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Wahans (Vehicles) In Mythology

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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In mythological era, the negative tendency of a man is symbolized with the animal nature. Gods in Indian mythology have been 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:

  • Lord Ganesha rides a Mouse. Mouse in mythology is symbolized with greed and Ganesha with one who removes obstacles. The spiritual meaning behind the two is “one should learn to control greed to tackle obstacles in life”.
  • Lord Shiva riding Nandi (Bull symbolizes uncontrolled sexual desires) and the duo signifies that to learn meditation, one needs to control sexual desires first.
  • 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.
  • Indra (the one who has a complete control over the intellect) riding on the elephant Airavat symbolizes that development of intellect (Indra) requires control over Masti and madness (elephant).
  • Durga (the perfect woman) riding a lion symbolizes that to become a perfect woman, one must learn to control her agitation or aggression (lion).
  • 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.
  • 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 unbalanced meals.
  • Krishna riding five horses means one needs to control our five senses.
  • Kartikeya riding on Peacock symbolizes that should learn to control one’s pride (vanity) or ego.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Understanding Yamraja

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All these years, like others, I too thought 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 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. 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 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, 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.

The Infinite Powers of the Spirit

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Om Poornamadah
“Om Poornamadah Poornamidam
Poornaat Poornamudachyate
Poornasya Poornamaadaaya
Poornameva Avasihyate”

‘The whole is whole; if you take away the whole away from the whole the whole will still remain.’ (That is infinite, this is infinite, from the infinite, the infinite has come out. Having taken the infinite out of the infinite, the infinite alone remains). (In Vedanta, “That” represents superconsciousness, God or the Brahman and “This” the visible universe)

Atman, which makes up our body, is 99.99 per cent space or void and if we look at the rest, it is also nothing but space or void. This void or ‘akasha’ is what is called Brahman, God or consciousness and is a web of energized information.

This web of information of inner space called inner consciousness is the Atman or the Soul. This is connected with the outer space in the universe having a similar web of energized information called the Spirit or Brahmand.

The Spirit has been given many names by different religions: Allah, Buddha, Brahman, Christ or Wahe Guru. They all signify the same. This spirit, the energized field of information, is a powerful expression of live energy which can move faster than the speed of light. Soul is nothing but an individualized expression of the spirit.

This energy containing information in the spirit cannot be seen, felt, touched, tasted or smelt. It is beyond the perception of the five senses. One cannot destroy it with a weapon, fire, water or air. This consciousness is embedded in the space of each and every cell of the body. It is like sugar added to the milk. Once added, you cannot find it as it gets embedded with each and every drop of the milk.

Soul originates from the spirit. Each soul differs from the other by way of the subtle layer of consciousness called the ‘Sukshma Sharir’, which is controlled by the triad of actions, memories and desires.

Spirit is like the light, which is always positive and removes darkness. The basic nature of consciousness is “truth and bliss”. The soul and the spirit are devoid of hatred, anger or jealousy and are full of unconditional love. They are nothing but a treasury of information about everything. This infinite information is capable of doing anything, including miracles.

It is like the flame of a candle, which can light an infinite number of candles, while still retaining its illumination to the same degree.

Deepak Chopra once said that the soul is like the voice of Lata Mangeshkar coming through a radio, and if you break the radio, you will not find Lata Mangeshkar in it. Similarly, if you cut the body into pieces, you cannot find the physical presence of the spirit. Spirit is omnipresent and any amount of Spirit taken out from it will not make any difference to it.

In religious terms, the infinite or the vastness is equated and described by the blue color, and that is one reason why most gods are represented in blue color, or are shown in the background of blue sky. This only represents the vastness and infinite character of the consciousness.

A guru explained the Spirit to his disciples by the following equation: 1 × 1 = 1, 1/1=1 or, in other words everything is One. One can also explain it by the equation that infinity when added, subtracted, multiplied or divided by infinity will result only in infinity.

This infinite potential in our minds is present in between the thoughts and can be experienced by enabling oneself to go in between the thoughts by a process called meditation. One can experience the silent gap between the thoughts either with the use of primordial sound mantra as a vehicle or by way of yoga. People who have learnt meditation and have achieved the ability to go into the silent gaps can accomplish everything in their life using the principles of intention and attention. After any intention is introduced in the silent gap, a new reality can be created.

That which is born of the flash is a flash; that which is born of the spirit is spirit” (John)