When my husband retired from his employment, he was gifted a picture of Balkrushna (depicting Him stealing butter) in the farewell function. On looking at the picture, I felt as if Bhagawan Shrikrushna had come searching for me in the form of a child. My bhav (Spiritual emotion) awakened and I was inspired to draw this picture.
B. Implied meaning of the picture
I am stuck in the state of balakbhav (Childlike emotion); Shrikrushna has realised that I am not making any efforts to cross this stage and go on to the next stage. Therefore, He has come to me in the form of a child to take me to the next stage.
1. Shrikrushna feeding butter of knowledge
I perceived that while feeding me butter, Shrikrushna is imparting me the knowledge of going from sagun (Materialised) to nirgun (Non-materialised), from balakbhav to gopibhav (Spiritual emotion of the gopis who were supreme devotees of Shrikrushna) and in the end, merge with Him.
2. Shrikrushna giving the flute of gopibhakti
While leaving Gokul, Shrikrushna had given His flute to Radha. Therefore, the flute depicts a higher level of gopibhakti.
3. Shrikrushna placing the peacock-feather of detachment on the head
Though the peacock-feather is separated from the crown of Bhagawan Shrikrushna, it does not feel anything. This is a sign of low ego in the peacock-feather. From the feather I learnt that sometimes sattvik attachment too distances us from God. I perceived that though He came in the form of a child, Shrikrushna was looking at me with paternal love.
With immense grace and maternal love, Shriguru is teaching me through various means, for which I am grateful unto His Holy feet. O God ! Let me remain in a constant state of alertness to imbibe even the smallest of Your teachings.
– Mrs Uma Ravichandran, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. (7.4.2013)
A. Explanation of the picture
In ’Dainik Sanatan Prabhat’ of 12.11.2012, I read about the spiritual experience of Ms Neha Bhat from Mumbai, in which Shrikrushna was the boatman and was ferrying seekers across the horrifying black water, meaning, the adverse times. I was inspired by this spiritual experience, and as a result, I recollected the original Tamil folk song ‘Balkanhaiya …’ composed in the form of a devotional song, and a picture got drawn by me on this subject. By Shriguru’s grace, I could perceive the depth of the implied meaning of this simple song in folk language. In this song, Shrikrushna is the boatman and there is a description how He is ferrying us across the ocean of materialistic world.’ – Mrs Uma Ravichandran, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. (13.11.2012)
3. Bhagawan Shrikrushna made arrangements
for ladyseeker’s admission to the school of personality defects removal process
Bhagawan Shrikrushna said to me, ‘Enough of playing now. Start learning something new’. Thereafter, He took me to the school of personality defect removal process (Note) and said, ‘Listen to whatever is being told and act accordingly. Listen to Pujya Rajendra Shinde, act accordingly and win His appreciation’. The girl in the picture is the symbol of Chennai seekers.’ – Mrs Uma Ravichandran, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Note : Personality defects and ego are obstacles in attaining happiness in personal life and progressing spiritually. To eliminate these obstacles, Sanatan Sanstha recommends implementation of personality defects removal and ego removal process. With the view that seekers implement the process appropriately and consistently, Sanatan’s Saint Pujya Rajendra Shinde guides seekers in Sanatan’s Devad Ashram. (Back)
A. Distinctive feature of the picture
The above picture has analysed how we should attain Shrikrushna through Bhaktiyoga (Path of Devotion). Through this picture, Shrikrushna has given a message that the grace of Saints can be attained by eliminating personality defects and destroying ego, and Shrikrushna can be attained through Karmayoga (Path of Action). – (Knowledge received through the medium of Ms Madhura Bhosale, 18.7.2013, 10.50 p.m.)