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In many world mythologies, the characters in the myths are often given supernatural weapons. In Greek mythology, for instance, Zeus has his thunderbolts, whilst the Norse god Thor has his magic hammer, Mjölnir. Supernatural weapons also appear in Hindu mythology, and are known generally as astras. These supernatural weapons are wielded by the characters of the various Hindu texts, including those of the famous epic, the Mahabharata.
Specific Nature of Astras
Whilst an astra is the general term used to denote a supernatural weapon in Hindu mythology, these weapons have certain features that allow them to be distinguished from those found in the mythology of other world cultures. For a start, each astra was presided over by a certain deity. In order for an astra to be used, the deity has to be invoked, who would then bestow supernatural powers onto the weapon wielded by the hero. As a supernatural weapon, an astra could not be countered by regular weapons, though it may be repulsed by another astra.
The Battle of Kurukshetra, fought between the Kauravas and the Pandavas, recorded in the Mahabharata.
There are also specific conditions that need to be fulfilled in order for one to wield an astra. A warrior has to have the knowledge required to arm, control and disarm the supernatural weapon. This often takes the form of a mantra, and is usually passed down from master to student by word of mouth. It is without surprise that this knowledge is handed down only to the master’s most qualified students. There are also certain astras that can only be acquired directly from its presiding deity, as knowledge of the mantras alone are not sufficient for one to use them.
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The painting depicts the battle of Kurukshetra of the Mahabharata epic.
The Weapons in Action
In the Mahabharata, various astras are used by the warriors during their epic battles. One of them, for example, is the Sudharshana Chakra. This was the astra used by Krishna, the 8 th avatar of the god Vishnu, and a major character in the Mahabharata. The Sudharshana Chakra is described as a spinning disc with 108 serrated edges. This weapon was made by Vishwakarma, the architect of the gods, from the dust of the Sun and the scraps from the Shiva’s trident, and given to Vishnu by Shiva. This weapon would return to its owner after disposing of an enemy. In the Mahabharata, one of the victims of the Sudharshana Chakra was Krishna’s cousin, Shishupala.
A statue of Vishnu, with the Sudharshana Chakra in his upper right arm (CC BY SA 2.5 )
Another astra found in the Mahabharata is the Pashupatastra. This weapon is regarded to be incredibly destructive, and capable of destroying all creation. The Pashupatastra may be launched by the mind, from the eyes, by words, or from a bow, and was a personal weapon of Shiva. This astra was given by the god directly to Arjuna, another protagonist of the Mahabharata. In the epic, Arjuna does not use this astra, as it would have destroyed the entire world.
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Shiva gives the Pashupatastra to Arjuna
Yet another well-known astra in the Mahabharata is the Brahmashira, a weapon created by Brahma. Only two characters in the Mahabharata possessed the knowledge required to use this weapon – Arjuna and Ashwatthama. This astra is considered to have four times the power of the Brahmastra, another weapon created by Brahma. The Brahmastra is mentioned in several Puranas, and has been compared to the nuclear weapons of today. Despite its strength, the Brahmastra may be countered by the Brahmanda, which is able to swallow the astra and neutralise it.
Arjuna and Ashwatthama unleash their Brahmastras against each other, as Vyasa and Narada arrive to stop the collision.
Destroyers of Worlds
As for the Brahmashira, it has been mentioned that an area struck by this weapon would be completely destroyed, the land would be barren for 12 years, rain would not fall for the same amount of time, and everything there will become poisonous. In the Mahabharata, Arjuna and Ashwatthama used the Brahmashira against each other. Fearing that the power of these two astras would destroy the world, the sages beseeched the two warriors to take back their weapons. Arjuna was able to do so, whilst Ashwatthama, lacking the required knowledge, was unable to. The warrior was given the option of choosing any single target to destroy, and Ashwatthama directed his astra to the wombs of the Pandava women, in the hope of ending the Panadava Dynasty. This failed, however, as Krishna saved Parikshit, the unborn child of Arjuna’s daughter-in-law, Uttara. For this cowardly act, Ashwatthama was cursed by Krishna.
Saptarishi and their contributions to the world
Saptarishi are the seven greatest sages of the Vedic realm. They have attained a semi-immortal status, that of an exceedingly long lifespan due to their yogic power and by the power of their penance. The seven holy sages were assigned to be present through the four great ages, to guide the human race. These seven sages or Sapta Rishis worked closely with Lord Shiva to maintain the balance on Earth.
They are the seven mind-born sons of Lord Brahma who live for a period of time known as a manvantara (306,720,000 Earth Years). During this period of time, they serve as representatives of Brahma and at the end of a manvantara, the universe gets destroyed and Saptarishi merge in God and the task of filling the Earth is given to newly appointed Saptarishi. source
All the Saptarishi are Brahmarishis which means they have completely understood the meaning of Brahman. Usually, one cannot rise to the level of a Brahmarishi through merit alone, since the order was created divinely and is appointed by Lord Brahma. However, Vishwamitra rose to the position of a Brahmarishi through his own merit alone. He performed meditation and austerities (Tapasya) for tens of thousands of years and as a result, he was awarded the rank of Brahmarishi from Bramha himself.
Brahmarishis are so powerful that they are capable of defeating every weapon on earth, can forecast the future, and are not influenced by the circle of life and death. Saptarishis are greater even than the devtas in power and piety are the highest in rank over Devatas and other classifications of Rishis such as Rajarishi and Maharishi.
Maharishi means ‘great sage’ in Sanskrit and refers to one who has greatly expanded and refined senses. Their third eye is completely open and their intuition is used to its fullest capacity. Their attention and focus encompass the entire universe and yet they can still maintain incredibly precise detail in actions and thoughts.
Rajarishi means ‘royal sage’ in Sanskrit. It refers to one who is a king or a prince as well as a sage. A Rajarishi can leave the kingship and become a Rishi such as Vishwamitra.
Top Powerful Spiritual & Physical Weapons from Ancient Hindu Texts
(CHAKRA) There are many examples of symbolism and descriptions of weapons in Hinduism scriptures. Here is a list of the weapons/astras that are mentioned in various hindu texts and epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata. A few of these weapons in modern day are just used for religious symbols, but some have evolved and can be connected to other similar weapons used all around the world.
In the Ramayana, Lord Rama faced Ravana where he shot arrows and knocked off each of Ravana’s ten heads, but they grew back immediately. The new heads doubled Ravana’s strength so Lord Rama fired the arrow of Brahma that had been imparted to him by Agastya, a sage and heavenly historian, while Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana were exiled in Dandaka Forest. The arrow of Brahma burst Ravana’s chest, passed through his body, and returned to Rama’s quiver. Ravana was destroyed and Rama was able to return home in victory. The arrow of Brahma that Rama shot had feathers of winds. The points were sun and flames. The shaft was Mount Meru, the hub of the universe and where Brahma lived.
A legend concerning the sword appears in the Shantiparva section of Mahabharata where a demon-like being sprang from the midst of the sacrificial fires scattering flames all around. His teeth were sharp and terrible, stomach lean and skinny and stature very tall and slim. He was of exceeding energy and power. Simultaneously, the earth started shaking, there were turmoils in the oceans, the forceful winds started howling all around, the trees started falling and being torn apart, and the meteors started blazing through the skies! Brahma declared: The ‘being’ I have conceived is Asi. It shall effect the destruction of the enemies of the gods and restore the Dharma. Upon this, the creature assumed the form of a blazing, sharp-edged sword, glowing like the flames at the end of the Kalpa.
Brahmastra & Brahmashira
It is sometimes known as the Brahma Astra. As described in a number of the Puranas, it was considered the deadliest weapon. It was said that when the Brahmastra was discharged, there was neither a counter attack nor a defense that could stop it, except by Brahmadanda, a stick also created by Brahma. It was believed to be obtained by meditating on the Creator in the Vedas, Lord Brahma it could only be used once in a lifetime. The user would have to display immense amounts of mental concentration. According to ancient Sanskrit writings, the Brahmastra is invoked by a key phrase or invocation that is bestowed upon the user when given this weapon. Through this invocation the user can call upon the weapon and use it via a medium against his adversary. Since Brahma is considered the Creator in Sanatana Dharma, it is believed by Hindus that Brahmastra was created by him for the purpose of upholding Dharma and Satya, to be used by anyone who wished to destroy an enemy who would also happen to be a part of his (Brahma’s) creation. The target, when hit by Brahmastra, would be utterly destroyed. Brahma had created a weapon even more powerful than the Brahmastra, called the Brahmashira. The Brahmashira was never used in war, as it had four times more power than the Brahmastra, i.e. Fourth power square, as the name suggests, since Brahma has Four Heads. Only Arjuna and Ashwatthama possessed the knowledge to summon the Brahmashira. The Brahmastra was an elite weapon with only a handful of greatest of religious and devoted archers (ref) maheshwarananda, Swami.”the vedic system” having access to it. It could not be acquired by mere training or meditation, it could only be bestowed upon a warrior by Lord Shiva or Lord Brahma. It required great sacrifice and devotion to be granted a Brahmastra, only a few people in the Mahabharata had this weapon at their disposal.
The Sudarshana Chakra is a spinning, disk-like super weapon with 108 serrated edges used by Lord Vishnu. Its shape is of a circle with a sharp outer edge. Earliest references to the chakram come from the Indian epics Mahabharata and Ramayana where the Sudarshana Chakra is the weapon of the god Vishnu. The use of Sudarshana Chakra is occasionally mentioned in the Hindu texts of Rigveda, Yajurveda and Puranas, as an ultimate weapon to eliminate the enemy of law, order and preservation. Such enemies are enumerated variously as rakshasas, asura, and vikrutatma. In one such instance, as scribed in the stanzas of the Mahabharat, Lord Shri Krishna, the Avatar of Lord Vishnu, beheads Shishupala with the use of the Sudarshana Chakra, for his rapacious behaviour (committing 100 mistakes each worthy of death) at the Rajsuya yagna celebration of Emperor Yudhishthira.
A chentu is a horse whip which looks like a crooked stick, and is a typical attribute of Lord Ayyanar, Krishna in his aspect as Rajagopala, and Shiva with Nandi. The attribute of chentu, which is etymologically derived from a Tamil word, generally appears in Southern India, especially in Hindu images of Tamil Nadu state, India.
The elephant/hathi goad or Ankusa (Sanskrit) is a tool employed in the handling and training of elephants. It consists of a hook (usually bronze or steel) which is attached to a handle. The hook is inserted into the elephant’s sensitive skin, either slightly or more deeply, to cause pain and induce the elephant to behave in a certain manner. A relief at Sanchi and a fresco at the Ajanta Caves depict a three person crew on the war elephant, the driver with an elephant goad, what appears to be a noble warrior behind the driver and another attendant on the posterior of the elephant. 2 elephant goads, perfectly preserved were recovered from an archaeological site at Taxila and are dated from 3rd century BCE to the 1st century CE.
Gandiva is a holy bow created by Brahman of old, not to be confused with Brahma, the Creator. Brahma held it first for a thousand years. The bow was worshiped by Devas, Gandharvas and Danavas. Arjuna used it in Kurukshetra war and he was invincible. It is said that beside Lord Krishna no one except Arjuna could wield the bow in the mortal world. The bow, when twanged made the sound of thunder. Gandiva is parallel in its fame to its famous wielder. The name of Arjuna and Gandiva are spoken in single breath.
Khatvanga is a long, club or staff originally created to be used as a weapon. It is a divine weapon of polysemic significance and accoutrement of chthonic deities and ‘left-handed path’ (Sanskrit: vamamarga) holy people in Dharmic Traditions such as Shaivism. The Khatvanga was adopted by some lineages of historical Tantra though it preceded such traditions. Lord Shiva as well as Lord Rudra carried the Khatwang as a staff.
The personal missile of lord Vishnu in his Narayan form. This astra in turn fires millions of deadly missiles simultaneously. The intensity of the shower increases with increase in resistance. The only way of defense towards this missile, is to show total submission before the missiles hit. This in turn will cause this weapon to stop and spare the target. Ashwathama, a Kuru warrior-hero in the epic Mahabharata unleashes this weapon on the Pandava forces. Lord Krishna, who is an Avatar of Vishnu tells the Pandavas and their warriors to drop their weapons and lie down on the ground, so that they all surrender completely to the power of the weapon. This secret of nullifying the power of this weapon by this method was known only to three warriors namely Drona, Aswathama, and Krishna. Even Arjuna was not aware of this secret. It was also said that this weapon can be used only once in a war and if one tries to use it twice, then it would devour the user’s own army.
The parashu is an Indian battle-axe. It is generally wielded with two hands but could also be used with only one. The parashu was the choice weapon of Lord Parashurama, sixth Avatar of Vishnu. Parashurama was the guru of Dronacharya, the guru who instructed the Pandavas in the epic of the Mahabharata. Bhishma and Karna, half brother of Pandava also took instruction in weaponry from Parashurama, a disciple of lord Shiva, and was known to have terrible temper having lost his father to the evil Asura. Parashurama’s parashu had supernatural powers. It had four cutting edges, one on each end of the blade head and one on each end of the shaft.
The Pashupatastra is the most destructive personal weapon of Lord Shiva, discharged by the mind, the eyes, words, or a bow. Never to be used against lesser enemies or by lesser warriors, the Pashupatastra is capable of destroying creation and vanquishing all beings. It was used in the Mahabharata war by Arjuna to kill Jayadratha. It was used against Lakshmana by Meghanada. It is returned without causing any harm since it can be used only to uphold Dharma.
A trishula is a type of Indian trident but also found in Southeast Asia. It is commonly used as a Hindu & Buddhist religious symbol. The word means spear” in Sanskrit and Pali. The trishula is wielded by Lord Shiva and is said to have been used to sever the original head of Lord Ganesh. Durga also holds trishula, as one of her many weapons. There are many other gods and deities, who hold the weapon trishula. The three points have various meanings and significance, and, common to Hindu religion, have many stories behind them. They are commonly said to represent various trinities—creation, maintenance and destruction, past, present and future, the three guna. When looked upon as a weapon of Shiva, the trishula is said to destroy the three worlds: the physical world, the world of the forefathers (representing culture drawn from the past) and the world of the mind (representing the processes of sensing and acting). The three worlds are supposed to be destroyed by Shiva into a single non-dual plane of existence, that is bliss alone. The trisula’s central point represents Shushmana, and that is why it is longer than the other two, representing ida and pingala.
The vajra is believed to represent firmness of spirit and spiritual power. As a material device, the vajra is a ritual object, a short metal weapon, originally used as a kind of fist iron. The earliest mention of the Vajra is in the Rigveda, believed to have been composed between 1700 and 1100 BCE. It is described as the weapon of Indra. Indra is described as using the Vajra to kill sinners. The Rigveda states that the weapon was made for Indra by Tvastar, the maker of divine instruments. It is similar to the Japanese weapon called Yawara
The Vel is the divine javelin (spear) of the Lord Murugan. Goddess Parvati presented the Vel to Murugan as an emobodiment of Her shakti or power in order to vanquish the evil asura Soorapadman. According to the Skanda Purana , Murugan used His Vel to defeat all the evil forces of Soorapadman. Murugan, too keen for the deception, hurled his Vel and split the mango tree in to two halves, one becoming Seval (a rooster) and the other Mayil (a peacock). Murugan, henceforth, had the peacock as His vahanam and the rooster became the emblem on His battle flag. The Vel became the symbol of valour, and of the triumph of good over evil. The spear used by ancient Tamils in warfare is also commonly known by this name.
A Gada (also known as a mace) is a blunt weapon, a type of club or virge—that uses a round and very heavy head on the end of a handle to deliver powerful blows. The usage of gadas in warfare was very prevalent in the Indian epics of Ramayana and Mahabarata. The gada is also carried in the right hand of Lord Hanuman, where is can symbolize self-sovereinty, the authority of governance and the power to rule.
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Here is a list of all the major Mahabharata Characters:
Krishna was the son of Vasudeva and Devaki and was also known as Vasudeva Krishna or Vasudeva. Krishna is the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu and is one of the most popular Hindu gods with temples all over the world including the famous ISKCON temples. In his avatar as Krishna, he killed his cruel uncle (his mother’s brother) who had kept Devaki and her husband captive as prisoners. Krishna played a very prominent role in the Mahabharata. His teachings to Arjuna in the war-field of Kurukshetra are listed in the “Bhagwat Gita”, the holy book of Hindus.
Draupadi is the most important female character in Mahabharata. Draupadi, initially named as Krishnaa, was the daughter of King Drupad. She was the wife of Pandavas who fought their cousins (the Kauravas) in the great Kurukshetra War. Draupadi was married to all the five Pandavas. She had five sons, one each from each Pandava, who were called the Upapandavas. Krishna treated her as his sister and protected her when Kauravas tried to do her Cheer-Haran (pulling off her clothes), which is considered one of the major factors of the battle between Kauravas and Pandavas.
The Pandavas – Yudhishthir, Bhim, Arjun, Nakul, and Sahadeva
Yudhishthira was the eldest son of King Pandu and Queen Kunti. He was the king of Indraprastha (later Hastinapur/Kuru) and was the leader of the Pandava side in the Kurukshetra War. He was blessed with the spiritual vision of future sight by a celestial Rishi. He was known as Dharamraj Yudhishthira. He had 2 wives, Draupadi and Devika. Yudhishthira gave in to Shakuni’s challenge in Pachisi (a dice game) and lost his kingdom, his brothers, and Draupadi. He then played for the second time and lost the rest of his kingdom and was also thus forced into exile for 13 years and 1 year in anonymity. From then on, Yudhishthira proved his upright principles several times. After the completion of the exile, Yudhishthira made several efforts to retrieve his kingdom peacefully but it went in vain and eventually, Yudhishthira was convinced to wage a war by Krishna. Later, knowing the fact that he had an elder brother, Karna, he cursed all women to be never able to hide any secrets.
Bhima was the second born of Pandu and was considered to have the physical strength of 10,000 elephants. He was also responsible for slaying all hundred Kaurav brothers in the Kurukshetra War. Bhima was trained by Kripa and Drona in religion, administration, science, and martial arts. He had 3 wives, Hidimba, Draupadi, and Valandhara. He also had a giant appetite and was known to consume around half of the total food consumed by the Pandavas. It was Duryodhana’s failures and fecklessness against Bhima which angered Duryodhana to try to kill Bhima. It is believed that Duryodhana hatched a plot to poison Bhima and drown him in River Ravi where Vasuki, the Naga king, saved Bhima and also bestowed him with immense strength.
Arjuna is one of the central characters of Mahabharata. He was the spiritual son of Indra and the third Pandava brother. He had 4 wives, Draupadi, Ulupi, Chitrangada, and Subhadra. It was Arjuna who was able to accomplish the established challenge on Draupadi’s Swayamvara. It was also because of Arjuna that Draupadi had to marry all his brothers. Lord Krishna and Arjuna shared a wonderful bond of friendship. He is also believed to be an incarnation of Lord Nara, who was Lord Vishu’s best friend. In a battle to save Hastinapur’s name, Arjuna under the guidance of his eldest brother killed 10 lakh Gandharvas.
Nakul was the fourth Pandav brother. He was Sahadeva’s twin, born to Madri. They were both called Ashvineya together. During the Kurukshetra War, Nakula desired Drupada to become the general of the Pandava army, but it was Yudhishthir and Arjun who opted for Dhristadyumna instead. As a warrior, Nakula was the leader of one of the seven Akshahuni. After the War, Nakula was appointed as the king of the Northern Madra kingdom.
Sahadeva was the youngest of the 5 Pandav brothers. Nakul and Sahadeva were twins whose parents, Pandu and Madri, invoked the Ashwini Kumaras to beget children. He had 2 wives, Draupadi and Vijaya. His core skill was to lay in the welding of sword and Astrology. Sahadeva desired Virata to be the general of the Pandava army for the War, but Yudhishthir and Arjun opted for Dhristadyumna instead. Sahadeva also took an oath to slay Shakuni, which he accomplished on the 18th day of the Kurukshetra War. After the War, Sahadeva was appointed as the king of Southern Madra kingdom (Matsya Kingdom), because of his expertise with the sword.
Kauravs – 99 brothers and one sister
Duryodhana, also known as Suyodhana was the eldest Kaurav brother. He was the crown prince of the Kuru Kingdom along with his cousin Yudhishthira. He used his greater skill in wielding the mace to defeat his opponents. He also learned martial skills from Guru Dronacharya. Although he was loved by his family, he along with his brothers was never seen equal to the Pandavas. Duryodhana was mentored by Shakuni, who masterminded all the plots in Duryodhana’s mind to humiliate and kill the Pandavas. At the time, when the Pandavas returned from exile, Duryodhana rejected to return them their kingdom and brought together an army which included some heavy-weights like Bhishma, Drona, Karna, Kripa, Ashwatthama, Shrutyudha, and also all those who were critical of him but were forced to fight for him due to their previous commitments. He was eventually killed in the war and appointed Ashwatthama as the army’s supreme commander.
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Dronacharya was the royal guru to both the Pandavas and the Kauravas. He was a ferocious warrior with tremendous combating skills. Guru Dronacharya committed to protecting the realm of Hastinapur and supported the Kauravas. He was a master of advanced military arts, including the divine weapons or Astras and was tricked into believing that Ashwatthama (his son) was killed in the war. It was then when Drona began mourning his son’s death when he was beheaded by Drishtadyumna, during the War. Guru Dronacharya also believed Arjuna to be the most dedicated, hard-working, and naturally talented out of all Pandavas and Kauravas.
Bhishma, also called Bhishma Pitamah, was a fine illustration of ethics and fairness. He was the oldest stalwart of the kingdom of Hastinapur. His personal life was full of solitariness, while his peerless statesmanship and other faultless characteristics still inspire his ardent followers across the world. Bhishma was well known for his promise of celibacy. He was the eighth son of the Kuru King Shantanu and river goddess, Ganga and was blessed with a boon to decide the moment of his death. Bhishma Pitamah was related to both Pandavas and Kauravas through his half-brother, Vichitravirya (Son of Satyavati). He was a great archer and warrior. In the battle of Kurukshetra, Bhishma was the supreme commander of the Kauravas. It was Bhishma who handed the Vishnu Sahasranama to Yudhishthira while he was on his death bed after the Kurukshetra War.
Ved Vyas was the one to write Mahabharata, which is the longest poem ever written. The Mahabharata consists of over 1 lakh shlokas and over 2 lakh individual verse lines. Ved Vyasa is also known as the one who classified the Vedas. He was the son of Satyavati and Parashara.
Dhritarashtra had very low self-esteem and believed that his blindness was a curse. Dhritarashtra envied his brother Pandu and his perfect advice for the betterment of the Kuru dynasty. It was Dhritarashtra’s emotional blindness and materialistic look towards the throne which made his son Duryodhana a hot-headed and egocentric human being. It was Vyasa who offered him with a divine vision so that Dhritarashtra could see the war. Not willing to see his kin slaughtered, Dhritarashtra asked Vyasa to give this boon to his charioteer, Sanjaya. When Lord Krishna displayed his Vishvarupa to Arjuna on the battlefield, Dhritarashtra regretted not possessing the divine vision. Eventually, the result of the war devastated him and all his trueborn sons were killed.
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Karna was the son of Surya and Kunti, who was abandoned by an unmarried Kunti, in a basket in the river. He was then adopted and raised by Radha and Adhiratha Nandana, who found the basket floating on the Ganges. Karna eventually became Duryodhana’s closest friend. It was his assistance that helped Duryodhana perform the Vaishnava Yagna when the Pandavas were in exile. He was an unsung hero of the Mahabharata, an invincible warrior, despite being an ill-fated prince ever since his birth. He teaches us how one can present himself better than their destiny and accomplish everything with determination. He was also regarded as Arjuna’s equal by Duryodhana and was made the king of Anga, after which he pledged his alliance with Duryodhana. He met his biological mother very late in the epic and discovered that he was the older half-brother of those against whom he was fighting. He is a symbol of someone who is rejected but still becomes a man with exceptional abilities, who willingly gives his love and life as a loyal friend. His character is developed to raise major emotional, ethical, moral, and religious dilemmas.
Shakuni, also known as Saubala, was the prince of the Gandhar Kingdom and became king after his father’s death. He is one of the main villains in Mahabharata. He was the brother of Gandhari, the one to poison the mind of his nephew, Duryodhana and also fueled up the destructive war of Mahabharata, becoming the cause of the destruction of the Kauravas. Shakuni is called the mastermind behind the Kurukshetra War. He worked by inciting hatred between the Kauravas and the Pandavas but often failed in his tricks against the Pandavas. He knew that it was only Krishna who had the power and influence to foil his plan of revenge to destroy the lineage of Kuru. This plan of his only came in the plot because he was angry with Bheeshma, who requested his sister, Gandhari’s hand in marriage for the blind prince – Dhritarashtra. He was killed by Sahadeva on the 18th day of the Mahabharata War.
Gandhari is another important character from Mahabharata. She is noted for her piety and virtuous nature and is regarded as an incarnation of Mati, the goddess of Wisdom. She was a princess of Gandhar and married Dhritrashtra with whom she became the mother of Kauravas. She decided to blindfold herself in order to be like her husband and was undisputedly known as the wisest female character of the Mahabharata. Her brother, Shakuni was enraged that Hastinapur offered a blind man for his sister, after having humiliated Gandhar in a war of conquest where all of Shakuni’s brothers were killed.
Ashwatthama was Guru Dronacharya’s son. He was one of the few people to survive the Kurukshetra war and was appointed as the final commander-in-chief of the Kauravas in that war. On Duryodhana’s last breath, Ashwatthama gave him the news of killing all of the 5 sons of Pandavas, whom he killed by planning an attack in the middle of the night. On hearing about the death of their sons Pandavas challenged him. Sage Vyasa interrupted to stop the war. Vyasa convinced the Pandavas to step back whereas Ashwatthama didn’t and he directed his weapon to the womb of pregnant Uttara so that the entire lineage of Pandavas gets finished. As a punishment for the same, Vyasa asked Ashwatthama to surrender the gem on his forehead. Krishna cursed him that he will be alive till the end of Kalyug and his wound will never heal.
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Mantra & Shlokas
The astras are transcendental, supernatural weapons created by the Lord, and presided over by a specific Deity. In order to summon or use an astra, one must have the required knowledge, i.e., the specific mantra that will arm, direct, and disarm the astra. The presiding deity, once properly invoked, endows the weapon, making it essentially impossible for foes to counter its potency through regular means.
As described in sastra, specific conditions existed involving the usage of various astras, and the violation of proper protocol could be fatal. Because of the power involved, the knowledge involving use of an astra was passed from guru to disciple by word of mouth alone, and only the most qualified students were made privy to the information. Certain astras had to be handed down directly from the presiding deity himself, as having knowledge of the mantras alone was insufficient.
The importance of astras is described in particular detail in the Ramayana and Mahabharata, which describes their use in epic battles. Various pastimes describe the use of astras by archers such as Rama, Arjuna, and Bhisma. They generally invoked the astras into arrows, although they could potentially be used with anything. For example, Ashwatthama invoked an astra using a blade of grass as his weapon.
One of the most famous astras is Pashupatastra, being the inconceivably potent and highly destructive personal weapon of Lord Siva. He discharged Pashupatastra by means of his mind, eyes, words, or bow. Never to be used against lesser enemies or by lesser warriors, the Pashupata is capable of destroying creation and vanquishing all beings.
In Mahabharata and Srimad Bhagavatam we also read about the foremost astra, Sri Brahmastra, which will be discussed in tomorrow's segment.
Following are the primary astras mentioned in Ramayana and Mahabharata (Astra, Presiding Deity, Weapon's Effect):
The Brahmastra: As described in the sastra, a Brahmastra is an astra, or celestial weapon created by Lord Brahma. It is sometimes known as the Brahma Astra (astra referring to 'missile weapon'). As described in a number of the Puranas, Brahmastra is considered to be the very deadliest of weapons. When a Brahmastra is discharged, neither a counterattack nor a defense of any kind can stop it.
The Brahmastra never misses its mark and must be used with very specific intent against an enemy, whether an individual or army, as the target will face complete annihilation. Brahmastra is said to be obtained by meditating on Lord Brahma, and can be used only once in a lifetime. The user would have to display immense amounts of mental concentration in order to get sanction to arm and use the weapon. Since Brahma is the Creator in Sanatana Dharma, it is understood that Brahmastra was created by him for the purpose of upholding Dharma and Satya.
According to sastra, the Brahmastra is invoked by a key mantra that is bestowed upon the user when he is given the weapon. By properly chanting the mantra, the user can call upon the weapon and deploy it with annhiliative force against his adversary.
The Brahmastra also causes severe environmental damage. The land where the weapon is used becomes barren for eons, and all life in and around that area ceases to exist. Women and men become infertile. There is severe decrease in rainfall and the land develops cracks, like in a drought.
There are numerous descriptions of weapons created by various demigods, such as the astras and presiding deities mentioned in part one of this review: Agneyastra, Brahmastra, Chakram, Garudastra, Kaumodaki, Narayanastra, Pashupata, Shiva Dhanush, Sudarshana Chakra, Trishul, Vaishnavastra, Varunastra, and Vayavastra. Among them, the Brahmastra is considered to be the most powerful of all.
There are numerous instances found within the Vedic scriptures wherein the Brahmastra is used, or its use is threatened. For example, there is the confrontation of Arjuna and Ashwatthama in Mahabharata, where Arjuna retracts his weapon as ordered, but Ashwatthama, unable to do so, instead sends it to attack Arjuna's unborn grandson, Parikshit, who is subsequently saved by Krishna. Ashwatthama did not have his bow and arrow near him when he was confronted by Arjuna, so he took a piece of grass and after silently invoking the mantra, he threw the straw at Arjuna, and it carried the power of the Brahmastra.
Similarly in the Ramayana, passages describe how the Brahmastra was used by Rama as the final blow against the rakshasa Ravana, during their battle in Lanka.
In the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana the following descriptions are given:
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.7.30: "When the rays of the two brahmastras combined, a great circle of fire, like the disc of the sun, covered all outer space and the whole firmament of planets."
Purport by Srila Prabhupada: "The heat created by the flash of a brahmastra resembles the fire exhibited in the sun globe at the time of cosmic annihilation. The radiation of atomic energy is very insignificant in comparison to the heat produced by a brahmastra. The atomic bomb explosion can at utmost blow up one globe, but the heat produced by the brahmastra can destroy the whole cosmic situation. The comparison is therefore made to the heat at the time of annihilation."
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.7.32: "Thus seeing the disturbance of the general populace and the imminent destruction of the planets, Arjuna at once retracted both brahmastra weapons, as Lord Sri Krishna desired."
Purport by Srila Prabhupada: "The theory that the modern atomic bomb explosions can annihilate the world is childish imagination. First of all, the atomic energy is not powerful enough to destroy the world. And secondly, ultimately it all rests on the supreme will of the Supreme Lord because without His will or sanction nothing can be built up or destroyed. It is foolish also to think that natural laws are ultimately powerful. Material nature’s law works under the direction of the Lord, as confirmed in the Bhagavad-gita. The Lord says there that natural laws work under His supervision. The world can be destroyed only by the will of the Lord and not by the whims of tiny politicians. Lord Sri Krishna desired that the weapons released by both Drauni and Arjuna be withdrawn, and it was carried out by Arjuna at once. Similarly, there are many agents of the all-powerful Lord, and by His will only can one execute what He desires."
The wife of the five Pandava brothers, Draupadi is a celebrated princess who is widely regarded as the most beautiful woman in the world. During their years in exile, Draupadi must pose as a maidservant and suffer a series of indignities, including an attempted rape by one of Duryodhana's brothers. The humiliation she suffers ends up being one of the causes of the great battle that the Mahabharata revolves around.
The leader of 100 demon brothers who are all born of the blind king Dhritarashtra, Duryodhana is portrayed as living in flagrant violation of dharma. He is motivated by greed, jealously, and a desire for retribution, tricking Yudhisthira into a dice game that ultimately robs the Pandavas of their kingdom, and gladly engaging them in war when they return from exile and seek what is rightfully theirs. Duryodhana hides in a lake after all his warriors are killed, and is ulimately killed by Bhima. In the afterlife, he resides in hell.
The Supernatural Weapons of the Mahabharata and Their World Destroying Power - History
Their stories are entertaining and relevant. They are thought provoking and divisive, as works of art are meant to be. But all the great stories are made infinitely cooler by the presence of these divine weapons from Hindu mythology.
As powerful as they are terrifying, from the divine Astras to weapons of mass destruction, these are the objects that inspire awe in us still.
#1 Chandrahas, The Sword Of Ravana
A great devotee of Lord Shiva, Ravana was racing his chariot to the mountain abode of Shiva and Parvati, Mount Kailash.
When he realized the chariot could not pass over the mountain, he furiously ordered the mountain to move. When it wouldn’t, Ravana lifted the mountain, but the powerful Shiva pushed it back into place with his toe. With his fingers crushed, Ravana chanted the Shiv Tandav Strotram for the first time, which pleased Shiva so greatly, he granted him this indestructible sword.
#2 Indra Vajra, The Thunderbolt Of Indra
The sky god Indra was battling the asuras Namuchi and Vritra here on earth. The demons had removed light and moisture, making the land harsh and uninhabitable. But when Indra found his might was lacking he prayed to the deity Vishnu to assist him.
Vishnu fashioned him a unique weapon called the vajra which could release thunderbolts and wielding it, Indra vanquished the asuras. Another story tells fo the saint Dadhichi, who gave his bones so that the Vajra could be made from them
Similar to the imagery Zeus wielding his thunderbolt, the vajra as a symbol is prevalent throughout Hinduism as well as Buddhism.
#3 Nandaka, The Sword Of Vishnu
The most depictions of Vishnu with 4 arms do not depict him as holding a Nadaka, however, when he is depicted with more than four arms, he can be seen holding his sword.
The story goes that when Lord Brahma was meditating, a demon named Lohasura tried to disturb him. From the meditating God there sprung forth a man who transformed into a divine sword, Nandaka. The Gods then asked Vishnu to wield the sword and defend Brahma. Vishnu defeated the demon and its remains transformed into earthly metals.
According to the Vishnu Purana, the sword represents knowledge and its sheath is ignorance.
#4 Teen Baan, The Arrows Of Babrika
Babrika, the son of Ghatotkach was granted these three arrows that were considered infallible.
Each arrow had its own properties, the first would mark out all the targets that the archer wished to hit, the third, when fired, would destroy them. The second arrow was used to mark out those targets that were not to be harmed.
Babrika was granted a boon by Krishna that he would be known by Krishna’s own name, Shyam. and that any devotee who uttered that name in true faith would have his troubles disappear. Teen Baan Dhaari and Khatushyam are other names for the wielder of these mighty arrows.
Khatushyam, in fact, believed that he could end the Kurukshetra war in moments if he had to with the help of the teen baan.
#5 Pinaka, The Bow Of Shiva
Although its most popular iteration is the bow from the Ramayana, which is broken by Lord Ram during Sita’s Swayamvar, originally, Pinaka is the bow of Lord Shiva utilised for total dissolution, or pralaya.
In Valmiki’s Ramayan however, Devendra created two equal bows handing one to Vishnu and one to Dhanush. But before their contest was to take place, they were warned that it would cause unforetold destruction, leading Dhanush to throw his bow to the earth. This bow, later known as the Shiva Dhanush, was lifted by the princess of Mithila.
The bow is immensely powerful and was used in a battle against the asuras by Shiva to such effect, that he destroyed the entirety of Tripura.
#6 Kaladanda, The Staff Of Yama
Yama, The God of Death ad the ruler of Naraka wields this impressive staff which is described as a club with lethal capabilities.
Once set on a target, it would destroy them, regardless of the boons and protections they possessed. It is also the same weapon Yama used to defend himself against Ravana.
#7 Rudra Astra, The Power Of The Third Eye Of Shiva
The Rudra Astra is one of the most devastating weapons at Shiva’s disposal. Said to contain the power os one of the 11 Rudras, the weapon is said to let out a beam that reduces the landscape to ashed and can easily destroy celestial beings as well.
Karna utilised this weapon in the Mahabharata piercing Arjuna’s Shiva Kavacch on the chest. Draining the armour of its mystical powers, it is said to have weakened Arjuna’s hold over his bow considerably. The Rudra is said to only be stoppable using an Astra over which Vishnu presides.
#8 Gandiva, The Bow Of Arjun
Created by Brahma, Arjuna the legendary warrior of the Mahabharata wielded this bow. The bow was initially owned by Shiva and then passed on from diety to diety till it reached Varuna, who handed it to Arjuna.
Used by him in the Kurukshetra war, the bow was said to make him almost invincible, considering any ordinary human would not have been able to even lift the bow. The bow was said to have 108 bow-strings, giving the archer a significant advantage in combat. The strings would let out a thunderclap whenever a bow was fired and a flash so bright, most could not even look upon it.
#9 Brahmaastra, The Devastating Missile
Described as a weapon of unparalleled strength, the Brahmaastra is similar to a missile that was created by Lord Brahma. Effective against almost all other Astras, the Brahmaastra is said to be obtainable through immense concentration and meditation or can be given by a Guru who knows the correct incantations.
The weapon could only be dispensed once a day and wreaked havoc so great, that the land would become barren and the men and women surrounding it, infertile. The weapon was used by Indrajit in the Ramayan to such effect that it caused Laxman to fall in battle. Two competing Brahmaastras were used in the Mahabharata as well, to devastating effect.
#10 Trishula, the Trident Of Shiva
One of the most recognizable pieces of iconography around the world, the Trishul is the most powerful weapon personally wielded by Lord Shiva. The Trishul was the one he used to slice off Lord Ganesh’s head on being unable to recognize him initially.
It is said to be able to cut through the physical world, the world of forebearers and the world of the mind, sending them into a singular state of bliss. the only force that can withstand the Trishul is Shiva himself.
#11 Sudarshana Charka, The Disc Of Vishnu
A disc-like weapon resembling a shuriken with 108 serrated edges, it is the primary weapon associated with Vishnu.
It is said that the discus returns to the attacker after the enemy has been destroyed, making the weapon accurate and easy to control. The weapon is said to be constantly in motion and the name translated literally means “a vision of the auspicious”.
#12 Vijaya, The Bow of Karna
The bow is designed to guarantee victory the wielder. The divine bow of Karna, Vijaya was designed by Vishvakarman for Lord Shiva. The bow was then passed to Indra for safe-keeping. Indra then handed it to Parasurama who gave it to Karna as a reward for his skill.
Krishna even warned Arjuna about how far the might of the bow could carry Karna, which was proved when he achieved victory over Arjuna. Krishna’s only advice was then to defeat him with stealth, at a point when was not wielding the bow.
Each bow is said to be charged with sacred mantras.
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Mantra Wars and Mantra Weapons
I will concentrate on the nature of mantras and how they were used in ancient times or in ‘Vedic’ civilizations that go back more than 5,000 years and were employed not only for spiritual emancipation but in military applications as well. In other words, mantras were used to defeat the enemy in times of war.
WHAT IS A MANTRA?
The definition given in the glossary of the “Bhagavad-gita As It Is” by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness is: A transcendental sound or Vedic hymn. And in the Srimad-Bhagavatam translated by the same author, that glossary defines mantra as: A sound vibration that can deliver the mind from illusion.
Then there is the maha-mantra which is the great chant for deliverance as received from a spiritual master in the parampara or disciplic succession. But for our edification we will address the use of mantras in ancient or “Vedic” times as weapons of war.
In the Srimad-Bhagavatam 1-7-20 it states: Since his life was in danger, (Asvatthama on the battlefield of Kuruksetra) he touched water in sanctity and concentrated upon the chanting of the hymns for throwing nuclear weapons, although he did not know how to withdraw such weapons.
Srila Prabhupada’s purport to that verse is as follows:
“The subtle forms of material activities are finer than grosser methods of material manipulation. Such subtle forms of material activities are effected through purification of sound. The same method is adopted here by chanting hymns to act as nuclear weapons.”
In another exciting purport by His Divine Grace, in SB. 1-7-27 he states:
“The brahmastra is similar to the modern nuclear weapon manipulated by atomic energy. The atomic energy works wholly on total combustibility, and so the brahmastra also acts. It creates an intolerable heat similar to atomic radiation, but the difference is that the atomic bomb is a gross type of nuclear weapon, whereas the brahmastra is a subtle type of weapon produced by chanting hymns. The subtle science of chanting hymns is also material, but it has yet to be known by the modern material scientists.”
Having said this, let us proceed.
Thomas Ashley Farrand who has written many books including “The Power of Mantras” says,
“They are formidable. They are ancient. They work. The word “mantra” is derived from two Sanskrit words. The first is “manas” or “mind,” which provides the “man” syllable. The second syllable is drawn from the Sanskrit word “trai” meaning to “protect” or to “free from.” Therefore, the word mantra in its most literal sense means “to free from the mind.” Mantra is, at its core, a tool used by the mind which eventually frees one from the vagaries of the mind.” He further states:
“Mantras start a powerful vibration which corresponds to both a specific spiritual energy frequency and a state of consciousness in seed form. Over time, the mantra process begins to override all of the other smaller vibrations, which eventually become absorbed by the mantra. After a length of time which varies from individual to individual, the great wave of the mantra stills all other vibrations. Ultimately, the mantra produces a state where the organism vibrates at the rate completely in tune with the energy and spiritual state represented by and contained within the mantra.”
KILLING WITH SOUND
It is a fact that “sabda” or sound vibration can have a wide variety of uses. There are many mantras for various purposes according to time and place and there were those who were expert in their delivery. We know from common experience that sound at high pitches is capable of breaking glass. In Stephen Knapp’s article “Frequencies that can kill, heal and transcend” he states, “The science of vibrations and frequencies and how they effect people is something that has been around for thousands of years. We can still find evidence of this in the ancient Vedic texts of India. These explain not only the results of using the frequencies of words and mantras, but also supply instructions in some cases. The sages of ancient India used it to produce various results in the rituals they performed, and from the mantras they would recite. If the mantras were recited in particular ways, certain amazing results would take place, including changing the weather, producing certain types of living beings, or even palaces. Others used it to produce weapons, like the brahmashtra weapon, which was equal to the modern nuclear bombs. Specific mantras could be attached to arrows, with the sound causing powerful explosions when the arrow reached its target. Others used the science of vibrations to bring their consciousness to higher levels of perception, or to enter spiritual reality.”
“Nicola Tesla, the Croatian born inventor, had performed experiments at the turn of the century that revealed that air, at its ordinary pressure, is a conductor for large amounts of electrical energy over great distances without wires. This meant a few things: That electrical use for the purposes of man would be available at any place on the globe. And that electricity traveling through the air shows how frequencies and waves of powerful energy do not need wires to be generated at one place and received in another.”
WARS WITHOUT BOMBS?
More interesting, Mr. Knapp goes on and discusses various experiments that have been conducted in regard to the use of frequency or sound, as an instrument of war:
“Some ELF (extremely low frequency) broadcasts from the Russians were thought to cause depression in humans. When the Russians first started transmitting in 1976, they emitted an eleven hertz signal through the earth. This ELF wave was so powerful that it upset radio communications around the world, resulting in many nations lodging protest. The U. S. Air Force identified five different frequencies the Russians were emitting in a wild ELF cocktail. They never broadcast anything below eleven hertz, or anything that would be beneficial. They had more sinister things in mind. ELF penetrates anything and everything. Nothing stops or weakens them. At the right frequencies and durations, whole populations could be controlled by ELF, or even killed. Once the killing range of these frequencies is perfected, it could make nuclear bombs obsolete. It could kill almost immediately with powerful adverse frequencies. Whole populations could be killed indiscriminately from radio frequencies transmitted from the other side of the globe without damaging anything else. A conquering army could simply take over the land and buildings without a battle.
Thankfully, these potential weapons do not seem to have been perfected as yet, or such research is cloaked in the highest levels of secrecy. Appropriately, Tesla once said that peace can only come as a natural consequence of universal enlightenment.”
That frequency can be used in times of war and that humans are basically “electrical” beings, Mr. Knapp ends his thesis on a positive note: “Researchers have found that frequencies under seven hertz create a general feeling of relaxation and well being, known as the alpha state. The most beneficial frequency on earth is said to be the 6.8 hertz frequency. Interestingly, the Pyramid at Giza has a constant frequency of 6.8 hertz running through it. Although researchers have studied it, they don’t know where it comes from or why in such an ancient structure.
This points to the idea that the ancients knew the importance of frequencies and how to use them in order to provide an atmosphere for attaining a peaceful state of mind for entering higher states of consciousness and perception of spiritual reality. The use of yoga has utilized this principle for as long as it had been known–many hundreds of years. Concentrating on the steady breathing, as in hatha-yoga, is a means of leveling and harmonizing the electrical impulses of the body and the beating of the heart. Invoking the alpha state by a natural means allows one to also reach a vibrational state in which the consciousness can enter higher levels of being and perception. The body is not only conducting the more balanced frequencies, but it begins to generate them as well. It is as if the body and mind are creating its own atmosphere in which it can further its more spiritual development, with or without the proper atmosphere around it. Building structures, like the pyramids and pyramid-like temples, which are common in such places as India and Central America, may provide the assistance for doing that, along with the physical exercises of yoga and the use of prayers, mantras, or rituals.”
Sri Jayendra Swamigal in his article regarding mantras gives his interpretation: “Astra” and “Sastra” are terms used in Dhanurveda (military science) denote two types of weapons. Knife, arrow, spear, club and so on-real weapons-come under the term “sastra”. “Astra” is what is energised by a mantra into a weapon. If you discharge just a darbha or a blade of grass chanting or muttering the appropriate mantra it will be turned into a weapon. Sastras are also discharged similarly with mantras. If you hurl something at an object or person muttering the mantra proper to it, the object or person will be destroyed when hit. The twice-born (Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaisyas) have the duty of discharging “Astras” every day to destroy asuras or the evil forces besieging mankind. Does not “Astra” mean that which is discharged, thrown or hurled? What is the “Astra” which is to be thrown or discharged [by the twice – born]? We throw water so as to drive away or destroy the demons or evil forces that have taken hold of the minds of people.”
IN TIMES OF WAR
In my article, “War! Holy or Not-Is God on Our Side”, I attempted to address the nature of applying violence even in a spiritual or “Vedic” civilization according to time, place and circumstances. In doing so, I related the famed battle of Kuruksetra that took place 5,000 years ago in which 640 million soldiers were slain in a battle that lasted 18 days. In this battle, mantras were employed by both sides as a way of achieving victory. The unique aspect of this war is that God, or Krsna was personally present on the battlefield and in fact, arranged the war that is the primary subject matter of the famous Indian epic, “Mahabharata.” This was arranged not as a way of condoning war but rather, showing that even amongst great men in order to uphold religious principles they must sometimes be called to arms to defeat the atheistic, evil or demonic elements that sometimes manifest in human society. With a view to this end, Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley) in a very incisive 1999 article for The Institute of Vedic Studies entitled, “Himsa and Ahimsa: The Need For A New Policy of Protection” writes:
“In spite of modern Gandhian stereotypes the classical Hindu way to deal with Rakshasas and Asuras (people of egoistic or violent temperament) was never simply ahimsa (nonviolence). It could in fact be quite aggressive. Ahimsa in the sense of absolute non-violence is a sattvic or deva dharma for people of devic or refined temperament. With gentle people you have no need or right to be unkind.
However, when dealing with hostile and violent opponents a completely different response is required. Asuras require the danda (punishment). Let us not forget the many epic and Puranic stories in which Gods, Goddesses or Avatars fought and defeated the Asuras. Whether it is the Goddess and Mahishasura, Rama and Ravana, or Skanda and Taraka, there is not a single instance in which the Asuras were simply forgiven and allowed to go their own way without punishment. Let us also not forget how the Mahabharata extols the use of the danda for social harmony and justice.
There is only one way to really deal with Asuric people, which is to make them feel pain. As Asuric types have a materialistic consciousness, this pain must be of a material type, pain to their bodies, to their homes and to their possessions. It must be a pain where they live. Asuric types are immune to platitudes or to any kind of moralistic guilt.”
“True ahimsa means reducing the harm in the world. This may require violent action against the perpetrators of harm. One must not only defeat the enemy but also take away their weapons and insure that they cannot attack again. One must cut off the roots of violence where the enemy lives.
Modern Hindus must once again proudly honor himsa or a policy of harming the enemy, and the danda or a policy of strict punishment for those who use force to attack them. This is not to promote unnecessary violence but to prevent violence from spreading or being abetted. The same policy should extend to all spheres of current cultural encounters”
“They must attack their enemies on the level where their enemies really feel and with the weapons of the age. Some metaphysical moralistic high ground, such as many Hindus like to take, will not do but is only escapism, though Hindus should continue to practice rituals, prayers, mantras and meditations for peace but not to the exclusion of more direct forms of action in the material world. The Gandhian pity not only for the victims of violence but also for the perpetrators of violence must come to an end. Such pity is one of the most debilitating and confusing of all emotions, and is the very sentiment that Krishna strove to uproot out of Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita. Pity or compassion for the perpetrators of violence only sanctions that violence and causes further pain to the victims. It denies the responsibility that goes with the law of karma.”
While the above statements are the views and opinions of Vamadeva, from a Vedic perspective it certainly gives one food for thought especially in this time of war.
And finally, Srila Prabhupada himself, the leading exponent and scholar of Vedic thought in relating a story about Asvatthama in ancient times elaborates further:
“Then he thought of the brahmastra. Brahmastra is the last weapon. Just like it is similar to modern nuclear weapon, brahmastra. As by releasing nuclear weapon there is radiation, similarly, we have got description that when Asvatthama released his brahmastra, there was a big radiation, people were feeling very terrible heat. And then Krishna informed that “This heat is due to the Asvatthama’s release of brahmastra,” and Arjuna was advised to counteract it. Now they do not know how to counteract this nuclear weapon. Formerly they knew. I throw one kind of weapon, and if you are expert, you can counteract it. Now they have discovered the nuclear weapon, but they have not yet discovered the counteraction. Fight means I show some expert fighting craft or experiencing. The opposite party must also show something better than that. That was fighting. And in this way when one party fails, he’s killed. And if he’s killed then war stops. No more war. This was the system.
So Asvatthama was thinking of this brahmastra. Astram brahma-siro mene atma-tranam dvijatmajah. That is the history so far as we know. So anyway, as we have got experience, the nuclear weapon is very, very dangerous. Similarly the brahmastra is also very, very dangerous. And another weapon, they knew this art, sabda-vedhi. Sabda-vedhi means if I throw some arrow, it will go to my enemy wherever he is. A little sound of the enemy will attract this weapon, and it is sure to kill my enemy. Sabda-vedhi. There are many instances in Ramayana, Mahabharata. Sabda-vedhi-vak.
So such warfare of mantra, very subtle. This, at the present moment this warfare is carried on gross weapons. But finer than that, there is mantra war. By mantras the warfare can go on.”
While the gist of this article relates to weaponry used in ancient times, we can only imagine the power of the maha-mantra, (maha means great) Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna, Krsna, Hare, Hare/Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama, Rama, Hare, Hare in delivering the living entity from the bondage of karma and gross materialism when applied properly. This great chant for deliverance is the subject of another article.
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Lucifer's fossilized black feather.
According to Uriel when recounting Lucifer's rebelliousness in On The Head Of A Pin, Lucifer's true form is apparently considered beautiful among angels. Sam Winchester and Rowena MacLeod had a different reaction to seeing Lucifer's true form, finding it truly terrifying, and remained haunted by it months or even years later, though it is entirely possible that Lucifer’s long imprisonment in Hell warped his once beautiful true form. When manifesting without a vessel on Earth, Lucifer appears as an intense white light, or, when severely weakened, a slender cloud of glowing, bluish-white smoke, identical to other angels. When manifesting within a vessel's mind or in Hell without a vessel, Lucifer usually, but not always, takes the form of his first known vessel, Nick. Nick appears to be Lucifer's favored form to manifest in when Lucifer is in a situation where he gets to choose his appearance similar to how the Alternate Michael continued to use Dean's visage while communicating with a sleeping Rowena.
When Lucifer projected his wings while possessing a vessel, they were revealed to have a similar compact design to Castiel's seraph wings and Zachariah's wings, compared to Gabriel and his son's and Alternate Michael's wing designs. Uniquely, Lucifer causes his vessel's irises to glow red and leaves the pupils unchanged, instead of a blue eye-glow with dots of white light in the centre. While being an angel, Lucifer appears to have tainted/corrupted grace - according to one angel, Lucifer carries the stench of Hell on him. The prophet Donatello Redfield described Lucifer's power as being dark and toxic when comparing it to his son's.
Like Michael, Lucifer required either his true vessel or a vessel from an extremely powerful bloodline to house him permanently - Nick was a notable exception after his body was repaired and modified, enabling Lucifer to possess him for over a year without ill effects. When possessing vessels weaker than this, Lucifer's power would cause the vessel to "burn away" and decay over time, similar to Hael's vessel in I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here, manifesting as burn and rot-like blemishes on the vessel's skin, and in Vince Vincente's case, eventual blackening of the skin and darkening of the eyeballs.
While possessing a vessel, Lucifer usually retains the vessel's appearance without altering it. His 2014 alternate timeline counterpart, however, dressed Sam in an all-white suit and combed his hair back while his alternate reality counterpart did the exact same thing. After possessing Vince Vincente, Lucifer made an exception and chose to redress Vince in black clothing topped with a leather jacket. After escaping imprisonment from Crowley, Lucifer finally decides to change Nick's disheveled attire, donning a brown leather jacket over a white shirt. This jacket was lost following Lucifer's escape from Apocalypse World, leaving him with the shirt and Lucifer obtained a beige jacket as a replacement.
In Let the Good Times Roll, after stealing Jack's grace and becoming "supercharged", Lucifer's eyes glowed gold like Jack's instead of red. While in the Empty and after his resurrection, Lucifer’s eyes returned to their red glow. When killed by Dean Winchester with an archangel blade, fire burst from Lucifer's vessel in addition to the bright light which bursts from all angels' and archangels' facial orifices. It was initially unclear if this was something unique to Lucifer or was due to his supercharged state at the time. When Michael killed him with an archangel blade for the second and final time, fire once again erupted from Lucifer's eyes and mouth, showing that this was something unique to Lucifer.
In Unhuman Nature, upon awakening in the Empty, Lucifer formed as a black, liquid, skeletal humanoid with his signature red eyes. When he briefly emerged from the Empty in Game Night, Lucifer also revealed that he had black, viscous angel wings on this humanoid form, and his liquid form was shot through with flashes of white light.
In Inherit the Earth, the resurrected Lucifer was given his own body by God, taking on the form of Nick once again despite not actually using the man as his vessel this time. When Lucifer is killed, his body bursts into ash instead of leaving behind any sort of remains as a result of this.