yA devI sarva bhUtESu, sarva lOkESu samsthita, namas tasyai, namas tasyai, namas tasyai, namo namah!
Chapter 4, first Skanda, Devi Bhagavatham : Source and Reference :
The rshis of Naimisaranya, headed by Saunaka wanted to know how Suka was born. Who was his mother? Was he really born of the Arani sticks used to kindle fire? Then Suta answered them as follows.
He thought ”When the birds have so much filial affection towards their child, it is no wonder that men, who want services from their sons, show their affection towards their sons! This pair of sparrows will not perform the happy marriage of their young one and will not see the face of their son’s wife, nor do they expect dharmic or financial or manual services from their son. Nor will the child perform the S’râdh ceremony at Gayâ; nor will the child offer the oblation of a blue bull on the day of offering the sacrifice to its ancestor (the bull is then let loose and held sacred); yet the pair of sparrows have so much affection towards their young one! Oh! in this world to touch the body of the son, especially to nurture the sons, is the highest happiness in life.” This is called Putra Parishvanga Sukham. The joy of hugging one’s own son.
He further thought, “There is no heaven for a sonless man, nor anyone to inherit his wealth and other creations. This will make him restless at the time of his death and lead to a bad next state. “
Then, he went to the top of the Sumeru Mountain and decided to pray for a son. While he was wondering which luminary would bless him quickly with an excellent son, Narada Devarashi came there, and Vyasa quickly explained his desire and asked his question. Then Narada recounted an incident where Brahma asked the same question of Sriman Narayana.
As soon as he heard the question, Sriman Narayana went into meditation, surprising Brahma.
Brahma said, ” Thou art the Origin of all, the Cause of all causes, the Creator, Preserver and Destroyer and the capable Doer of all actions. O Maharaja! at Thy will, I create this whole universe and Rudra destroys iu due time this world. He is always under Thy command. O Lord! By Thy command the Sun roams in the sky; the wind blows in various auspicious or inauspicious ways and the fire is giving heat and the cloud showers rain. I don’t see in the three Lokas any one superior to Thee. Then whom art Thou meditating while being questioned by your very intelligent son”
Then Sriman Narayana said, “Though the Devas, Dânavas and Manavas and all the Lokas know that You are the Creator, I am the Preserver and Rudra is the Destroyer, yet it is to be known that the saints, versed in the Vedas, have come to this conclusion by inference from the Vedas that the creation, preservation, and destruction are performed by the creative force, preservative force and destructive force. The Rajasik creative force residing in you, the Sattvik preservative force residing in me, and the Tamasik destructive force residing in Rudra are the all-in-all. When these Saktis become absent, you become inert and incapable to create, I to preserve and Rudra to destroy… O intelligent Suvrata! We all are always under that Force directly or indirectly; hear instances that you can see and infer. At the time of Pralaya, I lie down on the bed of Ananta, subservient to that Force; again I wake up in the time of creation duly under the influence of Time… I am always subservient to that Maha S’akti; (under Her command). O Lotus-born! I always meditate on that S’akti; and I do not know any other than this S’akti”.
Therefore, Narada advised Vyasa that he should calmly meditate on the Devi in his heart.
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