Desires may spring in the human consciousness but not all
get fulfilled. Their fulfilment is connected with each one’s
past karma and the efect of this is assuaged by worship of
This is the advice of Suniti to her five-year old son
whose is deeply hurt that his desire to sit on the lap of his
father, a rightful privilege as a son, is thwarted by his step
mother Suruchi. This apparently simple desire and its
consequences signify an important truth in the human
condition, pointed out Sri Damodhara Dikshitar in a
Suniti says that though Suruchi was harsh to Dhruva she
has uttered the right thing — worship of the Lord would
help to fulfill one’s desires. The one way to overcome the
evil efects of one’s own past karma is to seek shelter at the
Lord’s feet. She adds that his great-grandfather Brahma
and his grandfather Swayambhuva Manu attained worldly
felicities and the bliss of liberation by propitiating the
Lord. Dhruva, a mere lad, who neither knows the sastras,
nor is aware of spiritual practices such as meditation or
devotion practised by sages, goes to the forest to seek the
Lord, with single-minded determination as his only asset.
Divine will brings Narada as his spiritual guide.
It is said that an incident in the life of the saint poet
Vijaya Dasa marks a turning point in his life. Being born in
a poor family, he reconciles himself to daily sparse meals
got from alms as his lot.
But once, when his hopes to enjoy a good meal on the
occasion of a grand neighbourhood wedding are not
realised, it becomes obvious to him that it is the efect of
his special lot and karma. He goes to Varanasi and is
inspired by Purandara Dasa into the bhakti tradition.