Narach Philosophy

THE ESSENCE OF THE EPIC: STRI PARVA


We have seen the essential truth of all systems of Philosophy in this great debate; and, in the light of Vedanta, we see Nature or Prakrti in its true colour and form and so the women of the house of Kauravas and Pandavas representing different forms of Prakti come out with their veils withdrawn, and show themselves as they really are. This is the point of their wail by the side of their deceased husbands, brothers and Sons.

The Curse of Gandhari: We have seen how Man, born in Jainism, has risen from the system of his birth to Vedanta, and so the Ascending Scale of thought is over. To complete the whole range of human thought, however, we must understand the Descending Scale as well. In this connection we have explained that the number eighteen refers to the conflict of three great systems of thought Yoga, in itself and as the first manifestation of Vedanta, and Vaisesika and Nyaya. Man has attained to Vedanta or what is for practical purposes identified with it, Yoga; and he can descend down to lower systems by abandoning the idea of Sacrifice. In one conflict of the three systems, that is in one cycle of eighteen years he can come down to the Vaisesika; and in another cycle of eighteen years again, by abjuring Sacrifice, he can descend to Nyaya, holding that all life is created by Nature or Prakrti, and God, if he exists, is either a spectator of Prakrti's work, or has, at best, but a small share in it.

Thus we deny creation to God, and that is his death; for whenever the existence of God as a Creator is denied, he dies in the hearts of those who refuse to accept him. Otherwise God, if he be God indeed, can never die. He dies only in the sense that he is denied and so in twice eighteen or thirty-six years after the attainment of Vedanta on the field of Kurukshetra by Man, Krshna is told that he himself will cease to be. This is the meaning of the Curse of Gandhari, the queen or Prakrti of the Nyaya system of thought, according to which God is but a spectator of Nature's work.

A SUMMARY OF STRI PARVA:
  1. When we have understood the essence of all systems of Philosophy, we know what Nature or Prakti really is.
  2. There are two Scales of thought, the Ascending and the Descending one. In the one we rise from Sankhya-Nyaya or Jainism to Yoga-Vedanta or Vaisnavism; and in the other we drop down from the latter to the former again.
  3. When in the Descending Scale of thought we come down to Sankhya-Nyaya or Jainism, we believe that God has no hand in the creation of life, that it is Nature that creates, and God is at best a spectator of its work. This is a denial of God as a Creator of the universe; and when people come to hold this view, the very idea of God dies in the world.