Why is it that in practically all the ancient literatures spiritual teaching was given in the backdrop of the battlefield? The Bhagavad-Gita, for instance, tells of the conflict between the opposing armies of the Kurus and the Pandavas. In the Germanic and Scandinavian mythologies there is the constant battling between the gods and the heroes; so also in the Greek, Egyptian, Persian, and Babylonian mythologies -- all are alike in this respect. We have the Hero-Twins battling the Gods of the underworld in the Mayan mythology.
When viewing the history of mankind from a narrow bandwidth of written records or traditional wisdom sayings which date back to the time of homo-sapiens in their archaic consciousness, we miss out what existed prior to this period. A period which I would be comfortable in calling, the pre-deluge era. Though the deluge myth has a deeper level of spiritual connotation, its historical significance cannot be ignored.
20,000 to 30,000 years ago the world experienced the end of the ice age and significant land and civilizations were lost to the rising oceans. The Lemurian and the Atlantean history can only be accessed through Akashic records recalled by individuals during regressive hypnosis by experts in this field. Edgar Cayce has a number of cases where he was able to tap into the Atlantean era experiences of individuals in their previous incarnations.
Why I bring up this debatable issue is that humanity has lost its ability to tap into direct communion with the higher realms in this period of Kali yuga. This was the reason why mythology became the tool for communicating the higher wisdom, similar to the way we use story books to teach children.
The predominant element that was inculcated into these myths was the constant struggle between the human and the divine element in individuals. This is the reason why Bhagavad-Gita, which is a discourse between the Divine and the human takes place in the battle field of Kurkshetra, which is known as Dharmakshetra ("
"). This scene
of battle is between two dynasties symbolizing the Ego-self (Kurus) and the
Divine-Self (Pandavas). Holy City
In the Greek mythological poem of “Odyssey”, Homer weaves in the involvement of gods, Zeus, Hermes and Poseidon, and goddess Athena with the poem’s hero, Odysseus. Goddess Athena acts as mentor throughout his journey.
Ten years are lost in wandering. Captivity of Odysseus by Calypso for seven years and her carnal desire for him as well as the constant struggle in his voyage and ultimate union with his wife Penelope through the archery competition where he is the only suitor who could string his bow, which lies in the possession of his wife, and shoot it through twelve axe heads and the numbers seven, ten and twelve which feature in this mythological poem have great spiritual significance.
I would at this point of time focus on the one event of the Homerian lore; namely piercing of the twelve axe heads by Odysseus. The symbolical pure state of Penelope is the state of the human that has to be attained after our wandering on this sea of tribulation.
In the teachings of Buddhism,
Yāna means a ‘vehicle’ and
twelve Yānas are specified and their unification is the aim of the spiritually
adept. Twelve axes symbolize the twelve modes of severance and uniting through
the single arrow signifies the knowledge that removes the maya of separation.
It is with the help of Divine grace that we attain the knowledge to our true nature. The Divine participation in this battle for our true identity is a perception that has to be transcended from a mere myth to a level of deep wisdom to be intuitively obtained from the sequence of events.
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