Interpretation and Comments by Satya Sarada Kandula.
“O son of Kuru’s race, I will, however, describe to thee the island called Sudarsana. This island, O king, is circular and of the form of a wheel. It is covered with rivers and other pieces of water and with mountains looking like masses of clouds, and with cities and many delightful provinces. It is also full of trees furnished with flowers and fruits, and with crops of diverse kinds and other wealth. And it is surrounded on all sides with the salt ocean. As a person can see his own face in a mirror, even so is the island called Sudarsana seen in the lunar disc. Two of its parts seem to be a peepul tree, while two others look like a large hare. It is surrounded on all sides with an assemblage of every kind of deciduous plants. Besides these portions, the rest is all water.”
As we have seen in the previous post, Veda Vyasa Krishna Dwaipayana, clearly told Dhritarashtra about an impending solar eclipse, thirteen days from lunar eclipse that had taken place on Karthika Pournami.
What happened on the day of that solar eclipse ?
The day of the solar eclipse in battle marks the end of one of the vilest villains ever – Jayadratha.
Story has it that Sri Krishna covered the sun with his sudarshana chakra and the Kauravas fooled into thinking that the sun had set, relaxed their gaurd vis-a-vis Jayadratha. The moment the eclipse cleared, Arjuna found and killed Jayadratha and avenged the unfair killing of his son Abhimanyu.
Which sudarshana chakra does the story refer to?
Leave the magical and philosophical interpretations aside if you can. Then you see that Sudarshana Chakra refers to the lunar disc, ie the moon, that Narayana caused to come in the way of the sun, causing an eclipse.
This interpretation fits in with Vyasa’s predictions and Sri Krishna’s perfect knowledge of astronomy (among all other sciences and everything else besides. See Also : Bhishmakund – Sri Krishna’s knowledge of Artesian Wells)
It also fits in with the way in which Vyasa stored scientific knowledge mixed with lovely poetic and imaginative narrations such that not even a small child or grandmother would lose interest.
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