Dadhiichi Mahaa-muni

One who does Paropakaaram will get all Sampadas and will have no difficulties. The Punyam which one gains by doing Paropakaaram is Anantam. Once Brahmadeva put the Punyam got by doing all Dharma-kaaryas and Daanams on one side of the balance and the Punyam got by Paropakaaram on the other — the Punyam gained by doing Paropakaaram out-weighed the other!

“Paraa” was the putrika of Hiranyakashipa and the Bhaarya of Tvashta. Once, she did Tapas for Paramashiva for 1000 years to get santaanam. When Shuula-paani appeared before her, she asked “O Devadeva! Please give me a Shuura, Shastra-astra-avadhya as a Putra”. Paraa after some time, got a putra by name Vrutra. Vrutra right from birth had mahaa-tejas, which increased with the anugraham of Shukraachaarya, the Guru of the asuras.

With Bala-garvam, Vrutraasura attacked Deva-lokam and Devendra. For 5000 years there was a ghora-yuddham between Devatas and Daityas. All the Tri-bhuvanas were affected, disturbed. In the end, Vrutraasura won the Yuddham because of the Varam of Pinaaka-paani. Devendra then went to Brahma-lokam and took aashrayam.

Vrutraasura said to Shukraachaarya “I must also go to Brahmalokam”. Shukraachaarya replied “Daanavanaatha! Now you dont have any way of reaching Brahma-lokam. Be the King of the Tri-bhuvanas and be happy”. Vrutra then replied “Bhaargava! I wont be happy till Devendra is alive. After His naashanam only I will be happy. Why cant I go to Brahma-lokam?”. “Long time ago, Devendra did Tapas with great Nishtha for Shankara-bhagavaan in the pavitra Naimishaaranyam. After such 1000 years of Teevra-Tapas, Devendra got the shakti to go and come from Brahma-lokam. Without any doubt, anybody who does such Tapas in Naimishaaranyam will also get the same phalam”. Knowing this, Vrutraasura started Tapas with ekaagra-chittam for Bhola-shankara.

Seeing Devendra, the Sharana-arthi, Mahaavishnu said “On Sarasvatii-nadii-teeram, Dadhiichi Muni is doing Tapas with parama-nishtha. His asthi (skeleton) is twice as hard as diamond. Request the Muni to give his asthi and using the ‘Vajra-aayudham’ made with his asthi, You can kill Vrutraasura”. In Vipra-vesham, Devendra then reached Dadhiichi Muni, said “Svasti” and sat beside him. Seeing this Dadhiichi asked “O Vaasava! Why did You come in Vipra-vesham? Are all Devatas safe? Please tell me the cause of Your fear”. Devendra told him what happened and asked the Mahaa-muni to give his asthi as Daanam!

Listening to this, Dadhiichi became very happy!! He thought what can be better than giving away the life for others, that too to Uttama-purushas like the Devatas. With his Yoga-shakti, he did Deha-tyaagam. Devendra then did Vrutraasura samhaaram using the Vajra-aayudham built from the asthi of Dadhiichi Muni and restored peace to all worlds.

Morals in the Story:

  1. The Paropakaara buddhi of Dadhiichi Muni was well shown in the story. With great aanandam he did deha-tyaagam for saving the Devatas.
  2. Santrupti is very important. One must be satisfied with whatever he has. Though Shukraachaarya adviced Vrutraasura to be satisfied being the King of the Tri-bhuvanas, he was not and with Duraasha continued enemity with the Devatas. Duraasha always leads to difficulties.

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Published in: on August 30, 2006 at 11:59 pm  Comments Off on Dadhiichi Mahaa-muni  

A story of the great Raghumahārāja

It was the time of Śrī Rāmacandra’s grandfather’s rule. Raghumahārāja was a parama dharmātma like the other Raghuvamśa rājas (see this too). In his rājyam there were many Gurukulas, each with as many as 1000 śiṣhyas. In one of the Gurukulas, a Guru was telling to his śiṣhya, Kautsa,  “O priya śiṣhya! I have taught you all the vidyas that I know. You also learnt them well. Now you can take Gṛhasthāśram and do samāja kalyāṇam (see this too)”. The śiṣhya replied “Ayya! Please give me a chance to give you Guru-dakṣhiṇa”. The Guru told “You are very poor. You need not give me anything”. However Kautsa repeatedly said he wanted to give and the Guru said no need. Finally the Guru said “Ok. Since I have taught you 14 vidyas, give me 14 dhana-rāśis. Each rāśi must of this height: the height to which a maṇi goes when thrown by a strong man standing on a tall elephant” (similar to Viśvāmitra maharṣhi’s niyamam). Kautsa said ok and came back but was worried how to give the Guru-dakṣhiṇa.

Knowing that the King is equivalent to father, Kautsa approached Raghumahārāja. The previous day Raghumahārāja did the great Viśvaji-Yajñam and gave away whatever he had in the form of Dānas (around 14-crore dīnāras). Raghumahārāja was doing his Sandhyāvandanam, using earthen pots, by the time Kautsa came. Seeing the King himself to have nothing and using earthen pots in place of golden sthālikas, Kautsa did not ask Raghumahārāja anything. However seeing Kautsa, Raghumahārāja invited him and asked him the reason for his arrival. Kautsa hesitatingly said “it is difficult for you to give …” Raghumahārāja said “Coming to a King’s place and going back bare-handed is not good. Please do ask me what you want”. Kautsa told the King the reason for his arrival. Raghumahārāja told kautsa “please come tomorrow, I will give you the dhana-rāśis”.

Knowing that his Purohita (word itself means one who is the first to do hitam) is the only person who can help him, Raghumahārāja approached Śrī Vasiṣhṭha maharṣhi. “O Rājā! Now there is no enough time for you to earn your money, that too such a huge amount. Thus you do a danḍa yātra on Lord Indra” said the great maharṣhi. Immediately Raghumahārāja announced a daṇḍa yātra on Indra, the Devādhipati. The dundubhis and bheris were played and the sounds reached the ears of Indra Himself. Knowing that they were from Raghumahārāja, Devendra immediately ordered his sevakas “Raghumahārāja is a great Dharmātma. Fill his dhanāgāram”..

The next morning rakṣhaka bhaṭas of Raghumahārāja informed him that all his dhanāgāras are full and he can stop the daṇḍa-yātra. When Kautsa came back Raghumahārāja said “your dhanam is safe in our kośāgāram. Please take all of it”. Kautsa replied “O rāja! I need only 14 dhana-rāśis, other than that I will not take anything”. Raghumahārāja, not knowing what to do with the rest of the dhanam, gave it back to Devendra.

Morals in the story:

1. The Guru-śiṣhya paraspara anyonya sambandham is well shown in the story. The śiṣhya always wanted to do give Guru-dakŚiṇa and the Guru was worried how the śiṣhya will pay it.
2. The Dāna guṇam of Raghumahārāja must be learnt by all of us. It was not new for him to give away all he had and to earn in order to give away everything he will get.
3. The dharmavartanam, santrupti showed by Raghumahārāja and Kautsa must be an eye-opener for all of us.

Published in: on June 19, 2006 at 6:26 pm  Comments (1)  

The story of a Karṣhaka

Once upon a time there lived a hard-working karṣhaka in a small grāmam. He had 1 acre of land. Since he was hard-working, without having to depend on others he always managed to get sufficient food for his family. There was no scarcity for anything in their house, because they were satisfied with what they had. But kālam does not remain the same always. Its lakṣhaṇam is gamanam. Ups and downs are un-avoidable. Vaividhyam will be there only because of these ups and downs. Caitanyam will be there only because of this vaividhyam. And caitanyam is the greatest boon for a human, without which there will be no difference between him and a stone. As the years passed by, the monsoons started decreasing and finally there were no rains. Common farmer’s life became miserable as they were 3 years, 7 years of durbhikṣha.

The poor karṣhaka’s state was no different. All sides were filled with gāḍhāndhakāram. There was no hope. But still our karṣhaka’s life style did not change. As usual, he used to wake up before the Sun, eat whatever was able and leave for his work at the farm, carrying the plough on his shoulder. He used to try and do whatever he could, though he knows there is no use. One day, while the farmer was doing his dina-carya, Pārvatī Parameśvara saw the poor hard-working karṣhaka. Surprised seeing the karṣhaka, Parameśvara asked “why are you ploughing the field, when you know there is no water?”, coming in the guise of a Pathika. The karṣhaka replied “Ayya! Looks like you are new to our village. This is my everyday dina-carya. If I stop doing it and neglect my Vṛtti, which gave me food all this while, I will not be able to do it once rains come. That is why I do not want to loose my habit of hard-working”. Annapūrṇādevi had heart-full ānandam. (O Mother! is it not for your kaṭākṣham that of all of us strive our entire lives?) Parameśvara also said “Only if I give varṣhas (of śubhas) will my name of Śiva be true, so let Me too not change my svabhāvam and give you rains. This karṣhaka is a dhanya jīvi”. And Lord Śiva blessed their village with good rains.

Morals in the story:

  1. Whether or not the kālam is good for us, we must never forget doing hard-work.
  2. Discipline is the greatest character of a human. With it, one can achieve any difficult goal.
Published in: on June 15, 2006 at 6:58 pm  Comments (1)  

Be happy with what you have

Materialistic pleasures were never the goals of Indians. People used to be satisfied with what they had and within what they had, used to help others. Their hearts were filled with pure love, friendship and bhakti. The story of Sudaama, the best friend of Lord Krishna, stands as an outstanding example for this.

Sudaama and Krishna Bhagavan were good friends. The friendship started at their gurukulam with Shri Saandeepa. As always duty takes more priority than everything. Hence, after completing their studies they had to part. However, neither Krishna nor Sudaama could forget each other. Sudaama, knowing who Krishna really was, also had true devotion for him. Sudaama never was interested in earning lot of money or other such aihikechchas. Once after many years, not able to bear the separation from Krishna anymore, sets off to meet Krishna.

On hearing the news of his friend’s arrival, Krishna runs to the city gates to receive Sudaama personally. Krishna, the paramaatma, hugs Sudaama several times and they break into tears with uncontrollable aanandam. Krishna takes Sudaama to his palace and makes him sit comfortably on the shayanaasanam of Krishna and Rukmini Devi. Krishna, whose feet Brahma himself washed to produce the holy waters of Ganga, washed the feet of his friend, together with Rukmini, with utmost care. Then the Lord of the worlds, purifies himself, his queens and the palace with the paada jalam of the great scholar, Sudaama. Though Sudaama was very poor and did not even have money to eat food, he did not even think about it while he was with Krishna. Krishna took the atukulu brought by Sudaama for him and commented that it was one of his best ever meals. Both of them talked a lot, till their hearts were full and finally Sudaama returned to his house with a full heart, thoroughly satisfied with the Lord’s sweet words.

(Ofcourse, the sthiti kaaraka of the worlds, Krishna, blesses him with all worldly pleasures too…)

Greatness of Krishna

Morals in the story:

  1. Money, property and other pleasures are Kshanabhanguraas and as a person keeps satisfying them, they will only increase. Hence, like Sudaama, one needs to be content with what he has. Even given a chance to ask anything from Krishna, he did not choose to ask him!
  2. The nature of pure friendship is exposed by Krishna and Sudaama. Krishna, being the lord of the universe, washed the feet of his friend and purifies himself with the paada-jalam. Sudaama, though was extremely poor, never asked Krishna for wealth and make friendship a business.
  3. Notice that only a guru is one who makes a person meet God. This is reflected clearly in the story. It is because of Saandeepa that Krishna and Sudaama knew each other and met each other again.
  4. Krishna making his friend sit on his shayya, talk with him what Rukmini and he talk intimately and receiving Sudaama at the gates of the city show how intimate & sincere friendship must be.
  5. The kind of respect one must give to an Atithi and a scholar is well brought out by Krishna.

Message:

Self-contentment gives a man the power to control any of his attraction towards the wrong path. If a person is not self-satisfied, he will always have ever increasing greed. Even control over the universe would not give him satisfaction.

Published in: on May 14, 2006 at 2:29 pm  Comments (34)  
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