Chapter 34 Yavakrida Killed for His Unpardonable Sin
Yavakrida acquired knowledge through studying the Vedas. He became conceited with the idea that he had learned the Vedas without the aid of humans, but rather thanks to Indra’s blessing.
This upset Bharadwaja, who worried that his son may become ruined as a result of insulting Raibhya. He felt the need to warm him. “As intoxicants are given to idiots for money, the gods, he claimed, bestow boons on foolish people who continuously do penance. They cause a lack of self-control, which causes the mind to become warped and completely destroyed.” He used the historic occurrence that is detailed below to illustrate his advise.
There there was a renowned sage by the name of Baladhi. He was devastated by the sudden loss of his son, which he had. Therefore, do strict penance in order to have a son who will never die.
The gods warned the sage that this was impossible since humans were inherently mortal and had a finite lifespan. He was asked to identify his own boundary.
“Then wish that my son’s life may last as long as that mountain endures,” the sage said. He received the blessing, and as a result, he was blessed with a son called Medhavi. Because he believed he would live as long as the mountain did, Medhavi developed a haughty attitude toward everyone and believed he was immune to death forever.
This conceited man once disrespected the renowned sage Dhanushaksha. The sage immediately cursed that he could be reduced to ashes, but Medhavi, who was still in full condition, was unaffected by the curse.
The high-souled sage was perplexed by this and then thought of the talent Medhavi was born with. Dhanushaksha transformed into a wild buffalo and, using the force of his penances, charged the mountain, smashing it to pieces, causing Medhavi to fall to her death.
Bharadwaja ended the tale by issuing his son the following serious warning: “Take a lesson from this old tale. Do not let vanity ruin you. Develop self-control. Respect the great Raibhya and don’t go over the bounds of acceptable behaviour.”
The season was spring. The woodland was lovely with colour and pleasant with the sound of birdsong, and the trees and creepers were lovely with blossoms.
The god of love seemed to have the entire planet under his sway. The wife of Paravasu was alone as she strolled through the garden next to Raibhya’s hermitage. She seemed more than human due to the wonderful blend of beauty, bravery, and purity within her.
When Yavakrida arrived there at that moment, he was so overcome by her beauty that he lost all sense of reason and restraint, turning into a ravenous beast consumed with desire. He approached her, dragged her to a lonely place, and brutally assaulted her while preying on her fear, humiliation, and confusion.
Returning to his hermitage, Raibhya. He witnessed his daughter-in-law sobbing, heartbroken, and distraught, and when he learned of the heinous offence committed against her, he was overcome with unrelenting hatred. While saying a mantra, he pulled a hair off his bead and presented it to the flames. Immediately, a young woman as lovely as his daughter-in-law appeared from the sacrifice fire.
The sage removed a further hair from his tangled lock and sacrificed it. From the fire, a terrifying apparition emerged. They were told to slay Yavakrida by the sage. To the command, they both bowed. While Yavakrida was doing the morning rites, the female ghost approached him and lured him in with smiles and allurements. As she fled with his water jug, the male ghost charged at him with a raised spear.
Yavakrida panicked and stood up. He searched for his water jug since he knew his mantras wouldn’t help unless he washed himself with water. He hurried to a pond for water when he realised it was missing, but the pond was empty. When he arrived at the neighbouring brook, it had likewise dried up. He could find no water everywhere. Yavakrida ran for his life as the dreadful creature followed him everywhere as he was being hounded by it.
His wickedness had squandered the effectiveness of his fasts and vigils. Finally, he sought safety in his father’s sacrifice room.
As he tried to push his way inside the hermitage while deformed with grave terror, the half-blind man on duty stopped him since he was unable to identify Yavakrida. The devil caught up with him in the meanwhile and speared him to death.
When Bharadvaja arrived back to his hermitage, he saw his son’s body and deduced that Raibhya’s disobedience must have caused this horrible fate.
“Alas! You died of pride and vanity, my kid. Was it not a grave error on your part to attempt to study the Vedas in a manner unheard of among brahmanas? Why did your actions cause you to receive this curse? May Raibhya, who was responsible for my son’s murder, be slain by one of his sons!”
The sage cursed Raibhya as a result, driven by fury and despair.
He quickly regained control and cried out in pain: “Alas! Only those without sons are blessed. In the chaos of my grief, I cursed my friend and companion in addition to losing my own kid. What good is it for me to live on?” He committed himself by jumping onto the cremation fire after cremating the body of his son.
Keep Mahabharat Book at Home and Read Daily – DO NOT FALL TO FAKE PROPAGANDA and Allow Enemies to Weaken our Dharma and Bharat
This historical epic Mahabharat is known as fifth Veda. It is a common misconception spread by mlecchas; muslims and christian missionaries, and secular Hindus that reading Mahabharat or keeping it at home will likely lead to arguments and fighting. All of this misinformation was spread by illiterate mlecchas and anti-Hindus, and it is completely incorrect. It is done to mentally weaken Hindus so that they avoid reading Mahabharat. Because Mahabharat invokes bravery, pride and sense of confidence in Hindus.
Keep a copy of Mahabharat at home and read it online at the HariBhakt website. Mahabharat is rightly called the fifth Veda for Kaliyuga people because it is a tool and guidance to invoke confidence and bravery in Sanatan Dharmi Hindus.
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