The Advent of The Lord (Mahásambhúti)

Here is the explaination of the couplet mentioned in the introduction (view the 2nd post), the words which Lord Krishna has said on the battlefield to Arjuna:

Yadá yadá hi dharmasya glánirbhavati Bhárata;
Cábhyutthánamadharmasya tadátmánaḿ srjámyáham
.

[O Bhárata, at a time when dharma is distorted and adharma is ascendant, I create myself out of my own fundamental factors.]

Some 3500 years ago, Krśńa was born. His advent was just at a crucial time – humanity was suffering then. He removed the suffering of humanity by creating Mahábhárata. He gave an assurance to the entire world that there would not be degradation of dharma, that He would come and save it.

What is the meaning of yadá yadá? Yadá means “at the proper moment”, “at the most opportune moment”.

He says that “Whenever there is degradation of dharma and development of adharma, rule of adharma, regime of adharma, then, and in that particular moment, I recreate Myself.”

What is gláni? It is a lower state, beneath the generally-accepted standard. When dharma goes lower than its accepted standard, it is said to suffer gláni. For instance, the commonly-accepted place for a crown is the head; if someone wears it on his foot, it can be considered to have suffered degradation. So Krśńa says that where there is degradation in dharma and adharma rises – when people’s hats decorate their feet, and their sandals, their heads – He comes as Táraka Brahma [Liberating Brahma] to reinstate dharma to its original status.. Then He creates tat átmá – tadátmá [in the shloka], that is, Táraka Brahma. Táraka Brahma polarizes dharma and adharma. He makes them prepared to fight.

Whenever dharma comes into a secondary position, a degraded position, a depraved position; that is, dharma is being defeated by adharma in that temporary phase of the war – finally dharma wins, but you know, a war is divided into several phases, and each and every phase is known as a battle. So in one battle, adharma may win, in another battle, dharma may win, but finally, as a result of the final fight of the war, dharma wins. Hence, O human beings, do not get scared, light is sure to come after darkness.

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