Daana-gunam

One day a Siddha by name Manovega came to Vikramaaditya Maharaja and said “Raaja! Near Udayaparvatam, there is a pushkarinii by name Aghanaasham. A Suvarna-Kalasham comes from it at Suuryodayam. As Suurya Bhagavaan raises, the Kalasham also goes up, at Madhyaahnam it reaches Suurya-mandalam. By Suuryaastamaanam, it again comes and goes into the Pushkarinii”. Listening to this Aashcharyam, Vikramaaditya Maharaja asked the Siddha how to reach Aghanaasham. Siddha replied that it can be reached through Yoga-maargam. He has a lehyam (paste) with him, which when applied to the leg, one can reach any place at Manovegam.

Both of them applied the Lehyam and reached Aghanaasham. They waited for Suuryodayam. As the Siddha said, the Divya Kalasham came. Vikramaaditya Maharaja jumped and sat on it. By Madhyaahnam, along with the Kalasham, Vikramaaditya reached Suurya-mandalam. Seeing Vikramaaditya, Suurya Bhagavaan said “Kumaara! No normal person can bear my teevra Tejas. My abhinandanams (congratulations) to your Yoga-shakti. I am very happy with you. Keep these Divya-kundalas as a Bahumaanam (gift) from Me. These are not ordinary Kundalas, they give 8 Pushkariniis full of Suvarnam (1 Baaruvu) everyday”! Taking the Kundalas, along with the Kalasham, Vikramaaditya reached Aghanaasham, after doing Namaskaaram to Suurya Bhagavaan. He then left for Ujjaini.

As soon as he reached Ujjaini, a Viprottama came near him and asked “Raaja! I live in Vidarbha-desham. With the Krupa of my elders, and the Dhanam earned by them, I do Annadaanam to 1000 people everyday. My Sodaras, with Iirsha, told asatyam about me and made the King give me punishment. I need to give away whole of my Sampada, property as a fine. In addition I need to pay somemore amount. To ask help from you I came here”.

Taking pity on the Viprottama, Vikramaaditya Maharaja gave the Divya Kundalams to him and sent him away! After telling this story, the Pratima on the Simhaasanam of Vikramaaditya continued “Bhoja Raaja! Did you see Vikramaaditya’s Daana Gunam? He never turns back an arthi empty handed. He gave away the Divya Kundalams as daanam. Do you have such Daana Gunam?

Morals in the Story:

  1. The Daana gunam of Vikramaaditya Maharaja is shown in the story. As soon as the Viprottama told his difficulty he gave away the Apoorva Divya Kundalas to the Viprottama.
  2. The Vinayam of the Viprottama is well shown in the story. Though he did many Anna-daanams he didnt have Garvam. He said only because of his elders he is able to do such good deeds.

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Published in: on October 11, 2006 at 11:59 pm  Comments (1)  

Priya Vrata

Leading usual saamsaarika-jeevam, but not being involved in the bhogas (materialistic pleasures) and attaining Moksham is the speciality Bhaarateeyas. Bhaarateeyas do Karma but only with Krutagnyataa-buddhi, paropakaara-buddhi and Vairaagyam. Priya Vrata’s story stands as a nice example for this.

Priya Vrata was the putra of Svaayambhuva Manu (the first Manu of the current day of Brahmadeva. See this to know our Kaala-maanam). Due to Priya Vrata’s adrushtam, Naarada maharshi came and gave Adhyaamtma-vidyaa-daanam to him. Though Svaayambhuva Manu wanted to make Priya Vrata the King, seeing his Dharma-buddhi, Priya Vrata was not at all interested in the Bhoga-bhaagyas of a King and went to pavitra Gandhamaadana Parvatas (where Paandavas spent part of their Aranya-vaasam) and did Tapas with great Nishtha.

Brahmadeva appeared before Priya Vrata and said “being a Gruhastha and having Aatma-gnyaanam, one can attain Moksham. Similar to how one does archana of Durga Devi for Shatru-jayam, a Mokshaarthi can be in Gruhasthaashramam and do Shri Naaraayana Naama Smarana, win the arishadvargas and attain Moksham in the end. Hence you do your Kartvayam of Raajya-paalana, never forget Hari-bhajana and thus get Moksham”. Following the Brahmadeva’s aagnya, Priya Vrata then went back to his father. Svaayambhuva Manu did Raajyaabhishekam of Priya Vrata and took Vaanaprastham to do Tapas.

Priya Vrata did Kalyaanam with Barhishmati, the putirka of Vishvakarma and did Dharma-paalanam of his Raajyam, never being invloved in the sukhas and never forgeting Bhagavat-dhyaanam. All putras of Priya Vrata and Barhishmati became great Vishnu Bhaktas. Three of them left to forests for Tapas and reached Parameshvara-sannidhi.

One day Priya Vrata got this thought: “we know Suurya-deva goes around Meru and the other side will have darkness. Why did not anyone try giving light to the other side?”. He thought “why not me?”. He immediately, with his Tapas-shakti, aboarded a Divya-ratham and started going opposite of Suurya-deva! People were surprised to see the second Surya. Because of this, the sapta-dveepams were formed on the Bhuu-madalam: Jambu-dveepam (here is our Pavitra Bhaarata-desham), Paksha, Kusha, Krauncha, Shauka, Shaalmali and Pushkara Dveepas. Also Sapta-saagaras were formed: Lavana, Ikshu, Sura, Aajya, Ksheera, Dadhi and Jala. Priya Vrata made his seven putras the Kings of the Sapta-dveepams.

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Priya Vrata then completely left his moham on the Raajyam, Bhaarya, putras and remembered the Aatma-vidya given to him by Shri Naarada maharshi and did Adhyaatma-satra-yaagam. He considered the sukhas in Bhuu, Svarga lokam as nothing and became more interested in Moksham. With nishkalmasha-hrudayam he always did Vishnu-dhyaanam and because of his Vishnu-bhakti reached Vaikuntham.

Morals in the story:

  1. The Vairaagya Buddhi of Bhaarateeyas is well shown in the story. They do their Kartavyam, but keeping in mind what is Satyam and never forget Bhagavat-dhyaanam.
  2. Priya Vrata, because of his paropakaara-buddhi, was able to use his Tapas-shakti to do adbhuta-kaaryams. He became an Apara-suurya and gave aanandam to many.
Published in: on September 4, 2006 at 11:59 pm  Comments Off on Priya Vrata  

The story of Dilīpa Mahārāja

The story of the great Raghuvamśa rāja Dilīpa is well known. As other Raghuvamśa kings, Dilīpa was a firm follower of Dharma, a Satya vādi, a mitabhāṣhi, a Vidvān and ruled his praja, loving them as their own father. However, he had only one cinta. He and his wife Sudakṣhiṇā did not have santānam.

Once he, along with Sudakṣhiṇā devi, went to the āśramam of their kulaguru Vasiṣhṭha mahaṛṣhi. He did yathāvidhi namaskārās to his Guru and told him about his cinta. Vasiṣhṭha mahaṛṣhi with his divya dṛṣhṭi saw the reason for Dilīpa not having santānam. He told Dilīpa "Once you went to Devalokam. While returning from there, knowing the Dharmaśāstra that a bharta needs to be in the company of his patni who is ṛtusnāta, you were in a hurry to come to Ayodhya to follow that Dharma. And in that hurry you did not notice the presence of the great Kāmadhenu, who was sitting under the shade of the Kalpavṛkṣham. The uttamās, especially the Gomāta, are always pūjanīyam. Pūjya pūjāvyatikramam was done by you. Shreya will stop if such a mistake is committed. Hence, Kāmadhenu told you that you will get santānam only after you do yathāvidhi pūja to Her or Her santānam. However, you did not hear Her words because of the noise from the running of aśvas and ratham". Dilīpa asked his Guru to bless him with a chance to do Goseva to Kāmadhenu and thus do prayascittam for his mistake. Vasiṣhṭha mahaṛṣhi then told Dilīpa "Do not worry. At present Kāmadhenu went to pātālalokam to help the ṛṣhis in their yajñam. Till She returns do seva to her daughter Nandini. Kāmadhenu will then surely save you from the doṣham and bless you with the great Raghu mahārāja, who will equal you in his good character."

Dilīpa and Sudakṣhiṇā devi followed the instructions of Vasiṣhṭha mahaṛṣhi and with very great care did seva to Nandini. They followed it like a shadow wherever it goes. They continued this Dhenuvratam for 21 days. On the 22nd day, impressed by the seva of Dilīpa, Nandini wanted to test his character. It went into a cave in the Himālayas and Dilīpa as usual followed it. Seeing Nandini, the lion in the cave started to pounce on Her. Dilīpa immediately tried to take his dhanurbāṇas in order to protect Nandini. But the simhabhīkara, Dilīpa, could not raise his hand, he stood like a picture, unable to move! Seeing him, the lion said:

"O Dilīpa! You cannot stop me; I am a Śiva kinkara. I am living here with Śivājña. I am Kumbhodara, the friend of Nikumbha. Everyday Lord Śiva uses me as a pādapīṭham while mounting Nandīśvara. Do you see this Devadāru vṛkṣham — it is like a son, equal to Subrahmaṇya, for Pārvatī mātā. Once an elephant rubbed against it and a piece of its bark fell and caused pain to it. Seeing this Pārvatī devī asked Parameśvara to give her a means of always protecting it. Paramaśiva ordered me to protect it and gave the adhikār to eat any creature that enters and spoils the sanctity of this forest". Dilīpa was worried why all his valour, dhanurvidya did not help him protect the dhenu and got pacified once he came to know that the lion was Lord Śiva's kinkara. Because he knows before Bhagavat-śakti his śakti is ati-alpam. He said "O great Kumbhodara! Lord Śiva's ājña must be followed by me too. But Nandini is my Guru's property. I must return Her to Him safely. Please understand and I will suggest one thing which is ubhayaśreyodāyakam. Please kill me and lower your hunger and leave Nandini." Kumbhodara laughed and said "O mūḍha. You are the eka chatrādhipati of this chatussamudravelāvalayita medinīchakram. You resemble Manmatha in beauty and you are very young. Why are you paying adhikamūlyam for such an alpa-prayojanam? You are offering your life for one cow. If you loose it, you can give crores of cows to Vasiṣhṭha mahaṛṣhi. If you really have bhūtadaya, what about the crores of people who live happily under your rule? Will you make them anāthas? Leave this idea. I will make sure u will not get apakīrti and Guru droham." Dilīpa answered "One who gives rakṣha from kṣhatam is a kṣhatriya. A kṣhatriya who cannot be an āpadāt- praharta, how can he be a king? Before my eyes this Nandini dhenu is getting an āpada. How can I stand seeing it? Then what will be the use of such nindā-mālinya jīvanam? O great Kumbhodara I cannot fight a Śiva kinkara please help me."

Finally Kumbhodara accepted and Dilīpa was able to move. He happily bent down and waited for being eaten by him. To his surprise puṣhpa-varṣham started and Nandini took Her divyākṛti. She told Dilīpa "O great Dilīpa! Not only this lion, nothing can harm me because of the tapobalam of Vasiṣhṭha mahaṛṣhi. I just wanted to test your character. I am impressed with you. Please take my divya kṣhīram. Eat it with your wife and you will get sat-santānam". Dilīpa, who was a vidvān in all Dharmaśātras replied like this "O Gomātā! I am dhanya to have your anugraham. I will take your kṣhīram, once your hungry calf and the ṛṣhis, who need it for their pūjas and yajñas take it. After they take I will take a share of 1/6 of your kṣhīram" (Since a king can take at the maximum 1/6 of the property of his people as tax!).

Cow is the most sacred animal for Bhārateeyas. Devatas, Trimūrtis, many punya tīrthas reside in different parts of Gomāta.

Kaamadhenu
Morals in the story:

  1. The uttamas must always be given due respect. Especially sarva-Devatā-swarūpa like Gomāta, must always be worshipped with Bhakti. (Dilīpa, even though he did it unknowingly, had to face the consequences.)
  2. The importance of a Guru is shown well in the story. It is a Guru who guides what to do and not. Without Vasiṣhṭha mahaṛṣhi's help Dilīpa would not even know the reason for not having santānam.
  3. Though Dilīpa was a great śūra, he had no ahankār. He thought before Bhagavat-śakti his śakti is ati-alpam.
  4. When he offered his life to save Nandini, Dilīpa showed his Guru-bhakti and respect on Gomāta.
  5. The knowledge of Śātras helped Dilīpa decide what to do and what not, when advised by Kumbhodara.
  6. The mahonnata vyaktitvam of Dilīpa is shown when he said he will take kṣhīram after the calf and the ṛṣhis take.
  7. The Rājaneeti of Dilīpa is displayed when he said he will take 1/6 of kṣhīram.

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Published in: on June 8, 2006 at 5:42 pm  Comments (12)  

Darpam and paarushyam are more dangerous than Haalaahalam

The story of Yayaati, the son of the great Nahusha and Priyamvada, is well known. He after ruling his kingdom for many years, without deviating from the path of Dharma, made Puuru the chakravarti. Then he took Vaanaprasthaashramam and went to tapoovanaas. There he did many ghora tapaas, yagnyaa, yaagaadi kratus. He satisfied the agnideva with Havis and his Pitrudevataas with his punya karmaas. He did great tapas for a thousand years. He did tapas remaining as niraahaara for around 30 yrs. Then he did tapas for 1 year being in between Panchaagnis having Vaayubhakshana. For 1 year he did tapas staying under water, standing on 1 leg. After many such years of tapas, he went to deva looka in a divya vimaana.

He took the poojaas of many great devarshis there. After a long stay there, he went to Brahmalookam and took the poojas of brahmarshis. Then finally he reached Indra loka. Indra, who is well-known for his divya vaibhavam, Himself recieved Yayaati and gave arghya paadyaas. Indra after doing athaavidhi atithi satkaaram to Yayaati, told him “O great punyaatma! What immense tapas did you do to have recieved poojaas by Brahmarshis and Devarshis! Your punyaas are immense and it is not possible for me sing all your great deeds”. Listening to this Yayaati got little Ahankaar. He said “O Indra deva! True. Sura, Daitya, Yaksha, Raakshasa, Nara, Khechera, Sidda, Munis tapas are not equal to mine.” Indra got unimpressed by the vaakyaas of Yayaati. He said “In your tapoobhimaanam, you insulted the tapas of the great maharshis. You are not fit to be here. Go back to Bhulokam and remove your darpam and come back”. Yayaati immediately realized his mistake and pleaded Indra “O great Indra! The very moment I insulted great rishis, all by tapas-shakti was lost. In addition to this, please do not make me got to Bhulokam again. Please grant me permission to stay in the sassaangatyam of good people in Sat-Bhuvanam”. Indra seeing the pashchaattapam of Yayaati sent him to Sat-Bhuvanam.

Yayaati, repenting for his mistake, stayed in Sat-Bhuvanam and slowly regained his tapas-shakti. Once the dauhitraas of Yayaati — Ashtaka, Pratardana, Vasumanta, Ausinara and Shibi, in course of time, reached Sat-Bhuvanam. They saw a man with divya tejas and was brightly glowing with tapas-shakti (they saw Yayaati). They approached him and asked his details. Yayaati told his entire story. He told them about Indra’s shaapam and continued “One must never speak low of an uttama. Dambham, darpam, abhimaanam, krodham and paarushyam, in what ever small quantities, are more dangerous than ghora Vishaagni. It destroys hard-earned punyaas due to many years of tapas”. Realizing that the person was their grandfather, the five dauhitraas did namaskaars to Yayaati. Yayaati then taught them Dharmopadeshaas — about Paralokam, sarva gnyaana sampatti, sakala raaja dharmaas, satgati-durgati swaroopas, varnaashrama dharmaas and jeeva garbhoptatti.

Morals in the story:

  1. Even a small sentence or act done due to ahankaar is enough to destroy huge punya raashis. Even for a person as great as Yayaati, one small paarushya vaakyam melted his punya raashis.
  2. The importance and power of tapas is well portrayed in the story.
  3. One must be very very careful while talking about great people. Indra was angry on Yayaati since he spoke low about rishis.
  4. A sajjana never does a mistake. Even if he does, he immediately repents and never repeats it. He does not feel shy to openly tell others his mistake and help them not repeat it. This sat-guna is clearly showed by Yayaati.
  5. Sat-saangatyam is the first step to reach God. Hence Yayaati asked Indra to grant him that.

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Published in: on June 4, 2006 at 5:21 pm  Comments (10)  

Power of always speaking the Truth

(Continuing Udanka’s story)
Paushya’s mahaarani gives her kundalas to Udanka, but warns him that “Takshaka always has an eye on this — so be careful”. Udanka thanks the queen and returns to Paushya to ask him for leave. Paushya, who knows the shaastras, pleaded Udanka to accept his aatithyam and eat at his place. Udanka accepted the King’s request and Udanka sat to eat in a separate Bhojana shaala for vidvaans. The very first piece he was about to eat had a hair strand in it!

For Indians, parishubhrata is of utmost importance and especially for eating. There are many rules in shaastras about how a person who eats must be, how the person who cooks must be and who clean the food itself must be etc. Even after following all the rules, some doshas might creep in. Hence Indians always put godhrutam (cow ghee) in the food before eating, considering the food as havis, the person who eats as havirbhokta and the the act of eating as a yagnyam!

Ukdanda gets angry on Paushya for offering uncleaned food. Since he knows all shaastras, he knows that neither the cook nor the person who served nor the head of the bhojanashaala must be blamed, it is the ajamaani who gave aatithyam, the King, who needs to be blamed for this (see this story). He, in the anger, says to Paushya “Since you gave me such food, may you become blind”. Knowing that Udanka gave him such a big punishment for a small mistake, Paushya says to Udanka “May you have no children”.

Since both Udanka and Paushya never deviated from the path of Truth, whatever they said now, in anger, became really true! The nature of a sajjana is that, he will never become angry and if he becomes angry, his anger will be like the spill of boiling milk, just for a fraction of a second. Immediately Paushya and Udanka realize their mistake and Paushya asks Udanka to save him from blindness. Udanka, with his tapas-shakti, told Paushya that he will be blind for a very short time. However Paushya could not give a shaapaavasaanam to Udanka. Paushya says “O great scholar! Since you are a sage and have immense tapas-shakti you were able to help me, but I cannot do it and my words cannot be changed, because of my satya-vaak-paripaalana”. Udanka then takes leave of Paushya and immediately resumes the work given by his Guru-patni.

Will Udanka be able to take the kundalas safely to his guru-patni? Wont Takshaka cause any trouble? Please keep reading to know the answers :).

Morals in the story:

  1. For a person who always speaks Truth, whatever he speaks will become true!
  2. Anger, even for a fraction of second, may cause disasters.
  3. Importance of parishubhrata, especially for bhojanam, is clearly displayed in the story. The otherwise calm Udanka, became angry because the food offered to him (an Atithi, knowing Atithi-devo-bhava) had dosham. One must do bhojanam as if he was doing a yagnyam.
  4. The knowledge of shaastras helped Udanka to immediately decide who needs to be blamed for the dosham in the food.
  5. The power in Tapas (Daiva-dhyaanam) is clearly displayed by Udanka. With his tapas-shakti, he was able to undo his mistake.

The story of Naimishaaranyam

Gauramukha maharshi is one of the great well-known maharshis. He was the obedient shishya of Semeeka maharshi (see Parikshit mahaaraja's story). After his education in Semeeka maharshi's ashram, he built up his own ashram to share the gnyaanam he got. The ashram was calm and peaceful. If Gauramukha maharshi's shishyas came to the forest to get some samidhas for yagnyam, then the trees used to bend and willingly, without experiencing pain, used to offer them their branches. If the shishyas while doing veda paarayana and by mistake pronounce some swara wrong, then the birds used to rectify them by saying it aloud with their sweet voices. The flowers there used to open only to be offered to God, just before the puja. All these were possible only because of the prashantata, the alhaada vaataavarnam and the tapas-shakti of the maharshi.

One day the king, Durjaya, came with his army to the forest. Gauramukha maharshi seeing the king gave aatithyam and requested the king to rest in his ashram for that night. Lord Raama and Lakshmana, during their visits to muni ashrams, used to always leave their weapons outside and enter the ashrams with the permission of the respective munis. However, Durjaya entered the calm and quiet ashram with his entire army. Gauramukha, who already conquered anger, was happy to welcome them. Since he had no apparent way of cooking food and showing a place to rest for such huge number of people, he went to the bank of the river, took a dip in it, became purified and prayed to Lord Vishnu. Due to his enormous concentration, Vishnu immediately appeared before him and gave him a Mani. With the help of the Mani, Gauramukha maharshi built a huge town for the army to rest and also provided good food for them. The next day as the king and army were leaving the place, the creation of the Mani vanished. Durjaya was amazed by the power of the mani and after reaching his kingdom sent his messengers to get the mani of Gauramukha maharshi for himself. Gauramukha maharshi sent the messengers back saying that the mani was not meant to be used for selfish reasons and must only be used for the good of the society. The king became angry knowing that his order was not carried out and sent his army to maharshi's ashram to get the mani by force.

Gauramukha maharshi prayed to the mani and a huge army came from the mani and destroyed the army. The unbeatable Vishnu chakram came from the mani and killed the king Durjaya. The whole army and Durjaya were killed in a nimisham! Thus the forest in which Gauramukha maharshi lived was henceforth known as 'Naimisaaranyam'. Naimisaaranyam, is a very pious place for the Indians. It is the abode of many Gods, rishis, munis and was the place where the great Suuta maharshi told Srimad Bhaagavatam to saunakaadi mahaamunis.

Morals in the story:

  1. All the wonders that happened in the story, the greatness of naimisaaranyam, can all be attributed to the tapas-shakti of Gauramukha maharshi. There is nothing that Bhagavannaama-smarana cannot achieve.
  2. One should never be proud of his power or strength and misuse the powers given to him. Durjaya in his ahankaar of being a king, destroyed himself and his army in a nimisham (The time taken for closing and opening the eyelid).
Published in: on May 26, 2006 at 5:01 pm  Comments (1)  

Hard work can do wonders

In Indian culture vairaagyam was always given ultimate importance. But careful, there is a very thin line that separates vairaagyam and laziness. In vairaagyam all karma is done but without expecting anything in return, without being involved in the materialistic aspects of karma. Bhagiratha, with his unparalleled effort to bring Ganga to earth, showed us how much effort a man can put in and as a result what wonders can be done.

On knowing that his ancestors (60000 Sagara Kumaras) will reach swarga only if the pure waters of Ganga flow through their ashes, from his mother, Bhagiratha immediately leaves to Himalayas to do tapas for Lord Brahma:

  1. After purifying himself in a pushkarini, it starts tapas with extra-ordinary concentration.
  2. Starts with padmaasana and in winter stood in the freezing waters of the lake with water up to chest!
  3. In Summer stands in the middle of burning pancha-agnis (four agnis + sun) and steadily stared at the sun with eyes wide open (all the while concentrating on Brahma deva)!!
  4. During the first few days, he had food only once a day. Later it was once in a few days. Then it became once in a month. After that, he just used to drink a little water and continue his ‘Tapas’. Finally the air was his only food!!!
  5. 1000 years passed….!!!!

Brahma, the creator of the worlds, on the requests of Gods to save them from the tremendous tapaagni of Bhagiratha, appears before him and blesses him with children and Ganga. However, Brahma deva suggests that none except Parama Shiva can take the force when Ganga falls onto earth, and if not with that force earth will be washed away…

Men are of three kinds:

  1. There are cowards, who do not begin their work at all, afraid that some trouble may arise midway.
  2. Those who begin but later give up the task, afraid of the difficulties that arise.
  3. Brave people who belong to a third group. They continue to work in spite of even an army of difficulties, and finally achieve the goal.

Bhagiratha belonged to this third category of brave men. He again began a severe ‘Tapas’ to please Lord Ishwara. With folded hands, and standing on one leg, he meditated on Lord iswara with the deepest concentration. So a whole year passed. Pleased with Bhagiratha’s devotion Lord ishwara takes the immense force of Ganga and controls her in his jataajutam. He completely stops her from flowing to teach her a lesson (she was a mischievous girl, proud of her strength!), but for Bhagiratha it was another difficulty… But he again with tapas pleases Lord Shiva to release Ganga down to earth. Ganga followed Bhagiratha shyly and slowly, like his daughter (Bhaagirathi). But she grew a little mischievous, though Shiva taught her a lesson once, when near Jahnu maharshi’s ashram. She wandered all over the Ashrama like a small girl and the entire place was filled with water. Disturbed from tapas by it, Jahnu maharshi in a single gulp swallows her entirely. And suddenly difficulties again for Bhagiratha. But it is not the first time for him, so immediately pleases Jahnu maharshi (Jaahnavi comes out of Jahnu maharshi’s ear) and finally sends his ancestors to higher worlds…..

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Morals in the story:

  1. Karma must be done in massive quantity as Bhagiratha did, but selflessly…
  2. Brave people continue to work in spite of even an army of difficulties, and finally achieve their goal.
  3. Man can achieve wonders, once he puts in effort and dedication….
  4. One must never be proud of one’s strength or other qualities. Else you will be humiliated when you meet a greater person. (Shiva taught the naughty kid, Ganga, a lesson by controlling her unparralled strength & force, with great ease….)

Message:

Let us all put effort, learn all the good qualities and be true Indians. Impossible is nothing.

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Published in: on May 14, 2006 at 2:50 pm  Comments (42)  
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Tīrtha Yātra

The glory of India

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Moral Stories

A tribute to the great Bharatiya Samskruti.