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Durvasa

Other names: Dhuurvasa, Durvaasa, Durvasaa

In the Puranas, there is a description of Sage Durvasa. He was the son of Sage Atri and Ansuya. He was very thin and tall. It is said that his parents acquired him as their son as the result of a boon granted to Anasuya by Shiva. Durvasa had ten thousand disciples who followed him everywhere, and whom he taught and kept under strict discipline.

 

To truly understand Rishi Durvasa, it is important to know of the power of the penance done by his parents. The father of Rishi Durvasa is Rishi Atri who is one of the three Brahmarishis, along with Rishi Gautama and Rishi Bharadwaj. These three Rishi’s are known as the givers of AUM (the original sound of the universe equivalent to the holy words in other world religions like Amen, Amin etc) for which they are called Brahma Rishi. All creative process began with A-U-M and is threefold, having A which is Brahma or birth (Rishi Gautama); U which is Vishnu or preservation or sustenance (Rishi Atri) and M, which is Shiva or destruction/end (Rishi Bharadwaj). Devi Ansuya, the wife of Rishi Atri, wanted to have a child. After many years of childlessness she asked her husband for permission to do a penance to the ‘Tridev’, (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) after a dream where she was told she would need to do a penance to have a child. She wanted a child with the attributes and lustre of Brahma Vishnu and Shiva.

The father of Rishi Durvasa is Rishi Atri who is one of the three Brahmarishis, along with Rishi Gautama and Rishi Bharadwaj. These three Rishi’s are known as the givers of AUM (the original sound of the universe equivalent to the holy words in other world religions like Amen, Amin etc) for which they are called Brahma Rishi.

After many years of penance she was granted the boon of children. The boon Devi Ansuya was given was that each of the Tridev would incarnate as her sons. Brahma incarnated as Soma, Vishnu incarnated as Dattatreya (the three-headed form of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva), and Shiva incarnated as Durvasa – a Rudra form of Shiva. Rudra is fiery and angry toward those that fall off the path of Dharma. Durvasa adopted a similar attitude and was quick to curse those he believed did not follow the path of Dharma. As an incarnation of Shiva he could control and discipline his ten thousand disciples and teach them the real truth.

 

In fact, Durvasa was famous for his angry nature. When a distracted Shakuntala neglected to serve Durvasa properly while at Saint Kanva’s ashram, he got angry and cursed her that the one whom she was thinking of, and for whom she neglected Durvasa, will forget her. It is because of this curse that King Dushyant forgot Shakuntala. Durvasa did not even spare Krishna from the power of his curses. One day, Durvasa was eating kheer (a sweet dish made of rice and milk).  Krishna was also there. Durvasa ordered Krishna to apply the leftover kheer to his body. Krishna applied it on Durvasa’s body, but did not put any on his feet, thinking the kheer to be consecrated. Durvasa got angry at this seeming oversight and cursed Krishna that “Since you did not obey my orders and did not apply the kheer on my feet, then your feet will not remain invulnerable to harm”. It is well known that Krishna eventually died because a hunter’s arrow struck his foot.

Durvasa got angry at this seeming oversight and cursed Krishna that “Since you did not obey my orders and did not apply the kheer on my feet, then your feet will not remain invulnerable to harm”. It is well known that Krishna eventually died because a hunter’s arrow struck his foot.

Durvasa was famous for his angry nature, but also for his straightforwardness. If he was welcomed duly with honor, he was pleased immediately. Once, Pandu’s wife Kunti had served him. Durvasa was pleased with Kunti’s service and so gave her a mantra (sound, syllable, word or a group of words that are capable of creating a transformation in reality). Upon uttering this mantra while thinking of any particular deity in her mind, she could summon any one of them to father a child with her. With the power of this mantra only, Kunti gave birth to Yudhishthir from Dharmaraj, (Lord of duty and religion), Bhima from Vayudev (Lord of wind), Arjun from Indra (Lord of Devtas in heaven) and Nakul and Sahadev from Ashvinikumars (the celestial twins).  Thus she gave birth to five sons and they became famous as Pandavas.

 

But it did not come out until much later that Kunti had actually first used the mantra to summon Suryadev, and as a result she had given birth to Karna, who was hidden away so as not to bring shame to his unmarried mother. Thus Kunti’s “dirty secret” also contributed its share to the cause of the end result: the Mahabharat war.

But it did not come out until much later that Kunti had actually first used the mantra to summon Suryadev, and as a result she had given birth to Karna, who was hidden away so as not to bring shame to his unmarried mother. Thus Kunti’s “dirty secret” also contributed its share to the cause of the end result: the Mahabharat war.

As told in the Garuda Puran, once upon a time Sage Durvasa visited the capital of Swarg (heaven). The Sage, being in a pleasant mood, intended to visit Lord Indra, and on meeting him, affectionately offered him a garland of “never-wilting” flowers. Lord Indra took them in a casual way, and then passed the garland to Airaawat (his divine elephant), who in turn immediately crushed the garland under his feet. Angered at this display of Lord Indra’s arrogance, Sage Durvasa pronounced a curse on him, that he would be divested of all his riches, virtues and powers. Upon knowing this, the mighty demon King, Bali attacked Swarg, and succeeded in snatching away all the riches and virtuous possessions of Indra, including his elephant. The gods were defeated and forced to wander on earth, so Lord Vishnu (the preserver of the Universe) advised Lord Indra that to regain his lost powers and splendor he needed ambrosia or Amrita (divine nectar). To extract this from the depths of the ocean, the demons were recruited to help churn the ocean along with the Gods. The mighty mountain Mandarachal was used as the agitator, the formidable serpent King, Vasuki, became the rope to power the churning action, and Lord Vishnu in the guise of a giant Kurm (tortoise), gave support to the mountain from the bottom and Lord Brahma (the creator of Universe) guided the churning process from the top. With the churning, fourteen Ratnas (virtuous jewels) emerged from the ocean.

Angered at this display of Lord Indra’s arrogance, Sage Durvasa pronounced a curse on him, that he would be divested of all his riches, virtues and powers. Upon knowing this, the mighty demon King, Bali attacked Swarg, and succeeded in snatching away all the riches and virtuous possessions of Indra, including his elephant.

Durvasa is a more difficult Rishi to understand. He made efforts to control his senses and therefore he represents the desires and their abilities to lead us astray. Durvasa is linked to Shiva, tamas and destruction.

When Lagna, or the planets are placed in Durvasa Rishi’s degrees then the propensity to anger and negative behaviour can be possible. But it is important to remember that when Durvasa Rishi was angry or gave a curse- it was only if the people fell from the dharmic path. But his discipline and following of the righteous path was unwavering. So humans may express his qualities without being privy to Durvasa Rishi’s divine knowledge. If we develop and work on our spiritual path, then we have earned the right to be angry at others at not doing the right thing or following the higher path.

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