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The Glory of Devotion!

King Ambareesha who belonged to the Solar dynasty was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Though he had so much of wealth, power, position and people at his command he never became proud of them all. On the contrary he ruled his kingdom rightly and justly as a sevak of the Lord. He conducted yagnas, performed austerities, undertook vows and pilgrimages, worshipped Lord Sri Hari and also was a very charitable person. Pleased with him, Lord Narayana gave him the “Sudarshan Chakra” – His own divine weapon as a gift. Under the grace of the Divine Disc the kingdom flourished and prospered.

Ambareesha and his wife undertook “Ekadashi Vratham” for a whole year. According to the rules of the Vratham, total fasting has to be observed on Ekadashi, whereas it is only one meal on 10th day (Dashami) and on the 12th day (Dwadashi). The king was concluding the Vratham in the month of Kartik, in Mathura, on the banks of the Yamuna river. After the fasting on Ekadashi day, on the next day of Dwadashi, Ambareesha had a holy dip in the river, worshipped the Lord, gave away gifts in charity and offered food to the sadhus and brahmanas. The king was then about to break his fast, when Sage Durvasa came there. Seeing the Rishi, the King received him and humbly requested him also to join for food. Durvasa agreed and went to have a bath in the river. For a long time he did not come. The auspicious time for breaking the fast was approaching. If there was delay in breaking the fast, the king would lose all the merit of the Ekadashi Vratham.

But after having invited a guest for food, it would be wrong to eat before the guest is served. Not knowing what to do, he consulted the sadhus over there. They told him to wait for the guest, but at the same time to sip a little water which is equivalent to breaking the fast so that the merit of breaking the fast at the right time would be honoured. As the king was sipping the water offered to the Lord, Durvasa came. He flew into a rage saying that the king had insulted and humiliated a guest by having something before serving the guest first. The king tried to explain the situation to him saying that he had just sipped a little water to keep up the rules of the Vratham. But Durvasa was in no mood to listen to him.

He plucked out a strand of his matted hair and flung it on the ground. It manifested into a horrible monster and rushed to devour the king. The king silently prayed to the Lord. Immediately Sudarshan Chakra came whirling forward and destroyed the demon instantaneously. After that the Chakra moved forward to attack the Sage. He was so terrified that he started running. Wherever he ran, the Chakra followed him. Not knowing what to do, in sheer desperation the Sage ran to all the three worlds, crossed all the seven oceans, begged all the devatas, but nobody could help him. He ran to Lord Brahma and next to Lord Shiva. Both of them expressed their utter helplessness in containing the might of Vishnu Chakra. Finally he approached Lord Vishnu in Vaikunta. Even there, Lord Vishnu expressed his helplessness saying that he was bound to the devotee by chords of devotion and therefore could not help him. It was only the Lord’s devotee, Ambareesha who could save him.

Durvasa ran back to Ambareesha and flung himself at the devotee’s feet pleading to be saved. Seeing the Sage fall at his feet, Ambareesha stepped back and prayed to Sudarshan Chakra to withdraw itself and calm down. On seeing the Chakra withdraw Durvasa was relieved. All this time, Ambareesha was waiting without having his food, so that he could first serve his guest and then have his food. The Sage was very happy and pleased to see the faith and devotion, committment and seva-bhav of King Ambareesha. He blessed him with all his heart and left the palace basking in the glorious thoughts of the Lord and His devotees.

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Ashwathama bargains for Sudarshana!

Dronacharya was the teacher of both the Kauravas and Pandavas. The Pandavas and the Kauravas learnt all forms of knowledge from their Guru. Amongst all the students, Arjuna indeed was the favourite student of Drona. The Pandavas and Kauravas specialized themselves in the art of warfare. Arjuna in archery, Bhima and Duryodhana in fighting with mace and so on.

Dronacharya had a son by name Ashwathama. When Ashwathama was born, he made sounds similar to that of a horse (ashwa). Hence he was named as Ashwathama. Drona always had a soft corner for his son. Dronacharya himself trained his son in archery and very soon, Ashwathama grew up to become one of the best archer and warrior.

Ashwathama knew that his father Drona had a soft corner for Arjuna, and therefore he disliked the Panadavas. He also knew that Krishna always favoured the Pandavas, because they were always on the side of righteousness. If at all there was a war between the Pandavas and Kauravas in future, he was sure that Krishna would definitely support the Pandavas.

Krishna had a very powerful weapon – the Sudarshana Chakra which is attributed only to Lord Narayana. In order to gain lordship over the Divine Disc, Ashwathama thought of going to Krishna and getting the Sudarshana Chakra for himself by bargaining with the most powerful weapon he had – the Brahma-astra. He immediately left for Dwaraka and met Krishna. He put forth his proposal in front of Krishna. He would give Krishna the most powerful weapon which he had which could kill anyone, in exchange for the Sudarshana Chakra. Krishna smiled and immediately invoked His divine weapon, the Sudarshana Chakra. It immediately appeared in front of Him in all its brilliant lustre. Krishna then asked Ashwathama to lift the Chakra and take with him if he could.

Ashwathama who was physically very strong was extremely happy. He was very confident that he could lift it up as easily as lifting up a feather! He came forward and tried to lift the Sudarshan, but he could not. Again and again he tried with all his might and strength, but the Chakra did not budge even a bit. Krishna smiled and then told Ashwathama who was not even capable of lifting the Sudarshana to be happy with whatever weapons he had, and use them in warfare. Ashwathama was embarrassed and ashamed and realized that true ability and strength has to be acquired by one’s own effort and cannot be exchanged in a barter system.

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