HINDU FASTS & FESTIVALS : -26-2-1-3.1.1.

 26. Sivaratri-2.1

    1.The Story Of King Chitrabhanu-3.

    1. Spiritual Significance of the Ritual-1

    The Scriptures record the following dialogue between Sastri and Atmanathan, giving the inner meaning of the above story.

    Sastri: It is an allegory. The wild animals that the hunter fought with are lust, anger, greed, infatuation, jealousy and hatred.

The jungle is the fourfold mind, consisting of the subconscious mind, the intellect, the ego and the conscious mind.

It is in the mind that these “wild animals” roam about freely.

They must be killed.

Our hunter was pursuing them because he was a Yogi.

If you want to be a real Yogi you have to conquer these evil tendencies.

Do you remember the name of the hunter in the story?

    Atmanathan: Yes, he was called Suswara.

    Sastri: That’s right.

It means “melodious”.

The hunter had a pleasant melodious voice.

If a person practices Yama and Niyama and is ever conquering his evil tendencies, he will develop certain external marks of a Yogi.

The first marks are lightness of the body, health, steadiness, clearness of countenance and a pleasant voice.

This stage has been spoken of in detail in the Swetaswatara Upanishad.

The hunter or the Yogi had for many years practised Yoga and had reached the first stage.

So he is given the name Suswara.

Do you remember where he was born?

Swami Sivananda
 To be continued  .....

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