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CHAPTER 30 The Death of a Young Brahmin Husband
« on: March 06, 2007, 01:52:09 AM »
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  • When Shri Guru lived at Ganagapur, his name and fame spread all over the country. The desires of all were fulfilled by the favour of Shri Guru.

    Gopinath a rich Brahmin lived at Mahur. His issues did not survive. Both the Brahmin and his wife were devotees of Shri Datta. They had a son. When he was of 5 years, his thread ceremony was celebrated. When he became twelve years old, his marriage was celebrated. When he was of 16 years, the couple looked very charming. Both loved each other intensely.

    Unfortunately the youth fell ill. Many medicines were given. His wife served him devotedly. He could not take full meals. So she also did not take meals. After 3 years he developed con¬sumption. His body emitted foul odour. Even physiciations did not like to go near him. But his wife served and nursed him with great devotion. She took only as much food as her husband took. The medicines given to him were also taken by her. She gave up rich garments and lived a very simple life.

    The parents of the couple were rich. They were pained to see the sufferings of their son and daughter-in-law. Jap, vrat, cha¬rity, sacrifices, feeding of the Brahmins and the poor had been done; but all was futile. All were passing days in grief, relying on the Almighty God.

    The youth tried to console his parents and wife in various ways. The wife requested her father and mother-in-law to send them to some good holy place. She said, "My husband would recoup his health there. Shri Guru Narsinha Saraswati lives at Ganagapur. His name and fame have spread all over the country. Hence send us to him “

    The parents managed for   their   journey to   Ganagapur and bade them 'good bye with heavy   hearts.    On the   way,   the youth had tridosh and when they reached   Ganagapur,   the   youth   died. The wife    wept bitterly.    She dashed; her    head   on   the ground The local persons tried to console  her   but it was in   vain.    She exclaimed,    'I brought you away from your parents and have been the cause of your death.    I have committed a great sin. How can show my face to them now ?' She fell :on  the   dead   body and wept.    She decided to observe 'sati'   and   burn   herself with   the body of her husband.

    In the meanwhile,   there  arrived   a   bright   looking   sanyasi with ash (bhasma) marks on his body, with a wreath of Rudraksh round the neck 'and locks   of   hair   on   his   head.    Knowing the cause of her mourning, he began to advise her saying, 'Every one gets the fruit of his actions in the past.    You need not mourn on the death of this youth. Every one who is  born   has   to die   one day or the other.    When   Ganga is   flooded, logs of   wood   from different places come together and again part.    Several birds come for shelter on a tree in the   night   and fly away in the   morning. Similar is a family life.    Due   to   affection,    we    say   my   father, mother, husband, son, daugher etc.    but just as foam   or bubbles in water do not last long, so is the life on this earth.    Life is like a dream, so do  not mourn ' ( to be continued )
    सबका मालिक एक - Sabka Malik Ek

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