|UPSHAM: RUSHABHDEV BHAGWAN|
|November 25, 2006 |
While explaining a person in "upsham" as described by Lord Swaminarayan in Vachanamrut Ahmedabad 3, Dinkar Uncle gave the example of Rushabhdev Bhagwan. The life of Rushabhdev Bhagwan is given in Shrimad Bhagavat 5/3 to 5/6.
Vishnu Bhagwan appeared in front of King Naabhi and blessed him that he would take birth from King Naabhi's wife, Queen Merudevi, as King Rushabhdev. He married Jayanti and had 100 sons, the eldest of which was Bharatji, after whom India was named (see "Memories Carried to the Next Life: Bharatji"). Nine sons became renowned as the "Nine Yogeshwars" (given in the eleventh canto). King Rushabhdev taught his children that the world is illusionary and that they should devote to God. King Rushabhdev then appointed Bharatji to the throne, and left home.
From 5/5/29, Rushabhdev Bhagwan's upsham state becomes visible in the description of his wanderings and state in meditation: "Rushabhdev Bhagwan passed through human society like a blind, deaf, and dumb man ... He completely understood that matter and spirit are separate ... [He then stayed in one place] and while lying down, He ate and drank, and He passed stool and urine and rolled in it ... [although He had all divine powers] He did not exercise these powers." From 5/6/7 it is explained that "[Rushabhdev Bhagwan] placed stones within His mouth and began to wander through the forest, naked and with His hair disheveled like a madman ... While He was wandering about, a wild forest fire began ... and the body of Rushabhdev Bhagwan were burnt to ashes."
Thus, completely immersed in God and beyond consciousness of the body, Rushabhdev Bhagwan set an example of devotion to God in the upsham state.