Friday, May 7, 2010

God's Love is impartial to All and the Results we get in our lives are based on our Attitude

One should maintain an attachment with  God. This may differ from person to person. One may think about Him as his Lover, Relative, Master, Guide or even as a Foe who frightens him. However he never shows any inequality or any unevenness towards the people who like him or does not like him. In His view, all are His children and He will show no partiality among them. Liking and disliking are no concerns in his view.

However we may feel that God punishes some people and grants boons to some others. This is not correct and it is only our ignorant perception. The Hindu Srimad Bhagavath Gita (BhagavadGita) confirms it in several instances. The nature of God is to save all from down fall and to keep them  on the right path to reach Him. For this, the treatment of God depends upon our own behavior or attitude. If our behavior is smooth, the treatment will also be smooth. If it is harsh, the same is the treatment. So love for love and enmity for enmity. It is automatic. In other words, we can say God is automatic and acts very transparently. Therefore we are very much responsible for the receipt of treatment (good or bad) from  God through  Nature, which is prevailing around us which includes every living being and non living things.

This concept of getting ‘Results’ based on our attitude, behavior, thoughts and deeds, is otherwise called Karma Phala Siddhanta (Deeds and Results Theory), which is well explained in the Bhagavad-Gita. Those who excel in their life doing their assigned duties properly, following the right principles, will always strive to do good to the fellow beings because those are the pioneers in understanding this Karma Phala Siddhanta and they can be considered as ‘Karma Yogis’.

In the  Mahabhagavata at the first instance itself it is said that ‘Saving (ruling) the Disciples is a great art and the Lord (God) is the expert in that art’. At times a situation may come, where both the rivals have to be supported, because both are right and are dependent on God. In such cases, a divine solution will emerge and God proves Himself as God leaving us bewildered in amazement. Let us recollect such an instance, the history of Great king ‘Maha Bali’ in Chapter 8 of Telugu edition (Script) of the  Maha Bhagavatam.

Bali, the Asura king of   Lower Worlds (‘Asuras’ meaning ‘Demons’) conquered the higher worlds and has driven Indra, the King of Devatas of  Heaven  ( ‘Devatas’ meaning gods) to forests. Years together, he was in troubles. ‘Adithi’, the mother of Indra prayed Lord Vishnu (the Supreme God) to save his son from his difficulties. Lord Vishnu was pleased with the prayers of Adithi and promised her to make her son the King of Heaven once again by ousting Bali from that place.

Well, the Supreme Lord has given a word and it should take place. But, how? King Bali was not a cruel person like the other Asura Kings. He was not at fault to receive the punishment from the Lord. Moreover he is the devotee of Lord Vishnu. God cannot show partiality and punish Bali for the sake of other devotee. Really to our rational human mind, it is a difficult situation to deal with.

To solve this problem Lord Vishnu has taken birth as a son of Adithi, and in this ‘avatar’ (incarnation) he was known as ‘Vamana’. He was a dwarf boy and at the right time, he reached the ‘Yagnasala’ (place of worship through Fire) of King Bali and extended his blessings as a priestly class boy. On seeing the glittering eyes and intelligent words being spoken by the boy, King Bali got  impressed and enquired the whereabouts of the boy. After getting the satisfactory replies, King Bali asked, what for he came and what did he want?

Vamana replied that he wanted only three feet of land for him and that too he wanted to measure with his little foot only. King Bali laughed at him and said, “You are still a boy and does not know how to wish. You are not requesting before an ordinary king, you are standing before the ruler of the three worlds. Come on, ask for more according to my dignity.”

The boy replied, “Yes my dear ruler, you are no doubt a great king but I want only three feet land. My need is limited, please grant that much. I will be satisfied”.

 King Bali decided to give three feet land as desired by the boy. While he was performing his traditional ritual of offering the land by pouring water from the ‘Kamandalam’ (a kettle), the spiritual master of King Bali, ‘Sukracharya’, with his intuitional powers studied the situation and found that the dwarf boy ‘Vamana’ was none other than Lord Vishnu, who is going to occupy all the three worlds with his three feet measurement. Immediately he revealed all the facts about Lord Vishnu’s birth as the Dwarf boy ‘Vamana’ and asked the King not to give anything to that cunning boy.

King Bali, after hearing his master Sukracharya, simply said that he has given a word and he cannot step back. His master repeatedly advised the King that he is going to meet the great danger and in such conditions one can lie to protect themselves. He also said that lying is not a sin when there is danger of losing life, property and character, and in saving pious men and holy cows and in the matter of women and in marriages. Therefore this is such an instance and he can say no to that boy.

In spite of such advice and some sort of threatening from his master (he is violating his master’s orders), King Bali stood strongly on his word and said that he would fulfill his given word even when his wealth vanishes, his kith and kin die or leave him, let the power diminish and let him  be imprisoned and  sent to Hell. He also said that even if the boy may be Lord Vishnu, or Brahma, the creator or Lord Siva, the destroyer, he is not worried and so saying he gave the required three feet land to that boy and asked him to measure as he likes. The boy enlarged his body expanding and occupying the whole world with his one foot and the upper worlds with his second foot and asked BALI for place to his third foot. Bali understood the situation and calmly showed his head to Vamana to place his third foot. Vamana (Lord Vishnu) immediately kept his foot on Bali’s head and pushed him  down to ‘Rasaatala’ the lower world. Then Lord Vishnu gave the Heaven to Indra and fulfilled his promise given to Adithi.

Now one may think, “But, what about Maha Bali? Is it not injustice done to him?” The reply is ‘No’. Lord (God) will not do so. So then, what happened next? Let us see further.

On entering Rasaatala by the push of Lord Vishnu’s foot, he was provided with a great palace. His kith and kin were allowed to live with him happily there. Lord Vishnu granted a boon to King Bali that he would be the King of Heaven in future and till then Lord Vishnu became the servant of King Bali at the seventh threshold of Bali’s palace safeguarding him day and night with his weapon mace. So the Lord made King Bali as his own master.

What an irony! Now King Bali is the master and Lord Vishnu is his servant. See Indra got his lost power, but King Bali got mastery over the Lord. Which is great?

This is the way how the Lord treats his disciples without partiality.

Courtesy: Sri. P. Subbarayudu (Preceptor) and Sri. B.E. Sampath Kumar (Abhyasi) of Sri RamaChandraji Maharaj Seva Trust, Kadapa.
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