Faith

Single pointed dhyana

Generally all who worship God are said to be His devotees and each individual, according to his background, upbringing, and his inherent vasanas, gets established in some kind of personal relationship with God. This idea is explained by Narada to Yudhishtira during the Rajasuya yaga when Sisupala, a sworn Krishna hater, attains Sayujya with the Lord, pointed out Sri B. Damodhara Dikshitar in a discourse. During the ‘Agra Puja,’ it is decided that Krishna is to be honoured as the most preeminent person. Sisupala, one of Krishna’s cousins, who nurtures hatred against him since birth, is against the idea. He waits for the puja to be over and then starts slandering Krishna in the most abusive language. The whole assembly is shocked into silence and disgust.

More amazing is the fact that at one point of time, the Sudarsana chakra from Krishna’s hand cuts off Sisupala’s head, and a jyoti from his body merges with Krishna’s feet.

Yudhishtira asks Narada how this could happen to one who has sinned in this manner against the Lord. Then Narada explains that what matters is the individual’s mind that has to attain single pointedness with God. This can happen owing to many reasons. It can be love, hatred, fear, anger, friendship, kinship and bhakti. For instance, when medicine is administered, there are many ways by which it can be taken; it can be swallowed with water or milk, it can be powdered or dissolved in water and so on. But whatever way is chosen, it is important that it is taken. Likewise what is important is dhyana and to attain single pointedness in meditation. Prahlada attained Him through bhakti and the Gopis through Kama. Not all can cast aspersions on God like Sisupala. He is destined to show enmity to God and then finally attain Him.

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