The Magic Stone

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Is Suta a low caste?

In the Chaturvarnya system, Sutas are considered to be Dwijas. Their position is below Kshatriyas, but above Vaisyas.

How was Sage Parashara born?

Parashara's father was Shakti and his mother was Adrishyanti. Shakti was Vasishta's son. In the ongoing tussle between Vasishta and Viswamitra, once Viswamitra made a king called Kalmashapada possessed with a demon. Then Kalmashapada devoured all the hundred sons of Vasishta including Shakti. At that time Adrishyanti was already pregnant. She delivered Parashara at the ashram of Vasishta.

Quiz

Which among the following is NOT among the seven vices associated with rulers ?

There was a hermit who knew the hymn by which one could get the Chintamani-shila or the wish-fulfilling stone.  Whatever one wished to have, holding the magic stone in his grip, one could have it. But the magic stone was not transferable.  One had to earn it oneself by going through a rigid discipline and reciting the difficult hymn for an indefinite period. A merchant went to the hermit and served him well and then said, 'Sir, teach me the hymn by which I can get a magic stone. 'Why do you want it? Don't you have eno....

There was a hermit who knew the hymn by which one could get the Chintamani-shila or the wish-fulfilling stone. 

Whatever one wished to have, holding the magic stone in his grip, one could have it.

But the magic stone was not transferable. 

One had to earn it oneself by going through a rigid discipline and reciting the difficult hymn for an indefinite period.

A merchant went to the hermit and served him well and then said, 'Sir, teach me the hymn by which I can get a magic stone.

'Why do you want it? Don't you have enough wealth to live happily?' asked the hermit. 

'The wealth I have is got through hard labor. Today it is there. Tomorrow it may be lost. Besides, I have to pass anxious times in order to safeguard my wealth. Once I have the magic stone. I need have no other wealth. The magic stone will give me whatever I need!'  - explained the merchant and he kept on pleading for the hermit's favor.

The hermit taught the necessary hymn to the merchant.

'How long should I go on reciting it?' - asked the merchant.

'As long as you have not got the stone!' - replied the hermit.

The merchant lived a disciplined life and went on reciting the hymn. 

A year passed. 

He was coming out of the river Ganga after a dip when he saw a white stone lying on the edge of the water. 

It was the magic stone.

He picked it up and looked at it.

It was not very bright.

'What a fool I am to think that this dull thing could be the magic stone! The magic stone is not likely to fall into my hands so easily!' - he mumbled to himself.

He then flung the stone into the river and went his way. 

Five years passed.

One day, he saw a glittering stone lying before him. 

'At last, I have the magic stone!' - he cried out in joy. 

He squandered away all his wealth, for he was sure that whatever he needed will be given to him by the magic stone. 

When nothing of his old property was left, he went into the forest and asked the stone to build for him a new house there. 

But there was no result. 

He was hungry and he asked the stone to give him at least some food.

There was no result, for it was an ordinary stone except for its glitter! 

The magic stone comes only once. 

It had come to him. but he had spurned it because it did not look very bright.

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