Pandit Krish Misir of Hollywood, Florida, officiated at a three session Gyaan Yajna at the Dayaram Mandir (192nd Street, Hollis, Queens) last weekend (Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday morning). The yajna was sponsored as follows: Friday night - Shanti Mangar, Rosemarie Khameraj; Saturday- Auntie Datta, Jenny, Savitrie, Sunita; Sunday - Dayaram (Ravie) and family. Devotees described the discourse as exhilarating and inspirational. The mandir was beautifully decorated in an aura of resplendence for the occasion reflecting the joyous Diwali festival. The three sessions attracted a capacity crowd. In addition to the pandit’s discourse (pravachan), several guests rendered bhajans. The pandit himself is a very good singer; the discourse including a lot of singing.
The pandit’s theme for the three sessions were respectively as follows: Tulsi Maa and Ganesha; Hanuman and Lord Rama; and the Significance of Lord Krishna. The congregation listened in rapt attention to the hour plus discourse of each session; aartee, prasad and bhojan followed the conclusion of each session.
As Pandit Krishna explained, Lord Ganesh encompasses compassion. As he noted, Tulsi (leaves of the plant, also called basil) is highly sacred for Hindus as it is extensively used in worship and rituals especially during almost all Poojas. It is noted that Tulsi is endowed with amazing medicinal properties including helping to relieve diabetes and high blood pressure. Tulsi is grown in the home or yards of Hindus. Often, Tulsi leaf is placed in the mouth of a dying person with a belief that in doing so the soul will reach Vaikunt or the abode of Lord Vishnu. However, as Pt. Krish explained Tulsi is not offered to Lord Ganesha because he rebuffed her in marriage. Feeling broken hearted, she put a curse on him. Ganesha swore a life of Bramachari (bachelorhood). In anger against her, he put a curse on her that she will marry a demon and suffer under him. Tulsi begged for forgiveness. Ganesha pardoned her stating she shall marry a demon but after one life she would attain an exalted position becoming the holy and medicinal plant giving life to the sick.
Both the curse and the blessing of Ganesha became a reality. Tulsi married a demon named Shankachuda who was killed in battle. After her first life, she got the blessings of the Gods and took birth as Tulsi plant suitable for the worship.
Tulsi was a worshipper of Lord Vishnu who himself worshipped Ganesh. Lord ram anad Shiva also worshipped Ganesh. No pooja is completed without an offering of Tulsi. But Tulsi is not offered to Ganesh.
Pandit Krish narrated the qualities of Hanuman-ji. The pandit stated that Hanuman exemplifies supreme devotion to the Lord. He is considered to be the greatest worshipper, very loyal to his master (Lord Rama and Sita Maa).
He played the most critical role in the in the liberation of Sita Maa who cast a spell of eternal blessings on him.
Pandit-ji explained the significance of the worship of Lord Krishna who is one of the most favorite Gods among Hindus. The Gita focuses on Lord Krishna which according the shaastras mean absolute truth and existing in bliss or all attractive.
Krishna, when broken down, means 'krish' - to attract (karshan) and 'na' - giving bliss. Krishna is the Supreme Being or the “Purna Purushottam”, the Most Powerful incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Praises were showered on the pandit for his discourses. Pandit Krish Misir expressed his gratitude to the sponsors of the yajna and to Bhai Ravie for his support. The discourses of the three sessions were carried live on you tube and on internet radio. The recordings are still available for viewing.