In the previous episode, we had witnessed two important points during the discussion on the significance of Sage Kapilaachaarya. We had seen that Sage Kapilaachaarya was the son of Karthama-Prajaapathi and he is considered to be one of Bhagawan Vishnu’s incarnations on this world. In this line, we had witnessed how Bhagawan is not restricted only to the ten incarnations that we speak about often. There are innumerable incarnations of Bhagawan on this world that are subtle in nature and are often not talked about much. However, each incarnation of Bhagawan on this world has its own significance and only if we understand things in depth, we would be able to appreciate it much better. Thus, Sage Kapilaachaarya was one of Bhagawan Vishnu’s incarnations and he has the unique significance of giving the spiritual enlightenment to his own mother! In due course, he explains his purpose of birth to his mother and makes his mother realize that he is not an ordinary human being. Eventually as his mother realizes her son’s profound divine significance, Sage Kapilaachaarya finally grants her the highest Moksha. Thus, this is one of the rarest incidents in the Sanaathana Dharma literature wherein a son is granting Moksha to his mother.
Now moving on with this point, Sage Kapilaachaarya explains the purpose of his birth. In today’s episode, we shall witness what exactly what is and how Sage Kapilachaarya explains it to his mother in detail.
“Ethan me janma lokesmin mumukshuunaam duraashayaath!!”
Here, Sage Kapilaachaarya as he explains his purpose of birth, says thus, “Oh mother! In today’s world, the number of people who really want to attain the highest Moksha in their lives is becoming lesser and lesser as days pass by!” It should be remembered by readers that Sage Kapilaachaarya lived in the “Kritha Yuga”. If Sage Kapilaachaarya has to tell thus during the Krita Yuga itself, we can imagine what would have been the condition during the subsequent Tretha Yuga and Dvaapara Yuga. Of course, needless to even mention, we ourselves know what the situation in our present Kali Yuga is! 🙂
Thus, with lot of pain in his heart, Sage Kapilaachaarya expresses his anguish that even during the Krita Yuga, not many people are interested in following the spiritual path so as to attain Moksha. Hence, Sage Kapilaachaarya saw this as a necessity that the world needs to be educated and enlightened about the significance of attaining Moksha. His main purpose of birth in this world was to teach people that all these sufferings that we undergo today – Hunger, sleep, sadness, happiness, laugh, cry, tension, nervousness, etc. would never be the order of the day when we reach Moksha! It is only in this world that we are going through all of these things. Thus, Sage Kapilaachaarya explains through his birth that when we attain Moksha, we are free from all of these emotions and sufferings and a beautiful life awaits us at Vaikunta, which is the abode of Bhagawan Vishnu. This is one point.
Sage Kapilaachaarya continues thus:
“Prasankyaanaaya tathvaanaam sammatahaaya aatma darshane!!”
Sage Kapilaachaarya now moves to the second purpose of his birth – To make us realize that we have to focus our mind and actions “inwards” and not always “outwards”. This means that we should focus more on the development and upliftment of our Aatman (Soul), rather than the development and upliftment of our physical body and the surrounding environment. This is one of the main aspects that our Sanaathana Dharma teaches us often. Even Bhagawan Krishna later in the Dvaapara Yuga explains the same thing in his Bhagawad Gita too – We should focus more on our Aatman and the ways in which our Aatman can merge with Bhagawan! This is the very purpose of our human birth!
Here we should do a small analysis within ourselves – How much of time in a day do we spend in activities that pertain to the “outside” of us, and how much time in a day do we spend in activities that pertain to the “inside” of us? We need to take a statistics here – Those activites that pertain to our “outside, as we all know, are nothing but our professional commitments, personal family commitments, gossiping, going around here and there, doing so many things with friends, family, etc. The list goes on and on! However, activities that pertain to our “inside” is how much of time do we spend for Bhagawan every day and how do we think about our Aatman and try to uplift it towards Bhagawan!
Each of us should try and do this as an exercise after reading today’s episode! If we take an honest statistics within ourselves, we would realize that out of 17 active hours in a day, (barring 7 hours for sleep), we would be focusing “outward” for a vast majority of our time and a vast minority of our time to focus on our Aatman! We should realize our folly gradually and thus, take steps to (atleast) balance the time out, if not more for inward focus in the beginning stage!
This is exactly what Sage Kapilaachaarya means here. When he laments that not many people are interested in attaining Moksha, he means to say that not many people have that inward focus within themselves to realize the significance of their Aatman. Hence, as a baby step for today, let us understand these two important points and let us do this exercise seriously and consciously within ourselves. Let us first understand the ways and means through which we are wasting our valuable time and energy by focusing on all external things that do not matter to us in any way! We shall wait till the next episode to continue this discussion forward! Stay tuned! 🙂