In Mahabharat era - Mahatma Vidura [महात्मा विदुर] - who was a dasi-putra (son of servant of Hastinapur's king) - was considered as Shudra (means worker class) Varna. And Sri Krishna did visit his home - when he visited as a "messenger of Pandavas" - with the purpose to avoid the war.
See we need to understand that Bhagavan doesn't differentiate anyone based on Birth/Class. Lord Krishna(Vishnu/Rama) hugged Kubja(Nishada) and even visited her house.He embraced Guha and accepted love of Sabari. He also married Jambavati(Nishada).He ate banana peels offered by Sudra Vidura's wife and prefers to live in his small house than royal Kingdom of ...
"Eight fold paths" are not explicitly mentioned in this verse of Gita. The term which is mentioned is "Yoga Yajna"
स्वाध्यायज्ञानयज्ञाश्च यतयः संशितव्रताः।।4.28।।
dravya-yajñās tapo-yajñā yoga-yajñās tathāpare
swādhyāya-jñāna-yajñāśh cha yatayaḥ sanśhita-vratāḥ
According to Adi Shankaracharya, &...
Story of Krishna from childhood to Student days is given Srimad Bhavgavatha dashama skanda CANTO 10.
The Adulthood stories are given in Mahabharatha itself. But this spread across all 18 parvas.
Your answer to why Pūtanā died is because of Bhagwan Shri Kṛṣṇa’s greatness. He being God, sucked the life out of her while she was nursing him. Let’s look at how the Purāṇas describe Bhagwan sucking her life out of her:
Kṛṣṇa, laying hold of the breast with both hands, sucked it with such violence, that he drained it of the life; and the hideous Pūtanā, ...
There is mention of word Krishna in Ramayana several time but that should be taken as adjective which means "the most attractive one / the one who's all attractive / the one who's of dark complexion" etc.
To clarify, see this shloka from 119 Sarga of Yudhaa Kanada:
सीता लक्ष्मीर्भवान् विष्णुर्देवः कृष्णः प्रजापतिः || ६-११७-२८
वधार्थं रावणस्येह ...
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has not read scriptures. In one of his discourse, he makes it abundantly clear; I have transcribed the part where he says that:
me as a person, I always avoided learning Sanskrit language, though I have immense liking towards the language I avoided learning it when I had the opportunities to learn because the moment you learn Sanskrit ...
Lord Krishna as a child lived in the Vraja region, particularly in Vrindavana, among cowherds. When he was still a child he goes to Mathura, kills Kamsa and thereafter heads over to obtain education under Guru Sandīpani, i.e. while he was still young.
We see Lord Krishna’s company was mainly the cowherd children in Vrindavana. It is only at Sandīpani’s ...
This is a well kept secret of Achyuta Nanda tradition of Jyotish which roots back to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu himself, and has been recently been revealed by Pt. Sanjay Rath and his students through various texts.
So my question is, is there some kind of rule that all incarnations of Vishnu have their Janma Rashi and Janma Lagna as the same?
Almost there. The ...
The Purana is using sexual imagery to describe the relationship between Bhakta and God. There is no need to read the imagery literally.
I am adding this material in response to the request in the comment for a credible commentary. There are available three explanations of the Rasalila episode (also given in Srimad Bhagavatam).
'Critics have not been wanting ...
I. Can one with predominance of Rajas and Tamas worship Lord Vishnu?
Yes. Those with Rajasic and Tamasic Guna predominance can become devotees of Vishnu. Where Vishnu is considered the Supreme, though in his Saguna form as Vishnu he is sattvic, yet as the Supreme God he is the Lord of Maya and above these gunas which are in fact a product of Maya. ŚB 6.1. ...
Yes, there is mention of Zodiac signs in Mahabharata.
One such reference is present in Mahabharata: Vana Parva: Markandeya-Samasya Parva:
A gift also that is made while the Sun is on the solstitial points, one again that is made on the last day of the Sun's path through Libra, Aries, Gemini, Virgo, and Pisces, a gift again during eclipses of the Moon and ...
The mantra does occur in the chaitanyabhAgavata. Chaitnya said it in Adi 14.145-146, and this is obvious when you see the original Bengali text as well:
hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare, hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare. ei sloka nama bali laya mahamantra, solanama batrisaaksara ei tantra.
This consists of sixteen names of the ...
So, my question is, here Krishna is to be taken as the adjective which means - "The most attractive one / the one who's all attractive / the one who's of dark complexion".
Or it is to be taken in the proper noun form, i.e., the incarnation of the Lord - "Shri Krishna"?
It appears most translators of Rāmāyaṇa consider kṛṣṇa to be a proper ...
The Vishvarupa darshana does not find mention in the Shiva Purana by Gita press too. Yet, a similar incident in a similar sequence finds mention in the Ramcharitmanas by Tulsidas.
We can say it is slightly modified version of vishvarupa compared to what Shri Krishna shows Arjuna. It is a form of Shri Rama in which many Brahmas, Vishnus, Shivas, other devatas ...
The Yadava clan (Bhoja, the Andhaka, and the Vrishni races) fought among themselves and died. Sri Krishna was witness to this incident.
Later, when Arjuna tried to bring the women of Vasudeva, robbers attacked him and he, being a great warrior, could not protect all the women.
Vyasa consoling him says as follows:
‘The mighty car-warriors of the Vrishni and ...
No need for any commentators. The answer is in the Gita itself. Krishna says in Chapter 18 (Swami Nikhilananda translator):
He who, with supreme devotion to Me, teaches this deeply profound philosophy to those who are devoted to Me shall without question come to Me.
There is none among men who can do anything more pleasing to Me than he; nor shall there be ...
Bhagavan Krishna engaged in sexual intercourse with gopis.
Several scriptures do mention it, including the references from the Brahma Vaivarta purana you mentioned.
The answer has been completed. But wait.....
One need to understand it in detail. It is a Leela performed by Krishna. Scriptures clearly say that (Rasa) Leela shouln't be imitated by humans. ...
First of all Ashwatthama was not cursed till end of Kaliyuga. The curse was to last for 3,000 years as per Sauptika Parva (taken from Mahabharata)
As regards thyself, all wise men know thee for a coward and a sinful wretch! Always engaged in sinful acts, thou art the slayer of children. For this reason, thou must have to bear the fruit of these thy sins. ...
Yes. A person who kills cow has to rot in hell for as many years as there are hairs on the body of the cow.
He, who, without being checked by the restraints of the scriptures, sells a cow, or kills one, or eats the flesh of a cow, or they, who, for the sake of wealth, suffer a person to kill kine,--all these, viz., he that kills, he that eats, and he that ...
Why did he not kill Devaki or Husband and yet made them live together in the same cell?
Kamsa did tried and was ready to kill Devaki at the time when the voice from the sky warned him about his death from the hands of Devakis eighth son . But Vasudeva pacified him with a promise that he will hand over all their sons to kamsa afterwards and hense Kaṁsa agreed ...
Yes, Krishna did.
In-order to perform his duty of intercession completely, Krishna teaches and tried to help Karna. But Karna, accepting Krishna's words, explained his reasons for not implementing the advice of Krishna.
Four chapters of Mahabharata contains the conversation between Krishna and Karna.
The four chapters are: section 140 to section 143 of ...
Also, are there any other similar instances (need not be based on the
same practice of Tulabharam) described in the scriptures, where a
Husband or Wife (or anyone of kith and kin type) makes such kind of
philanthropic benefaction based dharmic donation i.e dāna (दान) to
Tulapurusha is mentioned as one of the most effective sin cleansing measures in ...
Syamantaka mani episode happened before Mahabharata war.
After Syamantaki mani episode, Satyabhama became wife of Krishna.
In Mahabharata vana parva, when Pandavas are in the forest, Krishna visits them along with his wife Satyabhama. So by this time, the syamantaka episode must have occurred.
Hence the conclusion.
Swami Vishwananda's answer explained very well.
For Grihast persons, best way is to imbibe supreme learning into long term memory by listening an audio chapter before sleeping, it will even help sound sleep and consistency in learning the Divine truth better.
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Who else had swallowed the poison then, had Lord Siva not done so? Each and every scripture that has described the Churning of the Ocean episode has confirmed that Lord Siva consumed it. In fact, it was ONLY Lord Siva's ability to swallow the 'Halahala' poison.
And another thing, almost all our authentic scripture including the Vedas, the Upanishadas, the ...
Lord Vishnu doesn't have a fixed form but assumes any form for the sake of Devotees to reciprocate love.
In whatever way people surrender unto me, I reciprocate with them
accordingly. Everyone follows my path, knowingly or unknowingly, O son
of Pritha.(BG 4.11)
Whatever form a devotee seeks to worship with faith, I
steady the faith of such a devotee in that ...
According to Nivaran Tantra:
निराकारो महाविष्णुः साकारोऽपि क्षणे क्षणे ।
यदा साकाररुपोऽसौ द्विभुजो मुरलीधर: ॥
MahaVishnu is formless, sometimes he gives 'Sakar Darshan' (to see him with form). During the time when we see him, he is in form of Murilidhar with Two hands.
(From Sarvollāsatantram, 16th Ulhassa)
According to Srila Prabhupada BG 11.3
"...Now as far as Arjuna is concerned, he is inspired by the statements of Kṛṣṇa, but in order to convince others in the future who may think that Kṛṣṇa is an ordinary person, Arjuna desires to see Him actually in His universal form, to see how He is acting from within the universe, although He is apart from it...&...
The following interpretation is in line with the paribhāşa-sutra: 'krsnastu bhagavan svayam' is as follows:(taken from Chaitanya Mata Manjusha commentary of Srinatha pandita)
The explanation of the above controversial words is this, sequentially:
(1) aṁśāvatāraḥ (the Avatāra of an aṁśa) signifies: aṁśānāṁ nārāyaṇādīnām avatāraḥ yasmāt saḥ, “He from whom ...