The story of Puranjana is told in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, 4 Canto, beginning from Chapter 25.
At the end of that allegorical tale, Narada Muni explains the philosophy behind it so instructing King Pracinabarhi on the truths of life. Those who live without knowledge live the lives of animals, and all they get is just some insignificant, illusory and temporary pleasure.
The living entities (we, Puranjana) go from body to body according to their own past activities. But we are not alone. The Supreme Personality of Godhead does not abandon us and is present in our heart as the Paramatma who constantly help us.
When one takes shelter of his material intelligence (pramada, which literally means madness) he identifies himself with the material body and then enjoys and suffers a life of sense gratification. The senses are considered his girl friends with whom enjoy or suffer.
Everything seems wonderful but then old age arrives (Kalakanya) with its miseries and life does not seem so wonderful anymore.
Then death comes and Puranjana (we, the living soul) has to take another body… and another… and another untill a pure devotee come to wake us up to the realities of life. If we are so intelligent to accept him as our guide our life will become perfect.
The story of Puranjana is very instructive and it’d deserve the space of a book.
– Manonatha Dasa (ACBSP)
27 apr 2019