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|Ch-4-Paraa and Aparaa Vidyaa|
Paraa and A-Paraa Vidyaa
Aangiras says to his disciple Shaunak Jee that both Paraa and A-Paraa (higher
and lower, or spiritual and material) knowledge are required.
Naarad Jee is one of the 10 Maanas Putra of Brahmaa Jee. He used to teach Gandharv music to many students. Hi students used to admire him very much, but Naarad Jee was not content in his heart. He desired lasting inner happiness. he wondered, "who could teach me the knowledge of lasting happiness?" he thought maybe Sanat Kumaar may help him, so he set out to see Sanat Kumaar in Jan Lok. He met them and requested them to tech him the knowledge of Aatm Gyaan of the Knowledge of Self. Sanat Kumaar asked Naarad Jee to first recount what he had already learnt. Naarad Jee said - "I have learnt the four Ved, the techniques of Shraaddha, grammar, philology, mathematics, astronomy, astrology, logic, ethics, science of animals, about the various gods. The only thing that I do not know is Aatmaa and I am full of sorrow and remorse. I know only the words. So, kindly guide me."
Sanat Kumaar said - "What you have learnt is only words. Those who know
only words fulfill their desires in words only."
Naarad Jee asked - "What goes beyond speech?"
Naarad Jee asked - "O Sant Kumaar, What goes beyond mind?"
Naarad Jee asked - "Sanat Kumaar, What goes beyond Intention?"
When one does not see other, does
not hear others, does not understand other. only that is unbounded.
After this Sanat Kumaar granted a boon to Naarad - the freedom to roam around anywhere on earth and Heaven. Naarad Jee thanked him and started his journey back home. When he was coming back he continued to think over his statement - " He is above, He is below; He is in front and behind; He is in the North, he is in the South; in fact He is everywhere." He came to Kailaash Parvat where Shiv Jee was sitting with his wife Paarvatee Jee along with their two sons - Kaarttikeya and Ganesh Jee. He greeted them all and gave a celestial gift of mango fruit to Shiv. Shiv said to both his sons that whoever will go round the Prithvi ssoner than the other will get this fruit. Ganesh Jee immediately got up and went around his parents and said - "You are the whole world for me. I have gone around you so I have transversed the whole world." Shiv Jee got very pleased hearing this and he gave that fruit to him.
This is Paraa Vidyaa, Naaarad Jee got it from Sanat Kumaar.
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 12/05/12