The previous episode witnessed the culmination of the all-important “Narayana Kavacha”, which was given by Vishwa-Vasu to Indra and the Devas, for protecting them against the Raakshasas’ wrath. As mentioned previously also, this “Narayana Kavacha” is something that all of us should know and chant every day. To get more clarity on the same, readers are requested to go through the previous two episode (Episodes # 156 & 157) multiple times, so that it would enable us to understand and appreciate the significance behind it. As Vishwa-Vasu gave this “Narayana Kavacha” thus, as per the rule, he had to lose his life. But the important point here is that, Vishwa-Vasu had to lose his life to none other than his own student to whom he had taught the “Narayana Kavacha” – Indra himself! For some reason, Indra kills Vishwa-Vasu and this angers Dvashta, who was Vishwa-Vasu’s father. He decides to seek revenge on Indra for his heinous crime of killing his only son and thus starts performing a “Yagna”. It is from this “Yagna” is Vriddhaasura taking birth. He’s born with all the essence of the mantras chanted during the “Yagna” and thus becomes an invincible force to deal with!
As this Vriddhraasura grows up, he clearly knew the agenda behind which he was born! So he directs all his forces towards capturing Indra and the Devas. He thus wages a huge battle with the Devas. Although Indra had the “Narayana Kavacha” with him, at one point, even that couldn’t defeat and kill Vriddhraasura. Hence, Indra started running for his life as Vriddhraasura gives him a huge chase! Indra is clearly on the verge of defeat as he starts panicking, not knowing how to tackle this extremely huge force called Vriddhraasura.
It is at this point, wherein Indra comes across a Sage by name Dadhyaka. As Sage Dadhyaka meets the running Indra, he asks him for the reason behind his “long run”! 😊 As Indra explains what had happened in the past and why is he running like this to save his life, Sage Dadhyaka gives him a solution thus: “Oh Indra! There is no way through which you can win over Vriddhraasura on your own. However, I shall give you a solution. I shall make a weapon by ejecting out my own back bone. You might use it and kill Vriddhraasura! Perhaps this might work!” As Sage Dadhyaka says thus, Indra feels like he has got his life back! Sage Dadhyaka too accordingly pulls out his backbone from his body and starts making the weapon!
It might be amazing for us as to how can someone pull out his own backbone from his body! Such was the spiritual power of ancient day “Yogis” and Sages! They were beyond their physical bodies and their focus was only on their Atman and its development. This is exactly what we’ve been witnessing for all these days that for real spiritual development, we need to be able to differentiate between the Atman and the physical body. Of course, I’m not saying that we should be able to pull out our backbones from our bodies! 😊 However, we should understand the level of spiritual powers, our ancestors have possessed!
Moving on thus, Sage Dadhyaka prepares a lethal weapon out of his own backbone and this weapon was named as “Vajraayudha”. We might have heard this name often in our scriptural texts. The origin of the Vajraayudha was only through this particular episode. It was made by Sage Dadhyaka and given to Indra, so that he can destroy the dangerous Vriddhraasura. As the Vajraayudha gets ready, Indra takes it from Sage Dadhyaka, who also invokes and puts in loads of spiritual powers into the weapon. As a result of the high level of spiritual powers involved in it, Bhagawan Vishnu Himself makes sure that His presence was felt in it. With this extremely lethal weapon, Indra now calls Vriddhraasura for a fight! Because of the extreme level of significance and power that this Vajraayudha possessed, Vriddhraasura couldn’t sustain long during the fight. Indra thus saw Vriddhraasura sulking during the fight and seizes the right opportunity to capture him. Indra thus captures Vriddhraasura and eventually kills him with the help of the Vajraayudha.
As Indra wins over Vriddhraasura and kills him, the world gets freed up of a great danger. Of course, more than what might sound to be Indra’s victory over Vriddhraasura, it was Bhagawan Vishnu who played a key role in this pursuit. With this event, the sixth “Skandha” of the Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana comes to an end. Putting a full stop to the sixth “Skandha” thus, we now take a step into the seventh “Skandha” wherein we’re going to witness one of the most interesting and an important event – Advent of Bhagawan Narasimha! Here we’re going to witness the story of how Prahlada was born, how he grew up, how he was an ardent devotee of Bhagawan Narayana right from the days when he was inside his mother’s womb, how this Prahlada underwent innumerable trials, tribulations, tortures and challenges from his father, Hiranya Kashibu, and how Prahlada was finally released from the clutches of his father by Bhagawan!
This is going to be an extremely interesting “Skandha” and I’m sure readers are going to have a feast here! 😊 We shall wait till the next episode to commence the seventh “Skandha”! Stay tuned! 😊