Monday, January 11, 2021

Astavakra Rishi: Who proved that disability is not curse.


Astavakra Rishi: Who proved that disability is not curse.


In today's blog, we will discuss about Astavakra who proved that disability is not a curse.
India has been a country of many great men and scholars.  Who have given a new direction to the society from time to time through their knowledge, devotion and philosophy.  Rishi Ashtavakra is one of those great personalities who said that the truth is as it should be same to accepted. He considered the knowledge described in the scriptures to be only about defining life style and related to rules.  His invaluable deed to human society is the 'Ashtavakra Gita', a book based on the principle of Advaita Vedanta.  It is mainly described as a conversation of sages Ashtavakra and King Janaka.  Like the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads and the Brahmasutra, the Ashtavakra Gita is also an invaluable book.  This book describes in detail the knowledge, Vairagya(disinterest), Moksha(Salvation) and samadhistha yoga and their conditions.

Disability is not a curse.  A person with disability can do whatever he wants on his own strength, ability and scholarship.  The sage Ashtavakra proved this centuries ago.  The body of sage Ashtavakra was crooked in eight places.  That is why his name was also named as Ashtavakra. People used to make fun of him by seeing his crooked body, but the sage Ashtavakra did not consider the crooke of his body as weakness.  Nor was he frustrated for this reason.  He continued on his path.  As a result, today, even after centuries, we remember him reverently.

In the present times too, all our focus is on external progress.  Today we pay more attention to outdoor appearance(external form).  Many people are worried about their body texture or appearance(form).  Many people also fall prey to depression.  The story of Ashtavakra gives them the message that if you develop your qualities, you can get respect despite physical shortcomings.

When we are surrounded by external problems, we get very frustrated.  This frustration gradually turns into hopeless.  Instead of fighting them, we start blaming others and get sadness.
However, there have also been people who have made the state of utter despair so positive that even after thousands of years, people give precedent.  We are talking about Ashtavakra, the author of the Ashtavakra Gita, the important text of Advaita Vedanta.
It would be surprising to know that his body was crooked from eight places!
In fact,he got the name 'Ashtavakra' on this basis.  In spite of having such a crooked body, he did not give up and became a respected scholar, while presenting the ultimate talent.
It is said that when he was in the womb, he had to become a part of the anger of the father and he took birth with a cursed body.
Why did the father curse his own son in the womb??
This is a very interesting but surprising topic!  Uddālaka sage was extremely pleased with the talent of his disciple Kahod.  When Kahod succeeded in acquiring knowledge of the entire Vedas, he got married to his beautiful and quality girl Sujatha.
Time passed and a new couple was about to give birth to a new child.  One day, at that time, they were studying vedas.  Then the child in Sujatha's womb spoke - 'Father!  You are misreading the Veda. '
On hearing this, Kahod turned red with anger and said, 'From the womb, your intellect is mischivousness and you have insulted me.  Therefore you will be curved (crooked) from eight places. '
A few days after this incident, Kahod went to the court of King Janak of Mithila to debate with a scholar named Bandi, where he was get defeated.  According to the rule, Kahod had to immersed in water.  Just after few day this incident, Ashtavakra was born.
The boy with crooked body could not see the father, so maternal grandfather Uddālaka considered him as his father and his maternal uncle Shvetketu as elder brother.  One day he was in his maternal grandfather's lap, when Shvetketu told him that Uddālaka was not his father.  Ashtavakra was shocked and asked to mother about his father.  Mother told him the whole truth.
After this Ashtavakra left for Mithila with his  maternal uncle Shvetketu without delay.  He went directly to King Janaka's Yagyashala to offer a talk to a prisoner scholar.  If the gatekeepers stopped him as a child, he said that no one becomes a big man only his hair turns white or gets older.  Anyone who has knowledge of Vedas and who is intelligent, he grows up.
Saying this, he entered the meeting of King Janak and challenged Bandi for debate.  But seeing the child Ashtavakra, all the members started laughing loudly. 
Surprised everyone with his intelligence.
Seeing Ashtavakra, the laughter of the member of Raja Janaka's meeting was not stopping.  In fact, seeing the crooked from eight place while Ashtavakra was walking, all members of meeting included Raja Janak also started laughing.  On seeing people laughing, Ashtavakra also started laughing.  In fact, he did not mind at all on his disability.  He had acquired such scholarship(in sense of knowledge)that thinking and unhappiness did not suit him.
The members was laughing at Ashtavakra and then Ashtavakra on the members.  In such a strange situation, King Janaka asked Ashtavakra - "O child!  The laughter of the members is understandable, but why are you laughing?
Just twelve years old, all were stunned to hear Ashtavakra's answer.  Ashtavakra said - 'I laugh at the weicked intelligence of those who laugh at the crooked of my body.  All these people are suffering from mental conditions and they cannot be scholars at all.  That's why I'm laughing!
King Janaka patiently said to Astavakra, "O rude child!  What do you mean ...
Ashtavakra replied, 'All these are connoisseurs of leather, not of wisdom.  The sky does not become crooked due to the crooked temple and the sky does not burst due to the bursting of the pitcher.
It is formless and knowledgeable men also formless like as sky.  All the members were surprised and even ashamed to hear this knowledgeable thing from the child's mouth.  They deeply regretted their stupidity.

Rajarshi Janak himself took the his test.

After this incident, King Janak took the test of Ashtavakra himself.  Ashtavakra responded to all questions very cleverly.  Not only this, Bandi was also surprised by his scholarship (in sense of knowledge) and bowed down.
Ashtavakra requested to immerse Bandi in water due to the defeat of Bandi in the debate .
Bandi laughingly said that he is the son of Varuna and he has sent all the defeated Brahmins to the father.  Will call them back now.  This happened and all the defeated Brahmins came back.  Ashtavakra's father was also among them.
Ashtavakra was very happy to find his father.

 He was angry at  Shankha's son Agha

Shankh's son Aagha was beautiful like Kamadeva and he had a lot of pride in this.  Once he was traveling on the Malayachala mountain.  Just then, his eyes turned on Ashtavakra.  He started laughing after laughing.  When Ashtavakra glanced at him, he explained him, but his laughter was not taking the rest of stopping.
Ashtavakra, having conquered the anger, cursed him to correct Agha's wisdom.  He cursed him to become the most curvy and sharpened of crooked species.  As soon as he heard the curse, Agha fell at the feet of Ashtavakra.
Ashtavakra felt pity.  He told Agha that soon Lord Vishnu is about to take an avatar and he will enter your stomach and gave salvation to you.  This Agha becomes Aghasura in Dwapar and swallows Krishna with friends and cows.
Lord Krishna tears his stomach and frees own friends and cows and gave salvation to Agha.
 Ashtavakra's father Kahod is very pleased and advises him to bathe in the Samanga River.  To get rid of his father's curse, he bathes in the Samanga River and all his curved parts become erect.
 The story of Ashtavakra teaches us to be patient as well as virtuous.
Knowledge is not bound by age limits, it is independent.  Therefore, the attachment of body, mind and intellect also has no effect on it.  Its biggest example is the sage Ashtavakra. He has said that the truth is as it should be same to accepted, his biggest gift is the Ashtavakra Gita to the society, in which he has expressed the truth and its different forms, which are relevant even today.

Sage Ashtavakra is known to tell the truth.  He used to reveal the truth as he experienced it.  Sage Ashtavakra preferred the truth derived from personal experiences.  He used to say that the truth is not in any book.  There may be rules and principles in a book, but it is not true.  Nor is there knowledge in the texts.  The light of knowledge remains inside a human being.

The sage Ashtavakra composed the book called Ashtavakra Gita, which contains his similar thoughts.  He came to know the truth of dharma by his own specific style and defined it in this way.  The sage Ashtavakra did not accept to follow the traditions.  He started new traditions.  His entire life is a source of inspiration.

It is a very special idea to call the disabled as Divyanga(in sense of some special quality or God gifted).  In fact, the human being whom God deprives him of any part and sends to this earth, he is a human being who undergoes something with a unique talent.  In the Puranas, history and modern society, there have been many such persons who were handicapped but proved to be Divyanga due to some or the other special organs.
Many scholars, many wise persons  have left their indelible mark on this earth through their special parts, despite not being a part.
Divyang are physically weak in body but none the less in terms of knowledge, intelligence, argumentive power and sharpness, examples of which are mentioned in Puranas and history.  It will be expedient to remember Ashtavakra in this context.  'Ashtavakra Gita and Ashtavakra Samhita' is related to the famous divyanga named Ashtavakra.
Surdas, despite having no eyes, has set a record with his unique talent.  His saga will remain entrenched on every human's memory till the ages.
The blind scholar Shri Giridhar Mishra who is known by the name of Rambhadracharya is possessed with such a genius of Shruti-Smriti that by listening to his grandfather only at the age of five years, Gita and at the age of seven learned the whole Ramcharitmanasa. He speak 22 languages.  Many languages ​​have poetical poets. He is counted among the best experts of Tulsidas in India.  While neither he can read, nor write nor use Braille script, he learn by listening and write compositions by speaking.  He has written more than eighty books.
Arunima Sinha is one such talented.  Who has the distinction of being the first woman to reach Mount Everest with the help of artificial legs.  How can someone call them handicapped?  In reality, she is a Divyang.  How can we forget Sudha Chandran, who dances with artificial legs, then mesmerises the audience.
Look at Ira Singhal, she has shocked everyone with her talent.  Famous scientist 'Hawkins' listened, studied with the help of artificial instruments, but is considered the world's best scientist in the field of physics.
Prime Minister Modiji had said - "When someone is introduced as a disabled person, then the eye goes to the organ which does not work properly , whereas the reality is that the disabled also have the power that the common people do not have.  There is a divine specialty. I see the special power inside them as Divyang. "
The real handicapped is the one who despite being physically complete is lackrated without karma, blind without knowledge, heartless without love and inactive without intellect.
Seeing the divine qualities in them by Prime Minister Modiji, embellishing them with words like Divyang is highly appreciated.  Just as the water dropped from the sky reaches the sea through some way, so it is an honor to them all by the name of Divyang.  But is this name enough?  Will changing the human mind just by giving the name of Divyang?  Even today, they do not get the appropriate respect for which they are entitled.  Some people take advantage of their disabilities, even family members use to beg them and make their own means of earning.
By recognizing the extra talent and extra qualities hidden in the Divyang, if we can pay attention to the development of such skills, then perhaps we will be able to do some justice to them.  Every divyanga person has a special part and how the talent hidden in them can be highlighted and can be decorated and provide better conditions , if the government arranges  some special for them, then it will definitely scenry come in the life of those people. 
This was the story related to Ashtavakra .... Later through this blog, I will present the story of the great Ashtavakra Rishi to all of you in detail. So wait till all of you. 


Thursday, December 31, 2020

Story of Indra & Vritrasura


Story of Indra & Vritrasura.


Once upon a time - a beautiful program of music & dancing was going on in the assembly of Devraj Indra.  Devguru Brihaspati reached in the during of the program.  Indra thought - such good music is going on, if I wake up in the middle, then there will be an obstacle in the music, if I do not wake up, Guruji will get annoyed. What should I do?
Thinking this, Indra ignored him and started looking at the other side.  He acted as if he had not seen Guruji.
Due to such behavior of Indra, Guruji got angry and left the gods.  Here when the demons came to know that  Devguru of the gods were angry with them, the demons attacked and defeated the gods and took away heaven from them.
Gods pray to Brahma Ji .
The deity became an orphan without a guru.  They could not see any support.  Then they went to Brahma ji.  Brahma ji rebuked then and said - You all have done this very wrong thing. The biggest crime is to annoy the Guru. Now, until you find a Guru, you accept "Vishwaroop" as guru, who is the same as Devguru Brihaspati in virtue, make him a Guru.  But his mother is of Asura dynasty, so sometimes he can favor Asuras - if you ignore this thing and walk it will become your job.These sutras(theory) are also for our life - which has many qualities and if there are one or two defects then we should learn to ignore them, only then you will be successful in life.

Gods reachieve the kingdom of heaven .

The gods made "Vishwaroop" a guru.  Vishwaroop performed the ritual of "Narayana Kavach" by Indra.  Now the Dev-Asura War took place. The gods emerged victorious due to the "Narayan Kavach".  The kingdom of heaven was again gotten to Indra. Now Indra started a yajna to protect the kingdom.  At the time of the yajna, Indra saw that Guru Vishwaroop was offering Ahuti(sacrifice) in favor of the gods in a manifest form and also in favor of the asuras in a covert form.  Indra got angry.  He raised the Vajra and cut Vishwaroop's head.
Ritual done by Vishwaroop's father for wishing to kill Indra.
Vishwaroop's father "Tavashtha" became angry when Vishwaroop died.  He started performing rituals to kill Indra.  He was vow to have receive a son by Havan(yajna) , who can kill to Indra. But due to inaccuracy of mantra's pronunciation, yagna produced a son.  But he was not to kill Indra, probably he was born to die at the hands of Indra.
Here it can be understood - the subject of ritual is difficult but devotion is simple.  If anything goes wrong in devotion, God takes care of us, but if there is something wrong in the ritual, it is our responsibility.
This son of Tvashtha, who was born from the yajna, surrounded all the worlds with his huge body, hence his name was "Vritrasura".  When Vritrasura roared, all the gods attacked on him.  Vritrasura grabbed those weapons which was used by gods and finally broke and ate them.
Now the Gods panic - he break the weapon and eat it, who will kill him?  The gods ran away and started praising God.

Lord Vishnu tells the gods to solution of Vritrasura slaughter.

Lord Vishnu appeared and said - Listen, Indra!  There is a solution but it is difficult to do.
Indra said- You just tell me the solution, it is my job to do it.
 God said - If Vajra is made from the bone of Dadichi Rishi, then Vritrasura will be killed.  But Dadichi Rishi is alive, bone will be found when he sacrifices.
 Indra said - God!  You have told the solution, now it is my job to ask for bone from Dadhichi sage.
Now Indra reached Dadhichi Rishi, bowed and said - Rishivar !  I want your bone.
Dadhichi said - Indra, didn't you consider it?  If God asks for the bone of the person who wants to survive, then he can refuse to give it.
 Indra said- I understand that it is unfair for me to ask for your bone, but the problem is so severe that I am forced to ask for it.  If you give your bone, then the life of all the gods will be saved.
 The Dadhichi sage meditated on the Lord Shiva and renounced his body through yoga.  After that Indra made a Vajra from the bone of the Dadhichi sage.
The war between  Indra And Vritrasura.
After attaining Vajra, the gods were filled with enthusiasm.  All the demons who come with Vritrasura started running due to fear.  Here Vritrasura shouted loudly and moved towards Indra. Indra used his gada(mace).  Vritrasura strikes the forehead of Airavat, the elephant of Indra with his left hand.  Due to which Airavat's forehead exploded.
Indra was afraid.  There is Vajra in his hand, which is made from the bone of the Dadhichi sage, yet he is afraid that,what happen if it will be wasted like mace.
Vritrasura says- Indra!  Why are you not using Vajra?  Don't think that mace like Vajra will be wasted.  There are three powers in the Vajra - 1. Lord Narayana 2. The penance of Sage Dadhichi 3. The destiny of Indra.  You strike!  You will surely get success.
Indra, I am happy in both situations - even if victorious, I will avenge my brother.  Happy even if defeated because after dying this my physical body will be used by animals-birds  and I will leave this body and go to Vaikuntha dham.
Indra panicked after hearing this. Now he unable to attack with Vajra.
Vritrasura says- As long as you are not striking Vajra,then I meditate on my God.  Vritrasura closes his eyes and reaches Bhava Samadhi(spiritual stage). Talks to God- Lord!  After some time, leaving this body, I am going to come at your feet, I am going to come to your abode.  I know the outcome of this war, what will happen?  Indra will win, I will be defeated in this war.
God said - But I never let my devotee be defeated.  How did you think that you will be defeated?
Vritrasura smiles- Lord!  I know, whoever wins, he will get heaven and who will be defeated, he will get Baikunth.  You will not give small things to your devotee!  Therefore, I know that I will be defeated in this war.
Slaughter Of Vritrasura
When Vritrasura came out of Bhav Samadhi(spiritual stage), he sees that Indra is standing with Vajra in his hand.  Vritrasura said- "Indra!  Have you come to war, or come to see me?  Strike with Vajra at me ! "
Indra says- O Demon king Vritrasura!  We gods call you demon, but you look like a perfect mahatma(great soul).  Even in this adverse situation, so much loyalty, so much love for God, so much love is not seen in the great siddhas mahatma(great soul).  You are a proven great divine soul.
After this, Indra attacked Vajra on Vritrasura.  Vritrasura's head was severed from the torso.  A divine light came out and went to the abode of God.
Lessons from the story
(a) ● One should always respect the gurus and respectable people, otherwise our age, strength, intelligence, sharpness are diminished.
(b) ● If you do some puja, yagya with some wishes and if there is some mistake in the pronunciation in mantras, then its reverse results  happens, but if you do devotion with the utmost sense then God forgives all the mistake.

(c) ● The devotee has so much faith in God that even under adverse circumstances he is not afraid.  Vritrasura has so much love for God that he was not afraid at all.

This is a short story of Vritrasura… which is also mentioned in the Shri Bhagwat Purana, Ramayana, Shivmahapurana, Mahabharata…. It is also necessary to know why Vritrasura was a devotee of God even when he was a demon….  I will definitely write this topic in future . Currently, you all to know that Vritrasura was cursed by Mother Parvati.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Story of Jalandhar birth and death .

Story of Jalandhar birth and death .

Once, the gods including Indra wanted to test Lord Shiva.  They arrived at Mount Kailash with Brihaspati, the guru of the gods.  Shiva came to know this matter by own spiritual power. That these gods are coming to take my test. So he took himself as Avadhoot's form and stood in their way.  Indra signaled him to move out of the way.  But Avadhoota's form of Shiva, stood in his place.  Indra got angry after seeing this.  He said - "Hey move out of the my way, you don't know , who am I?"  Go away, otherwise I will tear you into pieces by Vajra.
Avadhuta's form of Shiva got angry after hearing the threat.  He shouted loudly and all four directions trembled.  Guru Brihaspati immediately realized that Avadhoota is none other than he Lord Shiva himself. He hinted at Indra and said- “What are you doing, Surendra!  You are not recognizing Lord Shiva.  This is Lord Shiva. "
Indra realized his mistake.  He immediately fell at the feet of Lord Shiva and asked for forgiveness - "forgive me Lord!  I did mistake to recognize you. "
Guru Brihaspati said- Yes Lord!  Forgive Devendra.  He did not recognize you.  Unknowingly, he called you abusive words. Please forgive him. "
["Accepting the request of Guru Brihaspati,Lord Shiva turned his eyes towards the sea.  And thus Shiva ji forgave Indra.  Then departed back towards Kailash.  Indra and Brihaspati also returned to their place. Mahadev poured his anger into the sea.  It was a place where the sea and the Ganges merge.  Presently it is called Gangasagar.  A child was born from the sea due to Shiva's anger".]
A unique miracle happened a few days after this incident.  On the beach, a boy was lying on the sand and loudly weeping.
Such a devastating weeping was coming from his neck that all four directions started shivering from this.  Gods, demons, monster ,human etc. all panic. The bewildered deity, along with Devraj Indra to reached Pitamah Brahma and said to him - “Pitamah!  At the beach , a wonderful child is crying on the sand. He is crying so loud that there is fear in the gods.  Please remove this crisis . "
Pitamah Brahma, Indra etc. reached to beach with the gods.  Samudradeva(gods of sea) left his place as soon as when Pitamah Brahma ji arrived.  He worshiped Brahmaji along with Indra.  Brahma asked to Samudradeva - "Who is this boy lying on the sand in the water?"  Hearing its cry, the whole world is suffering. "
Samudradeva said - I do not know God!  One day a strong divine energy had came into the sea's water.  This child has originated from that divine energy . "
Saying this, Samudradeva raised the child in his lap and gave it to Brahma's lap.  The child stopped crying as soon as when he came on Brahma's lap, and suddenly the child's arms moved forward, his two arms caught the throat of Brahma. Seeing this, other gods were shocked.  Brahma tried to free his throat but the grip of the child's hands became stronger.  Then suddenly the child left his throat and started smiling.  Brahma said while rubbing his throat - O Sagardeva "What is the name of this child?"
Samudradeva said - "He has not got any name till now. So Pitamah ! You have to give him any name. "
Brahma said - I give him a name Jalandhar.  From today it will be called your son. "

["Jalandhar was married to Vrinda, the daughter of a demon named Kalanemi.  Vrinda was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu.  Then after some years Jalandhar became the ruler of demons.  It is said that the secret of the power of Jalandhar was his pious wife. Due to Vrinda's pativrata dharma(virtous qualities), Jalandhar could not defeated by even the Gods and Goddesses.  Due to which Jalandhar was very proud.  He felt that no one could conquer him.  Jalandhar made many mistakes throughout his life. But his biggest mistake was to disregard Vrinda's pativrata dharma(virtous qualities).  He started torturing the wives of the gods.  Not only the deity, even once he attacked Baikunth and tried to get Lakshmiji also.

Then Laxmi Ji told Jalandhar that both of us originated from water.  That is why we have a relationship between brother and sister. Jalandhar went back from Baikunth after listening to Lakshmi.  After this, he reached Kailash and wanted to subdue Parvati ji. Seeing this, Parvati became enraged and due to this the war between Shiva and Jalandhar started.  But due to the power of Jalandhar, Mahadev failed in every attack."]

Naming the child and handing him over to Samudradeva, all the gods including the Pitamah Brahmaji returned to their respective dhams(abode).  When the child grew up, then on the orders of Pitamah, Acharya Shukra started teaching him. On seeing this, the child became a young .  Shukracharya made him the emperor of the demons and married a girl named Vrinda,who was daughter of a demon named Kalnami. Jalandhar proved himself to be a mighty and great warrior . On seeing this, he established his rule over all the islands of the ocean.  His wife Vrinda cooperated with him in every matter.  Vrinda was a sati(virtous) woman.  She had got the blessing of Lord Vishnu that as long as her satitva(dignity) would be safe, no one would be able to hurt her husband's life.
One day Acharya Shukra visits Jalandhar's court.  Jalandhar worshiped Acharya and seated him on a high seat and asked - “Acharya!  We have a warrior named Rahu.  I want to know why his head is chopped off. "
Acharya Shukra said - “ Demon King!  Rahu was beheaded by Lord Vishnu with his Sudarshan Chakra. "
 Jalandhar said - "But why Acharya!  What did Rahu do the fault? ”
In response, Shukracharya told him the whole story of Sagar Manthan(churning of sea) and said - "His crime was that he had fraudly drink Amrit(necter) by sitting in the line of the gods."
Jalandhar said - "So what a crime in this, Acharya!  After all, even the nectar came out, it was only through the combined efforts of the demons and the gods.  Then how did the gods alone become entitled to drink that nectar? "
Shukracharya said - “In this too there was the deceit of Vishnu!  All the gems from the sea were taken by Devraj Indra. "
Hearing this, Jalandhar was angry and said - "I will not let this happen at all." Indra is not to entitled of my father's gems, I himself entitled for this.  The gods have to return the gems of Samudradeva. "
After that Shukracharya went back to his place and Jalandhar summoned a monster named Ghasmar and sent him to Indrapuri to give a message to Indra that he should hand over all the gems received from Sagar Manthan.  Ghasmar reached Indrapuri. He said to Indra - Devraj!  I have come with a message from the demon king Jalandhar.  Daityaraj has said that during the churning of the sea, which gems you had taken from his father , immediately return those gems ”.  Indra said with astonishment - "Gem!  which gem!  Say to the demon king that those gems were the results of the hard work of the gods. "
Ghasmar said - "But both Gods and Demon had worked hard.  Then how did the gems become part of gods alone?  Return the gems in a straight way or else the result will be terrible. ”
Hearing this, Indra said indignantly - "Your courage so much, threaten me in my Puri(city)."  Wait sinner, I make punish you  right now. "
Saying this, Indra took out his Vajra but then Acharya Brihaspati stopped him and said while explaining to him - "Don't come in anger, Surraj!  He is messenger and messenger is not deserving death . So forgive him. "
Ghasmar came back to Jalandhar and told him the answer given by Indra.  Hearing this, Jalandhar became angry.  He immediately sent message to the demons located in all four directions to immediately attack Indrapuri.  Along with his generals he attacked on Indraloka. Soon the army of demons reached the Nandanvan of Indra and the soldiers started fighting with the gods.  Groups of demons began to destroy and damage Amaravati.  The dead bodies of the soldiers on both sides started falling on the ground.
Both Acharya Brihaspati and Shukracharya own sides started treating the wounded and dead soldiers on behalf of gods and demons and they resurrected and started fighting.  The war was continuing on. But neither side was able to win.  On this Jalandhar got angry and reached Shukracharya and said, "Gurudev!  Only you know Sanjeevani Vidya, then how are these gods living after death ? "
Shukracharya said - "Demons king!  Acharya Brihaspati also knows how to use Sanjeevani Booti(herb).  He has put many gods on this task so that they keep bringing Sanjeevani herbs from Dronagiri.  If somehow the gods stop bringing the booti from Dronagiri, then Acharya Brihaspati will not be able to revive the gods. "
Jalandhar said - "But in this way we will have to take a large part of our army towards Dronagiri mountain and here the war is going on at a rapid pace."
Shukracharya said - "If you immerse Dronagiri mountain in the ocean". Then this problem will solve.
On hearing Shukracharya, Jalandhar left Amravati and went to Mount Dronagiri and with his divine arrows dipped it in the sea.  This caused the gods to stop getting Sanjeevani Booti.  Panic spread among the gods. Nervous Indra approached Acharya Brihaspati.  Said - "Our brave soldiers are getting a large number of casualties Acharya!  what will happen now?  In this way all the gods will be destroyed. "
Acharya Brihaspati said - “Follow my advice, Devendra!  Stop this war immediately and run away with your army and save your life.  Jalandhar is born with the glory of Lord Shiva.  He has immense power of Lord Shiva.  You save your life, later some solution will come out to kill Jalandhar. "
Following the advice of Acharya Brihaspati, the gods left the battle and escaped and hid themselves in the shrines of Mount Meru.  The army of demons chased them, but the gods reached the mountain caves and became invisible. After exhausted, the army of the demons returned.  Jalandhar destroyed all the Amravati and sat on the throne of Indra himself.  Indra descended from the cave of Mount Meru and reached Lord Vishnu with his companions.
He prayed to Lord Vishnu - "Protect God!  Jalandhar has destroyed all Amravati.  Thousands of gods have been killed, I myself have come here to save my life.
Lord Vishnu assured Indra and said - "Don't panic, Surraj!  I go to your aid myself.  Jalandhar will not be able to survive for long.
Then Lord Vishnu went to Amravati.  As soon as Lord Vishnu reached there, there was a new energy in the gods.  They started attacking the enemy army.  Jalandhar came in front of Vishnu with great speed.  Whatever weapons and arms Vishnu used on him, Jalandhar would immediately make them resultless.  Finally, Vishnu gave up.  Said - "You are really brave Jalandhar!"  You have also made so many of my weapons useless.  Now stop this war. "
Jalandhar said - "This war can now be stopped on one condition only God.  If you accept my hospitality on my islands including my sister Lakshmi. "
 Vishnu accepted the condition of Jalandhar.  The war came to an end on Jalandhar's orders.  Lord Vishnu reached Sagar islands including Lakshmi.  Jalandhar brought all the wealth of Amravati to his capital and started serving Lord Vishnu with great love.
One day Devarshi Narada visited his assembly.  Jalandhar welcomed him.  Narada ji said - "Demon king!  At this time all the opulence is available to you.  But one thing is lacking. "
 Jalandhar said - "Lacking, what is lacking, Devarshi!  I have everything. "
 Narada said - "There is a lack of such a beauty, which despite being beautiful, is always full of virtues."  Though your wife Vrinda herself is also very beautiful, but there is something more about Shiva's wife Parvati. "
Jalandhar said - "If it is so, I will definitely make Parvati my wife.  Today I order my army to attack Kailash. "
Weicked Jalandhar attacked on Mount Kailash with his army.  Fierce war broke out between his army and Shiva's gana.  At last, Shiva's gana escaped from the battlefield.  Lord Shiva was forced to go to the battle ground.  In the presence of his lord, the enthusiasm of the Shiva's gana increased.  They rapidly attacked on the demon's army at a rapid speed and started killing them.  Shiva stood in front of Jalandhar.  A fierce war broke out in both.
["Then Lord Vishnu took the form of Jalandhar and reached Vrinda.  Vrinda thought that Jalandhar had come to him.  She began to treat Lord Vishnu like as her husband .  Due to which her wife's dharma  broke and Shiva succeeded in killing Jalandhar on Kailash.  Vrinda committed self-immolation to embrace due to the breakdown of her Satitava(dignity).  As her body was consumed, the Tulsi plant grew at that place.  That is, Tulsi is the form of Vrinda which is very dear to Lord Vishnu".]
On the other hand, Lord Vishnu was creating his own maya.  Jalandhar's wife Vrinda was a great virtuous woman.  Vishnu disguised as Jalandhar and went to his room.  He embraced Vrinda.  But Vrinda realizes that this person took form as her husband is not her husband.  So loudly said - "Who are you?"
Vishnu appeared in his real form and laughingly said - "I am very sorry Vrinda!  But it was necessary to do so.  Your husband was invincible because of you.  Now Lord Shiva will have no problem in killing him. "
Vrinda said while crying - "Why have you betrayed me like this, Lord!  My husband did not leave any lacking in your hospitality. "
Lord Vishnu while blessing her said - “You are truly a venerated woman Vrinda!  But every terror ends one day.  The pot of your husband's sins is full.  Its end time has come to a close.  I give you a boon that from today onwards you will be worshiped in the whole world.  Women will worship you. "
Vrinda, burning in the fire of repentance, jumped into the fire and was consumed on sight.  The glow of her body came out and entered Parvati's body.  Gods shower flowers.
Jalandhar's intensity decreased as Vrinda was consumed in the fire.  Lord Shiva cut his head with his trident.  As soon as Jalandhar died, his glory, which he was invincible till today, entered Shiva's body.  The demon army fled in panic.
The Gods praised and worshiped to lord Shiva.  Indra regained his throne and after some time, peace and tranquility spread everywhere.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

When Narada was do arrogance of being the greatest devotee in the world.

When Narada was do arrogance of being the greatest devotee in the world.

Once, there was a pride rises in Narada's mind that he is the biggest devotee of Lord Vishnu.  They started thinking, 'I sing Lord Vishnu's glory night and day.  Then who can be a bigger devotee than me in this world?  But I do not know whether Srihari also understands me like this or not? '

Considering this, Narada reached to Lord Vishnu at Kshirsagar and bowed to him.

 "Come Narada!"  Vishnu said, "Tell me how did you come?"

 "I've come to ask you one thing, Lord."  Narada said.

 "I know your mind, Narada.  Still want to hear from your mouth. "  Vishnu said.

O, God!  I have been praising you throughout my life, every moment, I only meditate you.  Tell me if you have any other devotee bigger than me in the world? "  Narada asked.

Vishnu had already understood that Narada has developed pride on his devotion, but hiding his mind, he said, "Narada!  For this question you will have to go with me to earth. "

 "I'm ready, Lord."  Both started walking toward the earth.

 Upon reaching the earth, both of them took the disguise of the farmer and walked towards a hut built on the side of a village.  Vishnu said, "Narada!  A great devotee of mine lives here in this hut. "

"Wonder, can anyone have more devotion than me."  Narada exclaimed, "Does he, like me, ? Does he keep your's form meditation in own mind anytime ?"

 "Come, you will know yourself."  Vishnu said and headed towards that hut.

The farmer was tying his cow outside the hut at that time.  The voice of 'Hari, Hari Govind' was coming out of his mouth.  Farmer's form Vishnu went near him and said 'Narayan-Narayan', the farmer asked in a polite voice, "Where have you come from, Bhadra(Gentleman).  Please tell without hesitation if you have any service for me. "

"We are going to the city, but darkness has begun to come."  There is a fear of wild animals in the forest.  That's why we want an overnight shelter. "

"Welcome to my hut, Bhadra(Gentleman) and whatever some little amount of food, is present for you."  God has given me an opportunity to serve you people, it is a great blessing. "  The farmer said happily.

Putting the two out on a cot in the hallway, the farmer went inside and said to his wife, "Goddess!  Two guests have arrived. "

 The farmer's wife was serving food to her children at that time.  Gently showing the pot of flour, she said, "There is no much flour in the house, and these children are asking for more food."

No problem.  We will provide the guests with a full meal. ”  The farmer said, " Today you make kanji drink for childrens ."

 Narada and Narayana heard the whole conversation of the both of them, yet sat eat of food for test.  When the two were ate full of food, Narada thought, 'How can this simple householder be the biggest devotee of God?

On the other hand, Shrihari "'asked the farmer to fetch more food. He said," My stomach is not full yet. Will I get more food? "

 The farmer went to the kitchen and asked the wife, "Is there any other food left?"

 "Made kanji for children, that's all that's left."  Wife said.

Vishnu and Narada also drank that Kanji.  The farmer and his family had to sleep hungry.  Hungry children held the mother's hand and said, "Mother, I am not sleepy."  I am very hungry, why did the father also give kanji to those guests? "

 "Offering food to the guest is like offering food to Lord Vishnu himself, son!"  The father said while turning his hand on the child's head.

In the hallway outside, both the guests were lying on separate beds.  Lord Vishnu said, "Narada You heard !  The farmer and his family did not get food, yet he is singing my glories. "

 "This is nothing."  I have remembered you after being hungry for many days. "  Narada said.

They saw it the next morning.  The farmer was saying in front of the idol of Lord Vishnu, "Govind Hari-Hari.  You always stay in my heart, just, I don't want anything else. "  Then he said to both the guests, "Hari has a great grace.  He is the keeper of the world.  Is there any trouble at night due to the mercy of God?  Both of you stay here for as long as you want.  I'm going to the farm. "

"We will also go with you, if you do not mind."  Shri Hari said.

 Narada and lord Vishnu went with farmer to his farm.  The farmer said, "This is my farm.  Now I will do my work… Govind Hari-Hari. ”

 "You are a true man.  You are a great devotee of God, you keep taking his name every moment. "  Narada said.

"Oh no?"  Whenever I get a little time from work, then I remember his name. ”  The farmer said.

 "When will you get time?"  Narada asked.

 “I wake up in the morning.  I sleep at night then and during the day whenever I get time from work. "  The farmer told.

 "Ah I see."  Got out of Narada's mouth.

When both of them walked away from the farmer, Narada said in a sarcastic voice, " God you heard .  He remembers you two or four times a day in the morning while I always meditate on you.  Still you call him a great devotee. "

 Srihari remained silent, but in his heart he said, 'You will know the reason too, Narada.'

Vishnu filled a vase filled with oil to Narada and said, "Narada!  Put it on your head and bring it to the front hill without putting your hand.  Remember, not a single drop of oil kept in this Kalash(vase) should fall on the ground. ”

"This task is not easy, however, if you are pleased, nothing is impossible."  Narada said and placed the urn on the head.

 'Oops!  If a little attention is paid then the oil will spill out. ”Thinking Narada walked towards the hill, raising the urn on his head.

 Narada went up to the hill and returned.  Vishnu said, "Narada has returned!  Okay, now tell me how many times have you remembered me in going so far and coming? "

"Not even once, Lord."  Narada said, "How do I do?  All my attention was towards oil and urn. "

 "Think of yourself then."  Srihari said, “That farmer works hard all day.  Still, he remember me two or four times, and you could not remember me even once. "

 Narada's knowledge eye opened.  Falling at Srihari's feet, he said, "O Lord!  Those who remember you even while living in the mess of the world are the biggest devotees. "

Friday, December 11, 2020

Narada-Character: 'Devarshi', who inspires towards the path of Moksha.


Narada-Character: 'Devarshi', who inspires towards the path of Moksha.


Who does not know Devarshi Narada!
But do you know the secret of Narada Muni's birth and his various births?
 His glory can be understood in such a way that in Dwapar Yogiraj Shri Krishna tells Narada in the Devarshis his own glory.  Apart from this, there is definitely a mention of Narada somewhere in the scriptures of Vedic literature, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Purana etc.
Let us go to the story of Devarshi Narada, who wanders freely in the universe:

When Parampita Brahma gave a 'curse' to Narada.

According to the statements mentioned in Brahmavaivarta Purana, Devarshi Narada is the Manasaputra of Parampita Brahma.  It is said to he has originated from the gorge of Brahma.
 It is said that when Brahma, the creator of the universe, ordered Narada to go to earth for the work of creation, Narada did not obey him.
The reason was that Naradji considered subject-enjoyment to be a major obstacle in god-hymn and in his attainment.  According to him, indulging in service of God was like nectar and subject -enjoyment was like poison.
However, Brahma cursed seeing his disobedience.
 As a result of this curse, along with the loss of knowledge of Narada Muni, he was to gain Gandharvayoni, in which he would be subjugated by sex.
 Naradji became unhappy after getting the unprovoked curse and prayed to his father and said, 'How is it fair to curse the bright son?'
Nevertheless, Brahma must have such a blessing on him that 'Whatever I will born in the yoni, there should never leave me devotion to God.
 Unhappy with his father, Narada Muni also cursed Brahma and said -
 "O Parampita!  You have cursed me without offense, so I also curse you that you will not be worshiped in the world for three kalpas and your mantras, stotra, kavavha etc. will be disappeared. "
 After the curse of both father and sons, the sequel of this story comes in the context of Narada's various births.

Story of various births of Narada

Narada was born in the Gandharva yoni as a result of his father's curse.
 Then his name was Upbaharna and he was as beautiful as Kamadeva.  He was also very proud of his form.  It is said that once the deity and Gandharva came to Brahmaji's assembly to make God-sankirtana.  Upbaharna also went there with his wives.  In the Bhagavad bhajan also, the Upbarahan was behaving in a lustful manner due to the effect of the curse.  Seeing this, Brahmaji cursed Narada (Upbaharna) to be a Shudra.
The story begins from the second birth of Narada Muni.
After this, Naradji was born into a Shudra family.  Coincidentally, after birth, his father was died, while his mother used to work as a maid of a devout Brahmin.
In this birth, Naradji was a virtuous, sober and serious child.  It is said that when Naradji was only 5 years old, then one day some sages came to the village for Chaturmasya.  At such a time, Narad Muni used to serve the Mahatmas with a lot of heart and was equally engrossed in listening to the Bhagwat kathas.
In this way, all the defects of child Narada's heart were removed due to satsang and his mind became pure.  When the sages started going after the end of the Chaturmasya, seeing the humility of Dasiputra (Narada), they gave knowledge of chanting the name of God and meditation of the form of the Supreme Father(God). '
 His mother later died of a snake bite.
Then, at the age of five years, Narada Muni proceeded towards the north depending on God.  While walking, the senses became relaxed, then under a peepal tree, he sat in a posture and meditated on God.  It is said that as a result of devotion, God suddenly appeared in his heart.
After that, as a child, Naradji tried to meditate again and again to get a glimpse of God, but he did not see him again.
 But through an Akashvani, his mind remained in the Lord even later and one after the other and then he got freedom from the fifth mortal body too.
According to the stories, at the end of Kalpa, when Lord Vishnu was resting in the Kshirasagar, at the same time, Brahmaji started entering with the entire universe for sleep in his heart.  Just then Narada entered Brahma's heart with his breath.
After Brahmaji arose after Sahasra Chaturyuga and he started creating the universe, Naradji along with other sages from his senses emerged as Brahmaji's manasaputra and by the grace of God, Narayan-Narayan keep  singing while playing the Veena with this unbroken celibacy.  

Narada Muni's compositions

All the compositions composed by Devarshi Narada guide the devotees in this universe.  In this, what is said in Srimad Bhagwat in relation to 'Naradpancharat', its importance is clear -
 In the creation, Lord Vishnu took the third incarnation as the Devarhi Narada and preached Sattvata-tantra (Narada-Pancharatra).  In this book, there is a detailed description of how to get rid of Karmabandhan.
In addition there is a Upanishad by the name of Naradji, called ‘Naradparivrajakopanishad’, which is believed to be associated with the Atharvaveda.  Apart from this, if we talk about Narada's compositions, then in the Shantiparva of Mahabharata, Shukdevji has been taught spiritualism by Naradji.
Later it was known as 'Naradgita'.  Along with this, 'Narada-Smriti' and 'Narada Shiksha' scriptures composed by Narada are also very popular.
 Without the discussion of Naradpuran, talk of Narad Ji's compositions will be incomplete.  This Purana is also known as an Encyclopaedia (Encyclopedia).
 Since Devarshi Narada has been the guru of Ved Vyasa, Maharishi Valmiki etc., it can also be said that by the grace of Munivara Narada, specific texts like Ramayana and Srimad Bhagwat have been attained to the world.

… … Whom Devarshi Narada showed the path of ‘Moksha'.

In this context, it would be appropriate to mention an interesting reference.  Once Maharishi Ved Vyas got very sad with Narada Muni and said, 'O Muniver!  I have described the essence of the four Vedas in the Mahabharata-text, a compilation of Puranas.  Why am I not getting satisfaction even after doing so much? '
 Devarshi Narada while addressing Vyasa ji, said that - 'You have not sung the glory of God in your text.  Narada Muni further added that "that knowledge is incomplete in which the sacred glory of Narayana is not described."
Then Maharishi Veda Vyasji composed Bhagwat Samhita with the leela of God.
 Narada ji's leela is not even here, but behind the devotion of the brave child Prahlada was the confidence generated by Narada Muni.  When Dhruv was going to the forest, hurt by the bitter word of step mother, Naradji gave 'Vasudev Mantra' to him.
 All such examples are present in the universe, from which it is known that Narada Muni led the way to many  people and led many to the path of devotion.
why Narada Muni does not stay anywhere?
There is an interesting story behind it.
 Once Daksha Prajapati produced ten thousand sons named 'Hariyashv', he also ordered them to expand the universe.  Meanwhile, by force, Devarshi Narada taught spiritual lessons to those sons and in this way they became disgusted.
 Due to this, Daksha Prajapati was very sad, but he did not give up and reproduced a thousand sons named 'Shabalaksha'.
Even where Naradji was also interested,  again he also turned 'Shabalakshas' towards the feet of God.  This time Daksha Prajapati became angry and cursed Narada that 'you will not be able to stay in one place for much longer'.
 Apparently, due to this reason, Narada Muni does not stay in one place.
You will be surprised to know that arrogance had also taken place in Narada Muni, who was so great ascetic and steeped in piety.  It sounds strange to hear, but the stories that say… say so.

Story related to Narada's ego will be published on this blog in a day or two.

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