Chapter 2 Bhishma (Devavrata) Took Birth
Regardless of who you are, you must unquestionably become my wife. The goddess Ganga appeared in front of him and spoke these words to the mighty King Santanu. She enthralled his senses with her extraordinary beauty.
The monarch really gave his entire kingdom, all of his riches, and even his life in exchange for her love.
Ganga answered: “I will be your wife, O king. But under certain circumstances, neither you nor anybody else should ever inquire about my identity or place of origin. Additionally, you must never obstruct my efforts—good or bad—and you must never have any animosity toward me. You can’t say anything to me that makes me feel bad. If you behave improperly, I will immediately go from you. Do you concur?”
She married him and lived with him after the enamoured king promised his approval.
Her modesty, grace, and the constant affection she gave the king captured his heart. King Santanu and Ganga were unaware of the passing of time as they enjoyed a life of perfect contentment.
She had several children, each of whom she brought to the Ganges and threw into the water before returning to the monarch with a beaming expression.
Despite being overwhelmed with dread and agony at such evil behaviour, Santanu endured it all in silence because of the commitment he had made. He frequently questioned her identity, origin, and motivation for acting like a homicidal witch. He didn’t speak a word of guilt or remorse since he was still bound by his word and his all-controlling love for her.
As a result, she murdered seven kids. Santanu could no longer take it when the eighth kid was born and she was prepared to hurl it into the Ganges.
“Stop, stop,” he yelled, “why are you determined to carry out this dreadful and horrible murder of your own innocent babes?” The king restrained her as a result of her outburst.
“You have forgotten your pledge, O mighty king, since your heart is focused on your kid, and you no longer require my assistance. I go. I won’t harm this youngster, but before you condemn me, consider my tale. I am the goddess Ganga, beloved by both gods and humans, and am forced to play this vile role due to Vasishtha’s curse.
Vasishtha declared I would be their mother after being affected by the eight Vasus’ cries to be born in the realm of mankind. I dragged things out on you, which is good for you. Because of the service you provided to the eight Vasus, you will be sent to higher areas. I’ll raise your final child for a while and then give it back to you as a gift.”
The deity then vanished with the infant after speaking these remarks. This youngster went on to become known as Bhishma. The Vasus received Vasishtha’s curse in this manner. They took their wives on a vacation to a mountainous area where Vasishtha had built a hermitage. One of them happened to see Nandini, Vasishtha’s cow, grazing there.
He was drawn to its heavenly beauty, and he pointed it out to the women. One of them asked her husband to get the graceful animal for her after they all praised it loudly.
He answered: “What need do we, the devas, have for cow’s milk? The lord of the entire area, the sage Vasishtha, is the rightful owner of this cow. By consuming its milk, man will undoubtedly live forever. But since we are already immortal, this is of little benefit to us. Is it worthwhile for us to provoke Vasishtha’s anger in order to indulge in a whim?”
She was not, however, deterred by this. “In the earthly world, I have a great friend. I ask you to please do this for her. Before Vasishtha comes back, the cow and I will have escaped. You must unquestionably carry out my fondest request for my sake.” Her spouse eventually gave in. Together, all of the Vasus brought the cow and its calf with them.
Vasishtha missed the cow and calf when he got back to his ashrama since they were essential to his daily rituals.
By using his yogic awareness, he quickly learned all that had happened. He became furious and cursed the Vasus out of anger. They were intended to be born into the world of men, according to the sage, whose only riches was his asceticism. When the Vasus learned of the curse, they were too late to change their ways and hurled themselves on the sage’s mercy, pleading for pardon.
Says Vasishtha “The curse shall undoubtedly progress. The Vasu who took the cow, Prabhasa, will enjoy a long life in all glory, but the other Vasus will be released from the curse as soon as they are born. I won’t be able to stop the curse entirely with my words, but I can at least ease it some.”
Vasishtha then turned his attention back to his austerities, the impact of which had been significantly diminished by his rage. Sages who practise austerities have the ability to curse, but each time they use it, their worth decreases.
The Vasus approached the goddess Ganga after feeling comforted and pleaded with her: “We implore you to become our mother. We implore you to come to earth and wed a respectable man for our sake. As soon as we are born, throw us into the ocean to free us from the curse. The goddess answered their petition, travelled to the planet, and wed Santanu.
The monarch gave up all sensual pleasures and governed the realm with an austere attitude when the goddess Ganga left Santanu and vanished with the ninth child. He came upon the youngster when he was strolling along the Ganges riverbanks one day. The boy had the appearance and physical attributes of Devendra, the ruler of the gods.
The boy was enjoying himself by building an arrow dam across the rushing Ganges, just as he had done as a child with a forgiving mother. The goddess Ganga revealed herself to the monarch, who was stunned with awe by the sight, and presented the infant as his own son.
This is the ninth kid I gave birth to you, the queen remarked. I have discussed him up to this point. Devavrata is his name. He is as skilled with a weapon as Parasurama is, having perfected the trade. He is knowledgeable on the arts and sciences that Sukra is aware of and has learned the Vedas and Vedanta from Vasishtha. Take this kid back with you; he’s a terrific archer, a hero, and a master of diplomacy.
She then gave the kid a blessing, gave him to the king, his father, and left.
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