[Advaita-l] Pancha Kanya Questions

Venkatesh Murthy vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 12 23:22:26 CDT 2012

Namaste Sri Bhaskar

I am trying to answer your below question how Puranic episodes can be
relevant to us.

In Puranic stories there is first entertainment value. It is sugar
coating the medicine we have to take. If some body gives you bitter
medicine and says eat it it will be difficult. But if he gives
medicine tasting sweet every body will eat it.

In Agni Svaha story I think the Principle is the Siva-Sakti
Priniciple. If Siva is united with Sakti he becomes Complete.
Otherwise he is not complete. The Saundaryalahari has said 'Sivah
Saktya Yukto'. The Siva Sakti combination is same as Brahman of
Vedanta. Like this Agni is Complete when he is united with Svaha. We
cannot separate Agni from Svaha in a Homa. We have to say Agnaye Svaha
Agnaye Idam Na Mama only. We cannot say Agnaye Idam Dadami or
something. It is wrong. It is a serious mistake. We will not get the
Phala of the Homa.

Another point is the Saptarshi Seven Stars in the Sky. The Vasistha
star is closely followed by a small star Arundhati. If some one says
there are Seven Stars and one more you may not remember it. But the
story is like sugar coating and you will digest and remember it for a
long time. When the husband shows the Saptarshi and Arundhati to his
wife she will always remember to be united with the husband. When the
husband and wife are united there will be prosperity. They have to
together do Yajna and other karmas. They will get Shreyas.

If some one tells you Agni has to be with Svaha you will not
understand. But when there is a nice story to explain you will
understand and remember it.

On Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM, Bhaskar YR <bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com> wrote:
> Agni was mad in love with the Seven Rishi's wives. But he could not do
> anything. Goddess Svaha was madly in love with Agni. But Agni did not
> want Svaha. Svaha thought of a plan. She went to Agni in the disguise
> of Rishi wives one by one. She went to him six times. Agni was fooled
> and he thought real Rishi wife has come to him. He made love to each
> Rishi wife.  He discharged the seed but Svaha took it in her hands.
> Then she put it on top of the mountain. She did this six times for the
> six wives of the Rishis. But she could not disguise herself as
> Arundhati because she was the most powerful Pativrata.
> praNAms Sri Venkatesh Murthy prabhuji
> Hare Krishna
> I am happy to note that you know the details of these purANic stories in
> great detail.  And I also admit that I donot know any convincing & logical
> answer to your questions as I am encoutering these type of doubts first
> time in my life :-))  But I am wondering, how these doubts and the
> clarification that you are going to get would help you in particular & the
> members in general.  As you know, most of the members in this forum
> staying here & reading mails  to understand the philosophy of advaita as
> taught by shankara bhagavatpAda, and this list also primarily dedicated to
> that cause only.  Under these circumstances,  I do not know in what way
> your licentious doubts on purANic characters and related stories would
> going to help us out in understanding shankara's advaita in a better way!!
>   I am also failed to understand how these purANic episodes such as
> 'agni' discharges, svAha's stocking at the mountain top etc. have any
> relevance to advaita vedAnta in particular & our sanAtana dharma in
> general.  If you find any relevance kindly let us know.
> Your clarification in this regard is requested.
> Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
> bhaskar
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