The Previous Avatar of Lord Muruga
This Sunday we have a story from Deivathin Kural(Voice of God). Let us go to the story
Veda Vyasa composed Brahma Sutra. Sri Adi Shankara wrote commentary on Brahma Sutra. There is a reference from Adi Shankara's commentary on Brahma Sutra that Lord Muruga is an avatar of Sanat Kumara, the son of Lord Brahma. But how come Muruga be Sanat Kumara's incarnation?
Sanat Kumara, originated from Brahma's mind. He was a Brahma Jnani(பிரம்ம ஞானி). Like Suka, Sanatkumara never differentiated between objects.
Once, Sanat Kumara had a dream. In the dream, he saw the Devas and the Asuras fighting and he himself being the commander-in-chief of the Devas. When he woke up, he was shocked. He went to his father Lord Brahma and asked the meaning of his dream.
Lord Brahma replied "Sanat Kumara, in your previous birth, you studied the Vedas. In the Vedas, the war between Devas and Asuras are described. The war was deeply imprinted in your mind. If someone does Yagnas, the Devas bless them. The Asuras try to create obstacles in their path. So in your previous birth, you thought of vanquishing the Asuras yourself. This thought has now reflected in this birth of yours as a dream. Whatever you think in your mind, it will come true. So, one day, definitely you will become the commander-in-chief of the Devas".
But Sanat Kumara ignored the dream. However, Lord Shiva thought of making the dream come true. So, Lord Shiva, along with Goddess Parvati, appeared before him. But, Sanat Kumara sees everything as Brahmam(பிரம்மம்). So, when Lord Shiva appeared before him, he treated him like he treats any other object and didn't bother.
Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, stood there for a long time but there was no response from Sanat Kumara. They were very happy to see such a Brahma Jnani(பிரம்ம ஞானி). But, to get a response from Sanat Kumara, Lord Shiva acted as if he is angry. He says to Sanat Kumara "It is your ego that has made you think that you are a great person. You have insulted the universal parents. If I curse you, what will you do?".
Sanat Kumara replied "You can give me a curse but that won't affect my soul". Lord Shiva was even more happier with his answer. He wanted to ask a few more questions to test if he is truly a Jnani(ஞானி).
Lord Shiva said "I am glad to see such a knowledge from you. I will grant a boon that you ask". Sanat Kumara with a smile in his face, replied "I don't want any boon. I have attained a stage that I really don't need anything. You seem to think that this curse and boon have some meaning. Well, if you need any boon, you ask".
Lord Shiva became very proud of Sanat Kumara. He replied "Sanat Kumara, you are the son of Brahma. He is really blessed to have such a son. Let me also have that opportunity of having you as a son and that's all I need". Sanat Kumara replied "I will be born to you in my next birth".
Sanat Kumara, while giving the boon told that he will be born to Lord Shiva, but he didn't include Parvati. He said to Parvati "In the Shastras, it is stated that anything shouldn't be given without being asked. So, I didn't include you".
Parvati became very sad on hearing the words of Sanat Kumara. She replied, "In the same Shastras, husband and wife are stated as one. So, it is not necessary for me to ask separately". Sanat Kumara replied "It's disgusting for me to stay in a mother's womb. For a Brahma Jnani, this thinking should not come. But please forgive me". Parvati became very sad. Finally they came to a conclusion.
Several years ago , Lord Shiva gave a boon to Bhasmasura that gave him the power to turn anybody into ashes by keeping his hand on their head. Bhasmasura wanted to test the boon. So, he tried to test it on Lord Shiva himself. To escape from him, Lord Shiva disappeared.
Parvati couldn't bear the separation. As a result, she started melting. She melted completely and became a pond and that was called as Saravana Poigai(சரவணப் பொய்கை). After Bhasmasura's death and after the return of Lord Shiva, Parvati came to her normal form. But Parvati blessed the pond to stay forever which is considered as Goddess Parvati herself.
So, when Sanat Kumara originated from Lord Shiva's third eye as a fire, no one could bear the heat. Even Ganga couldn't bear the heat. Lord Brahma told her to leave the fire in Saravana Poigai(சரவணப் பொய்கை). Ganga left the fire in Saravana Poigai(சரவணப் பொய்கை) and there originates Saravana Bhava, Lord Muruga. Thus, Sanat Kumara emanated as a fire from Lord Shiva and grew up in Saravana Poigai which is Goddess Parvati. As per the dream of Sanat Kumara, Lord Muruga became the commander-in-chief for the Devas.