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Last Post 03/29/2011 9:47 AM by  Tucker Rogers
The Story of Kunti Devi (and Surya) from the Mahabharata
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Marla
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10/23/2010 10:42 AM
    Dear Sungazing Friends,

    I thought that you might enjoy this story of Kunti Devi (and Surya) from the Hindu Mahabharata. I have quoted it from the English translation by C. Rajagopalachari.

    "Sura, the grandfather of Sri Krishna, was a worthy scion of the Yadava race. His daughter Pritha was noted for her beauty and virtues. Since his cousin Kuntibhoja was childless, Sura gave his daughter Pritha in adoption to him. From that time she was known by the name of Kunti after her adoptive father.

    When Kunti was a little girl, the sage Durvasa stayed for a time as a guest in her father's house and she served the sage for a year with all care, patience and devotion. He was so pleased with her that he gave her a divine mantra. He said: "If you call upon any god repeating this mantra, he will manifest himself to you and bless you with a son equal to him in glory." He granted her this boon because he foresaw by his yogic power the misfortune which was in store for her future husband. (A curse was put on him that he could father no children).

    The impatient curiosity of youth made Kunti test then and there the efficacy of the mantra by repeating it and invoking the Sun whom she saw shining in the heavens. At once the sky grew dark with clouds, and under cover of them the Sun god Surya approached the beautiful pricess Kunti and stood gazing at her with ardent, soul-searching admiration. Kunti, overpowered by the glorious vision of her divine visitor asked "O god, who art thou?"

    The Sun replied "Dear maiden, I am the Sun. I have been drawn to you by the spell of the son-giving mantra that you have uttered." Kunti was aghast and said, "I am an unwedded girl dependent on my father. I am not fit for motherhood and do not desire it. I merely wished to test the power of the boon granted by the sage Durvasa. Go back and forgive this childish folly of mine." But the Sun god Surya could not thus return because the power of the mantra held him. She for her part was mortally afraid of being blamed by the world. The Sun god however reassured her, "No blame shall attach to you. After bearing my son, you will regain virginity."

    Kunti conceived by the grace of the Sun, the giver of light and life to all the world. Divine births take place immediately without the nine months' weary course of mortal gestation. She gave birth to Karna who was born with divine gold armour and earrings and was bright and beautiful like the Sun. In time, he become one of the world's greatest heroes. After the birth of the child, Kunti once again became a virgin as a result of the boon granted by the Sun.

    She wondered what she would do with the child. To hide her fault she placed the child in a sealed box and set it afloat in a river. A childless charioteer happened to see the floating case, and taking it, was surprised and delighted to see within it a gorgeously beautiful child. He handed it over to his wife who lavished a mother's love on it. Thus Karna, the son of the Sun god Surya, came to be brought up as a charioteer's child."
    Marla
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    12/25/2010 8:55 PM
    I'm surprised that no one commented on this little story that I researched. It has wonderful symbolism that goes right along with our course. The Sun came to Kunti Devi and manifested/created a child instantaneously! The sun can manifest abundance within us as well. It also has the warning to be careful what you wish for, since Kunti Devi was hasty in her use of the mantra and also ashamed and sent her child away. I love how the child is born with gold armor!

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    Tucker Rogers
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    03/29/2011 9:47 AM
    Dear Maria--truly there is a wealth of teaching in that story. I believe we require great heart-mindfulness in carefully applying the wonderful gifts and blessings that we receive--constantly. If we really believe that all these things are added unto us, we will have them and it is an opportunity for correct usage and discernment regarding what to call for and when. In that case, it may have been the divine plan for her to bear the child, and not to raise it.)
    Thanks for printing it, Tucker
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