The Tale of Sage (Rishi) Chunak

The Tale of Sage (Rishi) Chunak

Evil Habits can not be Eradicated by the Way of Worship Mentioned in Vedas

Once upon a time, a rishi (sage) named ‘Chunak’, according to the way of worship mentioned in Vedas and Gita Ji’s Adhyay 2 Shlok 55 to 68, by controlling his mind and senses kept doing sadhna for thousands of years. At that time, he was considered to be a great yogi; very soft-spoken, equipoised in joys and sorrows, and used to wear only one loincloth and lived in a hut. He used to remain contented in whatever he got. He was considered to be a great man, fully equipped with supernatural powers.

There was a Maandhaata Chakvae (Chakravarti) king. (One is called a Chakravarti king if one has dominion over the whole Earth.) It occurred to Maandhaata that let’s find out if anyone has become rebellious toward me. For this, the king released a horse and hung a wooden board around its neck which read that this horse belongs to King Maandhaata Chakvae (Chakravarti). Whichever king does not accept the subjugation of Great king Maandhaata, he may capture this horse and tie it; he will have to fight with the king. Alongside hundreds of soldiers riding on their horses also accompanied that horse. The horse was returning after going around the whole earth and nobody had dared to capture it because King Maandhaata had an army of 72 crore (kshouhini) soldiers. When those soldiers and that horse went past the Supreme Sage Chunak, then rishi (the sage) asked the soldiers, “Who are you? From where have you come and where are you going? What is this unoccupied horse for? Why is there no rider on it? Please tell me.” On this the arrogant soldiers of that arrogant king said, “It has nothing to do with you.” Then rishi ji said, “One does ask passersby. Tell me, what is the matter?” The soldiers said, “This is King Maandhaata Chakravarti’s (Chakvae) horse. Whoever will capture it will have to fight with the king.” Rishi Ji asked, “Did no one capture it?” Some of the soldiers said that no one on the whole earth could dare to capture it. Other soldiers added that how will one capture it? The king has an army of 72 crore soldiers. Chunak rishi said that if nobody has captured it, then I will. On hearing this, the soldiers tied that horse to the same tree under which the rishi’s hut was situated and said, “Oh Pauper! You don’t even have a grain of food to eat and will fight with King Maandhaata Chakvae? Why are you inviting trouble?” Rishi said, “This is my destiny. Go and tell your king that the rishi is ready to fight.” When the soldiers informed the king that a rishi named Chunak has captured your horse and is ready to fight, the king sent an army of 18 crore soldiers to kill one man. He divided his army into four troops, each consisting of 18 crore soldiers. On the other hand, Chunak Rishi prepared four missiles by his supernatural powers obtained as a result of Brahm (Kaal) worship. Rishi released one missile on king’s army which destroyed the army of 18 crore soldiers. Likewise, the four missiles destroyed the army of 72 crore (kshouhini) soldiers.

Except the worship of Purna Brahm, by doing worship of ParBrahm, Brahm, Shri Brahma Ji, Shri Vishnu Ji, Shri Shiv Ji and other gods and goddesses, one gets the result of whatever action one has done; results of good deeds – in heaven and  results of sins – in hell and also have to suffer in the bodies of 84 lakh life-forms. Maharishi Chunak Ji was a worshipper of Brahm (Kaal), and he worshipped according to the way of worship mentioned in the Vedas. Because of which after enjoying the fruits of good deeds in Mahaswarg (great heaven, which is built in Brahmlok), and experiencing the results of sins in hell and then will have to suffer in the body of an animal. When this Chunak rishi will become a dog etc, he will have wounds in his head, infested with worms. All the soldiers he had killed by his word-like arrow will take their revenge. For this reason only, the narrator of Holy Gita Ji, Brahm (Kaal), himself says in Adhyay 7 Shlok 18 that these knowledgeable souls who have learnt from Vedas that complete salvation will be attained by devotion to only one God, because of not finding a Tatvdarshi saint, based on their self-inferred conclusion believed that recitation of ‘Om’ mantra along with the five yagyas is the only way to worship Purna Brahm. But this way of worship is only upto Brahm (Kaal). Only a Tatvdarshi saint will tell the way of worshipping Purna Brahm (Param Akshar Brahm) (In Gita Adhyay 4 Shlok 34 and Yajurved Adhyay 40 Mantra 10 and 13). Therefore, those noble souls remained dependent on my (Brahm-Kaal is saying) very bad (anuttamam) salvation (gati).

Important: - Now the readers may themselves contemplate that what did such a rishi, who appeared to be a great worshipper, achieve?

Because in Vedas and Gita Ji the knowledge available is excellent that only a devotee who becomes free from lust, anger, attachment, greed, arrogance, love and hatred is completely liberated. But the way of worship is only for attaining Kaal (Brahm). Because of which one can not become free from defects. One can become worthy of attaining that God (the Supreme God) by jaap of ‘Satnaam’ mantra. It is not available in any of the Holy Scriptures. Only God Kabir’s complete saint can tell that mantra.  And it is beneficial only if one takes ‘naam’ from that saint who has the authority to give updesh. Then after doing bhakti and staying in Guruji’s maryada (boundation) throughout life may obtain ‘Saarnaam’ from Guruji. Then the devotee can go to Satlok and can give up evil habits.

Important: - Rishi Chunak was a noble soul and a learned person. He was a seeker of God. Based on whatever guidance he obtained from the Holy Scriptures and whichever Guru he got, he meditated (did sadhna) for thousands of years according to the opinion mentioned in the Vedas. Even then could not overcome arrogance (ego). He destroyed King Maandhaata and reduced his earnings of bhakti and incurred sin. This is the bad salvation (state) of Brahm-worship. God Brahm himself provides its evidence (in Gita Ji’s Adhyay 7 Shlok 18). Respected GaribDas Ji Maharaj says: -

Garib, bahattar kshouni kha gaya, chunak rishishwar ek |
Deh dhaarien jaura firaen, sabhi Kaal ke bhekh ||

Like, in Gita Ji’s Adhyay 14 Shlok 2, it is said that one who does my bhakti according to the method mentioned in Vedas and Gita, he remains engrossed in my nature / inspired by my character and acquires my qualities i.e. becomes another form of me, Kaal; e.g. Chunak rishi. When that worshipper is reborn as a human being, then he remains overwhelmed by the same nature i.e. he does not worship other gods. Then also he only worships me in accordance with the Vedas. Even this, he engages in my worship after many births; this is also indicated in Gita Adhyay 7 Shlok 19 that after many births and rebirths, a learned soul, who was previously engrossed in my nature, does my sadhna, and the one who tells that only the Supreme God is Vasudev i.e. is Omnipresent, the Preserver of all and He only is worthy of being worshipped, that Mahatma is very rare.

It is written in Adhyay 2 Shlok 69 to 72 that two types of persons remain awake at night. One, a lover of sensual pleasures [overpowered by lust, and a thief or one who wants to collect a lot of money], engrossed in evil habits remains awake. For him, that night is like a day only. The second type of person who remains awake is a lover of God. He made full use of that night. Like, all the rivers automatically fall into a sea; similarly, the two types of persons automatically go to hell and heaven on the basis of their bad and good deeds. One who has become aware of the (Parmatam tattav) truth about God, he, free from sensual enjoyments, remains balanced in joys-sorrows and gain-loss. Like, the rivers even after falling into the sea do not disturb the sea. That person, free from all desires, free from affection and pride, only attains peace. A worshipper, who becoming free from the evil habits of sensual enjoyments, represses senses by overcoming mind, and putting an end to lust, anger, passion, greed, pride does not become unsteady even at the time of death, only that person can achieve Nirvan Brahm (Purna Parmatma, Purna Brahm). Otherwise, because of being incompetent can not attain Purna Parmatma.

Gist: This competency is neither in Vishnu, nor in Brahm, nor in Shiv. Therefore, the attainment of God is impossible.


FAQs about "The Tale of Sage (Rishi) Chunak"

Q.1 According to the scripture, what is the significance of reciting the 'Om' mantra?

The scripture states that recitation of Om mantra is limited to the worship of Brahm (Kaal). By chanting OM seekers gains accomplishments but fail to attain emancipation. Only a Tatvdarshi saint can guide on the way to worship of Purna Brahm (Param Akshar Brahm) who is the provider of salvation.

Q.2 How does the scripture describe the state of those who followed the worship based on their conclusions without the guidance of a Tatvdarshi saint?

The scripture states that such worshippers, despite their efforts, remained dependent on an inferior form of salvation and did not achieve complete liberation.

Q. 3 What is emphasized regarding the qualities of a devotee in Vedas and Gita Ji?

The scripture highlights that a devotee should be free from lust, anger, attachment, greed, arrogance, love, and hatred to attain complete liberation. All scriptures tell that devotees should seek shelter in an enlightened saint to attain emancipation.

Q.4 Is there a specific mantra mentioned for attaining God in the scripture?

Pious Gita Ji in 17:23 mentions the importance of the 'Om Tat Sat' (coded form) mantra, and only a complete saint with the authority to give updesh (Initiation) can provide it. Currently, that true sant is Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj.

Q.5 What is the limitations of Brahm-worship?

The scripture cites the example of Rishi Chunak, a noble and devoted soul who, despite performing dedicated meditation of Brahm, could not overcome arrogance and incurred sin. He did gained few powers but remained in recurrence.

Q.6 How does the scripture explains the rarity of finding a Mahatma (Tatvdarshi Sant)?

Kaal Brahm, knowledge giver of pious Gita Ji indicates that after many births, a pious soul engrossed in the devotion of God, recognizes and engages in His worship. A Mahatma (Tatvdarshi Sant) who acknowledges the Supreme God as Vasudev and guides complete way of worship for salvation is found very rare.


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Sanjeev Rajput

I believe the choice to engage in evil deeds lies solely with the individual, and it doesn't necessarily correlate with one's practice of worship. Many people who don't engage in any form of worship still exhibit exceptional goodness in their nature.

Satlok Ashram

Dear reader, we appreciate your perspective on our article. While it's possible for individuals to do good without the guidance of an enlightened Sant, it's crucial to acknowledge the presence of the five vices inherent in every human which always remains also while performing good deeds.. These vices remain unseen, and it's through true worship that they can be eradicated, paving the way for salvation. For a deeper understanding of such spiritual truths, we recommend exploring the spiritual discourses of Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj and reading the book Gyan Ganga.

Rama Rao

Despite my dedicated involvement in worship, I'm struggling to control my vices and experiencing hardship. Despite seeking guidance from multiple Gurus, I haven't found a resolution. I found your article intriguing and would like to delve deeper into this knowledge.

Satlok Ashram

Dear reader, we commend your interest in our article. The control of vices is a challenge without true worship, as only the Almighty can provide the necessary spiritual knowledge to conquer these vices. To gain further insights, we suggest reading the book Gyan Ganga and exploring Sant Rampal Ji Maharaj's spiritual discourses available on various social media platforms.