Day 4 • #fishpose / #matsyasana for #loveallbeings #loveallbeingseverywhere #mayallbeingsbefreefromsuffering #beverlyoga #dharmamittraismyguru #heartopeners #anahatachakra Good King Satyavrat was bathing in a river when a tiny fish swam into his cupped hands and cried, “Majesty, protect me!” So the king put the fish in his kamandalu, a coconut shell bowl, and took her home. By the next morning she had grown to fill the bowl. The king produced a larger bowl, and then successively larger bowls, and ponds, and lakes, but the fish rapidly outgrew every container. At last the king decided to take her to the sea. “Please don't put me in a sea where there are monsters!” said the fish.
By now it was clear that this was no ordinary fish. Satyavrat folded his hands and begged the fish to reveal her true form, and to explain what was really happening here. Immediately, Lord Vishnu stood before him. He told Satyavrat that in seven days, the entire world would be flooded. “But I will send a boat for you,” said the Lord, “and you will help me to rebuild the world. During the next seven days you must gather every kind of seed and plant that grows on earth, and the subtle bodies of every species of creature. When I arrive, put all of these into the boat. Use Vasuki, the cosmic serpent, as a rope to tether the boat to the fin on my head, and I will carry you safely over the flood.” So at the appointed time, Satyavrat loaded the boat with every kind of seed and medicinal plant, and with the subtle forms of every living creature. In the meantime, Lord Vishnu—or, as we should probably call him by now, Matsyavatar, Vishnu’s descent in fish form—had rescued the Vedas from Hayagreeva's clutches and stowed them safely with the world-saving cargo. As they sailed, Matsyavatar spoke divine wisdom to Satyavrat, teaching him all about the yogas of jnana (wisdom), bhakti (devotion), and karma (action). Today, his discourse is known as the Matsya Purana. They sailed over ages and eons, until Brahma awoke. A shining new world emerged then from the ocean, and Satyavrat became the Manu—the lawgiver, ruler, and father—of the creatures of that new age.