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Sanat Sujata – one of the four Manasaputras of Brahma

As per Hindu scriptures, Brahma is said to have created four sons – Sanaka, Sanatana, Sanandana and Sanat Kumara. Sanata Sujata is another name of Sanat Kumara. The four sons were created when his wisdom was pure and pristine, devoid of any attachment. As per Linga Purana and Shiva Purana, Sanat Sujata is the most important among the four sons. He is mentioned widely in the Mahabharata. He enlightens Sage Vyasa, Bhisma, Dhritarashtra and Maharaja Prithu. Some of the popular stories like that of Tulsi, Andhaka etc are narrated by Sanat Sujata. The Mahabharata record his question answer session with King Dhritarashtra in the Udyog Parva under the section entitled Vidura Niti. The dialogue that happened between Dhritarashtra and Sanat Sujata in the Mahabharata is famous as Sanatsujatiya – an independent treatise on Brahmavidya. Related Teachings of Sanatsujata in the Mahabharata

Why Ramayana is known as Dirgha Saranagati Sastra?

Ramayana is also known as a work on the discipline of surrender – Dirgha Saranagati Sastra. The main characters in the epic reflect this concept. Devas surrender to Lord Vishnu. They pray for freedom from Demons or Rakshasas. Dasharatha surrenders to Sage Rishyasringa to conduct a yajna for begetting children. Sage Vishwamitra surrenders before Bhagavan Sri Ram for eliminating Rakshasas. Lakshmana and Mata Sita surrender to Bhagavan Sri Ram for accompanying him to the forest. Bharata surrenders and gets Rama’s paduaka or sandals for ruling Ayodhya. Sage of Dandakaranya surrenders before Lord Ram for eliminating Rakshasas. Sugriva surrenders before Rama for serving the Lord and gaining back his kingdom. Raksasis (attendants deputed by Ravana) surrenders before Mata Sita. Vibhishana surrenders before Sri Ram. Ravana before dying surrenders before Sri Ram. Mata Sita surrenders to Bhumata to prove her purity. This concept of Dirgha Saranagati Sastra or