Five Paandav are our five senses.
Draupadee is the Deep or light of the soul within the five senses.
If we consider the five Paandav representing
the five senses, then the children of Draupadee become the Sanskaar of our
Karm done by our senses. Their killing means, the destruction of the Karm
Astrologically, it means the celebrations of Adhik Maas, which is Karm
Shesh when we are refrained from doing any festivals celebrations.
We may also interpret t he Mahaabhaarat by
astronomy or astrology in a scientific way.
Duryaodhan means corrupt wealth (Dur-Dhan). He is the result of Ignorance
or blind Dhritraashtra which is the desire to rule others by hook or by
The five senses come from the Earth and its axis.
Dhritraashtra and Paandu may also be said to be Shukla Paksha and Krishn
Paksha of the lunar month.
Shukla Paksh is diseased of the whitening disease known as Paandu disease,
because the moon goes on getting whiter and whiter.
Krishn Paksh goes towards the New Moon which is dark. This is blind
Vyaas Jee is the 'Diameter' of the lunar orbit which divides the orbit
into Shukla Paksh and Krishna Paksh.
Thus it is said that Dhritraashtra and Paandu were born of Vyaas, the
Diameter which cuts the lunar orbit into the two phases of the Moon - the
bright and the dark...
Five cursed Apsaraa story is a very fascinating story. Who exactly were
they? What does the Mahaabhaarat mean when it says they devoured men?"
food-imagery - 'devouring' etc - is always
an imagery of power as in Matsyanyaya - and the one who 'devours' is
always in the imagery of fisherman, big-fish, or as in this case
crocodile, which Makar is the Vaahan of Kaam Dev (or Varun Dev?) and also
of Yamunaa (Vyaas Jee was born there). Kaam, Yogee, god, Kaal (Time) - all
are imagined as fish/fisherman - and we know that Kaam is also crocodile -
that these Apsaraa became. The curse they received was in their failed
attempt to invoke Kaam in Rishi.
Arjun is a consistent crocodile-killer in
Mahaabhaarat - first, he saves Drone from crocodile; second, he kills
these crocodiles to rescue the Apsaraa from curse; third, he wins
Draupadee in Paanchaal Shishumaar - and as has been pointed out by
Hiltebeitel, Shishumaar is related to crocodile. Apsaraa devouring men
then must have relation with Kaam and power...
of Arjun's 12 Years Vanavaas
It seems that---
(1) a prince cannot travel like this just for travel
(2) the regions Arjun covers are coastal regions other than central India
- and these places are where the ancient trade routes were
(3) Arjun's travel must have had something to do with securing trade
routes (maybe ports also), and forming alliances with the motive of trade
- for the nascent Indra Prasth kingdom.
Even the last journey of the Paandav also started with a visit to the sea.
After the ascension of Krishn, Yudhisthir crowned Pareekshit as the King
and then along with his brothers and Draupadee he left Hastinaapur for his
Swargaarohan. Arjun did the Visarjan of the divine weapons in the Red-sea
and 25 years later they all ended their journey in the Himaalaya.