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Shwetaketu and Pravahan
Once Shwetaketu, the son of Uddaalak and the grandson of Aaruni, came to the assembly of Paanchaal Pradesh. Pravahan was the son of King Jaibaal. He also sat in the court. he was vey intelligent and used to take part in spiritual discussions. he had defeated many people. On that day also hw was sitting there. He asked Shwetaketu - "O Boy, has your father taught you well?" "Yes, Revered Sir."
Pravahan asked - "All
right, Do you know that where people go when they go from here?"
Shwetaketu went back to
his father with a sorrowful mind and said to him - "Revered Sir, You
told me that you have instructed me, while you have not instructed me.
That King asked me five questions and I could not answer even one of
So Gautam (Uddaalak) went to the King. The King welcomed him warmly and showed great respect. Next morning when the King came in the court, he asked Uddaalak to ask for a boon relating to human wealth." Uddaalak said - "Let the human wealth be with you, tell me the answers of those questions which you asked my son."
The King became sad, but still he said - "You be with me for long time. This knowledge has not reached to any Braahman before this. Thus it was with Kshatriya alone and it belonged to them only." And then he started teaching that to him.
The Five Fires
"The Parjanya is the fire, the air is the fuel, the cloud is the smoke, the lightening is the flame, the thunderbolt is the embers, and thundering are the sparks. In this fire Devataa offer Moon as libation and out of that offering the Rain is born."
"The Earth is the fire, O Gautam, the year is the fuel, Aakaash is the smoke, the night is the flame, the quarters are embers, and the intermediate quarters are the sparks, and in this fire Devataa offer rain as libation. Out of that offering the food is born."
"O Gautam, man is the fire, speech is the fuel, the Praan is the smoke, the tongue is the flame, the eye is the embers, and the ear is the sparks. In this fire Devataa offer food as libation. Out of that offering the semen is produced."
"O gautam, Woman is the fire, her sexual organ is the fuel, what invites is the smoke, the vulva is the flame, what is done inside is the embers, and the pleasures are the sparks. In this fire Devataa offer semen as libation and out of that offering the fetus is formed."
Birth and Death
Two Paths After
But those who live in the
"Praan is the Supreme. It
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 02/18/13