In the previous episode, we had witnessed Bhagawan Vishnu appearing in front of Little Dhruva, as a reward for his extremely intense penance. However, as Bhagawan Vishnu appears, Little Dhruva was totally unaware of Bhagawan’s divine presence in front of him. There were no signs of Little Dhruva relenting from his deep penance. It is at this time, Bhagawan Vishnu realizes that Little Dhruva had impinged Bhagawan’s image strongly into his heart and mind, and is only seeing Bhagawan from within. In other words, Little Dhruva had totally “internalized” Bhagawan Vishnu within him in such a way that His external appearance doesn’t matter to him any more. Bhagwan Vishnu however waits and waits patiently for a long time, yet, Little Dhruva was unmoved! It is at this time, Bhagawan Vishnu realizes that there’s no point waiting for Dhruva to open his eyes. He immediately seizes that very moment to pull Himself out of Little Dhruva’s mind and heart. The moment Bhagawan Vishnu is out of Little Dhruva’s heart and mind, he doesn’t know what was going on! Suddenly his penance gets disturbs in a very unexpected way, and with that, Little Dhruva opens his eyes to see what has happened! In fact, Little Dhruva had opened his eyes after so many days, that he’s unable to even open his eyes fully to see what is happening.
As Little Dhruva opens his eyes with great difficulty thus, he was shell-shocked to see someone standing in front of him with a handsome, smiling charming look, but with an extremely powerful radiance and charisma. This was the same person that Little Dhruva was internalizing all this while! The same form! The same smile! The same radiance! Little Dhruva realized that this person who is standing in front of him was none other than Bhagawan Vishnu Himself! He has taken all the pains to come all the way to see this Little Dhruva! His penance has finally born fruit! His step-mother’s words have come true! His mother’s wish has come true! His blind devotion has finally born fruit! Sage Naarada’s “Mantra-Upadesha” has finally worked! For a moment, Little Dhruva did not know how to react! He was just standing there without being able to do or say anything and after few seconds, he automatically fell on to Bhagawan’s feet, with tears in his eyes!
Collecting his breath thus, and coming back to this reality, Little Dhruva talks to Bhagawan thus, “Oh Bhagawan Vishnu!! I’m very sorry if I had disturbed you and called you without any agenda. I’ve not gone to any school and have not learnt any lesson or any sloka. If that would have been the case, I would have sung atleast a hundred slokas in praise of you now. But I do not even know how to sing in praise of you. All I know is what Sage Naarada had taught me. I feel very guilty that I’m unable to sing anything for you, although you’ve come in search of me!” Saying thus, Little Dhruva started to weep profusely. Upon seeing a child weeping innocently thus, how can a father keep mum? Bhagawan Vishnu immediately hugs the child with Him and caresses his cheeks with His “Shanka”. The moment Bhagawan’s “Shanka” touches Little Dhruva’s cheeks, he immediately is able to sing a hundred slokas non stop! Thus, Little Dhruva falls on Bhagawan’s feet and surrendered to Him unconditionally!
Acknowledging Little Dhruva’s unconditional surrender, Bhagawan Vishnu lifts him up and makes him sit on His lap. Readers should remember that this was the primary aim with which Little Dhruva started his entire pursuit. Thus, we should understand here, as to how Bhagawan fulfills His devotees’ wishes if the devotion is blind and unconditional. Replying thus to Little Dhruva, Bhagawan says, “Oh Dhruva! I’m extremely pleased with your devotion and surrender to me! HerebyI’m fulfilling your wish of making you sit on my lap. Moreover, I’m going to give you an extremely important position from today – You would be designated as a “star” in the galaxy and many other stars and planets would revolve around you. With this, I can constantly keep seeing you from where I am, and in turn, you would also be able to see me from where you are! Once your lifetime in that galaxy gets over, you would automatically reach Vaikunta without any prejudice!”
Saying thus, Bhagwan Vishnu blesses little Dhruva and immediately he ascends into the night sky, and merges amongst the huge constellation of stars! This is why we see even today, the “Dhruva Nakshatra” in the night sky often. Thus, Little Dhruva is in the form of a star and is blessing us constantly every day. The important lesson that all of us should learn from this incident is that Bhaagwan would definitely answer the prayer of an honest, sincere and an unconditional devotee, just like how He answered Little Dhruva’s unconditional prayer. Little Dhruva never desired for any position or wealth or name or fame from Bhagawan. All he wanted is to see Him, obtain His divine darshan and sit on His lap! We can witness here as to how Bhagawan fulfilled the wishes of this little child, no matter whether he sang in praise of Him, or if he composed any sloka, etc.
So for today, let us understand and experience this beautiful incident and let us wait till the next episode to continue with the further set of incidents that took place after the “Dhruva Charitra”! Stay tuned! 🙂