Skandham-5. Chapter-2. Slokam-20 & 21.





Slokam-20.


Purvacitti gave birth to these nine sons, one each year, but after they grew
up, she left them at home and again approached Lord Brahma to worship him.


There are many instances in which Apsaras, heavenly angels, have
descended to this earth by the order of a superior demigod like Lord Brahma or
Lord Indra, have followed the demigod's order by marrying someone and giving
birth to children, and have then returned to their celestial homes. For
example, after Menaka, the celestial woman who had come to delude
Visvamitra Maharishi, gave birth to the child Sakuntala, she left both the child and
her husband and returned to the Devalokam. Purvacitti did not remain
permanently with King Agnidhra. After cooperating in his household
affairs, she left Maharaja Agnidhra and all nine sons and returned to Brahma
to worship him.


Slokam-21.


Because of drinking the breast milk of their mother, the nine sons of
Agnidhra naturally had strong, well-built bodies. Their father gave them each a
kingdom in a different part of Jambudvipa. The kingdoms were named
according to the names of the sons. Thus the sons of Agnidhra ruled the
kingdoms they received from their father.


The Acharyas specifically mention that in this slokam the words matuh
anugrahat ("by the mercy of their mother") refer to the breast milk of their
mother. In Bharatham it is a common belief that if a baby is fed his mother's milk for
at least six months, his body will be very strong. Besides that, it is mentioned
herein that all the sons of Agnidhra were endowed with the nature of their
mother. Bhagavadgeeta (1.40) also declares, strisu dustasu varaneya jayate
varna-sankarah: when women are polluted, varna-sankara, unqualified
children, are generated, and when the varna-sankara population increases, the
entire world becomes hellish. Therefore, according to Manu-samhita, a woman
needs a great deal of protection in order to remain pure and chaste so that her
children can be fully engaged for the benefit of human society.


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