Chapter 7 Undefeated Yayati
One of the Pandavas’ forebears was Yayati. He had never experienced losing. He adhered to the rules of the sastras, worshipped the gods, and showed great loyalty to his forefathers. He rose to fame as a leader committed to the welfare of his people.
However, as has already been mentioned, Sukracharya’s curse for wronging his wife Devayani caused him to age prematurely. Yayati “attained that old age which ruins beauty and brings on sufferings,” as the Mahabharata’s poet put it. The anguish of youth abruptly transitioning into old age, when the miseries of loss are heightened by pangs of memory, doesn’t need to be described.
Yayati was suddenly an elderly man, yet his need for physical pleasure persisted. He has five lovely boys who were all upright and successful. Yayati called them and beseeched them with compassion: “I’ve aged abruptly and prematurely thanks to your grandpa Sukracharya’s curse. I haven’t enjoyed enough of life’s pleasures. Because I didn’t know what was ahead for me, I led a life of restraint, depriving myself of even legal pleasures. One of you should carry the weight of my advanced age and exchange his youth for mine. He will control my empire if he consents to this and gives me his youth. I want to experience life in all of its freshness.”
He started by asking his oldest son. This son answered: “O great monarch, if I were to assume your old age, women and servants would make fun of me. I am unable to go. Ask one of my younger brothers, who you value more than I do.”
The second son politely declined when he was approached, saying: “Father, you want me to accept old age, which I see diminishes knowledge in addition to power and beauty. I lack the strength to accomplish that.”
Response from the third son: “An elderly man cannot ride an elephant or a horse. His words will stutter. What can I do in this hopeless situation? I can’t concur.”
The king was furious and disappointed that his three sons refused to carry out his wishes, but he expressed optimism for improvement in his fourth son, telling him: “You shall assume my seniority. If you trade your youth for mine, I’ll return it to you after a while and take back the old age that I was plagued with.”
The fourth son pleaded for forgiveness since he could in no way agree to this. It was a very terrible situation when an elderly man needed other people’s assistance just to maintain his body clean. No, despite how much he loved his father, he was unable to.
Yayati was devastated by the four boys’ rejection. Nevertheless, he begged his final son, who had never challenged his demands before, in the vain hope that it would work: “You have to help me. Due to Sukracharya’s curse, I am cursed with this old age with its wrinkles, weakness, and grey hairs. The test is too challenging! If you’ll accept these ailments, I’ll continue to enjoy life for a little bit longer before returning your youth to you and starting over with my old age and all its woes. Puru, the youngest son, motivated by filial love, said: “Father, I gladly offer you my youth and relieve you of the miseries of old age and concerns of state. Please do not refuse as your elder brothers have done.” Be content.”
When Yayati heard what he said, she hugged him. Yayati was transformed into a young man the moment he touched him. Puru, who accepted his father’s advanced age, governed the country and attained great fame. Yayati loved life for a while, but when she was no longer content, she went to Kubera’s garden and spent a lengthy time with an Apsara maiden.
After many years of fruitless attempts to gratify desires, the reality finally dawned on him.
As he arrived at Puru, he said: “Dear son, indulgence never satisfies sensual longing, just as ghee never puts out a fire. Although I had heard and read this, I had not realised it until today. Nothing will ever fulfil a man’s need, not even corn, wealth, livestock, or women. The only way to find tranquilly is to develop a mental equilibrium that goes beyond likes and dislikes. Brahman is in such a situation. Reclaim your youth, and lead the kingdom with wisdom and skill.”
Yayati surrendered his old age with these remarks. Yayati, who had retreated to the wilderness, appointed Puru, who had recovered his youth, as king. He lived a life of frugality there and eventually gained paradise.
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.
You can read complete Mahabharat by following Chapter links given below. You can check Glossary of Mahabharat here.