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Praise Him

Hari OM
Application - that is what 'Workings-days' are about!

The Mukundamala of King Kulashekhara is the focus, currently, as we seek to raise our devotion.

In the last part of the eighteenth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita it is said, "where there is the Lord along with the one who wants to achieve (like Arjuna), there is success." The reference is to the battle between good and evil, not externally, but within ourselves. It also indicates that we cannot do it alone - we must have something Higher, Nobler and Stronger than us to hold on to as we fight our way out of our low state. What is offered is the presence of 'God' - because most of us need that 'something' Thus the next verse calls the praises of the Higher in the form of Krishna.

Jaytu jytu devae devkInNdnae=y<
Jaytu jytu k&:[ae v&I:[v<zàdIp>,
Jaytu jytu me"Zyaml> kaemla¼ae
Jaytu jytu p&WvI_aarnazae mukuNd>.3.
Jayatu jayatu devo devakii-nandano'yam
Jayatu jayatu kRshno vRshni-vamsha-pradiipaH,
Jayatu jayatu megha-shyaamalaH komalaango
Jayatu jayatu pRthvii-bhaara-naasho mukundaH ||3||
May the Lord, the son of Devaki, be victorious!
May Krishna, the Light of the Vrishni clan, be victorious!
May the Lord of soft body, dark blue like a cloud, be victorious!
May Mukunda, the One who removes all burden of worldly existence, be victorious!.

The Higher, which we call 'Lord', appears to devotees in the form that they wish to see. This is why we have so many versions of 'God' - it is about what we are capable of absorbing and desire of the Higher which makes itself known to us. It doesn't at all matter what that form is. What is important is that we know there is something Higher to which we can appeal and find succour and be uplifted through our devotion.

Sadly, many forget the true Higher Power and start to worship what is seen with the eyes. Krishna taught the people around Him this lesson when they were all calling upon Indra - a 'small god'. Krishna, an avatar of The One True Power, said to the villagers that it was not Indra who was providing them with crops or feeding the cattle, it was the hill called Govardhana, by which they resided. The deluded villagers began to worship the hill itself instead. Indra felt insulted and sent foul weather. Krishna then lifted the entire hill above His head, sheltering the village and demonstrating to the villagers and to the lesser god, that there was a power greater than all of them and That alone was their protection. Shri Krishna taught people that they could stand on their own, but that in dire need, He would be with them… if they only could ask.

This lesson also showed that we must not get caught up in the physical. We must look beyond that for what is truly worth having. We get so bound up in daily life that we think it the be-all-and-end-all. If we lay our burdens before the Higher, they become much lighter and we can travel further.

Yeshu said, "come unto me all ye who are heavy laden and I shall give ye rest…"

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