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What is Meditation According to Mahabharata?
02 Nov

What is Meditation According to Mahabharata?

According to Lord Krishna “Meditation is the tiny point within is done in the inner sky or void.” This process is also known as Meditation in the Void or “Shunya Dhyan” (‘Shunya’ meaning empty) or Bindu Dhyan (Focussing on the small point within) or Drishti Yoga (Yoga of Inner Light).


Lord Shri Krishna here gave us the hints at looking in the front of the nose abandoning looking in any other direction. This cue needs to be understood well. For one, staring, looking at the tip of the nose or front portion of the nose. 

What would we see upon closing our eyes? Quite naturally, most of us would see the vast expanse of darkness or dark void ahead. Whosoever can see still one’s gaze in this dark void, as directed by the Guru (a person adept at the skill), accomplishes single-pointedness. That is why meditation in the void (Shunya dhyana) is also called Meditation on the Absolute Point (Bindu Dhyana).


The story of Barbarik - The Most Powerful Warrior In Mahabharata 

Before the Mahabharat war about to start, Lord Krishna asked all the warriors how many days it would take them to finish the battle alone. Bhishma replied that it would take him 20 days, Dronacharya said he would take 25 days, Karna said it would take him 24 days, and Arjuna said it would take him 28 days. But Barbarik astonished Krishna with his answer. He said it would take him 1 minute to win the battle by himself. 

The story of Barbarik unfolds in the following manner:-

Barbarik -the son of Ghatotkach and the grandson of Bheem. Having learned the art of war from his motherMaurvi, he was a brave warrior during in his childhood.

Lord Shiva happy with the tapasya (Meditation) of Barbarik, he awarded him with three powerful arrows:-

1. The first arrow would mark his enemy with red ink

2. The second arrow would mark the things that he wanted to save

3. The third arrow would destroy enemy target marked with red ink in the first step or destroy everything not marked in step 2

Lord Krishna wanted to test the powers of him. So he went to meet him and requested to present a demonstration of his arrows.  He asked him to display the powers on a tree. He asked him to treat each leaf of the tree as an enemy & make a hole through them.

Barbarik then started meditating, Krishna plucked a leaf off the tree and hid it under his own feet. The first arrow shot, and it marked all the leaves in red ink. The second arrow punched holes in every leaf marked with the red ink, and it pierced through Krishna’s feet to reach for the hidden leaf. Krishna was shocked and realized that there was nothing that could stop the true powers of Barbarik.

Krishna then asked Barbarik about the side he was planning to fight for in the war of Mahabharat. Babrbarik expressed his desire to fight for the Pandavas as they were the weaker side. (as promised to his guru).

Lord Krishna then revealed the Master Plan of Barbaric's impossible promise: since the power of the three arrows made him the most powerful warrior on the battlefield, so whatever side he joined would make the other team weaker. So to avoid this conflict, Krishna asked for Barbariks head.

But Barbarik expressed his desire to witness the epic battle of Mahabharat. Krishna promised him that even after his head was severed from his body, his head would be in a conscious state and that it would be placed on a hill overlooking the battlefield so that he could witness the whole war.

At the end of the war, the Pandavas argued amongst themselves as to who was responsible for their victory. Krishna suggested that Barbarik should be allowed to make that decision as he was a neutral witness to the whole war. To this Barbarik concluded that it was Krishna alone who was responsible for the Pandava’s victory: his advice, presence of mind and game-plan were the most crucial.

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