May 15, 2020
Presenter - manisar
As I mentioned earlier, it's not necessary that every story presented under 'Vedantic Stories' on this website be taken from some Vedantic texts. If the essence of the story is close to the idea of Vedanta, then the story will find a place here. I beg your pardon for this impudence.
One such story is that of Bhaskarcharya. This story is related to real persons and events from medieval times (and not prehistoric times), which is supposed to imply that there should be more truth than imagination in the story. Like a narration of authenticated events. But a story filled with such idealistic people and events doesn't sound to be true to the letter. It's more appropriate to deem it a legend. My memory tells me that I read this version of this story in some book by Osho.
Whatever may it be, the beauty of the story is inexpressible! And inspirational as well for the explorers of Vedanta.
There was an Indian mathematician in India named Bhaskaracharya. This story is related to him and his wife.
Bhaskar lived in a world of his own, as is the case with many unusually intellectually gifted people. When he came of age and was observed to be far away from worldly affairs, the family started pressurizing for marriage. Now, in Indian context, generally what happens is that when parents start asking their lads to get married, they answer with a 'no'. Sometimes, they are really not interested in marriage, and sometimes they shy away. For a few days these games are played and then the marriage happens.
But Bhaskar was so much lost in his own world that he said yes in the first shot. Who should play yes-no yes-no and waste his valuable time! So many deep and interesting mysteries of mathematics are already waiting there. Should one first deal with them or the parents! It's Ok - get me married, but please leave me alone.
The marriage took place and a young woman came home. Bhaskar's tryst with mathematics continued.
Seemingly many years went by. One day in the night when Bhaskar's wife was filling a lamp with oil it fell down. While picking it up, some light from the lamp fell on the face of Bhaskar and that was probably the first time he saw her and was startled. He asked - "hey, who are you and what are you doing here?" She replied - "I'm your wife, a few years back you married me and brought me home, I'm here since then." Bhaskar said - "Oh, then why didn't you tell me yet? And you are telling me today when my book is about to complete. For long I was waiting for the day it completes so that I can leave home for the journey of seeking the Truth. I was thinking of going in the morning, and you are telling me now that you are my wife! You got me in a dilemma, what should I do now? I'll do as you say.
She spoke - "That you asked me is my honor. I can never be the one to come in your way. Have never been, and will never be. Do what you intend to do as per your resolution. Nothing can give me more happiness than that." Bhaskar did. He became Bhaskaracharya from Bhaskar, gained name and fame. A good part of the credit that goes to Bhaskaracharya for taking India to the front-line in the field of mathematics in those times is shared by his unknown helpmate as well.