Volume 6 / January 2012 - Pag. 3
The world of living beings has been created within the imagi-
nation of Parama Puruśa. It is the resolution of Taraka Brah
-ma to emancipate living beings, but only those who wantliberation get liberation. When a human wants or longs forliberation, they attain the sadguru.
However some want liberation and some do not. One person wants liberation but does not get it, while another gets lib-eration even though they do not want it. What kind of a thingis this? Some people say,
máunganá marań samán hái, mat koi máungo bhikh
[to beg like death, so do not beg]. Thensome other say biná máunge motii miile, máuge miile ná rákh[You can get the boon of emerald without asking, but not evenashes if you beg for them].
It is a strange thing, a mysterious thing, and this mystery isthe drama of Parama Puruśa. Living beings are only charac
-ters in that drama. Human beings have come to this earth
with a xed role to play, and that role must be properly ob
-served. One should always bear in mind that one is a characterin this divine drama. And who is the author or composer of this drama? Táraka Brahma.This reminds us of an old story from the Mahábhárata. After
the battle, the battleground of Kurukśetra became a crema
-tion ground. At the end of the war some people came therefrom the Kaoravas’ side, among them were women and a few elderly gentlemen. The mother of the Kaoravas, Gandhari,
was also there. Kunti, the mother of the Pandavas, and Krśńa,
the Pandava’s friend, were present as well, along with the blind Dhritarastra. Everyone was standing in that cremationground and weeping. The Kaoravas were also weeping, evenGandhari, for she had lost her beloved hundred sons in the war.
Krśńa approached Gandhari and said: “Mother, why are you
weeping? Death is a natural law of the world. Játasya hi dhru- vormrtyuh. One who is born will die. So what is there to cry about?”
Gandhari replied: “Yes Krśńa, I have also told the distressed
suffering the bereavement of death the same thing that you
are telling me today. I have consoled them with those very same words. You know this and I know this, so what is theneed of telling me this?” She continued: “Krśńa, you havecome here today to console me in my grief, but I ask you, be
-hind this great event whose mind was at work? Who was theauthor of this great plan? Was it not you?”
Krśńa replied: “Those who have committed injustice andsinned have been punished. What can I do about that?”
Gandhari again said: “Everything you have said up until now is quite correct. From the worldly point of view, everythingthat has happened up until now is as it should be, becauseevery action must have its reaction. But my point is this: You yourself areTáraka Brahma; your duty is to liberatethe living beings. You can give liberation to whomever
you please. In form of Táraka Brahma you can create as you wish and destroy as you wish. In this drama of yours
you have created many characters who are very honest
people, ideological people. If one does virtuous deedsthen one gets liberation. In order to teach the people this
you create these kinds of characters. And you also createsinful characters in order to teach the people how mucha person degenerates as a result of their sinful behavior.
In this drama of the great war which has taken place ineld of Kurukśetra, you could have had my hundred sons
play roles of righteousness and the Pandavas play roles
of unrighteousness, if you had wished it. In that case my
hundred sons would have gotten salvation and the Panda- vas would have gone to hell. You are Táraka Brahma, theauthor of everything, and now, after having made me cry, you come to console me!” What Gandhari said was correct. Táraka Brahma formu-lates his plan in order to produce itihás [history with edu-
cative value], to teach the people. If one does honest works
then one moves towards the eternal truth, and if one per-forms dishonest works then one moves towards untruth.
He wanted to x this great teaching in the minds of human
beings.Thereafter comes the other part of the story. Gandhari
said: “Krśńa, give me permission to curse you.”Krśńa replied: “Okay, curse me. I give you permission.”
Then Gandhari cursed him by saying: “Just as my entirelineage has been destroyed before my very eyes, may your Yádava lineage be destroyed before your very eyes as well.”
“Let it be so,” Krśńa replied.
Human beings should always remember that living beingsare only actors in the vast universal drama composed by Táraka Brahma. This is not their real identity. Someonemay play the role of a king in a drama but they might noteven have two handfuls of rice in their house. Someoneplays the role of a poor subject in the drama, but in reallife they may be a very rich man. One should remember:
We are only playing specic roles in a great drama. I willact properly according to the role I have been given in thisdrama. This is a person’s duty. It is meaningless for a per
-son to think about anything more than this – about whatis beyond one’s power.4 April 1979, Patna
SHRII SHRII ANANDAMURI