In the previous episode, we had witnessed the origin of the holy River Ganges and the various directions in which it flows. We’ve witnessed that the River Ganges enters into the “Jambu Dveepa” from the “Aakaasha” (Sky), splashes over the “Meru Mountain” and falls into different directions. Out of these, the stream that flows through the southern direction is what enters into our Bhaarata Desha (India) as River Alakananda. We can witness this beautiful sight even today, if we go to this place called “Deva-Prayag” amidst the Himalayan Mountains. We would be able to see how the water gushes along the stream and if we happen to keep our hand or leg in the water, the current of it would easily wash us away in no time. Such is the intensity of the River Ganges at this point. Thus, we’ve seen how the River Ganges adorns the Bhaarata Desha like a precious ornament and as we all know, this river is one of the holiest rivers in the entire world, even today. This is the reason why thousands of people gather at the banks of River Ganges to take a dip. It is believed that if we do so, all our sins would be totally washed away and we would be as pure as the river itself!
Now having witnessed the significance of River Ganges, Sage Paraashara beautifully explains the sanctity of this Bhaarata Desha in the upcoming accord. This is a very important section here and readers are requested to pay your full attention to this. This is where, Sage Paraashara clearly explains the significance of our Bhaarata Desha, over the other countries in this world. He starts by declaring that Bhaarata Desha is the only Desha (Country) in this world which is the “Karma Bhoomi”. If anyone has to attain “Moksha” or “Svarga Lokha”, it is possible ONLY if one takes birth in this Bhaarata Desha. One should take birth within the four boundaries of the Bhaarata Desha and only then he / she becomes eligible to attain “Moksha”. We can be born somewhere else, or even can live somewhere else too, but if we happen to do so, we would have to take birth in this world again and again and there would be no chance for us to attain “Moksha”. I’m not saying this – Sage Paraashara says so! 🙂 Many of us might have apprehensions here, but sometimes truth could be very hard to chew and swallow in life. Sage Paraashara is never going to lie. Sage Paraashara is equivalent to Bhagawan Vishnu Himself! Sage Paraashara is one of the greatest “Aachaaryas” the world has ever seen till today. Hence, if he says so, there is definitely going to be truth in it.
“Varsham tath bhharatam naama bhaarateeyatra santathihi!
Nava yojana saahasraha vistaarorasya mahaa mune!!
“Karma bhoomi riyam svarga apavargancha gachhathaam!!”
This above line that I’ve underlined is the sloka of Sage Paraashara, which clearly highlights the fact that this Bhaarata Desha is the land of “Moksha”! If only we’re born here in this holy land, will we be even eligible to talk about “Moksha” – Forget attaining it! The message is loud and clear here, isn’t it? Hence, it is up to us to make up our minds and respect our motherland. We’ve to feel proud to be part of this great country called Bhaarata Desha and we should, at any cost, try to serve our nation with great respect. This is what is important for all of us. No matter what thousands of people around us might keep saying, we should never pay heed to all those nonsense. We should indeed feel indebted to Bhagawan that He has given us this golden opportunity to take birth in this great land. In fact, by giving this birth to us in this Bhaarata Desha, Bhagawan has given us a clear signal that He wants all of us at Vaikunta very soon. He’s indeed waiting to see all of us there.
Hence for today, let us enjoy and experience this important point and we shall wait till the next episode to witness the other salient features of this Bhaarata Desha, according to Sage Paraashara! Stay tuned! 🙂