Power of Understanding
Dear God Like Friends,
Namastey, Loving Greetings. Let us be thankful to God and Gurus, that again in this transient world, we get the opportunity to act, to react, to interact, and to greet each other with love and understanding. Love and understanding (the power of understanding) are very important and absolutely necessary for a meaningful and progressive positive life, laughter, and liberation. Without love, a positive attitude, and the power of understanding, we cannot make out the head or tail, or the middle of material life or spiritual life. The quality and quantity of life will suffer. For these, the Inner Guidance from God (the Supreme Teacher) and the Gurus (God’s representative with form), for both Inner and External Guidance in material pursuits and spiritual practice. The Guru can appear as a friend, philosopher or guide, or teacher, both formal and informal.
SANJAYA: the person, Sanjaya, as mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita and also in the Mahabharat Epic is such an internal teacher i.e. friend, philosopher, and guide to the blind retired king, Dhritarashtra, the father of the Kaurava brothers (Duryodhan and his 99 brothers and 1 sister). Sanjaya was the official and personal charioteer of the blind king. He was a highly advanced yogi and spiritual personality. He could be the alter ego of the blind king, but, with vast wisdom and power of understanding. He had also deeply political and social insight.
He was a constant companion of the blind king and helping him to live a meaningful life in a complicated world of the kings and Kshatriyas (the Royal clan and the warriors). Just before the beginning of the Mahabharata war, the greatest of saints, Mahamuni Veda Vyaas or Vyaas Dev, the author of the great epic Mahabharat, visited the blind king Dhritarashtra, his disciple. There, after counseling and blessing him, offered to bless him with divine or cosmic vision, so that the blind king can see the events and progressions, happenings in the war field.
The blind king did not want to witness the violence, bloodshed, and destruction going on in the killing field or battlefield. He humbly requested Vyaas Dev to bless and bestow the cosmic or divine vision on his guide and charioteer, Sanjaya, instead, so that Sanjaya can see the events in the battlefield and report to him and describe the scenes. The great saint Vyaasa agreed and gifted the power of cosmic vision to Sanjaya. As a result, he saw in detail, the events in the battlefield, the actions and reactions of Arjun, the advice and counseling of Lord Krishna, and other details of the battlefield, and faithfully described them to the blind king.
May God and the Great Masters, Bless, Guide, Protect and Inspire you.
With much love and humbleness,
Paramahansa Atmananda Ji