What would have been your take on this Q?
March 4, 2009 9:35pm CST
In the Mahabharata, YudhisThira once had to face the God of Death in the form of[disguse] a yakSha(a kind of celestial being). This yakSha[actually yudhiShThira's father] asks him some 60 questions. Unless he answers them satisfactorily he(yudhiShThira)cannot "wake" his brothers(the other four) from the "sleep" they have fallen into on the banks of a lake puportedly owned by the yakSha. There is one particular question that comes to my mind: The question goes like this:[B] What is the most surprising thing in the world?[/B] Y's answer: [B]ahanyahani bhUtAni gacChanti hi yamaalayam | sheShaaH sthAvaramicChanti kim aashcharyamitaH param ||[/B] I have not given the couplet incorporating the text of the question. The Sanskrit part is meant for my Indian friends on board and other international friends who have an appreciation for the language. The couplet in Sanskrit which translates as follows is Y's answer to y! Every other day there is one or the other passing over to the other side(lit. going to the abode of the Lord of Death, But the rest of them who are living behave as though they are permanently here(lit.the rest desire permanence in this world). What could be more astonishing than this? My point is, times are a changing. Do you agree with Y's answer or do you have something else in the behavior of people that surprises/astonishes/shocks you in people's behavior? My answer to this would have been: There are infinite ways to God. But the follower of each religion thinks [B] his is the only way, and the best way at that !!!!![/B] Please record your answers.Never mind if it doesn't sound lofty. What one needs is an understanding of life to keep evolving in our minds.Please contribute your mite to this effort.
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10 Jul 09
This is a monumental effort Gadhisunu and I am illqualified to answer this because , first of all I do not know much of this vast world and I cannot learn enough. I too have heard of this statement by Yudhistra. One thing that surprises me is the power of the human mind and the survival instinct of the female species, the tenderness of the fiercest tiger to its cub.It is once again the marvel of creation.So, I would take refuge in Yudhistra's saying itself.
10 Jul 09
Kalav there is no one who ill-qualified. You hae lived your life! Whatever be your age. Wisdom comes with age they say. My son is just 20. He has the wisdom of a 70 year old man. Some he stuns me with his observations. I wanted to know yur original answer.And IMO you have given one. You have expressed wonderment at the beauty of creation wherein the Fiercest Tigress could be so loving to her own cub. How two very opposite things are merged in one!?! Agin Thanks for an original answer!!! Happy myLotting!