ELEVEN TYPES OF PENANCE OF DEMON TARUKA (Post No.4392)

 Written by London Swaminathan 

 

Date: 13 NOVEMBER 2017

 

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Post No. 4392

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SIVA Purana tells us that there was a demon king of Tripura, by name Taruka, who was exceedingly ambitious and oppressive. He forced Brahma by his austerities to grant any boon he should demand. A list of these austerities is interesting, as devotees in certain parts of India may be seen today practising many of them. Taruka went through eleven mortifications, extending over a hundred years:

  1. He stood on one foot, holding the other, and both hands up towards heaven, with his eyes fixed on the sun
  2. He stood on one great toe
  3. He took only water as sustenance
  4. He lived on air
  5. He remained in water
  6. He was buried in earth, but continued in incessant devotion
  7. He was burned in fire
  8. He stood on his head
  9. He hung on a tree by his hands
  • He bore the weight of his body on one hand
  • He hung on a tree head downwards.

Such merit was irresistible, and Brahma granted his request. After getting a boon that he should not be defeated by anyone, he became arrogant. Indra was forced to give his horse, Rishis had to part with their Kamadhenu/ magical cow. At last Siva’s son Kartikeya killed him.

MY COMMENTS

What is the message such stories give us?

1.Foreigners are wrong in describing demons as aborigines who were against Hinduism. In fact, all the demons got their boons from the same Hindu gods who Devas also worshipped.

2.Why did Hindu gods help the demons?

Hinduism go by mathematical rules. Success directly is proportional to the efforts you put in. Even bad people get their share according to their efforts, but the inherent weakness of bad people destroy them.

Tamil Poet Tiruvalluvar, author of Tamil Veda Tirukkural says,

“Though the fate written by God stands in the way, strenuous effort yields ready fruit. Labour recompenses what fate denies.”

Even if providence is not particularly helpful, personal efforts will bear proportionate results.

In Hinduism, even Gods obey the rules. Once they are propitiated they must give the boon; once they give the boon they cannot withdraw it. But god and demons are controlled by Truth. Truth alone will triumph (Satyameva Jayate).

 

3.The third message we get is that the methods employed by demons and seers for doing penance requires utmost concentration. Once a student gets that much concentration he succeeds in his studies. Once an aspirant practise that much concentration and involvement in the task he or she undertakes, definite success is assured.

  1. The eleven types of penance gave stuff for modern comics like Superman, Spiderman, Phantom, Tarzan and Harry Potter.

–Subham —

 

 

Never Lose Hope! (Post No.2543)

two pillars

Compiled by London swaminathan

 

Date: 15  February 2016

 

Post No. 2543

 

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Escape may lie between this pillar and that!

 

An innocent man was condemned to death by an unjust governor, and when the executioner had bound him to a pillar and was about to cut off his head, the victim begged he might be bound to the next pillar instead.

 

The executioner laughed at him, saying “what can you hope to gain so brief an interval? You might just as well let me finish my job.”

But eventually he gave way to the man’s entreaties; and while he was engaged in untying him and fastening him to the next pillar, the king chanced to pass by and asked the meaning of the large crowd that had gathered. On being told, he sent for the condemned man, who was able to convince him of his innocence, and so escaped death.

 

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cow

May God always bless us with such evil!

A pious man bought a cow in the market and set out for his home. He was followed by a thief who planned to steal his cow. On the way the thief fell in another man who revealed himself as a demon who planned to take the pious man’s life.

 

As they drew near to the latter’s house, where the cow was now tied up, it occurred to the thief that if the demon killed the pious man first, his family may be aroused, and it would be impossible to steal the cow. At the same time the demon thought that, f the thief stole the cow first, the pious man would be awakened by the bellowing, and so would escape death.

 

Each began to ask the other to wait and take the second place, and eventually they came to blows. The thief began to shout, ‘O Pious man, here is a demon who has come to take your life!’ while the demon shouted back ‘O Pious man, here is a thief who has come to steal your cow!’

 

In the end the man and his family were aroused, the thief and the demon took to their heels, and the pious man prayed, “May God always bless us with such evil” for the benefit of his family.

–Subham–

999 Prisoners + One Poet

Eight Anthologies (Ettu Tokai) and Ten Long Poems (Pathu Pattu) were composed during Tamil Sangam period. These 18 books are collectively known as Sangam Literature. Sangam poets lived in the first few centuries of modern era. Sangam poetry is predominantly secular in character but consists of lot of references to Hindu epics and mythologies. Of the Ten Long Poems known as Pathu Pattu in Tamil, Tiru-muragatrup-padai is a religious work. It is attributed to poet Nakkirar who headed the Third Tamil Sangam (Tamil Academy). He had composed a secular poem ‘Nedunal Vaadai’ in the Ten Long Poems.

 

Nakkirar was the most controversial poet of the period. There are many legends which project him as a revolutionary poet. He challenged Lord Shiva at one time according to a popular legend. The story behind this Long Poem Tiru Murugatrup Padai is also equally interesting. It is a story of a demon who imprisoned 999 people and was looking for the last one to offer them in a big sacrifice. The source for this story is a passing reference in Tiruppugaz composed by poet Arunagirinathar of fifteenth century. But Nakkirar lived at least 1200 years before him.

 

One day Nakkirar was doing Shiva Puja (offering to Lord Shiva). A strange incident distracted him from the Puja. A leaf from the nearby tree fell into water and half of the leaf was in the water and the other half was on land. The water half became a fish and the land half became a bird and each one was pulling the other. Nakkirar stopped the Puja and watched this. At that time a demon appeared and caught hold of Nakkirar for violating the rules of the Siva Puja. The demon took him to a cave, where he saw 999 detainees. They started crying as soon as they saw Nakkirar. The poet was puzzled. Then the detainees in the cave explained to him that that they were happy inside the cave because the demon fed them very well until today. But they were told that the day the prisoner’s strength goes up to 1000 they will be sacrificed and eaten. Nakkirar was the thousandth prisoner.

Nakkirar was upset when he heard the story. He thought Lord Skanda/ Murugan can alone save them at times like this. So he composed Tirumurukatruppadai in praise of Lord Skanda/Murugan. When he recited this poem Lord Skanda appeared before them and killed the demon. All the 999 prisoners were released and they were very happy. This story is authenticated by Tiruppugaz.

 

We have one such story in Mahabharata about a squirrel with half of its body gold and the other half normal grey. It appeared at Dharmaputra’s Yagna (Fire sacrifice) to test the effect of the Yagna. Probably this episode gave birth to the story of half fish and half bird. Tiru Murugatrup Padai is a beautiful poem running to 317 lines. It describes the beauty and sanctity of six famous centres of Skanda/Murukan worship in Tamil Nadu. Atruppadai poems belong to a particular genre, where in one poet who has received voluminous gifts from a patron, guides another poet to him. But in the Tiru Murukatru Padai, the poet guides others to Lord Murukan.

 

The poem is regarded as part of canonical literature of Saivism. It is included in the Eleventh Tirumurai. Devotees of Lord Murukan or Skanda  recite this poem with great reverence and devotion.

 

Tamil Reference for the story from Tiruppugaz:

மலைமுகம் சுமந்த புலவர் செஞ்சொல் கொண்டு

வழி திறந்த செங்கை வடிவேலா:

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