A loving call to all who are filled with emotions and gusto. Don’t stand at the bank and drink Bhaagavata, immerse in it. Let Bhaagavata itself consume you.
The word ‘lagna’ means to unite, to become inseparable. Meera was from Rajasthan, her father was Ratnasimha. As a child, looking at a marriage procession, she asked when and with whom was her marriage. Her mother said that she was already married and Krishna is her husband. This thought of Krishna as her husband got rooted in her strongly. It became a reality in her life. ‘Lagna’ happened at that moment.
There was every possible effort made to derail Meera from her path. Her family got her married into a royal family at a very young age so as to deviate her from the path; that was her strongest obstacle. She had no other husband than Lord Krishna in her mind, and it was difficult for her to accept this worldly marriage. Still, she carried out her every duty as a wife. But, her sister-in-law spoke ill of her chastity and one night she made Meera’s husband to follow Meera. They found out that Meera was going to Krishna’s temple every night and they heard a conversation from inside. Upon questioned by her husband, she replies that Krishna was her lover. She was troubled by people for being with the saints; people even criticised her. When her husband dies, she says “My husband doesn’t have death. One who has died is not my husband”. She was tied in many possible ways by the orthodox. When she was offered poison, she drinks it after dedicating it to her Krishna; the poison was turned into nectar then. A snake which was sent for her as a garland turned into a Krishna idol. Like Prahlada, her lips chanted Hari’s name when subjected to adversities. She had zero interest towards the materialistic richness even though she had them in abundance. She was strongly attracted towards the divine. She stayed in the divine, she immersed in Him. She had drunk the nectar of Krishna. It is better to sing kirtana on her than to talk about her; because it is what she did her whole life. She was initiated with the Raamataaraka Mantra, and she worshipped Krishna the whole life.
Meera was not aware even when Akbar under disguise touched her feet in appreciation of her kirtana. But her father-in-law, king Raana became intolerant towards it. He ordered that she should be killed making her drown in water. Even there, Krishna saved her. He told her that her worldly relations were then ended and from then on, she was His. She denied Raana’s call to come back home even when his mind had changed after seeing her alive. She disapproved and stayed in the temple. The priest said that if she goes away, then even Krishna would follow her. One fine day, while she was singing Kirtanas, when all were in trance, she merged with Krishna. As an indication, the cloth which she wore was found around the idol of Krishna. After seeing the plight of this world, Meera didn’t leave her mortal body here. Throughout her life, the world tried to separate her from Krishna. Generally, when someone follows this path, his family would prevent him so that he would not leave them.
That which is consumed every moment, stays for the final moment. What we think in that final moment, we become that in the subsequent birth. Bharatha is the best example for this. Bharatha became a deer in next life because of the attachment he developed towards the deer at the final moment. So, the preparation for the final moment must be done for the whole of life. As an ocean washes the dirt out, so does Bhaagavata washes out them who have not immersed in it. One can come back, but it requires that extent of emotion. One has to overcome the worldly perception and have a greater perception. Once you get a taste of it, all others will be tasteless. Raana always had the question why was she that way. If he at least had the realization in the later stage, he would have been free from his sin of troubling her; or else it was definitely a loop of infinite grievance for him.
When it is a sin to trouble even a common man, what to say of the noble ones? It is the greatest sin to trouble them. All elites shed their mortal coils which become corpses thereafter. But Meera’s body was so pure that it merged with the Lord. If there is a death in a village, the whole village will be profane. While in a temple, in the Sanctum Santorum, obtaining liberation merging even the body with the divine is a very significant matter indeed. Such a death is far greater than a life of thousand years.
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