Puraan | 2-Padm Puraan | 5-Uttar Khand
2-Padm Puraan, 5-Uttar Khand, p 856-
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; Narasinh
Chaturdashee; Geetaa; Bhaagvat Kathaa; Avataar stories - Matsya, Koorm,
Narasinh, Vaaman, Parashuraam, Raam, and Krishn.
Story of Aatm Dev
Sot Jee said - "Shaunak Jee, Seeing His Bhakti in His Bhakts' hearts, Krishn also came there. Seeing Him amidst the audience, all started shouting "Jaya Ho, Jaya Ho". Naarad Jee said - "Hey Muni, Today I have seen the glory of this one-week Kathaa Paath. It seems that even birds and animals also have become sinless, there for this Kathaa is the destroyer of all sins in this Kali Yug. Now you tell me that which people become pure and pious by listening to it?" Sanakaadi Jee said - Muni, Who commit various sins, follow bad conduct, are angry, are lusty, follow violence and A-Dharm - they all become pure by listening to it in one week. In short all kinds of evil people become pure and pious. Now I will tell you an old story in this regard.
In olden times, there was a city inhabited on the banks of Tungbhadraa River. All people followed their Varn Aashram Dharm. A Braahman named Aatm Dev also lived there. He knew Ved very well and was like second Sun. Although he subsisted on alms, still he was considered rich. His wife's name was Dhundhulee. She was very ill-natured and always talked about others. Both lived happily but had no child. So one day they started doing some Dharm for the child. They started donating cow, land and gold etc to poor. They had spent almost half of their money in donation, still they didn't have any child. The Braahman got very worried so he left his house went to forest. There he felt thirst, he drank water from a pond and sat on its shore.
After a while a Sanyaasee came there, he also drank water from that pond. Braahman went to him and weeping bowed his head onto his feet. Sanyaasee asked him - "Braahman, Why do you weep? What is your worry? Tell me your problem." Braahman said - "Muni, What can I say about my sorrow, this is all my previous life's Karm. I have no child, that is why I have come here to commit suicide. Whichever cow I tend she becomes barren, whichever tree I plant it does not fruit, whatever fruit comes in my house from outside, it dries in my house. When I am so much unfortunate then why should I live?" and he started crying.
Sanyaasee pitied him, read his future and said to him- "I have seen your Praarabdh (destiny), it seems that you don't have a child even for 7 lives, therefore don't run after children, because it is a great A-Gyaan (ignorance). Karm's effects are very strong so abandon the desires of the world and take Gyaan to your heart. In earlier times, the King Sagar and Ang had to suffer a lot. All happiness lies in abandoning the things." Braahman said - "Baabaa, What will happen by Gyaan? I desire for a son, so give me a son whatever you do, otherwise I will commit suicide now in front of you. What is life without children? Only children make a home happy."
Sanyaasee again said - "Do not try to change your Destiny. See, Because of changing the Destiny, the King Chitraketu had to suffer so much. Whose Destiny has been written like this, he cannot get happiness, still you are thinking about yourself only." When the Braahman did not agree with this, then the Sanyaasee gave a fruit to him and said - "Feed this fruit to your wife. This will give you a son. Ask her to observe truthfulness, cleanliness, kindness, and donation rules for one year. This will make your son of a pious nature." After saying this, the Sanyaasee went away and the Braahman also went home.
He gave that fruit to his wife. She was very evil so she said to her friend - "I am worried, I am not going to eat this fruit. This will make me pregnant, pregnancy will increase the size of my stomach, that will decrease my food, it will make me weak, then who is going to do house work? And if this stays in my stomach for 12 years like Shuk Dev Jee, then who is going to take it out? Who has children her life also becomes hell. Barren women are better than the women with children." Thus she did not eat that fruit. When her husband asked her whether she ate the fruit she lied that she ate the fruit.
One day her sister came to her house, so she told her problem to her that when she would not have a child, what would she reply to her husband?" She replied - "I am going to have a child, I will give you that child. Till then you may stay in the house as a pregnant woman. You just give my husband some money, in exchange of that he will be ready to give you his child. He will say that the child had died after six months. I will come everyday to your house and take care of the child. To test this fruit, you feed this fruit to the cow." So Dhundhulee did as was decided. After some time, her sister gave her child to her, and she informed her husband that she had delivered the child and she did not have any pains. People were very happy that Aatmdev had a child after such a long time. As per planning, her sister came there and started taking care of him. Dhundhulee named him Dhundhukaaree.
After 3 months, Braahman's cow also deliver a child who was very beautiful. Seeing him the Braahman got very happy and he himself performed his all Sanskaar. People got very surprised to see this miracle, but nobody could know the secret of all this. Cow's child had his ears like a cow's ears, seeing this Braahman named Gokarn. Both started growing and after some time they became fine young man. Gokarn became very learned man, but Dhundhukaaree was very wicked. He was the master of all bad habits. Later he used to go to prostitutes. He had wasted his father's all money to prostitutes. The poor Braahman started crying seeing all this. He said - "It is better to be without son, instead of having such a wicked son. Now where should I go? I will commit suicide."
At that time Gokarn Jee came there and consoled his father telling the importance of Vairaagya - "Father, There is nothing in this world. It is whole sorrow. Who is whose son here, and what is somebody's wealth? Who is attached to these things, he has to suffer a lot. Only that Muni is happy who has no attachment and lives alone. This is your A-Gyaan that you love your child so much. Even your own body is not yours, it will get destroyed one day. Therefore you leave everything now and go to forest."
Hearing Gokarn, Aatm Dev asked him - "Son, What should I do while living in forest? Tell me in detail." Gokarn said - "Father, Leave the attachment towards this body and your child, that this is mine, and start doing Bhajan of Bhagavaan. Leave all worldly behaviors, and serve saints. Do not think about qualities and faults of others and do Bhajan of Bhagavaan and read stories related to Bhagavaan." Aatm Dev left the house and went to forest. He used to serve Bhagavaan and read the 10th Skandh of Bhaagvat. When he died he had attained Krishn.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 06/09/13