Krishna Meri Drishti Mein ~ 10

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कृष्ण : मेरी दृष्टि में ~ 10

event type discourse
date & time 30 Sep 1970 am
location Manali (HP), meditation camp
language Hindi
audio Available, duration 1h 52min. Quality: good (under revision).
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shorttitle KRISHN10
notes
CD-ROM on this book: "Talks given at a meditation camp at Kulu/Manali, India, (Sep 26-Oct5) except first chapter, given at CCI chambers, Bombay (July 20)."
synopsis
(Translated as in Krishna: The Man and His Philosophy on CD-ROM)
Question 1
Krishna was essentially a spiritual man, but he freely took part in politics. And as a politician he did not shrink from using the tricks of the trade. In the battle of the Mahabharat he got Bishma killed by deceit -- a naked woman was made to stand before that venerated old sage, who was a vowed celibate. In the same way, deception was used to kill Dronacharya, Karna, and Duryodhana. The question arises: should a spiritual man take part in politics, and if so, should he behave as ordinary politicians do? And, was Mahatma Gandhi wrong in laying stress on the purity of ends and means? Is not purity of means important to politics?
Question 2
Could he not have killed them straightaway with weapons, instead of resorting to dubious means?
Question 3
There was a king named Pondrak in the times of Krishna. This man had declared Krishna to be a fake and himself to be the real Krishna. Can you say if similar things have happened in the lives of Buddha, Mahavira and other enlightened beings?
Question 4
Why did Jesus claim?
Question 5
The line of Hindu incarnations begins with the fish and continues through Rama, Krishna, and Buddha. Even the coming incarnation, to be known as Kalki, is included in this series. But how is it that in this long line of incarnations Krishna is said to be the complete incarnation of God, although Buddha happened long after him? Why was Buddha derived this honor? And what, from the viewpoint of evolution, is the secret of Krishna preceding Buddha? Is it so because the movement of time is circular?
Question 6
Krishna put up with nine hundred and ninety-nine invectives hurled on him by king Shishupal, but he killed him with his chakra -- a wheel-like weapon -- when the king fired his last invective. Does it not show that Krishna's tolerance is only skin deep, that deep down he was intolerant?
Question 7
Would you not call Krishna a kidnapping champion? He not only kidnaps Rukmini and marries her, but also induces Arjuna to kidnap her sister Subhadra. What do you say?
Question 8
Once when Krishna is on his way to Dwarka he meets Kunta who requests of him a gift of pain and suffering. But Krishna only laughs; he does not even say that such a request is not right. What does it mean?
Question 9
It all sounds paradoxical. You have said more than once that while Krishna's life is extraordinary and miraculous, like a flower in bloom, full of laughter and playfulness, the life of others like him is masochistic. For instance, nobody ever saw Jesus laugh. In this context how is it possible that a devotee praying for suffering can have a vision of the Krishna of your concept?
Question 10
As you talk about God and his devotee, and you call Krishna "bhagwan", the blessed one, a question arises in my mind if Krishna is a devotee. If so, who is the blessed one he is devoted to? And if he is not a devotee why does he sing hymns of praise to devotion?
Question 11
What is the test of one's highest devotion to Krishna?
Question 12
Krishna inspires Arjuna to fight in the battle of the Mahabharat. But it is said that once it happens, Krishna himself prepares to fight with Arjuna. What is the matter?
Question 13
Krishna could also say that since both of them are his friends he is not going to fight on any side.
Question 14
You explained to us this saying of Jesus: "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." There is another saying of Jesus: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." Can you say something about it?
Question 15
Why should one think of gaining after losing everything?
Question 16
What you say is possible only in a state of enlightenment, and we find everything of that enlightenment in you. You are utterly humble, but when you come out as a relentless critic, we are assailed by doubt and confusion.


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