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SHORT STORY: TWO ARJUN TREES

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Two Arjun Trees

    Kuvera was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. And by the grace of Lord Shiva, Kuvera’s material opulence had no limits. In fact Kuvera was the treasurer of God’s wealth. He had two demigod sons by the name of Nalakuvera and Manigriva.

    As it normally happens, rich men often get addicted to wine and women. These two sons of Kuvera were no different. They also got addicted to the worldly pleasures. Once these two demigods desiring to enjoy life, entered the garden of Lord Shiva in the province of Kailash, located on the banks of Mandakini—Ganges.

    There they got busy listening to the tuneful songs of the beautiful women who accompanied them in that garden filled with fragrant flowers. They started drinking and soon got inebriated. In an intoxicated condition the two demigods entered Ganges that was filled with lotus flowers. There they began to enjoy the company of young girls.

    While they were enjoying themselves in the water, all of a sudden Narada the great sage happened to pass that way. He could understand that the demigods Nalakuvara and Manigriva were thoroughly intoxicated and could not see that he was passing by. The young girls however were not much intoxicated so after seeing sage Narada they immediately began to cover themselves. On the other hand Nalakuvara and Manigriva were so intoxicated that they could not appreciate the presence of sage Narada and therefore did not cover themselves.

    However, great sage Narada was compassionate and a well wisher. He wanted to end their false enjoyment of intoxication and association with young girls and wanted them to see Lord Krishna face to face. So he decided to curse them as follows. Because he felt that the attraction for material enjoyment was due to an increase in the mode of passion. A person in the material world when obliged by material opulence of riches, generally becomes addicted to three things—intoxication, sex and gambling.

    Narada thought, since Nalakuvera and Manigriva were indulging in false pleasure, they should be put into a condition of life that is devoid of opulence. He therefore decided to put these demigods into a condition where they could not be falsely proud of their material opulence and prestige.

    Narada was compassionate and wanted to save them from their fallen life. They were in a mode of darkness and therefore unable to control their senses. They were addicted to sex life. So it was the duty of a saintly person like Narada to save them from their abominable condition.

    In animal life the animal has no sense to understand that he is naked. But Kuvera was the treasurer of the Gods. A very responsible man and Nalakuvera and Manigriva were his two sons. Yet they became so animalistic and irresponsible that they could not understand due to intoxication, that they were naked.

    To cover the lower part of the body is a principle of human civilisation, and when men and women forget this principle they become no better than animals. Narada therefore thought that the best punishment for them was to make them immovable living entities, or trees.

    A tree by nature’s law, is immovable. It is covered by the mode of ignorance and cannot do any harm to anyone. So, the great sage Narada thought it fitting, that although, the brothers were punished to become trees by his mercy, they would continue to keep their memory and be able to know as to why they were being punished.

    After changing the body a living entity generally forgets his previous life. But in special cases by the grace of the Lord, as with Nalakuvara and Manigriva, one could remember his previous life.

    Sage Narada therefore contemplated that the two demigods should remain for one hundred years, in the time of God, in the form of trees. After which they would be fortunate enough to see the Supreme Personality of Godhead face to face, by his causeless mercy. Then again they would be promoted to the life of the demigods and become great devotees of Lord Krishna. After this, the great sage Narada returned to his abode Narayan-ashram and the two demigods turned into trees known as twin Arjuna Trees.

    The two demigods were favoured by the causeless mercy of Narada and given a chance to grow in Nanda’s courtyard and see Lord Krishna face to face.

    Although child Krishna was bound by the wooden mortar. He began to move towards the twin trees in order to fulfil the prophecy of his great devotee Narada. He knew Rishi Narada was his great devotee, and the trees standing before him as twin Arjuna Trees were actually the sons of Kuvera. ‘I must now fulfil the words of my great devotee Narada.’ He thought. Then he proceeded through the passage between the trees. Although he himself was able to pass through, the large wooden mortar stuck horizontally between the trees.

    Taking advantage of this, with great strength Lord Krishna began to pull the rope which was tied to the mortar. As soon as he pulled the two trees, all their branches and limbs, fell down with a great sound. And out of the trees came two great personalities shinning like blazing fire.

    There was light on all sides. The presence of two purified personalities made the ambience beautiful. They walked up to child Krishna and bowed in front of him to offer their respects and prayers. Krishna then blessed them—the two sons of Kubera.

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COULD THE BRITISH RAJ HAVE BLUNTED THE INTENSITY OF CASTEISM IN INDIA?

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     It is said—‘In India you can change your religion but not your caste.’ But this reality almost met with a challenge from the Britishers at the time of the British Raj which is largely unknown. In fact, had the British Raj, pushed its way through, it would have shown the way for abolishment of the caste system, all together. But they began only with criminals, by sending them to Andamans, better known as Kala Pani. (Literal meaning is ‘black waters’. But ‘Kala’ also signifies ‘kaal’—that signifies the time of death).

    If the British so wanted. In the eighty nine years of their dictatorial rule. They could have at least blunted the ferocity of the caste system in India, if not completely uprooted. But they had other nefarious designs that was to divide and rule. So, while on one hand they exploited the caste rivalry in the mainland, on the other they got rid of it by sending criminals to islands in Kala Pani. Where, they could rid them of their caste. But sadly, most of them were freedom fighters whom they had held as prisoners.

        These remote islands in Andamans, were considered suitable to punish the ‘India Independence’ activists—called the freedom fighters. Not only were they isolated from the mainland. The overseas journey to the islands (Kala Pani) also threatened them with loss of caste that could have resulted in social exclusion. Sadly, this is also corroborated by Hindu religious scriptures. These convicts were largely used in chain-gangs, to construct prisons, buildings and harbor facilities. Many were finally hanged and many died while building these structures. Where, they largely served to colonize the island for the British.

    That brings us, to the moot point. What about those Hindus, who were not prisoners? But have travelled overseas, either on business or pleasure. Have they also lost their caste identity like those prisoners, just because they crossed the seas? Because, as per the scriptures. Those Hindus who have travelled overseas, automatically lose their caste, and to retrieve it they need to go in for deep penance. Further, if we are to believe in the caste system. We also need to believe in the scriptures with equal measure. As both are ancient and part of our tenets. For it can’t be that on one hand we believe in the caste system but give the other theory a grand miss. For our religious scriptures below, say it all.

    The offense of crossing the sea is known as “Samudrolanghana” or “Sagarollanghana.” The Dharma Sutra of Baudhayana (II.1.2.2) lists sea voyages as first of the offences that cause the loss of varna (caste). The Dharma Sutra suggests a person can wipe away this offense in three years by eating little at every fourth meal time. By bathing at dawn, noon and dusk; standing during the day; and seated during the night.

    The reasons behind the taboo include the inability, to carry out the daily rituals, and the sin of contact with the mlecchas (barbarians). The fear of crossing the seas also derives from the notion. That it entailed the end of the reincarnation cycle as the traveler was cut off from the regenerating waters of the Ganges. Such voyages also meant breaking family and social ties. And, according, to another belief in the pre-modern India the Kala Pani (sea water) was inhabited by the houglis, bad spirits and monsters.

    During the Age of Discovery, Portuguese sailors noted that Hindus were reluctant to engage in maritime trade due to this taboo. In the eighteenth century, the Banias of North India, considered, even the crossing of the Indus River, at Attock as a taboo, and underwent purification rituals upon their return. However, not all Hindus adhered to the taboo, especially the Hindu merchants located in Burma, Muscat and other places.

    So, can we, then say. All those Hindus, who have traveled overseas, are now devoid of any caste?

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By Kamlesh Tripathi

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ONE TO TANGO … RIA’S ODYSSEY

AADAB LUCKNOW … FOND MEMORIES

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