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Guru Dakshina and Siddhis – Shri Krishna Ch. 13

Guru Dakshina and Siddhis – Shri Krishna Ch. 13

After the marriage, Rama came back to Ayodhya. King Dashrath decided to appoint him as his heir apparent and crown him. Just then queen Kaikeyi’s maid servant Manthra reminded her, “If Rama becomes the king, then your son Bharat will remain his servant and your status will be that of a maid.” Due to Manthra’s deception, Kaikeyi had asked for two promises from King Dashrath. The first one was that instead of Rama, her son Bharat should be crowned king and the second was that he would send Rama away in exile for fourteen years. King Dashrath had committed to this vow so he was forced to concede to Kaikeyi’s terms and conditions. Rama left for the jungle to honour his father’s promise. Sita and Lakshman also joined him there. Devastated by the loss of his dearest son through his own lack of foresight, Dashrath died of a broken heart.

Due to Manthra’s deception, Kaikeyi had asked for two promises from King Dashrath. The first one was that instead of Rama, her son Bharat should be crowned king and the second was that he would send Rama away in exile for fourteen years. King Dashrath had committed to this vow so he was forced to concede to Kaikeyi’s terms and conditions.

While dwelling in the forest, Lanka King Ravana kidnapped Sita. While traveling around in search of Sita, Rama reached the Kishkindha city where he met the monkey king Sugriv. Sugriv’s brother Bali had thrown him and his wife out of the kingdom and taken possession of it. When Rama came to know about this, he killed Bali. Rama and Sugriv then became friends, and so Sugriv sent monkeys in search of Sita. Hanuman reached Lanka and searched for Sita, when he found her in Ravan’s garden he told her that he was Rama’s devotee and showed her Rama’s ring.

 

Hanuman in Ashok Vatika had a fight with a few demons, and with a trick became their captive and was brought before Ravan. Hanuman’s tail was wrapped in oil-soaked rags and ignited by Ravan’s order. With that fire, Hanuman burnt the whole city of Lanka, causing great havoc, and then returned to Shri Rama and gave him the news of Sita. Under the leadership of Rama, Sugriv formed a whole army of monkeys and attacked Lanka. A fierce battle was fought and Ravana’s brother Kumbhkarna and son Meghnad were killed. In the end, Shri Rama killed Ravana too, and he then returned to Ayodhya with Sita. The people of Ayodhya were very happy and Rama was crowned the King. The deities praised Rama.

Hanuman reached Lanka and searched for Sita, when he found her in Ravan’s garden he told her that he was Rama’s devotee and showed her Rama’s ring. Hanuman in Ashok Vatika had a fight with a few demons, and with a trick became their captive and was brought before Ravan. Hanuman’s tail was wrapped in oil-soaked rags and ignited by Ravan’s order. With that fire, Hanuman burnt the whole city of Lanka, causing great havoc, and then returned to Shri Rama and gave him the news of Sita. 

The story of Ram avatar (Rama’s incarnation) was over. After telling these stories of Vishnu’s incarnation, Sandipani educated Krishna and Balram on the protecting of religion. He also later gave them the knowledge of divine power (siddhi), such as to be able to travel in the form of a minute body. 

 

Now the time came to leave the ashram as the studies were over. It is customary to pay the Guru Dakshina or fees to guru by the student, the guru has the right to ask anything at all to the student. Guru Sandipani was very sad. His son had drowned in the waves of the ocean and due to this he and his wife were inconsolable. Krishna consoled his teacher and told him, “It may be your son Punardatt has not died and with the current of the water he has drifted and then landed along the coast somewhere. Please be patient, I promise you, your son will return to you. This will be your Guru dakshina (fees paid to a spiritual preceptor) from me.” On hearing this, the guru and his wife were happy again.  Krishna went to the seacoast and called for the sea God; Varun; he manifested and told Krishna that his teacher’s son had been taken away by a demon named Panchanan into the Patal lok (the land underneath). Krishna was determined to repay his Guru Dakshina. 

Guru Sandipani was very sad. His son had drowned in the waves of the ocean and due to this he and his wife were inconsolable. Krishna consoled his teacher and told him, “It may be your son Punardatt has not died and with the current of the water he has drifted and then landed along the coast somewhere. Please be patient, I promise you, your son will return to you. This will be your Gurudakshina (fees paid to a spiritual preceptor) from me.” On hearing this, the guru and his wife were happy again. 

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