am going to tell you a story from the Shrimad Bhaagvad.
the banks of a river, lived a Brahmin by the name of Atmadev.
wife’s name was Dhundhula.
was a good man whereas his wife left a lot to be desired.
was very unhappy due to the above fact.
sage felt sorry for him and hence presented him with a fruit.
sage told Atmadev to give the fruit to his wife who would then
be with child.
Atmadev gave the fruit to his wife Dhundhula, the latter gave
it to a cow, because she did not want to go through the
trouble of pregnancy.
Dhundhula proceeded to enter into a pact with her sister, who
was pregnant at the time.
sister promised to give Dhundhula the child that she was
carrying, and asked her in the meantime, to feign pregnancy.
sister at the appropriate time gave birth to a son, which
Dhundhula claimed to be her own
child was named Dhundhukaari.
the fruit given by the Sage was given to a cow, the cow had a
child, who was human, except for his ears which betrayed his
name was kept ‘Gokaran’
latter grew up to be an epitome of wisdom and kindness.
passed, and both Dhundhukaari and Gokaran became young lads.
fell prey to bad habits.
started to ill-treat his parents while he frittered away their
the humanlike son of the cow, loved, respected and served his
told Atmadev not to feel too unhappy due to the misdeeds of
further advised Atmadev, to devote his life chanting the Lord’s
name, meditating and studying the scriptures.
proceeded towards the banks of the River Ganga and spent his
time in Divine contemplation.
the meanwhile, what was happening in the household, due to the
bad habits of Dhundhukaari, so disturbed Gokaran, that he too,
went to the forest in Spiritual pursuit.
bided his time with wine and women.
order to keep his bad-natured girlfriends satisfied,
Dhundhukaari stole ornaments which he presented to them.
girl friends feared that were Dhundhukaari to be caught for
his misdeeds, they would also be in trouble.
they strangled Dhundhukaari.
death did not come easy, they burned him alive.
Gokaran returned home at night, he heard someone crying.
he asked who was weeping, Dhundhukaari replied that it was he,
because he was repentant of his evil ways during his lifetime.
wanted to do something for the salvation of Dhundhukaari’s
asked Suryanarayan for advice as to what he could do.
recommended the recital of the Shrimad Bhaagvad.
the first day of the narrative of the Shrimad Bhaagvad,
Dhundhukaari sat in the lowest knot of a bamboo stick.
of the recital, the bamboo knot got untied, and Dhundhukaari
moved up to the higher one.
the seventh day of the narration the last knot came untied.
emerged as a radiant being.
was grateful to Gokaran for having been instrumental for
setting him free.
time you attend a Shrimad Bhaagvad recital in honor of a
departed soul, notice the 4 bamboo sticks tied on the four
corners of the Kathaakaar (The narrator).