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MAHABHARATA
Quest for peace: Sri Krishna's mission

God acts according to the wishes of His sincere devotees, Sri Krishna agrees to go as an emissary and bring about a reapproachment between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, avoiding the path of war in settling their dispute. Fully aware that His errand -will not be a success, He complies with the request of His devotees (the Pandavas). Only Sahadeva declares that a battle is inevitable.

 

Sri Sengalipuram Anantarama Dikshitar in his discourse referred to the several occasions when Krishna showed His real form as Sri Vishnu to many of His devotees, irrespective of their status. Vedanta Desika has mentioned about Sri Krishna's darshan to a fruit vendor, who, struck by His beauty (as a child) presents Him with cherries. When her basket gets emptied, she looks up, only to witness His magnificent stature. At the same time, her basket is filled with priceless diamonds.

When preparation, for the Kurukshetra battle are ready, Yudhishtirar gets depressed at the possible aftermath and urge, Sri Krishna to prevail upon Duryodhana to come to term, thereby averting bloodshed Arjuna and surprisingly even Bhima and Nakula share this view, although Sri Krishna make, it plain that one cannot expect fair play from Duryodhana As He sets out on Hi, task Draupadi remind, Him of the humiliation she had suffered at the hand, of the Kaurava, and Sri Krishna assures her, whether there be a war or a treaty, those who bad insulted her will be duly punished.

Duryodhana refuses to part with even a square inch of territory and Gandhari's advice too proves a waste. When Duryodhana thinks of binding Sri Krishna with ropes, the latter takes His Viswarupa, in which the entire universe is visible. The elders, including Dhritarashtra, whose eyesight is restored for the nonce, worshipped the Lord. Ultimately, the Pandavas win the war, proving that Dharmam and Sat yam will always triumph. Throughout this mighty epic, the Mahabaratham, the value of these two qualities and the Pandavas' adherence to them in spite of the worst trials, are underlined.

January 16, 1964
 
Hindu Dharma: Methods to show gratitude

God not only protects the righteous but also removes the evil elements, as and when occasion demands. This is analogous to plants, which, in addition to requiring water for their sustenance, need the uprooting of weeds raising their heads along with them.

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