So far we’ve witnessed various important points as part of the introduction to Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana. We commenced with the description and an overview of the “Ithihaasas” and “Puraanas” and what are the specialties of both. We discussed the difference between both of them and understood how important are both these categories of texts in our “Sanaathana Dharma” literature. As we moved further, we witnessed the importance of “Puraanas” in particular, since we’re going to discuss one such “Puraana” henceforth. We saw five important constituents of a “Puraana” and how Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana is an integration of all these five constituents, hence referred to as “Poorna Puraana”.
Subsequently we also discussed in detail on the authors of these sacred texts and how their “Paropakaaram” (Selfless Effort coupled with Divine Grace) resulted in an endless flow of spiritual knowledge and wisdom of the great Maharishis to all the “n” number of future generations of people who came after them. Particularly, the efforts taken by Valmiki Maharishi (for Shrimad Ramayana) and Sage Veda Vyaasa (for Mahaabhaarata and Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana) deserve special mention. In fact, as mentioned before, this entire lineage of Vasishta Maharishi until Sage Sukhaachaarya had dedicated their entire life for giving us these precious texts that are important for our spiritual development. Their main aim was to take this important literature to people like us who are immersed in the “Samsara” (Worldly bondage”) and struggling to find a way to reach Bhagawan. Thus, all these texts serve as a “guide” for us to succeed in the “examination” conducted by Bhagawan in attaining the highest “Moksha” (Salvation).
If we analyze our everyday life routine, we would find that we’re immersed in four important aspects – Fear, worry, jealousy and greediness. It would be very interesting to understand that at every point in our life we are on a constant fear of something wrong happening. We live amidst innumerable worries about how would our future shape up in the coming days or years. If we look at someone with an expensive car or a house, we would immediately start feeling jealous of that person who owns them. Finally to attain what this person possesses, we would get to any low level with utter greediness, by compromising our personal and professional ethics! We can see all these four aspects revolving in our lives at different points in time and whether we accept this or not, this is the fact of life in this Kali Yuga. It is only for this reason of coming out of this vicious cycle, Sage Vasishtaachaarya’s lineage have dedicated their entire lives in documenting all of the important aspects of our “Sanaathana Dharma” and presenting this complete document to us, so that we would be able to read it and follow its contents and attain spiritual development. This collection of “documents” talk about various people who have attained “Moksha” by following all these principles of “Sanaathana Dharma” and how Bhagawan helped all of them at various instances to serve their purpose. It is always said – If we take one step towards Bhagawan with our sincere effort, Bhagawan will take ten steps towards us. Thus it is for this reason, that all the stories inclusive of Ramayana and Mahabharata were narrated by our great Maharishis.
Now having said thus, why are we reading and listening to all these stories today? It is for the simple reason that over a period of time, people from all our previous generations have listened to all these stories repeatedly and designed their lifestyle according to the principles taught by these stories. These principles are passed on to our generation of people also and thus it is our profound duty to listen to these important stories, so that we understand the proper way in which we should lead our lives in today’s world. We would be able to achieve a proper lifestyle according to the “Dharma” only by listening repeatedly to all these stories from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagawatha Puraana, etc. Just how we learn Mathematics, Science, Commerce, Business, Management, etc. duly from a school and / or college and attain knowledge on various fields of study, we should make a conscious effort to read various texts of our “Sanaathana Dharma” to obtain the knowledge on how to lead a righteous life. Just like we need to possess adequate knowledge to graduate from a university with a degree, we should possess the adequate spiritual knowledge and relevant practice, to graduate from this world so as to attain “Moksha”.
Thus, it becomes important for us to read and understand our “Sanaathana Dharma” literature, so as to understand the correct ways in which we can lead a peaceful, happy and a contended life with the divine grace of a Guru (Spiritual Master) and Bhagawan together. So for today, let us understand this important reason as to why we focus a lot in knowing and understanding our rich literature on our Sanaathana Dharma. We shall wait till the next episode to continue this discussion further. Stay tuned! 😊