Symbolism Of Krishna

The blind mind Drita-rastra created many desires, the kav-ravas. The knowledge, Pandu, created five qualities (pandavas) that bring peace. There is a constant struggle between these two groups from their childhood. The Ego (Dur-yodhan) hates Bhima the second Pandava who represents the vision of non-duality or "oneness". Ego tries to see only duality or separation  in this whole world. Love sees everything as one and this "Love" is very strong and can only defeat Ego. This vision of non-duality alone can kill all the 99 sons (out of 100). One son Yuyutsu joins Pandavas when the war begins. We will see what Yuyutsu represents in the first chapter.

Arjuna and Krishna

        In our  inner conflict when we lose peace, it is the aspect of  knowledge in us that is confused needs clarity. This aspect in us that seeks teaching represents Arjuna. As we already discussed Arjuna represents bondage it seeks freedom to attain the kingdom of Peace. It seeks Krishna the manifestation of pure Consciousness.  Consciousness is often confused with awareness. Awareness is the phenomenon of brain while Consciousness is not. Consciousness is the "being" of every form and formless in this universe. The reflection of that Consciousness  is awareness (see more detailed explanation in the book "Journey to the Source decoding matrix trilogy) .

       We seek for clarity a teacher, a Guru. What we seek outside is already in us. The external teacher helps us to seek our internal teacher Krishna, the pure consciousness. The dialogue between the Krishna and Arjuna is Bhagavad Gita.

       Krishna is the cousin and brother -in-law of Arjuna and interestingly Krishna is the father-in-law of Dur-yodhan's daughter, that is , Krishna's son married Dur-yodhan's daughter lakshmana. So krishna is related to both the positive and negative groups of  brothers. This is why Indian God's are represented with three faces. The two faces on the sides represents the pair of opposites of the same body. This explains that both positive and negatives qualities resides in us. What dominates in us determines the final out come.

     Before the war both Arjuna and Dur-yodhan seeks Krishna's help. Krishna gave two choices to them. One would be his army and other would be he himself without any fighting weapons.  Duryodhan thought what would be the use of a person without any weapons in the war and so demanded krishna's Army. While Arjuna wished that just the presence of Krishna alone is enough to win the war.  Since krishna vowed that he will not  use weapons to fight the war , he became the charioteer of Arjuna.

Materialism  vs Spiritualism

     It is very important to understand the above symbolism. Krishna's army represents materialistic possessions while krishna represents Spiritualism, the liberating force in us. Like Dur-yodhan our Ego thinks that it is materialistic possessions that brings peace in us. But we have to be wise like Arjuna in choosing Krishna, the guiding force that would give us freedom and the kingdom of peace in us. This does not mean that we should not have any materialistic possessions. They are needed only for our liberation like the fighting army of the Pandavas. |Krishna who taught Gita and Arjuna who received the teachings both were kings with al materialistic possessions. The point here is to live life with these possessions but be detached and only then we will have peace. Do not be confused with this statement. Through Gita we will understand the above.

        The above symbolism for religious people should mean that we should not ask God for materialistic needs but for God himself to gain peace in us. Unfortunately religious people spend their whole life in asking God for this and that without seeking knowledge to liberate ourselves from this wanting attitude of limitedness.

Concept of God

     We have used here the word "God" which according to religious people is a person sitting some were in the clouds creating this universe. But for a spiritual person , the Truth one discovers in the enquiry path is God (this God of a spiritual person is not a concept, not a person or an object). We will get back to the concept of God in  later chapters of Gita.

Sakthi Gita

       It is very interesting to read this symbolism of Mahabharata and then reflecting those characters in our mind and finally using Gita to liberate ourselves.  In this Sakthi-Gita, we will discuss in parallel, events of the war in brief, the essence of each Gita chapter and how if it reflects our inner conflicts. End of each chapter we would also do a small mental exercise to help us free from these inner conflicts and be in peace.  We recommend to do each exercise, one per week. Again we like to repeat that without practicing Gita in our daily life, we will never get any benefit. Doing this weekly exercises for 18 weeks is the most simple and easy way to practice Gita and attain peace.

Why do we need this exercises or practices?

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For more details
 Source of above mentioned  symbolism of Mahabharata and chakras are  from

1. "Discourses on Bhagavad Gita" by Paramahamsa Prajnanananda  

2.  "Pranab Gita" by Swami Pranabananda Paramahamsa.

3. "Journey to the Source" by Pradheep Chhalliyil .


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