Thursday, January 5, 2012

In the presence of God

Swami Vivekananda was a great Hindu saint and philosopher. When he was very young, he had several problems at home. He went to a saint called Ramakrishna. He told him about his problems. Ramakrishna advised Vivekananda to go to the nearby Kali (hindu goddess) temple and pray to her for help.

Vivekananda followed Ramakrishna's advice. When he reached the temple and saw the idol of goddess Kali, he forgot his troubles and just stood there as though mesmerized. He tried to go back to the temple several times, and each time he was unable to ask goddess Kali for help. He was just blissful to be in her presence.

The same thing happened when Sudama went to meet Krishna.

Everything happens for a good reason

Sage Vishwamitra requests Dasharatha to send his young sons' Rama and Lakshmana with him to help him slay the monsters in his Ashram.

This sounds like a dangerous expedition. It shocks Dasharatha and makes him worried. He does not see how this can be good for his sons' until Vasishta explains to him.

Similarly in a lot of instances we do not see the big picture and get worried about the immediate circumstances. We realize only until much later that whatever happened was for a good reason.

Shiva's boons

In many mythological stories Shiva is known to give boons to a lot of Asuras. Why is that so?

Shiva is known to be a compassionate lord in Hinduism. He grants wishes despite of knowing that people will misuse them. This is because he knows that in the end people will realize their mistake and change their ways.

Realizing our fault ourselves has a greater impact than being corrected by someone else. This is what happens to Kubera in this book.


The story - "Pillar" is all about faith. Sometimes faith in a God is more powerful than God himself. In Ramayana, Hanuman had faith in Rama and crossed the ocean effortlessly. Whereas Rama himself needed the bridge to cross the same ocean.