The Mind is like an ocean. It became an important point of discussion between the Yaksha and Dharma Putra, Yudhishthira. The whole of material life revolves around two objects which are Mind and the world. What we call the world is the conception of the mind alone. It is in fact the expansion of the mind. What we experience with our senses are the products of this very mind. People interpret each thing differently and that interpretation itself starts expanding into other subject matters. This gradual expansion of subject matters, itself is what we call the world, In Vedic Parlance this is called Samsara.
The Yaksha Prashnam event in the Mahabharata throws enough light on the granular level duties of man. Abiding by these duties shall slowly elevate man and end his worries. A methodical understanding of the Scriptures is what can solve the problems of man, from its very root. Our mind and intelligence today, is hijacked by western education and western views, which is nothing but a bundle of ignorance. We have to shred this ignorance layer by layer and elevate ourselves to the platform of pure knowledge. The epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharata shall prove immensely useful in this regard.
Modern times have become challenging, not only in terms of increasing world crisis, environment challenges or external reasons. What is more disturbing is the deteriorating standards of the inner value system, the mind being the central player. Our minds have become sullied than never before and it is becoming more and more difficult to harness and focus the mind. Following the Varna-Ashrama Dharma at any cost, is a possible way out of this crisis.
The Yaksha Prashnam series highlights small aspects within one's life that are useful for one to perform Dharma as well as to attract the immense grace of the Lord. Modern man is harassed by innumerable problems. Man does not have a clue about why he is suffering, only thing is that one sorrow follows other just like a bogie follows another, in case of a goods train. By scientifically understanding Dharma one can easily weed out all causes of suffering from material life altogether.
The Yaksha Prashnam incident that transpired Between the Yaksha and Yudhishthira covers the entire gamut of Dharma and Satya that lays the foundation to an ideal and yet practical life for man in Kaliyuga to follow. Even listening or reading about the incident can clear many of the common doubts we have about everyday life.
The Yaksha Prashnam is such an anecdote that is applicable for all times. The context still remains the same, although the application or treatment of the values may differ according to times. A person committed to his Dharma, may not worry about whether the task is appropriate or inappropriate. Anything done for a larger cause, that is for the welfare of all, without compromising the innate values of sacrifice or well-being, is Dharma, righteousness. Understanding the psyche of a true Kshatriya, is valid even today, although the external manifestation of the Varna Ashrama system may not be that evident.
The one that separates us from our eternal experience, from our immortality is the notion of Death. When we take shelter of Vedic texts, the Shastra, and submit to it, it advises us as to what is eternal and what is non-eternal. Following the Shastra with 100% conviction will help us transcend the illusion of Death that keeps us far away from our original nature, from our freedom.
Understanding the Vedic teachings in the right context shall empower one with right knowledge. For Brahmanas, prior to the realization of Brahman, it is important to study, understand and remember the teachings of the Vedas. This includes Tapas, Austerities and Contemplating on the Scriptures, which is Dharma for Brahmanas.
The God of death meets the Pandavas in the form of a heavenly voice and later takes on the form of a stork and a Yaksha. This episode comes as a very important chapter of the Great Epic Mahabharata. All lessons of Dharma are rendered out through this very important episode and is relevant especially to the beings of Kaliyuga.
The Yaksha Prashnam is a very important juncture of the Mahabharata epic. This event a complete end to end guide to for every inquisitive soul. The event delineates the basic principles of Sanatana Dharma, A knowledge man which every man can easily acquire, simply by listening to the conversations between the Yaksha and the Pandavas. The backdrop for the event is being set here.