However, Yayati rescued her from a dry well. Yayati was instantly attracted to Devyani and pulled her up and professed his love for her.
As dowry, he gave away Sharmishtha as a maid to Devyani as a punishment for pushing her into the well. Sharmishtha was given a place to live in a shaded glade called Ashok Vatika. One day Yayati happened to pass by Ashok Vatika where Sharmishtha lived.
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Seeing him, Sharmishtha confessed that she too was in love with the king and wanted him to marry her. She told him that she belonged to a royal family, and Yayati could marry her. Yayati agreed and they wed in secret. They continued to meet and hid the fact from Devayani that they were married. Yayati had two sons from Devayani, Yadu and Yavana. Yayati also had three sons from Sharmishtha, Druhyu, Anu and Puru. When Devayani came to know about the relationship of Yayati and Sharmishtha and their three sons, she felt shocked and betrayed.
Devayani went away to her father Shukracharya, who displeased with the king. Shukracharya cursed that Yayti would lose his youth, and become an impotent old man immediately. As soon as Shukracharya uttered his curse, Yayati became an old man. Shukracharya also said that his curse once uttered, could not be taken back, and added that the only concession he could give was that if Yayati wanted, he could give his old age to someone, and take his youth from him. Yayati was relieved at the reprieve he was given, and was confident that his sons would willingly exchange their youth with him.
Yayati requested all his five sons from Devyani and Sharmishtha one by one to give their youth to him to enjoy the worldly happiness. All the sons, except Puru rejected his demand. So, Yayati took the youth of Puru. Later on, Puru became the successor of King Yayati. Craving for sense-pleasures is not removed but aggravated by indulgence even as ghee poured into fire increases it…. One who aspires for peace and happiness should instantly renounce craving and seek that which neither grows old, nor ceases even when the body ages.
This son, Aegisthus was abandoned by his mother Pelopia and eventually found his way into the house of Atreus parallel to the stories of Oedipus and Paris , who raised him like a son. Thyestes informed the grown up Aegisthus that he was both his father and grandfather and commanded him to kill Atreus, which he did. Atreus had two sons Agamemnon, the king of Mycenae and Menelaus, the king of Sparta, whose wife ran away with Paris, the son of Priam, the king of Troy, and caused the Trojan War. Agamemnon was the leader of the Achean Greek army and was told that to obtain a favorable wind for the Greek ships to reach Troy, he would have to sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia.
Agamemnon in the siege of Troy, first quarreled with Achilles over his concubine Briseis, a prize of war and after the sacking of Troy by the horse of wily Odysseus Ulysses, king of Ithaca took the tragic Cassandra as concubine, back to Mycenae. Clytemnestra murdered Agamemnon in his bath, as a revenge for the sacrifice of their daughter Iphigenia and for taking as concubine Cassandra, while unfazed by her taking Aegisthus as lover.
She had not heard the wisdom -When I looked at the evil in my own heart, all evil faded from the world. In the fashion of Hamlet, he was torn by conflicting emotions but eventually murdered his mother and was chased around Greece by the avenging Furies, but with the help of Apollo, the sun god and Athena, the goddess of wisdom granted him reprieve and free lifetime family counselling. Where is the moral in the story?
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Compare that with Yudhisthira, whose major sin was the utterance of Ashwatthama hato Aswatthama is dead , loudly and under his breath, Narova kunjerova man or elephant , having to suffer a visit and short stay in hell before getting his just rewards of heaven. QED, I rest my case and await the judgement of my readers after the last part on Mahabharata and Ramayana. Channels In Focus. How devayani leads her life after this incident?
Bhartu,hari was just a typo now fixed and while Devayani may have offered the right hand, my implied criticisms are to stress our subtle biases and propagandas. The bias towards the right gives us the other meaning of "Dextrous" and its Latin origin and etymology, as against the negative prejudice against the left handed as in the Latin term "Sinistral and Sinister". The shenanigans of Indra are along the same lines as Zeus, though less erring, as in the case of Ahalya, Damyanti's first swayamvara, switching clothes by turning into wind.
It is amusing to me that as straight laced as religious Indians are Kamasutra notwithstanding , all chant and condone "Radhe-Krishna" with dethronement of Rukmini, Satyabhama and Indriyas. Including the Pingala story would have made the article too long and for the same reasons I skipped Sinhasan Batrisi, Vaital Pacchisi and Panchtantra as they are of later origin and not mythology but stories, yet with tremendous moral and practical lessons. The article would improve by removal of a few errors. Indra, as the wind, mischievously mixes up the clothes of the bathing girls.
Sharmishtha by mistake puts on Devayani's. Devayani offers Yayati her right hand, not the other way about. Since he takes her by her right hand, he has virtually accepted her as wife. Bhartrihari not "Bhartuhari". Will readers follow this cryptic reference? Email ID. Can't read? No part of this Internet site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright holder. Developed and Programmed by ekant solutions. Photo Essays. Random Thoughts.
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