Narach Philosophy

SVARGAROHANIKA PARVA: THE ASCENT TO HEAVEN


Arrived in heaven, Yudhisthira saw Duryodhana and his brothers, but not his own brothers or Draupadi. He, therefore, desired to be taken where they were; and, at the command of the deities, a celestial messenger took him along a dark and difficult path, trodden by men of sinful deeds, and he saw the tortures inflicted upon them. Then suddenly he heard a piteous cry; and one by one his brothers, Draupadi and others called to him and beseeched him to stay with them for they were unhappy and his presence comforted them.

The Abode of Happy Ones: Yudhisthira was filled with anger at the sight of his brothers in Hell and, censuring the celestials, bade the messenger return to the gods, and resolved to stay with them himself. Thereupon the celestials, headed by Indra and accompanied by Dharma, appeared, and asked them all to return to the abode of the happy ones. "Hell, O son," said Indra, "must be seen by every king, for there is enough of good and evil in the world. You had deceived Drona about his son. You have, therefore, been shown Hell by an act of deception. Like yourself, Bhima, Arjuna, the twins, and Draupadi have all been shown Naraka (Hell) by an act of deception."

The Vision of Heaven: Yudhisthira then returned to the abode of the celestials, and there saw Ganga who spreads her currents over the three worlds. There also he saw Govinda (Krshna) in his Brahma-form, with the heroic Arjuna worshipping him, and they welcomed him. He saw Karna, and Bhima, and Nakula and Sahadeva. He saw the sons of Draupadi as five Gandharvas, and Dhritarashtra as king of Gandharvas. The son of Subhadra (Abhimanyu) was staying with Soma, and Bhima with the Vasus. Pandu was united with Kunti and Madri, and Draupadi was as Sri, the goddess of plenty. Drona had entered into Vrhaspati; Vidura and Yudhisthira into Dharma; the sons of Dhritarashtra, all Rakshasas, were sanctified by death, and acquired the regions of the celestials; Ghatotkaca had become a Yaksa; and each one had attained to his own nature after death. Vasudeva was a part of the eternal Narayana, and his sixteen yousand wives plunged into Sarasvati, and were transformed into Apsaras.

The End: Thus ends the story of the Mahabharata. That which is in this is elsewhere. That which does not occur here occurs nowhere else. This history is known by the name of Jaya. It should be heard by everyone desirous of Liberation; and, listening to it, men and women would acquire the status of Vishnu.