Episode # 48 – Advent of HIRANYA KASHIBU – Bhagawan Brahma grants an “almost” invincible boon to him!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Bhagawan Vishnu responding promptly to Little Dhruva’s intense penance and within just months, Little Dhruva was able to see Bhagawan Vishnu in person. What a great achievement this is! As Bhagawan Vishnu appeared in front of Dhruva, he didn’t even realize that it was Bhagawan who was standing in front of him. Such was his level of penance and internalization of Bhagawan within him. In fact, it took a few minutes for Bhagawan Vishnu to bring Little Dhruva back to his senses. Once this was done, Little Dhruva was able to see Bhagawan Vishnu in front of his eyes and was shell-shocked! Bhagawan has fulfilled his prayers within just a short time! Upon seeing Bhagawan in front of him, Little Dhruva did not know how to react, and he started crying innocently. Bhagawan Vishnu picks the child up and makes him sit on His lap. We should remember that this was exactly the agenda with which Little Dhruva started this entire exercise. Bhagawan Vishnu thus promptly fulfills Little Dhruva’s wish and this is the perfect example of how Bhagawan fulfills the wishes of a genuine and an ardent devotee. All what is required from our side is pure and innocent devotion towards Bhagawan, and with that, He is ready to fulfill whatever is our genuine wishes. 

Moving on further thus, we’re going to now witness the subsequent generations of Dhruva. As Dhruva gets older, he obtains a son by name “Anga”. Anga’s son subsequently was “Vena”. Vena eventually had a son by the name “Pruthu”. Pruthu had a son in turn by name “Praacheena Barhi”. This Praacheena Barhi had a son by name Daksha Prajapati. Now we’re going to witness the important story of Daksha Prajaapati. He had two children by name “Diti” and “Aditi”. Both these girls get married to a  person by the name “Kashyapa”. Thus, all the sons who were born to Aditi, out of this marriage were none other than Bhagawan Soorya, Indra, etc. who comprise the Devas. Similarly, Diti’s sons with Kashyapa were none other than the Raakshasas. This is where we see intense competition between the two camps – The Devas and Raakshasas. Both of them had the same father, but different mothers. The competition gained a lot of ground because of this. This was continuing perennially, including the time when Bhagawan Vishnu had to distribute the “Amrita” for immortality. Thus, everytime when the Devas sense victory, the Raakshasas would be on the losing side, and vice versa. This is a constant happening that keeps rolling on and off. 

It is at this time when Bhagawan Vishnu had destroyed Hiranyaksha during His Varaaha Avatara, the Raakshasas were finding it tough to make both ends meet. They were very badly ravaged and hurt by Bhagawan Vishnu, who supposedly acted in favor of the Devas. This conspiracy theory was floating around the Raakshasas’ camp, and unable to bare this insult, Hiranyaksha’s brother, Hiranya Kashibu decided to step up the pedal and take on Bhagawan Vishnu heads on! It must be remembered that this Hiranyaksa and Hiranya Kashibu were once bodyguards for Bhagawan Vishnu, by the names Jaya and Vijaya. Because of the curse of two great Sages, namely Sanaka and Sanatkumara, both these people were to take birth in this world as Raakshasas, opposing Bhagawan Vishnu and at the end, they would get “Moksha” as Bhagawan Vishnu incarnates in this world. 

With this curse thus, Hiranyaksha took birth and was destroyed by Bhagawan Vishnu. Now it is the turn of Hiranya Kashibu, who is now seeking to take revenge on Bhagawan Vishnu for killing his dear brother. He thus went into the forest to perform a long and a deep penance. Upon Hiranya Kashibu’s deep penance, Bhagawan Brahma appears in front of him and requests him to ask for a boon. Upon this, Hiranya Kashibu requests Bhagawan Brahma to grant him the boon that he would not be killed by anybody in this world. As Hiranya Kashibu was asking for the boon thus, he elaborates the boon in such a way that even Bhagawan Brahma was astounded! He asks thus, “Oh Bhagawan Brahma! Grant me a boon in such a way that I should not be killed by a human being, or an animal, or any living being in this world! I should not be killed during the day, nor the night! I should not be killed by poison! I should not be killed by plants! I should not be killed in the forest! I should not be killed in the palace! I should not be killed on the road!” The list goes on and on! As Hirayna Kashibu lists out all the various categories thus, he finally utters the sentence “Oh Bhagawan Brahma! I shouldn’t be killed by any living being in this world who has been created by you or your successors!” It is only upon this very sentence, Bhagawan Brahma heaved a huge sigh of relief! 🙂 Till now, Bhagawan Brahma was fearing that with the way in which Hiranya Kashibu was asking for boons, he is going to be totally invincible and is going to wreak havoc in this world. However, with that one sentence, Bhagawan Brahma breathed easy – Because, Hiranya Kashibu can still be killed by the person who had created Bhagawan Brahma, isn’t it? It’s none other than Bhagawan Vishnu Himself! 

Thus, Bhagawan Brahma grants all the boons that Hiranya Kashibu had asked for, and with this Hiranya Kashibu is going to unleash his full potential in the world, with full throttle! So for today, let us unwind ourselves and “fasten our seatbelts” to witness how Hiranya Kashibu is going to take the entire world for a ride and how he is going to wreak havoc, in tomorrow’s episode! An interesting accord awaits us tomorrow! 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 Bharatidhasan Institute of Management (BIM) Trichy, 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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