We would have many times heard our elders saying to us when we were small kids and were all the time playing … “enough play. Come home, its getting dark. You must not play in the night. Bhuudevi will get angry”. Behind every aachaaram, advice of elders always there will be a great Bhaarateeya Tattvam:
It was the great Ujjaini nagaram. Raaja-Maargam. It was very busy with Desha-Videsha Vartakas. A Sundarii, who was like a fresh flower oozing nectar, was selling honey on this street. In no time lakhs of ants gathered and were trying to taste the Madhu. Seeing that a Lizard came there to eat the ants like peanuts. A rat, who didnt get its Aahaaram due to the unusual activity (functions, parties) at the night, was desparately trying to have its dinner by catching the lizard. Mr. Cat was already ready to pounce on the rat. And a dog for the cat. And followed the wild-dogs.
A Maanthrika was bringing a tiger, which was bounded by his mantra-shakti, to show the King his talent. Since the tiger had no paurusham, the wild dogs tried to attack it. Since the wild-dogs were maintained by the King’s Sainyam, the Maanthrika thought it was a bad idea to put mantram on them and bring them into control. Hearing to all this disturbance, the Sainikas came, and the Manthri reported what happened to the King.
He told the King “Ayya! The reason for all this confusion was the overnight fares, exhibitions we had in our capital yesterday night”. The King was surprised and asked him why he says so. Manthri explained “It is true my Prabhu! Not only because of yesterday night Prabhu, many times now-a-days our younger generation are doing a lot of activity in the night. This is disturbing Nature’s balance. Human being is not a noctornal animal. We must keep in mind that there are others animals living along with us, which are noctornal. Since we are not the only living creatures, it is our duty to give the others also a chance to live”. Immediately the King took action and passed a rule “there must be no jana-sanchaaram after the 1st jhaamu in the night (jhaamu is a measure of time)”.
Morals in the story:
- Sarva-bhuutadaya is one of the basic things in our Bhaarateeya-Saampradaayam. We must always live and let live.
- If we try to go against the rules of the Nature, the Nature will show its power. Hence in whatever activity we do, we must always make sure not only fellow human-beings, but also the co-existing animals, plants are not affected.
Message to the present society:
Even some thirty-forty years back, majority of Bhaarateeyas use to sleep early, by around 8:30pm and wake up not later than Braahmi-muhurtam, 4:30am. Behind every of our Aachaara, Saampradaayams, there is a very strong Saamaajika, Aarogya, Aadhyaatmika Tattvam. We hence must never leave our Saampradaayam and try to always adhere to it.