Jan 31, 2018

Yadavabhyudayam 14a - Raas Leela 01
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Raas 01 - The Gopikas were overwhelmed with pride on their relationship with Krishna. Krishna disappears from their sight. (He was near but they couldn’t see him.) They lament their miserable plight. (Gopika geetham Sr.Bh.) They sing about the qualities of Krishna — It riverberated throughout the forest, carrying the fragrance of the upanishads. Krishna reappears — strengthening their devotion.

Jan 30, 2018

yadavabhyudayam 13 Govinda Pattabhishekam 
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The rain continued for seven days and nights without a stop. 
Krishna held the Goverdhana, unmoved.
A humbled Indra stops the rain and repents. 
Krishna replaces the hill in its original place. His friends check his palm and limbs to see whether he was hurt. It didn’t show any signs of fatigue.  
Indra extolls Krishna, “It is no wonder that you lifted the mountain - you sustain the whole world. 
I wish to anoint you as Govinda, although it has already been given to you in your Varaha avatar, when you retrieved the earth from the waters.”

Brahma sent Kamadhenu for the abhisheka of Krishna. Indra invoked the celestial Ganga. With her waters and the milk of Kamadhenu, he performed the Govinda Pattabhishekam. 

Jan 29, 2018

Yadavabhyudayam 12 (Swami Desika, 13 c.)

The gopas worshipped the god who appeared on Goverdhana who was none other than Krishna himself.
The clouds appeared as though Indra himself was mounted on the cloud with his bow and Vajra. The lightning danced to the thunder (drum) and the stormy wind (music).

He lifted the mountain with one hand playfully, and turned it upside down -- It seemed like a huge umbrella was supported by a staff (his arm).  Half the arrogance of Indra was subdued. 

The sandal paste applied on his arms looked as though the snake Anantha, was holding the earth with his five hoods.  
The sages meditating on the trees were also upside down, engrossed in their contemplation. Life was going on as usual as Krishna asked the cowherds to occupy the caves in the mountain. The cows were grazing. 

Krishna, holding Goverdhana, looked like he was holding his discus, Sudarshana -- the waterfalls in the mountain looking like the spokes of the discuss. The water flowing down the mountain looked like pearls decorating the umbrella. 

While the cowherds enjoyed the rain feeling protected by Krishna, the gopikas wished that the rain wouldn’t stop - they enjoyed the company of Krishna uninterrupted.

Jan 28, 2018

Yadavabhyudayam 11 - Kalia  
1. Kaliya looked like Krishna’s footrest, made of sapphire studded with ruby (the red eyes of Kaliya). 
2. Krishna danced on the five heads of Kalia, subduing the five senses — when the mind dances with ecstacy of the love for Krishna (with his grace) it is at peace.  

Jan 27, 2018

Yadavabhyudayam 10 - Krishna returns from the forest in the evening, guiding the cattle home. Covered with dust, the evening sun played with shadows on his person. The gopikas thought it was  Kamadeva marching with his army.

Jan 26, 2018

Yadavabhyudayam 09: #watercolour #KrishnaforToday Krishna takes away the clothes to help cast away one's  vasanas.  The gopis bathe in Krishnaanubhava. But he wants them to discard their identification with the body. They come out with folded hands, in total surrender. Krishna hands back new clothes, devoid of any remnants of the vasanas.  When this realization dawns, with his grace, one is released from the cycle of births. 

Jan 25, 2018

Yadavabhyudayam 08  #indianink #watercolour 
After stealing butter, Krishna hides from the gopikas. 
He prays to his jingling ornaments to be silent and not give him away.

Jan 24, 2018

Yadavabhyudayam 07 Navaneeta natyamKrishna dances to the rhythm of Yashoda's churning and asks for a handful of butter.
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Jan 23, 2018

YadavAbhyudayam 06 - Trivikrama learns to walk. The mud smeared with mud while crawling, looked as though Bhoomidevi was hugging him. #watercolour #indianink #Krishnafortoday

Jan 22, 2018

Saraswati - on the occasion of Vasantha Panchami
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Jan 21, 2018

Yadavabhyudayam 05 -Ornament
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The one who was the ornament for the scriptures (Agamabhooshana), the one who is is enquired upon by the sages, became an ornament for the cowherds in Gokula.

Jan 20, 2018

Yadavabhyudayam 04  Vasudeva  #watercolour #krishnafortoday

1. As instructed by Krishna, Vasudeva crosses the Yamuna, who gives way. The turbulent waves of Yamuna gave the impression that she was anguished that the Supreme was in the guise of a mortal.
2. It appeared as though Vasudeva crossed the sea of birth, Jananasindhu, for being blessed with Krishna as his son.

Yadavabhyudayam 03 #watercolour #Krishnafortoday

Jan 18, 2018

Jan 17, 2018

YAdavAbhyudayam 01: by Swami Desika. #watercolour #KrishnaforToday
Narayana, seated on the white snake Anantha, seems like a black cloud ensconced in a white cloud. 
Bhoomadevi, along with the devas headed by Brahma, appeals to Narayana to save her from the unrighteous conduct of the kings. 
The bees swarm around her hair attracted by its fragrance, forming a parasol made of peacock feathers. The tears form a necklace around her neck.

Jan 16, 2018

Jan 15, 2018

Jan 14, 2018

 Tiruppavai 30  The churning of the milky ocean and the essence of the Tiruppavai verse.
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Jan 13, 2018

 Tiruppavai 29  Eternal servitude
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Jan 12, 2018

Tiruppavai 28 - Oh, Krishna! You were born as a cowherd with us, 
so we did not know your greatness. 
In our ignorance, we have taken liberties with you. 
Pl forgive us. 
We realise that our relationship with you is forever.
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Jan 11, 2018

Tiruppavai 27 - Govinda - who rectifies one's arrogance with his innumerable, laudable qualities.
Saayujyam --the blissful communion of the soul with the Supreme.
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Jan 10, 2018

 Tiruppavai 26 Andal:  
‘where we tread the unwritten path shown by our elders from time immemorial.’
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Jan 9, 2018

Tiruppavai 25    
Andal says: “Krishna, the treasure we want is only you, nothing else…” 
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Jan 8, 2018

 Tiruppavai 24 -extolling the virtues of Krishna
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Jan 7, 2018

Tiruppavai-23  :
“Walk like the lion, ascend the throne of our hearts
and listen to our appeal.” - Andal

Jan 6, 2018

 Tiruppavai 22 - The mighty fall. The delusion clears. Open your eyes ever so slowly, says Andal.

Jan 5, 2018

 Tiruppavai 21 #Indianink #watercolour #KrishnaforToday
The one who not only vowed to protect his devotees, but also has the required strength to do so.

Jan 4, 2018

Tiruppavai 20 -180104  Andal hails Krishna, the protector of the Devathas  - the one who vanquishes those who cause trouble to his devotees. She asks his consort to give them the honour of eternal service to the Lord.

Jan 3, 2018

Tiruppavai 19 - In their eagerness to bless the devotee, Krishna and his consort compete with each other, that there is a delightful delay in blessing them.

Jan 2, 2018

Tiruppavai 18  Andal seeks the recommendation from Krishna's consort, to attain the supreme goal --Krishna himself. The Guru is the mahout. The elephant, happy to be under his control, gives the chain to bind himself with.

Jan 1, 2018

Tiruppavai 17 - Balarama, the quintessential devotee of Krishna. Yashoda as the key to understanding Krishna with Nandagopala representing the guru. Why the Vamana avatar is hailed by the gopikas - the blessing to everyone.

Tiruppavai 16 - The blessings of the guru. And the Jagadguru,
Krishna #Arjuna #Gita #watercolour #KrishnaforToday

Tiruppavai 15 - Being the devotee of the devotee of Krishna.
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Tiruppavai 14 - The Krishna within. #watercolour #KrishnaforToday