Monday, August 2, 2010

Lord Shiva Was Usha Bahenji's Guru

Lord Shiva, the Auspicious One

 Lord Shiva or 'The Auspicious One', works for our well being, is the refuge of loving tenderness, is splendidly generous, bestows religious devotion to Krishna and is maha yogeshwar. Shiva, the supreme Vaishnava, is often venerated as the adi guru who resides in the spiritual mentors of this mundane world.Easily pleased, Lord Shankar manifested for Bobo and made this spectral revelation that he was her spiritual preceptor for the pivotal concept of Krishna's madhurya or sweet love.

Bhaktimati Usha Bahenji

The incident dates to the time when Bobo had come to Vrindavan. After a bath in the Yamuna she was heading homewards accompanied by Sushila Bahenji, Vijay and others. It was Guru Purnima (the day of full moon in the month of Ashadh of the Hindu calendar).She wondered while walking in the fields opposite the Yugal Ghat, "Today is Guru Purnima and everyone says one can not attain salvation without a mentor -then my guru," and instantly the great Vaishnava, Lord Shankar with his wife Parvati and son Ganesha were clearly visible in the sky, slightly higher than the temple's platform. 

Lord Shiva with Maa Parvati & Child Ganesha

Mother Parvati was clad in a red sari and adorned in the best of finery. Child Ganesha was also present with his spirited antics. Lord Shankar was resplendent with matted yellow hair which shone like heated gold.The holy Ganges and crescent moon rested on his head and a beautiful blue hue was apparent in his throat. Garlanded with a serpent, he assured her in a deep-throated voice," I am your guru." She reverentially bowed before him there itself. With his radiant trishul or trident he repeatedly touched Bobo's forehead and blessed her.

We will be coming out shortly with the English Version of 'Shri Shiva Tandav Stotram' which Usha Bahenji or Bobo chanted during the month of Shravan as a mark of respect for Lord Shiva.

Shri Somnath Lingam

Shravan is considered the holiest month of the year. Every Monday is a special day when the dharanatra hangs over the linga bathing it with holy water and the nandadeepa or lamp burns round the clock in Shiva temples.Devotees adorn the Shivlinga with bel patra and flowers and fast till sunset.

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