Mrigashira

God is both with form (sakaar) and formless (nirakaar). To start the creation, he expands himself and creates duality i.e. matter in the static form (male) and energy in the dynamic form (female). To keep the cosmos stable he further subdivides himself into trinity together with their consorts i.e. Brahma and Sarasvati, Vishnu and Lakshmi, and Mahesh and Parvathi. From matter space and time are created. Space and time have no boundaries and are always dynamic.

Now Brahma creates the creation while Sarasvati gives knowledge and wisdom, Vishnu protects and maintains while Lakshmi provides good fortune, and Shiva destroys and recycles while Parvathi fertilises with love and devotion. The universe is a creation of incest basically between God’s male and female parts. God creates himself from nothing and then keeps on subdividing and multiplying himself to create the cosmos we live in. This means that we all are related to each other and are equal irrespective of sex, race, religion or any form of discrimination.

The cosmos is ever expanding and has a life of 2,160,000,000 years. To keep the system stable so that it doesn’t expand out of control, God instructs Shiva to destroy everything and the universe contracts to become nothing only to be created again. This cosmic cycle is repeated indefinitely. So, the universe we live in has been created and destroyed innumerable times previously and the same will happen in the future.

Although Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh are demigods and their consort’s demigoddesses but none of them know the secrets of the singularity i.e. God. They can only know if God lets them know. God is beyond the understanding of anyone in this creation. To understand him you must become one with him i.e. Brahmagyani (the god conscious being or the knower of Brahman i.e. God). Brahmagyani’s are so rare that even God and all the demigods search for him.

In this background, I am going to elaborate some bold themes associated with the nakshatra (constellation) Mrigshira (the one with a stag’s head).

Brahma is also called Jupiter, the creator, the priest to demigod’s and the great philanderer. To create kama (lust, desire) is necessary and that also falls under Brahma’s department. When Brahma was single, he created Usha from his own semen on the suggestion by Lord Shiva i.e. Mahesh. Usha was so beautiful that his own father, Brahma, became amorous. Knowing this she ran away in all directions. But Brahma kept on chasing her. To avoid him she became a female deer. Brahma became a male deer too and chased her and tried to mate. But since Shiva is Brahma’s son he became angry when he became aware of his father’s conduct. He shot an arrow at the male deer which cut his head and so the constellation Mrigshira was born. That same Usha became Sarasvati and later Brahma’s wife.

In another story, Brahma’s wife, Tara (star), couldn’t tolerate Brahma’s rigid morality, ethics, laws, spirituality and philandering behaviour anymore so she elopes with Chandra (Moon), the mind, sensuality and emotions. Since, God manifests himself in male and female forms, essentially, they both enjoy equal status. So, Brahma couldn’t attend Indra’s, the king of demigod’s, court and perform his duties as a priest. The reason being he had lost his wife and couldn’t perform any religious duties in her absence. He only realises his wife’s worth when he loses her. Previously, he was taking her for granted and only gave her importance to keep his job as a divine priest. The couple had lost the necessary love, sensuality and emotional sentiments between themselves.

Brahma and Indra go to the Moon to get Tara back but she refuses and Moon also doesn’t let her go. Tara’s argument is that Moon values her emotions and truly loves her. But Brahma and Indra put forth the argument that emotions can never override spiritual duties. But she still refuses to go. After resorting to all solutions and when nothing works, Indra gathers all the demigods and challenges Moon for a battle. Moon accepts the challenge and he assembles all Asuras (demons) for battle and is helped by Shukra (Venus), representing romance, beauty, sensuality, etc. Both the armies come to the battlefield and when battle is just about to happen Brahma panics. Brahma being the creator is worried for his creation and the catastrophe that the war would bring. He again persuades Tara to accompany him. To avoid war Tara comes back but she gives birth to Moon’s illegitimate child, Budha (Mercury).

Budha is exceptionally intelligent and because of his intelligence Brahma (Jupiter) adopts, Mercury, but curses him to be neither a man nor a woman. Now Mercury hates Moon and Jupiter but Jupiter loves both Moon and Mercury. Jupiter is exalted in Cancer because he learns Moon’s deep emotions and puts them into his morality, ethics and spiritual laws. Moon and Tara sit on Shiva’s head and are also symbol of Islam, bismillah meaning Shiva and Parvati. Angel Gabriel is Lord Shiva in reality.

In Ramayana, while Ram, Sita and Lakshmana are in exile, Sita sees a golden deer in the forest. Sita tells her husband Ram to get the deer for her. Knowing fully well that there are no golden deers Ram dissuades Sita. But Sita insists and makes him go into the forest to catch the deer for her. Ram, who is born under the influence of Moon and Jupiter in the Punarvasu (becoming light again and whose symbol is bow and quiver of arrows) nakshatra in the Cancer ascendant goes into the forest to track the deer while leaving Sita in his brother Lakshmana’s custody.

Ram uses the Shiva’s bow and arrow to hunt the deer. The deer is shot and it cries aloud in pain for Sita in Ram’s voice. Lakshmana and Sita hear the deer’s cries. Sita worries for her husband and makes Lakshmana to go into the forest to rescue Ram. While both are deep in the jungle Sita is captured by Ravana, the king of demons, who comes disguised as a saint. When Ram and Lakshmana return, they go to search for Sita and finally find out that she has been captured by Ravana and kept as a hostage in Sri Lanka. Eventually the brothers must fight an epic war to free Sita from Ravana’s captivity. In this war Ravana is killed, his army is decimated and his estranged brother Bhishma is crowned as king.

Ram, Sita and Lakshmana return to Ajodhya, their kingdom, after exile. Ram gets his kingdom back and is crowned a king but his joy is soon shattered when people start questioning Sita’s chastity while in Ravana’s captivity. To keep order in his kingdom Ram must remove Sita as her queen and sends her into exile while she’s pregnant. Sita gives birth to twins, Luv and Kush, in sage Valmiki’s custody.

In nutshell, we all have our Mrigshira, golden deer, moments and it’s always better not to chase those golden deers of desires and sensual pleasures. We are no Brahma’s that our follies would be tolerated by the society of imperfect men. Act in haste and repent in leisure. Since there was no sin when there was no creation and there will be none when this creation is destroyed to be created again. God forgives everyone’s sins but you can never escape the results of your actions. This also tells us that no man can evolve spiritually without a woman and that is why women enjoyed equality from day one and still deserve the same treatment as accorded to them throughout ages. Moreover, it’s not easy to be a highly creative and positive person. There are many more insights to this story. Please comment likewise.

 

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