is an Indian tradition. Predominantly when in older
times Kings and queens used to give Vachans (solemn promises) in lieu of some
special and extraordinary services rendered to them by their subjects, they could
be encashed by the receiver at the time of his need. These promises were most
of the time fulfilled but at times were a cause of serious embarrassment to the
Times change fast and the circumstances under which
the promises were made also modified. But, a promise
is a promise. It had to be fulfilled under all circumstances
as the the giver feared a backlash from the public.
In Treta Yuga, Rama the rightful owner to the throne
of Ayodhaya was banished to the forests by the king
Dashratha to fulfill his Vachan given to the queen
Keikayi. She wanted the throne for her son Bharat
who was also the cousin brother of Rama. Bharat,
a great devotee of Rama had but to rule the kingdom
against his own wishes.
was in Treta Yuga! What of now in this Kali Yuga, when promises are made to be
broken! In a Satyuga, a person of high eminence preferred death rather than break
a promise. Word of mouth was considered solemn, something vetted by God. Even
the common folk treated one another with trust.
In the present
days, people in the west still place a lot of trust in one another. Word-of-mouth
and promises are made to be kept. Ties are broken with mutual consent, no hard
feelings on either side.
happens when you do not keep your promise ... The guilt inherent in you is carried
forward onto your next Life through the atman soul. Why burden your future with
the deeds of this Life. You carry either Punya or Papa onto next Life. You on
the path towards God Realization, why not absolve yourself of all sins.
Never make a promise
which you cannot fulfill. If made never go back on a promise! Live not for this
Life alone. God awaits you in his kingdom.
Kumar "Atma Jnani"
Vijay Kumar... The Man who Realized
God in 1993 explains the concept of Vachan. For more on vachan visit -
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