~ 194. Yudhishthira Descends to Naraka ~


In the darkness, Yudhishthira heard shrieks and groans. He recognized his brothers' voices. "Help us, Yudhishthira!"
And then he heard Draupadi. "Husband, help me!"
"Are you ready to return to Amravati now?" the gods asked Yudhishthira.
"Don't leave us!" his brothers cried.
"Stay with me!" Draupadi begged.
"I must remain here," said Yudhishthira, angry and confused.
Then he had a vision of God. He saw the Allness of God: everything, every being, all life, all possibilities. The killers and the killed, creation and destruction. Everything.
Enlightened, Yudhishthira ascended to the highest heaven, beyond Amravati. He entered Vaikuntha, God's own home.


Inspired by: Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik.
Notes: This story is on p. 337. 


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