In the previous episode, we had witnessed two important aspects wherein Sage Sukhaachaarya is training King Parikshit into the spiritual pursuit. Although it’s hard, Sage Sukhaachaarya makes King Parikshit go through the initial hardship so that he gets the requisite level of maturity to grasp the contents of Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana correctly. Sage Sukhaachaarya initiates King Parikshit into several rounds of penance, wherein King Parikshit fails every single time! As he fails, Sage Sukhaachaarya lowers the level a bit, yet he relentlessly makes King Parikshit try. We witnessed the various reasons why he did that.
Now moving on with the episode further thus, Sage Sukhaachaarya makes King Parikshit a fully trained person in terms of focusing the mind in a proper way towards Bhagawan. Now King Parikshit and Sage Sukhaachaarya sit together for discussion as the Bhaagawatha Puraana commences. The first question that King Parikshit is asking Sage Sukhaachaarya is thus: “Oh Sage! Please explain to me how was this world created. You’ve taught me how to do meditation, penance, etc. But now I have few questions that follow. Please give me the knowledge on this. As King Parikshit asks this question, Sage Sukhaachaarya replies thus:
“Bhooya yeva vidithsaamin bhagawaan aatmamaayayaa!
Yathedham srijathe vishwam dhurvivaabhyam adheeshvaraihi!!
Yathaa gopaayathi vibhuryathaa sanyachhatheh punaha!
Yaamyaam shakthim upaashrithya purushakthihi parah pumaan!!”
Sage Sukhaachaarya replies to King Parikshit thus: “Oh Parikshit! You’ve asked a very important question. Now let me explain the concept of how this world functions. This world is a combination of two important parameters – Creation and Destruction. These two parameters would keep on happening, irrespective of whichever “Yuga” the world transcends through. If there is a creation, there is definitely going to be a destruction. However, when we talk of the term “Destruction”, it doesn’t take the literal meaning of being destroyed. Things in the world would keep changing their forms from one to the another with the passage of time!”
This is one important concept that we should remember – There’s nothing called “destruction” in this world. For instance, if we have a gold ornament today in our hands, for whatsoever reason tomorrow, this ornament might be melted into liquid gold and can be changed into another ornament, isn’t it? For instance, we get a gold necklace today, and we can convert it into a golden bangle or a earring, etc. isn’t it? Similarly, we have diamond which is one of the most precious items in the world. Diamond is nothing but an “allotropic” form of carbon. If we heat diamond to a high temperature, it would get burnt down to just ashes in no time, which is another form of carbon. Thus, the element called “Carbon” is the same – It doesn’t get destroyed. However, from time to time, this carbon changes its form from ashes to graphite and from graphite to diamond, or from diamond to ashes again! Similarly, when we make a pot out of mud, it can remain as a pot for sometime. However, if we “destroy” it, maybe the pot might be broken, but it would become mud again. The mud is never going to change. Again if we want, we can mix water with the mud, make it into a clay and make a pot out of it in turn! After the making of the pot, if someone says, “Oh! The mud is missing!”, where does this mud go? It is just in the form of the pot. The mud hasn’t gone anywhere.
This is how our human life is too – We’re in the form of this physical body today. After this birth is over, we might take a different physical body. After that birth is over, we again keep changing our form. However, our “Aatman” (Soul) is the same and it never gets destroyed. This is exactly what Newton proposed in Physics too. In his second law of motion, he says, “Energy can never be destroyed! It can only be transferred from one form to the other”, isn’t it? Similarly, this entire world, as it passes through different “Yugas”, would not be “destroyed” as such, but would pass through various subtle stages wherein Bhagawan would show His presence everytime to alter things.
This is exactly how the world functions and this is what Sage Sukhaachaarya teaches King Parikshit first up! So for today, let us think and ponder over this important point and we shall wait till the next episode to continue this discussion further! Stay tuned! 😊