The 21st century श्रवणकुमार
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The 21st century श्रवणकुमार

In our efforts to strive towards a better age of technology and a better tomorrow, we are losing some of our basic principles of foundation the most important one is the respect for elders. The first major victims of this are our parent, person who gives us the gift of life. In today's fast-moving world, we seem to have lost respect for our elders in pursuit of chasing our dreams. When a child grows up, instead of taking up the responsibility, he often backs out. As a result, his parents end up in some old age homes. We are in an urge of forgetting etiquette, ethical norms, and social behavior towards our elders.

But on the contrary, there are people who still take care of their elders. Here I am talking about all the responsible children who do take care of their parents or elders in what so ever mean they can. Parents are the most important people in our life. As children, we should obey our parents, grandparents, teachers and other people older to us. We should listen to them. We should serve them and help them. We should make them proud with our good behavior, because they gave birth to us, endure great pains to raise us, educate us and get us settled in our lives. It is a lot due to their love and efforts that we become great in our lives. When we have our own children, our parents they play an important role in giving good values to our children as well. Therefore, when our parents are old and cannot take care of themselves, it is our duty to pay back their love, effort, and blessings by serving them and honoring them in every way possible, even at the cost of great personal sacrifice.

I am north Indian and I have seen there that the sons (no gender biases) are quite responsible towards their parents. Even seen people saying mera beta to shravan jaisa hai. I don't want to say that to be responsible towards your parents means that you have to be a mirror image of Sharavnkumar. It’s because if today’s scenario is compared with the past than I have personally observed those responsible kids who not only taken care of their parents but have taken full responsibility for their siblings as well. Today's time is quite advanced from the primeval period, as I don't want to hurt anybody's sentiments, According to me Sharavn doesn't have any siblings so his whole and sole duty was to look after his parents and fulfill their wish. But today time has changed and here there are certain responsible kids who not only take care of their family financially but also take care of their sibling's education, marriage etc I guess the efforts done by them has a long list. While doing so they have even sacrificed their personal life, which is not everyone's cup of tea. According to my viewpoint today, we remember Shravan for his sincere service, duty, and devotion towards his parents and I believe that today all those responsible kids who fulfill their responsibility towards their parents, elders, siblings are actually playing the role of a perfect 21st-century श्रवणकुमार.

The story of Shravan Kumar depicts the dedicated service to parents.We all are aware of the story of Sharvan but I just want to narrate the same for those who are not aware of the character.

Shravan Kumar belonged to the time when King Dashratha ruled Ayodhya. He was born of poor and blind parents, but they had brought him up remarkably well. He was strong healthy and honest, and he had a good character. He bore sincere love and respect for his parents. He was also a great devotee of God. Everyday he worked hard to make his parents as comfortable and happy. In his leisure time he prayed to God and attended to his poor, blind and aging parents. One day his parents told him that they had be- come quite aged. They, therefore, wanted him to take them to the various places of pilgrimage : this could make them fully satisfied and give them abundant peace of mind. It is a typical Hindu belief that a pilgrimage to the various shrines and holy places under- taken in old age, purifies the soul and takes one nearer to one’s Maker ere the icy hand of Death touches one. To a Hindu mind nothing is more precious, than becoming one with the great Maker of this Universe. In those days means of transport were scarce and costly, and Shravan Kumar could not afford to hire- them. He, therefore, decided to place his parents in two baskets and carry the baskets on his shoulder to the places of pilgrimage. He took a strong bamboo- stick, at its two ends he tied the two baskets with strong ropes, and placed his father in one of the baskets and his mother in the other. Carrying on his shoulder this bamboo stick with a basket at either end, Shravan started on the pilgrimage. After having visited a few places of pilgrimage, he found himself on the banks of the sacred river Sharayu. Pleased with the beautiful scenery around. he decided to take a little rest there, with his parents. Shravan then placed the baskets in the shade of a tree.

And after describing the beauties of the scene to his blind parents, he told them that he wanted to take a dip in the river Sharayu- The bath was sure to re- fresh him. His parents asked Sharavan to take his bath leisurely: they also asked him to fetch them pitcher of water from the river, for they were feeling thirsty.

Shravan went to the river and had his dip. Now he had to fetch drinking water for his parents, and so he dipped a pitcher into the water. As the pitcher was getting filled, there was that peculiar bubbling sound caused by the air escaping from within.

At that precise time. King Dashratha of Ayodhya. who was on a hunting expedition, happened to be near the spot. Hearing the bubbling sound, the King thought that it was caused by a deer drinking water in the river. Dashratha stood silent for a while and only with the bubbling sound to guide him carefully took aim and shot his arrow. Indeed the arrow hit the target with precision, but the King was astonished to hear the pain-stricken screams of a human being instead of the painful cry of a dying deer. Shravan had become the target of the King’s arrow. Injured fatally, he lay screaming in a pool of blood.

The King came to the spot and saw the ghastly mistake he had committed. He repented for his hasty action, but it was too late. He then placed Shravan’s head on his lap, and tried to elicit some information about himself. Shravan Kumar told him that he would be dying in a few minutes, but he felt sorry for his blind parents, who were resting in the shade of the tree, waiting for him to quench their thirst. He. Therefore, requested the King to attend to his old, blind parents. Soon Shravan breathed his last.

Now the King; had to perform the duties of Shravan. He lifted the pitcher and brought it to Shravan’s parents and raised it up to the lips of the blind old man. The King did not utter a single word for fear of revealing the stark reality. But the parents would not take water till they heard the familiar voice of their beloved son.

So they asked: “0 dear son. why do you not speak today? Are you angry with us because you have to toil so much to serve up?”

At last King Dashratha had to tell them all that had happened. The parents were unable to bear the grief as their beloved son was no more. They told Dashratha that they could not live in this world with- out their son. They cursed the King that he, too would meet his death caused by the sorrow of separation from his son just as what had happened to them.  Shortly afterwards both the parents passed away.

Many years passed, and Dashratha had four sons. The eldest son was Rama. In due course. Dashratha began preparing to crown Rama as the King of Ayodhya so that he could retire to the jungles and live there a peaceful life praying to God. Now Dashratha had given two boons in the past to his wife Kaikeyi. Rama’s step-mother. She insisted that the King grant her the boons before crowning Rama. The King hesitated, but had to concede in the end. She demanded that Rama be sent to the forest for fourteen years and her son Bharat be crowned as the king of Ayodhya. The shock of the thought of fourteen years’ separation from his son, Rama was so great that Dashratha instantly collapsed and died. And thus the curse of Shravun Kumar’s parents came true.

Each wrong is avenged, and each labor rewarded in the grand scheme of things. The story of Shravan bears this out, even as it underlines another great truth, that none, not even the king who rules over the land can escape the consequences of his action.

Love & appreciate your parents.You never know what sacrifices they went through for you.A parent’s love is whole no matter how many times divided.We are so busy growing up, we often forget they are also growing old.Treat them with loving care for you will only know their value when you see their empty chair.

 

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