

Ayesha Parveen said...

Hi Ramesh!

That is what I have said all along: Krishna is beyond karma and so, what is perceived by mere jeevs to be a flaw in Him, is actually His Leela to convey a message.

Best wishes :)

shri ramesh sadasivam said...

I think my statement, "He flaws and pays the price" has stirred up this converstation.

I tried to show Krishna in a more lovable perspective. When we say Krishna is almighty, he can do this, do that, people tend to ask, "What big almighty? Where was he when Tsunami came?"

Thats why I said, he participates in his creation. Like any of us. That is the point I am trying to make here. And, while participating he subjects himself to Karma. He binds himself and then he unbinds himself. He knows both sides. Not just theoretically, but also practically.

I never said that in the point of mere jeevs.

shri ramesh sadasivam said...

I don't contradict your statement. But when you say he is beyond Karma, he becomes a little distant from us. When you say, he is beyond Karma but still he subjects himself to karma, he becomes more adorable isn't it? :)

venus66 said...

A wonderful post from you.Thank you for sharing.

shri ramesh sadasivam said...

Hi Venus,

Thanks. I am glad you liked it!

Niru said...

Wonderful! I was speechless after reading this one.I think atleast 4 minutes I forgot myself after reading this.
Oh My God! In every word I could feel Krishna.
I salute you.You are a blessed person.

shri ramesh sadasivam said...

Thanks Niru.

Cyrus Rumi said...

A great post...thank you for sharing, brother...

Namaste to you:)


shri ramesh sadasivam said...

Hi Cyrus,

Thanks. It 's my pleasure brother!

Namaste! :)

carl sagan said...

I am a student of Swami Chinmayananada as well. The knowledge gained from Puja Gurudev surpasses all vicarious knowledge I have received in schools and university. My prostrations to my Guru.

NARANG said...


shri ramesh sadasivam said...

Thanks for the comment Sir!