Bhagavan never leaves the hands of Dharmaatma - Story of Dharma and ADharma - Story of Manikundala and Goutama
Bhagavan never leaves the hands of Dharmaatma - Story of Dharma and ADharma
In a stalam (place) called Bhouvana there lived two snehitams, one a Brahmana called Goutama (not the Maharshi Goutama) and a vaishya known as Manikundala (Brahmana is the first of the four classes and Vaishya is the third of the four classes of the Hindu Dharma).
Goutama's maata gave lot of ill advices to her putra. Thus Goutama told to his snehitam that we both will go to some other pradesham and will make lot of aishwaryam by doing some vyvahaaram (business). But for this Manikundala said that already his pita has made lot of aishwaryam and there is no need to go anywhere else. But for this Goutama told to Manikundala that a putra who depends on the aishwaryam of his pita would never come up in his jeevanam and will be left in the lurch. After such type of lot of attractive words, finally Manikundala was convinced by Goutama to leave to some other pradesham for vyapaaram. But Manikundala never thought of the ill thinking of the Goutama. Later both the snehitams left for there vyapaara vrudhhi with the main finance for this vyapaaram and yaatram was provided by Manikundala.
While in the yaatram Goutama started to discuss about the ill effects of the Dharmaatmas. Goutama said to Manikundala that Dharmaatmas never get the aishwaryam and also they would never be in santosham. Dharmaatmas always will be in bhadam (suffer). But for this Manikundala said that whatever Goutama is telling is incorrect. Every manushya should follow the path of Dharma and the aishwaryam comes and goes and it is not the road to be in santosham. Both the snehitams had lot of vaadam on this and neither of them were able to come to a samaadhanam. On this both decided to ask to the praja (people) and who ever wins then his sampoorna aishwaryam has to be given to the winner. Thus both started to ask to many praja and many of them told that followers of Dharma would always have to be in great problems, they would never have the aishwaryam and would never be in santosham. So after this both came into conclusion that since Manikundala has lost in this vaadam, he has to give all his aishwaryam to Goutama. Thus Manikundala who follows the Dharma gave all his aishwaryam to his snehitam Goutama. But while giving his aishwaryam, Manikundala again told Goutama that ADharma is only an bramam (illusion) and it is never a vaastaviktam or nijastiti (reality).
But to continue again both argued for sometime and again they had another pandyam (bet). This time whoever loses will have to chop off his hands. Again both the snehitams asked many prajas about the Dharma. And again many said that whoever follows the Dharma has to be in mahaan sankattam (agony) and Dharma followers are never a santosha prajams. so this time Manikundala has to lose his both of his hands. After this situation, Goutama asked his snehitam, how are you feeling now. But Manikundala who follows Dharma, had the same uttaram. Manikundala said, I am with Dharma and the praja who follow Dharma are always santosha chittam prajas and never they would be in dukkhham. But this time Goutama got in ugra (furious) stiti and said to his snehitam that again they will have another pandyam and this time whoever loses has to cut off his mastakam (head). Manikundala agreed over this and both started to ask the praja about the same prashnam about the Dharmaatmas would never be in santosham. Again the uttaram was the same, that is Dharmaatmas would never be in santosham. This time Goutama took off the drushtti (eyes) of his snehitam and left Manikundala in the centre of an aranyam. Paapa Manikundala was agonised and was not able to do anything and sat in some pradesham near the nadi teeram of the Goutama Ganga (or Godaavari) and took rest with lot of pain and agony. At the same pradesham there was a statue of the Bhagavan Vishnu. This is the pradesham where every night Vibhishana (brother of Ravana) was coming to pray to Bhagavan Vishnu. On that day also Vibhishana along his putra came there to pray to Bhagavan Vishnu. Vibhishana's putra found Manikundala there, who was weeping because of his karmam, that he had lost his both drushtti and all his aishwaryam. Vibhishana's son asked Manikundala about his katha (story) and Manikundala told his full katha to Vibhishana's putra. The same story was said to Vibhishana by his putra.
Vibhishana told his putra that many years ago he had joined with Bhagavan Rama in the yudham against his own bhratha (brother) Ravana. In that yudham Ravana's putra Meghanatha had shot a baanam (arrow) towards Lakshmana and Lakshmana fall unconscious. For this the great vaarana, Hanuman had gone to Himaalayas to bring a sanjeevini mulika (herb) to cure Lakshmana. The naamam of that parvatam was Dronagiri. While taking the parvatam back, some of the pushpam of that mulika had fallen in this pradesham. Let us search if we were able to find it out. For the aashcharyam of the Vibhishana that mulika had turned into a big vruksham. So immediately Vibhishana picked up some of the mulika and given it to Manikundala. As soon as the mulika started to do its work, Manikundala regained his hands and eyes and was fine in no time. Later both Vibhishana and his puta left to there place to Lanka and Manikundala also started to move to some other pradesham.
While in prayaanam, Manikundala came to a new pradesham called Mahapura. The Raaja of that pradesham was known as Maharaja and he had no putra and has only one putri and that too a natadrushtte who had not got the drushtti (eyes). Maharaja had ordered in his raajyam that who ever cures the illness of his putri would eventually become his son-in-law and also the raaja of his Mahapura pradesham. Thus knowing the vidya of the Sanjeevini, Manikundala used the mulika of the Sanjeevini and made the yuvarani of the Mahapura to regain her drushtti. Thus Manikundala got vivaaham with the yuvarani also became the raaja of the Mahapura after the death of the Maharaja.
In the meantime Goutama had lost all his aishwaryam and because of some misdeeds done by Goutama, the soldiers of the Manikundala arrested Goutama and brought back to Manikundala's court. Here after knowing that Goutama as his own snehitam, Manikundala asked what has happened to you?, how did you lost all your huge aishwaryam?. Goutama told all his katha to Manikundala. Later knowing the ADharma works done by Goutama, Manikundala said that only Dharmaatma would win in the final times and no ADharma can win all the times, especially during the samayam when ADharmi would had lost all his good karmas. But Manikundala a Dharmaatma never left his Dharma and gave ardha aishwaryam of the his to Goutama. Such are the virtues of the people who follow the path of Dharma.
PS: Bhagavan always holds the hands of all, but would never leave the hands of the Dharmaatmas. So we need to do only good Karmas and naama smriti of the Bhagavan to get the blessings of the Bhagavan.
OM NAMO NARAYANAYA