Pandava Bros- Nakula

Each of the brothers symbolizes something.  Nakula, twin brother of Sahadeva, symbolizes Svadhistana, the second chakra.  Nakula and Sahadeva were born to Madri using Kunti's mantra to invoke the Asvins.  Madri is Pandu's second wife.  Kunti is Pandu's first wife.  Both were directly affected by the terrible curse on Pandu that prevented him from having children.  In the perfect work-around, Kunti had a magical mantra to invoke one god (not two, not many) and bear children from the seed of the god.  Kunti shared the magical mantra with Madri who then called down the Ashvins, the two divine horsemen who symbolize sunrise and sunset (somewhat analogous to Pollux and Castor).  Madri had twins, one of whom is Nakula.

Nakula symbolizes the 2nd Chakra, Svadhistana.  The root word "sva" means own, of self, and "adhistana" is a base, or self control.  Nakula is the brother who has self control.

Some factoids about Nakula and Svadhistana:

  • Svadhistana is situated in the lower abdomen.
  • Svadhistana is associated with the genitals, water element, sound, touch, taste, form, and the hands.
  • Nakula is not associated with the sense of smell (although chakra below is associated with smell.  Each progressive chackra loses one of the bindings of sense perception.)
  • The bija mantra for Svadhistana is "vam" or "fvam".
  • The positive qualities of an in balance Svadhistana chackra, symbolized by the Pandava brother Nakula are control over the senses and self control.  He is rooted in control moore than calmness.  Nakula has taken the task of trining the horses during the incognito period, a task that requires control and skill.  
    • Training horses requires more skill than caring for cows.  Horses, like our senses, tend to run wild and plunge into activity.  
  • The term in Gyan yoga for self control and steadiness of the senses is "dama".
  • The negative qualities of Svadhistana out of balance, symbolized by the Kaurava brother Duhshasana, is anger and hot-headedness, credulity, and disdain.
  • The Kaurava brother Jayadratha represents fear of death, and is also a counterpoint to Nakula.  Fear is always intermngled with anger; they stay together in the most subtle and intricate ways and are never without the other.
  • Svadhistana has six petals
    • bam - credulity
    • bham - insensitivity
    • mam - neglect, disdain
    • yam - suspicion
    • ram - destructiveness
    • lam - cruelty

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