SELF ANGER – SIGN OF DEFEAT
“Truth” through dialogue”
What is TRUTH? How do we define TRUTH? Is it even possible to give an informative definition of TRUTH? But in ancient India the Truth was discovered through samvaad (dialogue). One of the best examples is Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta i.e., samvaad between Lord Krishna and Arjuna. Another good example is the samvaad that took place between Ravana & Lakshman when Ravana was about to die. This shows the high moral values and control over Indriya (senses) at that time.
The Last Dialogue between Ravan and Lakshman
Even after such a fierce battle with bow and arrows and Maya for nearly seven days, Lord Rama was not feeling proud and victorious but he wanted the knowledge so he insisted Lakshman to go to Ravana to learn some valuable knowledge. This shows his greatness and hunger about knowledge.
If we see from Ravana’s point of view – After knowing that his enemy is standing in front of him, who has killed his whole family – brothers, sons, he was not angry and had his control over all his Indriyas and gave valuable lessons of life to Lakshman.
The classic debate between Mandana Misra and Adi Shankara
Now we will see a classic example of samvaad that took place in 8th Century between Mandan Mishra and Acharya Shankara. Mandan Mishra was a follower of Mimamsa philosphy and was a strict virtualist i.e., he was in favour of all the karm-kands even animal sacrifice. While Acharya Shankara was a sanyasi and yogi and strictly against the mimamsa philosophy. And Mandan Mishra felt that only those who wished to escape the rigours of Vedic injunctions found a refuge in the Sanyasa ashram. Acharya Shankara challenged Mandan Mishra for a debate. Although the time of challenge was not suitable because Mandan Mishra was busy in some rituals and presence of a sanyasi at that time was most unwelcome but even after that he accepted the challenge. It was decided as a bet of the debate that, If Shankara looses in debate, He would become disciple of Mandana Misra and get married in the life. If Manadana Misra looses, he should become Sanyasi and become disciple of Shankara. Because Adi Shankara was younger so Mandana Mishra offered Adi Shankara to choose the judge. Adi Shankara chose Mandan Mishra’s wife Ubhya Bharti as the judge, even after knowing that she may be partial and she was also against the sanyasi practice. He did so because Ubhaya Bharti was considered as the most knowledgeable and ethical woman of that era.
The critical decision by the Judge Ubhaya Bharti
After a long debate when there was no result or hope left then it was decided by the judge Ubhaya Bharti that the result may only be judged through the control over indriyas (innner senses) and both the challengers were garlanded with fresh flowers and she left the place. After some time, she came back and declared Adi Shankara as a winner without any hesitation. Someone questioned the result, then she clarified and Mandan Mishra couldn’t control over his anger and because of his inner anger the flowers in the garland were withered (Murjhana) while the flowers in Adi Shankara’s neck were intact & fresh. This justifies the title of the blog – “Self-Anger – Sign of Defeat”.