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Wahans (Vehicles) In Mythology

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In mythological era, the negative tendency of a man is symbolized with the animal nature. Gods in Indian mythology are symbolized by 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 with one who removes obstacles. The spiritual meaning behind both is – one should learn to control greed to tackle obstacles in life.
  2. Lord Shiva riding Nandi (Bull is symbolized with uncontrolled sexual desires) and the duo signifies that for learning meditation, one needs to control sexual desires first.
  3. Saraswati (the goddesses of knowledge) sitting on Swan symbolizes that to acquire knowledge one must learn to control the power of discrimination or Vivek. 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 intellect (Indra) for its development requires control over Masti and madness (elephant).
  5. Durga (the perfect woman) riding a lion symbolizes that to become a perfect woman, one must learn to control her 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 eagle or Garuda (Eagles are opportunistic predators which means they eat almost anything they can find) means controlling your desires to eat the unbalanced food.
  8. Krishna riding five horses means one need to control our five senses.
  9. Kartikeya riding on 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 that animal tendency within ourselves. For example, during exams, you need to kill your goat behavior, which is known to possess excessive sexual desires. You may need to control them throughout the year but during exams you need to kill them. In Kali Pooja, a buffalo is sacrificed, which again means that in extreme situations, you may need to kill your ego or anger.

Debts in Mythology

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It is said that there are three debts which everybody has to pay in his or her lifetime. In Vedic language, they are called Dev Rin, Pitra Rin and Rishi Rin.

In medical language, the body consists of soul, physical body, mind, intellect and ego. The soul is given to us by God or Devtas (Dev Rin), the physical body by our parents (Pitra Rin) and the mind, intellect and ego by our Gurus (Rishi Rin).

In terms of computer language, if I see my body as a computer, then my body as a computer is made by my parents; operating software and my inner internet represent the soul or consciousness given by the Devtas and the application softwares i.e. Word, Excel and Power point, which we learn over a period of time are given to us by our Gurus. Therefore, we have to pay all these three debts while we are still alive.

Gambling in Indian Mythology

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Gambling is mentioned as part of Diwali celebrations in the story of Mahabharata. It teaches us about taking calculated risks in life. In Mahabharata it teaches that excess of everything is bad. If Yudhishthira had not risked Draupadi on that day while plying dice, there would have been no Mahabharata. The same divine dice game became a vice for that moment. Even if you lose, one should not lose heart and take conscious based decisions. Krishna (consciousness) saving Draupadi (material things in life) means the same.

On the day of Diwali, one starts with new projects in life and taking calculated risks makes sense. Gambling on Diwali can be a symbolic game but should not become a vice. According to mythology, Goddess Parvati enjoyed playing dice with Lord Shiva on this day. It is a popular saying that those who cling to virtue at this festival time, refusing to gamble, will be reborn as donkeys. Mean its foolishness not to take calculated risks in business.
Losing and winning is part of life and one must learn to balance the two states of mind.

Think Differently In Mythology

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Is the only spiritual mantra taught in mythology? Here are a few examples

  • Lord Ganesha with the elephant’s head depicts that one should use their wisdom before taking any decision.
  • Vishnu’s first incarnation, fish, symbolizes learning to swim in the opposite direction.
  • Brahma’s five heads mean to use all your five senses before taking any decision.
  • Shiva’s third eye means to think differently in difficulties.
  • Ravan’s ten heads mean using your ten senses before taking any decision. But, Ravan used them for negative forces.
  • Maha Mrityunjaya mantra begins as we worship the three–eyed Shiva.
  • Gayatri mantra means that one should ask the heart to direct the intellect to take the right decision. The 3H philosophy is linked to the same. The first H is ask the head for options; second H is to ask the heart to choose one of the options and the third H means to order the hand to do the action

Sword, Dragger and Discus in Mythology

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Out of nine forms of Goddess Durga, Chandraghanta, Katyayani and Kalratri are depicted as carrying a sword; Kushmunda, Sidhadhatri as holding a discus and Kalratri as holding additional Dragger (Bhala). All have mythological significance.

The powers of Durga represent feminine powers in all of us. The mythological weapons represent our inherent mental powers to fight to live in this world.

The power of a sword power (non moving astra power) indicates sharp intelligence and relates to straight forward resistance. For example, if you are not happy with somebody’s answer and you stab him on the spot and prove him wrong, is like using your sword power.

On the contrary, the power of a discus (moving shastra power) is your indirect power to make the other person realize his mistake and come back and withdraw.

The dagger or Bhala is in between the two. It is both an astra and a shastra. It is much sharper and more powerful than the sword.

All three of them are three human qualities used by a person in three different situations. For example, there is a theft in your house and you suspect your servant. You can use the sword power and confront him directly till he says yes or you can keep mum for the time being, look for evidence and, if you find it, then you confront him with much more force using your dagger power and, lastly, you can create circumstances by using your discus power and make the servant realize his mistake and come back to you to admit his mistake and seek pardon.

Wahans (Vehicles) In Mythology

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In mythological era, the negative tendency of a man is symbolized with the animal nature. Gods in Indian mythology are symbolized by 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 with one who removes obstacles. The spiritual meaning behind both is – one should learn to control greed to tackle obstacles in life.

2. Lord Shiva riding Nandi (Bull is symbolized with uncontrolled sexual desires) and the duo signifies that for learning meditation, one needs to control sexual desires first.

3. Saraswati (the goddesses of knowledge) sitting on Swan symbolizes that to acquire knowledge one must learn to control the power of discrimination or Vivek. 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 intellect (Indra) for its development requires control over Masti and madness (elephant).

5. Durga (the perfect woman) riding a lion symbolizes that to become a perfect woman, one must learn to control her 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 eagle or Garuda (Eagles are opportunistic predators which means they eat almost anything they can find) means controlling your desires to eat the unbalanced food.

8. Krishna riding five horses means one need to control our five senses.

9. Kartikey rising on Peacock symbolizes that 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 that animal tendency within ourselves. For example, during exams, you need to kill your goat behavior, which is known to possess excessive sexual desires. You may need to control them throughout the year but during exams you need to kill them. In Kali Pooja, a buffalo is sacrificed, which again means that in extreme situations, you may need to kill your ego or anger.

Curses in Mythology

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There were no judges in mythological era. The role of judges was performed either by Rishi Munis or by the kings.

We have heard lot of examples of curses (shraps) being given by Rishi Munis. In all probabilities, these were the sentences uttered by them to the guilty or the culprit person. Following are a few examples:

• Rishi Munis giving curse (shrap) of Bhasama can be equated to today’s ‘death sentence’ by electrocution.

• Rishi Gautam giving a Shrap to Lord Indra and made him impotent for some time can be equated to chemical castration. He was later relieved by Lord Ganesha which can be equated to acquittal from the higher court.

• Rishi Gautam giving a Shrap to Ahilya of becoming a ‘stone’ can be equated to imprisonment for a number of years in isolation where movements are not possible (solitary confinement). Lord Rama relieving her from imprisonment (converting back to a woman) may mean a Presidential pardon and reducing the imprisonment time.

There are several similar cases of curses (shraps) in mythology that can be equated to today’s judicial system. If you have any, please forward the same to me.

Debts in Mythology

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It is said that there are three debts which everybody has to pay in his or her lifetime. In Vedic language, they are called Dev Rin, Pitra Rin and Rishi Rin.

In medical language the body consists of soul, physical body, mind, intellect and ego. The soul is given to us by God or Devtas (Dev Rin), the physical body by our parents (Pitra Rin) and the mind, intellect and ego by our Gurus (Rishi Rin).

In terms of computer language, if I see my body as a computer, then my body as a computer is made by my parents; operating software and my inner internet represent the soul or consciousness given by the Devtas and the application software i.e. Word, Excel and Power point which we learn over a period of time are given to us by our Gurus. Therefore, we have to pay all these three debts while we are still alive.

Self-esteem in Mythology

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To be spiritual, one needs to control two things, firstly, lust and lastly, the ego. In Kama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha and Ahankara, both ego and lust are slow poisons and do not allow one to be spiritual healthy. There are many examples of how to control ego in mythology. Fundamentally, it is said that one should learn to kill ego of oneself and never hurt the ego of others.

Ego, in Ramayana, is equated to Ravana and in Krishna´s era to Kans. One should learn to kill the ego. In Ramayana, Kumbhakaran is Tamas killed by the self i.e. Rama, Meghnath is Rajas and is killed by the mind i.e. Lakshman and ego, the Ravana, is killed again by self i.e. Rama. In Krishna´s Yuga, Kans is killed by consciousness or Lord Krishna.

Mythology also teaches us to keep our ego under control.

The door of any temple is always low in height so that nobody can enter without bending. Bending is a sign of humility. Most temples have caves, which have similar significance. Older the temple, longer will be the cave and smaller will be the entry gate.
Ego in mythology is depicted by Sheshnaga or Cobra snake with its hood directed inwards indicating keeping your ego under control. The hood of Sheshnaga over Vishnu while he is resting indicates the same. In Krishna´s birth also, the snake symbolizes the controlled ego and protects Krishna when Vasudev takes him out in the rain.
Lord Shiva is also shown wearing a snake in his neck with hood directed inwards. Shiva is also said to have a blue neck or Neelkanth indicating that to control anger one should neutralize the anger continuously (matted hairs) with a cool mind (Moon) using positive flow of thoughts (ganga) with ego controlled (nag)
When Hanuman traveled to Lanka, he handled the snake Sursa with humility. Sursa, the ego, went on increasing in size as Hanuman increased his size.
No Hindu marriage is complete without Varmala, which again indicates the need to bow in front of each other.

3d Projection Technology Was Available In Mahabharata Era

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Three Christie Roadster HD18K DLP projectors were used for the first-ever transmission of live, interactive 3D holograms from London and Montreal to Orlando,Florida from June 17-19, 2009.

The interactive transmission process called Musion Live Stage telepresence offers a new way for people to holographically communicate face-to-face in real time, crossing the boundaries of geographic distance.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s recently used this hi-tech 3D campaign in his election meetings delivering lectures simultaneously at four places. USD 1 million is the cost of 3D holographic projection at one site.

Modi’s speech was telecasted on specially erected screens in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Surat with the help of 3D holographic technology and satellite link-ups. The BJP leader claimed this was first such election campaign anywhere in the world.

In mythology this technique was available in India. Lord Krishna danced with every Gopi and Radha at the same time

Self-esteem in Mythology

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For spirituality, one needs to control two things, firstly, lust and lastly, the ego. In Kaama, Krodha, Lobha, Moha and Ahankara, ego and lust both are slow poisons and do not allow one to be spiritual healthy. There are many examples of how to control ego in mythology. Fundamentally, it is said that one should learn to kill ego of oneself and never hurt the ego of others.

Ego in Ramayana is equated to Ravana and in Krishna’s era toKans.One should learn to kills the ego. In Ramayana, Kumbhkarana is Tamas killed by the self i.e. Rama, Meghnath is Rajas and is killed by the mind i.e. Lakshman and ego, the Ravana, is killed again by self i.e. Rama. In Krishna’sYugaKansis killed by consciousness or Lord Krishna.

 Mythology also teaches us to keep our ego under control.

1. The door of any temple is always low in height so that nobody can enter without bending. Bending is sign of humility. Most temples have caves which have the same significance. Older the temple longer will be the cave and smaller will be the entry gate.

2. Ego in mythology is depicted by Sheshnaaga or Cobra snake with its hood directed inwards indicating keeping your ego under control. The Sheshnaaga over Vishnu when he is resting indicates the same. In Krishna’s birth also, the snake represents controlled ego and protectsKrishnawhen Vasu dev takes him out in the rain.

3.      Lord Shiva is also shown wearing a snake in his neck with hood directed inwards. Shiva is also said to have a blue neck or Neelkanth indicating that to control anger one should neutralize the anger continuously (matted hairs) with cool mind ( Moon) using positive flow of thoughts
(ganga) with ego controlled ( naag)

4. In Hanuman ki Lanka Yatra, Sursa snake is handled by Hanuman with humility. Sursa, the ego, went on increasing in size when Hanuman increases his size.

5.  No Hindu marriage is complete without Varmala which again indicates the need to bow in front of each other.

Sword, Dragger and Discus in Mythology

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Out of nine forms of Goddess Durga, Chandraghanta, Katyayani and Kalratri are shown to carry a sword. Kushmunda, Siddadatri holding discuss and Kalratri holding additional Dragger (Bhala). All have mythological significance.

Durga powers represent feminine powers in all of us. The mythological weapons represent our inherent mental powers to fight to live in this world.

Sword power (non moving astra power) s indicate sharp intelligence and relates to straight forward resistance.  For example, if you are not happy with somebody’s answer, you stub him on the spot and prove him wrong, is like using your sword power.

On the contrary, Discuss power (moving shastra power) is your indirect power to make the other person realize his mistake and come back and withdraw.

Dragger or Bhala is in between the two. It is both atsra and shastra ( moving and non-moving weapon). It is much more sharper and powerful than the sword.

All three of them are three human qualities used by a person in three different situations. For example, there is a theft in your house and you are suspecting your servant. You can use the sword power and confront him directly till he says yes or you can keep mum for the time being, look for evidence and, if found, now you confront him with much more force using your Dragger power and, lastly, you can create circumstances by using your discuss power and make the servant realize his mistake and come back to you to admit his mistake and seek pardon.

Durga killing Mahishasura

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Goddess Durga killed King of demons Mahishasura using all her feminine powers described with Durga.

The word ‘Mahish’ mean a king (also buffalo) and ‘asura’ means the one who has conquered negative qualities.

Mahishasura’s father Rambha was king of the asuras, and he once fell in love with a water buffalo (Princess Shyamala, cursed to be a buffalo); Mahishasura was born out of this union.

He is, therefore, able to change between human and buffalo form at will (mahisha is Sanskrit word for buffalo).

In mythology buffalo is also depicted with one with uncontrolled desires (predominantly sexual). Nandi (buffalo) is depicted as the Vahan of lord Shiva.

Controlled buffalo is Nandi and uncontrolled Nandi is “Mahisha”.

To kill your inner negative sexual tendencies you need to use all your ten spiritual feminine powers depicted in Durga in nine forms.

As per mythology after nine days of fierce fighting Durga finally manages to kill the powerful Mahishasura on the tenth day of the waxing moon. Durga is, therefore, called Mahishasuramardini (literally the slayer of the buffalo demon), the destroyer of Mahishasura.

Peacock In Mythology

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In Hindu mythology peacock is the vahan or the vehicle of Karthikeya and the Buddhist Goddess Mahamayuri.

In imagery Lord Krishna is always represented wearing a peacock feather tucked in his headband. Ma Saraswati is also depicted with a peacock standing on the side.

Traditionally peacock is a symbol of vastness (beauty), peace and poise (santulan).

Peacock mating season coincides with the onset of Shravan month with the start of monsoon and coincides with the onset of Chaturmas and Dakshinayana, a period of negativity of the mind.

Peacock symbolizes keeping ones vanity under control. Vanity is the excessive belief in one’s own abilities or attractiveness to others. It also means boasting in vain or unjustified boasting.

Karthikeya or the one who has control over his six senses ( five senses and the mind), depicted by six heads, riding on the peacock means that without having control over once vanity or pride one cannot win over the senses.

Peacock by the side of Saraswati also means that while learning (vast subject, blue colour) one must keep the vanity away.

Mahamayuri is one of the Wisdom Kings in the Buddhist Pantheon. She is a peaceful personification, in contrast to the wrathful attitudes of male personifications of the Wisdom Kings. She has the power to protect devotees from poisoning, either physical or spiritual. Peacock eats snakes also symbolize controlling once ego.

Wahans (Vehicles) In Mythology

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In mythological era, the negative tendency of a man is symbolized with the animal nature. Also Gods in Indian mythology are symbolized by 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 with one who removes obstacles. The spiritual meaning behind both is – one should learn to control greed to tackle obstacles in life.

2. Lord Shiva riding Nandi (Bull is symbolized with uncontrolled sexual desires) and the duo signifies that for learning meditation, one needs to control sexual desires first.

3. Saraswati (the goddesses of knowledge) sitting on Swan symbolizes that to acquire knowledge one must learn to control the power of discrimination or Vivek. 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 Elephant Airavat is symbolized that intellect (Indra) for its development requires a control over Masti and madness (Elephant).

5. Durga (the perfect woman) riding a lion symbolizes that to become a perfect woman must learn to control her 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 eagle or Garuda (Eagles are opportunistic predators which means they eat almost anything they can find) means controlling your desires to eat the unbalanced food.

8.Krishna riding five horses means one need to control ones five senses

9.  Kartikey rising on Peacock symbolizes that should learn to control one pride (vanity) his 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 is riding 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.

12. In mythology, apart from Wahans, animals are also shown to be sacrificed which means to kill that animal tendency within himself. For example, during exams, you need to kill your goat behavior which is known to possess excessive sexual desires. You may need to control them throughout the year but during exam you need to kill them. In Kali ki Pooja, buffalo or Bhainsa is sacrificed which again means that in extreme situations, you may need to kill your ego or anger.