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Avatars of Vishnu, total of Ten - Shri Krishna - Ch. 12

BY Mr Shiv Sagar February 11,2017
Avatars of Vishnu, total of Ten - Shri Krishna - Ch. 12

Sandipani Muni next told the story of the Matsya avatar (avatars of Vishnu as a fish). He said that after the final destruction of the universe, a new universe was to be created. At the beginning of the story, pious king Satyavrat was praying and offering water to the Lord, when a small fish swam into his hand.

The fish requested him to put her back in the water so that she could survive. The king put her into a vessel full of water. The fish grew bigger in size, so the king put her in a bigger vessel but the fish grew even larger, so the other vessel also became small for her.Finally, he put her into the sea and there also her size increased.

It was then the king understood that the fish was a divine soul. The king asked her, “Who are you? And what is this illusion? You are definitely God and I surrender to you. My ego has burst. My palace and this sea seem to be too small for you.” The fish was actually God himself.

"The king understood that the fish was a divine soul. The king asked her, “Who are you? And what is this illusion? You are definitely God and I surrender to you. My ego has burst. My palace and this sea seem to be too small for you.” The fish was actually God himself."

The Lord manifested in the Chaturbhuj form and because the king had been appropriately humble; he was pleased with him and told him, “When there will come the final destruction of this universe, you must take the Saptarishi (a group of seven principal sages) in your boat and protect them.”

So, at the time of destruction, the king protected the lives of the Saptarishi along with one of every species and with these alone God created the new universe. During this process of creation, God protected the boat of the king Satyavrat in the form of a fish, and because of this; this avatar of Vishnu came to be known as Matsyaavatar.

On Lord Vishnu’s advice, to obtain the nectar of immortality and other divine things from the ocean, the deities asked for help from the demons, because the deities could not carry out a massive undertaking like the churning the ocean all alone. Even the demons could not do it alone. That is why both of them needed cooperation and do the work jointly.

"Lord manifested in the Chaturbhuj form and because the king had been appropriately humble; he was pleased with him and told him, “When there will come the final destruction of this universe, you must take the Saptarishi (a group of seven principal sages) in your boat and protect them.” So, at the time of destruction, the king protected the lives of the Saptarishi along with one of every species and with these alone God created the new universe."

Mandrachal Mountain was made with the churning paddle and the churning began. During the churning, when Mandrachal was drowning, Vishnu in the form of a tortoise took it on his back and supported it. From the churning of the ocean, Lakshmiji, Moon and other divine things arose and were taken out. Lord Dhanvantri finally came out with the pot of nectar. A battle was fought between the deities and the demons to get possession of the nectar. This is the story of Kurma, one of the ten Avatars of Vishnu.

Indra killed the demon king Bali in a fight. Shukracharya, the priest of the demons with the help of Sanjivani Vidya (the act of restoring a dead man to life) resurrected him. The nectar was in the possession of the deities now. King Bali decided to perform a hundred yagyas in order to take revenge for his defeat at the hands of Lord Indra.

He completed ninety-nine of them; if he completed the full hundred yagyas then he would have earned the position that Indra was now in, and the deities would be then in trouble. To save the deities from this crisis, Lord Vishnu manifested into a Vaman (dwarf) and asked Bali for land equal to three of his steps.

Bali gave this boon according to his promise. In the form of Vaman, Lord measured the earth and the heavens with two steps of his Divine feet, and then placed the third step onto the head of Bali and pushed him down into the Patal lok (the nether world).

The Lord was pleased with the faith with which Bali did the yagyas, and his willingness to give up his kingdom to Vishnu, and gave him a boon that in the Savarna Manvantar, he would attain the position of Indra and his desire would be fulfilled. After telling the story of the Kurma incarnation and the Vaman incarnation, Sage Sandipani told the story of the Ram avatar.

"Indra killed the demon king Bali in a fight. Shukracharya, the priest of the demons with the help of Sanjivani Vidya (the act of restoring a dead man to life) resurrected him. The nectar was in the possession of the deities now. King Bali decided to perform a hundred yagyas in order to take revenge for his defeat at the hands of Lord Indra. He completed ninety-nine of them; if he completed the full hundred yagyas then he would have earned the position that Indra was now in, and the deities would be then in trouble."

In the Tretayug, the king of Ayodhya, Dashrath, organized a putrakameshthi yagya (a sacrifice done with the intent  to father an heir). Sage Saptashringa accomplished the yagya. King Dashrath was blessed with four sons, namely Rama, Lakshman, Bharat and Shatrughna. 

Sage Vashishtji educated all the four princes. On the other side, Sage Vishwamitra came to Dashrath for help, as the demons had interrupted his yagya. Rama and Lakshman, to help him, went to the jungle and killed the demons Subhahu and Tadka, who had interrupted the yagya.

After this Rama and Lakshman went on to Janakpuri along with Vishwamitra. King Janak had organized a Swayamvar (a choice of husband made by a princess in a public ceremony) for his daughter Sita. The condition of the swayamvar was that the one who broke the Shivdhanush (a bow) in the care of King Janak would be the one who would marry Sita. Rama broke the dhanush and wed Sita.

Lord Parshuram got very angry on his worshipful Lord Shiva’s bow being broken and he came to the yagya of Janak but as soon as he saw Rama, he understood that he was the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.  Parshuram’s time for incarnation was over. The Rama avatar (one of the ten avatars of Vishnu) had taken over. Parshuram took his leave while praising him.

"Lord Parshuram got very angry on his worshipful Lord Shiva’s bow being broken and he came to the yagya of Janak but as soon as he saw Rama, he understood that he was the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.  Parshuram’s time for incarnation was over. The Ram avatar (incarnation as Rama) had taken over."


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