Ramyaji from San Jose continued the Dhruva Charitra.
Suneethi glorified the greatness of the lord acknowledging the fact that he indeed is the true father and will give himself to anyone who calls out his divine names. During her exposition on the greatness of the lord to Dhruva, she reminisced the unconditional love possessed by divine mother on all the jivas. There are times when the father might neglect his children when they fail to budge. However the mother, the Jaganmatha, the personification of compassion will never neglect her children. Even if one accidentally falls in front of the lord, she will request the lord to accept it as a prostration and bless him. The compassion of the divine mother cannot be measured.
Our scriptures talk very highly about three divine mothers – Suneethi, Sumithra and Madalasa. Sumithra sent her son Lakshmana to the forest to render service to Lord Rama. When Lakshmana went to announce the departure of Lord Rama to Sumithra, she asked him to accompany Lord Rama to the forest.
Suneethi, when inflicted by the stinging words from Surichi, showed Dhruva the path of God Realization and sent Dhruva to the forest for penance. Later Sage Narada also told Dhruva, that Suneethi herself as shown the correct and eternal path, instead of pacifying him when Dhruva was in sorrowful state.
Madalasa comes in reference from Markandeya Charithra. She was the mother of King Malarkan. She had three sons. Madalasa fed the kids with Jnana every day. She sang lullabies that were filled with devotion. When her sons grew up, one of them became a Jeevan Mukta and since all her actions relating to her children were filled with Jnana, she was called as Madalasa.
When Suneethi requested Dhruva to proceed to the forest to do penance, Dhruva followed her instructions verbatim. He circumambulated Suneethi and after bidding goodbye to her. He crossed all hills, mountains and was oblivious of food, hunger, thirst and sleep. His feet were all covered with dust and mud and his mind was totally focused on attaining the lord’s feet. The term ‘Dhruva’ connotes the staunch determination to achieve the end goal.
When a devotee realizes the precept of God Realization as the sole purpose of human birth, the God sends a helping hand to bring him unto him. That helping hand is verily a Sadguru. As Dhruva stepped out of the house and headed to the forest, Sage Narada who was witnessing all the activities of Dhruva stopped in front of Dhruva. He was standing in front of him as though he was about to collide on Dhruva. Upon seeing Dhruva, he kept his divine hand [hastha diksha] on him and touching his jaw, enquired if he was Dhruva and as to why he was wondering in the forest. Dhruva immediately recognized that he was Sage Narada and briefed him on the sequence of events that had just taken place. Sage Narada, after listening to Dhruva wondered about the Kshatriyas who were unable to tolerate any slight lowering of their prestige.
aho tejah kshatriyAnAm maana bhangam amrshyatam
balopy ayam hrud dhatte yat samatur asad vacah [Srimad Bhagavatham 4.8.26]
He advised Dhruva that by coming away from home and fighting with others will not help in any way to attain the lord and requested him to go back home.
It was not that Sage Narada was trying to dissuade and send Dhruva back to the palace but instead he was trying to see if he had the earnestness and endurance to do penance on Lord Narayana. But Dhruva was determined to reach his goal and convinced the sage about his quest.
munayah padhavim yasya nihshangenoru janmabhih
na vidur mrugayantopi tivra yoga samadhinA [Srimad Bhagavatham 4.8.31]
He advised that God Realization is a difficult path to endure as a small boy and quoted instances from the lives of Yogis and Mahans who had done penance and other austerities for many many years and yet had not been bestowed with even a glimpse of the lord’s nail. He requested him to not endeavor for this and instead asked him to go back.
After listening to sage Narada, Dhruva spoke thus –“My mother always used to say that whoever has the darshan of Sage Narada is sure to attain the holy feet of the lord. The very precept that you have been advocating all over the world is God Realization. Now, when I am heading to the forest to do penance to attain the lord, you are advising me to go back to whirlpool called Samsara”.
Here Sage Narada, who was Dhruva’s Guru was verily testing his devotee. A Guru always tests his devotees very carefully. In Ramayana, Sugreeva had Alpa Vishwasa. But Lord Rama never tested him since he very well knew that Sugreeva would not be able to withstand the test. A Guru tests his devotees who possess Drida Vishwasa only.
One can keep reminiscing how a guru tests his devotee. His tests will normally be of two types. In this first type, he will give both the questions and answers to the devotee. In the second type, even if the devotee gives a wrong answer, he will correct the answer and still grant full scores to the devotee. The main intention of a Guru is to correct the devotee’s wrong-doings and take him unto his fold. A Guru never neglects any of his devotees. The Guru’s actions are only for the welfare of the devotee. One may not be able to comprehend a Guru’s actions. A beautiful definition of a Guru can be found in Prashnottara Ratnamalika. A Guru is one who strives for the welfare of his devotees. One may not able to comprehend his actions or advises until the devotee reaps the fruits of obeying the instructions of his Guru verbatim.
Dhruva after hearing Sage Narada that God Realization became very worried. He looked around and spotted a nearby pond. He immediately jumped into the pond and came out with two lotus buds and placed at the holy feet of Sage Narada and told him that Narada’s feet looked more beautiful than the real lotus and this shows his real love on his Guru.
Sage Narada immediately hugged him and at that very moment a garland from his neck fell on Dhruva.
In a deluge of Prema, Sage Narada says,
“jananyabihitah panthah sa vai nihshreyasasya te” [Srimad Bhagavatham 4.8.40]
Sage Narada acknowledged that the path advised by Suniti to do penance on Lord Narayana is indeed the right path and immensely blessed him that he would be bestowed with the darshan of the lord for whatever be the reason.
He further added that if one desires the fruits of the four Purusharthas, namely Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha it is verily Lord Narayana whom one has to worship.
Dharmartha kama mokshakhyam ya icchec chreya atmanah
ekam hy eva hares tatra kAranam pada-sevanam [Srimad Bhagavatham 4.8.41]
Sage Narada blessed Dhruva and gave him further instructions for doing penance.
The satsang ended with Namasankirtan.