శరి యై కార్ముకి యై మహాకవచి యై సన్నాహి యై వాహి యై
సరథుం డై సనియంత యై సబలు డై సత్కేతనచ్ఛత్త్రు డై
పరమేశుండొక బాణమున్ విడిచె తద్బాణానలజ్వాలలం
బురముల్ గాలె ఛటచ్ఛటధ్వని నభో భూమధ్యముల్ నిండగన్
-- శ్రీమదాంధ్ర భాగవతము, సప్తమ స్కంధము, త్రిపురాసుర సంహార ఘట్టం నుంచి కార్తీక పూర్ణిమ సందర్భంగా
One upon a time, there lived a daemon named tArakAsura. He was killed
by kArikEya the son of Lord Shiva in the war. This tArakAsura has three
children named vidyunmAli, tArakAksha and kamalAksha. Their mothem took
them to pAtALa after the death of tArakAsura. They grew up in due
course of time and performed a severe penance. When lord Brahma appeared
in front of them they have asked as follows.
need three cities made of Gold, Silver and Iron and each city should
have all wonderful facilities to live and enjoy. These cities will orbit
around in their own orbits and they come into a straight line once in
1000 divine years. They can only be destroyed if someone who can hit
them with an arrow which was unknown to be an arrow earlier at that time
of they coming in conjugation."
the above boon from lord Brahma, they have occupied the three cities and
started ruling over the world like dictators. People were put to all
sort of troubles by these tripurAsuras. They have conquered all the Gods
as well in the battle.
All the gods went to Lord Shiva and requested him to solve the problem. Lord
Shiva taken earth as the chariot, Sun and Moon as the wheels, Lord
Brahma as charioteer, mount Meru as the bow, Ananta as the bow-string,
Lord NarayaNa as the arrow and smashed the three cities in one single
shot when they come in to straight line. Thereby Lord Shiva earned the
name as "purAri" and tripurAntaka.
What is the yogic meaning of this story?
waking, dreaming and deep sleep that are dominated by three
gunas/qualities sattva, rajas and tamas respectively are the three
cities of white, golden and dark colors. These three puras will never
come to one line as when one dominates the other two are not come into
experience.These three states of existence cause a ocean of samsaara of
repeated deaths and births for the embodied beings.
will come into a straight line when the jeeva (none other than Siva)
assimilates all the equipment in the body of chariot, the backbone
(meru) as the bow, life force (ananta) as the string, Lord Vishnu (the
consciousness which spreads all through - concentrated towards the aim
of attaining moksha) as arrow, correctly identifies the conjugation
point of three states of existence in deep meditation and hits them all
in ONE SHOT. Thereby one attains the Kaivalya i.e., the transcendental
independence from the dictatorship of tripurasuras i.e, GuNas!!
This final kaivalya is the moksha; one who attains it is the purAri or Siva himself!!!
This event happened on the kaartika poornima day which is today. Hence sharing this story.
om tat sat
My blog on assimilating all the required instruments to carryout tripurasura samhaara : http://prasad-yoga.blogspot.com/