In the previous episode, we had witnessed the important questions that Sage Maithreya had asked Sage Paraashara in terms of “Srishti” and “Samhaara”, which in other words, means “Creation” and “Destruction”. Sage Maithreya asks how this world is being created and how it gets destroyed as well. We might also have all these doubts within us, just like how Sage Maithreya has. For instance, we see a goldsmith making some gold and diamond ornaments. We might see a potter making some beautiful mud pots. By looking at all these people, we know who is making what. But, these goldsmiths, potters, etc. have a creator who is creating them, isn’t it? All these are human beings just like us. So do human beings have a creator? If yes, who is that creator? If there’s a creator, where is he / she? What is the form of this creator? How does creation happen? How is that, the creation happens so perfectly with all complications put perfectly in place? We’re taking so many years to study about our physical body and its complexities, and still we’re unable to master the science behind it. By looking at all of this, it would seem to us that the creator is a genius beyond imagination, isn’t it? If that someone is creating this world with such a lot of complexities, what is the purpose behind this entire exercise of creation? Why is someone taking so much pain to do all of this with such a lot of precision?
So now, we’re waiting for Sage Paraashara’s important accord on these questions. Whatever questions we ask with a lot of such brains, Vedas and Upanishads have answers for all of them. But the only thing here is that, we should ask these questions in the right sense and with the right attitude. Whereas, if we’ve to ask questions with stupidity, we would never get any answers from Mahatmas. For instance, if we’ve to go to an accomplished scientist some questions like: “Oh! I do not agree with your inventions and innovations. Why is this light glowing this way and why not in another way?” If we ask such stupid questions to a scientist who is a veteran in research, what would be his / her reaction? They would just laugh at us and go away, isn’t it? They walk away from us, not because they do not know the answer to our questions. The real reason is that, they do not want to waste their time in answering stupid questions. Similar is the case here too – There would be some atheists who would constantly keep asking some weird questions here and there. Just because they do not get answers for their stupid questions, it doesn’t mean that Vedas and Upanishads are devoid of answers. It simply means that they do not answer stupid people like these atheists.
Thus, as Sage Maithreya is eagerly waiting for Sage Paraashara to reply, Sage Paraashara starts his accord thus, “Oh Sage Maithreya! You’ve asked a very important set of questions here! Till now, I was waiting for someone to ask me such a question, so that I can share all my knowledge with that person. It has so happened in such a way that you, being one of my best disciples have asked these questions. I’m so happy and overwhelmed and with this, I shall give you the answers for all these important questions!” In fact, before Sage Paraashara replies with his accord thus, he first appreciates Sage Maithreya for his intriguing and eager questions. Sage Paraashara continues thus, “Oh Maithreya! The questions that you had asked me just now, remind me of some important accords given to me by my grandfather, Sage Vasishta. Once, there was a long discussion between Sage Vasishta and Sage Vishwamithra and I’m reminded of the same. I shall now share all the pieces of information that my grandfathers, Sage Vasishta and Sage Vishwamithra had discussed at length!”
All of us know how great a Sage is Sage Paraashara. He could have very well started his accord by saying that he knows all of this straightaway! However, he is so humble that he invokes his grandfathers here. This shows how humble Sage Paraashara is too! In the previous episodes, we had witnessed how humble the Sishya should be in front of the Guru, but here we’re witnessing how humble the Guru should be, while answering queries of the Sishya! Thus, the important message here is that, humility is something that is necessary for both the Guru and the Sishya! Thus, Sage Paraashara is projecting himself as an epitome of humility as he invokes the conversation between Sage Vasishta and Sage Vishwamithra.
It is always a fact that knowledge is something that cannot be created by one person overnight! Knowledge is something that gets transferred from one generation to the other and is perpetual in nature. If we know something, we cannot fully claim that it is totally new that only we know something about it. We would have learnt it through some source and / or from someone, and we should have the humility to acknowledge the source. This is what we refer to as in modern day research as “citation”. If we’re picking up / adopting the knowledge that has already been propagated by someone, for our research, it is a rule that we acknowledge the source in the form of a “Citation” in a definitive format. If we’re not doing that, it becomes illegal under the laws of “Intellectual Property Rights” (IPR). All of these focus only on one point that when we’re progressing with the quest for new knowledge, we should always build it from what is existing already, and should acknowledge the source behind that knowledge.
This is exactly what Sage Paraashara is doing here too. Although he himself is a genius in various aspects of knowledge, he is invoking his ancestors in the form of Sage Vasishta and Sage Vishwamithra. Similarly, Bhagawan Krishna Himself is explaining in His Bhagawad Gita that all what He’s explaining to Arjuna, was all designed and articulated by the elders and ancestors and that He’s not creating something new here!
Thus, Sage Paraashara is going to start narrating the conversation between Sage Vasishta and Sage Vishwamithra on the various aspects of creation of this world. We shall witness this interesting and absorbing accord starting the next episode! Stay tuned! 🙂