In the previous episode, we had commenced a detailed introduction on Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana, wherein we had discussed three important things – Significance of “Ithihaasas” and “Puraanas”, why “Puraanas” are important as part of our Sanaathana Dharma literature and amongst all “Puraanas”, why is Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana occupying a prime status. We had witnessed the beautiful conjugations of the phrases “Bhaagawatha” and “Puraana”, which signify the ultimate meaning that this entire “Puraana” is centered around Bhagawan, by talking about His life experiences, His messages to the future generations of people and His ways of following the “Dharma”, that serve as a benchmark for all of us today.
Eventually, yesterday we had also discussed that this Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana was given to the world by Sage Sukaachaarya, who is none other than the son of Sage Veda Vyaasa himself. In fact, this entire text was perfectly documented by Sage Veda Vyaasa and it is only because of this great effort, we’re able to read and understand this great text!
As we move on, it is very important that we understand the significance of the people who have authored this text and propagated it to the world. As we had witnessed it for the Ramayana and the Mahaabhaarata, every text that is part of our “Sanaathana Dharma” is a result of a huge and meticulous effort of our great Maharishis. More than the meticulous effort, it is their selfless attitude that made this happen. Their only goal and motto of their life was to make sure that the world should get to understand Bhagawan and His messages, thereby to lead a peaceful life without any problems. They never cared about their personal lives much! If for instance, we look into the lives of either Valmiki Maharishi or Sage Veda Vyaasa or even Sage Sukhaachaarya, all of them were living in a forest, in an ashram, clad in a simple clothing, living amidst tunnels and caves, braving the sun and the rain. Thus physically, their lives were extremely challenging. But that never deterred them from gaining the requisite knowledge and wisdom.
In our cases today, many of us are blessed by Bhagawan to be born with a gold or a silver spoon! We’re amidst all possible luxuries that are required for a worldly life. But do we have that much of knowledge or wisdom that our ancestors and Maharishis had? To be frank, we’re not even having the patience and perseverance to open even one page of the Ramayana or Mahabharata to go through and understand what exactly Valmiki Maharishi or Sage Vyaasa have told! But, our Maharishis have meticulously sat down, written thousands and thousands of pages, and poured out all their knowledge and wisdom for the benefit of the world in future! How can one be more selfless than this? Today in this “Kali Yuga” we are in a situation wherein “Secrecy” in terms of knowledge and awareness is the order of the day! If we know something, we try to keep it secret from others by not sharing it! If Sage Vyaasa and Valmiki Maharishi would have thought the same, would we be having the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhaagawatha in hand today? Thus, we should understand the vast selfless attitude that was present amongst our great ancestors and Maharishis and respect them for that!
Having said thus, we should look at one more angle here – Normally in today’s world, if someone authors a book or an article, the publisher of that book or article should pay certain amount of money to the author, isn’t it? We generally see this in today’s professional world. However, if we’ve to take the Valmiki Ramayana or Mahabharata or Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana, the more we use it, we should pay Valmiki Maharishi or Sage Vyaasa, isn’t it? But they never ask anything from us! But what do they expect from us? All they expect us to do, is to read and re-read the texts more and more times until we get a hold on Bhagawan’s messages and experiences! This is also one angle in which we can understand the selfless attitude of our great sages who had authored such great texts!
Thus for today, let us pray our respects and tributes to our great Maharishis and all those people who came after them and propagated these texts for the benefit of the world. It is not only the Maharishis – How many people have analyzed these texts again and again, written commentaries on them, spoken about them, etc.? It is only because of these people that we have atleast a little bit of knowledge on all these texts. Else, the language in which Maharishis have written would be very difficult for people like us to understand and comprehend! Hence, let us pay our respects to all those people who were instrumental in making this Bhaagawatha Puraana available to us in a lucid form, so that people like us in today’s world are able to read, understand and comprehend! We shall wait till the next episode to go deeper into the significance of Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana. Stay tuned! 😊