When we utter a word, we imagine the object in mind. Say for example, if we say the word “cat, dog,…”, we immediately envision those animals in the mind. Now, OM is a sound. So, when we utter Om, what must come in one’s mind? What must one envision in the mind for the sound “OM” ? – Asked Arjuna to Krishna in Bhagavad Githa.
Krishna said:aum iti eka aksharam brahma
The essence of Ve:dam is Bramha(Here Bramha means Ve:dam).
vya:haran ma:m anusmaran
And while uttering this sound(vya:haran), think of ME (ma:m anusmaran)
Chant Omka:ram and think of ME. ME here is ‘Krishna’.
Who is that Krishna ? and How was HE then?
HE was GOD HIMSELF with all qualities; HE was willing to do anything and everything for those who sought HIS refuge. Krishna who is the protector of the entire World was then sitting as a charioteer for Arjuna! Charioteer is considered a lowly job. And yet HE was ready to do it for Arjuna and owned it for the sake of Arjuna.
Krishna exhibited two main qualities:
- SUPREMACY- Greatness(Sarvasakthi),
- ACCESEBILITY – Easily available to all (Sulabhaha)
In Sri Vishnu Sahasrana:mam(A poetic composition praising God as Maha Vishnu with 1000 names), Swamy is praised as:
So Bramha is ONE who is Supreme, Accessible and can easily convey anything to others knowing their nature. This calls for COMPASSION, KNOWLEDGEABLE(Daya, Sarvajnathvam)
But Krishna was speaking in a battlefield in front of millions of people who were ready to fight. Krishna was not giving the call for the war but instead was engaged in a long conversation with Arjuna! Time passed and yet no one spoke a word in between. No one moved. No one interrupted till Krishna ended his advice and instructions to Arjuna as ‘Githa’! Just amazing!
So Krishna displayed His COMMAND (Parathvam) over everyone and their senses.
But Arjuna was not a proper listener. He was not willing to accept Krishna’s words easily. But Krishna showed no anger. He was patient, and was able to even bear the mistakes of the Arjuna. He overlooked them and was ready t correct him. Krishna had the TOLERANCE and LOVE. So HE had Va:thsalyam
Such was a Krishna. He had Sarvasakthi, Sarvajnathvam, Parathvam, Soulabhyam, Daya, Va:thsalyam. [These are just a few of the many infinite auspicious qualities God has and manifests]
So, When Krishna said that “One must practice to think of HIM while chanting Omka:ra“, the HIM here is that Tatvam (the Absolute Truth) which has all infinite such qualities like Krishna.
And there is more…
Arjuna and Krishna had an inseparable bond. Arjuna was considered like a calf, the milk was obtained from the cow for us. pa:rtho vatsaha sudhi:hi bho:ktha
“May the good intelligent people accept the milk of the cow received while milking cow with the calf”
Our Acharya has elaborated the Dhanurma:sam Vrathamin a very beautiful way.
-From the discourse of Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji