3. Varaha (Boar)- 3rd stage of sadhana:
After PRALAYA, it was the beginning of a new KALPA. BRAHMA,
the Creator, was busy in the work of creation. BHOOMADEVI (Mother
Earth) was being tossed about in the turbulent waves; ultimately
she was pushed to the bottom of the ocean. Brahma was
He had to bring the Earth up, out of the deluge. He meditated
on Lord VISHNU. "O Lord, please come to my rescue and
recover Mother Earth" Brahma prayed. As He prayed to the
Lord, a tiny white boar, smaller than his thumb, emerged out on
one of his nostrils.
Brahma was amazed and gazed at it. Instantly it grew and grew
and became larger than an elephant. Brahma was wondering whether
it was not Lord Vishnu himself in that form. The boar was yet
growing in size and attained a colossal form. Brahma was
convinced that it was Lord Vishnu himself.
With a terrifying mighty roar, the Boar leaped into the air,
pierced the clouds and came down diving into the ocean. It raced
to the bottom of the ocean in search of the Earth. Searching
tirelessly, it found Mother Earth at the other end of the
ocean-bed. Digging his tusk into the ocean-bed, the Boar lifted
BHOOMIDEVI on to it; and proceeded to rise to the surface.
An ASURA by name HIRANYAKSHA had become mighty and powerful
after a rigourous penence to BRAHMA from whom he had obtained
boons. He went about challenging, threatening and conquering the
Devas. Unable to face him, Devas had to go into hiding.
Hiranyakasha, goaded by the arrogance of power, was spoiling
for fight. He went up to VARUNA, lord of the waters and Guardian
of Hydrosphere, and in pretended humility, implored him for a
fight. Varuna knew that he was not equal to the Asura in prowess
and the Asura was only mocking at him by acting humble.
He controlled his anger and replied the Asura, " I am too
old to fight and I have given up fighting. Not all can be equal
to you. Only Lord Vishnu will be a match for you. Please go to
him and engage him in fight."
Coming across Sage Narada the Asura learnt that Vishnu was
rising to the surface from the ocean-bed carrying BHOOMADEVI on
his tusk - in the form of a boar - immediately he charged into
the ocean and spotted the Lord in the act of rescuing the earth.
"Hey beast, leave Bhoomadevi alone and come and fight
me" shouted the Asura, chasing the animal.
The Lord ignored his taunts as he had to, first of all, take
BHOOMADEVI out of the ocean and put her to safety. As soon as He
reached the surface of the ocean, the Lord placed her gently on
it and blessed her. "May you fit into the Divine order"
blessed the Lord.
He now turned to Hiranyaksha and responded to his call for a
fight. Hiranyaksha became furious and attacked the animal. The
boar cleverly warded off his attack and counter-attacked with a
mace. They were thus engaged in a furious fight, when Brahma
appeared on the scene. "Twilight is approaching and in an
hour he will become more powerfull and formidable. So, slay him
quickly and rid us all of his menace" Brahma exhorted the
Hearing what Brahma told the animal, Hiranyaksha, in a fit of
fury, hurled his mace at the animal. The animal caught hold of
the mace as if it were a toy. Hiranyaksha now started hitting the
animal on its chest with his powerful fists. The Boar in turn hit
the Asura behind his ears. Hiranyaksha reeled and fell down
Brahma and Devas praised the Lord and sang His eternal
3rd Stage of Sadhana - Diving deep represents self-analysis -
a person has plunged deep into himself. He has to fight against
and extinguish his worldly bad habits like anger, jealousy,
pride, greed and lust and raise himself to transcend this wordily
ocean. Self-analysis is indeed a difficult part of sadhana and
many are only too unfortunate to give up at that juncture.