EPISODE-19 (RIVER JAMUNA & BETWA )

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EPISODE-19

(RIVER JAMUNA SANCTIFIED BY LORD KRISHNA & RIVER BETWA BY AVATAR MEHER BABA)

Lord Krishna sanctified river Jamuna while His father Vasudev crossed it carrying Him on his head by dipping His feet in its water. Likewise Meher Baba sanctified river Betwa by dipping His feet, bathing and drinking its water crossing it to reach Hamirpur in UP. Both episodes are briefly described as under:

Jamuna river

King Kansa imprisoned Vasudev and Devki even before birth of their first child when Kansa came to know of the foretell that 8th son of Devki would be cause his death.

At the time birth of Lord Krishna, fetters and shackles of Vasudev and Devki was miraculously cut, prison doors opened and guards fell asleep. Afraid of his son to be killed by Kansa, Vasudev and Devki decided to carry baby Krishna to his friend Nandraj in Gokul whose wife has also given birth to a baby girl and bring the baby girl in prison to save the Life of baby Krishna. Vasudev put baby Krishna in a bucket and left the prison. He had to cross the river Jamuna. He entered in the river and level of water in Jamuna started rising. Vasudev could not hold the bucket in hand as water was rising; he put the bucket over his head. Surge of water in Jamuna did not stop. When the water of Jamuna reached the nostril level of Vasudev, baby Lord Krishna moved out His legs and touched water of Jamuna. Thereafter, Jamuna water started receding. In fact, as a part obeisance to Lord Krishna, Jamuna surged and surged to touch Lord Krishna and Lord Krishna to fulfill her wish sanctified Jamuna by putting His feet in her water. Vasudev brought the baby girl of Yashoda in prison. When Kansa tried to kill this baby, she released herself from the hand of Kansa and voiced “Your opponent Krishna, 8th son of Devki and Vasudev has already taken birth to kill you”

Lord Krishna also forced poisonous cobra “Kalia” leave Jamuna plunging into it on pretext of taking out ball which was kicked by Him in the river for the purpose.

This episode of Lord Krishna’s sanctifying of river Jamuna by putting His feet in its water is similar to dipping His feet by Meher Baba in river Betwa while crossing it to reach Hamirpur. The said episode of Meher Baba is produced below.

Baba was to leave Orai that morning for the village of Ichhaura, fifteen miles away. No car, bus or truck had ever ventured to this remote place, because there was only a narrow mud road leading to it. The road was bisected by the Betwa River and, being unpaved, it had become even more impassable due to recent rain. Nevertheless, the local lovers were determined that the Lord of creation should visit them in some degree of comfort. And so for weeks before His arrival, they toiled earnestly to widen eight miles of road, fill in the pits with earth and smooth its rough patches so that Baba's car could travel over it. Baba's heart was full at the expression of their love, and because of that He set out for their village.

Keshav, however, had failed to arrange for a car, and so Baba and the men had to proceed to Ichhuara in a bus. After crossing a bridge, seven miles from Orai, the bus took a turn to the left to go by the canal road and its left wheel hit something and came to a sudden stop.

The group was ferried over the Betwa river and then, to travel further into the interior, they had to ride bullock carts. The villagers had come a mile ahead to receive Baba and were chanting in jubilation, "Hare Baba, Hare Baba! Meher Baba, Hare Hare!" While crossing the river, Baba dipped His hands and toes into the water and observed, "The Lord of the universe is here with His near and dear ones, while the masses are crowding together at Allahabad."

At the time, none knew the significance of Baba's words. That very day in Allahabad, during the Kumbha Mela then taking place, an enormous tragedy occurred. It was the main bathing day and about two million people had gathered to bathe at the confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers. In the morning, there was a great rush to witness a procession of sadhus and holy men. Panic and a stampede ensued. Thousands of persons were injured, and about 800 were crushed to death or drowned. The incident occurred at the same time that Baba's truck had come to a mysterious halt.

Early the next morning, Baba sanctified the Betwa River by bathing with its water. (He also drank some of the water.) Baba gave darshan at Ichhaura on the 4th, and thousands had the gift of His prasad as people from neighboring villages also came for the occasion.At the time, none knew the significance of Baba's words. That very day in Allahabad, during the Kumbha Mela then taking place, an enormous tragedy occurred. It was the main bathing day and about two million people had gathered to bathe at the confluence of the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers. In the morning, there was a great rush to witness a procession of sadhus and holy men. Panic and a stampede ensued. Thousands of persons were injured, and about 800 were crushed to death or drowned. The incident occurred at the same time that Baba's truck had come to a mysterious halt.

Interpretation: Any place visited by Avatar (God-man) gets sanctified. Avatar’s presence creates vacuum in which all weighty sanskaras of the place gets drawn In His vacuum of Impessionless sanskaras. It is similar to flow of any river or stream bound to merge in the ocean or mass falling on ground by earth’s gravity. Baba said, He visited many shrines of saint and non-living Perfect Masters to clean the accumulated dirty sanskaras of the people who visited these shrines and offloaded automatically and unknowingly their bad sanskaras in hope to receive material benefit more,  much less for spiritual benefit which can be impacted by only living Perfect Master.

Meher Baba allowed visiting shrines of His five Perfect Masters and none other. It was explained by Baba, that it is not possible to obey two Masters simultaneously. Orders of two Masters may be contradictory. If we approach two Masters, in such a case, obeying one Master will amount to disrespect for another. Our faith, devotion or love for Master gets distracted or deviated at least for the time when we visit other saint or shrines of non living saint or Perfect Master. Unless we receive the grace of the Master we will not in a position to obey the way Master wants. So let us remain attached to Meher Baba only to whom we have accepted as our Master and Avatar.