Scriptures and philosophy

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Yajñaseni – The Woman Born From The Fire

Yajñaseni ( Draupadi)

Her name was Yajñaseni. Maharshi Dhomya(धोम्य) had made her Avbhrat Snana.

Her birth was not a normal thing.

She was अग्निजा (Born from Agni).

Draupadi did not had idea of mother’s milk and she was not born for it.

She knew her purpose even before being born.

It’s said that she burnt black by Fire Flames.

She was dark that why she got Name कृष्णा and this wasn’t only merit of her to be a great Maitri of Shree कृष्ण.

Her qualities made her better than Subhadra(सुभद्रा) and

honorable in front of Shree कृष्ण.

But this wasn’t her glory this wasn’t the reason for being superior in Panchkanyas पंचकन्या.

The reasons were her LIfe, her Decisions, her Revenge, her Drishti, her kindness, her splendor, her Love, her Bravery, Mahabharata was incomplete without it.

She is standing as tall as King Yudhishtira(युधिष्ठिर).

Draupadi was like a furious Nagin & terrifying in front of Dhritrashtra(धृतराष्ट्र) and his Children.

She was Yajñaseni which never fall in Moh or distracted from her purpose.

Draupadi was the energy behind the force in arms of mighty Bheem(भीम), sharp edge of Arjuna’s(अर्जुन), arrows, She was tip of Yudhishtira’s(युधिष्ठिर), spear, She was Sahadeva’s(सहदेव) Khadag’s(खड़ग) tongue.

Once Madhava told her that there is no one who is eligible to be her Swami.

This was the reason she didn’t failed in finding arjuna’s arrows even when Arjuna was in attire of a Brahmin.

She stood alone against Karna(कर्ण) and Duryodhana(दुर्योधन) when they were about to being selected in Swayamvar even her father Drupad and brother Dhrishdhyumna(द्रष्टद्युम्न) were confused about stopping them.

Put yourself in the shoes of Draupadi. It feels terrifying.

She was distributed among 5 brothers by her mother-in-law but she didn’t blamed instead she wanted to know the decision of her Father.

The Woman better than everyone else.

How mighty she must be to make all Dharmacharyas and Mahabalis speechless in that assembly.

It was Draupadi who established the existence of Women beyond men.

She was Draupadi who said “I have chosen Swami not Swami has chosen me.” and remember the one who chooses is always more capable.

It was Draupadi who established that a Patni is सहचरी (Partner) not Property.

She was Draupdi who drew line of modesty for the future generations.

She was blessed to be Annapurna.

Also Read: Feminism is not relevant in India

Draupadi was the one who drove away the brother-in-law of 105 brothers.

It was Draupadi who soaked her hairs from the blood of Keechak. Can you imagine the courage?

It was Draupadi who teach Dharmaraj Yudhistir to stick to the Dharma.

Draupadi always knew that the great war was coming and she was brave enough to bear it with firmness and acknowledge the fact without any hesitation.

It was Draupadi that Bhishma honoured by sacrificing Prana.

It was Draupadi who washed her hairs with the blood of Dussashan and terrified Dhratrashtra and Gandhari. Draupadi forgave Ashwatthama who killed her 5 sons. Can anyone do this?

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There is no one like Yajñaseni. Yajñaseni came only once.

The world couldn’t bear the pain of Mahabharta again.

Time system and consequences

Yuga Chakra

Sanatan Dharma is so intellectual and deep about entire Universe cycle and explain all micro and major changes of what happened and what will be done in future so accurate without any doubt. Here I am sharing discussion points with ancient Shlokas to explain the earth life and ecology movement.

Indra says that this entire universe is designed to recycle and the ecology has been set in four part.. 1) Satyuga, 2) Tretayuga 3) Dwaparayug and 4) Kalayuga )

Konark Wheel
Konark Temple Chakra

1) Satyuga – People were made by Satva tatva under which they all were Known of Bramha Vidhya, they were born with super conciouness and their entire life was dependent on Yoga, Yagya, meditation etc. They were living with Nature.. That time nature was intractive with people. Average age of a person was 4000 years because their breath was so slow. They were most of time doing pranayama and that was the secret of Long life. How long you will hold the breath by Pranayam teqnique the long your age will automatically increase. It’s also scientifically expalined on NCBI US federal health care federal agency

2) Tretayuga – This Yuga come after complete destruction of Satyuga, by heavy rain. Because of Satyuga people were already trained onnPran vidhya so they reborn and try to re-established by them but still because of this Yuga people had highest elements of “Water” they will be born with Ahankar, Lobha. In this Yuga Vishnu has to born to re-establish the Dharma and he will setup ecology again as Satyuga. Which is being done by Rama and Parshuraam.
This Yuga people average life would be 1000 years.

3) Dwaparayug- because Tretayuga will be served by Lord Vishnu and Rudra so complete distribution won’t take place. Dwaparyuga people will be affected by Kama, Krodha, Lobh Moha and people will born with mix of Rajas+Tamas Tatva. In Dwapar Yuga the average Human life would be 300 years

4) Kalyug- After Dwaparyuga Lord Vishnu will Go for Yoga Nidra to accomplish the New recycling system of earth so Kalyuga will be completly managed by Kaal/ Rudra. People will born with Shuddha Tamas tatva so nature won’t mercy om Karma Genral age in kalyuga will start from average of 100 years but at the end of Kalyug it will be limited to 40 years.. people will be full of ego, Loot, Killing and all other Dosha and Bramhahatya will be influenced by Whole Negative energies who were died in Treta and Dwapar but they left their “Auric Body” on earth becaise they were not librated. They don’t believe in god but they will worship fear and follow the Evils. So they will manipulate souls for sinsand people will lose control on their own Few many vaishnav and Shiva bhaktas

who will follow the naam Jap, daily Yoga and pranayam will be served by Lord Vishnu Ansh and Rudra but all other evil energy will completely occupy the earth and system
They will destroy the ecology for their own lust and intrest, earth will lose rivers and trees,

they will develop artificial way to love life but still they will die early
Due to enough Sins and adharma The Agni tatva will be turn into tamsik form and earth will be burnt and destructed by Sun blast and whole universe will collapse.

After that Bramha will again clone and create the Universe for life and again the cycle will be restarted and we will born and recycle.

Two instances in the Rāmāyana which teach us that karma is supreme

Two instances in the Rāmāyana which teach us that karma is supreme

In Sanātana culture, karma of the past drives the life incidents of the present and the karma of the present determines the life incidents of the future. Whatever (good or bad) action you perform, it will have an effect on your present and future life. You will have to live the ‘karmafala‘ (the result) of your past actions. 

यज्ञशिष्टाशिन: सन्तो मुच्यन्ते सर्वकिल्बिषै: |

भुञ्जते ते त्वघं पापा ये पचन्त्यात्मकारणात् ||Gita 3.13||

Some people realize this philosophy of life at some point of their lives and start living as a karma yogi. They offer all their actions to the Paramātmā or the supreme being whatever you call him. Other people keep getting stuck in the cycle and keep building the karmika imprints. Thus, they have to bear this cycle of human body not just once, but time and again until the realize what the former category has already stated by their lives. 

Whatever action you have performed in the past will definitely have an effect on your future. But, with right mindset, you can terminate any mistake and get rid of its ‘fala‘ which you have made in the past. In the Rāmāyana, there are two instances which lead us to understand this philosophy of life. 

Instance one: Mātā Ahalyā and her penance

Mātā Ahalyā was wife of Sage Gautama and the mother of Shatānanda. Sage Gautama was regarded as one of the Saptarṣī while Shatanand was the rājaguru of Mithilā.

Sculpture of Mata Ahilya

Back in time, Sage Gautama was performing an extreme tapasyā. In our scriptures, it is mentioned that by doing tapasyā and anuṣṭhāna  you can even be eligible to conquer the loka or realms. There are many lokas mentioned in our itihāsas such as the bhu loka, swarga loka, Vaikunṭha loka etc. Do these realms actually exist? Are they Ancient names for some portion of earth? Do they only reside in the consciousness of a yogi in upper koṣa of our pancakoṣī body and mind? These all are different speculations and there are philosophers who give different explanations on the basis of their understanding and level of their enlightenment. 

Anyways, somehow Indra became insecure of his post. He thought that Sage Gautama might attack his loka to attain it if he is successful in his tapasyā. Thus, Indra made a suicidal plan to break the tapasyā of Sage Gautama. He disguised himself as the great sage and went to the sage’s wife, Ahilyā, in the Brahma muhurta when the sage was out for Prātah Sandhyā. He asked Ahilyā to have sex with him. 

मुनिवेषं सहस्राक्षं विज्ञाय रघुनन्दन।

मतिं चकार दुर्मेधा देवराजकुतूहलात्।। (VR 1.48.19)

Even though Ahilyā recognised Indra, she agreed out of curiosity. She also got carried away with the misunderstanding that Indra, the King of the Deities, had come just for him. This was her mistake which was going to change her life. Sage Gautama became aware of this act by his divine sight. 

First, He cursed Indra to become impotent. Though Indra had to suffer because of his crime, he became successful in his motive to make the sage angry which broke the penance that he was performing. 

Anger is something you must conquer if you want to walk on the past of spirituality and tapasyā. In yoga, there are primary steps like yama and niyama which you have to follow. They make your body and mind ready and eligible to walk on the next steps. Controlling your anger is one of those first things you must do in order to walk the path of yoga.

इह वर्षसहस्राणि बहूनि त्वं निवत्स्यसि।

तथा शप्त्वा स वै शक्रमहल्यामपि शप्तवान्।।

वायुभक्षा निराहारा तप्यन्ती भस्मशायिनी ।

अदृश्या सर्वभूतानां आश्रमेऽस्मिन्निवत्स्यसि।। (VR 1.49.29-30)

Sage Gautama Gave extreme orders to Ahilyā to do penance for her śuddhi and prāyaścitta . During that period, she had to live alone in the āśrama . She had to live and do tapasyā while no one could see or find her. Sage told her that she couldn’t eat or drink anything but had to survive only on air. 

शापस्यान्तमुपागम्य तेषां दर्शनमागता।

राघवौ तु ततस्तस्या: पादौ जगृहतुस्तदा।। (VR 1.49.16)

Sage Gautama said that the penance of Ahalyā will be completed only when Lord Rāma will pay a visit to the āśrama and she will host him. When Shri Ram visited the āśrama along with Sage Viśvāmitra and Lakṣmana, he touched her feet with utmost respect. Thus, her penance was successful and Sage Gautama came back to take her with him.

Even though her mistake was not of low intensity, Mātā Ahalyā is worshipped even today because she is an example that anyone can become a divine being and his one mistake doesn’t decide his entire life.

Instance two: Daśaratha and Śrāvana Kumāra 

यदाचरति कल्याणि शुभं वा यदि वाऽशुभम्।

तदेव लभते भद्रे कर्ता कर्मजमात्मनः।। (VR 2.63.6)

Śrāvana Kumāra was a sage who was an ideal son to his parents. He was living with his parents who were sages too, living on the banks of Sarāyu river. 

Śrāvana was the son of a Śudra mother and a Vaiṣya Father. He was living the life of an ascetic. 

This was the time, when Daśaratha was prince of Ayodhya. He was an expert in archery and could hit the target by just hearing the sound. On a fine day in Varsha Ritu, he was waiting for some animals to come on the bank of Sarāyu river so that he could hunt them with his special skill. 

Prince Dasharath and Shravan Kumar

Mistaking Śrāvana Kumāra for an elephant, Daśaratha killed him with his arrow. Since, Daśaratha had unintentionally killed the sage, he was not cursed to instant death by the demised sage’s father. His father, despite being a Vaiṣya by birth, had accumulated very much tapas by his penance and he had the power to curse anyone.

The blind sage was so much attached to his son that he couldn’t bear the news of his death. He died but cursed Daśaratha before dying. Daśaratha was cursed to die like the sage was dying out of grief while his son was not there with him.

This was the fruit of his karma that when Daśaratha died in his chamber, Rāma (his dearest son) was out on exile.

What karma we are performing now, is going to show results as the karmafala at some point of time. If we all keep this in mind, we can save ourselves from continuous life cycles. We can consciously live this life as a yogi and leave this loka after burning all our past kārmika imprints. 

About The Author

Prabhakar Kumar is Founder of The Indian Rover. He loves to ask questions by himself and seek the answers. He is an enthusiast on Sanātana culture and its rich heritage.