Bhagavad Saptaha (IV)

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Introduction of Maharaj Parikhit
            Now please concentrate upon Parikhit’s mother Uttara. When Aswathama applied brahmastra upon her at that time she did not approach Yudhisthira, Bhima, Arjuna, but she directly approaches Lord Sri Krishna. She prays saying that Prabhu I am not afraid of death, there is no harm in my death, but in my womb I had Your devotee’s lineage, please see that it is not destructed. If the ancestry of Your devotee gets destroyed, than who will save bhakti towards You. So You kindly save the successive order of bhakti-bhakta.
            The Lord thought that Parikhit has not called me but his mother has, hence immediately if I don’t save than who will, so I will go to Uttara, enter her womb and not only with one weapon but with gada (club) and charka (disc) I will save her. Thus the Lord becomes agitated and enters Uttara’s womb and protects her.
            Now please have a look upon Parikhit’s grandmother Subhadra. Subhadra’s son is Abhimanyu and Abhimanyu’s son is Parikhit. After Parikhit’s death Subhadra remained silent, didn’t utter a single word, even though Lord Sri Krishna is her own brother but she did not complain. What a strange thing, think once. Such a great lady’s grandson is Parikhit. Maharaj Parikhit’s paternal great-grandmother is Queen Kunti. She is also a devotee of Lord, she prays for such a boon which, you not find anybody else in this creation had ever asked for. She prays Hey Prabhu let misfortune comes in our life again and again, because during the time of calamity we get your darshan (visual). Pandavas banishment, Durvasha’s arrival, blazing Lakhagriha, poisoning Bhimsen, Draupadi’s bastraharan (abduction of clothes), every time Your arrival and our protection from definite disaster. So our disaster is itself a property and means of all benefit is your darshan.
            So Parikhit is born in the family of such personalities like Qunti, Subhadra, Draupadi and his mother Uttara.  The whole Pandava lineage is unparalleled devotees of the Lord. In such a family tree Maharaj Parikhit is born and so at womb itself he gets the darshan of the Lord. 
            Once King Parikshit, when he was young, only paramount emperor of Saptadwip (seven island) even renowned demigods used to come and receive gifts from him. On the other hand Sri Sukdevji Maharaj, who rarely visits any family man’s house, and if he does, he just stays till the time it takes to milk a cow. A family holder milks the cow and he drinks, just this much time. He is param-birakta (chief of displeased), enlightened and grave. He was the greatest abhdhut (a class of anchorite) and Maharaj Parikhit was the greatest devotee. Both of them are Bhagavat’s best speaker and best listener. Srimad Bhagavattam is such a scripture which bestows public welfare, sacrifice alongwith renunciation everywhere.
            Srimad Bhagavattam describes the glories and opulence of Parikhit Maharaj, how much he was competent and by the mercy of great devotees he attains universal opulence. Maharaj Parikhit traveled the earth consisting of seven islands. Wherever he goes, anybody who comes in contact with him, he uses to examine him whether he is that same person whom he visualized when he was in his mother womb. Maharaj Parikhit with his uncontaminated eyes use to search God everywhere and that is why he became Parikhit (one who examines) from his earlier name Bishnurat.
            In this world a person conquers his enemy, conquers kingdom, and invades the whole world but Maharaj Parikhit wins over Kaliyuga. Kaliyuga means kalaha (quarrel)kaal (time). To win over this time is not so easy and simple. After defeating Time wherever he went he uses to hear the glorification of Lord Sri Krishna. Everywhere, everybody praises, blessed is the king.
            There is no other God like Sri Krishna in any religion in this universe. In the assembly of Yudhisthira Maharaj, He used to walk after him. He even became the messenger of Pandavas and went to Hastinapur. Not only Yudhisthira Maharaj but the Lord also paid obeisance to Bhima thinking him as His elder. It is mentioned in the Bhagavattam that when the Pandavas slept at night Lord Sri Krishna use to guard them. Such generalization of Iswara could be found nowhere. In each and every limbs of life mixing with Godliness and enjoying its juice, nowhere in this creation such kind of religion could be found. Our Lord is so merciful that He is present with us everywhere in every circumstance. Truthfully speaking, He became the charioteer of Arjuna and obeyed his orders like his subordinate.
            Maharaj Parikhit traveling all the way reaches a place where he hears a conversation between a bull and a cow. That the bull is dharma and the cow is mother earth and Maharaj Parikhit was able to understand that. The bull does not have its three legs and is in the standing posture with only one leg. Mother earth only becomes pleased when there is practice of religious rites and when human beings’ senses perform according to religion and according to religious scriptures. In every human life the capability or power to control is dharma. Dharma means “dhriti jaya dharyate”dhriti (self restraint), dharyate (holding/assuming). If there is dhriti there is dharma otherwise emergence of adharma. If there is no dhriti, dharma, self restraint in our life then where desire will let us fall, that is unimaginable.
            The mother of all sorrows is indiscipline, lawlessness tendency. Eating, drinking, anything that comes to my mind, saying, going; these things could never be the cause of happiness. Control upon senses is dharma. When this dharma becomes helpless, sorrows and miseries appear and also produces unhappiness in our life. Maharaj Parikhit observes that three legs of dharma are broken and is somehow standing with one leg.
            Maharaj Parikhit going a little ahead notices one dark complexioned sudra wearing a royal robe and striking a cow. For act of this as he went forward to award death sentence to that person, but he felt on Maharaj Parikhit’s feet and begs places for his kingdom. This person is kali. Kali means quarrel means consecutive disputes forever. Maharaj Parikhit wins over kali means kaal (time). As kali begs for places Maharaj Parikhit first grants him four places of adharma and these are, betting, illegitimate relationship, drinking liquor and malice. Later on when kali begs for more places he was granted places of ego that is gold and opulence. In this way kali gets the places of his choice and establishes his authority of them.
to be continued
(A part of the Summary of Srimad Bhagavattam translated from the diary of Sri Gurudeb)