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Birth of Bharat
Vaishampaayan Jee said - "As Raajaa Dushyant left the Aashram after making promises, Shakuntalaa gave birth to a boy. When he became three years old, he was very beautiful and of immeasurable energy. Muni did his all rites and the child grew day by day. And when he was six years old he used to tie whoever was near his Aashram - lions, tigers, buffaloes, elephants, with Aashram trees. He took ride on other animals in a sportive mood, so the Muni of Aashram gave him the name "Sarvdaman" (who can subdue all). Seeing his actions, the Muni told Shakuntalaa that the time had come when he should be declared the heir of Dushyant. So Kanv Rishi asked some of his disciples to take her to her husband. Girls should not live in their parental house more than necessary so she should be taken there immediately. The disciples took her and her son to Hastinaapur. Disciples introduced her to Dushyant and came back to the Aashram.
Shakuntalaa said to Dushyant - "This is your son, please appoint him as your heir, as you had promised me." The King remembering everything, said - "I don't remember anything. Who are you, O wicked woman in this ascetic guise? I have no relationship with you. You may go, or stay or do whatever you like." Shakuntalaa stood there aghast like a wooden post. Then she gathered her courage and said - "You know the truth, what it is. Do you think that only you know about your deed? But you are not older than Naaraayan who lives in your heart. The Sun, the Moon, the sky, the Fire, the Earth all witness it. I am a devoted wife, and if I have come to my husband myself, do not disrespect me. If you don't so what I say to you, let your head be burst into hundred pieces. The husband entering the womb of the wife comes out himself in the form of the son, that is why the wife is called "Jaya" (she of whom one is born) is in Ved. And the son rescues his ancestors from Hell called Put, that is why he is called "Putra" (rescuer from Put Hell). By a son one conquers three worlds, by a son's son one enjoys eternity, and by a grandson's son one enjoys everlasting happiness. A wife is a sacred field in which the husband himself s born.
I have given birth to this child. The sky said - "He will perform 100 Ashwamedh Yagya." When people go out they feel happy to take other children in their laps. Remember when you came for hunting, and you approached me. There are six foremost Apsaraa - Urvashee, Poorvchitti, Sahajanya, Menakaa, Vishwaachee, and Ghritaachee. Among them Menakaa born from Brahmaa, is the first. She gave me birth but left in the valley of Himvant as if I was somebody else' child. What sin I did, that first I was abandoned by my parents and now by you. I myself will go to my father, but do not abandon your son."
Hearing all this, Dushyant said - "I do not remember having this son. Women often tell lies, who is going to believe your story? Your mother has thrown you like flower after the worship is over, your father Vishwaamitra is also without affection. However, your father, the lustful Vishwaamitra who was tempted to become a Braahman, is the first of Rishi, and Menakaa is also the first of Apsaraa. Go to them, why are standing here in this ascetic guise?"
Shakuntalaa again said - "Since I am born from Menakaa, my birth is higher than yours. You walk on earth, I walk in skies. I can go up to the kingdom of Indra, Yam, or Kuber. I am telling you all this just to let you know, not otherwise. The honest are happy in not seeking for faults of others. Pitar have said that the son continues the race, that is why one should never abandon the son. Manu says - "There are five kinds of sons - those begotten by one's self upon one's own wedded wife; those obtained in gift by others; those purchased for a consideration; those reared with affection; and those begotten upon other women than one's own wedded wife. Sons support religion, enhance joys, and rescue deceased ancestors. That is why one should never abandon a son. The dedication of a tank is more meritorious than of a hundred wells. A sacrifice is more meritorious than dedicating a tank. A son is more meritorious than a sacrifice. Truth is more meritorious than a hundred sons. Truth is heavier than even a hundred sacrifices. Truth is equal to all Ved. There is no virtue equal to truth; there is nothing greater than truth; truth is God Himself; truth is the highest vow. If you will not hear my words, I will go away and this my son will rule the whole Earth."
Vaishampaayan Jee said - After saying this Shakuntalaa left the court of Dushyant. But as she left, an Aakaashvaanee (Divine voice) said - "The mother is only a flesh, but the father is father himself, therefore accept your son and do not insult Shakuntalaa. You are the father of this son. Shakuntalaa was speaking the truth. A husband dividing himself takes birth from his wife as a son. Abandoning one's own living son is a misfortune. And because this son will by accepted by you on the basis of our words, that is why he will called "Bharat"." Hearing this Dushyant said - "Did you hear this? I knew that he was my son, but if I had accepted him just on the basis of Shakuntala's words, people would have been suspicious about me and my son would also have not been considered as pure."
Then Dushyant accepted his son, performed all rites which a father should do for a son. Then he said to Shakuntalaa - "Since we met in private, I was thinking how to prove our purity. If I installed my son just like that he would have been regarded as of impure birth." The King named his son as "Bharat" and formally installed his heir. Later Bharat was known as "Chakravartee" and "Saarvbhaum". He performed many sacrifices in which Maharshi Kanv was his chief priest. Many great kings were born in his race (family line). I will tell you some of those names.
End of the Story of Dushyant
Created by Sushma Gupta On 05/27/04
Modified on 03/16/12