(This is the second story with main theme as Bhakti (this was the first). Hence we recommend readers to go through all previous morals before reading about Bhakti.)
The story of Kāka Bhuśuṇḍi is well known. Once Garuḍa Bhagavān came to Kāka Bhuśuṇḍi and Kāka Bhuśuṇḍi told his previous janma vṛttāntam:
O Vihageśvara! I was an Ayodhyāvāsī for many years in Kaliyugam. Once durbhikṣham came and I left the divya Kṣhetram. Finally I reached Ujjaini, lived there for sometime and earned some sampada. There only I continued my Śiva seva. In Ujjaini there used to live a sādhu vipra who was a parama śānta murti, dayālu, nīti-nilaya and a great Śambhu upāsaka. However he never used to do Hari-ninda (see this story too). I started to do seva to him with Kapaṭam. The great vipra used to look after me as his own putra and give me Vidya. Once he gave me the upadeśam of Śiva mantram. I used to go to the Śivālayam and do Śiva mantra japam. Since I was a duṣhṭa, nīca, pāpasaṅkulamati; dambham and ahaṅkāram started increasing in me and I, becoming a mohavaśa, started Haribhakta ninda and Sādhu, Vipra ninda. My Gurudeva became very sad seeing my Viṣhṇu, Sādhu -droham and tried to teach me good many times. Will hitabodhas and nīti be liked by a person who has dambham? (No)
One day my Gurudeva called me and taught me many nītis and said "O kumāra! The phalitam of Śiva seva is avirala bhakti on Śrī Rāma Pādam. Even Parameśvara and Brahmadeva do nāmasaṅkīrtanam of Śrī Rāma. O abhāgya! doing Viṣhṇu droham do you think of getting sukhas?" He continued "Śiva is the greatest Rāma bhakta". Listening to those words my heart was burning. I never obeyed and believed in these words of my Gurudeva. Like this everyday I used to do Gurudeva-droham. However my Gurudeva was a kṛpālu; he did not even get slightest krodham on me. He always used to teach me good.
A nīca will first destroy that satguṇam which gave him the greatest unnati. One day I went to Haramandiram and as usual started doing Śiva nāma japam. My Gurudeva happened to come there and with my ahaṅkāram I did not get up and do yathāvidhi namaskāras to him. Since my Gurudeva conquered krodham, he did not say anything. Doing an avamānam to Guru is a mahāpāpam. Maheśvara could not bear this. Through akāśavāṇi He said like this: "O Hatabhāgya, ahaṅkāri, mūrkha! Your Gurudeva is not having any krodham, since he is a kṛpālu, yathārthajñāni. Even then I am giving you a śāpam. O śaṭha! a nīti virodhi can never be a bhakta of mine. A person who has īrṣha on his Gurudeva will suffer in Raurava-narakam for 1 crore yugas. From there after many paśu-pakṣhādi janmas, he will have great duhkhas for 10000 years. O pāpī! You sat like an ajagaram before your Gurudeva. O duṣhṭa! go become a sarpam and keep living in some hole of a tree trunk."
On hearing to Lord Śiva's dāruṇa śāpam, my Gurudeva did mahākāras, his hṛdayam had atyanta paritāpam for me and I was shivering with bhayam. My Gurudeva did sāṣhṭāṅga praṇāmam to Paramaśiva, doing praṇāmāñjali, in gadgada svaram he did the adbhuta Rudrāṣhṭakam to make Paramaśiva prasanna.
"Īśā, Īśānā, Mokṣhaswarūpā, Prabhū, Sarvavyāpakā, Brahmasvarūpa,…. " like this he called the Lord with divya Śiva nāmas. Śiva, the Sarvajña, heared the sannuti of my Gurudeva and noticed the anurāgam of my Gurudeva and "O ḍvijavara! Please ask me some varadānam. I will give it." said the Ākāśavāṇi. My Gurudeva said "O Prabhu! If you really became prasanna by me, first give me acañcala Śiva bhakti, then please donot do krodham on this jaḍa. This jīva came into the grips of your māya and became a pāpi. Dīnadayālu, Saṅkara, please show kṛpa on this fellow. Please bless him that he will get śāpavimukti is very less time and get many śubhas". Seeing the parahita vākyas of my Gurudeva Ākāśavāṇi said "May it happen like that only" and it continued like this:
"Even though this person did ghora pāpam and I gave him a śāpam, seeing your sādhutvam I will show viśeṣha karuṇa on him. A Kṣhamāśīla, Paropakāri are very priya to me like the Kharāri, Śrī Rāma Candra. However my śāpam cannot be vyartham. Surely this person must take 1000 janmas. Janana, maraṇa duhkhas are unbearable. However he will not have pain due to these duhkhas. In any of his janma he will always know who he was and never loose this jñānam". Śiva continued "O śūdrā! Listen to my words:You were born in the great Ayodhyā nagaram. Always you did My seva. Because of Ayodhyāpura prabhāvam and my kṛpa, in your hṛdayam will arise Śrī Rāma bhakti. O Sodara! Now listen to my satyavacanas: Sādhu, satpuruṣha, dvijas are equal to Ananta. People who cannot be destroyed even by Indra's Vajrāyudham, My Viśāla Triśūlam, Yama's ḍaṇḍam, Hari's Cakram, will be easily destroyed by the sādhu, vipra – droham".
O Garuḍa! From then onwards I took many janmas, but in any of them I did not leave Śrī Rāma bhajana, did not leave Sādhu jana seva and because of Śivānugraham, never felt the duhkhas of the samsāra-sāgaram. However I use to feel great paścātāpam for the Guru-droham I did.
Later in his last janma, Kāka Bhuśuṇḍi gets the upadeśam of Śrī Rāma Carita Mānasam from the great Lomāśa maharṣhi and becomes a paripūrṇa Śrī Rāma Bhakta. He always goes to Ayodhya whenever Śrī Rāmāvataram happens, sees the divya bālya līlas of Śrī Rāma and gets ananta divya paramānandam. (The long story of Kāka Bhuśuṇḍi's last janma is very beautiful and out of scope of Moral Stories.)
Morals in the story:
- The importance of repecting the Gurudeva and adhering to his ājña is clearly explained in the story. Even the parama dayālu, Parameśvara could not bear śiṣhya not respecting his Gurudeva.
- The greatness of a Gurudeva is shown through Kāka's Gurudeva. It is well known that if God gets angry a Guru can save, but if a Guru gets angry none can save.
- The paropakāra svabhāvam, śāntam, kṛpa and karuṇa of Kāka's Gurudeva must be inculcated by all of us.
- Though Paramātma is all prevailing, there are a few sthalas in which He gives Pratyakṣha darśanam and have great Māhātmyam. In our Karma-bhūmi, Bhāratadeśam, we are blessed with innumerable such divya Kṣhetras. As Paramaśiva said, just by taking birth in the great Ayodhya nagaram, Kāka qualifed for His anugraham, though he did many pāpas.
- Kāka's Gurudeva was always a Śiva bhakta only, but never did Viṣhṇu-ninda.
Message to present society:
There are many great Divya Kṣhetras in our Bhāratadeśam. We are indeed very lucky to be born in this Deśam. In our Āndhra Pradeś itself, itseems there are around 32 thousand prācīna Devasthānams and in very very high percentage of these Devālayas itseems, there is no one even to give a Dīpārādhana to the God, leave aside pūja-punaskāras!!
Let us utilize the opportunity of being born in this Karma-Bhūmi, let us try to make sure atleast everyday Dīpārādhana is done in all of these Divya-dhāmas. (Please contact Chilkur Devālayam for exact details to help these Devālayas)
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