Krishnaahi-Jambukam-Vyaapaari Katha

A Vyaapaari was walking through an Aranyam near Himavat-parvatams. Suddenly a huge Daavaanalam (forest fire) spread and a Krishnaahi (Black Cobra) got caught in it. It trembled with fear seeing the sky-touching flames. It didnt know where to go. The Kaala-sarpam then saw the Vyaapaari and cried for help “O Aarta-jana-sharanya! Not knowing where to run to save my live, when I did Daiva-praarthana, like Bhagavaan you came. You look as great as Shibi Chakravarti to me. Please do my praana-raksha”.

The Vyaapaari was a dayaamaya. He couldnt even see the duhkhum of a dushta-jantu like the Krishnaahi. With aganya-kaarunyam, the Vartaka-shreshtha went into the Daavaanalam and found the Krishnaahi. He tied a syuutam (bag) to one end of his hand-stick, caught it by the other and put the syuutam near the Visha-sarpam. Krishnaahi crawled into the syuutam, coiled itself and stayed safely in it. The Vartaka then brought the Krishnaahi to a safe place and left it.

Instead of showing Krutagnya to the Vartaka, Krishnaahi said “Maanavas and Sarpas always have Shatrutvam. I will not leave you”. It immediately hissed and jumped on the Vartaka. Shocked, trembling with fear, the Vartaka ran for his life. Vartaka was running and the Krishnaahi was following. They ran into a Jambukam (jackal), which was sleeping in a cave. The Srugaalam (jackal) said seeing Krishnaahi “O Uragaraaja! Why are you chasing this Vartaka. Please tell me your story, I will help if I can”.

Krishnaashi then told the story to the Gomaayu (jackal). Putting an expression as if it was surprised, Jambukam said “I dont believe you. You are so huge. I dont believe that you fit in this small syuutam”. To show how it was possible, the Krishnaahi went into the syuutam and coiled itself. Gomaayu then hand-signalled the Vartaka, who was awe-struck and was looking on, to close the syuutam. Vartaka then closed the opening of the syuutam and then hit it with his stick and sent it to Narakam.

Morals in the Story:

  1. Krutaghnata is a paapa-kaaryam which doesnt have any Nishkruti (see this story). Though the Vartaka saved the live of the cobra, it instead of showing Krutagnyata went to kill him. A Krutaghna will always face difficulties in the end.
  2. The Bhuuta-daya of the Vartaka is well shown in the story. Even though it is a Visha-sarpam, without caring about his own life, the Vartaka went into the fire and saved the Cobra.
Published in: on October 12, 2006 at 11:59 pm  Comments (2)  


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:

  1. Sarva-bhuutadaya is one of the basic things in our Bhaarateeya-Saampradaayam. We must always live and let live.
  2. 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.

Published in: on July 22, 2006 at 6:05 pm  Comments (3)  

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