In the previous episode, we had witnessed King Parikshit being consoled by Sage Sukhaachaarya that, time is not a factor to be depressed about. Sage Sukhaachaarya explains to King Parikshit that a period of seven days is a lot of time for learning the important parameters that can help attain Moksha easily. In the due course, Sage Sukhaachaarya picks up the example of King Khatvaanga who just had 48 minutes of time that was remaining in his life, yet he managed to use that time wisely and attain Moksha. Now where is 48 minutes and where is 7 full days? Isn’t the latter a lot of time, as compared to the former? Saying thus, Sage Sukhaachaarya tries to motivate King Parikshit that he too can attain Moksha if he listens very carefully to what is going to be said to him for the next seven days!
Thus, here comes the importance of time management – If we’ve to do something important, time is never a factor of hinderance for us in any way. If we’ve to do something good, even 2 minutes of time can be efficient! If we’ve to know and understand something important for our life, even 5 seconds can be more than sufficient. Thus, what is more important here is the involvement which we should have! With this, we need to understand how to prioritize our time to do something if it is good for us. If we have this involvement and interest to do or learn something, we still can manage to do whatever we like to, within the stipulated time-frame that is available to us.
For instance, if we’re having a bad habit of abusing and scolding someone with bad and unparliamentary words every time and if someone points it out and scolds us on it, how do we react? Many a times we say, “Oh yes! I know I’m weak in this behavior! Give me 50 days time and I shall change!” This will never come into reality! If we’ve to quit a bad habit, we’ve to do it right away, rather than postponing it further and further! For another instance, someone is having a bad habit of smoking cigarettes and if the doctor is advising him to quit that habit. Can we go and tell the doctor that we would quit smoking within the next one year? If we’ve to quit smoking, we’ve to do it right away, isn’t it? Thus, we can understand here that, time should never be a hinderance for us to re-track our path to Dharma. If we’ve to do something good, we’ve to do it right away, without any procrastination. If we start postponing things, or if we start thinking that we do not have time for anything, it just means that we’re wasting the available time, by not having the real interest or involvement in doing that important activity. This is exactly what Sage Sukhaachaarya too says to King Parikshit. As King Parikshit is brooding over “lack of time”, Sage Sukhaachaarya motivates him by saying that seven days is a lot of time for anything in life!
As Sage Sukhaachaarya says thus, we now complete the first “Skandha” and move into the second one. We shall witness the story that commences the second “Skandha”.
“Abhyasen manasaa shuddham trividh brahmaaksharam param!
Mano yachhye jithashwaasaha brahma bheejam avismaran!!
Tatraikaavayavam dhyaayeth avichhinne na chetasaa!
Yacheedhaaranaa dheeraha hanthiyaa tathkritham bhalam!!”
As we move into the second Skandha, Sage Sukhaachaarya teaches King Parikshit to bring his mind into order and discipline. For that, what is required? Meditation is required. This is what Sage Sukhaachaarya says here in the above slokas. He says that if our mind has to accept whatever principles of Dharma is being explained, it should first flush out all the unwanted thoughts and imaginations. If one is able to flush out all of these “garbage” from our mind, we automatically would start walking the path of victory in whatever we do. Our mind is just like a shelf (Wardrobe) – If we’ve to keep new clothes in our wardrobe, we first need to flush out all the old clothes that might be torn off or dirty, isn’t it? Similarly, if thoughts of Dharma has to enter our mind, our mind has to be purified by performing meditation.
In this way if we ponder a bit more, why do we fail to understand good things most of the time? It is primarily because we waste lot of time in thinking about unwanted things, talking and gossiping about something or somebody that is of no use to us in any way, etc. This should not be the case, isn’t it? Also, many of us ask this question often – Why do we meditate? The Upanishad says that if we’re able to meditate upon the one that has created this world and all of us within this world, this itself would serve as the best way to attain “Moksha”!
Now having known this, we need to train our mind to meditate. It is to be noted that meditation is not an easy process like we think! We should first try to balance our mind, focus our mind on Bhagawan and then forget ourselves completely in the process. This is true meditation. Now King Parikshit asks Sage Sukhaachaarya thus, “Oh Sage! How do we imagine Bhagawan while meditating? In what form should we imagine Him while we are focusing our mind?” Sage Sukhaachaarya replies back thus, “Oh King Parikshit! You can imagine Bhagawan in the form of this whole world! This ‘Mother Earth’ itself is his form and nothing else! All the fourteen worlds (“Lokas”) that Bhagawan has created, are all different parts of His body! This is how you imagine Bhagawan and meditate! The “Paathaala Lokha” (Underground) is His divine feet! Thus, slowly raise up from there and the “Svarga Lokha” (Heaven) is His chest and heart! The “Satya Lokha” (Which is the aborde of Bhagawan Bramha) is Bhagawan’s head portion. This is how you imagine Bhagawan while you’re in meditation!”
Seeking this advice from Sage Sukhaachaarya thus, King Parikshit sits down and closes his eyes! He’s trying to meditate as per the instructions given by Sage Sukhaachaarya! He closes his eyes and starts meditating for few minutes. However, nothing seems to happen! 🙂 King Parikshit is unable to focus on Bhagawan, the way in which Sage Sukhaachaarya wanted him to do! This is because, he hasn’t seen any of these things in reality. For instance, we too might know our house, our street, our town, our city, etc. because we keep seeing them every day. Apart from all this, if we’ve to imagine the whole world, and that too in the form of Bhagawan, how will we be able to do that? We’ve neither seen Bhagawan in person, nor visited any other place apart from our own! This was the same problem that King Parikshit faced too – He runs back to Sage Sukhaachaarya and says thus, “Oh Sage! I can’t understand whatever you’ve said! I do not know how to imagine all of this like what you said!”
Hearing thus, Sage Sukhaachaarya gives him another suggestion. What is that suggestion? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out! 😊