Chapter 13 — Yama Explains to Bhrigu How Thoughts Create; They Go to Shukra

Yama said:-—

Among these various species of living creatures, which resemble the waves of the ocean and are as numerous as the plants and vines of spring, there are some among the yakshas, gandharvas and kinnaras who have overcome the errors of their minds and have well considered everything before and after them, and who have become perfect in their lives, passing as the living liberated persons in this world. There are others among the moving and unmoving who are as unconscious of themselves as wood or stone. Many are worn out with error and are incapable of judging for themselves.

But those awakened to sense have the rich mine of the scriptures, framed by the enlightened to guide their souls. Those awakened to sense and whose sins are washed off have their understanding purified by the light of the scriptures. The study of good works destroys the errors of the mind, just as the course of the sun in the sky destroys the darkness of the night.

Those who have not succeeded to dispel the errors of their minds have darkened their understandings by a mist of ignorance, like the frosty sky of winter, and they find the phantoms of their error dancing like demons before their eyes.

All living bodies are subject to pain and pleasure, but it is the mind which constitutes the body, and not the flesh. The body that is seen to be composed of the five elements to make flesh and bones is a creation of the imagination of the mind. It has no substantiality.

10 What your son had thought of in his mental body he found in that same body. He was not accountable to anybody for anything or whatever passed in his mind. 11 Whatever acts a man wills to do in his own mind, the same comes to take place in a short time. There is no other agency of anybody else required to bring them about. 12 Whatever the mind did in a moment and of its own accord, moved by its own will or desire, there is nobody in the world who has the power to do or undo at anytime.

13 The suffering of the torments of hell, the enjoyment of heavenly bliss, and the thoughts of birth and death are all fabrications of the mind that labors under these thoughts. 14 What need I to tell more in the manner of writers of many words on this subject, other than go to the place where your son is situated? 15 Shukra, having tasted the pleasure and pain of all these states at a moment’s thought of his mind, is now seated in penance (tapas) on the bank of the Samanga River under spreading moonbeams. 16 His vital breath, having fled from his heart, became like a moonbeam sparkling in a dew drop and entered the uterus in the form of virile semen.

Vasishta speaking:—

17 Saying so, the lord of death smiled to think of the course of nature, and taking hold of Bhrigu’s hand in his own, they departed together like the sun and moon. 18 “O wonderful is the law of nature!” said Bhrigu slowly to himself, and then rose higher and higher, as the sun ascends above his rising mountain.

19 With their luminous bodies, they arrived at the spot of Samanga River and shone on high above the tamala trees below. Their simultaneous rising in the clear sky made them appear like the sun rising with the full moon over a cloudy horizon.

20 Valmiki said:—

As the muni Vasishta was describing these things, the sun went down his setting mountain, and the day departed to its evening service. The court broke with mutual salutations to perform their evening rites and observances, after which they joined the assembly at the dawn of the next day.