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The results of karma is very peculiar. Sometimes, by virtue of the grace of God, when the sin & virtues move in parallel, then the condition of life also gets pulled in a different direction. But where the burden of sinful deeds is on the mind, then the human does not get peace anywhere and he moves moves here & there, but the sins keep him disturbed. If the virtues pulled him towards the good path, then the sins lead him to the wrong way. It can also be seen as something like the struggle of the sea churning of Devas and Asuras in which fourteen gems appear. Likewise, there is upheaval in our mind like churning of the sea. Our thoughts, which are full by the effects of the acts of natural previous births, spontaneously drag us into the present birth towards good deeds or sin deeds. In this context, while giving the Gita knowledge in the Mahabharata war, Lord Shri Krishna says that Arjuna, you do not want to fight, yet you will be bound to fight by the flow of inspired virtues and rituals of your birth.
In this context, the amazing truth of life is hidden. Thousands elephants's power is in this mind, which can distract the ordinary -extraordinary man and bring him from anywhere.
Now see Ashwatthama, the warrior of Mahabharata. He is one of the seven Sanjeevan Devas who are worshiped in the morning with a mantra for long life. That Ashwatthama is immortal but due to curse and his sin, he wanders on the restless earth with his wounds.
Ashwatthama was born to Drona, the son of the sage Bharadwaja. His mother was Kripi, the daughter of sage Shardwan. Dronacharya's gotra was Angira. Brahmin Drona married Kripi to get children by orders of ancestors. Kripi was also very religious, simple and virtuous. Both were from poor family. As soon as he was born, Ashwatthama uttered a loud word like horse's voice which resonated in all directions and sky. Then Akashvani said that the name of this special child will be Ashwatthama.
Fear of Ashwatthama in the Mahabharata war: When the army of demons led a terrible attack under the leadership of Ghatotkacha all the Kaurava heroes fled. Then Ashwatthama stood there alone. He killed Anjanaparva, the son of Ghatotkacha. He also killed an Akshohini army of Pandavas and wounded Ghatotkacha.
Ashwatthama was the Maharathi of the Kaurava army. Kururaj organized the eleven Akshohini army of his side under the command of eleven commander . Ashwatthama holds a prominent position among the eleven commanders.
Here in the war, Arjuna, Krishna, Yudhishthira, Bhima, Nakula, Sahadeva, Drupada, Dhrishtadumra and Ghatotkacha etc. were fighting. In spite of him, Ashwatthama killed 90 sons of Kuntibhoj, heroes like Balanik, Shataniq, Jayashva, Shrutahya, Hemmali, Parshvdhra and Chandrasen were killed in the battle and drove away Yudhishthira's army. Fear and terror spread in the Pandava's side in view of this demolition by Ashwatthama. Now it was very important to stop Ashwatthama. Everyone was considering it otherwise the defeat was certain the next day.
Ashwatthama elephant killed : Drona is made new commander at the behest of Karna in the battle of the tenth day after Bhishma lying on arrow's bed. Duryodhana and Shakuni tell Drona that if he take Yudhishthira captive, the war will end automatically. When at the end of the day, Drona proceeds to defeating Yudhishthira in battle and to arrest him , then that Arjuna comes and stops him with his arrow's rain. Nakula was with Yudhishthira and Arjuna also returned to Yudhishthira. Thus the Kauravas could not capture Yudhishthira.
But with the increasing destructive power of Drona, panic spreads in the Pandavas' camp. The father and son together ensured the defeat of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata war. Seeing the defeat of the Pandavas, Shri Krishna asked Yudhishthira to resort to deceit. Under this plan, in the war it was spread that 'Ashwatthama was killed' but Yudhishthira was not ready to lie. Then the elephant of a king named Avantiraja, whose name was Ashwatthama, was slaughtered by Bhima. After this, in the war it was spread that 'Ashwatthama was killed.'
When Guru Dronacharya asked Dharmaraja Yudhishthira to know the truth of Ashwatthama, he replied, "Ashwatthama is killed but an elephant."
At the same time Shri Krishna performed the Sankhnaad, due to which the noise of Guru Dronacharya could not hear the last word 'elephant' and he understood that my son was killed. Hearing this, he gave up his arms and closed his eyes in the battlefield and sank into mourning. This was the occasion when Draupadi's brother Dhrishtadumara, knowing Dronacharya was unarmed, beheaded him with a sword. This news was horribly tragic for Ashwatthama. After the deceitful murder of the father, Ashwatthama laid down all the rules of war.
Use of Brahmshirastra on the 18th day of Mahabharata: On the eighteenth day three warriors of the Kauravas are left - Ashwatthama, Kripacharya and Kritavarma. On this day, Ashwatthama vowed to kill the Pandavas, but he did not understand how to kill the Pandavas. Ashwatthama was thinking this only when an owl attacked the crows at night, the owl kills them all. Seeing this incident, Ashwatthama had the same idea in his mind, and with the help of Kripacharya and Kritavarma, in the dark night, he reached the Pandavas' camp and beheaded the 5 sons of the sleeping Pandavas as Pandavas. When Dhritishdumra wakes up from this incident, Ashwatthama kills him too.
Everyone condemns this misdeed of Ashwatthama. Unhappy with the murder of her sons, Draupadi starts mourning. Hearing his lamentation, Arjuna vowed to cut Ashwatthama's head. Hearing Arjuna's pledge, Ashwatthama escaped, then Arjuna followed him by making Shri Krishna a charioteer and taking his Gandiva-bow. Ashwatthama did not get protection anywhere, due to fear, he used Brahmashirastra on Arjuna. Arjuna also had to use Brahmashirastra under compulsion. At the prayer of the sages, Arjuna withdrew his weapon but Ashwatthama turned his brahmashirastra towards Abhimanyu's widow Uttara's womb. Krishna saves Uttara's womb with his power.
Finally Shri Krishna said, "O Arjuna! Dharmatma, sleeping, inattentive, drunk, mad, ignorant, chariotless, women and child killing is forbidden according to dharma. He has behaved against dharma, killing sleeping innocent children. If he alive, he will commit sin again, so immediately fulfill your vow by killing him and placing his severed head in front of Draupadi. "
Even after hearing these words of Shri Krishna, Arjuna took pity on his guru son and took Ashwatthama alive in the camp and put him in front of Draupadi. Draupadi, looking at the tied Guru's son like an animal, said, "O Aryaputra, this is the Guru's son. You have gained knowledge of these unique weapons from his father. Acharya Drona is standing in front of you as a son. By killing him, his mother Krupi would be just like me and mourn the son in mourning. She did not sati with Dronacharya because of her special attachment to the son. Kripi's soul will constantly curse me. My dead sons cannot come back after killing him, then you should free him. "Hearing these religious utterances of Draupadi, everyone praised her. To this, Shri Krishna said, "O Arjuna! According to the scriptures, it is a sin not to punish the sinner, so do what is right. "
Realizing his point, Arjuna cut Ashwatthama's head hair with his sword and took out the gem of his forehead. Once Mani came out, he became powerless. Later Shri Krishna cursed Ashwatthama to wander for 3 thousand years. Finally Arjuna expels him from the camp in the same humiliated state. Ashwatthama was the son of Dronacharya. Dronacharya pleased Shiva with his penance and got a son named Ashwatthama .
Ashwatthama had many powers given to him by Shiva. He was incaration of Shiva himself. Since birth, Ashwatthama had a priceless gem on his forehead which kept him fearless from the demons, monster, weapons, disease, deity, serpent etc. Due to this gem, no weapon could be affected. While giving life to Ashwatthama, Draupadi suggested Arjuna to take off his gem. Therefore, Arjuna took his gem and gave him life. Arjuna gave this gem to Draupadi whom Draupadi gave to Yudhishthira.
According to Shiva Mahapuran (Shatrudrasamhita-37) Ashwatthama is still alive and he resides on the banks of the Ganges but it is not stated where his residence is.
Friday, October 30, 2020
Lord Ayyappa is unique son of the father Lord Shiva and mother Lord Vishnu.
If we look at the mythology of Lord Shiva and Vishnu, both the gods created many leelas for human welfare. Lord Vishnu, along with his twenty four avatars, has presented many example for the betterment of human beings. Lord Shiva, with his meditation, anger and sacrifice, has given us a message to do Satkarma(good deeds) in every form.
But now let's consider who are the children of Shiva and Vishnu? There are many avatars of Lord Vishnu and he was accompanied by many families and children. Mahadev is considered to be the only one family, in which he has two children as Ganesh and Karthikeya. But this is not the whole truth. There is also the third child of Shiva, it is worshiped as Lord Ayyappa.
The mystery lies in that Lord Vishnu gave birth to the third child of Shiva.
That is, the child of two men!
So let's know this secret related to the birth of Lord Ayyappa!
Lord Vishnu took Mohini avatar for distribute necter in gods.
In Kalyug it is common for two men to have a relationship. With the help of science, men have started giving birth to children, but in mythological history, it is surprising to have children of two male deities. Before you reach a decision and make any unwanted perception, first understand this mystery!
If you have read or heard the mythology, then you will definitely remember about the Samudramanthana( sea churning) between the gods and the asuras. In the Samudra Manthan, one name is mentioned repeatedly, which has been called Mohini. In fact, when Amrit(necter) came out of the sea during the churning of the sea, a dispute arose between the gods and the demons about its sharing.
Then Lord Vishnu took the form of Mohini avatar and took the urn of nectar.
Mohini was so beautiful that the focus of the demons was more on the appearance of beauty of Mohini than a pot of nectar. During this time, deceit happened and Mohini gave to the gods to drink nectar while the demons getting only simple water.
But Mohini's character is not limited only to the story of Samudramanthan but there is another story ahead of it.
Mahishasura's sister Mahishi received a boon from Lord Brahma.
Actually, a demon named Mahishasura was inhabiting the earth. Who had crossed all the limits of his ego and tyranny. Troubled by the atrocities of Mahishasura, the gods prayed to Mother Durga for help. After this, Goddess Durga killed Mahishasura.
But violence and arrogance did not end with Mahishasura.
Mahishasura's sister Mahishi was deeply saddened by her brother's death. She was angry with the gods and that is why she started doing intense penance to make herself powerful. She worshiped Lord Brahma. Lord Brahma was pleased with this worship done continuously for many years. Then Mahishi asked to a boon from Lord Brahma for herself immortality.
Lord Brahma said that it is against the laws of creation. The one who is born is sure to die. She can decide the condition of her death, but cannot postpone it. Mahishi found the middle way.
She asked for a boon that I want my slaughter to be done by the son of Shiva and Vishnu.
Lord Brahma accepted her request and gave him a boon. Mahishi felt that this is never possible. Since the union of two gods and then children cannot be born. Due to this arrogance, she created chaos from the earth to the heavens. Once again, the gods were trap in trouble.
Mohini gave birth to Shiva's son.
This time again all the gods reached the shelter of Lord Shiva. They said that there is no solution in the boon that Lord Brahma has given to Mahishi. The offspring cannot be born with the union of two men. This is why none of us can kill him. In a way, she has become immortal.
After this, the gods reached Lord Vishnu and requested him to solve this problem. Although they were realizing that there could be no solution of this boon.
But something else was written in future.
Lord Vishnu sent his avatar Mohini to Kailash. Lord Shiva recognized him after seeing Mohini. Mohini proposed love to Shiva. Since Shiva was a yogi and Kama lust never got involved in his weaknesses, he declined her offer to meet Mohini. But Lord Shiva kept the honor of Mohini's love.
Shiva gave his semen to Mohini, which is called Parda(mercury). Shiva and Mohini got together without making a relationship like this. Since Mohini was an incarnation of Vishnu, it is also called the union of Shiva and Vishnu. Due the influence of Parda ,Mohini had pregnant and she gave birth to a son.
In the Puranas, this son was known as 'Harihar' or 'Manikanta'. Lord Ayyappa, who is worshiped in South India,he is the 'Harihar'. Ayyappa is the child of Shiva and Vishnu, so he possessed the powers of both the gods. Later, he killed Mahishi and freed the gods from her atrocities.
Lord Ayyappa is also known by the name 'Hariharan'. Hari means Lord Vishnu and Harn means Shiva. The sons of Hari and Harn i.e. Hariharan. They are also called Manikandan. Here Mani(gem) means gold bell and Kandan means neck. That is, the God who holds the gem in the neck. He is called by this name because his parents Shiva and Mohini tied a gold bell around his neck.
According to the mythology, after the birth of Ayyappa, Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu who became Mohini , they tied a golden necklace around his neck and placed him on the banks of the Pampa River. Then Rajasekhara, the king of Pandalam, adopted Ayyappa and raised him like a son. King Rajasekhar was childless. Presently, Pandalam is a city in the state of Kerala.
Shortly after Ayyappa started living in the king's palace, the queen also gave birth to a son. The queen's behavior changed for adopted son Ayyappa after having a son. Raja Rajasekhar understood his queen's mistreatment against Ayyappa. For this he apologized to Ayyappa.
The queen feared that the king loved his adopted son very much, it may possible that he give his throne to him. In such a situation, the queen pretended to be sick and sent information to Ayyappa that she could be cured by drinking the tigress's milk. Her plan was to get Ayyappa killed by a demonic Mahishi living in the forest. Ayyappa went to the forest to take the tigress's milk for his mother. When the Mahishi tried to kill him but there Ayyappa killed Mahishi and bring the tigress's milk, but he also brought the tigress for the mother while riding the tigress.
When Ayyappa came out of the forest riding the tigress, all the people of the state were surprised to see him alive and riding the tigress. All cheered Ayyappa. Then the king understood that his son is not an ordinary man. At this he apologizes to Ayyappa for the queen's bad behavior. Seeing his father upset, Ayyappa decided to leave the kingdom and went to heaven, asking the father to build a temple in Sabari (hills). His purpose behind building the temple was to leave own memories on earth at the father's request.
According to the wishes of the son, Raja Rajasekhar built the temple in Sabari. After the construction of the temple, Lord Parashuram built the idol of Ayyappa and installed it in the temple on the holy festival of Makar Sankranti. In this way the temple of Lord Ayyappa was built and since then this form of God is being worshiped and the temple is the center of the faith of the devotees.
Near the temple, a flame appears in the dark night of Makar Sankranti. Crores of devotees from all over the world come every year to see this flame. It is said that whenever this flame is seen, noise is heard along with it. Devotees believe that this is a divine flame and God ignite it himself. It has been named Makar Jyoti.
This legend is quite popular in South India, while there is no mention of Lord Ayyappa in North and East India. There is a Sabarimala temple in the state of Kerala in South India. It is believed that Ayyappa resides here. Apart from this, temples of Lord Ayyappa are found in almost every street in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka.
Since the birth of Lord Ayyappa, it is clear that in Hindu mythology, the story of meeting of two gods is described.
So don't be surprised the next time you hear the name of Lord Ayyappa from the mouth of a South Indian!
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