Mahabharat: Reason for which Pitamah Bhishma had to suffer on the Bed of Arrows

Dear Devotees, till date all the posts which I have made in, you have found that behind each situation or incident there was past karma involved of the concerned persons. Similarly when we will try to know for what reasons a true devotee of Krishna and respectable person Pitamah Bhishma had to suffer through the pain of thrones like arrows then we will see his past karma is responsible for this. During the war of Kurushetra when Bhishma was struck down by Arjuna with his arrows then he had fallen down from his chariot, as his whole body was pierced through many arrows so his body could not touch the ground, rather those pierced arrows became his bed on which his body was lying. Later when he requested Arjuna to arrange pillow so that he can rest his head then Arjuna made a support like pillow with help of arrows, even when Pitamah Bhishma asked for water then Arjuna struck one more arrow to the earth and Mata Ganga appeared with her cold water. He had the boon of dyeing at his own will, so he was lying on the bed of arrows till the moment the war did not end and he saw the Hastinapore in a safe hand. Later when Krishna went to meet him with all Pandavas then after offering pranama Bhishma asked him – “He Madhav, you say that Karmanye Vadhikaraste, Ma phaleshou kada chana, it means, this Mrityuloka or earth is the land of Karma and this is place where we receive the result or fruits of our past karmas. I know about all my past 17 births, but never I caused any pain to anyone, then why I have received so much pain through this bed of arrows?”, listening to this question Krishna smiled & asked him -“you do remember all your past 17 births? What about the 18th?”, then Pitamah said -“I don’t remember about my 18th birth”. Then Krishna told him that “in your 18th birth you were a prince and committed a sin by throwing off a snake with your arrow, when you had thrown it away then it had fallen upon a place which was full of thrones, many thrones got pierced through the body of that snake, it was causing great pain to him, later all family members of that snake tried to help him to get rid of those thrones, but they failed, then before dyeing the snake cursed you “He Rajan, I don’t know your identity, but the way you have caused me pain of thrones similarly one day you too will experience the same, you too will have a huge family, but no one will be able to uproot those thrones from your body and in this way you will die.”, then Krishna added more “as you followed the path of devotion in all your births so it was protecting you till date from the sin you committed, but as now you have fought from the side of Adharma (Duryodhan) so the dormant sin has ripened now.”. After listening to that Pitamah Bhishma was satisfied and he wished to die, then a divyajyoti (soul) came out of his body and found it’s place at the lotus feet of Shri Krishna.

mahabharat bhishma on the bed of arrowsLesson: So dear friends, never commit any sinful activity in life, always try to perform good karma and never boast about it. I have seen many of my friends who easily get frustrated to see dishonest people who are earning more and reaching the pinnacle of success very easily, but friends, never compare your condition with those who are dishonest in life, because you are not the Paramatma, so you have no idea about their previous lives and karmas, one thing you all just be rest assured, if something good or bad happens to you then your past karma is responsible for that, it’s not necessary to get the fruits of karma in the same birth itself, like in above incident you have already seen Pitamah Bhishma to suffer the pain of his karma which he did in his previous 18th birth. Just make sure that in this present birth you are causing no pain to others, not committing any injustice or any type of sinful activity. Because, you might think that no one is seeing you, but the Paramatma or Shri Krishna is present in every molecules of this universe, he is watching all our karmas at the same time he is also watching the demigods and their activities too, so we all are mere children of him, he counts all our activities and accordingly we get the fruit of the same. Regarding this I would like to share one small story with all of you.

A small story: Once upon a time there were 2 brothers, one was dishonest but very rich, he was living very happily as he had all the luxurious goods, but the other one was very poor and back to back 3 days he had no food to cook at home, he was surviving on mere alms, then the rich brother mocked upon him and told, “see, you follow the path of devotion and through out the day you do the bhajan only, this is the reason your god has given you no foods, and see me, I don’t do bhajan, but I am having everything. So better join me, work for me & I shall give you foods”, but the poor brother went on continuing his bhajan. One day the rich brother told the poor one to accompany him to a journey, then while walking the rich brother suddenly slipped off and fallen on ground, then he marked that place where he had fallen, when the poor brother asked him why did he mark that place then he said that whenever and wherever he falls on ground, on digging that place he gets a pot full of gold, then the poor brother said “okay” and continued to walk, after a certain time the poor brother slipped off and fallen on ground, but the place where he had fallen were full of thorns, he got wounded, to see this the rich brother again mocked upon him and said “see, where I fall on ground, I get the gold, but as you do the bhajan so you receive the thorns only on falling on ground”, listening to that the poor brother got hurt and started crying and asked god “why this is so? Why even after serving him through Bhajan he receives thorns only?”, then to see his condition god himself appeared in front of him and told “your brother is enjoying his luck because of his past karma, in his past birth he was a benevolent and used to do a lot of charity, this is the reason though he has become dishonest now or not doing any pious work, still enjoying everything and he will continue to enjoy it until his good karma of past life ends up, but Oh my dear devotee, you are dearest to me as you do the bhajan & living your life in ethical ways, actually you were to die when you had fallen, because of your devotion I have given you a new life and beaten your death with those thorns, nothing else”. In this way God blessed him with a happy and new life and disappeared.

So friends, hope you got your answers now why few people are earning more than you even after not following the honest path, don’t worry, once there good karma will end up then they too will start experiencing the misfortune. Just engage yourself in good karma with the feelings of duty and at the end of the day before going to sleep just pray to God and say “Oh My Lord, I am putting all my works and it’s fruits at your lotus feet, please don’t give me any Paap or Punya, just bless me with pure devotion and unconditional love at your lotus-feet so that I can serve you more efficiently & selflessly”, this is what I myself pray to god everyday, because Bhagwat Gita has taught me this which today I have shared with all of you. 🙂 Actually by not expecting or asking for any fruit of your karma you will remain free of any types of bondage and after death you can go back to Krishna, you need not to born again and die again, you will become free of this eternal cycle of birth & death. This is what Nishkam Karmayog is. May Krishna bless you all. Hare Krishna. 🙂

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