NIRAPEKSHA AND VAATSALYA
April 12, 2002
Friday Meeting

The word apekshaa has a meaning close to expectation or looking for something in return. Thus, nirapeksha is being above expectations. Dinkar Uncle recollected that Kakaji emphasized to cultivate the quality of being nirapeksha. When we probe deep within, it is evident that a majority of our words, actions, and thoughts are actually governed by expectations.

Another related term is vaatsalya-prema or pure unconditional love. The relationship between a mother and her offspring can sometimes qualify as a vaatsalya relationship. Unconditional love is also a description of the relationship between God and devotees. God has affection for us and no desire for anything in return.

Krishna Bhagwan illustrated this with the Pandavs, particularly Arjun. The Mahabharat is filled with episodes that reflect and glorify this relationship. Once, Agnidev (the god of fire) approached Krishna Bhagwan and Arjun in the guise of a brahmin. Agnidev asked for their help in order to burn the Khandav forest. [In Vachanamrut Gadhada Middle 10, Lord Swaminarayan explains, "when Agni suffered from 'indigestion' (not being able to bear his own extraordinary heat), he came to Krishna and Arjun in his personified form...when he went to burn the Khandav forest of Indra, that same Agni assumed the form of flames and spread throughout the whole forest."] Indradev, the king of demigods and father of Arjun, was pleased upon seeing the pair successfully fight him off (and prevent the rain from extinguishing the fire). Indradev thus told Arjun and Krishna Bhagwan to ask for a boon. Arjun asked for divine weapons, but Krishna Bhagwan asked that his and Arjun's friendship remain eternal.

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