Episode # 29 – Bhagawan YAGNYA-VARAAHA – Significance!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed a glimpse of our ignorance wherein we fail to understand the root cause of all our sufferings and problems that we face. Little do we realize that this root cause is none other than we ourselves only! It is we who create the problems, it is we who dwell amidst the problems and it is we who suffer because of the consequences. However, enroute this process, we forget this fact, and when it comes to the suffering part, we squarely and conveniently put the blame on Bhagawan for “inflicting” sufferings upon us! Is it Bhagawan’s job to inflict sufferings on His own children? Is Bhagawan stone-hearted, that He’s going to mess up with us this way? Although the answer is “no”, we do not tend to accept it. Although we keep saying repeatedly that Bhagawan is an embodiment of compassion and infinite love, we’re yet to realize this in our practical life situations. This is where we’ve to develop spiritual maturity. We need to have a strong will power to face problems as they come, and not keep “passing the buck” on to Bhagawan. 

Of course, we can pray to Bhagawan for His helping hand in alleviating us from the suffering. I’m never denying this. We can pray sincerely to Bhagawan to bring us out of the problem. But this cannot be the case wherein we blame Bhagawan for what we’re experiencing. The irony here with all of us is that, if we’re enjoying the good aspects of our “Karma”, we would forget Bhagawan totally! We would remember Him only when we suffer! How fair is this? Isn’t it “partiality” and “bias” that we show towards Bhagawan? If we’re blaming Him for the suffering, we should also praise and remember Him during our happy times too, isn’t it? If we’re not able to have that much maturity to stop blaming Bhagawan, we should atleast develop the maturity to praise and remember Bhagawan when we’re happy! So we should develop either of these two points within us as we move on with our spiritual pursuit. 

Moving on thus, we had also witnessed the divine incarnation of Bhagawan Varaaha as explained by Sage Paraashara. He explains how much strength did Bhagawan Varaaha have – It was equivalent of a thousand elephants put together, He also had the name “Yagnya-Varaaha”. We would have also heard many people having this name of “Yagnya-Varaaha”. Now what is the significance of “Yagnya-Varaaha” here? Many of us might know what a “Yagnya” is. We’ve witnessed this concept many times in the past, wherein we perform spiritual offerings to Agni Bhagawan (God of Fire). The offerings might be in forms of some “Dhravyas” like ghee, puffed rice, some fruits, etc. As we offer these “Dhravyas” to the “Homa-Kunda” where we lit the Agni, we would see the Agni glowing with a lot of glitter, isn’t it? Sage Paraashara is explaining here that Bhagawan Varaaha had the same glitter of Agni Bhagawan who emerges in full flow from the “Homa-Kunda” and this is where He gets the name called “Yagnya-Varaaha”. 

As he describes thus, Sage Paraashara adds few more points to this – On Bhagawan Varaaha’s divine lotus feet, all the Vedas were residing with loads of glitter and shine. Similarly, Bhagawan Varaaha’s teeth were protruding outside His mouth like a “Sthamba” (A divine long pole that is tied near the Yagnya-Kunda, wherein all the divine Dhravyas are tied to). Sage Paraashara compares Bhagawan’s mouth to the glowing Agni Bhagawan. Just like how Agni Bhagawan would emerge in the form of huge flames from the Homa Kunda, Bhagawan Varaaha’s mouth seems like the flames through which Agni Bhagawan positions himself. Similarly, Bhagawan’s hair strands that were emerging from His divine physical form were like the “Dharba ” grass. Similarly, Bhagawan’s two eyes were so shining in such a way that one eye signified broad daylight and the other eye signified the cool night. This is where, even in the Shri Vishnu Sahasranaama, we have this phrase – “Chandra sooryouscha nethre!” Here, Bhagawan’s two eyes are described as the sun and the moon. That is, one eye of Bhagawan is Bhagawan Soorya (Sun) and the other eye is Bhagawan Chandra (Moon). This is exactly what Sage Paraashara is describing here too. 

Describing thus, Sage Paraashara is now talking about the mammoth size of Bhagawan Yagnya-Varaaha. What would be Bhagawan’s size? Let us wait eagerly till the next episode to understand what Sage Paraashara is going to describe with regards to Bhagawan’s size! Stay tuned! 🙂

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at International School of Business & Media, Pune, India. A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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