Why Lord Lakulish Is Not as Well Known as Lord Krishna
Why Lord Lakulish Is Not as Well Known As Lord Krishna
Manoj, a close devotee of Swami Satyanand, recently asked him "Why is Lord Lakulish (Dadaji) not nearly as well known as Lord Krishna?"
It was a very good question, because while almost everyone has heard of Lord Krishna, yet if one were to ask most persons if they have ever heard of Lord Lakulish, the answer one would truly expect to hear would, no doubt, be 'no". Now why should that be? Historically they supposedly were contemporaries for they were to have incarnated at the same time as per the prophecy of Lord Shiva recorded in Indian scriptures, Shiv Puran, Shatruda Samhita. (v:43-50):
"During the 28th Dwapar age when Dwaipayan, son of Parasar shall be Vyas and Lord Vishnu shall incarnate as Lord Krishna, son of Vasudeva, I too shall incarnate in the body of a celibate and shall be known as Lord Lakulish. The place of my incarnation shall be Siddhakshetra and it shall be renowned among men till the earth shall last."
This prophecy came to pass nearly 5000 years ago when Lord Lakulish appeared on earth at Kayavarohan. And the fact that Lord Lakulish and Lord Krishna were contemporaries is further verified by Lord Lakulish (Dadaji), Himself, in the year 1932.
The ageless Lord Lakulish had assumed the form of Swami Pranavananandji for a year and three quarters in 1931 to serve His purposes, which included the instruction for one and a quarter years of a young disciple, Saraswatichandra Majmudar (later to become Swami Kripalvanandji and affectionately known to us as Bapuji) into the mysteries of Divine Yoga. During their visit to Vrindavan, a holy Vishnavites pilgrimage place that Dadaji had taken His Young disciple to, Bapuji proceeded to ask Dadaji why there should be a Shiva temple called Gopeshwar Mahadev, in the midst of such a Vishnavite area:
"Guruji, since Lord Krishna engaged in many supernatural acts with the gopas and gopis here, it would be quite appropriate to regard him as their God. But for what reason is Lord Shiva called "Gopeshwar" (the Lord of gopas and gopis)? Did Lord Shiva have anything to do with gopas and gopis"?
Dadaji answered: "An incident pertaining to the name "Gopeshwar" has been explained in our Puranas, "When Lord Vishnu incarnated as Lord Krishna and began to perform his raas dances, Narad Muni praised them before Lord Shiva. So Lord Shiva was tempted to see the raas dance. He came to Vrindavan, but was prevented from entering the place where the raas was going on. The rule was that when Lord Krishna performed the divine raas dance with Radha, no male participant was allowed there. But Lord Shiva so much wanted to see the raas that He took the disguise of a gopi (a woman of Vraj) in order to gain entry to the raas. As soon as He entered Lord Krishna recognized Him, welcomed Him with a smile, and said, "Gopeshwar, I admire Your love for the raas." It is in memory of this incident that Lord Shiva has been named Gopeshwar here in this temple. Thus this place symbolizes the affection between Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna."" 1
Observing that his Guru (Dadaji) seemed quite familiar with Vrindavan, Bapuji asked his Guru if he had ever been there before. Dadaji replied: "I have been here twice before. On both occassions I came for the Darshan of Lord Krishna. But that was nearly 5000 years ago". 2
So while all the evidence serves conclusively to confirm that Lord Krishna and Lord Lakulish, the 28th incarnation of Lord Shiva, were contemporaries, how indeed is it that everyone knows about ord Krishna and so small a number know about Lord Lakulish? Swami Satyanand's devotee had surely asked a very salient question.
Swami Satyanand's reply to his astute devotee is quite enlightening. Swami explained to Manoj that whenever Lord Vishnu incarnates it is for the purpose of re-establishing dharma for all worldly persons, as the whole world is in need of re-establishing dharma at those times. Dharma is needed by everyone and can be practiced by anyone, and so, Vishnu incarnates for the benefit of all. Therefore, it is quite understandable why so many are aware of Lord Vishnu's incarnations and why also Lord Krishna is so well known.
Swami Satyanand then went on to explain to Manoj that, conversely, when Lord Shiva incarnates, it is for the purpose of establishing moksha and moksha is not possible for everyone. Moksha is only possible for the few as only few can meet its arduous qualifications. Therefore, it is quite understandable why relatively few people know of Lord Shiva's incarnations compared to the numbers that know of Lord Vishnu's incarnations. It is also the reason why only a relatively small number of people know of Lord Lakulish compared to the numbers that know of Lord Krishna.
1. Page 104, Infinite Grace the Story of my Spiritual Lineage by Swami Rajarshi Muni, Life Mission Publications 2002.
2. ibid Page 105