GLIMPSES FROM LIFE & TIMES OF BABA BAKHORAN DASS – remembering SATYAKAMA JABALA

Satyakama Jabala a boy, and later a Vedic sage, who first appears in Chapter IV of the ancient Hindu text, the Chandogya Upanishad – his story and background need be told and retold to our GEN-NEXT and beyond. It throws light on our culture and History.

As a boy, once he enquired about his father from his mother.

His mother Jabala, told him that she went about many places in her youth, and did not know who his father was.

As a boy, eager for knowledge, Satyakama went to the sage Haridrumata Gautama, requesting the sage’s permission to live in his school for Brahmacharya. The teacher asked “my dear child, what family do you come from?”

Satyakama replied that he is of uncertain parentage because his mother does not know who the father is. The sage declares that the boy’s honesty is the mark of a “Brāhmaṇa, true seeker of the knowledge of the Brahman“.

Sage Gautama accepted him as a student in his school.

The sage sends Satyakama to tend four hundred cows, and come back when they multiply into a thousand.The symbolic legend then presents conversation of Satyakama with a bull, a fire, a swan (Hamsa, हंस) and a diver bird (Madgu, मद्गु), which respectively are symbolism for Vayu, Agni, Āditya and Prāṇa.

Satyakama then learns from these creatures that forms of Brahman is in all cardinal directions (north, south, east, west), world-bodies (earth, atmosphere, sky and ocean), sources of light (fire, sun, moon, lightning), and in man (breath, eye, ear and mind).

Satyakama returns to his teacher with a thousand cows, and humbly learns the rest, the nature of Brahman (metaphysical, ultimate reality).

Satyakama graduates and becomes a celebrated sage, according to the Hindu tradition, and a Vedic school is named after him, as is the influential ancient text Jabala Upanishad – a treatise on Sannyasa (Hindu monk, monastic life).

Upakosala Kamalayana was a student of Satyakama Jabala, whose story is also presented in the Chandogya Upanishad.

On 5th anniversary of CBI raid at Nadini Layout and CO Bangalore, BBD remembers as to how his non biological mother charged him on various charges of criminal conspiracy; and commitment of offences of serious criminal in nature.

Haunted and hunted BBD was sent to gallows and the carcass was thrown without proper burial. A tar on his face a day before EOD.

Author: mahesh3006

A retired development banker with strong bias towards rural development through microcredit