Born in Jain religion I followed teachings of Bhagavad Gita right from six years of age. In Jainism speaking about Lord Krishna is blasphemy. As per Jaina traditions our elders always said, Krishna presently existed in hell. Such a belief rendered Jainism to a minority status in present times. Lord Krishna came above thousand years earlier to Mahavira, 24th Tirthankara of Jainism (preceptor) and yet followers of Jainism believing Lord Krishna existing in hell, is nothing short of blasphemy.
One who was an Avatar of his era (God manifest in human form), one whose kundalini awakened when very young (between 2 to 4 years of age), almost born an enlightened one… how could such a one would be belittled by practices and beliefs of Jainism. Whenever I questioned in Jaina gatherings, elders in family and outside about this anomaly, most kept mum or gave a very prejudiced answer. As none of their answers satisfied me, I believed more and more in philosophy of Lord Krishna than scriptures of Jainism.
Merely on hearsay we just could not believe anything. All my life I indulged in path of contemplation, self enquiry and logical reasoning to reach hidden cosmic truths of life! Everything stated in scriptures was not acceptable to me unless I tested it on altar of absolute truth. Slowly as I progressed ahead, I realized there was nothing in entire world that even paralleled teachings of Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Gita. The teachings contained in Bhagavad Gita formed summum bonum of spirituality, epitome of spiritual pursuit.
What people say, what followers of other religions think of teachings contained in Bhagavad Gita was irrelevant! What we need remembering all the time was, in present times of Kali Yuga… dark age, metal age it was only following teachings contained in Bhagavad Gita human beings finally gained enlightenment (kaivalya jnana), reached god.
Reading through scriptures can anyone learn ABC of scriptural texts? Right from six years of age I have questioned elders in Jain community, how they questioned authenticity of an avatar (God manifest in human form) one who was much above level of an enlightened one. Like a parrot everyone kept blurting that Lord Krishna existed in hell, nothing more. That does not mean anything. One who is an embodiment of truth, but only truth such a noble soul like Lord Krishna even if he commits sin, the same could not be attributed to him. To re-establish dharma (righteousness) one had to indulge in activities that could never be weighed on scales of ethics or morality. Lord Krishna was above embellishments of physical manifest world. Who was Gandhari… an ordinary mortal? Does she have power to place curse on an avatar?
All these sham stories, pretensions did not bode well in Hinduism. After coming of Mahavira none in Jainism sought enlightenment. Why?
By: Vijay Kumar “Atma Jnani”… The Man who Realized God in 1993 – (Ref 150922)
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