Prostrations to Lord Vallabha Ganapathi, Ocean of Mercy and Kindness.
Salutations offered to Sri Shuka Paramarshi, the venerable Great Guru of the Rishis.
Obeisance paid to Bhagawan Shree Krishna, the Supreme Self, The Perfect Being.
Pranaams offered to Bhagawan Ramana Maharshi of Thiruvannamalai.
Introduction to Sanatsujatha Parva:
Dhrutharashtra said, “Dear Vidura, is there anything else you wish to reveal to me or something that you may have left out, I am most eager to hear it because your description is delightful.”
Vidura said, “Bharatavanshi Dhrutharashtra! The son extraordinaire of Brahma, Kumara Sanatsujatha is a Paramarshi, an exalted ancient eternal Sage who proclaimed, “There is no death”.
He is foremost among intellectuals and only He can answer the questions of the vyakta (manifest) and avyakta (unmanifest) that are in your heart.”
Dhrutharashtra said, “Vidura! Do you know that truth, which will again be spoken off by the eternal Sage to me? If so, and if your intellect is capable of elaborating more on that, then why don’t you reveal it to me?”
Vidura said, “Hey King! I am born to a sudra lady and therefore, besides this, I do not have the eligibility and the courage to give you any further upadesha but the intelligence, knowledge and wisdom of Kumara Sanatsujatha is limitless and this I do know.
Only if one who is born as a Brahmin enunciates this secret tattva, then it does not become cause for criticism by the devathas. Hence, this is the reason I have spoken as I have.”
Dhrutharashtra said, “Vidura! Please tell me quickly about this supreme ancient eternal immutable Sage. How can He arrive here in His eternal body?”
Vaishampayana said, “Hey King! Vidura immediately prayed within himself offering salutations to this unique eternal Sage of exemplary discipline and sankalp. And the merciful Sage knowing that Vidura was remembering Him and offering pranaam immediately blessed him with His darshan.
Vidura in accordance with the tenets of the scriptures performed the various requisites to honour the radiant Sage namely padya (washing the feet of the revered One), arghya (water for washing His hands), offered madhuparka (a mixture of honey, milk, ghee, curds, sugar and water) and surrendered other offerings at His Lotus Feet. And when the venerable Sage pleased with the service rendered by Vidura leaned back on His asana (seat), Vidura said, “Bhagawan! There are a few doubts in the heart of Dhrutharashtra and it is inappropriate for me to attempt to clear those. You are the most preeminent to explain this subject and the right person to clear his doubts.
Upon hearing which, this King will be able to overcome all sorrows and will be free from these namely gain-loss, like-dislike, old age-death, fear-indignation, hunger-thirst, intoxication-prosperity, worries-laziness, desire-anger and deterioration-progress.”
[Sanatsujatha Parva – Chapter 41 of Udyoga Parva – Slokas 1 – 12]
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