It is said, “Experience is a master teacher, even when it’s not your own”. As documented by our Vedic historians, there was a king named Pruthu, whose experience is important to everyone. He was a pious, knowledgeable and a brave king. His wisdom hails from his guru, Sanath Kumara Swami.

However, Earth was not cooperating with him in sustaining life during his reign. There were no timely rains, the soil had become infertile and everyone was hungry and poor.

The king was very unhappy with the situation and meditated on a solution. Owing to his earnest desire to serve his people, he rose to a state of anger. This was described metaphorically with Earth in the form of a cow running for its life as the king chased it with a bow and arrow in anger.

Srimad Bhagavatham states that the whole of Earth is named as Prithvi after the King Pruthu, because he was successful in restoring Earth to its best state with everyone living cohesively.

Today, as we mourn the deaths and suffering from COVID-19, we all agree and believe that natural resources were and are being over-used and exploited. Human beings have breached the ozone layer, chemicalized and polluted the flora, ill-treated the fauna, and occupied other species’ rightful space. Hence, it seems that mother Earth has gone back to the same position of not cooperating with the current rulers to yield healthy food, wise thoughts, and keeping the existence happy and intact.

Therefore, is it time to learn from the experience of King Pruthu? 

Can the current rulers follow his direction and restore Earth to its ideal state?

Vidura questioned Maitreya Maharshi about the greatness of King Pruthu and sought to know the solution that the king applied in such critical time. The sage explained to Vidura in detail (Srimad Bhagavatham, Canto 4, Chapter 17, and 18). 

It was described as a hunter (king) who chased a cow (mother Earth) and sought its flesh (resources) for feeding the hunter’s family (the creatures on the Earth). The cow suggested that the hunter’s family show some respect, and follow guidelines and limits so that co-existence could be possible. The cow advised the king to stop hunting her and start regulating the activities of all species. Only then could, she can yield the necessary food for all species. Species by species the hunter then arranged for a calf (leader), the work-force (the producers) and the vessel /pot (the means to produce) to hold the milk (the required yield/food). 


SpeciesLeader ProducersTools to produceResulting Yield
Human beings (common people – work, earn, eat – feed senses, rest, repeat)Swayambhuva ManuKing PruthuHands (physical work)Herbs and grains (sakala owshadhi)
Don’t waste the soil, grow food. Consume only such herbs and grains.
Sages (wise people)BruhaspatiKing Pruthu, Vasishta, and other sagesControlled senses/indriyasPreserve and spread Vedic knowledge, read/write scriptures
De:vatha:s (powers controlling life energies on Earth)IndraVayu, Agni etcHiranmayi (regulation of manas)Mental ability (veeryam), strength in senses (ojah), physical energy (balam)
Da:nava:s PrahladaOther prominent team members of Da:nava communityAyahpatre: (Iron vessel – metallic)Gaudi (fermented sugar/jaggery based liquor), Paishti (fermented flower paste based), Ma:dhvi (honey and fruit based)
Gandharvas and Apsaras (pleasing physical appearance – beauty dominant)Viswa:vasuOther prominent models Flowers Beauty
Pitru gana:s (departed souls)AryamaOther prominent departed soulsUnburnt clayAnnam (pinda pradanam)
Siddha:s (supernatural powers)Sage KapilaOther prominent leadscloud-based energies in space8 supernatural powers like anima, mahima, garima, laghima (visible in Hanuman and Angada in Ramayana)
Vidya:dhara:sSage KapilaOther prominent leadsCloud-based energies in spaceAbility to fly and other such powers
KimpurushasMayaOther prominent leadsMindAbility to change forms at will – disappear (anthardhanam), appear (aavirbhutham), interesting forms (vichitra rupa dharana)
Yaksha, Rakshasa, Bhutha and PisachaRudraOther prominent leadsSkull Flesh, blood (from goats, hens, pigs, dogs, donkeys, and other creatures), and Drugs
Serpents (hoods and hoodless)ThakshakaOther prominent serpentsAnthillsPoison
Animals like cows etcOxOther prominent animalsForestGrass
Wild animals (lions, tigers, jackals, cats, dogs – those that can tear the skin of other animals – canine teeth)LionOther prominent animalsPhysical bodyFlesh
BirdsEagleOther prominent birdsForestFruits, smaller birds, and insects
TreesBanyan treeOther prominent treesForestSix types of tastes (madhura, lavana, etc)
MountainsHimalayaOther prominent peaksLandElements (dhathus) like mercury, rock salt, pashana etc 

(scroll to see the whole content)

SpeciesLeader ProducersTools to produceResulting Yield
Human beings (common people – work, earn, eat – feed senses, rest, repeat)Swayambhuva ManuKing PruthuHands (physical work)Herbs and grains (sakala owshadhi)
Don’t waste the soil, grow food. Consume only such herbs and grains.
Sages (wise people)BruhaspatiKing Pruthu, Vasishta, and other sagesControlled senses/indriyasPreserve and spread Vedic knowledge, read/write scriptures
De:vatha:s (powers controlling life energies on Earth)IndraVayu, Agni etcHiranmayi (regulation of manas)Mental ability (veeryam), strength in senses (ojah), physical energy (balam)
Da:nava:s PrahladaOther prominent team members of Da:nava communityAyahpatre: (Iron vessel – metallic)Gaudi (fermented sugar/jaggery based liquor), Paishti (fermented flower paste based), Ma:dhvi (honey and fruit based)
Gandharvas and Apsaras (pleasing physical appearance – beauty dominant)Viswa:vasuOther prominent models Flowers Beauty
Pitru gana:s (departed souls)AryamaOther prominent departed soulsUnburnt clayAnnam (pinda pradanam)
Siddha:s (supernatural powers)Sage KapilaOther prominent leadscloud-based energies in space8 supernatural powers like anima, mahima, garima, laghima (visible in Hanuman and Angada in Ramayana)
Vidya:dhara:sSage KapilaOther prominent leadsCloud-based energies in spaceAbility to fly and other such powers
KimpurushasMayaOther prominent leadsMindAbility to change forms at will – disappear (anthardhanam), appear (aavirbhutham), interesting forms (vichitra rupa dharana)
Yaksha, Rakshasa, Bhutha and PisachaRudraOther prominent leadsSkull Flesh, blood (from goats, hens, pigs, dogs, donkeys, and other creatures), and Drugs
Serpents (hoods and hoodless)ThakshakaOther prominent serpentsAnthillsPoison
Animals like cows etcOxOther prominent animalsForestGrass
Wild animals (lions, tigers, jackals, cats, dogs – those that can tear the skin of other animals – canine teeth)LionOther prominent animalsPhysical bodyFlesh
BirdsEagleOther prominent birdsForestFruits, smaller birds, and insects
TreesBanyan treeOther prominent treesForestSix types of tastes (madhura, lavana, etc)
MountainsHimalayaOther prominent peaksLandElements (dhathus) like mercury, rock salt, pashana etc 

And more… with a comprehensive classification of all species. He attained peaceful co-existence by pleasing mother Earth as he appointed leaders who can regulate activities of the species, curb/punish for any deviations, and encourage any weaker sections to maintain the balance. 

Today, we see so many breaches by humankind. The obvious ones are the type/amount of food he consumes as well as the space he intrudes into of other species and the nature itself.

Can the Earth go back to giving us what we need? Not just physical elements such as food but also mental, intellectual, spiritual abilities to give us joy and peace? Yes, absolutely. It was proven once when King Pruthu worked hard for it. It is possible again by learning from his experience and the implemented solution. We need rulers such as King Pruthu and leaders such as Manu, Bruhaspati, and a sincere work-force!

All the advocates of the current version of science and technology, as long as there is no deviating from these norms, life will be happier and healthier for all the species, including ourselves. On a personal level, you can check if you are intruding with any other species and its food? Maybe you are violating the rules and regulations laid down for human beings,  This should be the first step from each one of us! 

Prudhivya: o:shadhayaha, o:shadhi:bhyo:nnam
Anna:th purushaha, sava: e:va purusho: narasamayha

Human beings are made to live by consuming only o:shadhi: herbs, grains etc grown from the soil. Nothing else like eggs, meat, etc!

– From the discourse of Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji
– Pearls from Bhagavatham, Session 3
– 30 th May 2020

Relish the full session from Sri Swamiji here!