Bhagavad Saptaha (VII)

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Glories of Sukdev Maharaj­
            In this way all the ancestors of Maharaj Parikhit gets liberation. They were all devotees of the Lord and in their life breath Lord Krishna was seated. Genuinely where there is no God, there is samsara and where there is samsara there is going and coming, attachment-aversion and continuous dispute. Our anger and inclination, favoritism and enviousness fasten us to cruelty. So to drive away this Madhukoitab (name of a demon killed by Sri Krishna) of anger and enviousness it is necessary to meditate upon the lotus feet of the Lord. Bhagavan Sri Krishna came to Hastinapur on the request of Qunti Devi and then left for Dwarka. At Dwarka all the elders and the younger comes to welcome Him and the Lord meets them with respect. To somebody He pays obeisance, touches feet of somebody, shakes hands and smiles a little, goes near and speaks, consoles someone, gives everybody what they require and then only enters Dwarka. This is the example of Lord’s comprehensiveness.
            Lord Sri Krishna knew everything about life and birth of Parikhit Maharaj. He even knew that because of little carelessness of rebuking a Mahatma (great soul) Maharaj Parikhit will be cursed and so He saves him in Uttara’s womb from the lethal weapon of Aswathama.
            Maharaj Parikhit did not call for the Lord but the Lord Himself, not only for a-sadhan (without prayer) like Maharaj Parikhit,  ku-sadhan (faulty prayer) like Kubja, Putana etc. and su-sadhan (auspicious prayer) like great tapaswis (ascetics), gyanis (wise and learned), mahatma (great soul) He saves all. Mercy is the nature of the Lord. If God wishes then He could have saved Maharaj Parikhit from the curse of brahmana’s son, but for Him not only Parikhit, but to save the entire living entities, and hence He emerges in the form of Srimad Bhagavattam.
            Sukdevji Maharaj is – in Kaushiki Upanishad, which is followed by both the Shaivas and the Vaishnavas, it is described that as once Lord Shiva was explaining Srimad Bhagavattam to Gauri, His wife, a parrot’s (suka) egg lying there dead, became alive as if Mritasanjivini  mantra (mantra having the power to revive a dead person) is applied upon it. That parrot which was inside the egg is Sri Sukdevji Maharaj. Since Srimad Bhagavad was spoken by Lord Shiva so it is tantra, means a scripture of Shaiva successive order and Sukdevji is its speaker. In addition Maharaj Sukdev also learnt Srimad Bhagavattam when he was in his mother’s womb. Although he was atmaram (satisfied in self) and nirgranthi (having no attachment), but still he had unbroken bhakti in the lotus feet of the Lord. It can be said that it is not Sukdevji the lover of God but God Himself, His tie of love, and when Maharaj Parikhit was facing the crucial danger of snake bite, at that time God Himself appears in the form of Sukdev “Tatrabhagavad Bhagavan Vyasputra”:
            Before emerging in the assembly of Parikhit Maharaj, Sukdevji was unknown and unrecognized, stupid children use to roam alongwith him and disturb him, but when they saw how great souls are felicitating him they leaves him and goes away. While welcoming him Maharaj Parikhit asks ‘Munibar’ what is the vital duty of a human being who is about to die. How should he speak, what should he speak, how and what should he think, please be merciful to give the replies of all these questions divisionally. The second canto begins with the answers of these questions. Sukdevji becomes pleased with the queries Maharaj Parikhit and says, you have asked these questions, not only for your own welfare, but for the welfare of entire humanity “bariyanesha te prassna :krito lokahitang nripa”. to be continued
(A part of the Summary of Srimad Bhagavattam translated from the diary of Sri Gurudeb)