Let Go to Let In The Lord - Part 3

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Let Go to Let In The Lord " wherein we saw how we waste our mental energy in seeking revenge. We were trying to meditate on the life of sage Dadhichi. Herein we see the interesting story behind the bodily strength of Sage Dadhici.

Once sage Dadhichi was asked to safeguard the weapons of the devas, as they were unable to match the mysterious arts being employed by the asuras to obtain them. Sage Dadhichi agreed to the proposal to keep the weapons with him. But when his wife Swarcha heard this, she was not at all pleased. She was very thoughtful and she said, "You have done something which is improper. One should not accept responsibility for someone else's property, especially if you are an ascetic and has no material possession to own. Moreover you have agreed to safeguard the weapons of the Devas and does this not mean that those who are the enemies of the devatas will look upon you also as an enemy? And what are you going to do if something happens to the weapons? You will be blamed for that."

Dadhici muni said, "Your points are well taken. But I didn't think of them before and I have already given the word to them and I can't go back on it now." A hundred years had gone and the devatas did not come back to collect the weapons. The weapons began to lose their luster. Sage Dadhici did not know how the energy of the weapons can be preserved. He washed them with the holy water and the energy of the weapons got dissolved in the water. Sage Dadhici then drank that water. Then we see that Dadhici gave up his life to enable Vajrayudha to be made out of his bones.

But when his wife saw that her husband has given up his life like this, she was overcome by sorrow and wanted to immolate herself. But she was pregnant at that time and so she waited till the baby was delivered. Then she handed over the baby to a pippala or fig tree for rearing and she gave up her life. Since he was brought up by the pippala tree, this son of Dadhici came to be called Pippalada and he was given nectar by Chandra or moon god for strength. When Pipplada grew up, he came to know about the story of his parents and how they lost their lives. He blamed the devatas for the death of his parents and he wanted to seek revenge. Chandra devata advised him that he is too young and first he should become learned and well versed in the usage of weapons. So he asked him to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva.

Pippalada pleased lord Shiva and Lord Shiva asked him what boon he wants. Pippalada asked for the boon that he should be able to destroy the devatas. Lord Shiva asked him to do austerities to see Lord Shiva's third eye. By performing severe austerities he could see the third eye and from there a demon appeared and he asked what Pippalada wants. Pippalada's mind was always thinking of revenge and thus overcome with so much negativity. Then he asked the demon to kill the devatas who are responsible for his parent's death and hence are his enemies. The demon immediately started attacking Pippalada himself. When he asked why, the demon replied that, "You have been nurtured by Chandra devata which means you are a devata also, which means you are also to be killed." Pippalda thus saw the back firing of things. As Suniti mata says in Srimad Bhagavatam 4.8.17 to Dhruva Maharaj,

māmaṅgalaṁ tāta pareṣu maṁsthā
bhuṅkte jano yat para-duḥkhadas tat

My dear son, don't wish for anything inauspicious for others. Anyone who inflicts pains upon others suffers himself from that pain.

Then the story goes that Pippalada sought the shelter of Lord Shiva to save himself from the demon and the devatas also sought shelter of Lord Shiva for protection from Pippalada. So Lord Shiva  advised Pippalada that there is no use seeking revenge against the devatas for the death of his parents. Everything happens according to the laws of Karma and hence he should not be wasting his efforts and time in seeking revenge forgetting the supreme goal of our life. This will only lead to further entanglement in this material world. Thus Pippalada listened to Lord Shiva's advice and stopped seeking revenge. Later we see that he became the author of Prashna Upanishad and a main teacher of Atharva veda thus turning his life into a positive contribution.

Herein we have to understand the way his selfless father Sage Dadhici acted and it is a great lesson for us and Krishna willing we shall see that in the ensuing offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.