In the previous episode, we had witnessed Sage Sukhaachaayra narrating an important story of elephant Gajendra to King Parikshit. We’ve witnessed in due course, how elephant Gajendra was happily roaming around with his wife and friend elephants amidst the “Trikoota” area. Amidst all of these, the herd comes across this beautiful lake, brimming with crystal clear water and booing lotus flowers. Attracted by the beauty of the scenic place, elephant Gajendra makes his way into the water body, to rejuvenate himself a little bit and also to pluck some of those beautiful lotus flowers and offer it to his Bhagawan Vishnu. It is to be remembered by readers here that this Gajendra, although being an elephant, was an ardent devotee of Bhagawan Vishnu. Thus, as elephant Gajendra is trying to pluck the lotus flowers, a crocodile sees this as an opportunity and plucks Gajendra’s legs! Screaming in pain, elephant Gajendra tries all tricks in his trade to free himself from the crocodile’s clutches. But sadly, none of his techniques and methodologies worked out! The fight between the crocodile and elephant Gajendra wasn’t a one- or two-day affair! It was a thousand-year-fight that conspired! Tired as he was, elephant Gajendra desperately calls his other elephant friends to come and protect him, but none turned up! Even his wife deserted him, as all of them were scared of the fierce crocodile wreaking havoc! None wanted to take the initiative to come forward and help poor elephant Gajendra who was almost at the verge of sinking into the water!
It was now a do-or-die moment for elephant Gajendra thus! Slowly the crocodile was running away with victory as the poor elephant was gradually losing its strength to fight any further. Gajendra was devoid of food and water for a long time, tired of shouting and screaming with pain, his voice cord failed him totally. Worse than all, elephant Gajendra was almost totally drawn into the water, except his trunk portion. He had fairly succeeded in keeping his trunk above the water, so that his breathing doesn’t stop! Such was the condition of poor Gajendra, the mighty elephant!
It was at this time of deep desperation that elephant Gajendra comes to an all-important conclusion. He thinks within himself thus, “Oh! Now I realize from this incident that none in this world are trustable. Whenever I’m swaying around happily and with lot of pride, many were following me. But now, when I’m in this deep difficulty, nobody turned up to pull me out of this trench. What kind of a world is this? Thus, there is no point in having any sort of trust on anybody in this world for anything. Everybody comes alongside me only for their own selfish needs and happiness. Nobody is having the heart to lend a helping hand during times of difficulty. Hence, there is only one way out here – To call upon the creator himself for help! I don’t think there’s any more viable option left in my hand. If I lose this opportunity to call my Bhagawan Vishnu for help it is going to be too late! It’s either now or never!”
“Tasyah dronyaam bhagawathaha varunasya mahaatmanaha!
Uddhyaana amritam naama aahkreedam surayoshitham!!
Tatraigathaa tath girikaananaashya karenunibhir vaanarayuthapasharan!
Saka kantakaan keechaka venu vethravath vishaala gulvam pravruchan manaspathin!!”
Elephant Gajendra thinks further to himself thus, “Oh! Why was I waiting for so many years to call out Bhagawan Narayana for help? I should have perhaps done it at the beginning itself, isn’t it? Why did I take pride upon my strengths and ignore Bhagawan completely? I shouldn’t have done this at all, in the first place! I should have called out for Bhagawan, the moment this crocodile clutched my leg. Had I done that, I might not have landed up in such a big mess in which I’m currently in!”
In fact, many of us, in fact, all of us have this intention within us somewhere down the line in our lives. In many of our life instances, whenever we land up in some problems or issues, we might think within ourselves that we are the only saviors of our own lives! Little would we be able to remember even for a moment that there is someone called Bhagawan who is protecting all of us and hence, we fail to surrender to Him completely. In fact, the worst outcome of all of these selfish intentions of ours is a big failure. It is only after we encounter a disaster or a failure, or when we are at the brink of a huge loss, will we even think of Bhagawan! We should ask ourselves here – “Why can’t we think of Bhagawan at the beginning of the problem itself? Why should we wait till the last minute and at a time when things totally go out of hand?” This is exactly where elephant Gajendra is stuck too! Proud as he was, elephant Gajendra tries all tricks in his trade, without thinking of Bhagawan at all, for over a thousand years! It is only at a time when he is almost at the verge of giving up his life, he thinks and prays to Bhagawan Vishnu to come and protect him! Nevertheless, it is not too late yet and elephant Gajendra musters up his energy to offer an ardent and a fervent prayer to Bhagawan Vishnu!
Thus, elephant Gajendra shouts out loud, “Oh Bhagawan Vishnu! I offer my deepest prayers to your lotus feet! I came into this lake with an intention of taking these beautiful flowers and offering them at your feet! Unfortunately I’m into this mess and it is ONLY YOU who can save me at this point! Hence, please come immediately and save your ardent devotee, who is suffering with intense pain! The whole world has deserted me, and you too do not join this club!”
This fervent prayer of elephant Gajendra reaches Bhagawan Vishnu! Bhagawan as He is, how can He ever tolerate His children suffering in pain? Compassion overflows and overcomes Bhagawan Vishnu and upon seeing His ardent devotee screaming in pain, how can He be at Vaikunta happily? Thus, Bhagawan Vishnu decides that He has had enough! It is His duty to save His devotee! Now what does Bhagawan Vishnu do here? How is He going to save elephant Gajendra? Let’s wait till the next episode to witness the divine intervention! Stay tuned! 😊