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Wahans (Vehicles) in Mythology

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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In mythology, the negative tendency of a man is symbolized with the animal nature. Gods in Indian mythology are symbolized as living a positive behavior. Every God has been given a vehicle or Wahan. Both God and the Wahan symbolized how to live a positive life and how to control the animal tendencies. Following are a few examples.

  1. Lord Ganesha rides a Mouse. Mouse in mythology is symbolized with greed and Ganesha as the one who removes obstacles. The spiritual meaning behind both is – one should learn to control greed to tackle obstacles in life.
  2. Lord Shiva rides Nandi. The bull symbolizes uncontrolled sexual desires and the duo signifies that to learn meditation, one needs to control sexual desires first.
  3. Saraswati (the Goddess of knowledge) sitting on a swan symbolizes that to acquire knowledge one must learn to control the power of discrimination or vivek. A swan can drink milk and leave water from a mixture of milk and water.
  4. Indra (the one who has a complete control over the intellect) riding on the elephant Airavat symbolizes that for its development the intellect (Indra) requires control over masti and madness (elephant).
  5. Durga (the perfect woman) riding a lion symbolizes that to become a perfect woman, she must learn to control agitation or aggression (lion).
  6. Lakshmi (wealth) riding an owl symbolizes that to earn righteously, one must learn to control owl-like properties within us, which is not to get befooled.
  7. Lord Vishnu (the doer) riding the eagle or Garuda (Eagles are opportunistic predators which means they eat almost anything they can find) means controlling your desires to eat an unbalanced diet.
  8. Krishna riding five horses means one need to control our five senses.
  9. Kartikeya riding a peacock symbolizes that one should learn to control one’s pride (vanity) or ego.
  10. The vehicle of Goddess Kali is a black goat. Agni rides Mesha, a ram. Kubera, the god of wealth, also has a ram as his vehicle. A ram is an uncastrated adult male sheep. Goat also signifies uncontrolled sexual desires but lesser than the bull.
  11. Yamraj rides a buffalo, which is known for its rampant destruction. Lord Yama or Yamraja is referred to as the God of death, twin brother, lord of justice, Dharma Raja. One can do justice only if one has a control over anger and aggressive behavior.

In mythology, apart from Wahans, animals are also shown to be sacrificed, which means to kill the animal tendency within ourselves. In Kali Pooja, a buffalo is sacrificed, which again means that in extreme situations, you may need to kill your ego or anger.

(Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are my own).

Understanding Yamraja

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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All these years, like others, I too had a perception of Yamraja as a negative personality whose name has been used for centuries to frighten people. I started analyzing him only recently, after I started searching why Yamraja has a Bhainsa (male buffalo) as his sawari (vehicle).

Yamraja is also known as Dharma Raja, which means the one who is enriched with the power of justice.

The mythological names were so written that they fitted the personality of the person. Dushasan means the one who is Dusht in Shasan, Yudhishthir means one who is sthir in the battle field.

We, as human beings, have negative and positive qualities. Negative qualities are depicted with the need to control and are depicted as the vehicles of GOD.

Yamraja within us means our inner power to do justice. As per mythology, the role of Yamraja is to decide and send us into hell or heaven by calculating the positive and negative karmas. If the balance is positive, the person goes to heaven and if the balance is negative, the person goes to hell.

As per modern science, hell and heaven are within this planet earth. Your Yamraja quality of consciousness is all the time subtracting bad karmas from good karmas. If the sum total result is negative, you end up with a disease or suffering. Suffering can be equated to hell and a period of no suffering and no illness can be equated to heaven.

Instead of fearing Yamraja, we should actually make him our personal friend and everyday in the evening, he (our consciousness) should be asked to give us a score of our Karmas, whether positive or negative. If negative, the next day we should do more positive karmas to negate the bad karma.

To become a good human being we need to control our negative animal like tendencies. Bhainsa (male buffalo) is known for his nature of destroying anything which comes in his way.

Your power of justice can only be successful if you learn to control this quality of yours. Your judgments should always be neutral and non vindictive; always keep anger under control.

In fact, the Yamraja quality in us can be equated to the qualities, which a judge should have in Court; be it District, High or Supreme Court. The better term, therefore, is Dharma Raja as no judge would like to be called as Yamraja.

(Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are my own).

Understanding Yamraja

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All these years like others I also used to think Yamraja as a negative personality whose name has been used for centuries to frighten people. Only recently, I started analyzing him after I starting searching why Yamraja has Bhainsa (male buffalo) as his sawari (vehicle).

The other name of Yamraja is Dharma Raja which means the one who is enriched with the power of justice.

The mythological names were so written that they fitted the personality of the person. Duhshasan means the one who is Dusht in Shasan, Yudhishtir means the one who is sthir in the battle field.

We, as human being, have negative and positive qualities. Negative qualities are depicted with the need to control and are depicted as the vehicles of GOD.

Yamraja within us means our inner power to do justice. As per mythology, the role of Yamraja is to decide and send us into hell or heaven by calculating the positive and negative karmas. If the balance is positive, the person goes to heaven and if the balance is negative, the person goes to hell.

As per modern science, hell and heaven are within this planet earth. Your Yamraja quality of consciousness is all the time subtracting bad karmas from good karmas. If the sum total result is negative, you end up into a disease or sufferings. Suffering can be equated to hell and a period of no suffering and no illness can be equated to heaven.

Instead of fearing from Yamraja, actually we should make him our personal friend and everyday in the evening, he ( our consciousness) should be asked to give us a score of our Karma whether positive or negative. If negative, the next day we should do more positive karmas so as to negate the bad karma.

To become a good human being we need to control our negative animal like tendencies. Bhainsa (male buffalo) is known for his nature of destroying anything which comes on the way.

Your power of justice can only be successful if you learn to control this Bhainsa quality of yours. Your judgments should always be neutral and vindictive and always keep anger under control.

In fact Yamraja quality in us can be equated to the qualities which a judge should have in District, High or Supreme Court. The better term, therefore, is Dharma Raja as no judge would like to be called as Yamraja.