[Advaita-l] Prapanchasara: Shankara alludes to the 'Sharabha-Shiva' episode from the Kalikapurana
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Wed Mar 20 23:46:54 EDT 2019
Siva and Brahma are tricked by Asuras many times. Like Bhasmasura
tricked Siva and wanted to use Siva's boon to burn Him only. Vishnu
rescued Siva. Vishnu also once got married to Lakshmi's sisters and
lived with them happily forgetting He is Vaikuntha Pati. Siva had to
come and challenge for battle. In the battle Vishnu remembered His
After Narasimha Avatara also Siva had to come as Sarabha and fight
with Narasimha and make Him to realize He is Vishnu. These stories are
showing Tri Murtis can be tricked also like ordinary Jeevas.
There are many stories showing Ishwara can be tricked by Maayaa.
Another thing is Kaala is the great destroyer and nobody can withstand
His power. Krishna was shot by a hunter and died. Raama also left His
body after Lakshmana and others died. What is Kaala? It is Maayaa
only. There was a discussion here to show Kaala is a power of Maayaa
only. Therefore Maayaa is powerful and trick everybody.
On Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 7:53 AM V Subrahmanian via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Thanks Raghav ji, for the reference from Sri Ramakrishna's words. We are
> also reminded of the episode related to Shankaracharya, in the body of the
> King (after para kaaya pravesha), who did not return to his original state
> even after the deadline he had himself pre-set had expired. His disciples
> were anxious and it is said that they went to the King's court and sang a
> few Vedantic verses to 'awaken' the Master.
> I think such stories have a subtle message embedded. Not being able to see
> that and appreciate it, people in their stupidity assign 'God X is superior
> to God Y because the former was able to 'kill'/overpower the latter.' That
> is the bane of the society. Swami Paramarthananda once observed: More than
> the need for Bhashyas to study the Upanishads, we need bhashyas for the
> Purana-s. The greatest mistake happens when people read puranas without
> understanding the right purport, ending up with misunderstanding.' How
> On Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 3:58 AM Raghav Kumar Dwivedula via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> > Namaste Subbu ji
> > Thank you for that interesting reference from Kalika Purana. I remember
> > reading a similar account in The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna a long time
> > back at a couple of places and used to wonder where such an incident is
> > mentioned.
> > Excerpts collated from Sri Ramakrishna's words....
> > "MASTER: "The gopis worshipped Katyayani in order to be united with Sri
> > Krishna.
> > Everyone is under the authority of the Divine Mother, Mahamaya, the
> > Energy. Even the Incarnations of God accept the help of maya to fulfil
> > their mission on earth. Therefore they worship the Primal Energy. Don't
> > see how bitterly Rama wept for Sita? As the saying goes - 'Brahman weeps,
> > ensnared in the meshes of maya.'
> > "It is said in the Purana that Lord Vishnu incarnated Himself as a sow in
> > order to kill the demon Hiranyaksha. After killing the demon, He had
> as a
> > sow, given birth to several young ones and was rather happy with them,
> > forgetting his real nature. The gods in heaven could not persuade Vishnu
> > relinquish His sow's body and return to the celestial regions. He was
> > absorbed in the happiness of His beast form. The gods said among
> > themselves: 'What does this mean? The Lord doesn't care to return to
> > heaven!' They all went to Shiva and laid the matter before him. Shiva
> > down and urged the Lord to leave the sow body and return to heaven.
> > After consulting among themselves, the gods sent Śiva to the sow. Śiva
> > asked the sow, 'Why have you forgotten yourself?' Vishnu replied through
> > the sow's body, 'Why, I am quite happy here.' Then Shiva destroyed the
> > body
> > with his trident, and Lord Vishnu came out laughing aloud and went back
> > His own abode."
> > The best part of the above version of the Purana story is that the Lord
> > left the sow body and came out *laughing aloud*. Evidently just Leela for
> > Him.
> > Om
> > Raghav
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