Sunday, September 18, 2016

Breaking


Sri:
Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama:
Priya arangan adiyars,

We live in such a tumultuous world today that hardly a day passes without someone trying to “break-free” and “revolutionize” things or events. There is a short-lived excitement in breaking with the norm. Elderly voices might chide such actions as rank indiscretions. But, the young at heart need not feel that all is lost.

The most enduring memories of Krishna involve the breaking of something or the other. We can find solace that the master mischief-maker is well and truly at work. If there is anyone who can get busy just at mischief, it is Krishna.

Be it the breaking of shackles that bound His parents in prison, or the breaking of pots as a child, or the breaking of the promise to not lift a weapon in war, it is a sequence of something breaking. Unlike the revolutions humans are capable of, which eventually lead to despair and confusion, it becomes a cause for joy when Krishna breaks something.

We gasp in wonder when the shackles of prison drop off. We are filled with mirth and awe as He runs around as a small kid stealing butter and breaking pots. We are moved with disbelief and belief, sentiments equal in measure, as He breaks His own vow to protect His devotee.

What could be special in the act of God, born child, breaking pots for butter?

For our times, it contains a profound message, and it is a message that acts at both levels of legend and life.  It moves our saints to states of deep spiritual experience. The Master of the universe decides to incarnate, and allows Himself the simple pranks of a child with an intention to charm His devotees.

The breaking of fetters will keep recurring a thousand times in the world if the inner fetters of the ego are not broken. When they are broken, what remains is the pure soul, enjoyable to Krishna as butter.

The self-fulfilled being is trying to seek out His butter which is all of us. In what can lie our fulfillment than to be consumed and enjoyed by Krishna?

As the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam says (through the voice of Gopīs), “akṣanvatāṃ phalamidaṃ na paraṃ vidāmaḥ” – “We know of nothing greater for those with eyes (than the sight of Krishna)!” Likewise, what can be greater for each of us, who exist, than to be offered to Krishna? Can there be any other worthwhile purpose to exist? What results then but pure joy!

The act of breaking the pot is captured in the tradition of uriyaḍi enacted during Śrī Jayanti. During the celebrations of Krishna Jayanti this year, the students of Srimaan Bhattar Gurukulam as also from Srimaan Bhattar Kuzham enacted this great tradition with festivity.

The students of Gurukulam conducted Thiruvaymozhi ghoshti on the days leading to the Śrī Jayanti. They performed Thirumanjanam and conducted procession for their Krishna.

While understanding the purpose of existence is vital, it is even better when it comes young. Many saints consider themselves truly born only after realizing this purpose. An early awakening saves one from regret of losing out on the joy of living with a clean svarupa.

Śrī Jayanti is a time for joy and celebration. The festivities carry with them the invitation to each of us to be born again with Krishna on this day, as we remember our purpose.

The link to the pictures taken during these celebrations can be viewed at :


1 comment:

  1. It is an interesting post, giving details about the life of Lord Krishna. This is not just a life it is a lesson to deal with the world in general. Thank you for the post.

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