Thursday, February 22, 2007


Today's lecture is the second half of sloka 31.:
na ca sreyo ’nupasyami
hatva sva-janam ahave

"vede pourusham, dharma shastre manavam, purane vaishnavam, bharathe bhagavat gita"
So goes a saying which means that of the so many branches and manthrams in Vedas, it is Sri Purushsooktham the most important and similarly in various Dharma shastras,it is Sri Manu shastram, in the 18 puranas it is Sri Vishnu Puranam and in the thousands of slokas and 18 parvas with number of chapters in Mahabharatha, it is Bhagavat Gita , important.
Arjuna continues : Hey Keshava I do not see any good coming by killing my own relatives.
Here he addresses Sri Krishna as Kesava. Kesava is an important name of the Lord Sriman Narayana.Mere utterance of this name will abolish all the sins one had accumulated. In a pasuram in Thiruvaimozhi while adoring Sri Padmanabhaswamy of Thiruvananthapuram [Trivandrum] Sri Nammalwar says 'kesava ena kedum idarellam..'.In this temple the Lord is reclining on Anantha, the serpant. It is unique here that the garba graha -sanctus sanctorum- has three doors. From the first we can worship His Face, from the middle one His stomach with the Lotus and from the third gate we can worship His feet.
Thirumangai Alwar in a hymn praises the name Kesava saying it will wipe out all the sins accumulated over so many births. For each type of sin a particular hell or Narakh is indicated and the Alwar says that his sins entitles him to all the types. But Yama, mere sight of whom is so dreadful, comes and puts his hands on the shoulder of the Alwar and says could you not mention even once the name of Sri Kesava and avoided these. That is Kesava means in sanskrit that which annihilates klesha or sorrow.
Kesava also means the person having curly, black and thick locks of hair on the head.
It also means He Who killed the demon Keshi who came in the disguise of a horse to kill Sri BalaKrishna.
Lord Parama Siva says Sri Narayana commands Bramha[ka] and Iswara, that is himself [Isa] and so He is Kesava [ka+isa +va]
Arjuna indirectly is praying to end his present distress.

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