In the previous episode, we had witnessed the continuation of the “Jada-Bharata-Upaakyaanam”, wherein Sage Jada-Bharata is now going to get in touch with King Rahuguna. We’ve witnessed yesterday that King Rahuguna, who is the local king of that area, being a spiritually oriented person, is preparing himself to meet Sage Kapila to clear off some doubts that he had in his mind. Thus, he decides to set off with his long journey to Sage Kapila’s place. As the king got into his carriage, there were three men to lift it and take him to the destination. However, there was a need for one more person to lift the carriage, and at this point in time, Sage Jada-Bharata was passing by. Immediately upon casting a look on Sage Jada-Bharata’s tall and well-built body, King Rahuguna decided that he’s going to be the fourth man to lift the carriage! LIttle did the king know that he was employing a highly spiritual soul into such a low-level task. Little did the king realize that he was going to insult a great “Mahatma”.
As the ministers approached Sage Jada-Bharata with this proposal, he just nodded his head, without even knowing what he was nodding his head for! As we know, Sage Jada-Bharata was a totally aloof person, with zero understanding of what is going around him. Accordingly, Sage Jada-Bharata’s nod was taken as a positive sign by the ministers and subsequently they placed the heavy carriage on his shoulders. The beauty here is that, even at this stage Sage Jada-Bharata did not understand what was going on! He was just walking as if he’s simply wandering around in the usual way. Little did he realize that it was the king sitting on top, inside the carriage. Sage Jada-Bharata was swaying here and there and eventually the king started feeling uncomfortable. As this was continuing for a while, the king got furious. He thus fumed in anger towards the men who were carrying the carriage thus, “Oh people! Why are you carrying the carriage in such a haphazard manner? I’m feeling extremely uncomfortable sitting inside! Who is that person swaying here and there?”
As King Rahuguna questions harshly thus, the three other men squarely put the blame on Sage Jada-Bharata. They immediately replied to the king thus, “Oh King Rahuguna! You had picked up this fourth fellow to carry your carriage isn’t it? It is this fellow who is wreaking all the havoc. It is not because of the three of us. We’re carrying you in a normal way only, however, this fourth fellow is the one who is swaying irresponsibly here and there, as if he is drunk! Perhaps you’ve selected the wrong person for this job!” As King Rahuguna heard this from the three men, he immediately ordered them to stop and keep the carriage down. He wanted to get down from the carriage and give some thrashing to the fourth person. King Rahuguna came out of the carriage and advanced towards Sage Jada-Bharata swiftly! Upon seeing Sage Jada-Bharata being tall and well-built, King Rahuguna took up a stick in his hand while advancing forward. As he nears Sage Jada-Bharata, King Rahuguna asks thus, “Oh stupid fellow! Don’t you even know how to carry a carriage properly? You look well-nourished and well-built, isn’t it? What is the problem with you? I guess you need some beatings to set things right! Perhaps you’ve not been fed properly for the past four days! Do you need some food? Or, do you need some beatings with this heavy stick?”
With these words, Sage Rahuguna tried to poke into Sage Jada-Bharata and was awaiting a reaction from him! The king purposefully mixed anger and sarcasm together as he addressed Sage Jada-Bharata. Ultimately, King Rahuguna wanted to insult Sage Jada-Bharata very badly in front of the entire set of people. So did King Rahuguna succeed in his attempt? Was he able to invoke a response from Sage Jada-Bharata? If so, what was the response? Let’s wait till the next episode to continue further! Stay tuned! 🙂