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LORD KRISHNA THE AMBASSADOR

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It was when the epic Mahabharata war was all set to begin:
Lord Krishna was sent by Yudhishtir, the eldest Pandava
To try and talk to the Kauravas-for a peaceful solution-
Though vengeful Draupadi was dead against a peace accord.

The all-knowing Lord Krishna, though aware of the outcome,
Went anyway to discuss peace with the over-ambitious king Duryodhana.

Though the arrogant king warned his courtiers against showing respect to Krishna,
He was the first to stand up sheepishly when the smiling Lord set foot in his presence.

Lord Krishna charmed everyone in the palace with his Divine charm,
But Duryodhana refused to give even a pin-prick area of land to the Pandavas
In spite of words of wisdom and caution from his own sagely elders.

Thus the Lord Krishna, who had ordained such an outcome, returned smiling
To announce the war.








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RIGHT WRONG

Seeing her eyes glow in excitement,
Obviously though she has it all wrong,
I rush to grab the correction opportunity,

Till I have another look at the gleam in her eyes.

Hell, I think, let me be wrong a hundred times over,
If only to preserve that glorious joy,

Rather than prove her wrong
And watch her enthusiasm wither.

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Lord Krishna is infinitely merciful.

He accepts your prayers whatever be your way, or whomsoever you worship. Like the waters of all rivers leading to the Ocean, all prayers flow to Him alone. ( Rig Veda)

He says that you may, if you can, fix your mind and intellect on him and be always in His contemplation. That is the path of Knowledge or Jnana Yoga.

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If you find the Yoga path cumbersome, you may resort to ritualistic worship as authorized by the sacred texts. This is the path of Karma Yoga. If your mind is not on rituals, you can take refuge in him, leading a self controlled life.

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