A letter to Lord Krishna:
Madhav (knowledge filled lord), you are known by so many names that speech of every living being calls you at least once everyday. While you Achala (still lord) remain Achyuta (unmoved) by prayers made to Adbhutah (amazing lord) in the temples of Adidev (lord of lords).
Aditya, (son of aditi) the message you Ajaya (conqurer of life and death) gave through Arjun has been printed so many times, that entire earth can be physically enveloped by its printed paper. But our Amrut (Lord who is like sweet nectar) we got it all wrong. We picked up different paragraphs of ‘whole message’ and interpreted it to justify our stupid actions.
Ajanma (limitless and endless) while you Anandsagar (Compassionate Lord) left your body and withdrew, we continue to separate each other and now we want to save individual souls, thus separating ourselves from Anaadih (The beginning).
Akshara (indestructible lord) your message about our indestructibility is wholly misunderstood and we remain disassociated with Ananta (endless lord) inspite of crystal clear teachings of Avyukta (crystal clear).
Anantjit (ever victorious) after our Anaya (who need no leader) i.e. you Aniruddha (beyond obstruction) left us, we have gone back to our ways of wars and self-destruction.
Bali (lord of strength) now we are at war in your names and for Balgopal’s temples. We build more and more of Chaturbhuj‘s temples praying for Danavendra, Dayalu and Dayanidhi‘s mercy but we fail to act compassionately among ourselves. Dharmadhyaksha (lord of Dharma), in your name justice is sold to highest bidder while poor and weak are tormented to circle around the courts for life.
While you were Jagdisha (protector of all) we are divided in the name of nations, provinces, castes and races and without Hrishikesh (lord of senses) have lost all our control over our senses.
Gopal, without your Gopalpriya we have Mad Cow disease swine flu and what not. Govinda the earth is in danger. Hari (lord of nature) we have exploited your world to an extent that we are unable to replenish it. Food is turning into poison.
Pollution is the today’s Kans which only Kamsantak (Slayer of Kans) can slay.
Jagadguru (preceptor of the Universe), Jagannath (lord of Universe) we really need your Janardhana (boon) in this dark hour when leaderships of all are failing.
Gyaneshwar (lord of knowledge) give us wisdom to pass through difficult time for you forbade Brahmastra (nuclear weapons) but we have re-built it. All the knowledge stored in digits is not enough to change our path away from self-destruction. Drought, flood, tornado etc. are still beyond our comprehension while we are busy to understand the devastation of Mars which once was full of life.
Upendra (Brother of Indra the lord of Rain) please do something.
Greed is the only Madhu (Sweetness) left, please Madhusudan (Slayer of Madhu named demon), kill it from us. For once again Madan (lord of love) may teach us to co-exist without. Murli (flute playing lord) please play that flute due to which you are called Murlidhar, on which we may remember ourselves but may forget the ‘me’.
Keshava (one with long black hairs with locks), in your name we are shaving our heads and wearing saffron, while you Nandgopala (son of Nand) is called Mayur for wearing peacock feather crest.
How can you deny our request after all you are Narayana (refuge of everyone). Your Niranjan (unblemished) and Nirgun (beyond tangible properties) presence can only make things right.
Would Padmanabha (lotus navel) place his Punyah (Pure) Padmahasta (lotus hand) upon us at this dark hour?
Would Parthsarthi (Charioteer of Parth/Arjun) be once again sarthi (charioteer) of the world?
Would Sanatana (Eternal) Sakshi (witness) Sarvajana (Omniscient) Sarvapalak (Protector of all) Sarveshwar (lord of all lords) reveal to ourselves for the Satyavachna (truth) was never more eluded?
We are reciting Hare Rama Hare Krishna for 600 years and it does calm the mind and at times we feel satisfied with this accomplishment but some of the verses of Sumedha (Intelligent lord) spoken to Parth (Arjun) are lost.
Vasudev (all prevailing lord), how can you ignore the Vishwamurti (form of entire universe) and let us spoil Vishwarupa (universal form of lord) by our misdeeds.
Vaikunthanath (lord of heaven), reveal your Sudarshana (pleasant-looking avatar) and lead us for once entry to your temple for the darshan of Srikanta (beautiful lord), is a matter of struggle unless in position to favour, through VIP corridors.
O Shreshta (Most Glorious lord) Yoginampati (Supreme yogi), who never abstained from any worldly pleasures (sans poisons), why in your name saffron clothes are foisted upon those who follow Vishwadakshinah (Most efficient and skillful lord).
O Trivikrama (conqueror of all three worlds) what is this Leela?
O Ravilochna (lord with sun as eye) have you closed your eyes to us?
Reply from Vardhmaanah (formless lord):
I am revealed when seen. I am and always will be. I never came nor ever left. I am the seer and I am the scene. Words spoken or written have no meaning without content. More a word is spoken, more its meaning is lost. Words are depleting assets. Activity on visions of mind without need of body, will always cause pain with the option that pain may follow the pleasure or it may come first followed by pleasure.
The reply is very precise and seems to be incomplete, which is impossible. I do not fully understand the implications but may be some day I will understand. May be sometime in future.
Note: All the names in italics are Sanskrit/Hindi names of Lord Shri Krishna, the Devkinandan (son of Devki), Dwarkadheesh (King of Dwarka) and the eight incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
© Sandeep Bhalla