The Origins of Bhakti

[ In the current day and age, the word Bhakti has been associated with gullible and almost sheepish following of a demagogue or unquestioning obedience to an outdated religious text .

Bhakti however is a much more profound concept. The story is about how the word and  the concept was discovered. ]

This is story of young boy who lived  in present day UP, India long long time ago. They called him Krishna, because of his really dark complexion.’Krishna‘ means black. He was known to be really ugly.  Everybody believed that he was, especially him.

He just never forgot that. Even if no one was around his mind would remind him constantly of how ugly he was. He hated his face, he hated his name, he hated his life. He continued to live his life in suffering burning.  His Uncle took him to various Gurus. They would prescribe him various sermons and methods. “God is within you my child, just recite these mantras 1000 times and you will be cured”. or “God is the only truth everything in your mind is false”. In Krishna’s mind there was no bigger truth than his ugliness, all he had to do was look.  What kind of God would unleash so much suffering on young a kid. Nothing made sense to him and no one could help him.

Every time he went to Yamuna to fetch water. He saw his face in the water and a deep sorrow engulfed him. He had learnt to avoid looking at his face, just look elsewhere else he started contemplating jumping in and put an end to his miserable existence. He was afraid, anything could trigger and get him into a loop depressive loop and didn’t know what he might do. One day however all of that changed forever.

In nature there are certain times when a Black Swan event happens. Such event are really unexpected, it has a huge impact, and changes something fundamentally and deeply forever. People try to rationalize why this happened post event, but no one can see it coming. One such random event happened to young Krishna one fine day. People even now ponder as to why this happened to him, may be it was karma from his past life or may be someone poured Somras in Yamuna that day. We might never know why, but this event effected the course of a civilization and its effects are still felt now.

As Krishna bent down to fetch his pale of water and he glimpsed at the reflection of his face in the ripples of water, but unusually he wasn’t reminded of his ugliness. In fact his mind said absolutely nothing, it fell completely and deeply silent. The kind of silence that he had never experienced before. The ripples of waters started to settle, but fascinated young Krishna didn’t move an inch. For the first time he felt liberated from the voice in his head. He realized that for the first time in his life he was witnessing the truth about his appearance. Without cribbing, criticizing, without judgment and without any input from his mind whatsoever, he was couldn’t spot the ugliness in his face. All his misery seemed insignificant. Without the chatter of mind, he felt free and the world seemed like a place full of possibilities

In the reflection, It was him but it was not him. Every time Yamuna used to show him the ugliest guy in the world, but today she showed him the most beautiful man ever. Suddenly all these mantras and sermons made sense to him. He had accidentally stumbled upon this mental space in himself which the Yogis talk about. His mind was overcome with deep unconditional love and admiration.

He stood there exactly like that 18 hours straight submerged in ecstatic love. He came to his senses when some passing villagers shook him, fearing he would fall into water. “What were you staring at?” they asked.  As he opened his mouth to speak, he realized it was something else speaking through him, he merely was a medium just witnessing. He turned to them smiled and said  “Krishna”.

Ever since then young boy’s life completely changed. He became deeply interested in spirituality, Yoga and Dharma. In India back then there was no standard religious textbook. There were thousands of different Gurus and ascetics spread across the region, each of them preaching their own unique insights, their unique take on God and Dharma. But young Krishna was determined, he had seen the spark within him which motivated him to become the best student ever. He travelled across India, learnt from different Rishis, stayed with different cults, learnt different practices. He became the master of all spiritual knowledge that existed in North India.

His encounter with “Krishna” at age of 14, ended up being his inner compass for rest of his life. All his actions were done in such a way that he kept on getting closer and closer to “Krishna“. He discovered that there was a deep purpose to his life. He complied all spiritual knowledge known to the civilization at the time, which later formed 4 books, which came to be known as the Vedas. He laid the foundation for what is now known as the Vedic age. No one called him Krishna anymore. He was known as Ved Vyasa, the compiler of Vedas. He became a renowned Rishi and sought after Guru, even today his birthday is celebrated in India as Guru Purnima.

Towards the end of his life, he started working on his master piece which is now known as the Mahabharata, the worlds longest epic poem. Vyasa wanted to reach out to larger people and not just the Brahmins. He knew that common people were less interested in philosophy and more interested in stories. Vyasa created one of the most gripping stories ever told and subtly embedded his last and most important lesson within it. It is within Mahabharata that the word Bhakti was used for the first time.

At the age of 14, on the banks of Yamuna, a young sad and ugly Krishna Dvaipāyana found within him, “Krishna”, the dark beautiful god of love who relieves everbody’s misery. Through Mahabharata, Vyasa wanted to tell people about the truth of this love he experienced for “Krishna”, his inner self. This love which became his guiding light. The love that helped him overcome his limitations and serve society. The love which has the power to heal. The love for divine which is holding the universe together. This unconditional ecstatic love towards divine, he called “Bhakti”.

Sanjaya’s Sermon

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(— The scene is such that I am viewing Vyasa back and Sanjaya’s face-)

Sanjaya is still sitting with eyes closed he is waiting for Vyasa to open his eyes. He wants to know the answers. Vyasa had sent Sanjaya to Dhristarashtra so that he can tell him the truth he needs to hear. Anyways it is so easy for kings to listen to their ego than to the truth. Vyasa didn’t want Dhritarashtra to be able to use this as an excuse anymore so he has been accompanied with someone who has supernatural vision and his Dharma is to tell the truth.

Sanjaya’s story Cheer haran was full of praise of Draupadi. After Dusshashana attempts to disrobe Draupadi, she roars. She roars at the cowardice of the men in the courtroom. She roars at the hypocrisy of men in the Sabha, who are following think they are following Dharma by following some rules, but not protecting the meek from the mighty. What is Rama Rajya she asked?

Sanjaya eyes widened and he bowed down to the incarnation of the divine feminine which appeared in front of him. He went from town to town and told the story of the fire princess, the queen of Indraprastha. The king was supposed to be DharmaRaja, but he was naive and gullible. He followed the Dharma to the letter, but often missed the essence in spirit. He had blindspots but since he had blind spots he made mistakes.

The Queen however had a different vision she was sensible and virtuous. She had strong sense of empathy with the people of Indraprastha, when she was born it was prophecicized that she is going to demonstrate to the world the power of feminine leadership. All kingdoms in Kuru kingdom comprised on masculine leaders. The all valued power, expansion, order. Indraprashta was run under feminine leadership though, arts and commerce flourished, innovation in science and technology happened. The compassionate leadership cared for the population. They built palaces and building that had no aesthetic comparison to anything like that in the world.

When outsiders saw it they became greedy and jealous, they wanted everything by conquest. They wanted to take it by force, in the effort to capture, they led wars. They try all kind of trickery in the world and then try to humiliate the queen . But such was the divinity of the Queen that they failed. The Feminine can’t be won by force. They wanted that flourishing for themselves but they couldn’t.

It triggered some in the Kuru clan who weren’t able to digest that the city was actually being run by the Queen or that the queen was more sensible than the Kings they were supporting.

 

I said what I saw. It my Dharma to say what I observe truthfully.

The stories of Draupadi’s attempted cheer haran were spread across Indraprastha, people were filled rage and anger. They were looking for blood of the Kauravas and had lot of sympathy for the Pandavas. The enemy was much much more powerful. It was important

Story of India as a great civilization.

 

Sanjaya’s Agenda

I see state switch from ‘spiky dream’ to ‘ normal waking’ — lights flicker we observe slight break in consciousness (BCI canvas is Neuralink NM-212)

The court was in set in PMO office, Smriti Tulsi Irani a once wannabe Bollywood actress turn Bollywood lawyer, she represented  Sanjay Leela Bhansali for letting the movie Padmavati release in theaters on time. She ended with “And again, International media would too since Sanjay is as true they come to true artist ”

The movie details the story of a stunning Hindu Rajput queen of 17th century who became object of obsession by the much more mightier and much much more evil Sultan. The Sultan wages a war to abduct the Queen, the King dies trying to protect the kingdom and Queen commits suicide on city falling as per Rajput customs. There is big armor melodrama about Rajputi aan baan shaan (custom, culture, valor).

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Arnab Goswami, lovingly called the head commando of commandos of GM media group was going to speak for the Rajput side. Arnab made the case in his characteristic loud voice, that generally contains attacking Sanjay’s character and his views around our nationalism. The Rajput side didn’t want to edit any scenes, they wanted the whole movie to be shelved. 

Using publicly available data sources we identified list of the Hindu Rajput people who had detected very high degrees of anger (betrayal) and anger(helplessness) towards Modi ji, Arnab held up a movie poster and an old man held his cell phone playing a video on it. The poster was TV show “Ramayana” 1988 “this is not just a TV poster, people have put this image on their temples”. “They were shocked and amazed to see their Sita, caught by paparazzi, drunk and in bikini”. “That hurt the sentiments of lakhs of Hindu people, and Sanjay is trying to repeat this, I ask you Why?”. The old man walks up to the table and hands over the phone. “The Whatsapp video depicted a sex scene between the actors playing Queen and the Sultan” said the old man, he continues ” its from a earlier different film but so what”

“All the muslim butchers in our village are circulating this video, Modi ji you promised that under the Hindu Hriday Samrat, Hindu’s feeling will not be hurt, We still believe you, Don’t let him hurt our Rajpooti aan baan shaan“.

Arnab said : “He would have thought this casting a lot, if he cared India’s sentiments more, he would have not used these actors or may be he chose them on purpose to create controversy and get free publicity.”

“Tell us Sanjaya why did you want to make a movie only on this story?”

Modi signaled him to stop talking.

Modi ji said: “Rather who is your inspiration”

Sanajya says: “Draupadi”

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(brain frequency is increasing steadily, scene is being faded and replaced by different scene)

Sanjaya’s Exile

Sanjaya sat close at Guru Vyasa’s feet. He was in deep silence.

Sanjaya the pure was Vyasa most famous disciple. Sanjaya Gavalgana had been granted to the special power of Visshudhi by Vyasa, his throat chakra was lit, he had to power to connect to reality via a vision and express the events unfolding as they happened.. It is not an easy feat and required years of meditation. Sanjaya had developed enormous sharpness of sight, he could spot a hair moving on an animal at a distance.

Vyasa sent him to kingdom of Hastinapur to serve as a consul to the blind king Dhritarashtra. Sanjaya role was to deeply observe the unfolding across the court events as they happen in real time and recite it in form of shloka on the fly, whenever the king desired. “You are using blindness as an excuse to be more blind.”

Last week he had been attacked by a mob both the Kuru kingdom for his recitation of certain disputed verses. The verses were supposed to describe the events immediately after the dice game where the Pandavas lost their bet on Draupadi. Interestingly for Sanjaya both Pandavas and Kauravas had issues with Sanajya’s version events, both clans declared the other as Fake News.

The Kaurav court banned Sanjaya on factual lies. They had him on grounds that the events had taken things out of context, very exaggerated and it was another series of cooked up magical stories spread by the cronies of the Yadav prince to polarize the country towards the Pandavas.

In most of the nation, Sanajaya hymns passage comprising of ‘Chir haran’. In Pandava stronghold however he was attacked left right and center by the mobs. They thought had maligned him. People not only wanted him gone, they wanted to kill him. What was that about? I couldn’t put my finger on it, but

MD and SA

I am very impulsive, I take rash decisions all the time. When I am on MD I can sense the feel of the room. And when there are new people in the room or many people in the room, I sense more and more social anxiety. Add a touch of members of opposite sex it exaggerates even further. It is no excuse to act wooden and say bunch of gibberish.

Social Anxiety stems from fear of being judged by the group. People who have low self esteem also tend you give others higher regard. They tend to judge themselves harshly. The increasingly turn to other people for advice, because they don’t think they are good enough to do it themselves.

If you are social anxious person, you experience moments of hypersensitivity where you start to observe your environment deeply and keenly. Everyone saying everything to each other seems like a code directed at you. I was very impulsive in just walking out of the room. I realized what the fuck did i do. I had a sudden surge of anxiety and decided to leave. I need to observe such kind of stuff happens frequently would learn to deal with it.