Janmajaya desires to learn more about King Prithu from whose name, Earth derived its name Prithvi. Therefore, he requested Vaishampayana to narrate the tale of how Prithvi granted all her assets to King Prithu. The Sage was glad to hear this from the king for hearing pastimes of Prithu Maharaj yielded great benefits as mentioned in the later sections of he blogpost.
Shukhadeva said: “From the navel of Sri Vishnu, the creator of the material universe, Sri Brahma was born. The creation is fundamentally split into two parts, the first being manifestations of Brahma the material universe, while the second part is the creation initiated by the Supreme Lord Himself. The universal creation of Brahma is known as Vyasthi Shristhi
Viraha is the Feeling of extreme separation. This is an internal mood in which the Bhakta is eternally established until he unites with Bhagawan in the spiritual domain. Viraha bhava at times synonymously used with Gopi-Bhaav but, it might not necessarily be so. The basis of Viraha can also be with respect to Dasya, Sakhya and Vatsalya Bhavas.
Maya and Bhagawan, are eternal, existing irrespective of the creation, maintenance or annihilation of the universe. Maya is not unreal because she is the potency of Bhagawan. The Lord is her master and she is the embodiment of His energy. Energy is always subservient to the energetic, just like a powerful person may not display his power although he does possess it.
Though essentially living entities are spiritual, they are subjected to the Mayic force of Bhagawan, due to their enjoying tendency overpowering their spiritual characteristic.
Therefore, Shukhadeva first explains Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi or ‘different stages of meditation’ to Parikshit. The latter tried to focus, but the mind would to drift away after some moments. This is a very common experience for many of us. One is not able to retain his concentration levels with the same effectiveness as he did in the beginning.
The enlightened sage was not affected by this act of the king and continued to meditate harmoniously without any internal or external conflict. But, the sage’s son Sringin who learnt about the crime issued against his father as narrated by one of his fellow friends was propelled to curse the guilty. He cursed: “Seven days...
Parikshita Maharaja was a descendant of the Kuru dynasty and was the son of Abhimanyu and Uttara. His grandfather was Arjuna, the great archer. When Pariskhit was unborn, housed in the womb of Uttara, the fallen Brahmana Ashwatthama released the detrimental Brahamastra intended to uproot the offspring of the Pandavas.
In one fight that broke between the Devatas and Asuras, Devi Aditi approached her husband Kashypa and asked her to bless her sons, Indra and other Devatas with victory. Overpowered by dissatisfaction that came about by the defeat of the Asuras in major battles that ensued between the two parties, she sought a boon of bearing powerful sons from her husband.