Why do the Heroes in Real life have been going through the Tapo Bhumi (Heated Ground)?
- November 14, 2018
The undisputed spirit of investigation and a keen desire to know the real, the ultimate truth, most of us have heard from Saints and Yogis that “truth is God and God is truth”, therefore this statement has been encouraging seekers to go into the bottomless contemplation, thinking operation and beyond body mind complex.
I think that’s the reason, why all the seekers of truth have been going through the path of fire, light and surrendering in terms of eternal (Subjective) and external (Objective) expedition. Most of us can understand, why such people whose life is following the path of Satyam (truthfulness), have more haters and enemy, instead of people who can admire and appreciate their true identity, strength and capacity in the culture.
Although, the world has been noticing and awarded many of them with rewards in return of their loyalty, contribution and bold performance. Be it freedom fighters, thinkers, spiritual masters, scientists, social workers and so on. However, some of them have not received any rewards when they were alive, but later people understood the values of such people and honored the values and deeds of such heroes. And many of them just came into the world, did their duties and passed away with Gaurav and Santosha (dignity and self satisfaction) within themselves.
Here it doesn’t mean they wanted anything from us or to remember them in the pages of history for the future generations. For such heroes, it is an act of giving, selflessness and the zeal, without thinking of the return. The top secret if I reveal during that time was, the DHARMA (righteousness), YAMAS (self restraints) and NIYAMAS (observances) behind their thoughts, speeches and performances.
I am reminded of one beautiful story from the Upanishad (the part of Vedic texts), which has been inspiring and encouraging us even today on the path of fire and light. It is the story of King Harishchandra (the king of the surya dynasty) and sage Vishvamitra who got the title, “friend of all”. The kingdom of Harishchandra was well known for prosperity, charity, commitment and justice.
One day the king was marching with his armed forces and loud noise of drums so that the animals in the jungle remain away from them. The sage Vishvamitra was seated in deep meditation (Samadhi) and got disturbed, thus he got angry by the noise created by king’s army. The sage Vishvamitra stopped the army and said to the king, that because of him he failed in his years of austerity to get liberation.
The king immediately apologized to Vishvamitra and asked him to forgive, but Vishvamitra was full of anger and wanted to curse him in terms of punishment. Since, the king was well known to everyone for his good deeds, prosperity, helping others, commitment and justice, the sage told him that he must pay back in terms of their years of austerity. So he asked him to give up his kingdom and 1000 gold coins, by his own hard work within a period of one month. The king accepted what the sage asked him and thereafter the king left the kingdom with his wife and son.
The king along with his wife and son started to do labor work in a different kingdom, so that he could collect gold coins to offer to sage Vishvamitra in such short period of time, but it was impossible for him to collect the gold coins in exchange of his work.
One day the king decided that he will commit suicide, so the sage Vishvamitra may forgive his son and wife and return his kingdom to them. Thus, the king started walking towards the Ganges River, but his wife saw him and said that they will also commit suicide with him. The king stopped and started crying and the queen said that she’s his life partner and have equal rights in all the good and bad times with him. Therefore she must help him during his bad time, perform her role to help him keep his commitment. As a result, she decided to sell herself to get the gold coins in exchange and help the king to fulfill the commitment.
She made king agree to it to keep his commitment – truthfulness in an order of divine will and her responsibility. The king was unable to stop this incident; she sold herself and her son to the merchant but did not get enough gold coins which the king required. Therefore, the king sold himself to Chandala (who deals with disposal of corpses) to have enough gold coins. He collected the coins before the given time; he gave all the gold coins to Sage Vishvamitra and completed his commitment. The difficulties did not finish yet.
One day the king was working on the crematory ground and saw that a woman was coming with a corpse on her arms. When she came closer and saw that the king in such a poor condition, she started crying and said to him, that see yourself and myself where we are standing today, what truthfulness and righteousness has given us? We have lost our kingdom, respect, sold ourselves and now lost our son (prince). The poor king was standing with his head down and hands clasped together. She requested to the king, that please collect some pieces of wood, so that they we can conduct the crematory ceremony for the son. The king with a gentle voice said to her, first arrange some money, because it is his owner’s order to him that do not give anything without exchange or money. She was bitterly crying and telling him that he is your son, how can you say this? The king replied with gentle voice, that he has not lost his Dharma (righteousness) even when he had everything. Now when he has lost his kingdom, sold his wife, his son and himself, lost his son, how he could break his ethics in this situation when he has nothing. So, he said that you must give something, so that he can give it to his owner according to his commitment. She said that she has nothing accept her clothes on her body, which she was wearing and ready to give up. Suddenly the sage Vishvamitra appeared and stopped her, and said to the king that you and your family are really celestial beings and a living example of truthfulness. Being an ordinary man, you have passed through all your tests. What the sage had heard about the king, he found him beyond that, therefore, the sage with his mystic power made the king’s son alive, returned his kingdom and blessed them.
The moral of this story indicates that rightness and excellence through Karmas (deeds), by anyone never goes worthless, it has to be effective for the self and culture, materially or spiritually. Today or tomorrow, people will understand the values of their deeds (Karma), on a small or big scale, no matter what.
But, remember one thing, the forces they were having in terms of principles and they followed them with determination in the world of plurality. They stood alone but BOLD.
The world where we are living today is relying on manmade principles and our history is the biggest example, with untold and told stories of such people, we know as “Real Heroes” today.
With this hope, my writings shall inspire the reader and help him/her to remain motivated on the path of fire and light.