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The Bond that Frees Us from All Bondages

The Divine Side of Raksha Bandhan

By By B K Urvashi

The Festival of Raksha Bandhan

The Eternal Bond of Love

Real love neither puts up barriers nor harbors any prejudices. Love is the epitome of freedom and power… but only when grounded in purity and principles. The festival of “Raksha Bandhan” speaks volumes about this loving relationship that nurtures, protects and uplifts.

Although the present era has modernized the festival immensely, its simple and significant meaning exists incognito.

A number of legends are connected with tying of the “Rakhi” thread – symbolizing the bond of love and protection – but the most intriguing one is where the deities (“devatas”) are said to have lost their heavenly kingdom to the devils (“asuras”). Lord Indra's (King of the Devatas) wife applies “tilak” on his forehead and ties him a Rakhi, before he sets out for war to regain the lost sovereignty. In time, the deities gain victory and return to heaven.

How is this fable applicable to us? Are only sisters or females in need of protection? Does fear arise from only external sources? Wouldn't God - our Beloved Supreme Parent, Teacher, Sat Guru - be a more effective and loyal Protector? The Rakhi is undoubtedly the only bondage that truly frees us from all insecurities, fear and sorrow. And it is God alone who shares the wisdom behind tying the sacred Rakhi or rather, taking a vow...

We often forget our true identity of being an infinitesimal point of the divine energy – soul, “atman”, “ruh”, spirit. We get entangled in the web or bondages of the vices (lust, anger, greed, attachment and ego). These enemies overpower us and influence us to perform negative actions, which in turn cause sorrow. God comes to awaken and enlighten the inner being and teaches us how to regain our lost sovereignty.

When the "tilak" of soul-consciousness is applied and a person takes the pledge to stay in his original nature of peace, love, purity, wisdom, mercy, his every thought, word and action become elevated and divine. You tend to see every other being as a child of God, as his family. This unlimited vision of brotherhood breaks all barriers of caste, creed, gender, religion and superstitions. You can then live by true self-respect and help others do the same. The more you purify your consciousness, the stronger is your connection with God. God is then bound to look after you. Your positive actions ensure that you receive His blessings and good wishes from all souls; these work as your protection and stay with him for eternity.

Let us all bind ourselves in this Spiritual “bandhan” (binding) - the bond that liberates us from all bondages...

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