Are Krishna puzzles bonafide?
June 6, 2017 at 6:36 pm #2354
We have one small practical question you could kindly give us answer to. Is it ok to engage children by giving them Krishna puzzles to play with? Someone said it is not bonafide as Krishna’s form is in pieces. I thought it is ok as it gives chance for children to focus on the form of Krishna as they like it very much and it seems to be a good meditation for them.
June 6, 2017 at 6:55 pm #2355
Answer by Danavir Goswami
Meditating on different parts of the Lord’s body is described in the Bhagavatam:
hådy äsén me çanair hariù
As soon as I began to meditate upon the lotus feet of the Personality of Godhead with my mind transformed in transcendental love, tears rolled down my eyes, and without delay the Personality of Godhead Çré Kåñëa appeared on the lotus of my heart. (SB 1.6.16)
ürü suparëa-bhujayor adhi çobhamänäv
Next, the yogi should fix his mind in meditation on the Personality of Godhead’s thighs, the storehouse of all energy. The Lord’s thighs are whitish blue, like the luster of the linseed flower, and appear most graceful when the Lord is carried on the shoulders of Garuòa. Also the yogé should contemplate His rounded hips, which are encircled by a girdle that rests on the exquisite yellow silk cloth that extends down to His ankles.
vyüòhaà harin-maëi-våña-stanayor amuñya
dhyäyed dvayaà viçada-hära-mayükha-gauram
The yogé should then meditate on His moonlike navel in the center of His abdomen. From His navel, which is the foundation of the entire universe, sprang the lotus stem containing all the different planetary systems. The lotus is the residence of Brahmä, the first created being. In the same way, the yogé should concentrate his mind on the Lord’s nipples, which resemble a pair of most exquisite emeralds and which appear whitish because of the rays of the milk-white pearl necklaces adorning His chest.
vakño ‘dhiväsam åñabhasya mahä-vibhüteù
puàsäà mano-nayana-nirvåtim ädadhänam
kaëöhaà ca kaustubha-maëer adhibhüñaëärthaà
kuryän manasy akhila-loka-namaskåtasya
The yogé should then meditate on the chest of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the abode of goddess Mahä-Lakñmé. The Lord’s chest is the source of all transcendental pleasure for the mind and full satisfaction for the eyes. The yogé should then imprint on his mind the neck of the Personality of Godhead, who is adored by the entire universe. The neck of the Lord serves to enhance the beauty of the Kaustubha gem, which hangs on His chest.
bähüàç ca mandara-gireù parivartanena
saïcintayed daça-çatäram asahya-tejaù
çaìkhaà ca tat-kara-saroruha-räja-haàsam
The yogé should further meditate upon the Lord’s four arms, which are the source of all the powers of the demigods who control the various functions of material nature. Then the yogi should concentrate on the polished ornaments, which were burnished by Mount Mandara as it revolved. He should also duly contemplate the Lord’s discus, the Sudarçana cakra, which contains one thousand spokes and a dazzling luster, as well as the conch, which looks like a swan in His lotuslike palm.
kaumodakéà bhagavato dayitäà smareta
caityasya tattvam amalaà maëim asya kaëöhe
The yogé should meditate upon His club, which is named Kaumodaké and is very dear to Him. This club smashes the demons, who are always inimical soldiers, and is smeared with their blood. One should also concentrate on the nice garland on the neck of the Lord, which is always surrounded by bumblebees, with their nice buzzing sound, and one should meditate upon the pearl necklace on the Lord’s neck, which is considered to represent the pure living entities who are always engaged in His service.
saïcintayed bhagavato vadanäravindam
The yogé should then meditate on the lotuslike countenance of the Lord, who presents His different forms in this world out of compassion for the anxious devotees. His nose is prominent, and His crystal-clear cheeks are illuminated by the oscillation of His glittering alligator-shaped earrings.
yac chré-niketam alibhiù parisevyamänaà
bhütyä svayä kuöila-kuntala-vånda-juñöam
ména-dvayäçrayam adhikñipad abja-netraà
dhyäyen manomayam atandrita ullasad-bhru
The yogi then meditates upon the beautiful face of the Lord, which is adorned with curly hair and decorated by lotuslike eyes and dancing eyebrows. A lotus surrounded by swarming bees and a pair of swimming fish would be put to shame by its elegance.
tasyävalokam adhikaà kåpayätighora-
täpa-trayopaçamanäya nisåñöam akñëoù
dhyäyec ciraà vipula-bhävanayä guhäyäm
The yogés should contemplate with full devotion the compassionate glances frequently cast by the Lord’s eyes, for they soothe the most fearful threefold agonies of His devotees. His glances, accompanied by loving smiles, are full of abundant grace.
häsaà harer avanatäkhila-loka-tévra-
sammohanäya racitaà nija-mäyayäsya
bhrü-maëòalaà muni-kåte makara-dhvajasya
A yogé should similarly meditate on the most benevolent smile of Lord Çré Hari, a smile which, for all those who bow to Him, dries away the ocean of tears caused by intense grief. The yogé should also meditate on the Lord’s arched eyebrows, which are manifested by His internal potency in order to charm the sex-god for the good of the sages.
dhyänäyanaà prahasitaà bahulädharoñöha-
dhyäyet svadeha-kuhare ‘vasitasya viñëor
bhaktyärdrayärpita-manä na påthag didåkñet
With devotion steeped in love and affection, the yogé should meditate within the core of his heart upon the laughter of Lord Viñëu. The laughter of Viñëu is so captivating that it can be easily meditated upon. When the Supreme Lord is laughing, one can see His small teeth, which resemble jasmine buds rendered rosy by the splendor of His lips. Once devoting his mind to this, the yogé should no longer desire to see anything else. (SB 3.28.24-33)
As previously described, a yogé is advised to meditate on the form of Lord Viñëu from point to point, from the ankles to the legs to the knees to the thighs to the chest to the neck, and in this way gradually up to the face and then to the ornaments. There is no question of impersonal meditation. (SB 3.29.35 Purport)
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