Everywhere there were huge trees covering the Daṇḍakāraṇyam, so much that even light cannot penetrate and reach the ground. There was a huge Aśvattha Vṛkṣham; making it as āśrayam, many bhūta-preta-piśācas lived on it. So did a bhīkara Brahmarākṣhasa (form which a brāhmaṇa who never spreads his knowledge to others takes). In the same forest there used to be many many divya Auṣhadhas. In sat-sāṅgatyam, even the bad become good; similarly because of just breathing the air from these Auṣhadhas, slowly slowly after a long long time, the Brahmarākṣhasa got little sadbhāvam and thought that he must leave this vikṛta ākāram and get vimukti.
Searching for someone who can do hitabodha to him and save him from the terrible form, he came across a śāpagrasta tiger. Seeing the nairmalyam in the tiger’s eyes, the Brahmarākṣhasa asked him “Can you tell me a way to save me from this terrible form?” The tiger replied “All these vikṛta dehas are due to our duṣhṭa karmas. We will get vimukti if we do some satkarma”. Surprised by the Satyavākyas of the tiger he asked “how do you have so much jñānam, even though you are an animal?”. “I did Sadguru-adhikṣhepam and this rūpam is because of it. I am searching for an oppurtunity to do a paropakāram and hence get vimukti. But just seeing me (frightened), no one is coming near me. Atleast you came to me. You do a satkāryam and then both of us can get vimukti”.
Brahmarākṣhasa, who now had tīvra saṅkalpam of doing a satkāryam, then saw a traveller (pathika). He wanted to know the difficulties of the traveller and since he may get frightened seeing him, he took the form of a Sādhu and approached the traveller. He asked the traveller, who was sitting under the Asvattha vrukṣham in despair, “why are you so sad?”. The traveller replied “1 need 100 ratnas. I am thinking how to earn them”. “Why do you need them?” asked the Brahmarākṣhasa in Sādhu form. “I must marry the Rājakumārī.” “And why do you need ratnas for it?” asked the rākṣhasa. “In some Himālaya parvatas, it seems, there are some divya ratnas which are Vīrya-śulkam to marry the Rājakumārī. Knowing that anyway I cannot get them myself, I came in search of some yogis or Brahmarākṣhasas who can help me. If I somehow get the help from them, I can marry the Rājakumārī.” The Brahmarākṣhasa asked “which Rājakumārī? Is it the Avantikāpura Rājakumārī?” The travelled said “Yes! but how do you know?”
Brahmarākṣhasa said “it is Vīrya-śulkam for vara parīkṣha (so you must only earn them yourself) and that too they asked for 50 ratnas. Why are you saying it is 100?” “If I give all 50 to them then what about my family?” “O Durmārga! You tried to cheat both your Kingdom and the Rājakumārī. I cannot help a Deśadrohi and gain more pāpam”, saying thus the rākṣhasa swallowed the traveller at once and satisfied his hunger.
Immediately the tiger took human form and said “O mitrama! Because you killed a duṣhṭa (a Deśadrohi) and saved your Kingdom, the Dharmadevata was happy and gave both of us divya śarīras.” The new friends then reached divya lokas.
Morals in the story:
- Duṣhkarmas lead to terrible janmas and satkarmas save us from them.
- Not spreading knowledge and going against Sadguru — must never be done. This is well shown in the story through the characters of Brahmarākṣhasa and the tiger.
- The importance of Paropakāram is well shown in the story. Both the tiger and the Brahmarākṣhasa, hence decide to do some help to the others and thus get vimukti.
- Sat-sāṅgatyam leads to sadbuddhi. Brahmarākṣhasa realized that he must try to get vimukti just because he was in the company of Divya Auṣhadhas.
- Deśadroham, not respecting one’s own country are great pāpas and must never be done.
- As told in this story: Pāpam or Puṇyam is shared by four. Hence, just because the tiger gave protsāham to the rākṣhasa to do a satkāryam, he got a share of the satkarma.
Note: Tiger’s and Rākṣhasa’s āhāram includes humans; so it was not wrong for them to swallow the Deśadrohi in the story to satisfy their hunger anyway.
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