Chapter 106 Yudhishthira Shocked to See Pandavas in Hell!
The devastating news of Vasudeva’s passing and the annihilation of the Yadavas reached Hastinapura. The Pandavas lost all remaining ties to earthly existence when they learned the news. Parikshit, Abhimanyu’s son, was anointed emperor, and the five brothers departed the city with Draupadi. They set off on a pilgrimage, stopping at revered sites until they arrived in the Himalayas.
Somewhere along the way, a dog joined them and kept them company. On their final journey, the seven of them ascended the peak. One by one, they passed away from exhaustion as they climbed the mountain’s trail. The youngest persons died first. One by one, Draupadi, Sahadeva, and Nakula were freed from the weight of the flesh. Thus Arjuna and the mighty Bhima then came after.
Yudhishthira saw the deaths of his loved ones. However, he continued calmly, resisting the pull of sadness since the light of Truth shone so brightly in front of him. What was substance and what was shadow was known to Yudhishthira. The dog continued to pursue Yudhishthira. Dharma is the sole permanent companion on the path of life, the poet teaches in this incident of the dog.
When Yudhishthira’s wife and brothers left him alone on the arduous mountain journey, dharma, in the form of a dog, pursued him.
Indra finally materialised in his chariot as he ascended to a high height.
“Before you, your brothers and Draupadi have come. You have fallen behind because of the weight of your body. Ascend my chariot and follow me physically. I’ve arrived to take you,” Indra remarked. However, the dog also climbed up when Yudhishthira moved to take his place in Indra’s chariot.
“No, no,” Indra murmured. He pulled the dog away and said, “Dogs have no place in swarga.”
Yudhishthira said, “Then there is no place for me either,” and vowed not to board the celestial chariot if he had to abandon his devoted partner. Dharma was satisfied with his son’s behaviour since he had come to test Yudhishthira’s allegiance. The dog disappeared from view. When Yudhishthira arrived at Swarga. He noticed Duryodhana there.
The goddess of heroism and other angels were present around the Kuru prince, who was sitting on a lovely throne and who shined with the glory of the sun. No one, even his brothers, was visible to him. Yudhishthira found it astounding.
Yudhishthira said, “Where are my brothers, ye inhabitants of swarga?”
“This greedy, dim-witted man is present. He is not someone I want to spend time with. This man’s jealousy and resentment drove us to murder friends and family members. We watched as Panchali, an innocent woman who had been married to us in a sacred union, was brought into the Assembly Hall and abused on the instructions of this evil man while we stood helpless due to the dictates of dharma. I can’t stand to see this evil man. Where are my brothers, please? I want to follow them there.” Yudhishthira said this while turning his gaze away from Duryodhana’s sitting position of splendour.
Then Yudhishthira was addressed by Narada, the celestial rishi of universal knowledge, who grinned disapprovingly and said: “Prince, this is not proper. We in swarga have no grudges. Don’t talk about Duryodhana in this way. The intrepid Duryodhana came to be via the kshatriya dharma’s might. It is wrong to allow the things of the flesh to remain in the mind and sow discord. Stay here with king Duryodhana and obey the rule. Hatred has no place in the swarga. You came here in a human form, which is why you are experiencing these incorrect emotions. Son, throw them away!”
“O revered sage,” Yudhishthira said “Duryodhana, a person who was a sinner, could not know right from evil, caused misery to decent men, fuelled hostility and fury, and killed innumerable men, has gained this swarga of warriors. Where is that higher splendour, where my valiant and kind brothers and Draupadi must reside? I can’t wait to meet them, Karna, and all the companions and princes who dedicated their lives in the line of duty. They’re not in sight, I observe. I want to see Sikhandin, the Panchala prince, Virata, Drupada, and Dhrishtaketu again. I desire to see Draupadi and Abhimanyu’s beloved sons. They’re not in sight, I observe. Where are those people who, in order to save my life, flung their bodies into the fray like ghee in a sacrifice? None of them are in sight. Where are all of them? They must be where I belong. My mother Kunti urged me to also give libations for Karna at the conclusion of the war. Even now, the thought of that makes me so sad. I killed Karna without realising he was my own blood brother. I cannot wait to see him. I desire to see and be with Bhima, who I love more than life, Arjuna, who was like Indra himself, the twins Nakula and Sahadeva, and our beloved Panchali, who is firm in dharma. What good would it do for me to stay here, apart from my brothers, if I didn’t want to be in heaven? That me is swarga wherever they may be; not here!”
When the angels heard this, they said, “O Yudhishthira, by all means, leave right away if you truly want to be with them. There is no reason to wait,” they instructed a steward to remove Yudhishthira. As a result, the messenger went first, and Yudhishthira followed. As they continued, it quickly grew dark, and in the looming blackness, strange and repulsive objects could be faintly seen. He went through blood and offal slime that was slick. Carrion, bones, and the hair of dead men littered the walkway. There were wiggling worms everywhere, and the air was revoltingly foul. Everywhere he looked, he saw dismembered human bodies.
Yudhishthira was appalled and bewildered. As he went along, his mind was tortured by a thousand thoughts. “How much further do we have to travel on this path? Where are my brothers, really? Let me know, my buddy.” In great distress, he asked the messenger a question.
“If you’d like, we can go back,” the messenger responded gently. The location’s nauseating scents gave Yudhishthira the idea to turn around briefly. However, at that very moment, loud lamentations from all around erupted, as if sensing his intent. “Dharmaputra, don’t turn around! At least a few minutes should be spent here. Your presence has temporarily spared us from suffering. We felt some alleviation from our suffering as a result of the pleasant, clean aura that you brought with you when you arrived. Kunti’s son, just being in your presence makes us feel better and lessens our sorrow. O remain, even if just for a moment. Don’t turn around. We get a break from our agony while you are here.” Therefore, the voices begged.
Yudhishthira stood in excruciating confusion as he listened to the loud lamentations that were now coming from all around him. He cried out in shock at the heartbreaking agony in the hazily recalled voices: “Ah!” as miserable beings! Who are you to lament in such a way? What brought you here?”
I am Karna, said a voice, “Lord.”
One more responded, “I’m Bhima.”
A third voice yelled out, “I am Arjuna.”
Another voice shouted out in a pitiful tone, “Draupadi.”
The sad cries of “I am Nakula,” “I am Sahadeva,” “We are Draupadi’s sons,” and other such expressions continued till Yudhishthira was unable to take any more.
What sin, specifically, are these accountable for? He cried. “What virtuous actions by Dhritarashtra’s son Duryodhana made him sit like Mahendra in heaven while they are in hell? Am I awake or am I dreaming? Am I going crazy? Have I lost my mind?”
Yudhishthira cursed the gods and repudiated dharma in a fit of rage. He quickly turned to face the accompanying angel and stated: “Retake your master’s course. I’m going to stay where my beloved brothers are sent to hell for no other reason than their loyalty to me. Allow me to join them.”
After returning, the messenger told Indra what Yudhishthira had stated. So ended the thirteenth hour of the day. Then Indra and Yama showed up in front of Yudhishthira, who was standing there in agony. When they arrived, the ghastly visions vanished along with the darkness. There was no longer any sign of the sinners or their suffering. Yama, the deity of dharma, was beaming at his son Yudhishthira while a sweet breeze blew.
“This is the third time I’ve put you to the test, wisest of men. For the love and benefit of your brothers, you decided to stay in hell. King and rulers will inevitably experience hell, even if only temporarily. As a result, you were destined to experience the pain of hell for the thirty-first portion of a day as well. The revered Savyasachi (Arjuna) and your cherished brother Bhima are not actually in hell. neither Karna the righteous, nor anyone else you believed had been sentenced to suffer. It was a trick created to put you to the test. This is swarga, not hell. Do you not see Narada there, a traveller who has seen all three worlds? Stop weeping.”
When Dharmaputra heard Yama say this, he was now stable and transformed. He no longer had a mortal body and had become a deity. Every trace of resentment and animosity vanished along with the human body.
Then Yudhishthira beheld Karna, all of his brothers, and the sons of Dhritarashtra, all of whom had gained the godly state and were calm and without wrath. Yudhishthira at last discovered true contentment and calm in this reunion. Thus, ended the leela of all Dharmic characters who took ayonija birth to finish off Adharmis that were at peak during last years of Dwapar Yug.
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