Published: December 24, 2023, at 3 PM Sakthi Vikatan
Sahadevan Tied up Kannan (Krishna).

Author: T. Deivanayakam
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Machine translation was edited by Veeraswamy Krishnaraj

An unknown Mahabharata Story illustrating the greatness of Bhakti (Devotion).

1. It was the time when Abraham Lincoln was the president of the United States. He was once confused, unable to find a solution to an important problem. Then his friend entered the room.
2. The friend thinking of offering some solace to the president said to him, "Mr. Lincoln, don't worry, God will be on your side."
3. Lincoln looked up at his friend, smiled a little, and said, "Dear friend! It is not my desire that the Lord should be on my side; I must be on the Lord’s side!" His friend was horripilated to appreciate his belief in God reflected by the look in Lincoln’s eyes.
4. Well, what should we always do to be on the Lord's side?
5. "The one who sees God in the idols in the temple stands at the lowest rung of devotion. He who sees God removing the sufferings of others, stands at the height of the sky!' says Swami Vivekananda.

Sahadevan tied up Kannan
6. True worship is an effort to alleviate the suffering of the next person, when he is in distress. All religions teach us to see God in all beings.
7. We all know the greatness of Bhagavad-gītā, as the holy book. What does Bhagavad-gītā teach? Some say that the Gītā teaches devotion. Some people are of the opinion that it teaches karma yoga. Wise men say that Gītā teaches Bhakthi, Jñāṇa, and Karma Mārgams (Devotion, religious contemplation, and service without expectation of rewards. Mārgam = Path).
Gītā = Gita.
8. 'What does the Gita teach?' Someone wanted to know the exact answer to this question. One day he saw a sadhu and asked him his question.
9. The sadhu asked the Anbar (=Fellowman, who loves fellowhumen), "Do you know what the first line of the first slokam in Gita?"
10. "You have to tell me."
11. The sadhu said, "Dharma kshetrē guru kshetrē" and said, "I also say the last line of the Gita... 'Dhruva neetir matir mama'. What do we get when we combine the last word of the last verse and the first word of first verse of Gītā.
12. Anbar said, "Mama Dharma."
13. "Do you know what that means?"
14. "You have to tell me, Swamy!"
15. "It means ‘’Your true Dharma’’. Therefore, the Gita teaches the dharma of life for human beings" said the sadhu (sage).
16. Kannan tied up by Sahadevan
Yes, the guidance of the Scriptures is that man should live as a human being.
17. If a righteous life is enough (for salvation), is there any need for temples, temple worship, festivals etc.?
18. The Elders have given many simple explanations for such questions. We build a scaffold before beginning the construction of a building. When the construction work is complete, we bring down the scaffold, don't we? That is the idea. Ceremonies for development of mental maturity, visit to temples, religious observances, festivals, and the like help cultivating our Dharma and virtue.
19. 'These are all stages of devotion. We should ascend these steps one by one and try to get close to God and not stop at the first step, according to the elders. There are many examples in mythology, literature and epics that God can be subdued by love and righteousness. (You heard that right.)
20. Mahabharata period. The Pandavas had come out of their forest exile. At this stage, Yudhishthira, the son of Dharma, met Kannan (Bhagavān Krishna).
21. Vāsudeva Krishna! The brothers are angry. They want to take revenge on those who are responsible for all the miseries they have suffered. Bhima and Arjuna are determined to somehow wage war, destroy the Kauravas and establish the kingdom of Dharma. But I want peace and tranquillity. Therefore, for my sake, you must go to Duryodhana as an emissary of the Pandavas. Ask for half the kingdom that belongs to us according to conditions. If Duryodhana refuses to give, ask for five small kingdoms for us. If that is not the case, ask for five towns. Otherwise, ask for at least five houses, prevent war from coming and establish dharma.'
22. Kannan smiled. Poor Dharma did not know that he (Kannan-Krishna) was the Sūtradhāri who considered a great war was necessary if adharma was to end and dharma was to make a comeback and that Krishna was the Sūtradhāri who moved time and circumstances towards war. Thinking of it, he laughed inwardly and said, "Dharmaputra! I'll talk to your brothers."
23. When Dharman agreed, Kannan rushed to meet Dharma's brothers. Bhima, Arjuna, and Nakula were determined that the war had to take place. At the end of the day, Kannan went to meet Sahadevan.
24. Sahadevan was quietly studying the astrological manuscripts, and greeted Kannan with humility when he saw him.
25. 'Sahadeva, I am going to Hastinapuram as your ambassador to prevent war. You are a great scholar. If there is any way to stop the war, please tell me!" Sahadevan laughed. He knew that no one would be able to stop the impending war, no matter what he did or said. He knew it by his knowledge of astrology.
26. Sahadevan jokingly mentioned his tactics:” My dear Kanna! Breaking the club in Bhima's hand, breaking the bow of Arjuna, cutting Panchali's hair, crowning Karna, and tying you up so that you cannot go to Hastinapuram as an envoy: These things would certainly stop the war.’’
27. Hearing this, Kannan laughed aloud and said, "Can you really tie me up? Go on, tie me up. Let us see.’’ Kannan made multiple clones of himself and stood before Sahadevan. In the eyes of Sahadevan, the images of Kanna were visible all over the universe. Is it possible to tie up such a powerful man?
28. But Sahadevan was calm. He sat down in padmasana pose (lotus sitting position). He closed his eyes. He meditated intensely on the form, quality, and names of Lord Krishna in his mind. While he was in a state of devotional ecstasy, Sahadevan’s tongue sounded Kannan's praise. He praised Kannan by singing the shlokas. Sahadeva's devotion and love attracted Kannan!
29. All his forms merged, formed Kannan as before, and bound him in the heart of Sahadeva. "Sahadeva, you have won! You have shown that God can also be bound with love and devotion. Enough! Untie my ties!' said Kannan.
30. Do you know why Sahadevan tied up Kannan? When Sahadeva did the same, Krishna paramātmā gave him a boon saying, 'I will save the five Pandavas in battle'.
31. Kannappan, the hunter who gave the eye, Godai Andal, who dedicated herself to Bhagavan, and the likes of Meera, who devoted themselves, were deep in devotion through the profusion of their love to their gods and in turn were the recipients of grace of God. We too will receive god's blessings following their path!
32. There are a few, for whom in the absence of proper understanding, devotion and faith in God become a mere traditional ritual!
33. "There is no one to beat us in devotion to God," said one of them. He received a horse as a gift. The horse is also godly, said its donor.
34. Not only that, but if you say, 'Thank you, Lord,' it will start running. Repeating the same word will increase its speed. Similarly, if you say 'Namaste, Lord,' it will stop. God had also explained this subtlety clearly.
35. The next day the donee thought of riding the horse. He sat majestically on the horse. Following the donor’s advice, the rider said, 'Thank you, Lord.' The horse began to run. The rider drove the horse towards the mountain.
36. He wanted to continue to speed up the horse and said, 'Thank you, Lord... Thank you, My God..." He cried out loudly, and the horse leaped into a storm’s speed. Anbar’s mind was totally obsessed with the ride.
37. After a while, Anbar was horrified to see the horse was galloping towards a deep ditch. He grabbed hold of the bridle and pulled it; The horse did not stop.
38. That is when the rider remembered what the equestrian had said. "Namaste Lord," he shouted, as the mountain echoed his sound.
39. That is all, the horse stopped suddenly! The distance between where it stood, and the deep ditch was only one foot. Anbar, who had escaped the calamity, sighed deeply with relief.
40. That was not all. Joyous at surviving a certain death, he wanted to thank God. Without a thought or conscious of them, the words spilled out of his mouth,” Thank you, My God!"