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Kal – Bikal Messengers Of Yama Who Come To Take The Dead

Kal – Bikal are two of messengers who come to take away the dead people from earth. The name of the messengers Kal and Bikal are mentioned in the Sarala Mahabharata. As per Garuda Purana, they are not seen by anyone. Only the person who is about to die can see the two attendants of Yama. Kal – Bikal are black skinned – dark like coal with two burning eyes. They are stark naked and frightful. They have twisted mouths and angry red eyes. Their nails are sharp and look like weapons. Their hair stands stiff and erect. They come with whips and black ropes. All the dirt from the body of the dead person is emptied out without the knowledge of the person by the messengers. Next, the dead person gets transformed into a thumb-sized being shedding his sthoola sareera, gross body. The messengers of Yama capture the thumb-sized person the moment he looks around. Just as a criminal is treated by King’s officers of justice, the body would be bound with a rope and dragged to Yamapur

Desire Is What Makes A Prisoner Of Us

Desire is what makes a prisoner of us. We are caught in the endless maze of seeking, and yet more seeking and never finding a place to lay our head on. How to emerge out of this maze? By cultivating a sense of contentment. Contentment brings us true riches that we have been seeking. Asks Adi Shankaracharya: ‘Who is rich? One who is content.’ What material prosperity is it supposed to bring? Happiness. But does happiness come from fulfilling a desire? According to Vedanta psychology, happiness is not in the object of senses. They seem to give happiness. We come in touch with them, and then they bring happiness. If we are out of sorts for any reason—disturbed or distracted or depressed due to an unpleasant event or experience such as failing in a school examination or being dismissed from our job and so on—we cannot get the enjoyment that seems to come from what we like. A sweet, for instance, may be what we like but if it is offered when we had just fractured our leg! Cr