Mahaabhaarat | Kathaa-G | 4-Van
|3-Van Parv, 179-180 of 313|
|Kathaa-G - 4-Van - page 31|
Yudhishthir and Nahush
[3-179] Vaishampaayan Jee continued - "Seeing his brother tied in snake's coil, Yudhishthir said - "O Son of Kuntee, How have you come to this condition? And who is this huge serpent having a huge body like mountain?" Bheem said - "This snake has caught me for his food. He is the royal sage Raajaa Nahush in the form of a serpent." Yudhishthir said to the snake - "Please free my brother, and we will give you some other food which will satisfy your hunger." The snake said - "I have got this prince who has come to me for my food himself. Go from here, you should not stay here. if you had stayed here, then you will be my food of tomorrow. This is in my Destiny that whoever will come to me in this hour, he will be my food. After long time I have got your younger brother as my food. I cannot surrender him, nor I will accept any other food." Yudhishthir said - "Whether you are a god, or a Raakshas, you tell me the truth, I am Yudhishthir that asks you, O Snake, wherefrom you have taken Bheem? By taking what, by knowing what you will be satisfied? What food shall I give to you? And how can you free him? The snake said - "O Sinless One, I was your ancestor, the son of Aayu, and the 5th king in Chandra Vansh (in the lineage of Moon). My name is Nahush. By doing many Punya (good meritorious works) I acquired the permanent control over three worlds. After being the king of all Devtaa, my mind got swayed away and I engaged many Braahman to carry my palanquin, and in intoxication of that I insulted those Braahman. Among those Braahman one was Agastya also, I am in this condition by his curse only. But I have not lost my memory. By the favor of Agastya Muni I have got your brother as my food in the 6th part of the day. That is why neither I will set him free, nor I will accept any other thing as my food. But if you answer my questions, I can release him." Yudhishthir said - "Ask, whatever you want to ask me. I shall, if I can, and if they can satisfy you. You know fully what should be known by Braahman, so ask me whatever you want to ask me."
The serpent asked - "Who is
a Braahman? And what should be known? Your speech seems to be of highly intelligence."
The serpent asked - "O
Yudhishthir, Truth, charity, forgiveness, benevolence, benignity, kindness and
the Ved which work the benefit of the four orders, which is the authority in
matters of religion and which is true, are seen even in the Shoodra. As regards
the object to be known and which you allege is without both happiness and misery,
I do not see any such that is devoid of these."
The serpent asked - "O
King, If you can recognize somebody as a Braahman by characteristics, his
being Braahman is useless unless they are seen in his conduct."
[3-180] Yudhishthir said
- "You are so learned in Ved and Vedaang, tell me what one should do to
Yudhishthir asked - "Again
I ask you, which is the higher of the two - truth or alms giving? Tell me of greater
and less importance of kind behavior or A-Hinsaa?"
Yudhishthir asked - "O Snake, Tell me, how the
incorporal beings are translated to Heaven, its perception by the senses and
its enjoyment of the immutable fruits of its actions, can be comprehended?"
Yudhishthir asked -
"Tell me how the dissociated spirit becomes aware of touch, smell, taste,
form and sound? O Intelligent One, Do you nor perceive them by your senses?
Please answer me."
Yudhidhthir asked - "Please
tell me the difference between mind and intellect. The knowledge of it will help in
Yudhishthir said - "You have very fine
intelligence and you know what one should know. So why do you ask me this
queston? You know everything and you did so well that you lived in Heaven.
How could then illusion overpowered you? I am in great doubt at this point."
One day Agastya Rishi was drawing my chariot, that my feet touched his body, so he cursed me in anger - "Become a snake." I immediately fell from my chariot and as I was falling off I saw myself turning into a snake with head downwards. I asked for his forgiveness and asked him to pardon me. He kindly told me that the virtuous king Yudhishthir will save you from this curse. When your pride will finish then only you will attain salvation. I was wonder struck to see the effect of his austere Tap. And that is why I asked you the question about the attributes of the Supreme Spirit and Braahman. Truth, charity, self-restraint, penance, A-Hinsaa and to be constant in virtue are the characteristics of a Braahman, not the family connection; and by these virtues a man can get salvation. Good luck to your this mighty brother Bheem, and you be happy, I must go now to Heaven."
Vaishampaayan Jee said - "After saying this Raajaa Nahush left his serpent body, assumed his celestial form and went to Heaven. Yudhishthir also came back to his Aashram with Bheem and Dhaumya. Yudhishthir told everything in detail to all Braahman who were gathered there. Everybody felt shame and warned Bheem not to do such thing again."
3-Van Parv - Teerth Yaatraa Parv Ends Here
Created by Sushma Gupta On 05/27/04
Modified on 02/10/13