Markandeya Samasya English
Publisher: Michael Beloved
Date: January 26, 2012
Page Count: 102
Trim Size: 4.25" x 6.88" (inches)
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit / Meditation
Forum: inSelf Yoga
This is the English translation of the Markandeya Samasya portion of the Mahabharata. This is in fluent English with no commentary. This same translation with the original Sanskrit and with a narrative explanation is published under the title of Krishna Cosmic Body.
This is the amazing narrative of the Yogi Markandeya's survival of the cosmic dissolution of our universe and his re-instatement when it was created again. It tells of his entry into the divine infant Krishna, where he toured for millions of years through many existential locals as a tiny human being, like a bacteria in the body of a human.
Originally this tale was described in the Markandeya Samasya of the Mahabharata, an ancient Sanskrit literature from India. The value of this story is its presentation of the idea that our universe may exist in the body of a deity, who is existing in the body of another deity who is the ultimate source.
At first Markandeya deals with the cosmic dissolution but he is aware that his existential status relies on the energy in the mind of a deity named Brahma. When that deity fell asleep, all living beings inevitably slept in a blank mental state with no objectivity and with no distinct subjectivity either. Somehow Markandeya developed the ability to transcend this Brahma.
The yogi survived during Brahma's sleep but only to find himself in a violent ocean of cosmic water. He struggled for survival on that causal level of existence in which there were fearful astral aquatic creatures. Suddenly at a distance, he saw a gigantic banyan tree standing out of the water. He swam to it and saw an infant on a divine bedstead. The child has no concern for the dangers. Markandeya spoke to the infant and inquired of the kid's identity and location. He was drawn through the mouth of the infant into the infants' body where he spent millions of years. Then he was expelled and found himself in the cosmic sea again. The infant then explained the situation. He released the yogi to the original existence of the sub deity, Brahma.
This story was told by Vaishampaiana to King Janamejaya in the Mahabharata. It is worth the read for all persons who do existential research.
Imagine yourself as a human being the size of a virus or less. You enter into the body of a being whose is the form of the universe. You tour that cosmic body knowing that you are inside the supernatural physiology of that transcendental personality.
A similar experience was related long ago by a yogi named Markandeya to Yudhishthira, a banished king in India. Markandeya identified Krishna who was present during the discourse as the Deity who is the form of the universe, the very same person whose cosmic body he entered long ago.
An Existential Puzzle Revealed--- by John Wilson ( July 2012)
This book is a small and easy read...got it in paperback and finished in a couple hours. It is a direct translation of a key portion of the classic Mahabharata text, a portion that explains the existential puzzle of this universe. It walks through the cycles of time and the degradation of this world and the subsequent renewal.
I was reminded of the wayward bankers when reading of how a righteous lifestyle becomes replaced by dishonesty and fraudulent ways. Those who are honest become the bottom of the society and hold the least amount of wealth. But then this is shaken off by intense solar flares and fires and massive destruction, after which an era of renewal begins. I was particularly intrigued by the mention of 'seven blazing suns that evaporate all waters of oceans and rivers'. Sounds like the end of a world and beginning of a new one.