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Monday
Oct102011

Dhruva

There lived in ancient India the powerful King Uttanpad, whose wife bore him a son, named Dhruva.  After some time the king’s attention shifted to another woman, so he discarded the first wife and son to marry the second, who also bore him a son.  Dhruva loved to sit upon his father’s knee, but the second wife objected strongly, saying hers was the only princely heir who could have that privilege. 

Confused and dejected, Dhruva pleaded with his mother, who told him it was true – he must forget his wish to sit upon the Maharaja’s throne.  She could see, though, that her son would not be satisfied with any explanation she could give.  So she suggested he take his problem to Lord Vishnu, thinking the request would be forgotten with the fervor of prayer.

However, the five year old Dhruva possessed exceedingly strong determination and ventured with unyielding faith into the forests surrounding the kingdom.

Years passed by filled with asceticism most uncommon for a small child. Finally he came to the ‘dwelling’ of Lord Vishnu and was met with much praise by Narada, the God’s servant. Narada also tried to convince the child to turn back; this was not the place for a young person and he needed to return.  But Dhruva was adamant.  He had set out to meet the Lord, he was here now and there was no turning back.  That was his test.  Narada initiated Dhruva, becoming his Guru. When after further sadhana and practice Dhruva finally reached the abode of Lord Vishnu, Dhruva wanted to offer praise, but did not know what to say.  Seeing this, Vishnu pressed His conch to the mouth of His speechless devotee, instantly granting him the boon of understanding.  This done, the young seeker lost all desire for meaningless power. Wisdom illumined the unreality of the world and he was enlightened.

 

However, he was told to return to the palace and take his place upon the throne; his wisdom would reflect in benevolent rule over the vast kingdom. He was bound to fulfill the karma created by earlier intention. 

Anything conceived before or during sadhana one must go through.  That is why Wise Beings do not wish for anything, but maintain a state of void, nothingness.  Accordingly, Dhruva had to become not only king, but emperor of India.  After leaving his body, he became ‘Lord of the Planets’ embodied in the Morning Star of the Milky Way – a symbol of firm, fixed purpose and perseverance.  Such is the power of will.

 

 



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