After studying the first study called Pap-Vipak, God Veer Prabhu started the second study. In the Bharata region of this Jambudweep there was a town called Vyaparigram. The people of this city were very prosperous and lived in skyscrapers. Everyone had a treasure of wealth and food. Everyone was happy.
The king’s name was Mitra. He was very brave and mighty. He had many queens. The Queen’s name was Shri. Shri Rani was not only beautiful but was also modest and virtuous. In the same city, Vijayamitra used to live. His wife’s name was Subhadra. Subhadra was beautiful. While enjoying worldly pleasures, Subhadra gave a birth to a good looking Son, named – Ujjhitak.
Once upon a time. We (Vardhamana Swami) while visiting the Vihara visited a garden called Duteepalash, located in the northeast of the Vanijyagram. In one corner of the garden was the Yakshayatana (temple) of Sudharma Yaksha. Here the deities composed the embellishment. The kings along with the people also came to listen to the sermon and everyone was pleased to hear it.
Midday was the time of alms. After receiving my permission, Indrabhuti Gautam, who did the penance of Chhata (2 upwas) , went out to take alms. On the way, he saw strange scenes. On the highway, contingents of elephants, horses and soldiers were seen ready for any fierce battle.
When Gautama moved forward, a strange man appeared among those soldiers. His nose and ears were severed. Hands were tied backwards. There was a garland of red flowers around his neck. The whole body was smeared with oil and the powder of ocher was added. That person was very afraid. The indomitable craving to live was visible in his eyes. The elders appointed by the king were constantly mutilating him and throwing small pieces of his body in front of him and throwing them on the highway in front of him, which were being eaten by birds like eagles and crows.
As this pain was incomplete, hundreds of people were beating him with stones and whips. In such a situation, he was surrounded by thousands of people, was being taken in the streets of the city. At each crossroad, the announcement was made by the announcer – “O citizens! King Or Prince are not responsible for this plight of Ujjhitaka. It is sad because of the deeds done by ourselves.
Gautam’s mind got overwhelmed after seeing this scene. There was a thought in his psyche that this man is experiencing so much anguish.
Gautam returned after receiving alms from Vyapargram, his mind was furious. They were thinking what such deeds this man has done, which is suffering so much? Gautam asked me, “O God! Today, a man who has experienced the pangs of hell, what kind of karma led to this odd condition from which he is suffering ?
To address the question I described his earlier life precisely. There was a city called Hastinapur in the Bharat region of the Jambudweep. It’s king was Sunand. Sunand’s greatness was as amazing and unshakable as that of the Himalayan Mountains. In the central part of this city, there was a huge gaushala with hundreds of columns. It was beautiful and pleasing to the mind. Thousands of cows, buffaloes, calves and bulls lived in this cowshed. There was a good arrangement of grass and water for their fodder.
Animals did not have any kind of fear in this gaushala. There was no possibility of any disturbance. All kinds of facilities for animals were available there. The biggest feature of this Gaushala was that the animals of the people used to come here, as well as other animals which were not owned and used to roam around here and there.
In the town of Hastinapur, there lived a great man named Bhima. He was a master of terrible elusion, false-propaganda and fraudulent policy. Unrighteousness was his nature. It was his religion to torture others and to experience joy in it.
Bhima’s wife was Utpala. At one time Utpala was pregnant. Three months of gestation were completed. At such a time, she had a twitch – ‘Those women, those mothers are blessed, fortunate, their life is successful, who are fed fried, roasted or miscellaneous of various parts of different kinds of animals like cow. Cooked meat made with spices is available for feeding. Along with it, drinking beverages like Sura, Madhu, Asava, Kadambari, Draksha are also available.
Truly blessed are those women, who get fulfilled such a plea. I am also twitched. Hopefully! Somehow it can be completed.’
Utpala had such twitch which remained in her mind only. She could not speak her mind to her husband. Her pleadings were not getting complete, so she started to feel anxious. This made her body dry up. The flesh of the body melted and the skeleton just started appearing. The body started to look like a patient.
The glow of the face disappeared. She used to stay sad. Body became pale. The sharp eyes disappeared. Lotus kind of face withered away. She stopped dressing with fragrance, beautiful clothes, gold jewelery and delicate flowers. The conscience of the decisiveness was destroyed. She became completely zero minded.
These changes in Utpal’s body could not remain hidden. Seeing weaker wife, Bhima asked- ‘Dear! What is the reason for this change in your body? You are always mourning, while these are the days of your celebration. Why are clouds of concern appearing at such a time? Seeing your sorrow, my heart is crumbling. ‘
Hearing this, Utpala said- ‘Swaminath! My womb is about three months old. I am struck by how blessed those women are, who fulfill their desire with a variety of non-vegetarian and varied types of drinking. What do I get? How will my prayer be fulfilled? Praneshwar! This desire of mine is not getting fulfilled, so the happiness of my mind is gone. My mind has become impatient. I live constantly into it.
Hey dear I feel that as long as I do not get this fulfilled, there will be no difference in my body and enthusiasm. ‘
Hearing this, Bhima told his wife- ‘Dear! Now you are free from worry. I will surely fulfill your desire.’
Utpala was convinced after hearing Bhima’s words like this. The day was over. Evening cloudy Night arrived. At midnight, Bhima exited his bedroom. He wore thick armor on the body and bow-arrow on the shoulder. Several other big and small arms came out of the house and reached the Gaushala located in the central part of the town of Hastinapur.
( To be continued…)