The message and the reply
The soul’s cry should reach God and God’s grace should flow towards the soul. This is the only thing which has to happen. There is no obstruction to the flow of God’s grace, it is ever there. But the soul’s cry should reach God. There is no resistance from God to it; only the soul has the loophole. Let us pray Krishna to grace us such intense devotion so that our cry reaches him.
Damayanti had sent a message to Nala via the brahmanas indirectly, which meant “As you left me, I am going through a lot of pain. You are not even bothered about it. You are a stone hearted person. At least now hear my cry and come; give an answer of at least few words.” The details of those who reacted or replied to it was to be collected. The brahmanas travelled across the states reciting the verses, but none of them got the answer except Parnaada. Parnaada had been to Ayodhya and when he recited the verses there, no reply was found from the crowd. But Nala was there as Bahuka, with deformities all over the body. He had no link with Parnaada who told the verses but he had known to whom and by whom it was addressed. How could he forget it? These matters were engraved in his heart, they were his life’s truths. The questions were to be answered for sure, but he couldn’t speak. If he had spoken, everyone would have come to know about his real identity and this would have damaged what had to be done. He had not yet learnt the Aksha Vidya which he had to learn, so he was silent. But he couldn’t resist without speaking. The sorrow of his heart had started flowing as tears through his eyes. He had maintained the secret such that even Vaarshneya hadn’t learned about his true identity till then. Damayanti’s message wasn’t important to anyone, but was of very high importance to him. The message, after visiting everywhere, then reached the right ears. The gambler mentioned in the verse may be anyone, but what about the other topics like half cloth? These were known only to Nala and Damayanti. So Nala went to solitude without knowing what to do.
Rituparna means a special leaf which grows in special season. Parnaada means the one who lives by eating leaves only. The ‘leaf’ which he wanted was already in front of his eyes, but he didn’t come to know. Then when he asked the king’s permission to leave the premise and reached a secluded place, there appears a human form before him. Before he asked anything, he started to talk. “She should not get angry. Because such women have great powers. They can protect themselves in any adverse situation. Those who have the valour, should not get angry if one leaves or gets out. The one who got away might have known her power. These kinds of women don’t get angry on their husband’s mistakes. For them, character is the shield for life. Paativratya (devotion to husband) is the shield for their character. What had happened to that fool, who was her husband? He might have done this in an adverse scenario. He might have done this in a state where there was not a pinch of happiness for him. What is wrong when he thinks that his pathetic condition should not come for his wife? He might have wished for her to at least live happily in her parent’s place. Life itself had become misery for him. When his clothes were snatched by the birds, what could he do to save himself other than taking a part of her cloth? His heart was filled with sorrow. A Shyaama Stri should not commit mistake. (Shyama Stri is a woman who always will be young, who remains warm during cold and cool during hot.)
When her body itself is at equilibrium in this way, shouldn’t she keep her mind also the same way? She is of the casted gold colour. She should not have anger. She should love her husband. The husband had lost all his wealth. Whatever he did in that pathetic condition should be tolerated by her.” He left after saying these words. He didn’t speak anything else. But Parnaada collected other details about him.
He immediately returned to Vidarbha, met Damayanti and told what happened in Ayodhya. No one replying in the court but a man’s answer when there were no one around – Parnaada told these to her. He said “That man is the charioteer (Baahuka) of Rituparna. He has a deformed body. He has short hands. But he has special talents. He has the expertise of riding horse in a very fast pace and he cooks very well. He is the in charge of both these departments in Rituparna’s palace.” Damayanti heard attentively. Both of them were Nala’s features. Parnaada continued “Baahuka didn’t speak when he stood in front of me. He sighed deeply. He tried to speak but he was crying too. Talking and crying, doing both, our conversation went on this way. Sometimes he sobbed deeply. But what I observed is that his culture is not that of a servant’s. Because he asked me about my welfare.” It is special because what he enquired was not about Parnaada, but about Damayanti. He also said “He knows that such women can protect themselves in any situation. Even if husbands show anger, wives would not.” He talked in support of Nala “His intellect was weakened, he had no happiness, he had nothing to eat. So, she shouldn’t be angry. If a father beats a son, it is only for that moment. Nala has now realised what he did at that time. Karkotaka told him everything about Kali who resides in him who is the reason for all these mishaps.”
Damayanti was confirmed that Nala is in Ayodhya. Either he should be with Baahuka or he is Baahuka himself. Every other feature was tallied except his form. Parnaada said “As soon as I came to know these, I ran and came here. What to do next is left to you. Talk with the king” and left.
He is seen but not seen, he is not seen, but seen. Who is he? He can be only God. For Damayanti, her husband had become like that. All indications were saying that. “Why should he answer? Why should he talk in support of Nala? How come he knows about the forest and my body’s condition.” And only he had proficiency in Ashvahrudaya vidya and cookery. But the question was Nala didn’t had a deformed body. He was very handsome. So, it was difficult to decide. But time was limited too. Before he escapes from Ayodhya too, he should be brought to Vidarbha to see and confirm if he is Nala or not.
Damayanti thought of a plan where she will be announcing that the swayamvara will be conducted again for her. This message has to be given only to king Rituparna and only a day’s gap has to be given for travelling. So that listening to the news, Nala would definitely get panic and comes to Vidharba. If they come, then it is Nala for sure as the distance between Ayodhya and Vidarbha was approximately 1200 kms and only Nala could reach that long distance within a day. Precaution need to be taken so that her father doesn’t get to know the news because, he either obstructs or arranges a real swayamvara if he gets to know. Damayanti didn’t want any of that to happen.
As soon as this was planned, she initiated for its execution by gathering people. She swiftly went to her mother- as swiftly as Nala would run after listening to the news. Our worry is, what happened to Nala after hearing the news? How much more did he suffer who had already undergone hell lot of miseries? Let us see tomorrow.
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