Chitraketu: The Story of a King Who Found Enlightenment Through Suffering

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The story of Chitraketu is a powerful reminder that even in our darkest moments, we can find the light of wisdom and understanding. Explore this tale of transformation and discover the path to enlightenment.

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Today we will look at the meaning of the divya nama Vararohaha and also learn about king Chitraketu which is a very interesting story. This name Vararoha has another significance. The answer to Yoduhishtira's first two questions किमेकं दैवतं लोके? किं वाप्येकं परायणम्? Who is the one and only God in the world? What is the highest goal? The answers to these two questions end with the divya nama Vararoha. वर उत्कृष्ट आरोहः यस्य ....

Today we will look at the meaning of the divya nama Vararohaha and also learn about king Chitraketu which is a very interesting story.

This name Vararoha has another significance.
The answer to Yoduhishtira's first two questions
किमेकं दैवतं लोके?
किं वाप्येकं परायणम्?
Who is the one and only God in the world?
What is the highest goal?
The answers to these two questions end with the divya nama Vararoha.
वर उत्कृष्ट आरोहः यस्य स्वप्राप्ति लक्षणः
Greatest ascend is to rise up to him.
To reach him.
To attain him.
When you made the highest climb, conquered the highest peak of spirituality, it means that you have attained him.
Because he is at the highest peak of spirituality.
This peak has a specialty.
यद्गत्वा न निवर्तन्ते तद्धाम परमं मम।
After climbing that peak, you don't have to come back.
Aroha also means vehicle.
Who is the Lord's vehicle?
Garuda.
Greatest of all vehicles.
Because of that also he is Vararoha.

There was a king called Chitraketu.
He had many queens but did not have children.
The king kept on worrying; what will happen to my kingdom if I don't get a successor.
He couldn't sleep at night.
One day Maharshi Angira came there.
Chitrketu told him his concern.
Angira thought; this king will get self realization if he happens to suffer the loss of a child.
Angira performed a yaga for Chitraketu.
At the end of the yaga, Angira gave prasada to Chitraketu and said: Ask any one of your queens to consume this prasada. She will conceive.
Chitraketu gave the prasada to one of the queens, she conceived and delivered a boy.
Since she gave him a successor, the king started showing more affection towards that particular queen.
The other queens became jealous.
They conspired and killed the child by giving him poison.
Chitraketu was inconsolable.
He kept on crying by the side of the dead body of the child, fainting every now and then.
At that time Rishis Angira and Narada came there together.
They told Chitraketu: Why are you upset so much?
Why are you crying so much?
The father-son relationship is just an illusion, just an imagination.
What was your relationship with this boy before he was born?
What will be his relationship with you in a future birth?
Nothing was going into Chitraketu's head.
Narada Maharshi brought back life into the boy's body and told the boy's jeevatma: Look, you father here is sad that you have gone away. Why don't you stay with him for more time?
Jeevatma said: Who is he? I have nothing to do with him.
I am on my own path.
I take births as per my own karma.
I have been taking births since time immemorial.
Sometimes, I become his father, sometimes his son, sometimes his friend, sometimes his enemy.
He should in fact consider me as his enemy and should be happy that I am gone.
Everyone knows that the body is not permanent.
Why is he wasting time crying for this body?
The atma never dies.
Saying this, the Jeevatma went back.
Chitraketu became peaceful and arranged for the cremation of the body.
After that, the Maharshis gave him methods to attain the Lord.
He started worshiping Bhagavan and soon became the chief of Vidayadharas.
Then he went to Bhagavan Sankarshana.
Sankarshana gave him knowledge about the supreme truth.

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