was a young 5 year old boy.
story of Dhruv appears in the Shrimad Bhaagvad.
is written that he, who reads or listens to the story of Dhruv,
feels love for God.
father of Dhruv was a king called Uttanpad.
years ago kings used to have more than one wife.
Uttanpad was married to Suruchi and Suneeti.
father had a special liking for his wife Suruchi.
was Suneeti’s son.
was Suruchi’s son.
Dhruv saw Uttam sitting on the father’s lap.
Dhruv asked his father to carry him, and give him a seat on
his lap too.
wish infuriated Suruchi who lashed out at the child, saying
that he had no right to sit on his father’s lap.
humiliated little child ran to Suneeti and fighting back tears
of anger, recounted what had transpired, to his mother.
mother Suneeti consoled and instructed little Dhruv
you have to beg for something, let that be from God!
God gives, he gives in plenty.
will make you sit on his lap with love. He is the true
father of Mankind.
has spoken words of truth, even if you want the throne,
pray to the Lord!
to God that He grants you a true father’s love.
am not sending you alone, my blessings and God are with
little child set out for the forest.
felt confident that no harm would befall him as he had with
him, God and his mother’s blessings.
person who leaves home with blessings, is bound to meet a
godly person who will guide him.
enough Dhruv met Naradji.
dissuaded Dhruv from undertaking such a difficult task.
Naradji told Dhruv:
are young, you should be spending your time playing… even
great sages have not achieved the Almighty…”
Dhruv was adamant.
taught Dhruv, the technique of prayer and asked him to chant
the following mantra: ‘Om namo Bhagvate Vaasudevaaya’
Tapasya (Penance) of Dhruv
the 1st month he subsisted on fruit and meditated for 3 days
at a stretch.
the second month, he meditated for 6 days at a stretch.
the 3rd month, Dhruv meditated for 9 days at a stretch and
subsisted on only leaves.
the 4th month, he meditated for 12 days at a stretch and
subsisted on only water from the Yamuna River.
the 5th month Dhruv meditated for 15 days at a stretch, and
renounced water as well.
the 6th month Dhruv decided that he would stay put in the same
position until the Lord appeared.
the Lord came running to Dhruv.
the Lord stood in front of Dhruv, the latter did not open his
eyes as he was already seeing the Almighty within his own
Lord made the form that Dhruv was witnessing within himself,
became restless and opened his eyes… and Lo and behold, God
was standing outside!
are also within me! You are capable of fulfilling all desires…
asked for that, which the Lord wished to give him.
Lord’s wish was that Dhruv should return to the kingdom.
wanted to establish the fact that God also gives material
wealth to his devotees.
Dhruv expressed his fear that he might become proud of the
fact that he was a prince, who had seen the Almighty, the Lord
promised to protect him always.
Lord knew that Dhruv had started his penance because he had
wanted to sit in his father’s lap.
was transported to the highest point of heaven, where he sits
on his Divine father’s lap as the Pole Star.
moral of the story is that at one point or another of our life
we all encounter situations that are unfair. Instead of
focusing on our misfortunes, we should turn to our Divine
Father who will give us what we deserve, and turn us into a