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12-Birth of Pareekshit

Shaunak Jee said - "Hey Soot Jee, Brahm Astra used by Ashwatthaamaa had killed the baby in Uttaraa's womb, but Shree Krishn made him live again. Tell us about Pareekshit Jee now." Soot Jee said - "Yudhishthir started ruling Prithvi without any desire for any kind of comfort and luxury. He always meditated on Krishn. When Pareekshit was burning in Uttaraa's womb, she saw a very kind and bright Purush (man) who was trying to protect her child. Although He (that kind and bright man) was only of thumb size but His form was very clean and clear. That Purush was revolving around her womb and was pacifying Brahm Astra's fire with His Gadaa.

Thus Pareekshit was born to Uttaraa with the remembrance of that Purush. Yudhishthir was very happy to hear the news of the birth of his grandson. He distributed lots of alms. Braahman told him that "because Vishnu Himself had guarded this child, he would be known as Vishnuraat. He would protect his people as Ikshwaaku (Manu's son) did, he would respect Braahman as Dasharath's son Raam did, he would be a great alms giver as Usheenar's King Shibi was, and would spread his ancestors' glory like Dushyant's son Bharat spread. In using bow and arrow he would be like his grandfather Arjun, and in his qualities he would be like Krishn. He would perform many Ashwamedh Yagya. His son would be a Raajarshi. He would control even Kali Yug to protect Dharm. In the end because of a Shaap from a Braahman's son, and because of that Shaap Takshak Naag would bite him, he would leave every kind of attachment and would obtain Brahm Gyaan from Vyaas' son Shuk Dev Jee and leave his physical body on the shore of Gangaa River."

After telling this about the child astrologers went home. Then this child was known as Pareekshit. Soon he grew up as a fine young man. At this time Yudhishthir intended to do an Ashwamedh Yagya with the intention of doing Praayashchit (repentance) to killing his own people but he did not have enough money to do it. Then Shree Krishn suggested him to collect gold from North abandoned by Raajaa Marutt and Braahman. So he collected that gold and did three Ashwamedh Yagya to please Bhagavaan. After that Shree Krishn went to Dwaarakaa.

13-Dhritraashtra and Gaandhaaree Go to Forest

Soot Jee said - "Vidur Jee was away to Maitreya Rishi to learn spiritual knowledge. When he came back to Hastinaapur, Yudhishthir with his all brothers, Dhritraashtra, Yuyutsu, Sanjaya, Kripaachaarya, Kuntee, Gaandhaaree, Draupadee, Subhadraa, Uttaraa, Kripee etc welcomed him. People asked about his welfare and his travel. Vidur Jee told them everything about holy places and Yaadav Vanshee people, but did not tell anything about Yaadav's destruction because he could not see Paandav sad. Vidur Jee stayed there for some time.

Vidur Jee was Dharm Raaj himself. Because of Maandavya Rishi's Shaap he was born as Shoodra for 100 years. Time was passing by and Paandav's last days were approaching. So Vidur Jee said to Dhritraashtra - "Now tough time is approaching, it is better if we should go out of this place. Under the influence of Kaal, even our soul will leave us within no time, leave alone wealth or dear people. Your all relations have already been killed. You are also getting old. Think, you are living in other's house, you are eating food given by those people to whom you had been thinking to kill all the times. To go for Sanyaas at the right time is the duty of an intelligent person. So you should also go for this. Now the bad time is approaching which will decrease the qualities of human beings, so it is better if you go to Uttaraa Khand without telling anybody." Dhritrashtra understood Vidur's advice and he with Gaandhaaree went away from there.

Next day when Yudhishthir had distributed alms in the morning, he went to greet his elder uncle. He did not see Dhritraashtra, Gaandhaaree and Vidur Jee there. He got worried and asked Sanjaya about them but Sanjaya did not know anything about them. He himself was very worried about them.

That time Naarad Jee came there with Tumburu. Yudhishthir greeted him and asked about his uncles. Naarad Jee said - "For whom you are so much worried? Don't be so worried and sad about them, because this whole world is in the control of Eeshwar. Everybody is obeying Eeshwar. Only He allows people to meet and to get separated. This physical body is in the control of Kaal, Karm and Gun. Everybody is Bhagavaan Swaroop, you should see only that. Bhagavaan came here to destroy the enemies of Devtaa. Most of His work has finished, a little is still left that is why He is here, so till He is here, you may wait for Him.

Dhritraashtra has gone to the South of Himaalaya where Gangaa flows in seven streams - Sapt-Srot. At this time he is at the same Aashram with Gaandhaaree and Vidur Jee. There he takes bath three times a day and perform Agnihotra. He has no desire now. He has controlled all his six Indriyaan. He has taken Sanyaas from all Karm. Do not disturb him. On the fifth day from today, he will leave his body and his body will burn. Gaandhaaree will also enter in that fire seeing her husband burning. Vidur Jee will go to Teerth (holy places) after seeing this." After saying this Naarad Jee went away to Swarg with Tumburu.



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