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Sandipani, Yagnopavit Sanskar - Shri Krishna - Ch. 11

BY Mr Shiv Sagar February 11,2017
Sandipani, Yagnopavit Sanskar - Shri Krishna - Ch. 11

Ugrasen was being crowned in Mathura. Nandrai was leaving for Gokul and took his leave of Krishna and Balram. Krishna and Balram were worried about what would happen if Nandbaba ordered them to return to Gokul! The purpose of him being incarnated on this earth would not be served then!

On Krishna’s order, Mahamaya erased the feeling of affection from Nandbaba’s mind and replaced it with knowledge. Nandbaba was very sad to have to leave, but Krishna explained that he should free himself from slavery to his emotions, and blessed him to continue on his dutiful path. Nandbaba blessed them and took his leave with peaceful mind.

''Vasudev took Krishna and Balram to the family priest Sage Garg’s ashram, and requested them to get their Yagnopavit (the initiation ceremony of the sacred thread amongst Hindus). According to the family priest’s suggestions, the king’s priest Satpak made arrangements for the ceremony.''

Once the ceremony was completed, the family priest advised them that after Brahmaji and Agnidev, now they were his brahmachari (a religious student who observes celibacy). The Guru (a preceptor who initiates) got the initiation done and ordered them to go to Sage Sandipani’s ashram to get education.

Both the brothers went to Sandipani’s ashram, became his disciples and took their education from him. There, Krishna met Sudama, and Krishna promised him to maintain their friendship for lifetime. Sandipani told Krishna and Sudama the story of Lord Vishnu’s ten incarnations.

"Krishna and Balram were worried about what would happen if Nandbaba ordered them to return to Gokul! The purpose of him being incarnated on this earth would not be served then! On Krishna’s order, Mahamaya erased the feeling of affection from Nandbaba’s mind and replaced it with knowledge. Nandbaba was very sad to have to leave, but Krishna explained that he should free himself from slavery to his emotions, and blessed him to continue on his dutiful path. Nandbaba blessed them and took his leave with peaceful mind."

The first story was of the Varaha avatar (incarnation). Hiranyaksha, the demon and enemy of the deities realized that with all the religious austerity and yagya (sacrifices) performed by the sages and saints living on the earth, the deities drew their strength.

So, if the earth were drowned in the sea, the deities would thereby become weak and be easy to defeat. Thinking this, he stole the earth and hid it under the sea. The deities prayed to God to get the earth released. Lord Vishnu took form of Varaha (a Boar) and manifested from the nostril of Lord Brahma.

He lifted up the earth on his tusks and held it up high over the sea. Demon Hiranyaksha attacked him, a great battle was fought and in the end Lord Vishnu killed Hiranyaksha. Earth got deliverance and the deities praised the lord. After this Sandipani recited the story of Narsinha avatar (incarnation).

"Hiranyaksha, the demon and enemy of the deities realized that with all the religious austerity and yagya (sacrifices) performed by the sages and saints living on the earth, the deities drew their strength. So, if the earth were drowned in the sea, the deities would thereby become weak and be easy to defeat. Thinking this, he stole the earth and hid it under the sea."

After the death of Hiranyaksha, his brother Hiranyakashyap was very furious and so created a wave of terror to terminate completely the existence of the Saints and Sages. Terrified by him, the deities again requested Lord Vishnu to protect the saints from the terror of Hiranyakashyap.

Lord Vishnu reassured them that he would kill Hiranyakashyap and relieve all of them from his persecution. Here, on the advice of Shukracharya, the teacher of the demons, Hiranyakashyap worshipped Brahmaji and received a boon from him that he could not die by day or by night, also not by any weapon.

No animal, human being, deity and demon would be able to kill him. He would not die up in the sky or touching the earth. Brahmaji blessed him with that desired boon. On receiving it, however, Hiranyakashyap became immediately full of ego, and so stopped praying to the Lord and the deities of earth, and made an announcement that he was the Lord and henceforward people should worship him. Every one on earth stopped praying at all as they were afraid of him.

"Hiranyakashyap worshipped Brahmaji and received a boon from him that he could not die by day or by night, also not by any weapon. No animal, human being, deity and demon would be able to kill him. He would not die up in the sky or touching the earth. Brahmaji blessed him with that desired boon."

But Hiranyakashyap’s devout son Prahlad prayed to, and worshipped the Lord. Hiranyakashyap got angry at this and tried again and again to kill Prahlad. He threw Prahlad from a mountain but he was saved. Hiranyakashyap made him sit on the lap of his sister Holika who tried to burn him to ashes with fire. Holika had a boon that she could not be burnt by fire. But when she took Prahlad in her lap and set them both on fire, she was burnt but Prahlad was not, as the whole time he was praying to Vishnu.

In the end, when Hiranyakashyap finally got serious about trying to kill Prahlad, Lord Vishnu manifested in the form of Narsinha, the half-man, half lion (neither animal or man) and at twilight (neither day nor night), keeping Hiranyakashyap lying across his knees (not up in the air and not touching the earth) and tore his stomach open with his sharp claws (he did not use any actual weapon). Hiranyakashyap died.  The deities fervently praised the Narsinha form of the Lord when they saw this.

"Lord Vishnu manifested in the form of Narsinha, the half-man, half lion (neither animal or man) and at twilight (neither day nor night), keeping Hiranyakashyap lying across his knees (not up in the air and not touching the earth) and tore his stomach open with his sharp claws (he did not use any actual weapon). Hiranyakashyap died."


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