Who is Krishna? Most Hindus know Krishna as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu with all his powers. Some connect him with the eternal Gauloka, while others see him as a super human. Many others regard Krishna as Supreme Brahmn. In the name of Krishna, many different sects and movements have been organized. But, none could explain the secret behind Krishna’s divine sports. The spotless Wisdom of Buddha Nish-kalanka Avatar explains the true spiritual identity of Krishna, and his relationship with Akshar Brahmn and Supreme Lord Aksharateet. It even connects Lord Krishna and Prophet Muhammad of Islam with the common spiritual thread. It is hard to find a faith that can match the capacity of this Wisdom to establish such a clear divine connection.
After all, the ability and the willingness of people to understand this Divine Wisdom in its original form, and their willingness to accept it, depends on our Lord’s Grace. Today, there are many people who claim to own the Divine Wisdom of Buddha Nish-kalanka Avatar. But, even these people are seen fighting, with all their worldly means, to impress, specifically upon the Hindu world, with the name ‘Krishna.’ They promote the idea of Krishna being the one and the only name of the Supreme Lord Aksharateet. In this chapter, we will be able to link our understanding of the previous chapters with the different levels of Krishna Consciousness.
Many present-time Hindu philosophers are seen taking negative stand when it comes to understanding the clarifications about the different levels of Krishna Consciousness. In absence of Tartam Knowledge, they even mislead many people. They preach that any attempt to explain different levels of Krishna Consciousness is like breaking down Krishna into pieces. They regard such attempts as the acts of foolish people, which have no use in the modern context. After understanding the facts presented in this chapter, one with a pure heart may be able to put aside this type of misconceptions. One must remember that keeping our heart open and as pure as possible is essential for the success in the individual soul’s pursuit for Eternal Bliss.
The Cause of All Causes
We discussed earlier in the Chapter, "Akshar Brahmn and Aksharateet Supreme Brahmn" that the Abord of the Supreme Lord is non-dual, or Advaita, and the Divine Sports therein are purely Blissful. Submerged in His Divine Love, Consort Shyama and the Souls could not realize the superiority and greatness of the Lord.
Que: How can such a desire arise amidst the non-duality in the Supreme Heaven? True, this must not happen in Param Dham.
The virtue of oneness (advaita) in Param Dham is centered around the Lord Shri Raj Ji. The blessings of His sight, or Najar, is the food for the Brahmn Srishti souls and Akshar Brahmn. The continuity of the Lord’s Love (Ishak) is always maintained through the blessings of His sight. To show the power of His Love and His supremacy, the Lord removed His eyesight from the Souls. At this time, the Souls could see Akshar Brahmn for the first time and Akshar Brahmn could also see the Souls for the first time. As a results, Akshar Brahmn also expressed his desire to experience the Blissful Sports of his Lord. This is why the Souls and Akshar Brahmn asked for two different things.
Que: Why couldn’t the Lord show the power of His Divine Love, or Ishak, in Param Dham?
The answer to this question
is very simple. The Lord commanded Akshar Brahmn to create the universe
of Kaalmaya for two reasons. First, to satisfy the desire of the Souls
and Akshar Brahmn, and second, to decide whose Ishak or Love is
greater—the Soul’s or the Lord’s. The Lord had to do so, because of
the prevalence of Oneness in Param Dham and also in Akshar Brahmn’s Yogmaya.
The decision regarding superior or inferior cannot be made in Param
Dham. Such an experience can be possible only in the domain where
there is a sense of separation--a sense of ‘you-and-me,’ or ‘Dvaita’ (as
the scriptures call it).
The Supreme Lord and His Souls (Brahmn Srishti) Descends in Brij and Gokul in the First Universe of Kaalmaya
Now, as we discussed above, to satisfy the desire of Souls, the Lord prepares the stage by instructing Akshar Brahmn. The universe was created for a very special Cause. Many years passed by. The time arrived for the descent of the Lord and His Souls in this world. The four-armed form of Lord Vishnu appeared before Vasudev and Devki in the jail of Kansa and reminded them of the facts about his past commitment to them. Then he informed them that he will soon take birth as their son. After that, Lord Vishnu took birth in Mathura, at midnight, in the jail of Kansa, as previously promised to Vasudev and Devki. At the time of birth, the constellation Rohini appeared (with Vrikh Raasi). Accordingly, the gods and goddesses showered flowers from heaven on this occasion and very properly greeted Lord Vishnu with these words:
"Om namo bhagvatey vaasudevaay."
According to Hindu culture, anyone born during the aforementioned time period, is named either with the first letter ‘O’ or ‘Va.’
After that, as previously instructed by Lord Vishnu, Vasudev carried the newborn child to Gokul at Nand-Yashoda's house. In the morning, descended upon him, the soul of Akshar Brahmn and the Lord’s exalted power, or Aavesh.
The Souls of Param Dham, including
Consort Shyama, descended in the person of Gopies, or the milkmaids, in
Brij and Gokul. When the Soul of Shyama Ji descended upon the twelve-year
old daughter of Vrikhbhan Ji, Shyama Ji got the name Radha. Like wise,
all other Souls got the names of the milkmaids. As soon as the Souls descended
in Brij and Gokul, they became impatient to meet their Lord, from whom
they had just separated. Expressing these feelings of the souls, the holy
Kuljam Swaroop says:
Supreme Lord Shows the Delusive Maya to the Souls in Brij
Brij Lila continued for 11 years without any separation or pain. As time passed, the Souls (Gopies) began experiencing a greater effect of maya. They could not devote as much time to play with Krishna anymore. Taking this opportunity, Krishna decided to show them the pain of separation. Lost in the illusion of maya, the Gopies even spoke inappropriate words to Krishna. They did not talk with, or see each other for 52 days. This way, the souls experienced a glimpse of pain.
Supreme Ascends in the Cosmos of Yogmaya for the Sports of Maha Raas
When the pain of separation in Brij reached a climax, the Lord left this mundane world and went into the divine plane of Yogmaya.
Supreme Lord Withdraws His Powers from the Sports of Maha Raas. The’s Demand Continued.
Submerged in the joy of Raas, both the souls and the Akshar Brahmn forgot their originality. To make Akshar Brahmn aware of the fact that He was enjoying Param Dham's sports of bliss, the Supreme Lord withdrew His power (or aavesh) from the person of Krishna.
Vraj raas lila dou mahen, dukh taamasiyon dekhya nahen | (KS, Pra.Hi: 37/50)
When the Soul’s demand continued, Shri Raj Ji said these last words: "Alasto-Be-Rub-Kum." In other words, "Oh my dear souls, please don’t ever forget that I am your one and only one Lord. Always remember this in the spectacle of maya."
Responding to these words of our Lord, the souls reassured Him with one voice, "valey," which means "For sure, O our Lord! We will never ever forget our eternal relationship with you." After this, the Lord commanded Akshar Brahmn to initiate the present universe of Kalmaya.
The Present Universe of Kalmaya is Initiated
The Supreme Lord commanded Akshar Brahmn to resume the spectacle from the point where it was left. This second universe of Kalmaya is totally created with Akshar Brahmn’s soul power.
The World is Unaware of the Three Distinct Divine Powers That Worked Within Krishna
From the above discussion based
on the Holy Kuljam Swaroop and other scriptures such as Samhitas, we can
understand the three different spiritual/divine powers that worked with
the name 'Krishna', on four different occasions. In absence of the Tartam
knowledge, the connection of Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna remained obscured
to the world. Many present-day Gurus and religious preachers, claiming
to have complete understanding about Krishna Tatwa, have failed to explain
this. Many others are just fearful to accept the newly revealed truth,
which is enlightened by Buddha Nish-kalanka Avatar. Only the fortunate
souls get to know this distinction through Lord Pran Nath’s Divine Grace.
ccording to Shrimad Bhagvad Gita, the term Avatar means God’s coming down to earth in any lifeform (Incarnation) to protect good, to annihilate the wicked, and to reestablish righteousness–‘Dharma.’ Hindus generally connect the term ‘Avatar’ with Lord Vishnu. Out of the total of 24 Avatars, scriptures are only clear about 21 Avatars. There are a number of speculations regarding the remaining Avatars.
It is important for a seeker soul to clearly understand about the twenty-one Avatars. And, even more important is to understand the secret of the 22nd, 23rd and the 24th Avatar. There is a reason for special emphasis on these three Avatars. The three different powers from different spiritual worlds worked among these three Avatars. And, the world remained completely ignorant about it in absence of the Tartam Knowledge. Let’s try to understand this.
Among the most commonly known seven Avatars of Lord Vishnu are: Matsya (fish), Kurma (tortoise), Varaha (boar), Narasimha (man-lion), Vamana (dwarf), Parasuram (warrior with an axe) and Lord Rama (who came in Treta Yug).
The other fourteen Avatars of Lord Vishnu are : Sanakadik, Sage Narada (exponent of Bhakti and Tantras), Saints Nara and Narayana, Sage Kapil (the founder of Samkhya system), Dattatreya, Yajna, Rishabhdev (the founder of Jainism), King Prithu, Dhanvantari (the founder of Ayurveda), Bal Ram (as Lord Krishna’s brother), Sage Veda Vyasa (the author of Maha Bharata and Srimad Bhagvatam Puran), Hari and Mohini or Hansa (the enchantress who deprived the demons of the divine elixir), and Hayagriva (the horse-headed who rescued the Vedas from the demons).
Speculations Regarding the Buddha and Kalki Avatars:
Scriptures have identified Rama’s Avatar with 12 Kala of Lord Vishnu, and Lord Krishna’s Avatar with all the 16 kala of Lord Vishnu. Lord’s Krishna’s Avatar is regarded as 22nd and Buddha (Gautama) is speculated to be the 23rd. Scriptures identify the last 24th Avatar as the ‘Kalki’ Avatar that will come at the end of this Kaliyug. And, in ignorance, the world is still eagerly waiting for this coming.
No doubt, scriptures have named
the last three Avatars as Krishna, Buddha and Kalki; however, they are
not very clearly defined. For example, the interpreters of Srimad Bhagvatam
literally try to identify Gautama Buddha as the ‘Buddha Avatar.’ But, this
is not convincing because even Suk Vyas Ji, the author of Bhagvatam, was
not even sure about the Buddha Avatar. How can then he be clear about the
Kalki Avatar? How can the interpreters of Srimad Bhagvatam be so sure
about the Buddha and Kalki Avatar, when Suk Vyas Ji was not so sure about
it? Pran Nath Ji points this fact very clearly in the Holy Kuljam Swaroop.
In Bhagvatam, it says, "After that Lord Vishnu himself will appear in the form of Buddha. Through his logical arguments, he will take in his grip, all those unauthorized people engaged in performing ‘Yajna.’ And, in the end period of the Kaliyug, he will re-appear as the Kalki Avatar. At this time, he will kill all the ‘Shudra’ kings." This discussion regarding the Buddha and the Kalki Avatar is not definitive. It sends mixed signals requiring the interpreters to use their own judgement.
The Holy Kuljam Reveals the Ultimate Secret of All Avatars
The world failed to understand the secret of the 22nd, 23rd and the 24th Avatar without the wisdom of Para Shakti. Now that all the scriptural facts are put together by the Buddha Nish-kalanka Avatar himself, we are able to explain it here.
Accordingly, the four-armed form of Lord Vishnu who appeared before Vasudev and Devki in the jail of Kansa, and reminded them the facts about His past commitment, should be considered as the 22nd Avatar.
The sports of Gauloki power should not be counted as the sports of Lord Vishnu: After the appearance of Lord Vishnu in Kansa’s jail, Vasudev carried Krishna to Nand Baba=s house in Gokul. Pran Nath Ji says, "At this time, Krishna was not just Lord Vishnu, but was charged with the Gauloki powers, as can be confirmed from Shrimad Bhagvatam."
Vasudev Gokul ley chale, taaye na kahiye Avatar || ........(KS, Pragat)
‘Avatars’ can be counted only of Lord Vishnu, not of any other powers from the higher spiritual domains. Consider an example of Mr. X who becomes the Prime Minister of a country. In the next election, he loses, and another Prime Minister takes charge of the office. Mr.X is still known by his original name, ‘Mr.X,’ but he is now without the powers of a Prime Minister. Krishna also experienced similar transfers of spiritual powers from time-to-time, and this is one of them. Therefore, Krishna with Gauloki powers is not regarded as ‘Avatar.’
Lord Krishna with Gauloki powers played the sports in Gokul and Mathura for eleven days. During the first seven days, he played in Gokul. During the last four days in Mathura, Krishna established peace by destroying all evil powers. Now he leaves the City of Mathura and goes to the River Yamuna. At this time, a transfer of spiritual powers takes place. As a result, his following sports will be considered as the sports of the 23rd Avatar.
The 23rd Avatar: As soon as he took bath in the River Yamuna, and wore the kingly dress, the sports of Lord Vishnu’s 23rd Avatar began. Now, the powers of the divine Gaulok returned to the eternal Gaulok in Akshar Brahmn’s Yogmaya. Only the powers of Lord Vishnu in the person of Krishna prevailed at this time. Clarifying this Pran Nath Ji says:
karte aaya vichhar, tab
krishna vishnu mai bhaye nirdhar ||
(KS, Pra.Hi: 54-55)
Regarding the 24th Avatar: According to Kuljam Swaroop, the descent of the Supreme Lord’s spotless wisdom meets all the qualifications of the work to be done by the last Kalki Avatar. Therefore, there is no need for any more Avatars of Lord Vishnu. What’s the need for Lord Vishnu to come again (specifically, in this creation) when the Supreme Lord Himself has come as Buddha Nish-kalanka Avatar? What good is the light of innumerable Avatars who are like fireflies? The sun-like Buddha Nish-kalanka has already arisen now with unlimited light.
Avatar ya budh ke pichhey, aab
dusra kyon hoi |
Vikar kadhey vishva key, ab kiye Avatar se hoi ||
Avatar se uttam hueh, tahan Avatar ka kya kam |
Tit agiye Avatar mein, kya rahya ujas ||
In this chapter we learned about the cause of all causes, the secret sports of Lord Krishna, and clarification regarding Avatars. To understand the Soul’s further journey clearly, we must first learn the secret of Raas Lila. By understanding this secret, one can visualize the connection between Param Dham, Raas Lila, and the present world. This is what we will discuss now.
Secret of Raas Lila: The
What is the meaning of Raas? Is there more than one category of Raas? How are they related? Raas means the blissful divine sports of the Lord with His souls. Krishna, Radha, and Gopies are the three main characters of Raas Lila. As we discussed earlier, ‘Ishak Rabad’ (the Talk of Divine Love between Supreme Lord and His souls) is the root cause of the original sports of Maha Raas. One can learn about three other hierarchial categories of Raas Lila, all of which are direct or an indirect outcome of the Maha Raas Lila. They all are like mirror images of one original. The only difference is that the players in each of them represent different hierarchial spiritual origins. It’s important for a seeker soul to have this concept clear in order for her to rise to the highest spiritual world, the Param Dham, in the state of supreme bliss - Nijanand.
Many great devotees of Lord Krishna, and the three godheads - Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh sought to experience these blissful divine sports in the universe of Yogmaya. No scripture of the world, other than Shrimad Bhagvatam, has been able to explain a small drop of the Raas Lila. The Raas Lila described in Shrimad Bhagvatam is called Vyavhariki Raas, which was played between Gauloki Lord and Ved Ruchas.
The four categories of Raas
The four categories of Raas are explained as follows:
In the present universe in which we live today, the Gauloki Lord played the role of Krishna and Ved Ruchas played the role of Gopies. This way, the Vyavhariki Raas Lila was accomplished in the Brindavan (near Delhi, India) of this world. It should be noted here that as opposed to the previous Rass Lilas, this Vyavahariki Raas Lila is finished and is not eternal.
It may be recalled here that when the Supreme Lord Shri Raj Ji, Shyama Ji, and Souls left Brij for the Maha Raas Lila in Yogmaya, the universe underwent dissolution (Pralaya). This present universe is the new and the exact copy of the previous one, and has been put into continuation from where it was ended. After this Vyavhariki Raas Lila, Krishna left Gokul Brindavan for Mathura. As a result, Ved Ruchas experienced a great pain in separation. Uddhav, a devotee of Krishna, tried to preach his wisdom to these Ved Ruchas, which they rejected upfront. Because, they knew that the Gauloki Lord had already departed from the person of Krishna. This Gauloki power had left for its original abode, Gaulok. They knew that only the powers of Lord Vishnu had remained in the person of Krishna.
Again, one should take a note here that the Raas Lila, which Shrimad Bhagvatam talks about, is the Vyavahariki Raas played between Gauloki Lord and Ved Ruchas. This complete secret of the Supreme Lord’s Raas Lila could not have been understood without Aksharateet Supreme Lord’s divine grace.
Today, more than five thousand years have passed since the Vyavahariki Raas Lila. After that, many great seers and prophets descended on this earth. They brought different messages through their respective scriptures to awaken the Brahmn Srishti Souls. Among non-Hindus, prophets such as Moses, David, Isha and Muhammad came. Scriptures such as Torah, Bible and Koran descended through them. Later, Saint Kabir and Guru Nanak Dev came in India with a great deal of wisdom. This way, the worldly stage was fully prepared with all possible testimonies to awaken the Brahmn Srishti Souls.
In the next chapter, we will talk about the descent of the Souls, Shyama Ji and the Supreme Lord in this particular universe of Kaalmaya. Now our discussion will focus slightly more on the historcal aspect of Nijanand Sampradaya. With the historical reinforcement, we will then focus again on the philosophical aspect of the Divine Wisdom.