Vikrasena maharaaja used to rule Ujjaini. He was a Dhanurvidya-praavinya and a great Veera. He was a great Bhakta of Kaalikaa devi. He used to get dreams (unusual) frequently. He used to feel that they are not ordinary dreams, but sanketas from Ujjaini Mahankaali. His enthusiam to know the meaning behind his dreams increased day by day.
Once he got this dream: he was walking in a forest and a red fox was walking around him. He wanted to know the meaning of this dream. He announced that whoever tells the correct meaning of the dream will be given a reward of 10000 varahas. Though they were many Panditas in Ujjaini, none dared to explain to the King. There was a vartaka by name Pinnishetty who had Kapatam and learned a lot of wealth. In his thirst for more wealth, he did many wrong things too. He thought he must somehow get the 10000 varahas reward announced by the King and started searching for Panditas. Finally he found a Pandita who was in Pinnishetty’s view an easy person to cheat. However the Pandita with his nitya-saadhana and satva gunam gained a lot of Paandityam in Jyotishshaastram. Pinnishetty asked the meaning of the King’s dream and thought of attracting the Pandita by telling that he will get reward of 10000 varahas. However the Pandita shocked seeing the danger that is going to come to the King, Vikrasena said “The king is in a very great danger. In his kingdom there is a lot of aviniiti (bribery etc.). He must control it”. Pinnishetty told the same to the King, took the reward and never even showed his face to the Pandita again.
However the Pandita did not even have faint Pralobham. He was very happy that the King listened to him and stopped all the aviniiti kaaryas. After sometime the King got one more dream. He saw a sword getting burnt in fire. He called Pinnishetty and asked him the meaning. A dushta leaves all maanaabhimaanas. He shamelessly went to the Pandita, told him that in some busy work he was not able to meet him and asked him the meaning of the dream. This time he didnt even mention that the reward is 20000 varahas.
Pandita got alerted on listening to the dream and said “There is a danger for the King and the Kingdom from the enemy Kings. Please warn him”. Pinnishetty told the meaning to Vikrasena and took the reward. The Pandita was happy seeing that the King defeated his enemies and protected his country.
After some time, the King got another dream: He saw divya saravoram, with Hamsas, Kamalas etc. Again Pinnishetty carried the news to the Pandita. Pandita had Paramaanandam and said “The Desham and the Raja are now pure. “Yathaa Raaja Tathaa Praja”. So please convey my Shatakoti Pranaamas to the King. He is a Dharmaatma”. Before the tejas of the Pandita, the durgunam of Pinnishetty melted away. On one side there was the great King and on the other the great Pandita. He became puniita by the pavitra Ganga jalas that flowed from these two Himavat-Parvatas, the King and the Pandita. Later Pinnishetty spent all his dhanam for Desha-shreyam and earned kiirti as huge as Himavat-Parvatam.
Morals in the story:
- Since the King was a Dharmaatma, Kaalikaa devi gave sanketas to the King. God always protects the sajjanas.
- Pandita used his divya Jyotishya vidya, which he earned through nishtha and niyamam, to save his Desham and his Raja. He didnt misuse it to earn money or kiirti or other such things. It is well known that such Divya vidyas must not be used for anybody’s personal benifits; but only for the benefit of the society.
- Sat-saangatyam is very important. This is once again showed in this short story. Even a durjana can be changed due to the company of Sajjanas.