Raam Charit Maanas | 1-Baal Kaand
|9-Reasons of Raam Avataar-3|
Shiv Jee said - "Hey Shail Kumaaree, Now there is another reason also because of which Hari had to take Avataar as Koshal's (Ayodhyaa) king - whom you saw wandering in the forest and because of Him you, as Satee, got confused. Even today your face doesn't go from my mind." "Hey Bharadwaaj Jee, Hearing Shankar's words Umaa smiled. Shiv Jee said - "Once there were Manu and Shataroopaa, who had two sons, king Uttaanpaad and Priyavrat and Uttaanpaad's son was Dhruv. (see the story of Dhruv) Manu had three daughters also. One of them was Devahooti who was married to Kardam Rishi. Bhagvaan appeared in their house as Kapil Muni. The same Manu, with his wife Shataroopaa, did a very hard Tap on the banks of Dhenumati River with Dwaadash (twelve) letter-Mantra (Om Namo Bhagavate Vaasudevaaya).
Six thousand years passed drinking only water, then they took only Vaayu (air) for seven thousand years. Then they left even air and stood on one leg for ten thousand years. Seeing this Brahmaa, Vishnu and Mahesh, all the three came to give them Var. But they didn't move from their intentions. Then there was Aakaashvaanee (Divine voice) - "Hey Raajan, Ask for any Var." Manu got very happy to hear this voice. He did Saashtaang Pranaam and said - "If You are pleased with us then show us Your the same Roop which Shiv Jee meditates upon, Muni have to do a lot of Tap to see that Roop, which is in the heart of Kaagbhushundi Jee and Ved admire it saying it as Sa-Gun and Nir-Gun. We want to see Your same Roop."
Bhagvaan appeared before them along with His Aadi Shakti, from whom many Lakshmee Jee, Umaa and Brahmaanee have appeared, on His left side. Manu and Shataroopaa continued to look at them for a long time, then Bhagvaan spoke - "I am very pleased with you, ask for any Var. There is nothing I can't give to you." Then Manu said - "Hey Bhagvaan, Although our all wishes are fulfilled after having your Darshan, still we have a desire in our hearts. That desire is easy for you or difficult to fulfill, that we can't say, because You are a giver that is why it is easy for you, but it is difficult for a miser like me." Bhagvaan said - "You may ask for whatever you wish for, there is nothing which I can't give to you."
"Then Hey Bhagvaan, I wish for a son like you." Bhagvaan said - "So be it. But where I will go to look for a son like Me? so I Myself will be born as your son." Then He looked at Shataroopaa who was standing joining her palms and asked her to ask for any Var. Shataroopaa said - "Hey Naath, Whatever my husband has asked for, I liked that Var but give me the same pleasure, the same Gati, the same Bhakti, the same knowledge and love towards your feet which You give to Your own Bhakt." Bhagvaan said - "Whatever you asked for, I gave you all, there is no doubt in it. You will get a mother's pleasure as well as you will have the knowledge too."
Then Manu said - "Hey Prabhu, I have one more wish. I should have so much love towards my son as I have towards your feet, I don't care if people call me crazy. My life should depend on You in the same way as fish depends on water." Bhagvaan said - "So be it. Now you go to Indra Puree, and live there for some time. When you will be the king of Ayodhyaa then I will appear in your house with my Ansh. And the same Aadi Shakti who has created this Universe, will also appear with me." After saying thus Bhagvaan disappeared and Manu and Shataroopaa went to Amaraavatee.
Created by Sushma Gupta on May 27, 2002
Modified on 07/18/11