The four sages, the Kumaras, headed by Sanaka, who are
filled with spiritual brilliance, arrive at the court of Prithu
to impart spiritual instructions. The crux of their teaching
is that one has to get rid of the mental impurities that make one yearn for worldly pleasures, pointed out Swami
Paramasukhananda in a discourse.
These remain because of the vasanas that one has
accumulated through the cycle of birth and are responsible
for an individual’s tendencies and habits. For instance, a fisherwoman is at home with the smell of fish and she fails to appreciate the fragrance of flowers, while it is the reverse situation with a flower seller. The sad plight of every jivatma is that when the vasanas get strengthened by evil associations, the life time is spent chasing worldly attractions. One fails to see the obvious flaws in this glitter. It is a known fact that even constant and repeated determination fails to make a drunkard give up the practice, while a non-drinker can be led into this
habit without much efort. The sages advise that the only
way to escape the power of the vasanas is by seeking the
company of the wise and the pious. In their company, one
gets frequent opportunities to listen to the Lord’s
incarnations and His auspicious qualities.
One is also initiated into the truth about the perishable
body and the immortal atma. A discerning mind that is
able to distinguish the atma from the body can train itself
to turn the focus away from bodily concerns. Sabhari, hailing from the hunter family, exemplifies this truth. She gets the association of Sage Matanga and gives up the hunter’s way of life to serve the sage. She becomes a devotee of Rama, is blessed by His presence and finally gains salvation.