Puraan | 2-Padm Puraan | 5-Uttar Khand
2-Padm Puraan, 5-Uttar Khand, p 813-17
Khand covers the pages 610-1001 (390 pages) of the book. Importance
of Badaree Naath; Gangaa; Tulasee, Shaaligraam, Prayaag Teerth, various
kinds of Daan (charities); about Shani Dev; various Vrat; Ekaadashee of
all months; worship of Yam Raaj and Dwaadashee Vrat; Vishnu Sahastranaam;
story of devotee Pundareek; importance of Vishnu and various flowers to
use in His worship; Shankhaasur, Kaartik and Maagh Snaan and Vrat; Nrasinh
Chaturdashee; Geetaa; Bhaagvat Kathaa; Avataar stories - Matsya, Koorm,
Nrasinh, Vaaman, Parashuraam, Raam, and Krishn.
Glory of Geetaa's Chapter 1
Paarvatee Jee said - "Bhagavan, You know all Tattwa. I heard many things about Vishnu, now I want to listen to Geetaa's glory." Mahaadev Jee said - "Whose complexion is Shyaam, whose ride is Garud, who sleeps on Shesh Naag, we worship the same Mahaa Vishnu. Once it so happened that Vishnu was lying on His Shesh bed, that Lakshmee Jee asked Him - "What is the reason that in spite of taking care of the whole Universe, you are sleeping here comfortably?" Bhagavaan said - "O Sumukhi, I don't sleep. I am seeing my Maaheshwar Tej with my internal sight. This is the same Tej which Yogee see in their heart, and Meemaansak fix the gist of Ved. That Maaheshwar Tej is One, Light, without sorrows and diseases, unbroken, and A-Dwait. The life of this Universe depends on it only, I am feeling that, that is why I look like sleepy to you."
Lakshmee said - "You are the objective of Yogee, so I am wondering at if there is any other Tattwa than you worth meditation. If you are aware of that Tattwa, then please tell me also about it." Bhagavaan said - "Priya, The form of the Soul is beyond Dwait and A-Dwait, free from feelings and lacking and without the beginning and end. It is attained by pure knowledge and is the ultimate joy, that is why it is simply beautiful. The same is my Divine form. The unity of Soul is only knowable thing by all. The same is told in Geetaa." Lakshmee Jee asked - "Prabhu, If your that form is in the form of Ultimate Joy and is beyond mind and speech, then how Geetaa tells about it?"
Bhagavaan said - "Listen, I tell you my position in Geetaa. Know its five chapters as my five mouths, its another 10 chapters as my 10 arms, its another one chapter as my stomach, and the next two chapters as my two feet. Thus these 18 chapters should be understood as my Divine form. If somebody knows it, it destroys many great sins. Whoever learned man practices one or half chapter, or even one, or half or 1/4th Shlok, he becomes free like Susharmaa."
Lakshmee Jee asked - "Dev, Who was this Susharmaa? What was his caste and why he got freed?" Bhagavaan said - "Susharmaa was a very wicked man born in a Braahman family. He was a great sinner. He never felicitate any A-Tithi and he always used to enjoy himself. He used to do farming and sold leaves. He was a non-vegetarian and drank liquor too. Thus he passed a great part of his life. One day he was wandering in a Rishi's garden to collect leaves that a black snake bit him and he died. He suffered in many Narak and then came to Mrityu Lok again in the form of a bull who had to carry loads. He passed 7-8 years thus carrying loads.
One day he felt dizzy and fell down. Many people gathered around, and luckily one holy man donated his Punya for his welfare. There was one prostitute also standing in the crowd. She did not know about her Punya, still she did some thing for that bull. Then Yam Raaj took his soul to Yam Puree. There it was thought that he had become Punyavaan because of the Punya given by the prostitute, so he was released and he was born in a noble Braahman family. He remembered his previous life so he went to that prostitute's house and asked her - "Which Punya did you donate to me?" She replied - "This parrot reads something daily, that has cleansed my heart, I donated the Punya of the same thing to you." After this both asked that parrot and the parrot started telling his previous life's story.
The parrot said - "In my previous life, I was very proud in spite of being a learned man. I was very jealous with other learned people. After some time I died and wandered in many Lok. After that I came in this Lok and was born as a parrot because of abusing my Guru. Because of being sinner, I lost my parents in my childhood. One day I fell on a very burning road because of summer. Some Muni kindly picked me up from there and put me in a cage. They started teaching me there. Rishi children read Geetaa's first chapter with respect, hearing it I also remembered that and repeated that. In the meantime, a hunter stole me from there and this Devee bought me from him. This is my story. In earlier times I practiced the first chapter that has washed away my sins. The same has cleansed the heart of this prostitute also, and from the same Punya Susharmaa also became free from his sins."
After talking thus they all practiced Geetaa at their own house. After that they obtained knowledge and got freed from this world. Therefore who ever reads, or listens to, or practices Geetaa's first chapter, he has no difficulty in attaining Mukti.
Glory of Geetaa's Chapter 2
Bhagavaan said - "Lakshmee, You heard the glory of the first chapter of Geetaa, now you listen to the glory of other chapters. There lived a Ved knower learned Braahman Dev Sharmaa in Purandarpur named city. He was the worshipper of A-Tithi, Yagya doer, and dear to Tapaswees. He did many Yagya but he never got eternal peace. Then he started serving good Tapaswees with the desire to gain some Tattwa knowledge. Thus a lot of time passed. Then one day a great Tapaswee came to him. He was very experienced and joyful. Dev Sharmaa greeted him and asked - "Hey Mahaatmaa, How will I get eternal peace?" He gave him the address of Mitravaan who lived in Saupur and grazed his goats, and said - "He will tell you this."
Dev Sharmaa again greeted his feet and went to Saupur village. There he saw a large forest in its northern part. Mitravaan was sitting there on a stone beside a river. He was looking at something without blinking. There lived many opposite animals (who should not live together). Dev Sharmaa got very happy to see him. He went to him and greeted him very politely. Mitravaan also welcomed him with affection. Dev Sharmaa said - "I wish to obtain the knowledge of Aatmaa. To fulfill my interest, please discourse me about such a way so that my desire is fulfilled." Hearing him, Mitravaan pondered a little, and then said - "Once I was guarding my goats in the forest, that I saw a lion who wanted to eat everything. I was afraid of Death, that is why I sent the goats in front of me and I myself ran away towards the village. But one goat went to that lion without any fear. Lion also stood up without any jealousy. Seeing this goat said - "O lion, You have got good food, why don't you eat my body's meat? What are you waiting for? Why don't you want to eat me up?"
The lion said - "O goat, As I came here, the feeling of jealousy went out of my mind. My hunger and thirst is also gone. I do not have any desire to eat you in spite of being so close to you." The goat said - "I don't know, but I also became fearless. What can be the reason of this, if you know this, please tell me this." The lion said - "I also do not know this. Let us go and ask this great man." I was very surprised to see all this. In the meantime they came to me and asked that question from me.
Now there was a monkey on a branch of a nearby tree. So we all asked this question from him, he said - "Ajaapaal, Listen, I tell you an old story about this. Do you see this temple inside this forest? Look at it. It contains a Shiv Ling established by Brahmaa Jee. In earlier times here lived a learned Mahaatmaa named Sukarmaa. He used to do lots of Tap and worshipped in this temple. He collected flowers from the forest and worshipped Shiv Ling with them after giving it a bath. Thus he lived there for quite some time. One day an A-Tithi came there. Sukarmaa brought some fruits and felicitated his A-Tithi and said - "Vidwan, I worship Shiv Jee only with the desire of Tattwa Gyaan. Today I have got the result of that worship, because today I have got the Darshan of a great Mahaatmaa like you." That Muni got very pleased with his words and he wrote Geetaa's second chapter on a stone and asked that Braahman to read it and practice it and said - "By reading this your desire about Tattwa Gyaan will be fulfilled." and he got disappeared from there.
Sukarmaa started studying the second chapter of Geetaa from that day. After long time his heart became cleansed and pure and he attained Brahm Gyaan. After that wherever he went all Tapo Van became peaceful. Not only that, but people did not feel hungry and thirsty also. So know this the effect of the study and practice of the second chapter of Geetaa by Sukarmaa."
Mitravaan said - "Hearing that monkey I went to that temple along with the lion and the goat and found that stone on which that second chapter of Geetaa was written. I got the result of my Tapasyaa by reading it repeatedly. Therefore you also read the second chapter of Geetaa. By doing this Mukti will not be far from you."
Bhagavaan said - "Priya, At the advice of Mitravaan, Dev Sharmaa worshipped him and went back to Purandarpur. He went to a temple and told this to some Gyaanee Mahaatmaa and learnt to read it for the first time from him only. Then he started doing its Paath daily. This was the importance of the second chapter of Geetaa, now I will tell you the importance of the third chapter of Geetaa."
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 05/13/13