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Sri Krishna: The Darling of Humanity

Sri Krishna: The Darling of Humanity
$28.50
Item Code: IHE099
Author: A.S.P. Ayyar
Publisher: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Edition: 2001
ISBN: 8172762259
Pages: 590
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 7.3" X 4.7"
weight of the book: 495 gms
From back of the book

Justice A.S.P. Ayyar, M.A., I.C.S., F.R.S.L., Bar-at law, was born at Aiylam village in Palghat, Kerala state, on January 26th, 1899. He passed B.A. examination with double first class and a first in Madras University. He joined the Law College, Madras, in 1918, and proceeded to England for the coveted I.C.S. examination under Tata scholarship. He passed I.C.S. with a high rank and also took his M.A. degree in Oxford.

On his return to India he started his career as Sub-divisional officer but soon quit the executive for the Judiciary because he did not wish to be privy to the lathi charging of fellow Indians during the Civil disobedience movement. After Independence he became a judge of the Madras High court when Shri Rajagopalachari was the Chief Minister. He was known for his impeccable style in delivering his judgments which were often interspersed with a high sense of humour. He was noted for his acumen, absolute integrity and strong nationalistic views.

An amiable personality and a charming conversationalist, quick at repartee, Ayyar was also known for his literary eminence rare among the service class.

He had a number of publications to his credit, which include fiction, drama, travelogue, biography, autobiography, literary criticism, religious writing and jurisprudence.

Verily, Sri Krishna is the Darling of Humanity. His life abounds in marvelous exploits so much so that men, women and children are all fascinated by His life and teachings and thrilling stories of depth and beauty have grown around him. The present book which is a companion volume to the author's A Layman's Bhagavad-Gita Gita, so generously welcomed by the public, recounts the life, teachings and stories of the lord culled from the Bhagavata, Mahabharata, Vishnupurana and various folklores. The author has also added quotations from other teachers and poets in order to make the instructive.

Bhavan's first edition of this book and A Layman's Bhagavad-Gita Gita in two volumes were brought out at the request of his daughter Smt. Asokam S. Easwar.

Ayyar died on 11th April 1963.

Introduction to the second edition

When I was engaged in writing this book, as a popular companion to my "Layman's Bhagavad Gita", a friend asked me whether books on religion will be in demand in this age of scientific advancement and of growing agnosticism, atheism and scepticism. Another friend, who was also present, remarked, "Oh, yes. Few people are interested in religion nowadays, but those few count." His opinion turned out to be correct. The first edition was sold out in a short time. Friends from England, Germany, U.S.A., Russia, Burma, China, Ceylon and Persia, Christians, Buddhists, Jews and Muslims, have written to me appreciative letters, showing the great interest existing in the world to-day regarding Krishna and the Gita. I am grateful to them all.

My main idea in writing this book is to give the Hindus a clear conception of their scriptures and teachings, and to foreigners an idea of the true nature of Hinduism, one of the oldest religions of the world and a religion having a place for every human being, whatever his cultural or intellectual level, with a chance to climb up to the highest, confident that God is his friend and that no one who has faith in him and is willing to act up to his teachings need despair, however dark his past and however black his sin. God is Love and Bliss, and the all-Holly can lead the worst man to salvation if he will only follow him. The Gita teachers about the lower self and the higher self, the lower nature and the higher nature, the lower sprit and (Purushothama). It shows us that two views are possible, the worldly and the divine. As a well-known verse says :-

Two men looked out of prison bars,
One saw mud, the other saw stars.

The lord wants us to hitch our wagon to the stars and to him, culminating in the clarion call in XVIII. 66, of the Gita, the Divine order under S. 144: "Leave everything and follow me! I shall free thee from all sin. Fear not!"

I hope that a reading of his book will dispel the wrong theories on Hindu religion and philosophy found in a recent book, Vedanta philosophy or Christian Gospel by Dr. Soper, and other books by Christian Missionaries and others greater understanding and sympathy between the followers of all the great religions of the world.

In this edition, I have added three stories in part III (stories XII to XIV) and have also made some other additions and revisions. I place this book as a humble offering at the lotus feet of the lord in the service of my brothers and sisters.

My thanks are due to my daughters Srimati Asokam S. Easwar, M.A., and Kumari Savitri for helping me to correct the proofs.

Contents

Dedicationv
Prefacevii
Introduction to the second edition.xvii
Part I.Life of the Lord:vii
Invocation
Chapter IBirth and Childhood1
Chapter IIKamsa destroyed16
Chapter IIIPupil and Teacher23
Chapter IVThe new city of Dwaraka28
Chapter VKala Yavana's Doom30
Chapter VIMarriage with Rukmini32
Chapter VIIThe gem Syamantaka35
Chapter IIIKrishna Murari41
ChapterIX Banasura Humbled44
Chapter XThe friend of the Pandavas46
ChapterXI Jarasandha & Sisupala killed52
ChapterXII Draupadi's honour saved60
Chapter XIIIThe messenger of peace76
Chapter XIVThe song celestial95
Chapter XV The Mahabharata war113
Chapter XVI At Bhishma's death-bed139
Chapter XVIIHe departs145
Chapter XVIIIArjuna's lament157
Part II.Teaching of the lord:vii
Invocation164
Teachings 168
Part III. Stories of the lord : vii
Story I.The ten Avatars399
Story II The sons of God494
Story III The little elder brother501
Story IVPride Humbled505
(i) Pride of Charity506
(ii) Pride of Truth506
(iii) Pride of Strength508
(iv) Pride of Archery509
(v) Pride of Music511
(vi) Pride of Learning512
(vii) Pride of Diet513
(viii) Pride of Devotee514
(ix) Pride of Atheist516
(x) Pride of Man.518
Story VThe seven heavens & the wheel.519
Story VI The king and the Sculptor521
Story VIIBaling out the Ocean525
Story VIIIThe ideal Devotee527
Story IXThe rain of Rupees & scorpions531
Story XRe-Birth535
Story XISole Refuge540
Story XIIJealous husband thrashed, or The dance of devotion542
Story XIII The Futility of magic546
Story XIVOne's own duty pleases the Lord, or How Krishna became Vithoba of Pandharpur549
Story XVNobody knows Him fully553

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