Bhagavad Saptaha (XIII)

Monday, 20 August 2012

Tales of Lord Shiva
            Now details of family lineage of Mata Devahuti. They were three sisters, Ahuti, Devahuti and Prasuti. Prasuti is married to Prajapati Daksha. Ahuti is married to Ruchi Prajapati and Bhagavan Yagnadev appears as their son. Prajapati Daksha and Prasuti’s daughter Sati is married to Lord Debadideb. Sati Maharani insulted by her father Prajapati Daksha takes away her life in the yagya mandap (pavilion where Vedic sacrifices are held). Prajapati Daksha, maintains a severe grudge towards Lord Shiva as Lord Shiva did not stand up welcoming him in one of the assembly of Prajapati Daksha. Later on when Sati Maharani without an invitation goes to her father’s yagya mandap, she observes disrespect to Lord Shiva her husband. As she could not tolerate the insult of her husband, in the fire of that sacrifice she destroys her body which was produced by Prajapati Daksha. Companions of Lord Shankar out of rage tries to demolish the fire sacrifice, but rishi Bhrigu who was the acharya (preceptor) there, drives away all of them.
            The death of Sati reaches to Lord Shiva. Giving a roaring laughter, he tears His matted hair and hurls it on the ground and from there creates a huge, extreme powerful Rudra-anuchar (companion of Rudra or Lord Shiva) by the name of Birbhadra. He goes to the pavilion of Daksha, devastates the fire sacrifice and cuts off the head of Daksha and throws it in that fire. All the demigods then approach Lord Shiva and offers prayers to Him. Lord Shiva being satisfied attaches a goat’s head and makes Daksha alive again and completes the sacrifice. Bhrigu and other rishis were also penalized and at the end Lord Vishnu-Narayan appears. Lord Shiva after honoring Lord Vishnu-Narayan goes away taking the body of Sati and in those places where the limbs and minor limbs of Maharani Sati have fallen, Yogini Pithas (communion place of all ascetics) are formed there which we also know as Sakti Pithas (communion place of all energies).
            Up till now the description of sons, daughters etc. of Akruti, Devahuti and Prasuti are given. After the description of the family members of three daughters of Swambhuba Manu, the description of his two sons, Priyabrata and Uttanpada are given.
            King Uttanapada has two queens one is Suniti whose son is Dhruva Maharaj and another is Suruchi mother of Uttam. Honourable Bidurji asks respected Maitrayee muni and here also the same question is asked by Maharaj Prakhit to Sukdevji. The question is – Priyabrata and Uttanapada-two brothers, mother-Satarupa, father-Swyambhuba Manu Maharaj. Priyabrata means priya means nice and brata means vow. The meaning of Uttanapada is uttan means up and pada means foot, one who had kept his feet high in the society by his activities means one whose fame is very high, he is Uttanapada. King Uttanapada’s wife is Suniti, in the shastra (scriptures) it is said a grihini (house wife) is griha (house) a house without a wife is factually not a house.
            Uttanapada use to love his wife Suniti very much. Once upon, winning a country, king Uttanapada marries a beautiful girl named Suruchi according to the Gandharva rites (marriage without any formal ceremony) and brings her to his palace. Entering into the palace as she sees Suniti, she asks, who is this lady, than says if she stays here than I will not, so either you keep her or me. As the king had brought the newly wedded according to his choice and had more attraction towards her, he abandons his first wife. A deficiency is created in the mind. Suniti was pregnant, she takes shelter in a thatched hut and a very pleasant son was born to her and that is Dhruva Maharaj. What a wonderful child.
            Mata Suniti determines that I will make this child jasashwi (famous), tejaswi (lustrous), manaswi (large hearted) and tapaswi (ascetic). Now we should always remember one thing that if a wife desires she can make her house a heaven and if she wants she can make a hell also. So in the Vedanta it is said that mother is chief preceptor of a child. If the mother wishes she can make her son a pious, saintly person and can also make him a thief or a dacoit.
            Once a child was very attentively listening Bhagavattam. For the six days whatever is spoken he conscientiously listened, only 12 years old studying in class VIII. His grandmother also comes with him, but she does not listen, only takes the pleasure of a deep nap. One day I asked his grandmother – your child seems to be very nice, believe in his previous birth he was pious and a great soul otherwise so deep attentiveness and memory power. His grandmother told me, Maharaj what will I say, I just keep staring at him and think don’t know if at the end my child becomes a babaji. I told her, Mataji without thinking of becoming a babaji, think that this child does not becomes a thief or a dacoit. Do you think it is very easy to become a babaji, a mahatma (great soul), just wearing a red and yellow cloth – bald – keeping a tuft of hair in the head and wearing a namabali (a piece of cloth printed with the names of God) don’t thinks it means mahatma. One who had conquered lust and anger, who loves all living entities, does not maintain any partiality and who is benevolent, even if that person wears a coat pant still consider him as a sadhu-mahatma. Mahatma is a carrier, is a bearer of a great culture. It is the duty of a mother to impart a nice culture in her child, make him honest, devoted towards truth, speaks truthfully and so mother Suniti use to take child Dhruva to various satsanga (truthful association). One thing is to be noted here that children should always be brought to Bhagvattam patha. By continuous hearing, a nice culture will be created. Once, when Dhruva was a child of four years old, a saint being very much pleased with the service of Suniti asks her to take a benediction. Suniti says, what will I ask Maharaj, I don’t have any desire, but if you want then please bless me so that I may always have the association of good persons like you. Maharaj says, my dear daughter you ask for a special boon as I told, don’t hesitate, at that time Suniti say my co-wife Suruchi is married for four years but still childless please give her a child. The mahatma says, the queen for whom the king had abandoned you, had insulted you, still you desire a child for her, surely she will have a child and your son will also become famous and kind hearted.
            Once, Maharaj Uttanapada was caressing Suruchi’s son Uttam. Uttanapada means jiva (living entity), you, I, we are all Uttanapada. Every Uttanapada has two wives – elder one is Suniti and the younger one is Suruchi – Suniti means Sustha nitirjasya cha suniti – one who always abides by the shastras is Suniti and Suruchi is – Sadya ruchirjasya cha suruchi – to do whatever comes to mind, whatever the mind likes, that is Suruchi. Where there is suniti there appears Dhruva. Dhruva wishes to sit in his father’s lap and comes running towards him and his father also stretches his hand, but due to objection of his choto-ma (junior mother) the king could not do so. Choto-ma says to Dhruva, you don’t have the right to sit in your father’s lap, but why asks child Dhruva, isn’t he my father, yes he is, but I am not your mother, to sit in this kingly platform, regal throne to have its father is of much necessary, but more necessary than that is me to become a mother. How will I explain you, if you really wish to sit in this throne, in your father’s lap than at first go to the forest and adjoin spiritual meditation upon Sriman Narayan, worship and satisfy Him and when He wishes to give you a boon, pray to Him – Hey Prabho give me such a boon, that I can get into the womb of mother Suruchi. By the mercy of Narayan, when you enter into my womb and take birth from there, only than you will be empowered to sit in this royal throne, otherwise not. Dhruva only looked steadfastly at his father and mother, pierced by the arrow of temper of his step-mother, wounded Dhruva could not anyhow forget this terrible insult. As a silent lying snake could never forget the stroke of the stick, Dhruva begins to take quick breath and rushes towards his mother Suniti. Acharya Sukdev says, Parikhit, mother Suruchi not only insulted the saintly boy but also insulted God. Why do we sing and hear glories of Lord Hari, why do we go to a satsanga (truthful association), so that we don’t have to again reside in the womb, so that we can stop this repeated going and coming. So Suruchi is thinking her womb is greater than God, situated in a higher place. Dhruva came crying to his mother, his mother took him into her lap and asks, my dear boy what happened, tell me why you are crying? Dhruva says although you are my mother but you are not worthy to be my mother, tell me whether I had made a mistake to get birth from your womb, otherwise what good qualities does mother Suruchi had which is not in you, by the pride of which good quality did she insulted me. If I am a true son of yours than I will definitely reply each and every word of step-mother Suruchi. Mother Suniti with utmost care consoles her son, makes him calm and then says – my dear son never desire evil of others, how do you say that Suruchi gets harmed, how do you say that I will reply the harsh words of Suruchi, my dear child whatever a person obtains it is according to his commenced activities. My child you have made two mistakes, first mistake is that you became a human being; your acts are equivalent to demigods, you should have taken birth in the womb of a demigod. And your second mistake is your taking birth in the womb of an ill-fated mother like me. If you had taken birth from the womb of Suruchi than you could have very easily sat in the kingly lap, in the royal throne, you could have that authority. But Suruchi did not said anything wrong - go to the forest and worship the Lord, there is no other best advice than this, meditating upon Paramatma is the paramount act of every living being. It is my endless good luck that Suruchi had given you the quest of a true path, what is a better luck than that, my son will be a devotee of Lord Sriman Narayan. So my dear son don’t wait for tomorrow, not even today, if possible you immediately depart to the forest and from today itself connect yourself with the Parmatma, Prabhu is only yours and nobody else. to be continued
(A part of the Summary of Srimad Bhagavattam translated from the diary of Sri Gurudeb)