In the previous episode, we had witnessed Sage Maarkandeya explaining the divine vision that he had earlier obtained of Bhagawan Vishnu in a very unique form. As there was a huge “Pralayam” (Mass destruction) going on around him, Bhagawan Vishnu provides His divine “Anugraha” to Sage Maarkandeya in the form of Bhagawan Baala-Mukunda, who was in the form of a little baby floating over a banyan leaf amidst water all around. As Sage Maarkandeya witnessed this handsome and charming child, he was also able to worship Goddess Mahalakshmi in the heart of the baby. Thus, he realized that this baby was none other than Bhagawan Vishnu Himself, paying heed to his prayers! Explaining this to Yudishtra, Sage Maarkandeya drives home the point that if we’re praying to Bhagawan with all our devotion, He will definitely answer our prayer in some form or the other. Bhagawan will never set aside a Bhakta’s request and He would go all out to execute what the Bhakta wants Him to do. This is very clear here. We’ve also witnessed similar instances earlier as well as to how Bhagawan immediately responded to His Bhakta’s request. We’ve seen how little Dhruva wanted to worship Bhagawan Vishnu, and within just a few days of intense penance, Bhagawan Vishnu came in front of him and provided His divine “Anugraha”. Similarly, when the elephant shouted out for Bhagawan Vishnu as it got caught with a crocodile, Bhagawan rushed all the way to save it. In similar lines, when Jataayu was waiting for help, Bhagawan Rama came running towards him and immediately granted him the highest “Moksha” then and there! We can keep quoting innumerable examples like this to illustrate how Bhagawan is extremely punctual when it comes to attending to His devotees.
Moving on thus, Sage Maarkandeya continues his accord further. He now says thus, “Oh Yudishtra! Oh Arjuna! When I went near that baby to ensure that it should be safe and shouldn’t fall into the rising water level, the baby took a deep breath. As this happened, I was dragged inside its nostrils completely! I did not expect this to happen. On one hand, I went near to save the baby from falling into the water, but on the other hand, the baby saved me from the rising waters! Thus, my physical form became so narrow that I was able to enter into the child’s nostrils, but wow! What happened inside was a huge miracle, which sends goosebumps in my body even today after so many years! When I entered the baby’s body, I was able to see the entire world inside! I was able to see all the mountains, oceans, land masses, rivers, etc. that adorn the entire world! It was like a “campus tour” across the world within no time! This is also not very significant. But what I saw next, I couldn’t believe myself! I was able to see myself! I was able to see my own Atman and Deham clearly, along with my Ashram. As I was enjoying this divine vision from inside the child’s body, I was suddenly starting to have a few doubts! I was getting confused – Whether I’m still inside the child’s body or outside! Because, I was able to see my own ashram very clearly, and the entire world around it! However, I was still inside the child’s body. Does this mean that this child has eaten all of the entire world including me and my ashram? If I’m able to see everything in the child’s little stomach, it should mean that the child has eaten everything, isn’t it? Bhagawan Vishnu has the entire world inside Him, and this is the reality that I was able to witness on that day!”
Sage Maarkandeya continues further thus, “Oh Yudishtra! As I was thinking on these lines, the baby made a powerful exhalation and with this, I was thrown out of its body completely! As I was thrown out, I was again able to see my ashram and myself clearly, because all these incidents had taken place at the doorstep of my ashram only! I was utterly confused on one hand, and on the other hand, I was still enjoying this divine vision and wasn’t able to come out of it! At the end of all this, I approached the child once again and requested him to reveal His identity to me! As I asked him for the second time, He replied to me thus, “Oh Maarkandeya! I’m none other than Bhagawan Vishnu, who had created, protected and destroyed the entire world! You had prayed to me several times to witness me, didn’t you? Hence, I decided that today is the opportunity to reveal myself to you in this way! Oh Maarkandeya! I know you’re a great sage, and you would be blessed with my divine “Anugraha” forever to continue with your spiritual practices without any disturbance. Please understand that I’m encompassing the entire world inside me and I’m a witness to all the great “Tapas” that you’re performing! Continue this further as well!”
Saying thus, Bhagawan Vishnu provides His divine “Anugraha” to Sage Maarkandeya and with this, let us also experience this beautiful anecdote that Sage Maarkandeya is explaining here. We shall wait till the next episode to witness Sage Maarkandeya’s narration further! Stay tuned! 🙂