the Kulapati




The modern dictionary defines a Kulapati
as a Chancellor

... the story below is from this link:
http://www.utahkrishnas.org/the-incident-of-lord-rama-and-the-dog/

... It was sent to me as a Krishna
Conscious morality story about killing
a dog, one of God's special dogs

... the lady at the dog shelter who sold
him to me, said he was a special dog,
so I fed and housed him.

... its synchronicity comes from the
fact that I received it a day after my farm dog
Jack mysteriously disappeared

... to show me the actual karma
involved, ... to understand God's
ruling on the matter

A sample quote which exempflifies it:
Even if some one conceals his (evil)
nature, it is surely betrayed by his action.
(24-26)


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The incident of Lord Rama and the Dog

By Shyamasundara Dasa [The following
history from the Valmiki Ramaya is full
of import for anyone who wants to be a
guru, GBC, temple president or leader
in ISKCON or any spiritual
institution.]

From Valmikis Ramayana Uttara Khandha
between chapters 59-60

Part one

Thereafter in the bright morning Sri
Rama, of lotus-like eye having
performed forenoon rites, took his seat
in the Royal Council-chamber along with
the Brahmanas, who were masters of the
Vedas the priest Vasistha and the sage
Kasyapa in order to look into the royal
business.(1-2) The royal council
(assembly) consisted of ministers,
knowers of common practices, legal
procedures and other teachers of laws
who recite scriptures, diplomats
(statesmen), kings and other members of
the council.(3) The assembly of Sri
Rama, the chief of kings and unwearied
in actions looked graceful like the
assembly of Indra, Yama and Varuna.

Then Sri Rama said to Laksmana who was
seated there and who was characterized
by auspicious marks, O Long-armed
Laksmana! Go out and call by turn
those, who have come with some
business. Having listened to Sri Ramas
order, Laksmana endowed with auspicious
marks, going to the palace-gate himself
called those who had come with some
request. None there came forward saying
that he had some request (to make).
(5-7)

During the reign of Sri Rama no one was
offended by either physical or mental
ailment. The earth abounded in all
kinds of plants and fully ripe
agricultural produce. Thus in His
kingdom neither any child nor any young
man nor any middle-aged person died.
Everything was administered according
to Dharma (moral law). No hindrance was
ever put, While Sri Rama ruled over the
kingdom no one was seen coming with any
request with folded hands, Laksmana
communicated Him all this. (8-10) Then
the gracious-minded Sri Rama addressed
the following words to Laksmana, Go
again and find out about those who have
come with some request. When the state
policy is formulated properly (and
executed well), unrighteousness does
not obtain anywhere. Therefore all
persons protect one another due to the
fear from the king (due to the
apprehension of royal punishment). My
officers protect the subjects like
arrows shot by Me. Even then, O
long-armed one! Protect the subjects
righteously. (11-13)

Thus told (by Sri Rama) Laksmana went
out of the royal palace and saw a dog
at the gate, which stood there looking
at him and repeatedly barking. On
seeing him, then the valiant Laksmana
asked O Illustrious one! Tell me
fearlessly your problem. On hearing
Laksmanas words the dog replied thus.
(14-16)

I can dare tell Sri Rama, who is a
refuge to all living beings, who is
ever unwearied in action and ensures
protection whenever there is occasion
for fear. (17) On hearing the dogs
speech, Laksmana entered the auspicious
royal palace in order to communicate
the same to Sri Rama and after
informing Him Laksmana came out of the
royal palace and said to the dog, If
you have to say some thing, then tell
the king about it. (18-19)

Having heard laksmanas speech the dog
said, Agni (the Fire-god), Indra, Surya
(the sun-god) and Vayu (the wind-god)
are present in the temples, the royal
abode and the houses of Brahmanas. O
Laksmana! We, of the lowest origin, are
unfit to go there. (20-21) I shall not
be able to enter there (the royal
palace). King Sri Rama is Dharma. He
speaks the truth, He is adept in
battle-fighting and is devoted to doing
good to all the people. (22) Sri Rama
knows the appropriate time for the
applicators practice of the six Gunas.
He dispenses Justice. He is omniscient,
He sees all things. Sri Rama is
foremost among those who delight
others. (23) He is Soma, He is Death.
He is Yama (God of Death). He is
Kubera, Agni and Indra, and He is Surya
(the sun) and Varuna. (24) Sri Rama is
the protector of the subjects. O
Laksmana! tell Him, Without permission,
I do not want to enter (the royal
palace). (25)

(On hearing this) The illustrious and
glorious Laksmana having entered the
royal abode out of compassion said the
following words: (26) O Sri Rama!
listen to what I have to say. O
delighter of Kausalya! O long-armed
one! O lord! According to what you had
commanded, I called on those who have
come with some business. A dog, which
has come with a request is standing at
your palace-gate. After hearing
Laksmanas speech Sri Rama said: Let it
enter quickly, which is standing there
with some requests. (27-28)

Part Two

On hearing Sri Ramas speech, the wise
Laksmana, after hurriedly calling the
dog, informed Sri Rama about its (the
dogs) arrival, and presented him before
Sri Rama, Having seen the dog that had
come, Sri Rama said to him, O dog! Tell
me what you have to say, you need not
fear at all. (1-2) Thereafter the dog
whose skull was shattered saw Sri Rama
seated there. Having seen the king, the
dog addressed the following speech. (3)

The king is the creator of all living
beings and the king is the leader (of
men). The king remains awake, when
others are asleep. The king protects
the subjects. (4) The king, who is the
protector (of all), protects Dharma by
pursuing right policy. When the king
does not protect, the subjects perish
soon. (5) The king is the creator,
protector and father of the entire
world. The king is the time (sets the
trend of the times) and the Yuga (a
particular age of the world). The king
is the whole world. (6) They call it
Dharma, for it sustains (the world).
The created beings are sustained by
Dharma. Since it supports the three
worlds together with all the movable
and immovable things.

(7) He sustains (even) his enemies,
puts them on the right path and
delights his subjects by Dharma.
Therefore he (his rule) is known as
Dharma. (8) This act of Dharana or
sustaining is Dharma this is the
conclusion. O king Sri Rama, this is
the highest Dharma, which yields reward
after death. My view is that nothing is
unattainable by Dharma. (9) Charity,
compassion, honoring noble man,
straight-forwardness in behavior. O
Rama! This is the Dharma in this life
and the life hereafter that accrues
from protecting the subjects. (10)

O Rama, strict observer of vows! You
are the authority par-excellence. You
are conversant with the Dharma, which
is practiced by good people. You are
the supreme abode of Dharmas(Duties)
and an ocean of virtues, as it were. I
spoke out of my ignorance. Bowing my
head I pray. You should not get angry
on this account. (11-13)

On this Sri Rama told the dog:- Tell me
fearlessly what I should do for you. Do
not delay, On hearing Ramas speech the
dog addressed the following words: The
king should acquire territory by Dharma
and should protect it by Dharma. The
king comes to be recognized as a refuge
and dispels all fear. (14-15) Having
realized this, O Rama! listen what you
have to do for me. There is a
mendicant, named Sarvarthasiddha, who
lives in the house of a Brahmana.
Without any cause he struck at me!
sinless though I was. (16) On hearing
this, Sri Rama sent the gatekeeper, who
brought the learned Brahmana
Sarvarthasiddha by name. Thus the
eminent Brahmana, endowed with splendor
seeing Sri Rama there asked him, O
sinless Sri Rama! Tell me what do you
want me to do for you? (17-18)

Thus told by the Brahmana, Sri Rama
addressed the following words, O
Brahmana! You hurt the dog. What ill
did it do to you, for which you struck
it with a stick? Anger is a deadly
enemy, anger is a friend-faced enemy.
Anger is a highly sharp sword. Anger
takes away everything (destroys all
virtues). Whichever sacrifices a person
performs and whatever in charity he
gives, all that he destroys by anger.
Therefore one should give up anger and
control like a charioteer, ones senses,
running forth towards their objects
like very wicked horses, after turning
them away from their objects (19-23)

A man should do good to the people
around himself by thought, by action
and by speech. He should not hurt
anybody. No sin, therefore, will attach
to him. The harm, which is wrought by
evil thoughts, are not done by a sharp
sword or a serpent trampled by foot or
an ever wrathful enemy. One who has
learnt discipline, even his temperament
can not be changed. Even if some one
conceals his (evil) nature, it is
surely betrayed by his action. (24-26)

Thus asked by Sri Rama, who was
unwearied in actions, the Brahmana
Sarvarthasiddha said this in Sri Ramas
presence. (27) While I was going about
for begging food the appropriate time
for begging had passed, I was
overpowered by anger, so I beat the
dog. The dog, which was standing on the
road (blocking my way) was asked by me
to move away. Not moving at all it
stood in the middle of the road in an
odd manner. (28-29) Overtaken by
hunger, O Rama! I beat it angrily. O
King of kings! Punish me, a guilty
person. O chief of kings! Having been
punished by you, I would not be afraid
of hell. Thereafter Sri Rama asked all
the members of the assembly, What
should be done to him, and what
punishment should be meted out to him?
For if proper punishment is given (to
the guilty), the subjects are
protected. (30-31)

Bhrgu, Angira, Kutsa and others,
Vasistha along with Kasyapa, eminent
teachers of laws, ministers and
interpreters of the Vedas these and
many other scholars were present there.
All of them the masters of scriptures
and those who were well-versed in state
affairs told Sri Rama that a Brahmana
is not to be awarded capital
punishment, it is declared by experts
in scriptures. (32-34)

Then all the hermits addressed Sri Rama
in following words, A King holds sway
over everyone. O Sri Rama! Specially
You, who is eternal god Visnu, are the
ruler of the three worlds. (35-36) When
all of them had addressed thus, the dog
said as follows If you are pleased with
me, O Rama, and if you are to bestow on
me a boon (then listen to me) O Valiant
One! You asked me what you should do
for me, and promised (to do what I
would request you to do). So make him O
King! a Kulapati as promised by you.
Your Majesty! make him Kulapati of
Kalanjara Matha. On hearing this Sri
Rama consecrated him as Kulapati.
(37-39)

Thus honored, the happy Brahmana went
away riding an elephant-back. Then the
ministers smilingly with astonishment,
said to Sri Rama, He has been given a
boon. O resplendent one. This is not a
curse. Thus told by the ministers Sri
Rama said You do not know the truth
about the course of actions. The dog
knows the reason (and will tell why the
Brahmana had been made Kulapati).

On being asked thus by Sri Rama the dog
addressed the following speech. I (In
my previous birth) was the Kulapati of
the same place (Kalanjara Matha).
Partaking of the remains of sacrificial
food, O Rama! I would be engaged in
worshipping gods and Brahmanas and gave
to the male and maid-servants their
due. I had a love for good things I
would protect the property dedicated to
gods. I was modest and well-behaved and
was engaged in doing good to all living
beings. Even then I have been reduced
to this wretched state and lowest
position. O Rama! therefore such a
Brahmana, who is irascible, who has
given up his Dharma and who is engaged
in harming others, who is hot-tempered,
ruthless, harsh, foolish (ignorant) and
irreligious will lead to the downfall
of fourteen generations. (40-46)

Therefore, one should not in any
circumstances become a Kulapati. Only,
he should be made to look after gods,
cows and Brahmanas, whom one would wish
to condemn to go to hell along with
sons, cattle and relatives. (47)

One who takes away the property of the
Brahmanas, gods, women and children and
takes back again what has been given
away in charity, perishes along with
ones all dear ones. O Sri Rama! One who
takes away the property belonging to
the Brahmanas and the gods, soon goes
to the fearful hell known as Avici one
who takes away even mentally the
property belonging to the gods and the
Brahmanas, goes down from one hell to
another. On hearing the speech (of the
dog) the eyes of Sri Rama opened widely
due to wonder, the dog, too possessed
of luster, went to place from where it
had come. It was a high minded soul in
its former birth but on being born (as
a dog) it has been spoiled. The
illustrious one sought death by
abstaining from taking food in
Varanasi. (48-52)



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