Thursday, July 29, 2010

Atharan Adhyaya

Adhyaya One:
Panditji swayed as he chanted the slokas from the Gita, and then reverted to poetry to explain the slokas.

Lord Krishna uttered these words of encouragement to Arjun, ‘O Arjun, whenever the pot brims with sin I take birth in this world to end all the evil.’
Suddenly a voice was heard (other than the panditji of course). Panditji said with a frown,’ yes, speak up brother…’
“Panditji, I would like to know if there is any space left in the pot, and if it is already brimming, why is Bhagwan Krishna not born yet?”
Adhyaya Two:
But what could the poor Lord do? He had lodged himself in the womb of a noble mother but during this time her husband decided that they wouldn’t have a child until their next promotion. That is why, after consulting the doctor Lord Krishna was aborted in the womb itself.
Attempt one failed.
But the Lord God had to be born. This time He took refuge in the womb of the unmarried sister of the same person (Attempt One). She was having an affair with one of her colleagues.
“But where can we stay after we get married? I stay with my cousin”, said the male colleague after his sweetheart broke the news of her pregnancy and asked him to marry her. So, finally Lord Krishna was again sacrificed at the altar of housing problems in Mumbai.
Attempt 2 failed.
However, Lord Krishna was quite determined to be born. This time it was the turn of a middle aged state minister’s wife. He had no children and was medically proven to be impotent. But the minister was desperate that his wife should have a child somehow. That is why, he never saw his new private secretary coming out of his wife’s bedroom. Well coming to the point, the lady got pregnant and Lord Krishna was born on the auspicious occasion of Janam Ashtmi.
Adhyaya three:
Just as in Dwapar Yug, when the Lord showed yashodha maiyya entire universe in his mouth, similarly the Lord God opened his mouth to show his mother that he did not have mud in it and she saw the entire universe in it. Convinced that her son was indeed an incarnation of God, she ran to take him in her arms, but if the Lord God remained confined only within her arms, how would he then redeem this world?
Although he had taken birth to redeem this world, he would not do so until he grew up. And he had to grow up slowly and gradually, in months and years; After all he had no alternative but to follow the rules he himself had made for this world.
Meanwhile the pot of sin kept spilling out the elusive sin. It ran in rivers and streams in all the four directions. People? What could people do? Except bathe in these polluted rivers in order to maintain a semblance of cleanliness.
Coming back to Krishna Gopala and his honorable minister father Shri Bhagyawan, it was a worldwide known fact that for the upbringing of his son, his education and his secure future, he accumulated so much of wealth that even if Lord Krishna took birth several times on this earth, he wouldn’t have been able to spend all that money…even if he indulged in squandering it.
Adhyaya Four:
Krishna Gopala stayed with his father till the primary school, and then he was sent to USA for further studies. Since at that time Mr. Minister held the education department, he very well knew that the government would not go beyond the education policy. Moreover, he thought, it was useless studying one’s own language. (After all no one could question the supremacy of a Nehru or a Gandhi just because they spoke English much better than the English themselves). If Krishna Gopala goes abroad when still young then on his return he would surely give even the best a run for the money.
When Krishna Gopala arrived in America, at first he cried bitterly. Little did the Americans know that the Lord himself was performing his Lila. They did all they could do to make him feel at home. Soon he began to feel so much at home that he began to believe he was born there…where? Who knows where! Who were his parents! Who knows where they are! At the same time, the human rights’ movement had swept the America and for them the rights of an adolescent were separate from their parents. The child had the right to be independent of his parents. After spending many years in America, Krishna Goplala succeeded in getting a degree for himself. ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ were just two words either in books or in the letters that his parents wrote to him. In all these years, growing up in a human form, he had forgotten that he was actually Lord Krishna.
Krishna Gopalal had a torrid love affair in the last year of his school. He was about to commit suicide but he did not. His next love affair was during his college days when he fell for an American girl with whom he broke up himself. The girl was about to commit suicide. She did. His last affair was when Lord Krishna was in the Law school. Finally, He got married to Cathy.
Cathy was bold and beautiful. She told her husband quite frankly,”whether it’s you or somebody else, it is no different; I married you only because I wanted to see India anyway”
Krishna Gopala too, had not married Cathy for herself alone. He wanted to carry the whole of America with him to India. With Cathy, he would feel as if he was still living in America.
Adhyaya Five:
Alighting at IGI Airport, Krishna Gopala could not recollect the face of his parents. At the reception counter, when his father-old secretary-his real father, rushed towards him, he greeted him with an artificial warmth, “How are you dad?” But the Lord’s artificial father pushed him aside and explained to him, “I am your dad, son”.
On reaching home, the Lord came to know of his mother suffering from acute blood pressure and her being lying in the ICU of some hospital.
Adhyaya Six to Sixteen etc. etc.
Adhyaya seventeen
Yashodha maiyya returned the very next day from the hospital and embraced her son in such a firm grip that Krishna Gopala wondered at the strength of the old woman. Was her blood pressure shooting up again? “Take it easy, Mom” He said.
“How can I Gopala? My God and my son have both returned home!”
“Yes, I have returned home but where is your God?”
But before, maiyya could answer him; she fainted in sheer exhaustion of her joy. And to Gopala’s much relief she was again lying in an ICU!
Although the doctors had discharged yashodha maiyya from the hospital with strict instructions to keep a control over her emotions, whenever she saw her son, she would take him in his arms and embrace him.
At first the daughter-in-law Cathy put up with it for some time, but then after some time, she confronted her husband, and said, “Who is your wife? Your mother or I?”
“Isn’t it obvious, Honey?”
“Are you asking me why that old woman is so possessive of me? I myself don’t like it a bit”.
But Cathy seemed to be possessed. “Shall I tell you the truth? Your mother is actually a sexual pervert and wants to treat you like her husband.”
“You can take it any way you wish! But if you want to stay with me then make your choice!”
“Alright, honey, we will stay here for a few more days, and then return to USA.”
“Yes we will visit Agra, Ajanta Caves and Mohan jo daro”
“Sure, honey”
Adhyaya 18:
Yashodha maiyya could not stop crying and the honorable minster looked more grim and grave than at the time when he was convicted for the multicrore-scam.
Cathy and Gopala were leaving for America. The minister had organized a path of Gita. A special pandit was invited who could translate the slokas into English.
(Spiritual benefit for Lord God and Cathy!!)
“Hey Arjuna, whenever the pot brims with sin, I make my appearance in the world…”
Listening to panditji with great attention, Krishna Gopala couldn’t still remember that it was he who had uttered those words to Arjun.
He put down his cup of tea and said to his wife, “Interesting Honey isn’t it?” Then he laughed at his own thoughts,” You know what- each one of them here was Lord Krishna before their birth but after his birth forgot who he was and why was he born here.”

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