By the grace of God, King Satyavrata became Vaivaswat Manu in this kalpa
Elixir of life – Bhandev
Lord Krishna sided with the Pandavas during the Mahabharata war and played a crucial role in the eventual victory of the Pandavas. During the Mahabharata war, Lord Krishna also behaved differently from the normal moral standards. Many people also criticize Lord Krishna for such behavior. These commentators and all of us must understand that Lord Krishna lives in His divine consciousness and acts accordingly. They do not always behave according to normal moral standards. Their behavior should not be considered unethical, but ultra-ethical.
If this super-morality in the behavior of the Avatar is understood, then the task of understanding Lord Mohininarayana’s dealings with the Asuras is not difficult.
Maharaj Parikshit Shukdevji says-
“Shukdevji! Now I want to hear the incarnation story of Lord Matsyanarayana from your mouth. Why did God incarnate in Tamoguni and Paratantra Matsyaoni even though he is omnipotent? Please tell me the leela of Matsyabhagwan
In response to Maharaj Parikshit’s curiosity, Shukdevji tells him the story of Mastyavatara.
God is the only Lord of all, yet assumes a body to protect the cow, brahmin, deva, sadhu, vedas, dharma and artha. God, being completely independent like air, greens the high, the low, the small, the big, all the living beings. Even if God comes in the body of any animal, He is not bound by the nature of that Prana, because God is Nirguna, devoid of all Prakrit qualities.
At the end of the preceding Kalpana, the Vedas came out of Brahmaji’s mouth at the time when the Naimittika pralaya called Brahma occurred due to his sleep. A demon named Hayagriva stole this Veda from Yogabal. The omniscient and all-powerful Lord recognized this gesture of the demon King Hayagriva and assumed the avatar of a fish.
King Satyavrata of Dravidesh was doing penance by the river Kritamala. Once when the king was doing tarpan in the river, a small fish came in his hands along with the river water. The king threw this fish back into the river water. That fish said to the king – “Raja! There are many large sponges in this water. They will eat me. Don’t put me in this water.
Taking pity on the king, he kept the fish in his water vessel and took it to the ashram. The fish grew in this kamandalu and in one night they became too big to fit in the kamandalu. The fish requested the king to put himself in a bigger vessel. Maharaj Satyavrate
Keep the fish in a pot. The fish grew to a size of three hands in just two hours. The fish requested to place itself in a larger place. King Satyavrata put the fish in the lake. In no time the size of the fish grew so large that it surrounded the entire lake. The fish requested Satyavrata to be placed in a bigger lake. As the king kept putting the fish into larger and larger lakes, the size of the fish increased. Finally the king released this lilamatsya in the lake. At that time Matsyaraj said to the king – “O Rajan! There are big crocodiles and sponges in the sea, they will eat me. Please don’t put me in this ocean water.
Now King Satyavrata recognized this Lilamatsya. The king praised Lord Matsyanarayana and took his shelter.
Lord Matsyanarayana was pleased with King Satyavrata and told the king –
Rajan! On the seventh day from today, three people, including the miscreants, will drown in the sea of deluge. At that time a big boat will come to you by my inspiration. You take that boat with the saptarsis, the subtle bodies of all the animals and all the grains of grain. At that time I will come to you in this Mahamatsya form of mine. You tie the boat to my horn from Vasukinaag. I will wander in the deluge with the boat.
Maharaj ordered Satyavrat like this and Matsyabhagwan became enthralled.
Maharaj Satyavrata sat at that place facing north-east while contemplating Lord Satyavrata. The cataclysmic time that God said has come. There was a terrible thunderstorm and the earth began to sink into the ocean. The king began to remember God’s order. At the same time a Mahanav also came there. The king sat in the boat with Saptarshis and others. Lord tied with Vasukinaga to the horn of Matsyabhagavan in the ocean. Maharaj Satyavrat praised God with compassion. After listening to this prayer of Satyavratji, Lord Matsyanarayan preached to him about Atmatattva while wandering in the ocean water. This teaching of Matsyanarayana is called ‘Matsyapurana’.
In this way the Lord moved in the sea with the boat during the deluge period. When the Pralaykaal ended, Brahmaji fell asleep and Lord Hayagriva killed the Asura and took the Vedas from him and handed them over to Brahmaji.
By the grace of God, King Satyavrata became Vaivaswat Manu in this kalpa, endowed with knowledge and science.
Salutations to Lord Matsyanarayana who preached Brahmatattva to Satyavrata, Saptarshis and Brahmaji!
This story of flood and rescue by boat is very ancient and is found in other ancient cultures as well. This event is recorded in clay tablets found as a remnant of Sumeru (Mesopotamia) civilization. The ‘Genesis’ chapter of the Bible tells the story of Noah and his ark. There are many similarities between this story of Srimad Bhagavata and the Bible.
Now let us try to understand the meaning of the story of Matsyavatara.
1. Creation and deluge, the sequence of deluge and creation has been going on for ages beyond our knowledge and will continue for ages beyond our knowledge. The doer of this creation and deluge is Srihari. After the deluge, the fabric of creation is restarted only by the power of Lord Srihari. We cannot understand the structure and months of this infinite creation and also cannot understand the order of creation with our inferior sight. All these secrets reside in the Supreme Consciousness of God.
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