In the previous episode, we had witnessed how significant is the science of “Astrology” in today’s scenario. As we might know by now, astrology is also an important part of the Vedas, wherein the exact calculations of various planetary positions, movements, etc. are denoted and discussed in detail. Accurate details are given with respect to the movement of each planet from one “Raashi” to another and this prediction is made accurately for thousands and thousands of years to come in the future too! No present-day scientific text on this subject can even come closer to our Vedic Astrological predictions that we have as one of our greatest assets! I’m making such a sweeping statement because, in the previous episode we had witnessed as an example how the revolution time for Saturn is calculated and how exactly it coincides with the modern-day findings in Astronomy. In fact, I seriously doubt if the present-day astronomical science has the capability to predict planetary positions exactly for the upcoming thousands of years into the future! For instance, if we take a look at the “Panchaanga” text, it would be clearly indicated at what time, at what date and at which part of the earth will solar and lunar eclipses be visible. This detail is accurately predicted for thousands of years into the future! This kind of a minute detail – I don’t think is available in any modern-day sciences.
This is what makes our Sanaathana Dharma scripture, one of the most respected and revered texts ever in this world! It is not only astrology that we’re talking about here, but also for every field of study that we do today – Be it medical, engineering, various sciences like Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Management, Leadership, Geology, Anthropology, etc. our Sanaathana Dharma stands out in giving excellent ideas and advice for all of this! For instance, if we consider the “Sundara Kaanda” in the Ramayana, it exclusively talks about “leadership” and “management” concepts that Hanuman has exemplarily displayed while he was on pursuit for Mother Sita. Moreover, the Ramayana text can be looked into from various angles – Sciences, Management, Medicine, etc. and it has messages for each and every field. Similarly the Bhagawad Gita – a well-renowned part of the Mahabharata text talks extensively and enormously on Management sciences and how important is decision-making for a good leader. The list goes on and on… But the point here is that, it is important for all of us to understand the fact that our Sanaathana Dharma is an unique integration of all possible domains of human life and gives us valuable inputs (even for today’s lifestyle) on how to lead a happy, contented, peaceful and a spiritually-oriented life, so as to finally attain Bhagawan’s feet.
Saying thus, we can justify the point that along with creating mankind and other living beings in this world, Bhagawan has also created the “Manual” called “Sanaathana Dharma” to serve as a “rule-book” to lead a life as per the “Dharma”.
Thus we’ve successfully witnessed the arithmetics and various calculations that are associated with “time” and we come to the end of this important discussion. Moving on from here, readers might remember that we’ve discussed about a person by name Svaayambhuya Manu, and we should continue the thread from here on. We’ve witnessed that Svaayambhuya Manu had two sons namely, Priyavratha and Utthaana-paada. Readers now should make it a habit from here on to take notes of various names and stories that we’re discussing every day. From now on, it is going to get a little complex and readers might forget the link between the characters and the stories. Hence, it is better to make a note of all of these important names and the stories that they are associated with. Only then we would be able to understand which story conveys what message for all of us for today’s world.
Thus, let us look at the family lineage of Svaayambhuya Manu. As mentioned before, he had two sons, out of which, the second son Utthaana-paada’s son was Dhruva. Dhruva’s son is Angan. Angan’s son is Venan. Venan’s son is Bruthu. Bruthu’s last generation’s son was Praacheena Varhis. Of course, I do understand that there are so many names back-to-back. We shall talk about each of these people in detail as the context comes. So readers needn’t get panicked or worried about it! Thus, all these people whom I had just mentioned, form one generation or lineage. Now we’ve to see the lineage of Svaayambhuya Manu’s other son, Priyavratha.
Of course, Priyavratha too gets married like his brother, and has children. It starts with Aagneedhra. After Aagneedhra comes Naabi. After Naabi comes Rishaba-Deva. After Rishaba-Deva comes Jada-Bharatha. Thus we have two generations that has originated from Svaayambhuya Manu. It is not to be forgotten that Svaayambhuya Manu had three daughters too – Devahooti, Aahooti and Prasooti. Devahooti gets married to Kardhama-Prajaapathi. For this couple, there are nine daughters who were born!
What happened next? For today, we shall try and understand this much first, and we shall move into the stories of the nine daughters in the next episode! Stay tuned! 🙂