In the previous episode, we had witnessed the culmination of the “Jada-Bharata Upaakyaanam” wherein, Jada-Bharata clearly explains the significance of both the physical body and our Atman. Of course, we should give more importance for the benefit and upliftment of our Atman through each and every activity that we perform daily, but having said thus, the physical body that is given to us by Bhagawan should also be maintained properly. This is because, the Atman only has the capability to make decisions and chart out the road-map! The responsibility of execution of this road map lies with the physical body. Thus, Jada-Bharata clearly explains that both the Atman and physical body should work at tandem for all of us to attain the highest Moksha. However again, having said that the Atman and physical body should work together, we should not mistake this statement by thinking that the Atman and physical body are the same! We should be very clear with the difference between the two entities. Our physical body is not the Atman, and vice versa. It is through the physical body that we’re trying to enact all whatever the Atman wants to do. This is where Jada-Bharata spoke about “Ahankaara”, wherein we tend to get into the “I” mindset! Now who is this “I”? This word “I” signifies the Atman and not our physical body, but many a times, we do not have the maturity and awareness to have such a thought. This, of course, is easier said than done and this is why we say that it becomes the highest level of spiritual advancement that we can have, if we can totally embed this thought into us.
Moving on thus, Sage Sukhaachaarya now talks about something that is going to be very interesting for all of us. In fact, we might have even come across this many a times during our lifetime as well. So far, if readers might be able to remember, we’ve discussed the various dimensions that our Mother Earth is comprised of – In terms of horizontal classifications (Dveepas, Oceans, etc.) and the vertical classifications (Seven “Lokas” above us and another seven “Lokhas” below us). Apart from all of this, Sage Sukhaachaarya introduces one more “Lokha” to King Parikshit, which is nothing but the “Naraka Lokha”. As King Parikshit was listening to Sage Sukhaachaarya’s narration thus, he becomes surprised as to what is this “extra fitting” here! 😊 He asks Sage Sukhaachaarya for a detailed explanation. As King Parikshit asks thus, Sage Sukhaachaarya commences a detailed explanation on the “Naraka Lokha”. This is going to be an extremely important knowledge for all of us as we move forward towards making spiritual progress. Let us commence a detailed discussion on what is “Naraka Lokha” according to Sage Sukhaachaarya!
We might be knowing as an overview that the “Naraka Lokha” is for those people who commit sins and bad actions in this life. All these people who have accumulated various kinds of bad “Karma” go into this “Naraka Lokha”. As per Sage Sukhaachaarya’s description, Bhagawan has created not one, but twenty-five different “Naraka Lokhas”! So far, we would have thought that there was only one “Naraka Lokha”, but we might be astounded to bits upon Sage Sukhaachaarya’s statement here! However, there is only one “Svarga Lokha” wherein those people who accumulate good “Karma” go into! There is only one “Vaikunta” wherein Bhagawan Vishnu’s abode is! We might think here – Why is this partiality? Why should we have twenty-five “Naraka Lokhas” and only one “Svarga Lokha” and one “Vaikunta”? Isn’t it so unfair on Bhagawan’s part to create such a partial system? This is exactly the reason why King Parikshit was surprised too!
It is so evident even from our daily lives today that we perform innumerable types of sins and bad actions, which had perhaps warranted Bhagawan to classify each type of sin into each category of “Naraka Lokha”. Thus, to simplify things for us, Bhagawan has clubbed all types of sins and bad actions into twenty five categories and says that if we perform a particular type of sin, we go into this particular category of the “Naraka Lokha”. However, if we’ve to perform good actions, there is only one reason why we should perform them – “Yes! I’ve to do it for the welfare of our society and for the happiness of Bhagawan!” This is perhaps the reason why Bhagawan had created only one “Svarga Lokha” and “Vaikunta”!
As Sage Sukhaachaarya was explaining thus, King Parikshit was a little taken aback! He was thoughtful about the fact as to why his teacher has moved into a seemingly awkward topic. As we’re discussing the “Naraka Lokha” currently, we should also talk about something called “destruction” as we move further. This is because, only during the time of destruction, will we go either to “Svarga” or “Naraka Lokha”. The fact here is that, the seven “Lokhas” that we’ve already seen so far, are subject to destruction at some point in time. In fact, all the fourteen “Lokhas” that this “Anda-Kataaha” (Universe) is made up of, are subject to destruction at some point of time. Now when will they get destroyed? It will happen when Bhagawan Brahma’s “day” time period gets over.
This might be a little complicated to understand for readers – Requesting all of you to rewind to those episodes wherein we discussed the various divisions of time. We’ve witnessed that a “Chatur-Yuga” is comprised of around 43,20,000 years put together. Like this, if thousand “Chatur-Yugas” come to an end, it means, Bhagawan Brahma’s daytime has come to and end! At this point, the first three “Lokhas” come to an end – The “Bhoo Lokha”, “Bhuvar Lokha” and the “Suvar Lokha”.
As we talk such things, we might immediately have a doubt! Where are we now, with respect to the time period that we’re discussing currently? Are we in any way nearing the end of the world? In fact, many people have started “predicting” such things nowadays and have even started taking movies and videos on it! Are they true? Are they backed up with factual evidence that the world is going to get destroyed within these one or two years? A fascinating myth-buster awaits us in the next episode! Stay tuned! 😊